Lawsuit takes aim at new nursing home in De Queen
Litigation in Brookewood contractual breach case
spreads to owners, De Queen Therapy and Living Center


By Patrick Massey

A new lawsuit filed on the behalf of the recipients of a $6 million judgement against Brookewood Nursing and Rehab in De Queen has taken aim at the owners of the former nursing center as well as the facility which recently replaced it.

The suit, filed earlier this month in the Sevier County Circuit Court, claims Brookewood has paid nothing to date toward the $6 million judgement or attorney's fees granted to De Queen Physical Therapy owners Darin and Kim Tollett following a three-day jury trial against Brookewood in July. The suit suggests Brookewood claimed it would be unable to pay the sum due to a lack of liability insurance for such legal action.

In the new lawsuit, the Tolletts are asking the court to pierce the corporate veil by declaring the Marinicks general partners rather than limited partners of Brookewood - thus holding the Marinicks personally liable for the damages awarded to the Tolletts in the earlier lawsuit.

In an amendment to the new lawsuit, the Tollets' company is also suggesting the Marinicks violated state law by transferring the former Brookewood facility to a new operator after the July jury trial in an attempt to hide assets that could be used towards the Tolletts' $6 million award.

The Kilgore family, which owns a consortium of assisted living facilities in Arkansas including the new De Queen Therapy and Living Center (DQTLC), said it signed a seven-and-a-half year lease in September of 2014 to takeover operations at the former Brookewood nursing home.

To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 20 edition of The De Queen Bee.

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EARLY WINTER – Residents in Sevier County had a bit of shock when they woke up Monday morning to find the area had already received its first snow of the year. Parts of the county received as much as an inch or more of snow. Fortunately, warmer weather is expected for the near future. More photos of Monday’s snow can be seen in this week's edition of The Bee.





Horatio to host site for Operation Christmas Child
HORATIO – This month, one location in the Horatio area is being transformed to serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.

The annual project is a favorite of many Sevier County residents, families, churches and groups who help spread God's love to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

"Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old," said Regional Director, Mark Cooper.

Through local collection points, area residents hope to contribute more than 20,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2014 global goal of reaching 10 million needy children. Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Horatio First Baptist Church

211 Hazard Street
Mon: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tue: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wed: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sun: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Through simple shoebox gifts and a message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 800-353-5949 or visit samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.

Participants can track their boxes online to the country where they will be delivered. To track a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanspurse.org. Click on "Pack a Shoebox" / "Follow-Your-Box Label."



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