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Federal lawsuits are pending over a project to build a transmission line through Arkansas delivering wind energy from Oklahoma to the Memphis area. In this week’s issue of Arkansas Business there’s a closer look at the arguments involved in the case involving two groups of landowners who would have to sell property. 

From reporter Kyle Massey:

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The Craighead County Quorum Court is looking at how to improve drainage throughout the county.  Justices of the Peace have asked Craighead County Judge Ed Hill to look at how to make all of the drainage districts in the county to be more effective.  They say some districts work very well at raising money and using those funds to clear out ditches and work on drainage issues. 

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Jonesboro officials joined the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for a ribbon cutting of Parker Road extension to Washington Avenue.  The two-point-two million dollar project was shared by both the state and the city.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the extension will help relieve traffic as well as help with future growth in the area.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on Thursday hosted U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael A. Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegations to further advance long-term stormwater drainage planning.

AHTD Lists Major Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

Sep 2, 2016
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  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling this Labor Day holiday 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 many lanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.

Two landowner groups along the proposed $2 billion Plains & Clean Line project filed a legal complaint Monday against the U.S. Department of Energy and the Southwestern Power Administration over the use of federal eminent domain powers in Arkansas to benefit a Texas for-profit venture group.

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Okay.  Pop quiz.

Do you want to be poor?  Do you want to have you or your children wake up every morning wondering where their next meal is coming from?  Is it your biggest aspiration to get locked up over and over again?

These are some of the same questions Dr. Marcella Wilson asked herself over 10 years ago while living in Detroit.  She tells her story in front of a packed audience at the E. Boone Watson Center in North Jonesboro.

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                The City of Jonesboro’s Grants and Community Development Department is conducting an analysis of impediments to fair housing.  Two public hearings will be held and your participation is requested.  

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Various road construction projects are taking place this week in Northeast Arkansas.

In Craighead County, the state Highway and Transportation department will replace a drainage culvert underneath a strech of road on highway 351 around the Crowley's Ridge Raceway.  A portion of the road will be close Wednesday until 4:30.  More details are available here.

Also on Wednesday, the east end of Aggie Rd will be closed as crews work to install a pipe. 

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will close off a portion of state highway 351 (Old Greensboro Rd.) Wednesday for road work.  

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  Wednesday is the deadline for flood victims in Craighead County to apply for state assistance. 

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  Even though Craighead County has officially been declared a disaster area, a call center may not be set up in the area until sometime next week. 

Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Director David Moore told the Jonesboro Sun Monday the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management told him to expect a delay in establishing the call center. 

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  Craighead County has been declared a disaster area by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The official announcement came from a press release of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management over the weekend.  Public Assistance Programs and Individual Assistance Programs have been authorized to assist eligible applicants affected by the May 24th Flood. 

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  A portion of Arkansas Highway 226 in southwest Jonesboro (Woodsprings Rd-Hidden Hill Creek) will be closed Wednesday, June 8 for maintenance work. 

The state highway department will be replacing old drainage tiles that cross the highway at the location. 

Motorists are encouraged to use Neel Road to US 49 to access highway 226 south of Dickson Road for local access (see map below).  

Maintenance is expected to start at 7 in the morning and to be complete by the late afternoon.

ADEM officials assess Jonesboro flood damage

Jun 6, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are in Jonesboro assessing flood damaged areas in the city.  They are determining whether Governor Asa Hutchinson should declare the area a state disaster.  Hutchinson visited with Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin last week for a tour of the areas damaged by the May 24th flood.  City and Craighead County emergency officials are still asking for affected residents to submit photos and estimates of damages sustained from the flood.  Contact information can be found at the link at the top of this website. 

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