Poinsett County


Bridge work along a two-mile stretch of I-555 in Poinsett County will continue for quite a while.  


TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has found probable cause to hold a Tennessee man on $1 million bail pending formal charges in what authorities say may have been a sex-trafficking ring.

Authorities arrested 52-year-old Craig Gillum of Dover, Tennessee, on Feb. 1 in an O'Neill, Nebraska, hotel room where he was found with a 16-year-old girl who had been reported missing five days earlier from Trumann, Arkansas.

Trumann police car
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TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager from northeast Arkansas who was missing since Saturday has been found in Nebraska.

Trumann police say the 16-year-old girl was found early Thursday morning in O'Neill, Nebraska. The city is more than 12 hours away from Trumann.

Officers found the teenager with a male from Dover, Tennessee, who police say she met on social media and who officers had been attempting to locate for four days.

Poinsett County Courthouse in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Ark. (AP) — Officials say 50 new jobs are coming to northeast Arkansas as a company that makes corrugated sheets used in packaging comes to Harrisburg.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the new jobs are a result of a partnership between RusCorr LLC and Rusken Packaging. The business will be located in a former American Greetings building in Harrisburg, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock.

WEINER, Ark. (AP) — Seven tigers, six lions and a leopard that were recently discovered by authorities in a warehouse in northeastern Arkansas will soon be flown to Germany.

The former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals were found in good health on Saturday in Weiner, Arkansas.

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office went to the scene after receiving an anonymous tip, according to Randy Zellers, spokesman for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

WEINER, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says authorities are investigating the discovery of tigers, lions and a leopard in a barn in Arkansas.

Spokesman Randy Zellers said that seven tigers, six lions and one leopard were discovered Saturday in Poinsett County in cages.

Zeller said the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department went to the scene after receiving an anonymous tip. The exotic animals were found with their owner and in good health.


The Poinsett County Quorum Court has unanimously approved a 3% salary increase for county employees.

The Jonesboro Sun reports the salary increase was a part of the 2017 county budget proposal which was passed at Monday night's meeting in Harrisburg.  The proposal also included a one-time supplement of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees.  The Justices of the Peace will also see an increase in committee meeting pay from $44.93 to $290.92 as part of the new budget.

Federal lawsuits are pending over a project to build a transmission line through Arkansas delivering wind energy from Oklahoma to the Memphis area. In this week’s issue of Arkansas Business there’s a closer look at the arguments involved in the case involving two groups of landowners who would have to sell property. 

From reporter Kyle Massey:

Update on Jonesboro robbery; victim identified

Sep 26, 2016
Jonesboro Police Department


Jonesboro Police detectives are continuing to investigate the armed robbery of employees of the Dollar Tree located at the corner of Nettleton Ave and Red Wolf Blvd that occurred last night around 9:30. It was reported that employees leaving the store for the night were confronted by an armed subject who demanded money. One of the employees, Assistant Manager Loretta Ann ‘Laurie’ Pixler, a 45 year old Jonesboro resident, was abducted at gunpoint and forced to drive away in her own vehicle, a black 4-door 2004 Hyundai Accent.  




A police officer in a Poinsett County town was reinstated to his former position as police chief on Thursday after the mayor demoted him a couple of days prior. 

Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap on Tuesday demoted Police Chief Chad Henderson and appointed Officer David Kinney to the position.  Henderson refused the demotion and resigned from the department which caused several other officers to resign in protest. 

City of Jonesboro


Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on Thursday hosted U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael A. Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegations to further advance long-term stormwater drainage planning.


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.