Assisted living facility will close despite opposition

Assisted living facility closing
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) - The Tuckerman City Council discussed the closure of the community's assisted living facility Tuesday night.

The facility, which is home to seven senior citizens, is still open right now, but won't be for long.

City Clerk Pam Cawthon said the facility has lost thousands of dollars for several years.

She said the city cannot afford it anymore.

The council recently voted to shut it down, leaving many people unhappy.

Cawthon said that the council has discussed the closure for the past six months, but no one who is against the closure came to the meetings.

People opposed to it met with the council at 6 p.m. Tuesday to try to keep it open.

Rosemary Fortenberry lives at the facility.

She told Region 8 News she does have plans for when the city closes the doors, but she isn't happy about it.

"The problem is I'm afraid I'm going to have to leave Newport," Fortenberry said. "I don't want to because I've lived here all my life."

Like Fortenberry, other people living there are unsure where they will go.

Many people at the meeting said they had no idea about the financial struggle that was going on.

Some felt like the closure could have been prevented if they knew about it.

"We did not want to do this," a council member explained. "But it came down to where we don't have the money to support it."

Even though many people came out to this meeting, the decision was already made.

Cawthon said the doors will close Tuesday, March 1.

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