The United Way Radio Auction kicked off on Monday, October 3 and will run through Friday, October 21. The first week exceeded all expectations, according to United Way Director Laura Markham, as $14,426 was generated for aid and assistance that will remain in Benton County. The auction continues this week, from 1-5 p.m. on WRJB with great auction items for a good cause. Call-in numbers for the auction are (731)-441-5432 or (731)-441-5434. Listeners are encouraged to bid often for a great cause.
With a unanimous vote at the Monday evening city council meeting, the council opted to send a proposal to demand intervention from the Environmental Protection Agency in regards to Environmental Waste Solutions Landfill on Omar Circle. Residents from the Omar Circle area, which are involved in a lawsuit against the company, were on-hand to explain their issues with the landfill that falls with in the city limits. According to Mayor Roger Pafford, there are approximately 123.000 gallons of hazardous waste in a city storage tank that sits across the main water line on the EWS property. “If we ever have a drop in water pressure, this could be a major issue,” Pafford said. The main water line that Pafford referred to is the force-main water line from the city’s Raw Water Plant. The city will make a request immediately that the EPA will step in and assist in getting the storage tank properly evacuated, according to the mayor.
Benton County ranked 48 out of the 95 counties statewide that were evaluated for the 2015 Economic Impact of Tourism in a report released on Monday by the Director of Tourism, Jenna Cole-Wilson. Cole-Wilson said, “We are working on different ways of marketing the county and it is paying off in dividends.” The state issued report stated that Benton County was responsible for $24.5 million in direct tourism expenditures, 140 tourism-related jobs, and produced $3.63 million in payroll.