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A-State Selects Dr. Carl Cates as Dean of New College

Apr 29, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Arkansas State University is appointing Dr. Carl Cates of Valdosta State University to be the first dean of a newly structured college that combines programs in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, media and communication.

Cates currently is associate dean of the College of the Arts at the Georgia institution where he has served on faculty and in academic leadership roles for the past 23 years.

A Texas-based communications company is opening in Paragould.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission made the announcement today. GW Communications will operate an office at 1707 Linwood Drive and will employ 28 people.  The new jobs will include computer operator positions and CAD Drafting.  According to the news release, GW Communications provides broadband services to telecommunications, cable, and other industries.

St. Bernards

 St. Bernards has announced the addition of pediatrician Doctor Justin Yancey to the medical staff. 

According to St. Bernard’s press release, Yancey will be working with the hospital to develop the pediatric hospitalist program. 

The West Helena native will also work with students of the New York Institute of Technology D.O. medical school at his Alma Mater of Arkansas State University, which is set to open in the fall

Jonesboro Ward 6 Aldermen candidates to debate

Apr 28, 2016

All five candidates for the Ward 6, position 1, vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council will participate Thursday in a public forum sponsored by the City of Jonesboro. The 2-hour event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.

The candidates, who will be on a May 10 special election ballot, are:

• James W. Bowman of 4410 Mockernut Lane, a riverboat captain;

• Phillip Cook of 5216 Richardson Drive, a retired co-owner of a tool and die company;

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The United States continues to work with other countries in ironing out the details of the Trans-Pacific  Partnership agreement.  On Monday,  Tom Vilsack,  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, met with agricultural leaders in Vietnam to discuss the agreement.  

Vietnam is one of 12 countries involved with the TPP and is considered as one of the fastest growing agricultural markets for the U.S.  Some of the top products for the Vietnam market are grown in Arkansas, such as cotton, rice, and soybeans.  

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Craighead County joins cities such as Fayetteville and Rogers in recording double digit revenue increases for April. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports a 14% increase in county sales tax revenue this month compared to last April.  County officials say the county’s 1% sales tax brought in over $1.6 million in April. 

Jonesboro saw a 13% increase in its sales tax revenue which equates to more than $1.3 million . 

Sales tax collections across Arkansas were up by 7.8%, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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The City of Caraway is under a boil order today. 

KAIT-TV reports the city superintendent placed the city under the order after police reported water spilling onto the street.  Water samples are being sent to the health department lab in Paragould for analysis. 

Results are expected in about 24 hours. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends boiling water for at least one minute before consuming.

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  The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a charity scam in the area. 

KAIT-TV reports Sheriff Marty Boyd sent an email Monday warning of a man contacting local businesses on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association.  The scammer says the money is for the “COPS for Kids” program which goes to support 2 kids in Bay. 

Boyd said the ASA collects donations by selling ads or merchandise in person with a deputy present—never by phone. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

U. S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is working to turn another Arkansas highway into a major interstate. 

Boozman included a provision last week in the 2017 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill, to designate US Highway 67 as “Future I-57.” 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system were discussed last night during a community meeting at Arkansas State University.  Some eye-opening results from a research study were discussed during the meeting. 

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law conducted the study in 2013.  A research team collected data from the institutional and mental health records of 836 prisoners who were convicted of robbery and homicides in the state.  Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro of the UALR Bowen School of Law gave the initial findings of the study:

Jonesboro’s property maintenance code is up for a vote next month.  Early voting is scheduled to start May third and election day is May 10th. 

Officials are concerned the ballot language may be confusing to voters.  Jonesboro City Attorney Carol Duncan says citizens need to know they are voting on the repeal of the code.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

33 Jonesboro residents are graduating from the Jonesboro Citizens Police Academy.  The event takes place at St. Bernard’s Auditorium tonight.  Sgt. Cassie Brandon teaches the class and says this is the third academy that has been held.  Over 60 residents have gone through the course, and a summer and fall academy is being planned.  Brandon tells KASU news why she thinks there has been such a demand for this course:

She says citizens get a better understanding of law enforcement and the Jonesboro Police Department also sees a lot of benefits from the academy:

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Passing of 2015 legislation allowing county courthouse employees in Arkansas to carry concealed handguns on county properties has sparked action for 2 Northeast Arkansas counties.

KAIT-TV reports the Cross County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday allowing full-time employees and elected official to carry handguns on the property. 

City of Jonesboro

The city of Jonesboro is applying for a TIGER transportation grant that would place a connector and a bridge at Patrick Street.  The total project cost would be $15.6 million…80% of the grant money would come from the TIGER grant and the remaining 20% would come from the city of Jonesboro. 

Under the plan, the Patrick Street connector and bridge would replace Bridge Street’s aging bridge.  Bridge Street would become an overpass for pedestrians and bicycles.  The Fisher Street crossing would close after the Patrick Street bridge would open.  

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Dealing with a downturn in the agricultural economy is the big topic of discussion at the third annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

Conference spokesman and National Agricultural Law Center Director Harrison Pittman says Mid-South agriculture is uniquely impacted by changes in state, federal, & international policies.  He says the goal is to bring awareness to how those changes affect the industry.

A proposed crosswalk on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro has been nixed due to safety concerns. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Organization’s Policy Committee that he received the news from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  U. S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) has returned from his “fact-finding” mission to Cuba for his agricultural trade bill.  He shared his experience with Talk Business and Politics on their TV show over the weekend.  He said he was “pleasantly surprised” about his visit.

Jonesboro Police Department

  Jonesboro Police are looking for a couple associated with a theft at Sissy’s Log Cabin.  Police responded to a call Thursday evening at the jewelry store. 

According to JPD, a pair of earrings was stolen from the store.  Officials believe the suspects were last seen in a blue Hyundai Santa Fe with California tags. 

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Jonesboro Police Department.

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  The Doc Rock Half Marathon and 5-k will take place in Jonesboro Saturday.  The events are expected to go from 7:30am until about 11am.  Here is a list of intersections that will be affected by the events:

A-State announces annual Spring Game Coaches

Apr 14, 2016

Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans and two Arkansas State football all-time greats, Demario Davis and Don Jones, will be taking on the role of “Celebrity Coaches” during A-State’s annual spring game April 15, and the Red Wolves are also looking for 10 guest assistant coaches to join the action.

Jonesboro JETS

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is trying to prepare for an increase in the number of para-transit riders.   

These riders use JETS buses to get to their health care appointments.  The numbers of people using public transportation for health care needs makes up a large chunk of public transit riders nationwide. 

JETS Director Steve Ewart fully expects those numbers to catch up to Jonesboro in the very near future.  The numbers of riders of JETS continues to increase and Ewart says he expects a spike in riders to go to health care appointments to rise. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A candidate forum at the Jonesboro Kiwanis club featured four candidates for the Jonesboro City Council’s alderman race in Ward 6 Position 1.  Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Bobby Long, and Joseph Woodbury participated in the forum.  James Bowman is a riverboat captain and was not able to attend.   

The forum focused mainly on the controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro.  The code is up for repeal during a May tenth vote.  Dr. Richard Wang says he supports the code:

      

 

The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:

Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

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