Neighborhoods come together for National Night Out

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "I love the fact that they do this so often so you can always kind of keep abreast of what's going on," said National Night Out attendee, Jennifer Drouin.

Jonesboro residents packed neighborhoods across the city Tuesday night, getting out of the house and involved in their neighborhoods for the annual National Night Out event.

"We can socialize as well in a safe environment," said Drouin.

Talking to neighbors, friends, and city leaders--including police and firefighters.

"That's what it's all about," said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he's hopeful events like this will open the lines of communication between citizens and public safety officials.

"Them knowing us and what we do and if there ever is a need for public service--we're here," said Perrin.

With early voting underway for the special election on the proposed half cent sales tax increase, city leaders say they're  hopeful people with lingering questions about the proposed tax increase got them answered in a relaxed environment.

"It kind of breaks down some barriers or some walls that would be there under normal circumstances so hopefully it will be a good time to get some things worked out," said Jonesboro Police Chief, Mike Yates.

"It gets some issues straight and it makes sure we know who the people are and the people know who we are," said Jonesboro Fire Chief Leonard Jadrich.

Many agree communication is key when you're talking about any issue facing an ever-growing city.

"There's plenty of people set up here so if you have a question, you can definitely ask who ever is around here," said Drouin.

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