The Sentinel-Record August 28, 1976
Four members of the Hot Springs Police Department have received promotional appointments, according to police chief Grover Douglas.
The officers were selected from both the 1976 and 1977 eligibility lists, Douglas said Friday.
Promoted to lieutenant were former sergeants Thurman Abernathy and Floyd Orrell.
Promoted to of sergeant were former patrolmen John Nooner and Jimmy Collier.
Abernathy, who currently heads the narcotics unit of the criminal investigation division, has been a member of the police department since June of 1967. He is married to the former Judy Loy of Hot Springs and is the father of three children, Tony and Tina (11 year-old twins), and Floyd, age 6.
Orrell is a detective in the criminal investigation division and has been with the department since September of 1967. He is married to the former Donna Siniras of Helena, Montana. The couple has a total of six children: Mrs. Debbie Coones of Hot Springs, 19; David Ray Garner, 15; Rebecca Garner, 14; Randy, Sabrina, and Floyd Orrell, ages 12, 7, & 5.
Nooner, a former Malvern police officer, joined Hot Springs Police Department in September of 1967. He is married to the former Brenda Walker of Hot Springs and is the father of three children: Kimberly, 12; Julie, 10; and John Michael, 7.
Collier has been with the department since June of 1970 and is married to the former Carol Cahill of Hot Springs. The Colliers have a son, James Allen, age 4.