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Celebrate freedom at Juneteenth 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 16, 2012) - Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will host its annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 16th from 12 - 7 p.m.

The FREE celebratory event will take place on the corner of 9th Street and Broadway outside Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (501 West Ninth Street, Little Rock).

Celebrated on June 19, the term Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 41 states, including Arkansas.  Juneteenth is a holiday honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. 

Family fun day at Heifer Village

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 16, 2012) - Heifer Village is a hands on, global facility that helps people of all ages learn about the importance of helping those in need.

The village hosts a variety of public events designed to educate about other cultures and global issues, all while having fun at the same time.

Today's Family Day theme is "Heifer Helps in Arkansas." The day will be filled with fun activities in addition to scavenger hunts and green building tours.

The event is free from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. And bring your dad as a special Father's Day treat!

THV's Tracy Beene sat down with Tracey Meyer Chesser, director of Heifer Village, about how this global facility teaches people of all ages about the importance of helping those in need. Click on the THVideo!


Today's Box Office: 'That's My Boy'

THV Movie Critic Jonathan Nettles gives his review of the Adam Sandler film That's My Boy plus talks abou the other films coming out this week and next.

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The deal behind Little Rock Bass Pro Shops

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today's THV digs more into the Bass Pro Shops announcement and finds out how this deal came together.

We're told the deal happened after about two years of work by Little Rock city and business leaders. You may recall a prior effort for a North Little Rock site that failed over environmental concerns. Since then, Little Rock's pushed forward on alternate locations for Bass Pro Shops, finally "reeling in" a win this week.  

It's a store known as an outdoor lover's dream. And now Arkansas fans will get to dream too.

"It's a big deal when it comes to branding and destination retail," Jay Chesshir said.

Jay Chesshir is President of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, one of the players involved in landing Bass Pro Shops to Little Rock near the intersection of Interstates 30 and 430 in these now dense woods. 

Arkansas welcomes Bass Pro Shops

LITTLE ROCK, Ar (KTHV) --After years of debating and planning, Bass Pro Shops announced they will begin construction on a new store in Little Rock.

Bass Pro is an award-winning national chain also known for their conservation and education programs.

"We have been hoping for a store in Little Rock for a long time and...we believe we have found the best location possible," stated Johnny Morris. founder of Bass Pro Shops. "We are very excited to bring Bass Pro Shops to Little Rock."

Morris isn't the only one excited about the news. Tourists and travelers, hunters and fishermen are expected to flock to the mega outdoors store. The shop will be part of a new Gateway Town Center development in Little Rock which will also include an outlet mall, according to developer Tommy Hodges.

New medical director named for Little Rock Veterans Home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that Dr. Robert Kerr has been named the medical director of the Little Rock Veterans Home. He will oversee all medical activity at the home and provide primary care for its residents.

Dr. Kerr comes to the facility with 44 years of experience in the medical field. A 1963 graduate of University of Arkansas School of Medicine, he conducted his residency in general surgery at the Little Rock VA Hospital and went on to serve as a general surgeon for the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1967. For 37 years he practiced family medicine before serving as the associate medical director for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield from 2004 to 2006 and then as the CEO and president of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Good News: Joey the Garden Cat to head home to THV

Good News: Joey the Garden Cat to head home to THV

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It’s been several weeks since our sweet Joey had surgery to remove a tumor on his leg, and today all of his friends and family at the station were relieved and excited to learn that he’ll be heading back home to THV!  Here’s more from Dr. Terry Dew:

“We're here today, eight weeks after we removed Joey's tumor, his osteosarcoma, from his leg. He's done well in his rehab period. He's been away from the station and confined a little bit,  but he's done very, very well; more and more activity each day. I'm sure you've been following along on FaceBook and those posts.

He's here today and we took some x-rays. We wanted to look at the healing of the graft that we put in and his tibia itself. These are the x-rays we took today. This is from the front of the leg, and what we see, we want to make sure our plate and screws are where we put them. Everything looks nice and tight; no change there.