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Tornado sirens wrongly activated, ‘It was a mistake’ officials say

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -Many people were out and about Saturday night at festivals and other community events when tornado sirens across the region sounded. While the threat of a tornado was real for many areas, a question still stands. Why did Jonesboro’s sirens go off if it wasn’t under the threat of the storm?
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Tornado Warning expired for Mississippi County, Arkansas

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Arkansas — What's the difference between a watch and a warning?. A watch is issued several hours before severe weather strikes. It means ingredients are in place for dangerous weather to develop. In the case of a Tornado Watch, a tornado could develop soon. You should keep a close eye on the weather for the next few hours.
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‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect in manhunt caught

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A man who multiple police agencies had been searching for after they said he had stolen a firearm has been caught. At 8:32 p.m., Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said a man took off from police when officers tried to stop him for a stolen firearm. Rolland said he wrecked his car east of Monette on Highway 18.
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‘Best day ever’, Jonesboro woman describes BBQ Festival

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The smell of bbq filled the air Friday night as pit masters fired up the smokers for the annual Jonesboro BBQ Festival... But something else filled the air, music. The music hit the eardrums of festival-goers as soon as they stepped into downtown Jonesboro. “The music...

Jonesboro, AR Ranks as One of the Poorest Big Cities in the Country

Large cities and metropolitan areas have long been hubs of economic activity and prosperity in the United States. Large employers that can pay enough to attract top talent from around the country often have operations in places like Austin, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. As a result, these cities, and many others like them, have a high concentration of high-income residents. But while some American cities stand out for the economic opportunity they offer, many others are notable for the opposite reason.

Old Dominion wins 1st Sun Belt game over Arkansas State

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Hayden Wolff passed for 279 yards with two touchdowns and led a second-half rally as Old Dominion defeated Arkansas State 29-26 on Saturday for its first Sun Belt Conference victory. The Monarchs (2-2, 1-0) trailed 12-0 at halftime and 19-7 early in the third quarter....
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Chicago-based manufacturer to expand Blytheville steel tube factory

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) – A facility in Mississippi County will be seeing a new upgrade to meet demand. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Zekelman Industries announced construction would begin in December on its state-of-the-art inline steel tube galvanizing factory in Blytheville. According to a news release, when the project is...

Jonesboro volleyball tourney ends with MH, Flippin in semifinals

Mountain Home was among three area schools competing in the Ron and Pat Carmack High School Volleyball Playday Saturday in Jonesboro. The Lady Bombers began the day by winning three matches in Pool E. Mountain Home topped Conway’s junior varsity team 25-15 and 25-23, Harrisburg 25-8 and 25-11 and Batesville 25-20 and 25-21.

Herd Women’s Soccer Falters at Arkansas State

Marshall women’s soccer woes continued Thursday night, facing a crushing loss to Arkansas State by a score of 3-2. The Herd kept up with the attacks of the hosting team for the first half, including two early saves. However, Marshall only kept A-State scoreless for 12 minutes, as Darby...
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Sickle Cell warriors rally for awareness

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Northeast Arkansas event bought awareness to warriors in the community fighting a rare disease. September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, to bring awareness to the struggles those with the disease face and how others can help, many gathered in Blytheville to rally and walk.

Troy Stumbles at Home Against Arkansas State

TROY, Ala. – Despite a late goal from Nia Wilson, Troy women's soccer stumbled to its second straight loss, 2-1, in Sun Belt play on Sunday afternoon at the Troy Soccer Complex against Arkansas State. The Trojans (2-5-2, 0-2-1 SBC) start conference play without a win through three matches...
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Lake City residents have trouble finding fresh food in town

LAKE CITY, Ark. (KAIT) - Getting food for a balanced diet in a small town is a challenge many residents struggle with. Some towns have already gotten relief, like Brookland and Osceola, thanks to an announcement of new grocery stores. However, in a place like Lake City, residents continue to...
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Furry Friday: Mencka

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Earlier this summer, a group of farmers found a dog lying in their field with a chain embedded in its neck. Volunteers with the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society picked up the poor pup and took her to straight to Animal Medical Center to be treated. Hillary...
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Businesses prepare for thousands amid barbeque festival

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - With a large festival expecting close to 10,000 people, businesses throughout downtown Jonesboro are excited about the traffic it could bring in. Skinny J’s is one of those restaurants getting ready for the rush by making sure they have extra staff handy. Manager Chelsea Gardner...

Patrol Makes Two Arrests in Dunklin County

The MSHP arrested a Holcomb man early Thursday. 50 year old Phillip Pruett was arrested for felony possession of Percocet and Xanax, as well as felony tampering with evidence. He was taken to the DCJC. Also yesterday morning the Patrol arrested 47 year old Jessie Swinney of Kennett on a...
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Sept. 23: What you need to know

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - We’re helping you plan your day on Good Morning Region 8. Fall weather has finally arrived even though it won’t stick around. We’ll keep a very small chance of a few showers and sprinkles today. Today, temperatures will be...

City wins two grants to serve police

The City of Jonesboro received notice of two successful federal grant applications on Friday that will allocate upward of $85,000 for Jonesboro Police Department. The City received $43,838 requiring no match from the annual Edward Byrne Office of Justice Assistance Grant, plus $19,922 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for a 50-50 match to provide new bullet-proof vests to JPD officers.