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Jonesboro's new COO, JETS director announced

Jonesboro's new COO, JETS director announced

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. Also, former Jonesboro transportation supervisor Michael Black is now the new director of the Jonesboro Economical Transit System. Black replaces Steve Ewart, who has retired. Both men attended a press conference and were asked about their priorities, as well as challenges associated with their respective jobs. First, a little about Edward Tanner. He and his family have lived in Jonesboro for nine years. He was a commissioned officer for 21 years and was a special ops and combat rescue pilot in multiple combat deployments. The 53-year-old says he has one year of experience in working in the private sector, but he says that working on base operations are very similar to in a city. He will start August first, and said he has been meeting with

07/25/2016 2:19 PM

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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

Equipment Grant from DENSO will Support Rapid Prototyping

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

Dr. Karen J. Wheeler Appointed to Academic Affairs Leadership

Dr. Karen J. Wheeler Appointed to Academic Affairs Leadership

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 hosts Early Childhood Education Conference, Aug. 8-10

Childhood Services hosts Early Childhood Education Conference, Aug. 8-10

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

Jonesboro Chief Operations Officer Resigns Again

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

Work on Jonesboro's ditches not enough to address flooding

Work on Jonesboro's ditches not enough to address flooding

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

Pokemon Go being used to "catch" new voters

Pokemon Go being used to "catch" new voters

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

Jonesboro Officials Still Pushing to Build $12 millon Shooting Range

Jonesboro Officials Still Pushing to Build $12 millon Shooting Range

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

Committee Unveils Solution to Jonesboro Police Salary

Committee Unveils Solution to Jonesboro Police Salary

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

Hutchinson, Flags at Half Staff for Baton Rouge Officers

Hutchinson, Flags at Half Staff for Baton Rouge Officers

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

AR Governor and Attorney General Attacks Clinton at RNC

AR Governor and Attorney General Attacks Clinton at RNC

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

Hardy Mayor Announces Resignation

Hardy Mayor Announces Resignation

The mayor of Hardy has announced her resignation.

07/20/2016 7:16 AM

Jonesboro annexation tabled for now

Jonesboro annexation tabled for now

The Jonesboro City Council has tabled an ordinance that would annex 20 acres into the city. The property in question is located in north Jonesboro near Highway 49. While 20 acres doesn’t sound like a lot of property, Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller told the Jonesboro City Council the city’s services already cover a huge area. "We already cover at least 80 square miles of property in Jonesboro. While this 20 acres does not sound like a lot, this can open the door for larger annexations, which could cause problems for us in the future." Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin agreed with Miller and stated that future annexations would put a tight squeeze on services. "Either we stop d0ing these annexations, or in the very near future, we are building more fire stations, extending out services and hiring more people, which would be a huge expenditure for the city." The city council tabled the annexation of the 20 acres until several studies were conducted, such as traffic, crime, and the effect

07/19/2016 8:15 PM

Michael Black takes over Jonesboro JETS

Michael Black takes over Jonesboro JETS

Michael Black has been named transit coordinator over of the City of Jonesboro’s JET transportation system after a lengthy search. Black, 53, has served as transportation supervisor the past four years, assisting Steve Ewart, who is retiring after eight years as JET director. Together, they oversaw huge growth in the public transit service. Black and Ewart have been with JET since 2008. “Top priorities will be to enhance the service and promote public transit in the most positive light,” said Black, who began his career with the city in code enforcement. He previously worked in auto parts management for a local dealership and managed an auto parts store. Mayor Harold Perrin said Black was chosen because he “knows the system. He’s run the day to day operations, and we are confident that he will do a great job and carry on what Steve started.” Ewart, 70, said he had intending to retire almost since the day he began the job, but the need for service kept him at work. “In 2008, I thought

07/19/2016 7:27 PM

O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and Hilton Worldwide announce franchise agreement at A-State

O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and Hilton Worldwide announce franchise agreement at A-State

Jonesboro Hotel Partners, LLC and its management company, O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, have received full and final approval from Hilton Worldwide to move forward with the Embassy Suites Hotel & Red Wolf Convention Center & Houlihan’s Restaurant at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

07/19/2016 12:59 PM

Understanding What's Next:  Black Arkansans and Police Share Concerns Over Violence

Understanding What's Next: Black Arkansans and Police Share Concerns Over Violence

Recent fatal police shootings of 2 African American men, followed by violent retaliation by some against officers in Dallas & Baton Rouge has the nation on edge. Black communities and law enforcement are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other in cities affected by violence, even here in Arkansas: “We already have a target," said Keithston Page. "Not only being Black, but being a man, period, in this White man’s world." Page and his wife live in Jonesboro and are students in Arkansas State University’s Graduate Program. Page recalled an incident in 2013 where he was harassed and racially profiled by Jonesboro police officers. It happened after dropping off his sister at a local restaurant. “Once I got into the intersection, I got pulled over," Page explains. "I was thinking, 'maybe I did something wrong.'" He gets out of the car and is approached by a White police officer with his hands on his holster. The officers stopped him because his car fit

07/19/2016 12:08 PM

O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and Hilton Worldwide announce franchise agreement in Jonesboro, Ark.

O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and Hilton Worldwide announce franchise agreement in Jonesboro, Ark.

Jonesboro Hotel Partners, LLC and its management company, O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, have received full and final approval from Hilton Worldwide to move forward with the Embassy Suites Hotel & Red Wolf Convention Center & Houlihan’s Restaurant at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

07/19/2016 12:00 PM

Another Step Toward Disaster Response Training Center

Another Step Toward Disaster Response Training Center

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University Monday evening completed another step toward establishing a training center in Lawrence County for professional disaster response personnel.

07/19/2016 11:00 AM

Five Students Working in ABI Biotechnology Research Internships

Five Students Working in ABI Biotechnology Research Internships

Five Arkansas State University students are pursuing their interest in science this summer through the Biotechnology Research Internship Program at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) facility on campus. The program's purpose is to provide basic support for A-State undergraduate science majors who want research experience in life sciences or applications of life sciences.

07/19/2016 9:30 AM