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Amazon hints that the future whereabouts of its Apple Blossom solar project in eastern Arkansas will be somewhere inside the orange circle shown above.
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Tracing the Power Lines Behind Amazon Solar

While Amazon says it's becoming the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, details in part of its plan involving solar projects in east Arkansas are about as clear as a dense Delta fog. read more >
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Amazon Plans 2 Solar Farms in Eastern Arkansas

Amazon aims to build two utility-scale solar arrays in eastern Arkansas, part of a plan to launch renewable energy projects throughout the U.S., Canada, Finland and Spain. read more >
The Baptist Memorial Hospital-Crittenden Cancer Center lobby.
Construction / Health Care

Update: New Hospital An Upgrade to Crittenden County Health Care

Crittenden County residents will once again be able to enjoy accessible, local health care with the opening of the new Baptist Memorial Hospital later this fall. read more >
Woody WheelessCrittenden County Judge
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Crittenden County Coalesces Around Mega Site Push

Crittenden County and the cities of Marion and West Memphis have passed a joint, cooperative economic development resolution to promote 1,800 undeveloped acres as a "mega site" to attract large industry to the area. read more >
Woody WheelessCrittenden County Judge
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Woody Wheeless Sees New Day Rising in West Memphis

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless reveals the upside and downside of being just across the river from Memphis. read more >
The Baptist Memorial Hospital-Crittenden County will open in 2018.
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New $25M Baptist Memorial Hospital In West Memphis To Open in 2018

Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis expects its approximately $25 million hospital in Crittenden County to open sometime in the first half of 2018. read more >
Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless outside the shuttered Crittenden Regional Hospital. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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Crittenden County Hopes to Build New $21M Hospital

If Crittenden County voters approve a tax measure on March 1, an approximately $21 million hospital will be built to replace the bankrupt Crittenden Regional Hospital, which has been closed since September 2014. read more >
Ameris Health hopes to have Crittenden Regional Hospital reopened by March.
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Ameris Faces Hurdles With Crittenden Regional Hospital

It might be as late as March before the Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis will be reopened, according to Ameris Health CEO Robert Bauer. read more >
Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless outside the shuttered Crittenden Regional Hospital. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
Health Care

Crittenden County Voters OK Tax Increase to Reopen Hospital

Despite severe weather that ripped through the area last night, Crittenden County voters approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to help reopen the Crittenden Regional Hospital, which closed last year. read more >
Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless outside the shuttered Crittenden Regional Hospital. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
Government & Politics / Health Care

Crittenden County Hospital Reopening Rests on Vote

Crittenden County residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote on a 1 percent sales tax that would be used to reopen the Crittenden Regional Hospital, which closed last year. read more >
Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless outside the shuttered Crittenden Regional Hospital. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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Former Employees, Patients of Closed Crittenden Regional Hospital Leave Town

The ripple effects from the closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital in September and the bankruptcy of the nonprofit that operated it have been felt across eastern Arkansas and into Tennessee. read more >
Former employees accuse Crittenden Regional Hospital of misusing money intended for the employee health plan. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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Crittenden Hospital’s Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers’ liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned. read more >
In June, Crittenden County voters approved a 1 percent sales tax for the West Memphis hospital. But before the tax could be collected, it shut its doors last month. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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Crittenden Regional Hospital’s True Financial Status Surprised Directors

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing. read more >