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Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer resigns to work at NEA Baptist

Courtesy of Fritz Gisler, Director of Communications for the City of Jonesboro:Ben Barylske, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Jonesboro, announced his resignation today. His last official day with the City will be August 13, 2015.

07/31/2015 9:57 AM

Lawrence County officials to consider new jail plans soon

Preliminary plans for a new county jail in Lawrence County are being drawn up.  The Lawrence County Quorum Court approved a construction firm that will provide justices with different jail options.  The Sun reports South Build contractors were selected to provide the layouts for the jail, which could house at least 100 inmates.  No word on exact cost estimates, but County Judge Dale Freeman says the new jail could cost as much as nine-million-dollars.  Freeman says the county is looking at a half-cent sales tax increase or more for construction of a jail.  Arkansas

07/31/2015 6:09 AM

Bridge inspection requires lane closure in West Memphis

A routine bridge inspection will require a lane closure on Interstate 40 near West Memphis, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.A crew will inspect the Interstate 40 Bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Memphis and West Memphis. The work will require closing the westbound outside lane on the bridge.The westbound outside lane closure will occur Tuesday, August 4th through Thursday, August 6th, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., each day, weather permitting.

07/31/2015 5:23 AM

Back to school items tax-free

This coming weekend will be a chance for Arkansas families to save money on back to school supplies. The annual tax holiday, which was approved by the state legislature in 2011, relieves shoppers of having to pay state and local sales taxes on certain products.Items needed for students, along with some clothes and accessories within given price ranges are sold tax free.

07/31/2015 5:18 AM

Update on Highway bill

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:A short-term highway bill drew the support Thursday of 91 U.S. Senators, including Arkansas’ Republican U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton. The Senate voted 91-4 Thursday to approve HR 3236, one day after the House overwhelmingly approved the bill.

07/31/2015 4:48 AM

Balls is in Governor Hutchinson's court when it comes to Common Core

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:A 17-member panel charged with making recommendations regarding Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has submitted 21 of them to Gov. Asa Hutchinson to consider.Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who led the Council on Common Core Review, said earlier in the week that Common Core – a group of common standards in math and English Language Arts – should be made more rigorous and be renamed.A report issued by the Council said concerns over testing were the most divisive elements of the controversial guidelines.

07/31/2015 4:45 AM

A-State Students Receive Jim Elder Good Sport Fund Scholarships

JONESBORO – Two broadcasting students at Arkansas State University have each been awarded $5,000 scholarships from the Jim Elder Good Sport Fund in Little Rock. Kirsten Pieri-May, a junior multimedia journalism major from Paragould, and Keandra Gross, a junior creative media production major from Memphis, Tenn., will each receive the scholarships for the fall 2015 semester.

07/30/2015 4:00 PM

More jobs coming to Greene County

Courtesy of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI or the Company), a leading North American designer and manufacturer of hopper and tank railcars,  provided further details regarding its project to enhance its  tank railcar manufacturing facility in Marmaduke, Arkansas (Greene County). As part of the expansion, the Company will invest $10.5 million in buildings and equipment and expects to hire up to 75 new full-time employees.

07/30/2015 7:23 AM

US Highway 412 eastern bypass dedicated in Paragould

Since 1963, Paragould has sought a bypass that would take traffic around the city.  Yesterday, the eastern part of that bypass was dedicated. “I think it’s a big asset to Paragould.  It takes a lot of traffic out of the center of Paragould and will benefit the city very much.”

07/30/2015 7:17 AM

Gas tax increase, toll roads are some options being looked at for state highway revenue

Arkansas Highway officials say a three month extension of the Federal Highway Trust Fund is not sustainable for future planning of projects.  Arkansas has pulled $350 million dollars’ worth of projects due to uncertainty about federal funding.  Director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett says a Highway Funding Study group has been formed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to look at what the state can do to fund future projects:

07/30/2015 6:13 AM

Arkansas State Selected Among Nation’s Most Affordable Online Colleges

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University is ranked in the latest list of “The 100 Most Affordable Online Colleges in the U.S.,” according to Great Value Colleges, a website whose mission is to help students get the best possible education for their money. A-State, ranked 58th overall, is listed among the group of colleges and universities whose tuition is “less than $8,000 per year” for instate tuition and fees.

07/29/2015 4:30 PM

Fowler Center Announces its 2015-16 Season

Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, announces the lineup for its 2015-16 season. The Riceland Distinguished Performance Series will present seven concerts featuring music, dance and performance.

07/29/2015 11:45 AM

Fall commencement Changing to Saturday, Dec. 12

Fall commencement at Arkansas State University is changing to Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center.

07/29/2015 10:00 AM

Inability of Congress to pass long-term highway funding bill causes frustrations

Courtesy of Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kauffman, KUAR in Little Rock.The head of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the state's senior U.S. Senator are disappointed with the apparent inability of Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money at the end of the month, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are likely to approve only a three-month extension, rather than a six year deal that many, including Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, had been pushing for.

07/29/2015 4:50 AM

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07/29/2015 12:00 AM

AHTD approves bid for roundabout in Jonesboro

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has approved a contract for construction of a roundabout in Jonesboro.  Here is a press release from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Craighead County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.The purpose of the project is to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 351 and Aggie Road in Jonesboro.

07/28/2015 11:16 AM

Private Option eligibles increase again, could drop

Courtesy of our content partner Talk Business & Politics.The total number of Arkansans eligible for the private option reached 259,335 in June, while the total average cost per private option recipient fell 89 cents, the Arkansas Department of Human Services announced Monday.The 259,335 figure represents an increase of 4,586 over May, when 254,749 were eligible. The department had previously announced it had paid premiums for 218,376 recipients in June, an increase from 214,461 in May.

07/28/2015 7:39 AM

Jonesboro PD hosts Citizen Police Academy in September

The Jonesboro Police Department is hosting a Citizen Police Academy this fall.  The academy gives citizens an opportunity to see what the police department does and why.  Media Specialist with the Jonesboro Police Department Paul Holmes tells how this started.

07/28/2015 6:50 AM

Arkansas Waterways Commission tours Big River Steel

Big River Steel will be in operation this time next year.  That announcement was made before the Arkansas Waterways Commission by John Correnti, the president and CEO of the 1.3 billion dollar steel mill under construction in Osceola.  Between 500 and 600 construction workers are currently onsite, with another 15-hundred coming to work.  On Friday, commissioners joined Correnti and president of Mid River Terminal Rick Ellis in a tour of their facilities. 

07/28/2015 6:23 AM

UPDATED: White River dredging

The Arkansas Waterways Commission is working with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in developing a dredging plan for the White River.  The White River is the only river in the state that is not navigable for river traffic.  That is due to the 2011 river flooding.  Executive Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission Gene Higgenbotham says the problem is that huge trees and other debris from the flooding in 2011 is in the navigation channel, which is making the river impassable. 

07/27/2015 12:39 PM

I-55 Bridge Project is postponed; further review to take place

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:A plan to close the I-55 bridge at Memphis for nine months in 2017 will receive another look as officials study the economic impact of such a move.Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced the decision late Friday after several meetings in West Memphis and Memphis to discuss the issue.

07/27/2015 7:36 AM

Osceola receives grant money for teacher retention, boosting student scores

Osceola High School is receiving a one-point-three million dollar grant over a three-year period to help with teacher retention and developing strategies to boost student scores in math and literacy.  The Sun Newspaper reports the funds are part of a federal school improvement grant program.  Part of the funds will allow for the district to give bonuses to teachers who decide to stay at the high school for four years.  This is in response to a reported high turnover rate at the school district.  Funds will also be used to compensate teachers for additional training they

07/27/2015 6:34 AM

Dredging of the White River to start in 2016

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is about to start a major dredging project involving the White River.  The three-year project would take place from Newport down to Clarendon.  Vickie Wilson is with the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis.  She told the Arkansas Waterways Commission the first year would be gathering permits and conducting environmental studies.  She tells what else is involved.

07/27/2015 6:11 AM