Jonesboro

A public meeting on developing the “Railroad Corridor” from Aggie Road at Arkansas State University to Riceland Foods will be held this afternoon. 

The City of Jonesboro will use the input from citizens to apply for a “Brownfield” grant with Environmental Protection Agency to use towards the project. 

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department / Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

Friday will be a day that has been 40 years in the making.  

In the 1970’s, work started to turn Highway 63 into the Jonesboro bypass project.  Highway 63 eventually became a four-lane road that would connect Jonesboro to I-55.    

After four decades and $250 million of work on the highway, the numbers will change. 

During a ceremony at St. Bernards Auditorium, US 63 will become the new Interstate 555.  The new I-555 will consist of 44 miles from Highway 49 in Jonesboro to I-55 in Crittenden County. 

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project.  

The project is funded by the Keller family and will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  

According to KAIT, the project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center, which is expected to open by the middle of next year.  

Craighead County officials report a 2.88% increase in sales tax revenue for February; outperforming the state’s 2.3% increase.  

The Jonesboro Sun reports the county collected $1,956,723 from the 1% sales tax, which will be shared with the county’s 10 municipalities. 

Jonesboro also reported a 2.69% increase in the city’s separate 1% sales tax; earning $1,807,225. 

The numbers for February include activities from December.

  The Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 has submitted 585 pages of petitions opposing the controversial property maintenance code. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports, the committee submitted the petitions on February 12 bearing 5,032 signatures from Jonesboro voters asking for a special election.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said the committee needed 3,315 signatures for a special election to be called. 

8 Cities and Craighead Co. to Split District Court Fines

Feb 23, 2016

 

  An intergovernmental agreement has been reached that will allow eight cities and Craighead County to each electronically receive monies that have been paid through fines and fees from misdemeanors or other violations that are collected through District Court. 

Bay, Bono, Black Oak, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette, and Craighead County all have entered into the one year agreement, which states that the cities in which the offense takes place shall receive those funds on a monthly basis. 

Jonesboro City Officies will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 15.  

According to the City of Jonesboro website, the trash pick up schedule for the week will change as follows:

  The Jonesboro City Council Finance Committee is considering an ordinance which could add more than $1 million to the city employee pay plan.

Committee Chairman Darrell Dover told KAIT-TV that full-time city employees would receive a $1,000 pay increase.  Full-time employees with more than one year of service would receive $75 for every year employed up to 30 years annually for longevity pay.

Jonesboro City Council to Revisit 2016 Budget

Jan 4, 2016

  The Jonesboro City Council plans to discuss the 2016 operating budget at their meeting Tuesday.

The Jonesboro Sun reports the council heard its first of three required reading of the proposed budget on December 15. $42.32 million has been set aside for maintenance and operations in 2016--almost $2.5 million less than in 2015.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

St. Bernards Healthcare announces a $130 million expansion in downtown Jonesboro.  The Master plan will be done in four phases.  The plans include the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and the Heartcare Center---the center will be named after a former president and CEO of St. Bernards.

Monroe Street, in front of The Forum in Downtown Jonesboro, will be transformed into a public gathering place.  This day-long Pop Up in Jonesboro will show what that area of downtown could look like permanently.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.  

Wearing red T-shirts with the logo "Leave Your Mark", about one thousand students from several school districts in Craighead County participated in a student rally in downtown Jonesboro to celebrate a drug free life.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.

Arkansas for Tax Fairness Action Fund presented Congressman Rick Crawford an F for House votes they say help the rich and hurt the poor.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

Friday night, the Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro.  All proceeds will benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Restoration Project in Dyess.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the project and the concert with Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways.

A Mexican delegation from Queretaro, Mexico will be in Jonesboro Friday and Saturday.  Arkansas State University officials will meet with the delegation about the possibility of placing a campus of Arkansas State University in Queretaro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Arkansas State University's Chancellor of the Jonesboro Campus, Dr. Tim Hudson during Morning Edition. 

Arkansas State University's Theatre Department presents a production of "Nickel and Dimed".  This play examines the life of many Americans.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to the play's director, Jeff McLaughlin, associate professor of Theatre, in this Spotlight on the Arts Feature.

Every day, people across Arkansas make donations to Goodwill Stores.  There are over 20 stores statewide, with new stores opening in Jonesboro and Paragould.  Jonesboro's current location on South Caraway has been in the community since 1992. The new location will be across the street.  Proceeds from the stores help create jobs in Arkansas.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.

A 64-count indictment was unsealed yesterday after an 11-month long investigation took place in Jonesboro.   A methamphetamine distribution ring was broken up Wednesday morning.  27 people were arrested and three are still on the loose.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

Starting Sunday, September ninth, Bluesfest takes place at Craighead Forest Park in the Bandshell.  This is a free event that will also take place on the following two Sundays in September.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Hairy Larry about this annual event.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has opened its newest location in Jonesboro at Nettleton High School.  On this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at this organization.

After a recent shooting near the Texas A&M campus, some may be anxious about the safety of students as school is about to start at Arkansas State University.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, during Morning Edition and talked about student safety. 

Every year, thousands of Arkansans are diagnosed with cancer.  Learn the work Hope Circle volunteers are doing as they assist cancer patients.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves features Hope Circle in this edition of Making A Difference.  

The Fowler Family presented ASU Newport's Jonesboro Campus a one million dollar gift for the new Hospitality Services Education Building.  The 2.3 million dollar building should be complete in eight months with classes expected to start next August.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.

In this latest edition of Spotlight On the Arts, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with new Executive Director of the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro Karl Hollander.  Also, FOA Follies takes place on August 3rd.  Those will be discussed as the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro is featured during this Spotlight On the Arts.

With the Craighead County Fair slated to start September 17th, construction crews are racing to get the projects done in time for the fair.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report. 

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