Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River and local agencies are responding to a sunken vessel discharging oil near mile marker 823 on the lower Mississippi River near Blytheville, Arkansas, January 24, 2017. Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles / U.S. Coast Guard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken vessel discharging oil near mile marker 823 on the lower Mississippi River near Blytheville, Arkansas, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders were notified by Terral River Service at 5:35 a.m. of the uninspected towing vessel Virginia Renee sunk at its mooring at Hickman Landing. The Virginia Renee has a reported 10,000 gallons of diesel aboard.

Involved in the response are:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.


The Arkansas Department of Education is recommending that the Blytheville School District no longer be classified as being “in academic distress.”

That classification is given to individual schools and school districts when over a three year period 49% of their students score at or below proficiency in math and reading.  Proficiency is measured by state mandated testing.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) — Production is beginning at a new, $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Big River Steel has begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill at the new facility in Mississippi County. The steel mill was the first "superproject" to be approved under a 2004 state constitutional amendment that allows the state to borrow money to help lure major employers.


A Blytheville native has won a national award for her work in advancing the state’s Career Technical Education programs. 

Audit Reveals 3 Major Issues for Blytheville

Feb 19, 2016

An audit of the City of Blytheville reveals 3 major issues involving sales taxes, the police chief’s office, and the Advertising and Promotions Commission.

The Jonesboro Sun reports in the audit released Wednesday the city failed to file and pay over $1 million dollars in sales and use taxes between September 2008 and August 2014.

Early last February, the city mortgaged a piece of land and signed an agreement with the state Department of Finance and Administration for 30 monthly payments of $36,437 with 2.5% interest.

Blytheville owes over three million dollars in unpaid payroll taxes and penalties.  A special election is set for March 13th, but there are concerns about this issue.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

The annual Lights of the Delta continue through Christmas in Blytheville.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report on how the event has spurred economic growth in the town.

Lights of the Delta continues in Blytheville.  Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways Dr. Ruth Hawkins talks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about what the event means to the state in terms of tourism. 

Lights of the Delta is going on in Blytheville.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Executive Director George Hubbard about the Lights and the impact they have had on Blytheville.