As National Police Week comes to a close, it was definitely the most wonderful Newport has experienced in the last several years. The week was emotionally charged and the blue were lifted up by the community. The week began in Washington D.C. as Mrs. Kristen Weatherford was escorted to the nation’s capital for a candlelight service and an annual memorial service honoring the nation’s fallen officers.

            Newport spent the week recognizing the local officers. These include city, county and state. Jackson’s Funeral Home, helped by long time employees Donald Roberts and Arthur Tidwell, took time to deliver chocolate and strawberry cakes to all of the law enforcement agencies of Jackson County. The George Kell Motors staff supplied Subway sandwiches and cookies to law enforcement also.

            Although Newport is a small town in this large world, the men and women who vow to serve and protect us put their lives on the line to do the job, which most days is thankless. Sadly, Law enforcement is disrespected daily by the citizens and people who they would lay down their lives to protect. The recognition of service and outward tokens of appreciation this week are small compared to the countless hours of service these men and women devote to Newport, Jackson County and the state of Arkansas.