Walnut Ridge Residents Turn Out for First "K8 Listens" Community Forum

JULY 22, 2005 - Posted at 7:04 a.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - Walnut Ridge Mayor Glenn Murphy and District 73 State Representative J.R. Rogers were among approximately 80 Lawrence County and Walnut Ridge area residents who filed into the auditorium of the Main Street Church of Christ last night for the first in a series of town hall-type community forums sponsored by K8 News.

K8 News Director Randy Parrott, Assistant News Director Bob Snell and News Assignment Manager Randy Myers were joined at the forum by station General Manager Ted Fortenberry and other KAIT department heads to hear what residents had to say regarding K8 news coverage in Region 8, as well as KAIT programming.  The forum was moderated by news anchor Craig Rickert.

Residents used the forum as an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and make suggestions to the assembled K8 team, which also included anchor/reporters Lauren Payne and Tiffany Blankenship.  Chief Meteorologist Chad Watson was also on hand for the event, and fielded several questions.

Residents suggested more continued coverage of on-going issues, such as efforts to develop and market the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport and efforts to find an adequate and satisfactory home for the county's large library of historical records.