Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), has a passion for workforce education in Memphis and the Arkansas Delta region. Likewise, he is passionate about job creation. Not just any jobs, mind you, but the kind necessary to upgrade living standards and grow the area’s economy. Fenter is far from alone in his zeal, as several two-year colleges and other groups work toward this end – many in association with one another. With goals similar to those of GMACW, The Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC) is a partnership that combines the resources of five eastern-Arkansas community colleges developing proven workforce models and securing grant funding for the Delta region. Members include Arkansas State University Mid-South (formerly Mid-South Community College), Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University-Newport, East Arkansas Community College, and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.
07/26/2016 7:44 AM
07/26/2016 12:00 AM
The City of Jonesboro has a new Chief Operations Officer and a new JETS director. Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Tanner has been named as the city’s new Chief Operations Officer. Tanner replaces L. M. Duncan, who has retired.
07/25/2016 2:19 PM
Compared to the rest of the state, Northeast Arkansas has seen an overall growth in employment, sales tax revenue, and new home starts. Talk Businesses and Politics released their quarterly Compass Report highlighting the economic progress of Arkansas’ key metro areas. This was the first time the Jonesboro metro area was included in the report.
07/25/2016 11:58 AM
A new materials science laboratory will offer sophisticated new opportunities for Arkansas State University students in the STEM disciplines as a result of generous financial support from DENSO North America Foundation. Dr. Ross Carroll, assistant professor of physics, will serve as principal investigator.
07/25/2016 10:15 AM
The second production of the A-State Summer Children’s Theatre 23rd season will be "Charlotte’s Web," adapted by Joseph Robinette and based on the book by E. B. White.
07/22/2016 3:12 PM
Dr. Karen J. Wheeler joins Arkansas State University as the senior associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, A-State Provost Lynita Cooksey announced this week.
07/22/2016 2:30 PM
Childhood Services at Arkansas State University will host the 46th annual Early Childhood Education Conference, "Why We Do the Things We Do," Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 8-10.
07/22/2016 12:30 PM
Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office. The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure.
07/22/2016 9:52 AM
The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro. This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame. Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city. However, that work might not be enough.
07/21/2016 4:12 PM
While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters. A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”. Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic. He says that age group is under-represented. “If you look at the number of registered voters in the county, that is the most underserved age demographic,” said Holliday. “For 18-24 year olds, only 60% of the potential voters are actually registered to vote. For those older voters, those numbers are at least 80%.” Holliday says in this year’s election, it is important to get as many people as possible to the polls to vote. He hopes the game will help attract potential voters. “I think this is a way that we may be able to reach out to them doing something they enjoy so they can get involved in this process early.” CNN.com reports that in the 2008 presidential
07/21/2016 10:38 AM
The city of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are hoping to build a state of the art, $12 million shooting range, and could recoup some of the cost by charging the public to use the range.
07/21/2016 10:17 AM
The Police Officer Compensation Committee has a plan for addressing Jonesboro Police salary. Chairman of both the Officer Compensation and Public Safety Council Committees, Alderman Mitch Johnson briefly revealed the plan to the Jonesboro City Council at on Tuesday’s meeting.
07/20/2016 12:08 PM
After the ambush of 3 police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, LA, Pres. Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation for American flags to be flown at half-staff in their memory. On Tuesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also issued a proclamation that the Arkansas state flag also gets flown at half-staff in the officers memory. Hutchinson released the following statement in regards to Sunday's attack:
07/20/2016 11:59 AM
On Tuesday night, Arkansas's Governor and Attorney General took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and tore into the state's former first lady, Hillary Clinton. Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampezzan has this report.
07/20/2016 10:55 AM
The mayor of Hardy has announced her resignation.
07/20/2016 7:16 AM