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Salex tax collected poised to set records in Jonesboro, Craighead County

Sales tax collection in Jonesboro and Craighead County are poised to set all-time collection records as 2019 comes to an end.

  Copper theft nearly costs substation $2 Million

Craighead Co. health inspections, Nov. 25-Dec. 5

  New Christmas tradition kicks off in Jonesboro

Website created to promote Cold War museum

Soft grand opening announced for new Golden Corral

Mo. DHSS announces timing for medical marijuana licenses

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Mr. Jim’s Pizza to open in Brookland

Air Evac Lifeteam closing two Arkansas bases, including the Paragould base

  Water line break floods hallway at Blytheville hospital

Missouri Industrial Hemp Program establishes path forward for 2020 growing season

  Jonesboro, company reach agreement to move downtown scrap yard

Troubled Northeast Arkansas nursing home to close

  Heartland farmers unite to equip bootheel with grain bin rescue gear

An effort to improve grain bin rescues in Missouri's bootheel is getting high praise from a farm wife who lost her husband after he fell into a grain bin 10 years ago.

  Businesses disappointed in council’s decision to change Commerce Drive’s name

Business owners are upset after the Jonesboro City Council’s decision to rename Commerce Dr., saying it’s going to be a financial burden.

Suddenlink agrees to hold public meeting in Jonesboro after numerous complaints

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin met last month with officials from Altice USA/Suddenlink, who agreed to hold a town hall-style meeting with Suddenlink cable-internet service customers.

Popular restaurant to close

Sully's Restaurant announced Tuesday afternoon that it will close its door on Jan. 1, 2020.

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

ABC: Business needs to change its name to sell beer

Report: US may face French fry shortage, higher prices due to poor potato crop

  Southland School District to start 4-day school week

Arkansas may revoke retailers’ inactive medical pot licenses

Construction begins on solar project in southeast Arkansas

Workers have begun construction on a new solar project in southeast Arkansas that’s expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes once it’s up and running

Arkansans spending more to fill their gas tanks

According to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 1,826 stations, Arkansas motorists are paying 17.1 cents more for a gallon of gas than they did last year.

  Shop ‘Til You Drop: Christmas shopping calendar shorter this holiday season

This will be the shortest season since 2013 due to Thanksgiving falling on the last Thursday of the month, meaning there’s less time to shop.

  Shopping local important during Small Business Saturday, business owners say

A few hidden gem stores in Region 8 are being highlighted for their deals and the uniqueness of what they have to offer versus what shoppers can get at their regular big-named stores.

  Batesville kicks off Christmas with Main Street events

Batesville Main Street will be packed Saturday will holiday deals and events.

  Movie theater’s liquor license denied due to prosecutor’s objection; Malco set to appeal

Malco's plan to serve alcohol at their Parker Road location has been denied by the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board.

Arkansas governor makes road tax main priority for 2020

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his top priority for his 2020 campaign is winning voter approval for a proposed constitutional amendment that will make the state’s half-percent sales tax for highways and roads permanent

Golden Corral looking to fill 160 job openings

Golden Corral, 2405 E. Highland Dr., will hold a job fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Four Region 8 caregivers honored at award ceremony

Two Arkansas health organizations honored the state’s top caregivers at their 15th annual award ceremony, including four from Region 8.

Weather expected to impact record-breaking travel day for Memphians

No matter if you're traveling in the sky or on the roads, the weather the next few days could have a major impact.

Craighead Co. health inspections, Nov. 18-22

Craighead County health inspectors filed the following reports during the week ending Nov. 22.

Don’t get caught in a Cyber Monday scam, tips for shopping online

A total of 56 percent of holiday shoppers plan on clicking to shop.

  ATF to investigate after 4 injured in Dippin Dots factory explosion

On Nov. 22, late in the evening, there was an explosion at the Dippin’s Dots factory in McCracken County Ky, across from the emergency operation center.

Contract laborer caught on stolen scrap item case, police say

A Craighead County man who went to a pair of area recycling companies at least 30 times in the past six months to scrap nearly $25,000 worth of items faces a theft charge, according to Jonesboro police.

Student captures photo of deer being butchered in N.C. nail salon

High Point University student Morgan Taylor came across an unexpected sight on Wednesday night after witnessing what appears to be an employee at a local nail salon butchering a deer carcass inside of the establishment.

Plant lays off nearly 100 workers ahead of holidays

A week before Thanksgiving, a Mississippi County factory announced it was laying off nearly 100 workers.

  Memphis International Airport projects record-breaking crowds this holiday season

Another record-breaking travel season is expected at Memphis International Airport. Thanksgiving travel crowds are expected to begin Friday and not let up for more than a week.

Clintons focus on economic inequality at conference

Former President Bill Clinton says efforts to increase access to credit in underserved areas can help bridge America’s partisan divide because it addresses a problem that both urban neighborhoods and many small towns are facing

Representative makes USMCA push as Congress considers impeachment

The Trump Administration turns its attention to trade as lawmakers on Capitol Hill mull over presidential impeachment. The administration is urging Congress to focus on passing the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

  Paragould business rebuilds after devastating fire

It’s been 90 days since a local business caught fire, displacing workers and bringing operations to a halt.

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

The Social Security Administration has launched an online reporting form to combat the recent wave of social security scams and increased amount of robocalls across the nation.

  Bumper crop for Mississippi County pecan grower

The rain has caused delays for farmers harvesting their crops, but there’s one crop that growers are saying benefitted from the rain.

Smoke pot, write about it, make $3,000 a month

American Marijuana, an online medical marijuana magazine, needs a cannabis product reviewer. (Source: CNN)

Arm yourself with information before Black Friday shopping

The BBB said to research the sales, go in with a budget and bring your ability to resist unnecessary items.

  Arkansas Highway Commission approves nearly $45 million for I-555 projects

A nearly $34 million project to improve bridges along I-555 in Craighead County was approved by state highway commissioners Friday.

  UPDATE: Family confirms identity of man involved in Duncan shooting

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford tells us that three people were killed outside the store near a vehicle. One of the people dead is the shooter.

Hotel dropbox full of money stolen

A suspect was seen on security video taking a dropbox full of money from the Lexington Suites Friday.

New Amazon fulfillment center coming to DeSoto County

Amazon broke the news Monday morning saying the company plans to reach their customers quickly and hopes to better compete with their competition with this latest development.

‘Dollars for Diego’ holds first fundraiser for new facility, sensory gym

Workers say they are hoping more of the community can come together to support equine-assisted therapy.

  Fill the Food Bank raises over 200,000 meals for people in Region 8

One dollar can provide about four meals, and all the money raised stays in Arkansas to help feed those in need.

FNBC buys land for new banking center in Jonesboro, break ground in 2020

A Sharp County-based bank will be building a commercial banking center at the corner of Fair Park Boulevard and Race Street, with officials breaking ground on the location in 2020.

Armor Bank to build new branch on Highland Drive

A Forrest City-based bank will be putting a new location in Jonesboro, along Highland Drive.

Arkansas governor launches campaign to keep highway tax

Arkansas’ Republican governor and the leaders of the state’s top lobbying groups have launched a campaign to keep a half-cent sales tax for road needs

Boil order lifted for Tuckerman

A boil water order for the city of Tuckerman has been lifted.

Snapper riding mowers recalled for faulty blade lever, injury hazard

Red and black Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers with rear engines and a 33 inch mower deck are involved in the recall.

Region 8 groups, organizations receive iPads from utility company

Over a dozen area fire departments and schools will now be able to communicate with the world as a state utility company donated iPads and mobile phones.

US regains poultry market in China

A nearly five-year ban on United States poultry in China is now over, federal agriculture officials said Thursday as the change could provide a key boost in exports.

  Blytheville Primary School celebrates 10 years of after-school academic excellence, partnership

Tenaris has served and impacted over 1,800 students in Blytheville Primary School through science, technology, math, and engineering.

  City to raise fees for home and business owners

One Region 8 city is looking to raise its city rates effective immediately in 2020.

Controversial rezoning request denied by Jonesboro MAPC

The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission met Tuesday to discuss several topics including rezonings.

Legacy Landfill discourages illegal dumping after recent reports

For residents who live within Jonesboro city limits, it’s free of charge to dump belongings at the landfill.

Downtown Jonesboro restaurant applies for private club permit

A Jonesboro restaurant wants to serve alcohol when it opens.

No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers.

Committee forwards budget to city council

The Jonesboro Finance and Administration Committee will begin discussing the 2020 budget for the city of Jonesboro during their meeting on Tuesday.

Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash

Missouri's health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes, fines or fees in cash

  Entrepreneurship program helps students launch keychain company

Five students from Jackson High School have launched their own keychain company which is helping raise money to protect pollinators in Missouri.

  City reacts to Jonesboro Police Department’s needs

City leaders respond to police needs to keep the city safe and reduce crime.

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

New restaurant coming to Main Street Jonesboro

A new Japanese steakhouse is set to open soon in downtown Jonesboro.

  All of Us Journey research program comes to Jonesboro

The goal is to have at least one-million volunteers share their health information and help begin a new era in medical research.

  Concern over ambulance service expansion

ProMed Ambulance wants to expand in Pocahontas, but their preferred location is not everyone’s favorite.

  BRTC flood mitigation costing $1.3 million

Black River Technical College has seen multiple floods over the years costing millions in repairs; flood mitigation planning is working to help prepare the college for future flooding.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

AT&T will pay $60 million to settle the government’s allegation that it misled customers of unlimited-data plans by slowing down service for heavy users.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

AT&T will pay a $60 million fine to settle the government's allegation that it misled customers of its unlimited-data plans

Arkansas Department of Human Services to shutter 4 offices

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is closing offices in four counties across the state by the end of 2020.

  Tractor donated to Williams Works program

Williams Baptist University received a piece of farm equipment which will be a component of the next student work initiative at the school.

IBERIABANK and First Horizon Bank merging, bringing headquarters to Memphis

IBERIABANK and First Horizon National Corporation announced a merger Monday that will bring the company’s headquarters to Memphis and create one of the largest regional financial services companies in the South.

  A-State now offering real estate testing

Arkansas State University is now listed as a testing center for Pearson View which gives the real estate test for people to receive their license.