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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he could make an announcement this week on which person will lead Jonesboro Police Department in the future.  The Sun Newspaper reports Perrin told the audience at last night’s City Council meeting the next chief may already be working for the city.  He says there are qualified candidates within the department, and he tells the Sun he spent much of the Labor Day weekend reviewing the qualifications of the captains and lieutenants on the force to see who would be the best qualified for the position.  Perrin says he will make a decision soon.  Forme

Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide in Jonesboro.  The incident happened yesterday morning when 17-year-old Diamond Ebron was gunned down in the driveway of her home in the 3100 block of Ashwood Drive.  Police say the shooting happened just after ten yesterday morning.  The suspect in the shooting, 26-year-old Kenneth Thomas of Jonesboro, reportedly fled the scene and was pulled over about ten minutes later on Arkansas Highway 226.  The Sun Newspaper reports when officers ordered Thomas out of his vehicle, they heard a single gunshot and reportedly found Thomas dead from a gunsho

A gynecologist accused of taking photographs of his patients is facing three more charges of video voyeurism.  68 year old Dr.

Video visitation services for inmates at the new Greene County jail in Paragould are expected to start this week.  Greene County Jail administrator Dave Tierney tells the Associated Press inmates and visitors should be able to talk to each other via video starting September 3.  He says the process will eliminate face-to-face visits.  The new video calls will be available through appointments and will be recorded.  The services are a key feature of the new 75,000 square-foot jail, which opened last month.  Nearly 500 inmates can be housed at the new facility.  The new jail is possible due to

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Big River Steel take place September 22.  The Blytheville Courier News says the event is invitation-only, and is expected to host numerous dignitaries, including Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.  Construction on the $1.3 billion project is expected to take at least two years.  Once built, at least 500 workers will be employed, averaging salaries of $75,000.  The project is moving forward, despite attempts to stop it from Nucor Steel in Blytheville.  Nucor has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming the company is violating the Clean Air Act.  The project is bei

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering grants to get more locally produced food into the state’s schools.  Applications are being accepted to those who produce food themselves, or make foods that come from small farmers.  Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce tells the Associated Press the goal is to increase the amount of Missouri-made food that is served to students at breakfast and lunch.  Application deadline is October 31 and grant amounts are up to $200,000.  More information is available here.

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is adding a new route today.  Director Steve Ewart says Route 57 will serve Northeast Jonesboro.  The bus will make stops about every 30 minutes and will connect the neighborhoods and institutions in the vicinity of East Aggie Road and Airport Road, the new NEA Baptist Hospital, and the area around Pleasant Grove Road with  Arkansas State University and the rest of Jonesboro.  Ewart says the route has been planned for more than two years and will be available from 5:43 am to 6:09 pm.  More information here:

School officials at Buffalo Island Central are asking for a millage increase that would last for 30 years.  The proposal would raise the millage from 33 to 42 mills.  Superintendent Gaylon Taylor tells KAIT the increase would fund a $19.5 million dollar school that would combine the four campuses of the district into one facility, serving Pre-K through 12th grade.

If the Lawrence County jail is forced to shut down next month, one option the county would have is to ship their inmates to other counties, and reimburse those counties for the use of the facilities; however, that may be easier said than done.   Space is very limited at other county jails, according to a report from the Sun newspaper.  Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd has closed his county’s jail to misdemeanor inmates, citing a backlog of inmates that are waiting to be transferred to an Arkansas Department of Correction facility.  Boyd says the only people they are accepting ar

As Pocahontas and surrounding communities get ready for Peco Foods to come to the region, a grant has been awarded to help in the preparation process.  KAIT reports the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority has received $20,000 to help alleviate the expenses for traveling to communities who have seen the start of major facilities.  Executive Director Wayne Gearhart says they are visiting the communities to get advice on how to prepare and what pitfalls the communities should avoid.  The money for the research is coming from Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for

The Downtown Jonesboro Parking Lot at Cate and Church Streets will be available for this Saturday’s Arkansas State University football game against Montana State.  The Jonesboro Economical Transit System will provide low cost shuttle service from the city’s downtown parking lot to Centennial Bank Stadium, starting at three Saturday.  Buses will run every 30 minutes until six.  The kickoff for Saturday night’s game is 6:30 pm.  The Jets Buses will provide return service back to the downtown parking area at ten and 20 minutes after the game is over.  Director of JETS Steve Ewart says the rate

Lawrence County’s jail is to be shut down next month.  The Sun newspaper reports members of the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee went to the jail yesterday and was about to order the immediate shut down of the facility.  After meeting with those officials, Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman stated the county was given until September 17th to work on some of the many issues the jail has.  Freeman says the jail is expected to close soon because it has failed inspections over the last ten years.

Next football season, Arkansas State University will kick off their home stand by hosting the University of Missouri in Jonesboro.  After contemplating undisclosed offers to move the game to St. Louis, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir made the announcement during a press conference yesterday at Centennial Bank Stadium.

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's office.)

(Courtesy of Arkansas State University.)

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Tuesday the single largest personal gift commitment in its history, a $5 million contribution by the Johnny Allison family that will be used in conjunction with A-State’s “Centennial Expansion” project. 

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Health.)

The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public. There are no U.S. Health and Human Services’ shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Bebee's office.)

Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointments:

Kim Davis, Fayetteville, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Replaces Brenda Gullett.

Dr. Milton “Olin” Cook, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020.

Christopher Gilliam, Sr., Magnolia, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020. Replaces Kaneaster Hodges.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit before traveling over the Labor Day weekend. Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as manylanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.Drivers are urged to plan ahead by visiting for the latest travelinformation.

(Resignation letter courtesy of KAIT.)

(Courtesy of the American Red Cross.)

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Clean up in Hoxie continues after a deadly train collision Sunday morning that killed two railroad workers and injured two more workers.  Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate what caused the accident while highway crews are working on cleaning up the accident site.  Federal investigators tell the Associated Press they are looking at a signal to see if it gave any final instruction to a southbound train to see whether it was signaled to slow down to stop.  Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head on around three Sunday morning.  U-S Highway 67

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to close its three regional claim centers in Jonesboro, Springdale and Camden, a move it expects will save roughly $381,000 annually.

The commission said it expected the savings to fund additional scholarships for Arkansas students.

The locations will close when the leases run out.

The claim centers in Jonesboro and Camden will close down effective November 30, 2014. The Springdale center will close effective October 1, 2014.

An 18-year-old freshman at Arkansas State University is in the intensive care unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after an accident occurred Tuesday night at a fraternity house.  University police tell the Sun newspaper Natalie Eaton of Harrisburg was badly hurt when a piece of a broken golf club pierced her neck.  Her condition is not known.  Officials say a 19 year old male student threw a football to another person who tried to hit the football with the golf club.  The club’s shaft reportedly broke and pierced Eaton.  A second student was hurt in the incident, but pol

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is praising the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate for what he calls a plan that will provide Arkansas with lower taxes and better educational opportunities.  Speaking to reporters before a fundraiser in Jonesboro, Romney told why he was endorsing Asa Hutchinson.

(Courtesy of Roby Brock.)

Highland Pellets LLC, an Arkansas company, will build a $130 million, 500,000 metric ton wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff creating 35 jobs.

Highland Pellets is a privately held company with industry veterans from the wood pellet, finance, and energy markets.