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Jack Weatherly

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Senior Business Writer

Recent Stories by Jack Weatherly

Soul of the South expands news lineup

posted: 10/09/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock-based Soul of the South Network has signed a content agreement with Arise TV to provide 5 1/2 hours of weekday news programming targeting black viewers starting Oct. 27.

Farmer's debt tops cap on Chapter 12

posted: 10/08/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Dale C. Bartlett, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. -- which is embroiled in its own financial problems -- filed paperwork Monday night in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in an attempt to protect his family farm.

Grain default crisis spans 3 lawsuits, 15 firms

posted: 10/05/2014 2:13 a.m. Comment 1

Turner Grain Merchandising is far from alone in defending itself from lawsuits in the storm that has shaken the $3.7 billion grain industry in Arkansas.

4th suit filed over firms' grain defaults

posted: 10/04/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The fourth lawsuit in grain defaults by Turner Grain Merchandising and other firms has been filed, as six Mississippi farming operations say that they have not been paid for corn they value at more than $1.7 million.

Grain losses rise to $15.7 million

posted: 09/20/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Farmers and others in the grain industry say that Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. in Brinkley and related businesses have failed to pay them for crops valued at $15.7 million, according to the latest figure.

Senate bill gives farmers loan lull

posted: 09/17/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' U.S. senators, John Boozman and Mark Pryor, on Tuesday filed a bill called the Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 that could protect farmers who have sold their grain but did not get payment before the buyer filed for bankruptcy.

Pay woes for grain growing tendrils

posted: 09/14/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The troubles of Turner Grain Merchandising in Arkansas have spread to other states.

Turner Grain's leader: Busted

posted: 09/06/2014 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

Dale Bartlett, president of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday under Chapter 12, which is designed for individuals involved in agriculture.

Legislature dropped bill in '91 on licensing for grain dealers

posted: 09/06/2014 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

A member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1991 radically changed the original intent of legislation that was to establish the licensing and bonding of grain dealers in the state.

Grain firm closure alarms town

posted: 09/06/2014 2:11 a.m. Comment 1

BRINKLEY — Gene Depriest munches slowly on an improvised sandwich, a slice of white bread folded over egg salad, as he sits at a table next to the kitchen door.

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