A Better Region 8: Let’s hear what Team Jonesboro has to say

Let's hear the ideas Team Jonesboro has when they talk. Those ideas might make this A Better Region 8.

  Lady Liberty gets some limelight

  Medical Marijuana Ordinance for Greene Co.

Craighead Electric receives award from ADEQ

Application submitted for casino license in Pope County

Officers fight to stop accidents on the tracks

Study shows quality of care for veterans

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Missouri grapples with children living in poverty

GR8 JOB: Students earn valuable Microsoft certifications

City seeks public’s opinion on outdoor expansion at Earl Bell

Emergency crews battle church fire on Highway 412

  Hytrol hosts 5K to benefit Jonesboro Church Health Center

  Riding in the Paragould sky for a good cause

  Child injured in Craighead County house fire, official says

Crews in Craighead County responded to a house fire on County Road 7743.

Craighead Co. mug shots, May 19-25

A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Son of Arkansas governor arrested on DWI charge

The son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

  First responders train for tomorrow’s emergencies

The organization is run solely by volunteers who have helped make a difference.

  Hallmark and Graceland host fan celebration ahead of new movie

Memphis in May announces winners of 2019 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Storms rolling through Region 8 causing power outages

Country music star Travis Tritt involved in multi-vehicle crash that left two dead, others injured on Highway 22

  Hoxie looks at land for new city park

  Act of Congress exempted stretch of I-555 where crash happened

Hutchinson to OK prison contract despite lawmakers’ worries

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he will hire an Indiana company to operate five state juvenile facilities after legislators expressed concerns about the company's operations in other states

Searcy man arrested in rape case

A victim told police that a Searcy man had sexually assaulted him from the time he was a child, leading police to make an arrest this week on the case, authorities said Saturday.

  Popsicle drive benefits JPD community policing

AlticeUSA’s Suddenlink branch in Jonesboro helped collect some sweet treats for our local officers to hand out over the summer.

Happening this Weekend in Region 8

Things are happening this weekend in Region 8.

  Local businesses expect rush during Air Fest weekend

Local businesses expect to benefit from the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival.

  Committee recommends pay raises for Bono city council, city clerk

Bono Mayor Danny Shaw set up a special committee to look at city council member pay wages throughout the county, discovering Bono sits near the bottom.

Lake City firefighters, emergency crews battle building fire on Highway 18

Lake City firefighters and emergency crews are at the scene of a building fire on Highway 18, according to the Jonesboro Police Department Desk Sergeant.

Jonesboro police investigate robbery in Dollar General parking lot, robbery now in inactive status

Jonesboro police are searching for a suspect in a parking lot holdup.

Church leaders look to improve safety as soft target attacks continue

There is a push to secure places of worship following attacks in recent months. Religious leaders everywhere are looking to protect their worshippers.

USDA working ‘feverishly’ on multi-billion dollar aid package for distressed farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Department is working 'feverishly' on a multi-billion dollar aid package for farmers hit hard by the tariffs and looming trade war with China.

Police: Phone records, trip to Memphis leads to trip to jail

An attempt to sell gold and silver coins in Memphis, along with cell phone records, has a Craighead County man facing five counts of residential burglary after an investigation by authorities, police said Friday.

Northern Snakehead caught in St. Francis floodwaters in Dunklin Co.

A new invasive fish, a Northern Snakehead, was caught by an angler in the St. Francis River levees borrow ditch in Dunklin County, Missouri according to the conservation department.

Missouri voters to decide on term limits for state officials

Missouri voters will get a chance to decide whether to impose term limits on the state's top executive officials

There’s a cheaper and easier way to get there

The JET bus system has kicked off its summer discount programs.

Missouri lawmakers OK $300M bonds for bridge repairs

Missouri lawmakers have approved a measure that could authorize $300 million of bonds to repair more than 200 bridges

Blast into the past this weekend

The three-day event will include hundreds of classic cars, games, food, entertainment and more.

Missouri bill tightens caps for in-home child-care providers

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation limiting the number of young children at in-home child-care providers

  Police chief speaks out against claims about the department’s lack of transparency

Thursday night, Police Chief Rick Elliott spoke out against those claims on camera for the very first time.

One injured in train/vehicle crash

A train-vehicle crash sent one person to the hospital Thursday night.

CDC: Backyard chickens likely cause of Salmonella outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says backyard chickens likely are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states

  Gr8 Job: Golden named Teacher of the Year

A teacher who people say is humble and kind was rewarded Thursday with the KAIT Teacher of the Year Award.

  Farmers create system to store water ahead of summer months

Weather in Arkansas is causing a headache for some farmers, but some have created a backup plan to ensure a healthy harvest.

Crews battle apartment fire in Paragould

Crews in Paragould battled a fire at an apartment on Thursday.

  Band director remembered through leadership scholarship

Greene County Tech High School held its annual scholarship ceremony.

  Ravenden restores raven statue

One iconic Region 8 statue is finally getting some much needed upgrades.

  ArDOT holds public meeting on Highway 412 planning study

ArDOT finished up the last of three public meetings Thursday on the planning study for the Highway 412 corridor.

St. Bernards opens new clinic in Highland

A new clinic in Sharp County will provide health care opportunities for residents including those who attend a local school district, officials said Thursday.

  A Better Region 8: High-speed internet access in Arkansas

This week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a plan to get all communities in the state with a population of 500 or more people connected with high-speed internet within the next three years.

  International competitors come to win at World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

This weekend, the world’s best barbecuers have come to the Bluff City to compete.

  Memphis team competes for 42nd year at World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest

There’s only one team that can say they remember participating in the first ever World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest.

Man chokes victim, faces aggravated assault, police say

A man faces a June court date after police say he choked a woman and pushed her against a wall as the woman was able to flee and call 911, Jonesboro police said.

Whiff of drugs leads to arrest, police say

The smell of marijuana coming from a house earlier led Jonesboro police to see meth, marijuana and prescription pills during a search this week, according to authorities.

State will temporarily stay proceedings in duck boat case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says his office will temporarily halt state proceedings against the owners of a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people

  Mural springs up in community garden

Kids from the MicroSociety Magnet School spent their morning painting a mural in the Westend Community Garden in Jonesboro.

Police: Ad on escort website leads to human trafficking arrest

A Craighead County man faces human trafficking and a child porn-related charge after a victim told police the man used physical violence to force her and other females to engage in sex for money with random men at area hotels.

JPD honors girl who ‘D.A.R.E.s’ to make a difference

The Jonesboro Police Department awarded one of its top honors to a young girl who “dares” to make a positive impact in her community.

Missing Kennett, Mo. man found, asked people inside a restaurant for help

Around 9:30 a.m. he walked into a Hardee’s restaurant and asked people inside for help.

Ron’s Catfish reopening in Jonesboro

A classic Jonesboro restaurant is reopening later this month after being closed.

  Local cyclists use worldwide event to honor pedestrians too

Cyclists around the world gathered Wednesday to remember the ones they've lost in a Ride of Silence.

  Suicide rates up for rural farmers

Famers and those who live in rural areas have higher suicide rates due to lack of mental health care, according to the CDC.

Jonesboro police respond to crash on East Parker Road

Jonesboro police and emergency crews responded to a crash with injuries Wednesday night on East Parker Road.

52 Mo. counties declined in population, Pemiscot Co. has largest drop

Almost half of Missouri's counties declined in population last year.

Ford adds 270,000 cars to recall for unintended rollaways

Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly.

  Shelby County Schools looking into new app to help students report bullying

Fernando Montiel’s family says he was bullied, but they had no idea until after he took his own life. Neither did his school district. Now Shelby County Schools is looking into new technology to help make it easier and safer for students to report bullying.

Family wants justice after truck drives into home, injures girl

A Mississippi County family is recovering after a truck crashed into their home in March, pinning their six-year-old daughter to the wall.

  If you garden, you can still dig it

Plants thrive on rain, but if you do not, starting your garden indoors is possible.Start young plants inside and when you’re ready, move them outside.

Utter introduced as A-State Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dr. Alan Utter appeared with A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse during a press conference Wednesday.

President Trump, law enforcement honor fallen officers

Law enforcement officers from across the country who died in the line of duty were honored during a police memorial in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

  High water at Wappapello Lake affecting businesses, recreation

High water caused by the drawn-out wet weather this Spring is taking a toll on businesses and recreational activities at Lake Wappapello.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Two-vehicle crash reported on Highway 14 in Independence County

Authorities are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 in Independence County, according to a report from ArDOT.

  Gates open for World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is officially underway.

Arkansas governor releases plan to expand broadband access

Arkansas' governor has released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2022

Joy ride leads to trip to jail, police say

A Craighead County woman faces a theft-related charge after police say she was driving a stolen car earlier this year, according to Jonesboro police.

Put your lumberjack skills to the test

This will be a large, indoor entertainment area that allows guests to check their axe throwing skills.

AR-DOT closes Highway 168 for bridge repairs

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has closed a portion of Highway 168 in Greene County as they complete repairs on a bridge.

Transportation rules for medical marijuana are “idling”

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission recently approved rules to transport medical marijuana products

  Internal Affairs report released on Jonesboro K9 officer shot

A Jonesboro police officer used poor decision making during an April 30 incident at the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department firing range in which a K9 officer was shot, according to findings from an internal affairs report released Wednesday by Jonesboro police.

K9 shot by fellow officer recovering

Rocket’s handler officer Jason Myers said he would be back to work in four to six weeks.