mountain-home2Arkansas Press Women will gather Oct. 11 on the scenic campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home for “Smooth Sailing,” a fall professional development conference.

Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, a veteran television producer, Disney executive and entrepreneur, will provide the keynote address. She and her husband, John, are owners of the Titanic museum in Branson, Mo, and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The keynote presentation will begin at 9 a.m., Oct. 11, and programming will continue until early afternoon. A discussion about hosting a National Federation of Press Women conference with special guest NFPW President Teri Ehresman is planned for mid-afternoon.

In addition to the keynote address titled, “How One Letter Can Change Your Life,” conference sessions also are being planned on writing, photography and public relations topics.

Conference co-chairs are Christy Keirn and Carol Langston, both residents of north-central Arkansas.

Cost for the attendance will be $20, and that cost will include lunch. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 3. To register, email Christy at or call 870-508-6109.

Mountain Home has been named one of the best cities in Arkansas for young families, according to NerdWallet. Mountain Home also was listed in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for sportsmen in the Outdoor Life magazine and was ranked #2 for Field and Stream’s Best Fishing Towns in America.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn in Mountain Home for Friday, Oct. 10. Rates are $105 for a single queen bed and $115 for a room with two queen beds. Reservations may be made by calling the Hampton Inn at 870-425-0344. (Ask for one of the rooms in the room block held for Debbie Miller, reference no. 80907119).