Local, State Officials Not Worried By Northeastern Power Outages

August 14, 2003 - Posted at: 5:20 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, Ark. -- Both local and state electric utility providers say power supplies should not be disrupted by the current East Coast blackout.  Jonesboro City Water & Light manager Ron Bowen told K8 News this afternoon, "There's always a chance of a power outage anywhere, anytime...but I don't feel like there's much tie right now between the problems that far away and where we are.  If the systems work right, you shouldn't get a major dominoing that continues to carry."

Meanwhile, Entergy spokesman James Thompson says Arkansas is not connected to the power grid that supplies New York, Ohio, Michigan and other areas that are without power this evening.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.