Business Briefs

Council Names 'Living Treasure'

Winston Taylor, a clay potter from Russellville, has been named the 2011 Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council. Taylor, 62, will be honored at a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. May 19, at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center in Russellville. The reception is sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Now in its 10th year, the Arkansas Living Treasure recognizes an Arkansan who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach.

Taylor's work can be seen at the Boswell-Mourot art gallery in Little Rock, Gallery Central in Hot Springs and the Frame Shop Gallery in Russellville.


KTHV Wins Murrow Awards

Gannet Co. of McLean, Va., announced that 13 of its broadcasting stations, including Little Rock's KTHV-TV, Channel 11, had won regional 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association and recognize excellence in television news and journalism.

Out of 12 categories, KTHV won awards in three.

The station was recognized for use of video for a story from May 2010 that was part of a month-long campaign by the station on texting while driving. Chuck Maulden, news director of KTHV, said that the station set up an obstacle course at the state fairgrounds and had drivers of all ages try to navigate the obstacle course in a car while receiving text messages.

The station also won in the video feature category for a segment called "A Place to Call Home," which is an adoption piece that the station does every week. The third award for KTHV came in the sport reporting category for a piece about a charity golf event.


New Doctoral Program Approved

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has approved a new doctoral program in Engineering Science & Systems in the Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The four tracks in the new ESS program are systems engineering, electrical and computer engineering, telecommunications and networking engineering, and mechanical and materials engineering.


Arvest Tops in 'Power' Rankings

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has earned the highest customer satisfaction in its region, according to a study released by J.D. Power & Associates.

Arvest scored 809 on the 1,000-point scale and was followed by Zions First National Bank (782) and Bank of Oklahoma (779) in the Southwest region. There are 11 regions, and only four banks nationwide scored higher than Arvest.

The study is based on responses from more than 50,000 retail banking customers regarding their experiences with their banking provider. It was conducted in January and February.


Goodwill Honored for Advocacy

Goodwill Industries International has named Goodwill Industries of Arkansas its Advocacy Leader for 2011. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas was chosen for the second time in two years.

The award recognizes a Goodwill agency that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to Goodwill's policy and advocacy efforts. The efforts seek to further Goodwill's mission of helping people find employment and build stronger communities. The agency is also recognized for building strong relationships with federal and state policymakers.


Tyson Announces Food Donation

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced that it had donated more than 270,000 pounds of food as part of disaster relief efforts in several states affected by devastating storms.

"We're shocked and saddened by the impact of these powerful spring storms and are pitching in to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastation," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.