The Hope Rotary Club heard from Lorie Tudor, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday July 27th. Tudor told the Rotarians the highway department was scheduled to become the Arkansas Department of Transportation on August 1st. Tudor gave some history on the department and noted the highway department has about 3,700 employees around the state. She also distributed a survey that the department wants all Arkansans to take. Joining Tudor for the program was District 3 Engineer Steve Frisbee who is headquartered in Hope. Introducing the program was Rotarian John Watkins who is retired from the highway department.