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
Two people in Jonesboro have been named to the 2014 Arkansas Business 40 under 40, which recognizes the top 40 people under the age of 40. Brad Parsons from NEA Baptist and Dr. Jason Penry from Arkansas State University are on the list. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.
The City of Jonesboro is bringing in outside help to clear mounting storm debris. Mayor Harold Perrin says a severe thunderstorm on June fifth brought sustained heavy winds that downed numerous trees throughout the city. Perrin tells the Sun newspaper the job is overwhelming for the city, and outside help is being brought in. What is complicating the issue is that entire trees were lost from the storm, which is making the cleanup more complex. Perrin says bids are being taken from contractors and a firm will be hired at the end of the bidding process. Perrin says the city will be eligi
The Arkansas Court Appointed Special Advocates organization has received two national CASA grants to help children in Northeast Arkansas. The year-long grants start in July and total $70,000. The money will be used to help recruit more CASA volunteers in the region, as well as to help those youth who are close to aging out of the foster care system. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The State of Arkansas has announced that TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc., will establish a new operating facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to provide railcar maintenance and services. TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc. is an operating unit of TrinityRail Group, LLC, and a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., (NYSE: TRN) headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The company will locate in the facility previously owned by Nordex USA, and when the expansion has been completed, it could bring as many as 350 new jobs to Arkansas and the City of Jonesboro.
Clean up of tree limbs and debris continues across the region today, after yesterday’s powerful thunderstorm killed two people, caused significant property damage, and downed trees and power lines. As clean up takes place, officials are urging extreme caution around trees and buildings that have damage. Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator David Moore says falling debris can be deadly.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the KASU listening area as several rounds of thunderstorms will dump large amounts of rain over the region through the weekend. Some of the heavy storms could start as early as today. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the situation with Jim Branda, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.
The building that housed the former Nordex USA plant is scheduled to be sold this week. Attorneys for Nordex were at the Jonesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night and assured the council the sale of the building will close as early as today. KAIT TV reports the city agreed to terminate its lease agreement and Nordex agreed to pay off 50 million dollars-worth of state-backed bonds. Nordex is a wind turbine facility that was given the bonds by the city to help bring as many as 700 jobs to the plant. The company employed 50 people up until the time Nordex USA closed the Jonesboro plant.
A groundbreaking will take place next week at the site of a $35 million dollar electronics recycling plant in Osceola. Blue Oak Resources of Burlingame, California will break ground on the site, which will be called Blue Oak Arkansas, which is expected to employ up to 50 people. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, and will feature Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and former United States Vice President Al Gore. Gore is a partner in a California capital firm, which is a partial investor in the plant. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is investing
A resource team of downtown revitalization professionals will visit Jonesboro, the newest Main Street Arkansas city, June 10-12, Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
(Courtesy of http://blog.arkansaspreservation.com/five-arkansas-properties-listed-national-register-historic-places-2/)
Written by Mark Christ
Five Arkansas properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today. The newly listed properties are:
In conjunction with the Dare to Ride Biker Fest in Jonesboro, the Pop Up that was scheduled for last weekend in Jonesboro has been moved to this Saturday, June seventh. The public is invited to attend the Pop Up that takes place at Monroe Crossing, directly in front of the Forum in Downtown Jonesboro. This free event starts at eleven am with a Rock-A-Billy Bike Ride.
Saturday's scheduled Pop-Up in Jonesboro on Monroe Street has been canceled, due to increasing rain chances. Organizers of the event say they are working on re-scheduling the event at a later date, and will let KASU news know when that date will be. You are still invited to attend the Levon Helm Tribute Concert at the Forum in Downtown Jonesboro at seven p.m. Tickets are still available for $8 at The Forum Box Office, Back Beat Music in Jonesboro and online at www.foajonesboro.org/bulletinboard.
A gynecologist accused of taking photographs of one of his patients is to make a court appearance today. 68 year old Dr. Paul Becton, Junior of Paragould faces five counts of video voyeurism and will appear in Greene County Circuit Court today. The Sun Newspaper reports an investigation started April first after the patient went to the police. The woman told police that she went to the office for an exam. The woman claimed that Dr.
A tribute concert to Arkansas Music Legend Levon Helm is being held tomorrow night at The Forum in Downtown Jonesboro. Member Station KASU is hosting the concert, which is being performed by the Lockhouse Orchestra of Batesville, and special guests Gary Gazaway and Charlie Chalmers. One very special guest will be in attendance tomorrow night. A childhood friend of Levon Helm, who was mentioned in the song "The Weight" by The Band, will be in attendance tomorrow night. KASU's Mike Doyle has this report.
Every vote will be an important one in November’s election. That was the message that was delivered to members of the Political Animals Club in Jonesboro. This is especially true in Northeast Arkansas, which appears to be changing its political stance. For many years, northeast Arkansas joined the state in voting majority Democratic. Over the past several years, that is changing as the state has voted for more Republican candidates. Republican Strategist Clint Reed, Talk Business Editor Roby Brock, and Hendrix College Professor Jay Barth spoke about the important role northeast Arkansa
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.
The Jonesboro Police Department needs your help in locating a missing girl. Aireanna Roberts, white female, 17 years of age was last seen on May 24, 2014. She was seen getting into a small green SUV at McDonald’s Restaurant on Johnson Ave. Aireanna was wearing khakis and a blue and red Sonic shirt.
If you know Aireanna Roberts whereabouts or have information you are urged to contact the Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6649 or Crimestoppers at (870) 935-STOP.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)
Preliminary work on Highway 64 will require moving lane closures in Crittenden County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
Crews will perform pavement testing on Highway 64. The work will extend from the Cross County line to Highway 147. The work will reduce traffic to one lane, alternately closing the eastbound and westbound lanes and shoulders.