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The Downtown Corridor Committee has presented several recommendations on how to move forward on bridging a two-mile gap between Downtown Jonesboro and Arkansas State University. 

Jonesboro Municipal Center
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The Jonesboro City Council has tabled two ordinances for 60 days to continue a review process--one of them is a controversial landscaping and tree ordinance.  

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A lack of an internet sales tax is hurting small Arkansas towns…that according to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. 

In Tuesday’s Jonesboro City Council meeting, Jonesboro’s mayor says the Arkansas legislature is expected to consider an internet sales tax in the state when it convenes next year.  He says sales tax in Jonesboro has been flat and is not expected to move much the rest of the year. 

Jonesboro Unlimited and Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

A committee has been formed to determine the best use of property that is owned by the city of Jonesboro on Aggie.  The former Wolverine property is being looked at by a committee to see how it could be used to connect Downtown Jonesboro and Arkansas State University.  The committee is holding a series of meetings.  I talked to Vice President of  Economic Development for Jonesboro Unlimited Mike Downing about the downtown corridor.  Downing says the committee was appointed by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

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On Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m., Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program will partner with the Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro in bringing a First Friday Concert Series to The Forum.  Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas State Dr.

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Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri State is slated to start at six p.m.  With the construction that is taking place on campus near the football stadium, parking for Saturday’s game will be an issue.  Director of the Jonesboro Economical Transit System Michael Black says buses will take people from Downtown Jonesboro to Centennial Bank Stadium and then back to Downtown.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview with Black.  

Grant will allow for 3 firefighters in Jonesboro

Aug 24, 2018
Jonesboro Fire Station #3 on Johnson Ave.
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The Jonesboro Fire Department will be able to add three new firefighters next year thanks in part to a federal grant received this week by the City of Jonesboro that will provide $291,587 over three years.

It will be used to add three firefighters for the city’s fleet of firetrucks, Chief Kevin Miller said.

“Three positions means another truck will constantly have a third firefighter,” Miller said. “This gets us one step closer to our long-range goal of having three firefighters on every truck.”

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The Nominating and Rules Committee has forwarded a resolution to the full city council that would encourage diversity on the city’s volunteer boards and commissions.

Jonesboro has several boards and commissions that citizens can serve.  Some of the boards and commissions include the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Land Use Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Auditorium Commission, Municipal Airport Commission, and the Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Talk Business and Politics

After a recent United States Supreme Court ruling, the City of Jonesboro will be closely watching next year’s legislative session in Little Rock.  

AHPP Awards Grant For Jonesboro Main Street Program

Jun 28, 2018
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

       LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,963,781 in grants for projects in 58 Arkansas counties—including Craighead County—through its County Courthouse Restoration Grant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.

The Downtown Jonesboro Association received a $15,000 Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant.

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The Jonesboro City Council took its first look at a new sidewalk ordinance Tuesday night.   Alderman Joe Haffner says the new ordinance that he supports would require that all future development in Jonesboro have sidewalks.  

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The City of Jonesboro is taking citizens’ comments and putting together a pedestrian and bike plan to be developed in several stages in the future. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Officials with the City of Jonesboro joined state and federal dignitaries to cut the ribbon on a new park trail at Craighead Forest Park.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The City of Jonesboro has new zoning laws for future development of residential property. 

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This release from the city of Jonesboro:

Wixson Huffstetler has announced his resignation after eight years with the City of Jonesboro and five as director of Parks and Recreation.

Huffstetler, 36, cited personal reasons for the move.

“I am resigning my position to explore other opportunities,” Huffstetler said. “I have enjoyed the last eight years building the parks department to what it is today.”

Plans of the Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex displayed at the Municipal Center.
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The City of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hope the new shooting sports complex will serve an educational purpose for Northeast Arkansas youth.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin delivering the 2017-2018 State of the City address.
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“There is a Northeast Arkansas” became the rallying cry of Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin during his State of the City address.  Perrin delivered the address at the Arkansas State University Cooper Alumni Center.

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Representatives of Jonesboro, including Mayor Harold Perrin, flew to Springfield, Missouri, this week to share experiences and ideas in city stewardship.

“It was wonderful to see what’s going on in Springfield, and they have been through a lot of situations that are similar to issues we are dealing with in Jonesboro,” Perrin said. “We exchanged ideas on quality of life issues, things you can partner on with your local university, and public-private partnerships – a whole range of topics.”

A diagram of the first floor of the Red Wolf Convention Center on Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus.
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Work will start soon on a convention center in Jonesboro.  

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told the Jonesboro City Council last night that construction work on a hotel and convention center on the campus of Arkansas State University will start in February.  The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has received paperwork that included information about when construction will start and when it is expected to be complete. 

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the key to Jonesboro’s success in the future lies in how it can attract more people to not only come to the city, but decide to stay.  Perrin says some of next year’s budget has specific items that will address quality of life issues, such as this example from the city’s Parks and Recreation budget.

“We had four tournaments that were rained out this year and that means that $70,000 in sales tax revenue has been lost because we couldn’t hold those tournaments,” says Perrin.  “That is important because it is a quality of life issue.”

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Jonesboro Unlimited announced that Hefei Risever Machinery Company is coming to Jonesboro.  The new manufacturing plant will be built in the Craighead Technology Park on East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.  Risever is a family-owned Chinese company that has three plants in China.  This announcement means it will be Risever’s first American plant.  General Manager of Risever Yonggang Lai says Jonesboro was chosen after more than 70 other cities were considered.

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Elected officials in Jonesboro will NOT receive a pay raise at this time.

The Jonesboro City Council amended an ordinance last night that called for six-percent pay raises for elected officials in Jonesboro.  The original ordinance called for all elected officials to receive a raise, but alderman made the change that took the city council out of consideration.  They then voted on whether or not Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, City Attorney Carol Duncan, and City Clerk Donna Jackson would receive a six percent raise.  That was voted down 10 to one. 

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, October 4th.  

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The Jonesboro City Council is expected to decide at the next meeting on whether or not to give elected officials a six percent raise.  More debate on the issue ensued during the meeting last night, with most aldermen against giving themselves, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, City Attorney Carol Duncan, and City Clerk Donna Jackson a pay increase.  Alderman Joe Hafner says after reviewing a draft of next year’s budget, he doesn’t think raises are appropriate.

National Night Out

In this interview on KASU, Dr. Charles Colemam and KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talk about the National Night Out that takes place on Fisher Street in Jonesboro.  Dr. Coleman talks about why this is held and the need for communities to come together.  

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This press release comes from Jonesboro Unlimited:

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A donation of a former health care facility will be used as a new crisis center for law enforcement, as well as a ministry to serve the homeless in Jonesboro.  During a press conference, it was announced that the old Ridgecrest center on North Church Street in Jonesboro will be donated to the Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro.  This is a ministry of the Walnut Street Baptist Church.  Murl Smith is with the ministries. 

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The Downtown Jonesboro Association, the West End Neighborhood Association, and Arkansas State University’ Heritage Studies Ph.D. program are working to restore an art sign in downtown Jonesboro.  The project would be to restore the Globe Drug Store advertising sign at 300 South Main Street.  Dr.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, September 20th.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Monday, September 18th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

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