The Craighead County Quorum Court unanimously approved 13-thousand-dollars for a needed upgrade to the radio system that rural firefighters use. The analog systems will be converted to digital signals and improvements will be made in the 911 center for dispatchers to communicate with firefighters a lot easier. Jeff Presley is the director of Jonesboro and Craighead County’s E-911
“It will be a command control radio system that will integrate into the current system and bring it up to date,” says Presley.
The Jonesboro City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the council.
Darrel Dover resigned his position at last week’s meeting. He is moving to Bentonville with his wife to spend more time with their grandchildren.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the position must live in Ward 5. Applicants must fill out paper work and submit at resume at the Jonesboro City Clerk’s Office, which is located in the City Clerk’s Office.
The deadline for filing will be Tuesday afternoon at five. The unexpired term lasts for the next 17 months.
The Jonesboro City Council passed a resolution supporting state and federal legislation that would enforce the collection of sales taxes from online transactions. The resolution now goes to the Arkansas Municipal League in Little Rock, where officials will ask for Governor Asa Hutchinson to call for a special session in a few weeks to consider the legislation. The state legislature voted down this legislation in the last session. Last night’s city council vote was not unanimous as eight aldermen voted in support of the resolution and four voted against. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.
A Jonesboro Alderman is stepping down from the city council. Darrel Dover was recognized by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin for years of service on the council. Dover was elected to the council in 2003. He tells KASU news he has enjoyed his time of service on the council.
Arkansas State University has launched the A-State Innovation System. The system is designed to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to access resources and bring ideas to the marketplace. Grand opening ceremonies for the Innovation System were held Monday. Ty Keller is the director of the A-State Innovation System.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has released an initial drawing of a proposal to extend Commerce Lane from Interstate 555 to Highway 49 in Jonesboro. Ruby Johnson is Public Involvement Section Head with the Highway Department. She says the project is in the initial planning stages and could change over time.
Craighead County has ten firefighting districts…mainly in rural areas. The districts are mostly volunteer. The Craighead County Quorum Court heard concerns from those fire districts about the need for communication upgrades.
The Harrisburg Road-Interstate 555 overpass is fully re-opened less than two weeks after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a support beam, killing the driver and causing severe structural damage to the bridge.
Crews from the Arkansas Department of Transportation have worked around the clock to first reopen a lane of traffic on the bridge that initially was estimated to require months to repair.
After initially saying earlier this week that it would be "several months" before traffic would be allowed back on the Harrisburg Road bridge, limited traffic is being allowed on the bridge. City officials worked with engineers from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to stabilize the bridge.
A collaborative project between Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank leads to the groundbreaking of a new Welcome Center on the Jonesboro campus. The center will have a full bank branch, as well as services to introduce visitors to Arkansas State. Interim Chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock says public-private partnerships, such as the Welcome Center, is something that is needed in higher education today.
A driver is dead after an impact at the Harrisburg bridge on I-555. 57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro was killed in the accident, according to the Jonesboro Police Department. The massive fire occurred after impact, but there was no word by Jonesboro Police of whether or not hazardous materials were carried by the truck.
Several businesses are in talks with Walnut Ridge officials about possibly building in the town…this only a month after U-S Senator John Boozman announced that U-S Highway 67/167 now has a “Future I-57” designation.
Arkansas State University's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program is hosting the first heritage national consortium at the Carl R. Reng Student Union. It takes place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18. Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore at Arkansas State talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves. Click on the Listen button. More information can be found here.