Former President to Visit Jonesboro

June 24, 2003
Posted at: 10:55 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Former President Bill Clinton will visit Region 8 Wednesday, KAIT has learned, as part of a two-city tour of Arkansas.

KAIT has confirmed through sources the Clinton will visit Jonesboro for a private dinner with a local family following an already announced stop in Little Rock earlier in the day.

The former president, according to sources that wish to remain anonymous, is expected to arrive in Jonesboro by private plane. He will also take a tour of the Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus with ASU President Dr. Les Wyatt.

Indications are that Wyatt will attend the dinner with Clinton. Another source says that the subject of future capital improvement projects at ASU may be discussed at the dinner.

Earlier in the day, Clinton is scheduled to help announce a program in Little Rock being developed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Central Arkansas Library System.

Library officials wouldn't discuss the nature of Clinton's announcement beyond saying it will involve upcoming development in the city's river market district separate from the Clinton Library, which is also being built downtown.

The public library system was among the River Market area's earliest tenants, moving into a refurbished warehouse in 1997.

The visit will be Clinton's first trip to Jonesboro since April 1995, where he became the first sitting president to visit the city when he dedicated the Dean B. Ellis Library on the Arkansas State campus.