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The Insider April 7

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Moviemaking Actress Joey Lauren Adams, a North Little Rock native, is set to begin directing her movie “Come Early Morning” April 25. It will be shot on both sides of the river. Ashley Judd will play the lead role, a 30-something woman with commitment problems who never left the small town in which she grew up. Kris Kristofferson and Billy Bob Thornton have been mentioned, but unconfirmed, for the cast. Producers are looking for a furnished house to rent for Judd for five or six weeks. Yeah, yeah. Us, too. We’ll provide her space free. We hear that the Cornerstone Deli and Pub on Main Street in North Little Rock hopes to provide its upstairs lounge to moviemakers for a private VIP hangout. Celebrity watching will also be possible at the refurbished Hilton on University. Familiar backdrops? Honkytonks and cheap motels figure heavily in Adams’ script. Deltic payback An engineering consultant for Deltic Timber, which recently lost its bid in the state legislature to gain development control of land next to Little Rock’s major supply of drinking water, is seeking to punish a witness who testified against the developer. Charles Campbell, a principal in GBMc & Associates, which has an office in Bryant, filed a complaint March 29 with the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors that Central Arkansas Water’s expert, Steve Roy, violated rules that prohibit engineers unlicensed in Arkansas from practicing. Offering expert witness is considered practicing, board executive director Joe Clements said Tuesday. Roy, of Massachusetts-based GeoSyntec Consultants, testified in March before a state House of Representatives committee that eventually killed the bill. Neither of Deltic Timber’s two expert witnesses who appeared before the committee is licensed in Arkansas either. However, Central Arkansas Water chief executive Jim Harvey said Tuesday the utility would not “stoop to their level” by filing complaints against Deltic’s witnesses. The board’s office has notified Roy of the complaint and will decide whether to hold a hearing after receiving his response. Worth watching The Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith broke an interesting story last week. Quoting his lawyer, the newspaper said former Fort Smith prosecutor and former Arkansas Attorney General Ron Fields (by appointment in 1990 and 1991) had been on leave from his job at the Homeland Security Department in Washington since last summer because of an FBI investigation into allegations that Fields had been involved in drug dealing and the 1995 slaying of a Fort Smith woman. Fields isn’t talking. His attorney, Eddie Christian, says the charges are outrageous. It’s at least a little sticky politically because the man under investigation for drug dealing was brought to Washington as a top aide by Asa Hutchinson when he became head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Fields made the move with Hutchinson to Homeland Security. Hutchinson also arranged Fields’ extended leave.

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