A national grocery store chain is reportedly closing its store in Newport. In an e-mail provided to KASU news, the Newport Economic Development Commission says Kroger Corporation has decided to close the store. According to the e-mail, the announcement was made Monday. The Commission says it is organizing an in-store Job Fair on Thursday, August 7th to allow local businesses to meet with employees of the Kroger store. A group of citizens that are wanting the store to stay in Newport has been sharing the Kroger corporate office phone number and have established a Facebook page to try to
The Delta Regional Authority and the Health Resources and Services Administration Director Mary Wakefield will visit free health clinics in East Arkansas tomorrow. According to a release from the Delta Regional Authority, the visits will take place at Innovative Readiness Training health clinics in Brinkley, Wynne, and Earle. US Military reservists provide access to medical, dental, and eye care to residents in those communities, as well as Forrest City, McCrory, Newport, and surrounding communities. Services at the clinics include preventative care and health education, general and ment
A majority of Craighead County voters believe the region is heading in the right direction, but perceptions about job opportunities are mixed. Those are the results of a poll conducted by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College. Editor-in-chief of Talk Business is Roby Brock.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor’s Mobile Office will continue its statewide tour to help Arkansans who may be having problems with the Veterans Administration, Social Security, or other services involving the federal government. Over the past year, Pryor’s Mobile Office has made over 40 stops in the state.
Pryor invites Arkansans to visit with his staff at the following stops:
Wednesday, July 30th
9:00 a.m –10:00 a.m.: Leslie Carmichael Community Center, 801 South Elm Street Searcy, Arkansas
Initial dirt work and construction of a poultry project in northeast Arkansas is underway. Spokesman Steve Conley of Alabama-based Peco Foods tells KASU news a fully integrated poultry complex is expected to open in 2016, which will bring about 1,000 new jobs to Clay and Randolph Counties. The 165 million dollar project includes a 255-thousand square-foot processing plant and a 73-thousand square-foot hatchery in Pocahontas and a feed mill and state-of-the-art water treatment and protein conversion facilities in Corning. Conley says Peco will work with more than 90 poultry farmers and do
(Portions of this story provided through a press release from Arkansas State University.)
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted the New York Institute of Technology certification for an additional osteopathic medical school site on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Certification for three degrees — the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, the Master of Science in Medical/Health Care Simulation and the Master of Science in Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences — is contingent on NYIT obtaining regional and national accreditation
The Arkansas Board of Corrections is taking requests for communities that would be interested in hosting a new 1,000 bed maximum security state prison. The Arkansas Department of Correction has opened a 90-day window in which communities can submit proposals for the 100-million dollar facility. The board’s design committee tells the Associated Press they are recommending the new prison house the most difficult inmates in the state, with extra space that would be used for 200 single-cell isolation units. The ideal site would reportedly have at least 400 acres to build on, as well as being
In a recent survey concerning an effort to expand alcohol sales in Craighead County, voters oppose the push to make the county wet. 471 registered voters in the county were surveyed for the Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll. The results were that 58% were against making the county wet, while 38% support the effort. Editor-in-Chief of Talk Business and Politics is Roby Brock.
Former Arkansas State University Track and Field All-American Sharika Nelvis has been selected as a Sun Belt Conference (SBC) nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award per an announcement made this Thursday (July 24) by the NCAA.
Downtown Jonesboro has received certification to become part of the Main Street Arkansas program. KASU's Johanthan Reaves conducts an interview with Executive Director of Downtown Jonesboro Association Hailey Knight. This interview covers how Jonesboro became part of the program, how it will help benefit Jonesboro, and what Jonesboro may look like in the future.
The city of Jonesboro is holding a public meeting Monday night concerning a special sales tax election that will be held next month. The Jonesboro City Council has set an election for August 12th. In 2000, voters approved a permanent one cent city sales tax. Half of the money generated can be spent on capital improvements and the other half goes to general operations. The tax generates about $7.5 million dollars annually for the city. On August 12th, voters will be asked to lift the capital improvement restriction and let all of the money go toward the general revenue fund. Jonesboro
NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Hospital are close to switching to an integrated electronic medical record system. NEA Baptist will be joining about half of all hospitals in the nation that use electronic healthcare software provided by a company named Epic. NEA Baptist Clinic will start using Epic August first and NEA Hospital will make the switch September first. CEO of NEA Baptist Clinic Darrell King says the clinic has been using an electronic medical record for the past ten years, and is making the transition over to the Epic system. NEA Baptist Hospital has never had an electro
The group that is wanting alcohol sales to be legal in Craighead County needs more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot. Our Community, Our Dollars has been asking Craighead County residents to sign petitions, and the group turned in 21-thousand-180 signatures to the Craighead County Clerk’s Office. Of that number, about five thousand signatures were thrown out. County Clerk Kade Holliday says the group needs to collect three thousand-810 signatures and have them turned in to the county clerk’s office by five p.m.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)
It may be mid-summer in Arkansas, but fall hunting was on the agenda for this month's meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. During the meeting, the Commission set the state’s dove season dates. Commissioners also heard a proposal for the late migratory bird seasons.
A national transportation research group has released a report stating that Arkansas’ rural roads have a high rate of traffic fatalities and deficiencies. The report was released this week by the group TRIP, and examined where individual states ranked in the different variables used for the study. The study defined rural roads as those roads that are used leaving cities with a population of five thousand or more.
Constant overcrowding, jail cells that are smaller than what is allowed, a lack of training of staff, and inadequate facilities are some of the numerous violations state officials have cited the Lawrence County jail. According to the Sun newspaper, recent documents show state inspectors have found the jail to be inadequate and even calls the jail a danger to inmates and staff. The report showed that overcrowding is so severe in some instances that some inmates had to sleep on the floor in hallways. The overcrowding has also led a lack of separation among regular inmates and those inmat
(Courtesy of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program)
Governor Mike Beebe announced today that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for projects in 33 Arkansas counties – including Craighead County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Revitalization Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications)
With the official grand opening less than a month away, tickets are available for opening day tours of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.
The opening for Arkansas State University’s newest Heritage Site is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, and gets underway with a Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Dyess Colony Administration Building. The ceremony itself is free and open to the public and features special remarks by the Cash family.
A man who escaped yesterday from the Stone County jail has been caught overnight in Independence County. KAIT television reports 37 year old Shane Mitchell escaped from the jail around 4:15 yesterday afternoon and was believed to be headed to Jonesboro. Early this morning, the Stone County Sheriff’s Department reportedly received a call saying Mitchell had been caught in Independence County and was in custody. Stone County jail records indicate Mitchell was being held for a probation violation and he is expected to be charged with fleeing. Officials are investigating how Mitchell escape
Lawrence County may have to build a new jail. County Judge Dale Freeman tells the Sun newspaper chronic overcrowding of prisoners, outdated and obsolete equipment, and the condition of facilities are red flags that are expected to be noted by the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee. At the very least, the committee could issue a strong warning about the condition of the jail, or the committee could recommend closing the jail. Some members of the Lawrence County Quorum Court echo Freeman’s belief that voters may be asked to support a sales tax for building a new county jail. If a tax did
A special election could be held this fall in Mississippi County concerning a new sales tax for the Blytheville and Osceola hospitals. The Mississippi County Quorum Court Finance Commission recommended the proposal to go to the full quorum court after hospital administrators explained details of the new tax last night. KAIT reports the Mississippi County Hospital System is proposing a special election would take place October 14th for voters to decide on a half-cent sales tax. The tax would reportedly raise about three million dollars annually and would not be extended past five years.