Over the next couple of days, several events will take place to celebrate the music and life of Johnny Cash. Today at two, Cash’s youngest daughter Tara Cash Schwoebel will hold a press conference at the Cooper Alumni Center to announce the release of her book Reflections. Tomorrow night is the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, which has sold out. Tickets are still on sale for another event that is taking place Saturday. Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University says tours of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home will start Saturday.
Lawrence County will revisit its stance on trying to lure a state prison to the region. This after a Monday night meeting where the Quorum Court voted 5-4 against applying for the $100 million dollar facility that could bring with it at least 500 jobs.
City planners have approved a request to rezone 201 acres of land at Hilltop for residential and commercial use. The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission spent over an hour discussing the property, before voting unanimously to approve the request to rezone the land from R-1 single family to C-3 general commercial district.
The issue to pursue a new $100 million dollar state prison to Walnut Ridge might not be dead after all. After the Lawrence County Quorum Court voted 5-4 Monday night against a proposal to bring a new jail to the area, city officials in Walnut Ridge say they want the issue to be reconsidered. The Sun Newspaper reports that Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House told city council members last night he believes the Quorum Court made a rash decision when shooting down the proposal. County Judge Dale Freeman brought the proposal before the Quorum Court because he believed there would be a great economi
The reallocation of a Jonesboro sales tax formula has passed in a special election held yesterday. Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday released unofficial numbers from yesterday's election, and the measure passed 612-348, roughly a 63% margin for the change while 36% voted against. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells Talk Business & Politics he was pleased with the result, and says he can start working on next year's budget. The plan involved a one-cent sales tax that was passed by voters in 2000. Half of the proceeds went toward capital improvements with the rest going to
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State lawmakers are opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions in Arkansas 44 percent by 2030.
On Tuesday, the Arkansas Senate and House committees on Insurance and Commerce passed a resolution against the plan.
Duane Highley, President and CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, told lawmakers the new regulations would mean replacing coal energy. He said that would lead to an increase electricity rates and could drive away industry.
The new Greene County Jail is now complete. Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston received the keys to the new jail and is getting ready to move inmates into the new facility. The Paragould Daily Press reports the authorities will start transferring inmates to the new jail next week, only allowing a few inmates at a time to go into the new facility. Officers are doing final checks of the jail this week to make sure it is ready to house the inmates. The new 75,000-square-foot jail will house about 500 inmates. Proect Manager Dave Tierney says the jail is constructed in the shape of a wagon
A celebration of Johnny Cash starts tomorrow with the announcement of the publication of a book. Johnny Cash's youngest daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, will announce the publication of her book, "Recollections". The event starts tomorrow at 2 p.m.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers a publication outlining the development of architecture in Arkansas during the mid-twentieth century, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
A federal lawsuit has been filed to block a new steel mill from opening in Osceola. The Blytheville Courier News reports Nucor Steel filed a lawsuit in Jonesboro yesterday against Big River Steel. In the suit, Nucor says Big River Steel violated the federal Clean Air Act. Nucor says pollutants from Big River Steel would cause harm to the productivity of its workers. Nucor operates two steel mills outside of Blytheville. Big River Steel is planning a $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola. Despite objections during Big River's approval process, an air quality permit for the mill was
Jonesboro voters are going to the polls today to decide how a sales tax can be spent. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the issue is important because the results from the election will decide how quickly the city can pay off projects in the future.
A sharply divided Lawrence County Quorum Court has decided not to apply for a new state prison near Walnut Ridge. By a 5-4 vote, the Quorum Court shot down a proposal by County Judge Dale Freeman to seek an application for a proposed 100-million-dollar facility. The Sun newspaper reports last night’s meeting included fierce debate over the issue. Those who were for the prison say the facility would bring hundreds of new jobs to the region. Freeman said the new prison would have helped bring an economic boom to the county and would have given the county resources to attract big industr
Governor Mike Beebe has announced that the Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving Internet access in schools. Together, they have conducted the first phase of a comprehensive study of digital-learning readiness and K-12 broadband spending in Arkansas.
The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.
48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)
The fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival is officially sold out as of today, according to a joint announcement made by festival producer Bill Carter and Tim Dean, director of Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center. The concert stars Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare, three Country Music Hall of Fame members, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.
For many Arkansans, the Labor Day holiday is an extended weekend that includes backyard cookouts and celebrations enjoyed with friends and family. Unfortunately, the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is to view plans for a mixed-use development on Hilltop in Jonesboro. The 201-acre project is called Greensborough Village. The Sun Newspaper reports the project would consist of single family, multifamily, commercial and institutional development. The plan reportedly includes 200 single-family lots on the north and south sides of Greensboro road, as well as commercial development and multifamily housing. Commercial development is expected to be located closer to East Johnson Avenue. Jonesboro businessman Mickey Seeman will present plans tomorr
As he has each previous August since taking office, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will be hitting the road Monday to highlight the importance agriculture in Arkansas.
During the tour, Boozman will be meeting with producers, ranchers and more as he visits farms, production facilities and rural co-operatives. Boozman also be speaking at a farm bureau meeting and discussing agriculture with local officials in these counties.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)
In "Design Zone," visitors will discover how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to invent exciting experiences.
What does it take to create an interactive and fun videogame? How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor? What goes into creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills?
Improvements to Highway 87 will require a road closure northwest of Mountain View in Stone County, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation (AHTD) officials. Crews will replace a damaged drain beneath Highway 87. The work area will be located between Hampton Drive and Wilcox Drive, northwest of Mountain View.
A new study shows that Arkansas State University has an economic impact on the state of Arkansas of roughly $1.2 billion.
Recently issued by ASU-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson, a study titled The Economic Impact of Arkansas State says ASU’s operations, employees, students and visitors generated an estimated $343 million in economic impact during fiscal 2013. The study was conducted by the school’s Delta Center for Economic Development using an economic impact assessment program called IMPLAN.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University's Office of University Communications.)
Nearly 900 students representing 11 academic colleges are expected to receive degrees at Arkansas State University’s 2014 summer graduation, Friday, Aug. 8. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, in Jonesboro.
(Courtesy of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office.)
As the summer draws to a close, Arkansas college students prepare to manage expenses including tuition, textbooks and housing. For many students, signing up for a credit card may seem like a simple solution for making ends meet.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert today encouraging young consumers to practice caution when entering the credit market, and to remind Arkansans of laws in place to protect college campuses from predatory credit card solicitations.