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.
The largest African-American archive of oral histories is now located at the Library of Congress. The non-profit group HistoryMakers have been working on collecting thousands of interviews to tell the story of the African-American experience. Three Arkansans are on the list; civil rights lawyer and activist Adjoa Aiyetoro, Presidential diarist Janis Kearney, and banking executive and presidential appointee Bob Nash. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans is located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. This organization provides services for veterans of all ages and helps veterans and their families during difficult times. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about this center and about an upcoming event for veterans and their families.
More information about the Beck PRIDE center can be found here.
This notice from the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management:
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) says they will once again accept applications for storm shelter rebates - for two days only.
The Arkansas Legislature approved the program to receive $1,250,000 for the new fiscal year and reimbursements will be awarded based on the date of installation. The program was suspended the program back in 2012 due to lack of funds.
KASU 91.9 FM radio station will present John T. Parks and Friends at the next Bluesday Tuesday concert in Newport, 7 p.m. Tuesday July 8 in a different location—the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center on the ASU-Newport campus. Air conditioning problems at the regular Newport Country Club venue have made the location change necessary.
A free two day program designed to help Arkansas veterans start a small business and expand a small business will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, July 9 and 10 at ASU's Delta Center for Economic Development in Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report about the program.
Work continues on the Miracle League field in Jonesboro. The 2.8 million dollar project is being touted as the largest Miracle League Field in the United States and is expected to be used in multiple ways. When it opens in September, the field can be used to allow children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, basketball, volleyball and numerous other sports. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Hundreds of Jonesboro residents have signed petitions and have joined a Facebook group that shows opposition to the possible placement of a convenience store in downtown Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
Craighead and Poinsett Counties have been declared as state disaster areas as a result of a powerful windstorm that pounded the region June fifth. The Sun newspaper reports Governor Mike Beebe made the declaration yesterday, which also includes damage that was caused by another storm system that hit the area two days later. The combined storms resulted in one death in Jonesboro, as well as many trees that were knocked over due to the storms. Craighead County director of emergency management David Moore says damage assessments in Craighead County alone are at least one and a half million