Residents Say Conditions Improving In One Jonesboro Neighborhood

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Things are looking up in what some residents consider to be a troubled part of Jonesboro.

It's a Region 8 news follow-up to a story we first brought you last week.

On Thursday, we introduced you to a lady who says she's fed up with the alleged drug activity, fighting, and gunshots in one West Nettleton neighborhood.

She says since the story aired--conditions are finally getting better.

"There's no safe place around here for my son to play," said West Nettleton resident, Rhea Cherrith.

We introduced you to Rhea Cherrith last week.

She lives on West Nettleton in Jonesboro, and says she's fed up with the alleged fighting, drug deals, and gunshots in her neighborhood, and her frustrations were apparent.

"I'm not going to let these drug addicts, these pushers, think that I am going to be afraid of them. I will speak out and tell police to do something to correct the problem," said Cherrith.

It's been quite a different story since the story aired last week.

"No more fighting--no more gunfire. It's been pretty nice for the last three days," said Cherrith.

She says things are considerably quieter.

"I've been able to finally get some sleep without having to get up and move myself into another room because of the gunshots and the fighting...and I haven't had to call the police in the last three days," said Cherrith.

While it's only been a few days since the story aired, she says it's a step in the right direction.

"I just hope they become more restrictive as to who lives here and who doesn't, and get rid of people who are loitering and that are using drugs because I want to raise my son in a better environment," said Cherrith.