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Financial Trouble Among Competing Convention Centers Split in Texarkana

Financial Trouble Among Competing Convention Centers Split in Texarkana
The Arkansas Convention Center in Texarkana, Arkansas, is owned by Hiren Patel (inset) and in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette will be paid proceeds from the sale of a Texarkana hotel which was sold through the bankruptcy of convention center investor Dr. Hiren Patel.
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Ghosts of Hillbilly Past Haunt Arkansas Tourism

The Department of Parks & Tourism is seeking a “fully integrated marketing communication vendor” to get the word out: See our state, visit our parks, patronize our businesses.
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Boutique Hotel May Open Near Promenade at Chenal

James and Terry Barnes and their Promenade Hospitality LLC bought the 3-acre site near The Promenade at Chenal with an eye toward a 2018 opening.
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