April 20, 2005--Posted 5:00 pm CDT
Jonesboro, AR--The towers still down but city services goes on.
“We still have all 911 services,”
The loss of the tower means the city is forced to operate on fewer emergency channels than what they are used to. The tower was basically a big radio tower sending radio frequencies back and forth from all over town. The system did have its problems, however, and some officials in the city say it was about time for a new system anyways.
Authorities still do not know what caused the tower to come down. The tower was 540 feet high. Now the site is littered with metal and wires from the old tower. Part of the tower makes an “X” in the field due to the bending and turning while falling. In all the remains of the tower could probably cover a full sized football field.
While they don’t know what exactly brought down the tower there is already speculation about the cause. Most officials seem to believe a vehicle moving close to the tower nicked one of the towers guide lines helping bring it down.