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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 27!


Convocation Center to be named First National Bank Arena

Oct 19, 2017
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This release from Arkansas State University's Athletic Department: 

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/19/17) – In recognition of a $5 million contribution by First National Bank to the Red Wolves Foundation, the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees voted Thursday to rename A-State’s multi-purpose facility currently known as the Convocation Center to “First National Bank Arena.”

Hispanic Community Services Incorporated

The new Hispanic Community Services Incorporated center is now open.  The 5,500 square foot facility is located at the intersection of Cate and Vandyne Streets in Jonesboro.  Executive Director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.

Jim Brown announced as new Convocation Center Director

Oct 18, 2017
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JONESBORO – With more than 20 years of experience in public facility management, James W. (Jim) Brown II of Dayton, Ohio, will serve as the new director of the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Len Frey, vice chancellor of the Division of Finance and Administration, announced Brown's appointment today.  Finance and Administration has oversight responsibility for the Convocation Center.

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Elected officials in Jonesboro will NOT receive a pay raise at this time.

The Jonesboro City Council amended an ordinance last night that called for six-percent pay raises for elected officials in Jonesboro.  The original ordinance called for all elected officials to receive a raise, but alderman made the change that took the city council out of consideration.  They then voted on whether or not Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, City Attorney Carol Duncan, and City Clerk Donna Jackson would receive a six percent raise.  That was voted down 10 to one. 

Arkansas Science Festival

The fourth annual Arkansas Science Festival takes place October 19-21.  Modeled after science festivals that take place in other states, this year’s festival was put together by educators at Arkansas State University, with assistance through the Science Festival Alliance.  Dr. Amy Pearce is professor of psychology at Arkansas State University and is director of the Arkansas Science Festival.  She tells how this got started.

Beth Smith, Director of the Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure 2018, standing with artist Sarah Howell.  Howell made a painting commemorating the 2017 NEA Race for the Cure.  The painting is on display at the ASU-Jonesboro Cooper Alumni Center.
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Watch live as officials for the Northeast Arkansas "Race for the Cure" make a special announcement for the next event in 2018.

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The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess takes place Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Dr. Ruth Hawkins to learn why this year's celebration of Johnny Cash turned from just a music festival to more of a symposium/music festival.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.  

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says he was extremely disappointed that a homeless ministry decided not to accept a donation for a former nursing home to be used jointly by the ministries and the state as a site of a new crisis stabilization center.  Boyd tells the Craighead County Quorum Court that he is back to square one on how to bring the center to Jonesboro.

"There really is no 'Plan B' when it comes to this," says Boyd.  "We are looking at building a facility near the current county jail, but we don't know how much that will cost."

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with 1st District Congressman Rick  Crawford about flood prevention in Arkansas, the latest proposal from President Trump on DACA, and tax reform.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, October 6th.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Thursday, October 5th.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, October 4th.  

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The Jonesboro City Council is expected to decide at the next meeting on whether or not to give elected officials a six percent raise.  More debate on the issue ensued during the meeting last night, with most aldermen against giving themselves, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, City Attorney Carol Duncan, and City Clerk Donna Jackson a pay increase.  Alderman Joe Hafner says after reviewing a draft of next year’s budget, he doesn’t think raises are appropriate.

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This press release from the Delta Regional Authority. 

  LITTLE ROCK, AR.  – The Delta Regional Authority and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.8 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Arkansas’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $28.5 million in new investments to Arkansas. 

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