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KASU is your connection to local news and views.  Here are a list of stories which affects you and our friends who listen to us here in Northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel, and West Tennessee.

Arkansas State University

The 2017 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival takes place over three days in October.  It will be held October 19th through the 21st.  

On Monday, February 13th, Rosanne Cash will be in Dyess to announce the festival talent that will perform.  

The new event that combines educational activities in Dyess, as well as entertainment and special events, continues the legacy of the earlier concert series held in Jonesboro.

The press conference featuring Rosanne Cash starts at 1:30 Monday afternoon and you can see the press conference LIVE on KASU Public Radio's Facebook Page.  

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — About 80 members of the Arkansas National Guard are headed to the Middle East for a deployment in Kuwait.

A send-off ceremony was held Sunday at Camp Robinson for members of the 77th Combat Aviation Brigade. The group includes aviation support personnel who will provide helicopter maintenance and operation in Kuwait.

Officials with the Guard say about 400 Arkansans are now deployed to Kuwait, while another 700 National Guard members are stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas, as they prepare for a deployment to Africa.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Monday, January 16, 2017 was the 15th anniversary of the annual Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live and captured the festivities with Facebook Live.  Click on the video below to watch the program.

53-years ago, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave the famous “I Have A Dream” speech.  In that speech, he called for equality and unity for all people.  The speech is also at the heart of many service projects that take place nationwide, because the speech was a call to action.  Millions of Americans across the county honor the memory of the late Dr. King by serving others.  The message of serving others is what the annual holiday is all about. 

City of Jonesboro

The City of Jonesboro will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. As such, the sanitation schedule has been revised and changes are outlined below.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

 Almost 700 veterans from Northeast Arkansas are taken to the Veterans Administration hospitals in Little Rock and Memphis.  Disabled American Veterans is getting a new van to replace one that had over 170-thousand miles.  Vans take veterans to Little Rock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and to Memphis on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Lloyd Davis has been volunteer driving for six years.  He says the service is one that is needed in this region.

Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library

In 2017, the Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library turns 100 years.   Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the history of the museum and how the museum is evolving in a digital age.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Events begin Thursday in Memphis to mark what would have been Elvis Presley's 82nd birthday, with a cake-cutting ceremony on the front lawn of his home at Graceland.

(Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - One-year-old formerly conjoined twin girls from Nigeria are continuing their recovery at a Tennessee hospital.

The Commercial Appeal  reports the parents of Miracle and Testimony Ayeni are delighted by their progress. Mary Ayeni says her daughters "eat whatever you put in front of them."

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Law enforcement across the nation are on the lookout for drunk drivers this holiday season. 

The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is now underway.  Through New Year’s Day, officers are stepping up their enforcement efforts reduce drunk driving. 

The Triple A is anticipating record numbers of people on the roads through the end of the year…that increases the chances of crashes due to impaired driving. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University's student-run publication The Herald has been printing papers for 95 years.  A special celebration of this event is taking place at Arkansas State University.  Two interviews can be listened to that explains the importance of The Herald, especially in a time where print media is facing significant challenges.  

Paul Holmes, Jonesboro Police Department

This release from the Jonesboro Police Department, courtesy of Paul Holmes.   

Two Jonesboro police officers have been chosen as the winners of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation’s inaugural “Save a Life Award.” The Stop the Bleeding Foundation, a non-profit organization, was begun by Dr. Spencer Guinn of Jonesboro, an orthopedic surgeon who has combat surgery experience with the United States Army in Iraq.

City of Jonesboro

The 69th Annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade is set for Thursday night.  Jonesboro Jaycees has released a map of the parade route which can be seen below:

The parade route will begin at the Main St/W Cherry Ave intersection and move north to W. Huntington.  The route will then go west on Huntington and then go south on Union St. until ending at the W. Oak Ave intersection.

City of Jonesboro

  The Chairman of the Jonesboro A&P Commission was found dead in his home.  Thom Beasley was on the commission for the past 10 years, and was instrumental in bringing a convention center to Jonesboro.  

 

The City of Jonesboro released a statement from Mayor Harold Perrin regarding the death of Jonesboro businessman and Advertising and Promotions chairman Thom Beasley:

 

Winter Wonderland, Rink hours set

Nov 21, 2016
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Dates and times for the City of Jonesboro’s Winter Wonderland and First Community Bank Wonderland Rink have been set.

Winter Wonderland, which is free to all, will be open Nov. 30 thru Dec. 21. The Christmas-themed entertainment venue for kids is at 215 W. Monroe Ave., and will be open 5:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-8 p.m. Saturdays. Santa will be available to the kids on Wednesday, Nov. 30; Thursday, Dec. 8; Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20.

City of Jonesboro

Thanksgiving is next week and the City of Jonesboro wants you to be aware of some activity that will take place ahead of the holiday.

Arthur Agee

In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves interviews Arthur Agee.  The Arkansas State University Alumnus was featured in the 1994 film Hoop Dreams.  The documentary focused on basketball, but also tackled some of the many challenges that youth face today.  Agee is bringing his tour to Jonesboro and to the state.  You can listen to this interview above.  

Arkansas State University

ROTC's chapter at Arkansas State University celebrates 80 years.  KASU's Mike Doyle has this interview with Major Brian Mason, Senior Assistant Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University, and Richard Carvell, member of Disabled American Veterans.  Click on the Listen button to hear this feature.  

A private ceremony was held Tuesday in Cash for the 3 young children who died in a house fire last Wednesday.

Cash Assistant Fire Chief Ron Eaton told KAIT the mother of the children was released from the hospital.  The mother, Jennifer Jones, sustained burns from the fire while trying to save her children and was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

The Cash Fire Department will have an event on November 18 to raise money for the family.

AETN

The Arkansas Educational Television Newtork has announced that its executive director, Allen Weatherly, passed away this morning.  According to AETN Public Relations Manager Tiffany Head, Weatherly came to AETN in 1993 as deputy director of the network. He became executive director in 2001.

Head says he leaves behind a loving family, a dedicated staff and a legacy of more than 36 years in public media.   Updates and arrangements will be shared at aetn.org.

Fund To Replace Slain Child's Headstone Reaches Goal

Nov 1, 2016

An effort to raise funds to replace the vandalized headstone of a Westside Middle School shooting victim has reached its goal.

The headstone marking the grave of Stephanie Johnson at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery was discovered knocked over and broken Oct. 20. Stephanie Johnson was 12 years old when she and four others were slain in 1998 by two classmates.

Fund Established to Replace Slain Child's Headstone

Oct 21, 2016

A fund has been established to raise funds to replace the vandalized headstone of a Westside Middle School shooting victim.

The headstone marking the grave of Stephanie Johnson at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery was discovered knocked over and broken Thursday. Stephanie Johnson was 12 years old when she and four others were slain in 1998 by two classmates.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott worked with representatives of Bear State to establish the fund for the headstone replacement.

UPDATE:  9:24 AM:  BRTC Pocahontas campus is all clear.  The lockdown has been lifted.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

A locally produced film that focuses on the problem of human sex trafficking is receiving high praise at film festivals across the nation and will be shown in Hollywood this month.  KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves talks with producer and director Hunter West about his film “Ridge Runners”.   Click on the Listen button to hear the interview. 

City of Jonesboro

The City of Jonesboro has announced the following streets and parking lot closing schedule for this weekend's BBQ Fest in the downtown area:

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