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Shawnie Carrier, O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Next year, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Convention Center will open on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Director of Sales and Marketing Shawnie Carrier gives an update on how the project is going.  Click on the Listen button for the interview.

Arkansas State University

The second Saturday of every month is when we hold our monthly interview with Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  KASU’s Mark Smith conducts this month’s interview with Damphousse.  Damphousse says there is an excitement in the air when the fall semester starts.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project is an Arkansas-based arts ensemble.  This group will present a concert of music from operas and Broadway musicals this Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Deleen Davidson, the president and general director of the Muses, about the upcoming concert and about the group’s mission.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

It is hard to believe, but the fall semester gets underway very soon.  Classes begin August 20th.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Chancellor of Arkansas State University Dr. Kelly Damphousse. In this interview, Reaves asked him about his first year and what he plans to do in his second year.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

Arkansas State University

For the second year in a row, Miss Arkansas comes from Jonesboro.  22-year-old Claudia Raffo graduated from Arkansas State in the spring with a degree in chemistry.   After graduation, she entered the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she is a student in the College of Pharmacy.  She is the daughter of Tommy and Paula Raffo.  Raffo was crowned Miss Arkansas by Maggie Benton, also of Jonesboro.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County has 120 new voting machines. The State of Arkansas has been helping counties statewide with the purchase of new electronic machines.  The state provided matches and will reimburse Craighead County 75-thousand dollars of the 380 thousand dollars that was budgeted for the replacement of the current machines.  Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Nebraska has been in Jonesboro delivering the new machines to where are stored at the Craighead County Election Annex building. 

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Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro Announces Director of Sales

The 203-Suite property is set to open on Arkansas State's Campus in 2019

Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Hefei Risever Machinery Co., Arkansas' 5th Chinese-headquartered company, broke ground on Friday, in the Northeast corner of the state. 

The ceremony took place at their new location—behind FMH Conveyors at the Craighead Technology Park in East Jonesboro.  Risever makes fabrication parts for various manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Volvo. Back in 2017, Risever announced their plans to build their first North American plant in Jonesboro. 

ADH: Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Craighead County

Jun 12, 2018
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Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A (Hep A) exposure after an employee of the Steak ‘n’ Shake in Jonesboro, Ark., located at 2307 E. Parker Rd., tested positive for the virus. Hep A is a contagious liver disease.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Next July, Jonesboro is expected to have a hotel and convention center open.  It will be on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Jonesboro is very similar to Springfield, Missouri.  Comparisons were made between the two cities during last week’s groundbreaking ceremony.  Tim O’Reilly is with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, which is making the project possible.  O’Reilly says this project is a big deal for Jonesboro because of the economic impacts that will open up to the city that have not been in Jonesboro before.  He uses Springfield as an example.

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FedEx is hiring almost 50 people in a new venture in Jonesboro.  A building is being constructed at 2005 East Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro.  Once complete, the operations of FedEx Trade Networks will be housed there.  FedEx Communication Advisor Trisha Beeman.

“It will be dedicated to our import clearance operations.  Responsibilities vary and may include data entry, classification, documentation, customer service and other office-related tasks.” 

Beeman says this will be the first FedEx Trade Networks facility in Jonesboro. 

Students and adults in Jonesboro joined the crowds elsewhere in the state and the nation on Saturday for a March for Our Lives protest demanding gun control and other measures to help stop mass shootings, but the Jonesboro rally was also a remembrance of the Westside Middle School shooting exactly 20 years earlier.

“Just because we are students, just because we are kids does not mean we do not understand this issue.  We have a voice,” said Mohannad Al-Hindi, a senior at Jonesboro High School.

“I’m just wondering how many more school shootings it’s going to take,” said Makyla Norvell, 15, who attends Riverside High School.

Jonesboro is marking a grim anniversary March 24 — 20 years ago two children shot and killed five people outside Westside Middle School. 

The shootings occurred 13 months before the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado  that is often called the seminal tragedy in a subcategory of mass shootings that take place at America's schools. 

Most recently, 17 students and teachers died at the hands of a gunman inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths.

In 2005, Jaime Mann was cited for several traffic violations in Craighead County — not having insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, and hazardous driving. She was charged about $500. She paid some of it, but then she started racking up fees and fines for the money and community service hours she owed.  

 

"And then it started spiraling out of control, and I was so mad, I remember, because I thought, ‘I paid this ticket,'" she said.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors have decided to drop murder and battery charges against a suspect in last year's shooting in northeast Arkansas after deciding the case didn't implicate him.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 19-year-old Chauncey Thomas and 20-year-old Kalius Lane were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree battery in connection to the May 14 shooting that left one dead and six injured in Jonesboro.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

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

Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.
Johnathan Reeves / KASU News

Over 1,200 new jobs come to Jonesboro last year.  Officials with Jonesboro Unlimited made that announcement Thursday.  Jonesboro Unlimited was created after a three-point-six million dollar fundraising campaign to attract new industry and jobs to Jonesboro.  2017 was the first year and an update on the effort was presented.  Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas restaurant owner has been charged with human trafficking and rape.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington filed charges Wednesday against 45-year-old Hexin Chen of Jonesboro.

Ellington says Chen was first accused of raping a woman who lived with him and worked at the Kirin Restaurant that Chen owns. Ellington says the woman and a man who also lived with Chen told police they were brought to the U.S. to work at the restaurant but were given "basically slave wages."

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.

Suzanne Callahan is one of 5 breast cancer survivors named as Honorary Survivors for this year's 2nd Annual NEA Race for the Cure.
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

The second annual Northeast Arkansas Komen Race for the Cure this year will focus more on taking action than being aware.  

A diagram of the first floor of the Red Wolf Convention Center on Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus.
Arkansas State University

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. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is holding a public involvement meeting for two traffic projects in Jonesboro. 

The Highway Department is looking at widening Harrisburg Road from Forrest Hill Road to Parker Road.  Another project would be proposed improvements at the intersection of Highway 49 at Parker Road. 

The meeting will be a come and go style format on Thursday from four until seven at the Jonesboro Municipal Building, 300 South Church Street in Jonesboro. 

The Jonesboro Christmas Parade on Main Street will start at 7 on Thursday night. 

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.

Now the Arkansas player is one of them.

The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club's Seaside Course.

Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in the Masters next year.

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A free community Thanksgiving meal will be offered in Jonesboro on Thursday.  About two-thousand meals are expected to be served at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium, as well as being delivered to those who may not be able to get out of their homes.  Richard Carvell tells why this meal is important.

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The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has decided to give its support for helping fund a hotel and convention center in Jonesboro.  The Commission on Friday decided that it would provide tax rebates for the O’Reilly Hospitality Management’s project to place a 202-bed Embassy Suites Hotel, a Houlihan’s Restaurant and a 40,000-square foot convention center on the campus of Arkansas State University.  The commission’s decision does not give money to the project up front, but it will give a three-percent A&P tax rebate over a ten-year period once the project is up and running

Hispanic Community Services Incorporated

The new Hispanic Community Services Incorporated center is now open.  The 5,500 square foot facility is located at the intersection of Cate and Vandyne Streets in Jonesboro.  Executive Director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — No one was injured when a short-lived tornado swept through Jonesboro, damaging an apartment complex and downing trees and power lines in the northeast Arkansas city.

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, said the Monday morning storm had winds of up to 105 mph (168 kph). More severe weather moved through central and northern Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon as well, with electricity knocked out to thousands of people. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Jonesboro's Home Ice Company on National Register

Jun 19, 2017
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

LITTLE ROCK—The Home Ice Company at Jonesboro in Craighead County is among 11 Arkansas properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties.

      The Home Ice Company at 700 Cate Avenue is a 1907 industrial building with a Spanish Revival-style addition.

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Jonesboro’s economic growth stumbled in recent months as sales and use receipts and building permit values declined. At least one of those indicators is on the rise again.

Northeast Arkansas’ hub city collected $1.48 million in sales tax in May, a 1.54% increase from the same month in 2016, according to city info.

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