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The Police Officer Compensation Committee has a plan for addressing Jonesboro Police salary

Chairman of both the Officer Compensation and Public Safety Council Committees, Alderman Mitch Johnson briefly revealed the plan to the Jonesboro City Council at on Tuesday’s meeting. 

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    The Jonesboro City Council has tabled an ordinance that would annex 20 acres into the city.  The property in question is located in north Jonesboro near Highway 49.  While 20 acres doesn’t sound like a lot of property, Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller told the Jonesboro City Council the city’s services already cover a huge area.

"We already cover at least 80 square miles of property in Jonesboro.  While this 20 acres does not sound like a lot, this can open the door for larger annexations, which could cause problems for us in the future."

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Recent fatal police shootings of 2 African American men, followed by violent retaliation by some against officers in Dallas & Baton Rouge has the nation on edge.

Black communities and law enforcement are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other in cities affected by violence, even here in Arkansas:

“We already have a target," said Keithston Page.  "Not only being Black, but being a man, period, in this White man’s world."

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Officials for Jonesboro and Memphis are facing disciplinary action for posting  racially controversial messages on social media.

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler was suspended for 2 weeks without pay  on Wednesday after sending a racially controversial tweet.

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  Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler is to be reprimanded by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin after a comment was released on Twitter that some say is racist.  

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Jonesboro’s mayor says clearing out the city’s ditches will be a full time job.  The Jonesboro City Council has approved the purchase of a Caterpillar excavator and hiring two employees to the city’s street department.  Harold Perrin tells KASU news the new equipment and manpower will be clearing out and maintaining the more than 60 miles of ditches in the city that are blamed for historic flooding that occurred in May.  He says it was deemed to be more cost effective to do it this way than to bring in an outside contractor to do the work “one-time”.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Around 200 people in Craighead County have applied for state assistance after the May 24th rains that flooded significant parts of Jonesboro and Craighead County.  Most of the applicants live in Jonesboro and county officials are now in the process of visiting each applicant.  David Moore is the Director of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Services.  He tells what is going on now.

“We are processing the applications and we have someone who is doing inspections at the sites.  Applicants will be interviewed and information will be collected at this part of the process.”

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Students from the Arkansas State University Department of Art have been working on painting this mural in downtown Jonesboro.  On Friday,  the students were joined with city officials for a ribbon cutting of the unveiling of their work.  Thanks to KASU's Doreen Selden for taking the pictures of the festivities.

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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.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

  The Arkansas Department of Human Services could be reorganized soon.   Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin was directed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to look at how to make the state agency more efficient.  

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  Jonesboro City Planning Director Otis Spriggs announced Monday he will be resigning from his office.  According to a press release from the city, Spriggs has accepted an offer to become a development director in the greater Houston area. 

The Baton Rouge native served as city planning director for 10 years.  Spriggs helped the city create a Development Review Guide for developers working in Jonesboro and digitizing the department’s paperwork. 

Mayor Harold Perrin said finding a replacement for Spriggs will be difficult, but a priority.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The names of those who lost their lives in a mass shooting in Orlando were read during a candlelight vigil at Arkansas State last night (Monday).  A light rain fell over a crowd of concerned citizens and members of Jonesboro’s LGBTQ community who mourned those who lost their lives early Sunday morning. 

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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. 

  Arkansas joins the rest of the nation in reacting to Sunday’s shooting massacre in Orlando, FL at a Gay nightclub.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) called the shooting a form of radical Islamic terrorism and as an “attack on our freedoms.”

He said the country should “do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS using whatever means possible to protect Americans at home and abroad.” 

Here's Boozman's full official statement:

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The look of downtown Jonesboro is changing.  A $130 million renovation of St. Bernards is underway.  The work is being done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2019. 

Construction is taking place on the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and it should be finished this fall. 

Initial work on phase two is also underway, which includes adding new catheterization labs, hybrid labs and additional invasive services to the Heartcare Center.  That will be complete in the winter of 2017. 

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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.

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Early voting ends today in Jonesboro in the Ward 6, Position 1 alderman’s race.  Bobby Long and Richard Wang are facing each other to determine who will be on the city council. 

Tim McCall resigned from the council earlier this year after he moved out of his ward.  The winner of tomorrow’s special election will serve on the council through December 31st, 2018. 

Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 tomorrow night.

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    In this interview, Congressman Rick Crawford talks about his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presumptive nominee, his thoughts on the Obama Administration's directive concerning transgender bathrooms, the new DO medical school that will be dedicated in Jonesboro Thursday, and other issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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The city of Jonesboro is asking residents who have sustained damage from this week’s flooding event to contact them immediately.  City officials Thursday estimated 75 properties that sustained flood damage and are expecting the number to increase.  Reports of damage will be used to help the city receive state and federal assistance to help those affected.  

Please read the press release below for  more details on how to contact the city for assistance:

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In the latest Governor appointments, 6 Northeast Arkansans were announced on Wednesday. 

Robbie Cline, Danny Finch, and Jason Willis all of Jonesboro were appointed to various state boards.  Larry Jayroe and Vera Dawson of Forrest City and Marcus Creasy of Drasco were also recently appointed. 

You can see the full list of the 23 appointees from the press release below:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Officials with the Arkansas World Trade Center are coming to Jonesboro next week.  President and CEO Dan Hendrix will tour several companies next Thursday and will have a meeting with the City of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cooper Alumni Center that day at 4:30 pm.  Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen tells about the Arkansas World Trade Center:

She tells about the significance of having the Arkansas World Trade Center in Jonesboro:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Citizens voiced their concerns over police salary at the Jonesboro Public Safety Committee special meeting. 

On Thursday, media outlets report Public Safety Committee Chairman Alderman Mitch Marshall called the meeting in response to the recent police protest.  In April, Officers parked their patrol cars in the parking lot of the Municipal Building and left a note to Mayor Harold Perrin to bring awareness to the issue. 

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