An inauguration like we’ve never seen before

With the pandemic raging and security threats surrounding the U.S. Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be one the likes of which this country hasn't seen before.

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

Region 8 COVID-19 death toll

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

  Gov: Significant decline in the 7-day rolling average in NE Arkansas

  Traffic stop leads to man taking his own life

Man dies following fiery crash

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  ‘I’m seeing it daily’: Walnut Ridge doctor responds to hesitancy surrounding COVID vaccine

  Nettleton teacher opens mini bookstore following March tornado

  Jonesboro pharmacies can’t begin Phase 1-B; no vaccines delivered

  Annual Jonesboro MLK parade faces some problems because of pandemic

  ESPAÑOL: El secretario de salud se vacunó y dice que es la manera más segura de ayudar a generar protección

  Blytheville honors MLK with “Drive Out Hate” parade

  Community members help clean up Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

The ASU-Newport Diversity and Inclusion Council hosted a clean-up along the road on MLK Day.

  Arkansas begins offering COVID-19 vaccine to some in phase 1B

Arkansans who are 70 years or older and those who work in education and childcare can now get the vaccine.

  Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson, health secretary receive COVID-19 vaccine

The 70-year-old Republican governor said that he was being vaccinated in public to show state residents that the shot is a safe and effective way to curb the coronavirus.

  Soup kitchen opens in Sikeston

A Heartland Ministry has opened a soup kitchen in Sikeston.

  JPD investigating drive-by shooting

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

  U.S. Steel completes Big River Steel acquisition

M2.4 earthquake recorded north of New Madrid, Mo.

  Gas prices continue upward trend

Jonesboro police warns residents of recent scam phone calls

  Jonesboro couple to appear on “The Wall” Monday night

On Monday night, a couple from Jonesboro will appear on the game show The Wall, Season Four.

  Catalytic converter thefts pushing lawmakers to take action

In the Arkansas legislature, a bill has been filed that will – if approved by lawmakers – require those selling and purchasing catalytic converters to provide and require a lot of information and identification.

State sees drop in total active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with new week ahead

The state of Arkansas saw decreases in total active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as state officials say the number of total cases rose by nearly 1,000 Sunday.

Arkansas legislature starts week 2 of new session with bills

The Stand Your Ground bill as well as several key pieces of legislation will be part of this week’s work at the State Capitol, as lawmakers finished a busy first week.

  Nearly 8,400 total COVID-19 deaths reported in Tennessee

COVID-19 deaths are nearing 8,400 after the Tennessee Department of Health reported 36 additional deaths Sunday.

  Wynne firefighters battle blaze on East Union early Sunday

A fire early Sunday on East Union in Wynne kept firefighters busy as crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

  Teacher previously wary about vaccine now encourages others to take it

On Thursday and Friday of next week, the Trumann School District will transition to blended learning so that teachers and staff can participate in an on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinic. One teacher got her shot early and shared her experience.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Jan. 17-23

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

Jonesboro Red Cross donation center to close Feb. 1

The American Red Cross donation center in Jonesboro will be closing Feb. 1, officials said Saturday, citing a decrease in planned platelet distributions.

Total COVID-19 cases increase, while hospitalizations drop in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported over 270,000 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with state health officials saying hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators also dropped.

  Walnut Ridge boys basketball grateful to be playing; coach discusses COVID concerns

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats, like every team in the state, are trying to balance competing on the court and staying healthy off of it.

  LDH confirms first case of COVID-19 variant in Louisiana

According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed a case of the COVID-19 variant in Louisiana.

Arkansas attorney general sued, allegedly misused office

A lawsuit alleges Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge misuses her office to promote her political aspirations and illegally used taxpayer money.

  Walnut Ridge Middle School students and faculty raise over $1,000 for first responders

The school has raised over $1,000 in T-shirt sales. All money will be used to buy blessing boxes for those on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.

Memphis flight deemed secure after “non-specified threat”

Federal agents were called in to investigate "non-specified threat" on Saturday.

“Be The Hero” blood drive collects 238 pints of blood

A three-day blood drive that wrapped up Friday will help over 700 hospital patients with much needed blood transfusions, an American Red Cross official said Saturday.

Jonesboro firefighters battle early morning house fire

It was an early Saturday morning for Jonesboro firefighters as they battled a house fire near Johnson Avenue and Bridge Street.

Report: Arkansas man photographed in Nancy Pelosi’s office ordered held

A federal judge in the nation’s capital has reversed a bond decision for an Arkansas man arrested in the aftermath of the Jan. 6. U.S. Capitol riots.

Arkansas governor to get coronavirus vaccine next week

Arkansas’ governor is getting the coronavirus vaccination next week.

  Tipster explains why they helped FBI identify Memphis man now charged in connection with Capitol siege

“I wanted to do something to feel like I had some sort of control over what was going on in our country.”

  Texarkana police increase search for wanted man

Texarkana Texas police is increasing the search for a man they consider armed and dangerous.

Scholarship to honor Sydney Sutherland at ASU-Newport

A new scholarship will help health profession students at ASU-Newport, officials said this week.

  Schools partner on solar project, use sheep to maintain fields

Two Independence County school districts have found a unique way to maintain the fields for their shared solar array.

  City issues notice to The Mall at Turtle Creek, ordering cleanup

The City of Jonesboro issues a 30-day notice to The Mall at Turtle Creek owners, Brookfield Properties of Chicago, ordering the property to be cleaned up.

  Hundreds of area educators receive COVID-19 vaccine

Hundreds of Jonesboro-area school teachers received their first round of COVID-19 vaccines.

Hospitalizations, total COVID-19 cases increase in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas saw increases in both hospitalizations and total COVID-19 cases while seeing fewer active cases in the past week or so, state officials said Friday.

One in custody after two-county pursuit, officials say

One person was in custody Friday afternoon after a two-county pursuit along Highway 63, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates.

  Memphis man arrested in connection with riots at US Capitol

A Memphis resident was arrested for federal offenses allegedly committed at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

  4-lane highway expansion will change several business fronts

An ongoing Arkansas Department of Transportation project, north of Paragould, will work to widen a 2-lane road into four lanes. Now, they’re looking to continue the expansion further.

Man arrested in aggravated residential burglary case

A Craighead County man faces nearly a dozen charges after Jonesboro police say he put a gun to a woman’s head and threatened to kill three other people earlier this week.

Mid-South public defender arrested, charged with rape

Investigators tell WMC they are not giving out information on the case and have declined to release the affidavit.

  Check map of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Mo.

Phase 1B - Tier 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan began on Thursday, January 14.

  Did you feel it? M 2.8 quake recorded near Blytheville

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 2.8 earthquake Friday near Blytheville.

Missouri sending troops to help with Washington security

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to help with security leading up to the presidential inauguration.

  Business destroyed in early-morning fire deemed arson

Officials say a fire that destroyed a Jonesboro business early Tuesday morning was the work of an arsonist.

ArDOT seeking public input on Hwy. 49 widening proposal

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has proposed widening a busy Northeast Arkansas highway, but first they want to hear from you.

Snow showers, gusty winds possible across Northeast Arkansas

An upper-level disturbance moving across the Midwestern states could bring a chance of snow showers Friday afternoon to Northeast Arkansas.

  Jan. 15: What you need to know

A quick look at what's making news and weather headlines.

  Search for suspect ends in felony charges

The search for a suspected reckless driver earlier this week led to a pursuit by authorities and a search with a drone.

  BRTC receives grant for flood mitigation project

After enduring multiple floods in the past few years, Black River Technical College has received a $1.2 million grant to keep the waters from rising on campus.

Arkansas court: Judge can’t handle capital murder case

The Arkansas Supreme Court says a judge prohibited from hearing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty protest can’t preside over a capital murder case.

  Report: FBI arrests Arkansas man facing charges in US Capitol riot accused of beating DC officer with American flag

An Arkansas man is facing federal charges after authorities say he assaulted a police officer with a flagpole during a riot at the U.S. Capitol, officials said Thursday.

  Veterans Village’s next steps toward completion after AG donation

Mayor Harold Copenhaver expressed gratitude toward Attorney General Rutledge’s contribution, saying that they will be able to still complete the project “almost three months ahead of schedule.”

  K-9’s death sparks legislative work

In the Arkansas House of Representatives, a bill has been filed called “Gabo’s Law” created after the death of Jonesboro Police Department’s K-9 Gabo.

  COVID survivor warns of virus dangers

Jonesboro E-911 director Jeff Presley was back at work Thursday after battling COVID-19.

  Group works to educate people on human trafficking issue

If you shop or dine out in the Jonesboro area, you might have noticed some posters reminding everyone to watch out for human trafficking.

  Pharmacists tasked with giving COVID-19 vaccines in effort to speed vaccinations

A new federal program is allowing pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Report: Woman claims to be subject of viral TikTok video and not missing Arkansas woman Cassie Compton

The FBI is investigating whether a video that is on social media is that of a girl missing since 2014.

Community COVID-19 cases place over 200 school districts in ‘red zone’

There has been an increase in the number of school districts in which community COVID-19 cases have gone up, according to a statewide health group.

Active cases, hospitalizations drop as COVID-19 numbers released

The number of active COVID-19 cases around Arkansas fell by over 350 Thursday, as state officials say case numbers have also fallen in the past week.

Railroad crossing arm comes down on bus, driver able to move it off the tracks safely

The driver was able to get the bus off the tracks and into a safe area.

  Tennessee reports nearly 5K new COVID-19 cases, 84 more deaths

The Shelby County Health Department has reported 548 new coronavirus cases and 31 deaths across the county. The health department said the deaths range between December 2, 2020, and January 11, 2021.

MLK Day celebration going online

The 2021 MLK Day celebration, “Truth, Love and Justice,” will be a lot different than in years past.

  Graceland offering virtual tours for guests

Graceland is making it easier for visitors to tour Elvis Presley’s mansion. According to a news release, fans and music lovers from around the world can visit Graceland virtually.

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

The Arkansas National Guard is sending 500 soldiers and airmen to Washington to assist with security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Former Memphis officer pleads not guilty for kidnapping, murder, tampering with evidence charges

A former Memphis police officer charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty is expected to appear in court Thursday morning.

SIU research team reports discovery of new, dominant COVID-19 variant in U.S.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale announced a research team at the university has discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 virus that is “specific to and dominant in the United States.”

  Suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting arrested

U.S. marshals have arrested a man suspected in a Thanksgiving shooting.