Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas’

This Is 50 covers Smoke Dogg 870

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Who: Smoke Dogg 870

Hailing from: Camden, Arkansas

Current Location: Shelbyville, Tennessee

Current Project: New single “I’m Leaning” (coming soon)

A little known fact is that Arkansas is a hotbed of untapped urban talent, particularly where independent music artists are concerned. Smoke Dogg 870 is not exception in that regard – in fact, he hails from the South Central part of Arkansas, one of the most beautiful parts of the state. His art only lends to the aesthetics of the landscape.
He currently resides in Shelbyville, Tennessee, less than an hour away from the music mecca known as Nashville. He is not only an artist in his own right, but also a label owner. ATM (“Already the Mob”) is the imprint. But the drive to become a stellar success is what pushes Smoke Dogg 870 to become a star. He cites his family, particularly his late mother, as his reason for his solid work ethic and determined spirit. In fact, he is certain he will become a rags to riches story in a very short period of time.
We caught up with Smoke Dogg 870 earlier today and here’s what he had to say:

Tell us about yourself.

SMOKE DOGG 870: I’m an independent artist who runs a label called “Already the Mob”(ATM) that I started from the ground up. I currently live in Shelbyville, Tennessee. I’ve been back and forward from here and Arkansas my entire life. I pride myself in my music because it’s based on my real life. I’ve been through a lot and things are finally looking up for me. My mom passed away a couple years ago and she has been my biggest inspiration to keep it pushing with my music career. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister who have been there for me since Day 1 – always encouraging me to keep it pushing. I’ve been making music over half my life. I released my first mixtape at the age of 14.

Tell us about your new single “I’m Leaning”:

SMOKE DOGG 870: It’s a party song that will have everyone vibing.

Arkansas is a hotbed of raw talent. How does being from there influence your style and art?

SMOKE DOGG 870: Being from Arkansas helped me find myself in the type of music I wanted to make. Being that I was in an area where Louisiana, Atlanta and Tennessee were right up the road, their music always came to me, so hearing all the different styles, lingo, etc. showed me that I could be myself and my people would embrace it. Being that I’m from a poverty stricken city and being able to make it out made me want to make a lot of inspirational music to give other people hope that it is possible.

What sets you apart from other artists?

SMOKE DOGG 870: I have been through a lot in my life and my music reflects that. I tell the story from the other side of the gun. You can hear the pain in my voice when you listen to me. I show my fans that not all artists talk about the “glamorous” side of life. I give my fans something they can relate to.

Where can we expect to see your career in 5 years?

SMOKE DOGG 870: I see myself on top of the game, making ways for other people to make it out the struggle and see a better side of life.

Do you have hopes of getting into any other avenue(s) of entertainment?

SMOKE DOGG 870: I really want to get into acting. I love putting on a show. I’ve always wanted to see myself in a movie or two.

Follow Smoke Dogg 870 on social media:

Facebook – already the mob
Instagram- @officialsmokedogg870
Snapchat – smokedogg870

For booking, features, appearances, etc., contact



Well known Arkansas club owner passes away

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016


The Heat Magazine sends out its condolences to the family and friends of PJ who just passed away. PJ was best known for owning the popular venue PJ’s, a club that hosted countless events in Arkansas.

TN, AR. and MS rank in top 15 states for hot car deaths

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi all rank in the top 15 states for hot car deaths.

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi all rank in the top 15 states for hot car deaths.

With a heat index near the triple digits, parents and caretakers should remember to check their vehicle for their children before they walk away.

Experts say the average temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes and 29 degrees in 20 minutes.

As temperatures rise, children left in hot cars can become sick very quickly. Experts say people left in a hot car can suffer from heat stroke, which happens when the body’s core temperature reaches about 103 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s not really a way to recover from heat stroke on one’s own, so unless a person is found quickly, they’ll likely die.

Earlier this week, Real Value Inn employee Sharunda McDowell found several kids inside a truck, took them out and brought them inside. She says they were a mess, dehydrated, had all wet themselves, and were starving. They had been in the car for several hours when she found them.

Two hours later, their grandmother showed up.

She will appear in court Wednesday.

Source: TN, AR. and MS rank in top 15 states for hot car deaths

Arrest warrant issued for Jermain Taylor after allegedly hitting someone in rehab

Thursday, May 28th, 2015


(KTHV) — An arrest warrant has been issued for renown boxer and Arkansas native Jermain Taylor.

According to Capt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the warrant is for second degree battery after Taylor allegedly hit someone at the Oasis Renewal Center.

Authorities plan to arrest Taylor at 9 a.m. Friday when he appears in court.

THV11 reported in January that Taylor was arrested after a man said that the boxer shot at him and pointed a gun at his wife and children. He was charged with two counts of battery, three counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of substance, and third-degree endangering a minor.

In early March, Taylor was released to a recovery center “with electronic monitor and reports of behavior.”

Source: Arrest warrant issued for Jermain Taylor after allegedly hitting someone in rehab

Check Out Desserts By Derek Urquhart

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


Derek Urquhart, owner resides in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Derek Urquhart lives and breathes in the sweet and artistic world of pastry art, where flavor and color come to life in his wonderful wedding cakes, sugar sculptures, custom cakes, and tasty miniature desserts for all occasions.

Derek Urquhart Facebook Page



Check Out Briggs BBQ, Cooking & Catering

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


Briggs BBQ, Cooking & Catering Southern Restaurant · Barbecue Restaurant

20th & Olive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
(870) 718-9769

Prescription Drug Sweep, Names Released of Dozens Charged

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Here are some of the highlights:

In total, throughout Operation Pilluted, Arkansas state and federal authorities have charged 140 individuals with prescription drug crimes, including 94 federal defendants in five separate indictments, and 46 state defendants. Included in that total are 4 doctors, 4 nurses, and 5 pharmacists.

Seven arrests were made today at the KJ Medical Clinic in Little Rock, including Dr. Jerry Reifeiss, prescribing physician, Kristen Holland, pharmacist at Bowman Curve Pharmacy, and Aaron Borengasser, physician’s assistant, formerly with Artex Medical Clinic, which later changed its name to KJ Medical Clinic.

Also indicted in the case, Christopher Watson, 42, of Greenbrier. The licensed pharmacist is alleged to have engaged in the unauthorized distribution of Schedule II, III and IV pharmaceutical narcotics from his family owned and operated store in Perryville.

Nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers across four states took part in the operation.

Defendants and Charges, United States v. Christopher Grant Watson, et al.:

Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen, 42, Conway
Eric Flynn Horton, 48, Conway
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr., 64, Conway
James Kenars Crenshaw, Jr., 29, Conway
Lorrie Jean Kirk, 55, Bigelow
Jonathan Arnell Jones, 30, Little Rock
Jesse Lee McGraw, 56, Conway
Joe Shering Jackson, 31, Little Rock

Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Hydrocodone/Oxycodone
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen
Eric Flynn Horton
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr.
James Kenars Crenshaw, Jr.
Jonathan Arnell Jones
Joe Shering Jackson

Conspiracy to Obtain Prescription Narcotics by Fraud, and Obtaining Prescription Narcotics by Fraud
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr.
Roy Lamont Willard, 35, Conway
Jessica Tucker Monk, 33, Perryville
Jeremy Ray Johnson, 32, Cabot
Andrea Dawn Reynolds, 34, Conway
Lloyce Jermane Love, 37, Conway
Brenda Kay Ebsen, 58, Mayflower
Gary Wayne Strickland, 56, Conway
Dorothy Jo Flowers, 65, Conway
Beau D. Armstrong, 30, Hot Springs
Brenda Giles Jackson aka Brenda Bates, 55, Conway
Tammy Kay Sharp, 49, Mayflower
Sherman Ray Tiner, Jr., 50, Conway
Mason Dewayne Tiner, 18, Russellville
Jessica Marie Whiddon, 27, Hot Springs
Stacie R. Dukes, 56, Mayflower
Angelia Gayle Ferguson, 45, Greenbrier
Daphne Lynette Garner, 40, Conway
Doris Jean Johnson, 58, Conway

Possession and Issuing Counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes
Tammy Kay Sharp

Misprision of a Felony
Tommy Watson, 66, Greenbrier

Healthcare Fraud
Christopher Grant Watson

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Joe Shering Jackson

Drug User/Addict in Possession of a Firearm
Christopher Grant Watson

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
Joe Shering Jackson
Eric Flynn Horton

Defendants and Charges, United States v. Anthony Markeith King, et al.:

Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances
Anthony Markeith King, 39, Little Rock
Christopher Dion Manson, 31, Little Rock
Shawn Michael Brooks, M.D., 44
Jerry Scott Reifeiss, M.D., 60, Conway
Felicie Wyatt, M.D., 41, Memphis, TN
Kristin L. Raines, 38, Little Rock
Aaron Paul Borengasser, 35, Little Rock
Stella Osei Green, 52, Little Rock
Jason Dewayne Sowers, 38, Pine Bluff
Randy Eugene Chane, 52, Houston, TX
Gerry Hill, 29, Little Rock
Larosha Danette Hall, 33, Pine Bluff
Densheo Lorraine Davis, 43, Natchez, MS
Amber Marnique Smith, 27, Mabelvale
Kristen L. Holland, 33, Bryant
Justin Russell Dyer, 25, Little Rock
Edward Lee Palmer, II, 23, Conway
Kenneth Darrail Lowery, 25, Conway

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II and III controlled substances
Shawn Michael Brooks, M.D.
Jerry Scott Reifeiss, M.D.
Stella Osei Green
Kristin L. Raines
Kristen L. Holland
Kenneth Darrail Lowery
Amber Marnique Smith
Edward Lee Palmer, II
Jason Dewayne Sowers

Parents charged with murder after baby dies from ingesting meth

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Two people are charged with first-degree murder after their 11-month-old baby died from ingesting meth in St. Francis County, Arkansas.

Two people are charged with first-degree murder after their 11-week-old baby died from ingesting meth in St. Francis County, Arkansas.

St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May confirms the baby died from ingesting meth late last year. The toxicology report came back this week.

Sara Kizer and Doug Bokker are both charged with first-degree murder and are being held on $250,000 bonds.

Investigators are still determining how the baby ingested the meth.

Source: Parents charged with murder after baby dies from ingesting meth

K2 drug making a comeback in Pine Bluff

Saturday, April 25th, 2015


That’s one of the scariest things about synthetic marijuana, or K2, according to Wegner.

“You cannot reason with them. They act as if they can’t even understand the English language.”

Wegner says many users end up in the emergency room.

“These are chemicals that were put together that are not supposed to be put in your body and can have some very serious side effects.”

Often times it makes users become aggressive, violent and combative, according to Wegner.

“It’s hard to say how someone’s going to react. I’ve seen some just flat out pass out and sleep it off and then I’ve seen other become extremely violent.”

Arkansas banned synthetic marijuana in 2010, but Wegner said young people still seem to get their hands on it.

“Right now one of the biggest things we can do is especially educate parents because we’ve seen a lot of young kids come having being exposed to this stuff.”

According to Poison Control there are 47 different variations of K2 known in the state of Arkansas.

Help Keep Uber in Arkansas

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Tomorrow, a bill, SB 800, will be considered in the House that, if passed, could provide a permanent home for Uber in Arkansas, granting residents continued access to safe rides and countless new job opportunities. Sign the petition below to help ensure this bill is passed.

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