Nation’s Top U.S. Marshal to Visit Fort Smith

U.S. Marshals Service Director John Clark arrives in Fort Smith tomorrow, for a whirlwind tour of the city he chose as the future home of the U.S. Marshals Service National Museum.

Greeting the Washington VIP and his staff will be Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. The two will meet behind closed doors at the historic Clayton House, then greet invited guests and the media at 5pm Tuesday.

On Wednesday, museum organizers hope to duplicate a community gathering that helped the city land the museum. In November, 900 people turned out for a barbecue dinner to promote the city’s interest being home to the museum. Steering committee members hope as many people turn out for a fish fry at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn City Center on Rogers Avenue. Full Story from

My friend Pam Cloud with the Times Record made the front page with her advance story about Director Clark’s visit.

“We need to pack the house again to say ‘thank you’ to the director of the U.S. Marshals Service for selecting Fort Smith as the future home of the U.S. Marshals Service National Museum,” said Tracy Winchell, steering committee member.

Legris said he would like to see a standing-room-only crowd again as the city hosts Clark for the Ash Wednesday fare of fish.

“We want to leave as strong an impression on this man as possible,” said Legris.

During the luncheon, local musician and entertainer Herschel Parker will sing “Welcome Home,” a song he wrote for the “Bring It Home” campaign and changed the lyrics once Fort Smith was named the museum location in January. A barber shop quartet also will perform, Legris added, singing “Life’s Worth Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas,” a slogan made popular by Mayor Ray Baker.

Legris said additional parking will be available in the lot at the corner of Second and Garrison, with a free trolley ride to the Holiday Inn.

Tickets are $12 at the door; call the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce at 783-6118 to RSVP. Full Times Record Story

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