Because rumors are flying on our open line immediately preceding this thread, let us address them and respond as responsibly and sensitively as possible.
The rumor is that longtime KATV sportscaster and "Voice of the Razorbacks" Paul Eells died in a car accident in Pope County earlier this evening.
We talked to an Arkansas State Police spokesman in the Troop J office in Clarksville, which has jurisdiction in Pope County. He confirmed an accident and a fatality, but he would not provide any additional information, including the identity of the victim.
He indicated that he would release more information later this evening.
We understand everyone's interest in this story, because Eells is a beloved figure in Arkansas, but we are proceeding cautiously, out of respect for this serious situation.
UPDATE (10:56 p.m.): Arkansas State Police trooper Bradley Gilkey reports that Eells died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 in Russellville. The driver of the other car, Billie Jo Burton of Dover, also was killed.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:13 p.m. near the 83-1/2 westbound mile marker.