The ASU Board of Trustees will consider the current weapons policy throughout the Arkansas State University System during its meeting in West Memphis tomorrow. The current policy does not allow for carrying concealed weapons on any campus in the system, and it is expected to be continued for the next year. According to state law, universities across the state are to readopt the policy every year.
The Jonesboro Economic Transit System’s director is retiring. Steve Ewart told the JETS Advisory Committee yesterday that he plans to step down from the position at the end of June. The director’s position is being advertised on the City of Jonesboro’s website and applications are being taken through Monday.
Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election. The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first. Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:
Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000. He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:
Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff. In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:
KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects. Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:
Craighead County continues to collect delinquent taxes that are owed to the county. At one point, the county was owed millions of dollars in past due business and personal property taxes…over 611-thousand of those dollars were from delinquent business taxes that dated back to 2008.
Officials with the Arkansas World Trade Center are coming to Jonesboro next week. President and CEO Dan Hendrix will tour several companies next Thursday and will have a meeting with the City of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cooper Alumni Center that day at 4:30 pm. Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen tells about the Arkansas World Trade Center:
She tells about the significance of having the Arkansas World Trade Center in Jonesboro:
KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senate Candidate Conner Eldridge. Eldridge is challenging current U.S. Senator John Boozman. In this interview, we learn about Conner and his views on the economy, healthcare, jobs and trade. Click on the Listen button to hear the complete interview.
A Texas-based communications company is opening in Paragould. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission made the announcement today. GW Communications will operate an office at 1707 Linwood Drive and will employ 28 people. The new jobs will include computer operator positions and CAD Drafting. According to the news release, GW Communications provides broadband services to telecommunications, cable, and other industries.
All five candidates for the Ward 6, position 1, vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council will participate Thursday in a public forum sponsored by the City of Jonesboro. The 2-hour event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.
The candidates, who will be on a May 10 special election ballot, are:
• James W. Bowman of 4410 Mockernut Lane, a riverboat captain;
• Phillip Cook of 5216 Richardson Drive, a retired co-owner of a tool and die company;
Racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system were discussed last night during a community meeting at Arkansas State University. Some eye-opening results from a research study were discussed during the meeting.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law conducted the study in 2013. A research team collected data from the institutional and mental health records of 836 prisoners who were convicted of robbery and homicides in the state. Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro of the UALR Bowen School of Law gave the initial findings of the study:
33 Jonesboro residents are graduating from the Jonesboro Citizens Police Academy. The event takes place at St. Bernard’s Auditorium tonight. Sgt. Cassie Brandon teaches the class and says this is the third academy that has been held. Over 60 residents have gone through the course, and a summer and fall academy is being planned. Brandon tells KASU news why she thinks there has been such a demand for this course:
She says citizens get a better understanding of law enforcement and the Jonesboro Police Department also sees a lot of benefits from the academy:
The city of Jonesboro is applying for a TIGER transportation grant that would place a connector and a bridge at Patrick Street. The total project cost would be $15.6 million…80% of the grant money would come from the TIGER grant and the remaining 20% would come from the city of Jonesboro.
Under the plan, the Patrick Street connector and bridge would replace Bridge Street’s aging bridge. Bridge Street would become an overpass for pedestrians and bicycles. The Fisher Street crossing would close after the Patrick Street bridge would open.
The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is trying to prepare for an increase in the number of para-transit riders.
These riders use JETS buses to get to their health care appointments. The numbers of people using public transportation for health care needs makes up a large chunk of public transit riders nationwide.
JETS Director Steve Ewart fully expects those numbers to catch up to Jonesboro in the very near future. The numbers of riders of JETS continues to increase and Ewart says he expects a spike in riders to go to health care appointments to rise.
The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring. The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million.
The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor. The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties.
A candidate forum at the Jonesboro Kiwanis club featured four candidates for the Jonesboro City Council’s alderman race in Ward 6 Position 1. Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Bobby Long, and Joseph Woodbury participated in the forum. James Bowman is a riverboat captain and was not able to attend.
The forum focused mainly on the controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro. The code is up for repeal during a May tenth vote. Dr. Richard Wang says he supports the code:
The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:
Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.
Craighead County is continuing to make strides in collecting delinquent taxes that are owed to the county. During a meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court’s Finance and Administration Committee, Administrative Assistant Tony Thomas provided numbers about the recent collections over the past month. Over one million dollars in taxes have been collected, which includes almost $500,000 in both delinquent personal property and business taxes. Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips says that since 2008, the county has been owed at least 611-thousand dollars in delinquent busines
The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 39-thousand dollar grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers. Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program:
Arkansas State University has presented seven students with the Distinguished Service Award during an event at the Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro. Erin Wadley became the recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor, last night during a reception on the campus.
"I wouldn't be where I am at today without Arkansas State University," Wadley said after winning.