The Jonesboro City Council will make a final consideration of a one-cent sales tax plan for the city.  During tonight’s special meeting of the council, the third and final reading of the plan will take place before alderman will vote on final approval.  If approved by the council tonight, a special election on the sales tax proposal would take place November 10th.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the tax is needed for infrastructure improvements and to bring more businesses to Jonesboro.  7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would genera

Arkansas State's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says he was proud of his team's effort, but noted that four turnovers made the game against No. 8 USC hurt the Red Wolves.  Click the Listen button to hear this week's press conference and how the Red Wolves are turning their attention to Missouri. 

Gov. Hutchinson planning Cuba trade trip

Sep 3, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be joining a group of Arkansas agricultural business interests on a trade trip to Cuba later this month.

The delegation is being led by the Rogers-based World Trade Center Arkansas and is expected to include representatives from Tyson Foods, Riceland Foods and other in-state agri-related businesses. The dates of the trip are Sept. 28-30.

Jonesboro Unlimited and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Jonesboro Economic Development Commission is launching a strategic plan with the goal of bringing more jobs to the region.  Over two-thousand residents participated in surveys and focus groups as part of a five-month study conducted by Avalanche Consulting, Inc. of Austin, Texas.  President and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Mark Young tells why this was necessary.

“We are excited about the plan.  As we move forward, it is important for us to have a plan in place as we continue to grow this plan from an economic standpoint.”

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

September is Hunger Action Month.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is joining food banks across the nation in a month-long initiative called “Spoontember”.  Mary Beasley is with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

A proposed 20 million dollar student housing complex that would be located on East Johnson Avenue near Arkansas State University is getting further consideration by the Jonesboro City Council.  Representatives from Zimmer Development Company said they plan to place several buildings on 15 acres of land on East Johnson Avenue. The new development would be called University Woods and would be built in two phases.

A-State's nursing program named to Top 10 list

Sep 1, 2015

The nursing program at Arkansas State University has been selected as one of the top 10 collegiate programs in the eastern region of the United States and the highest ranked program in Arkansas, has announced. Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was recently notified of the award.

Head Coach of Arkansas State University says USC's Trojans will present a great challenge for his Red Wolves, but it will also present a great opportunity this Saturday night.  You can hear the entire press conference featuring Coach Anderson by clicking the Listen button.

Courtesy of Arkansas' Congressional Delegation:

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman today announced that 13 Arkansas airports will receive $8.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions.

"Airports are important to growth and development in Arkansas communities.  Investments to our infrastructure will better serve the economic needs of our state and facilitate commerce and job creation,” members said.

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The Democratic Party of Arkansas named Ted Dick as its new executive director, replacing long-time current ED Candace Martin, who is moving out of state.

Dick has served as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party and he headed the Olympia, Washington-based Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

Financing has been approved for Jonesboro to land a hotel and convention center.  The City of Jonesboro announced in a press release the Keller Family of Effingham, Illinois, has secured funding of the multi-million dollar project, which would be located at the site of the former Arkansas Department of Human Services building on Highway 63.  Plans are for a 152-room Hyatt Place Hotel and Conference Center to be constructed.  Ground work could start in as little as 30 days.  First Community Bank is reportedly financing the project.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says in a news release that h

A-State track alum Sharika Nelvis finishes 8th in World Championships

Aug 28, 2015

Arkansas State track and field alum Sharika Nelvis was one of two Americans to qualify for the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Friday at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Nelvis, who finishes second in 12.56 seconds in the semifinal earlier Friday, stumbled over the final hurdle and crossed the line eighth in 13.01 seconds.

Kim Williams / Arkansas State Parks and Tourism

A 50th birthday celebration takes place tomorrow at Jacksonport State Park near Newport.  Superintendent of Jacksonport State Park is Mark Ballard.

“Jacksonport State Park opened in 1965, and we are celebrating that milestone in our park’s history,” according to Ballard.  “The focus will be telling about the early days and what it took to establish this park.  All of that occurred through the efforts of the Historical Society to save the old courthouse.  We have some of those founding members that will be here starting at 10 in the morning.” 

Extensive renovation work is taking place at the site of the state’s new osteopathic medical school.  The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved financing the massive renovation of Wilson Hall on the campus of Arkansas State University.  The project is expected to cost 12-point-eight-million-dollars.  The Board approved an eight million dollar loan that would be short term, in that it would not exceed eight years.  The remaining four-point-four million dollars would come from money from Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology, which is partnering wit

Arkansas State University is moving toward academic restructuring in Jonesboro.  If approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in December, the restructure would take effect July 1.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Cooksey about why this is necessary and what it will mean for the university.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee forwarded several items to the full council for next week’s meeting.  Among those items is an agreement for the 2015 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, which would be used at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.  The grant would allow for outdoor workout stations located along the two mile trail that surrounds the lake at Craighead Forest Park, as well as bike racks and other amenities.  Pending approval by the full council, work on making additions to the park could start as early as this year.  Other resolutions include a 2016 STEP grant for la

Big River Steel

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Big River Steel has pre-sold nearly a quarter of the steel it is expected to produce over the next seven years, the company’s CEO told a legislative committee Wednesday.

Dave Stickler spoke to the House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees during a meeting at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

Next week is the start of the football season.  It brings a lot of excitement as many have been talking about their favorite teams through the spring and the summer in anticipation of the start of the season.  One date that has been circled on many people’s calendars is September 12th.  That is when the Arkansas State Red Wolves will host the Southeastern Conference’s Missouri Tigers.  Many fans in the region are excited about the game.  Brooks Taylor of Jonesboro was eating at Buffalo Wild Wings in Jonesboro when I asked him his thoughts about the upcoming game.

A-State Distinguished Alumni Awards announced

Aug 26, 2015
Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Alumni Association is announcing the recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2015, which will be presented during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 3. 

This year’s honorees are John A. Bobango of Germantown, Tenn., Ron Miller of Jonesboro, and the late Ed Way of Jonesboro.  These three alumni have a lifetime of achievements, both professionally and with Arkansas State.

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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Arkansas lost another bid for a superproject.

After courting three of the nation’s largest defense contractors for the past three years, the Pentagon on Tuesday (Aug. 25) announced Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense as the winner of a $30 billion award to build nearly 55,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps over the next 25 years.

Bradbury Gallery gets gift and a new name

Aug 26, 2015
Arkansas State University

A vital anchor of the arts community in East Arkansas since 2001, Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University is getting a new look and a new name.

Through the generosity of Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock, the gallery has evolved to become the Bradbury Art Museum (BAM).

Pictured L to R: Les Christensen, Dr. Jason Penry, Dr. Tim Hudson, Curt and Chucki Bradbury, Dr. Tim Langford, Niel Crowson, Dr. Chuck Welch

From Governor Asa Hutchinson's Office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Howard Brill as the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, following the retirement of Jim Hannah, effective on September 1. Hannah’s current term is set to expire at the end of 2016.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

Juvenile files stored by Craighead County’s Circuit Clerk’s office have not been destroyed in many years, which is a violation of a state law.  Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards informed the Craighead County Quorum Court about the issue last night.  Juvenile court records are required to be destroyed on the 21st birthday of that juvenile, unless those files meet four sets of criteria.  Edwards says she was informed the county was violating state law by not destroying those files when a pair of deputies went to a conference in Little Rock and learned about the problem.  Edwards says the office i

Arkansas State University is adding five new online degree programs this school year.  Thilla Sivakumaran is Executive Director of Global Initiatives at Arkansas State University. 

“We just launched four new undergraduate programs.  A Bachelor of Arts in criminology, sociology, political science, and communication studies,” said Sivakumaran.  “In the spring, we will launch a Masters in Engineering Management online program, which is ranked in the top 20 in the country.  We are excited about those programs being launched.”

The House and Senate Interim Committees on Education will meet in Northeast Arkansas next week.  They will be at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Monday afternoon and then will go to ASU-Newport and ASU-Beebe on Tuesday. Vice President for University Relations at the Arkansas State University System is Shane Broadway.  He says this will be a time for Arkansas State to tell its story of the many things that are going on, which he says benefits legislators as much as it benefits Arkansas State University.