Simmons OKs deal for lender next door

Tennessee bank has 32 locations

Posted: May 7, 2014 at 5:20 a.m.

Simmons First National Corp. has agreed to pay $243 million in stock for Community First Bancshares of Union City, Tenn., the Pine Bluff bank said Tuesday.

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39 districts seek leeway on school standards

Ashley Violantes, 10, talks about how she solved a math problem Tuesday in Dawn Buchanan’s fourth-grade class at Elmdale Elementary in Springdale. Ashley and the rest of the class were using extended children’s mathematics to solve math problems. The students are allowed to solve a problem any way they can but must show their work and explain it to the class.

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Panel pushes state broadband network

The Quality Digital Learning Study Committee recommended Tuesday that the state run a centralized broadband network to provide Internet service to schools around the state,... Read »