In honor of the sixth annual EMS appreciation week local first responders were celebrated at First Responders Day on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Big Jakes Bar-b-que was served to all first sponsors to honor their efforts and dedications at Texarkana, Arkansas Convention Center and Texarkana, Texas Convention Center. This event was sponsored by Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital, Eagle Distributing, Farmers Bank & Trust and Texarkana Funeral Home.
On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce honored former Bowie County Judge, James Carlow as the recepient of the 2020 C.E. Palmer Award. This award was established by the Palmer family in 1941, and is Texarkana’s most prestigious recognition for long-term meritorious civic service. All past recipients make up the selection committee each year. The event was held at the Texarkana Texas Convention Center.