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Community meeting to focus on 2024 eclipse

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Preparations and what to expect during the Great North American Eclipse will be the topic of a community meeting Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. on the Nashville campus of UA Cossatot.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce will host the meeting, which will feature Kim Williams of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

The eclipse will happen April 8, 2024, and most of Arkansas will be in the line of totality for the historic event. It is expected that more than half a billion people across North America will likely take a few moments out of their daily routines, and gaze up into the sky to get a view of one of nature’s great shows: an eclipse of the sun.

The eclipse, weather permitting, will darken Arkansas’s skies for almost four minutes.

The NCC and UA Cossatot will partner with Emergency Management Services of Howard County and the Howard County Extension Office in this rare opportunity to promote the community to people from across the country.

“We hope that you will join us in our efforts to show them what we have to offer,” said Michelle Boone, president of the NCC. “This is a great opportunity to increase tourism in our area and improve our local economy.”

Persons interested in assisting with these efforts, please contact Michelle Boone at nashvillechamberevents@gmail.com or Noelle Couch at ncouch@cccua.edu.

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