Monday night was the first Craighead County Quorum Court meeting without a longtime Justice of the Peace.
Jim Bryant passed away recently after an illness. He represented District 3. Bryant served on the Quorum Court for 27 years. Craighead County Judge Ed Hill said it was hard being at the meeting last night without Bryant. Hill told what he remembered most about how Bryant served on the Quorum Court.
On Friday, ASU-Newport’s Marked Tree campus turns 50 years old. A celebration takes place Friday afternoon on site from one to five. Director of Marketing and Communications at ASU-Newport Jeremy Shirley tells about how the Marked Tree campus got started.
Officials at Nucor Steel in Hickman made a major announcement during their 25th anniversary celebration near Blytheville Thursday.
A 230-million dollar expansion means 100 more jobs are coming to Nucor Steel. Vice President and General Manager MaryEmily Slate says the new mill is the first of its kind.
“This is the first mill in America that will take deeper reductions on higher strength steels so we can make stronger and lighter steels for many customers, including those in the automotive industry,” says Slate.
Jonesboro Unlimited announced that Hefei Risever Machinery Company is coming to Jonesboro. The new manufacturing plant will be built in the Craighead Technology Park on East Highland Drive in Jonesboro. Risever is a family-owned Chinese company that has three plants in China. This announcement means it will be Risever’s first American plant. General Manager of Risever Yonggang Lai says Jonesboro was chosen after more than 70 other cities were considered.
State officials are traveling across the state visiting sites where crisis stabilization units are to be located.
Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd was not at the Monday meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court, but County Judge Ed Hill told the public the county is looking at other options while a permanent building could be built. Hill says officials will look at several potential pieces of property where existing buildings could be leased to the county to act as a temporary crisis stabilization unit until a permanent building is constructed.
Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd is expected to provide an update on how much it might cost to build a facility to house a regional crisis stabilization center when he addresses the Craighead County Quorum Court tonight.
The county was one of four counties in the state to receive a one-point-six million dollar grant from the state to house a center. A total of five million dollars was released for the project by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.