Rollin' on the River
UAMS Opens New Radiation Oncology Center with Proton and Ethos Adaptive Therapy Options
The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute recently opened its new, $65 million Radiation Oncology Center, making it the only cancer center in Arkansas to offer the state's first Proton Center.
The latest & greatest: Equipped with three linear accelerators, two Edge Radiosurgery suites, Ethos Adaptive Therapy, and a Spectral CT scanner, the center is set to provide advanced radiation treatments for children and adults.
Beaming with pride: UAMS is happy to be at the "forefront of cancer treatment" and one of the "top centers worldwide," thanks to their commitment to providing exceptional care and safety to their patients.
Read more on the story HERE.
Booming Barge Traffic on the Arkansas River in 2023
Arkansas River Tonnage is on the rise, logging an increase of 19% in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.
Traffic jam: Internal shipments increased by 8% and outbound shipments were up 11% while inbound shipments saw a 38% increase as the river systems' accommodating locks and dams enabled river commerce to surge.
The goods: Accounted for mostly by sand, gravel, rock, chemical fertilizer, iron and steel, wheat and minerals and building materials, Goods are expected to remain steady, though caution is advised due to expected slowdowns due to Illinois river lock repairs.
Read more from Talk Business & Politics HERE.
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Unlocking the Creative Potential of Youth Through Arts and Culture at Brandon House
Brandon House, a Little Rock-based nonprofit established in 2010, is driven to transform lives through creative arts and performing arts programs, targeting underserved youth and working towards urban renewal.
A valued purpose: By utilizing the power of the arts, the organization works to equip high-risk youth with skills to combat negative behaviors and provide career development.
Full STEAM ahead: Through activities such as STEAM projects, music production, anti-bully plays, and literary arts competitions, Brandon House is creatively improving the lives of Little Rock youth.
Learn more about Brandon House HERE.
U.S. DOT Grants Awarded for Major Projects in Russellville and Bryant
U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton have helped award $48 million in grants for Arkansas infrastructure projects from the Department of Transportation's RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant program.
Connectivity: The city of Russellville was awarded over $23 million to create 13 miles of new active transportation infrastructure connecting the trail system with the Historic Downtown District and businesses.
AR Roadcheck: ARDOT was awarded $25 million to reconstruct Old Stagecoach Rd (Highway 5), add a shared-use path, and improve storm drainage and utilities.
Read more about the projects HERE.
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In other news…
Coffee for teachers: The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System invested $25 million into Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee, making an investment for retired teachers while also supporting Arkansas jobs.
Calling all grandmas and grandpas: The Arkansas Family Council is searching for the longest-married couple in the state. If you know a couple that has been married for more than 70 years, submit their info HERE.