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    Clarksville makes case for new veterans' home

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    CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Clarksville leaders have approved the potential purchase of 20 acres of land in hopes of luring the new state veterans' home to the area.

    The Southwest Times Record reports that Clarksville is one of 20 locations under consideration for the home. Officials say the facility would create 100 to 125 jobs with an annual payroll of about $3 million.

    This year, the Arkansas Legislature approved $7.5 million for a new facility to replace the former veterans' home in Little Rock.

    The Clarksville City Council recently approved a potential $160,000 purchase for the privately owned land. Mayor Billy Helms says the location is close to a hospital and would be a "perfect spot" for the facility.

    A Dec. 17 hearing is planned in Little Rock to begin the selection process.

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