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Simmons Breaks Ground on New Jonesboro Branch

The financial center is one the first prototypes for Simmons Bank, and it will be used to remodel existing branches and build new financial centers across the bank's six-state footprint. read more >
Trent Brown of FNBC Bank in Ash Flat.
Banking & Finance

FNBC Names Trent Brown Community President for Jonesboro

Brown, who has more than two decades of banking experience, joined FNBC in 2022 as senior vice president. read more >
Todd Shields, chancellor of Arkansas State University
Construction / Education / Health Care

ASU System Approves Plan for Veterinary School

The system also approved a new $8 million nursing building at ASU Three Rivers. read more >
Red and white faced beef cattle on a farm. 
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Meat Processors in Jonesboro, Hope are First Licensed by State

The program, which received federal approval last fall, aims to expand the market for cattlemen by allowing state-certified facilities to sell beef within the state. read more >
Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc.
Banking & Finance

Southern Bancorp Completes Conversion of Premier Bank of Arkansas

Branches in Jonesboro, West Memphis and Marion now operate as Southern Bancorp locations. read more >
From left: Mark Clarke, João Sedycias and Calvin White, three finalists for the provost position at Arkansas State University,

A-State Names 3 Finalists for Provost Position

Each candidate will visit the A-State campus to meet with stakeholders beginning this week. read more >
Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse speaks at the one-year anniversary of the company's $8 million data storage center on Oct. 14, 2021.

Ritter Builds Out Fiber to Ripley, Tennessee

The broadband fiber, telecom, cloud and data center services company now serves 123 communities and 47,000 customers. read more >

A-State Offers New Master’s in Applied Digital Technology

In addition to 12 credit hours of core courses, it has four emphasis areas: artificial intelligence and machine learning; cloud and cybersecurity; game and app design; and business analytics. read more >
Alan Utter

Alan Utter to Step Down as ASU Provost

Utter is returning to a faculty appointment in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences. read more >
Kade Holliday
Government & Politics / Legal / Small Business

Kade Holliday Sentenced to 57 Months for Stealing $1.58M

The former Craighead County clerk pleaded guilty to wire fraud. read more >
Public Companies / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Transportation

Jonesboro Investors Buy First-Of-Its-Kind Starbucks in NWALock Icon

David and Angie Hodges, through their Halltown Farms LLC, bought the 1,343-SF coffeehouse at the intersection of North Bloomington Street and East Monroe Avenue. read more >
Education / Health Care

ASU’s ‘Decode’ Project Gets $2M Federal Grant

The funds will be used to train an interdisciplinary teams of scientists working to better understand disease ecology and invasive species biology. read more >
LaneShift CEO Ryan Hale addressed Metroplan members before they left on a bicycle tour of the Razorback Greenway from the Graduate Hotel in Fayetteville.
Construction / Tourism / Transportation

Northwest Bike Boom Inspires More Trails

Other Arkansas cities plan greenways of their own. read more >
Main Street in downtown Jonesboro
Government & Politics / Transportation

Jonesboro Awarded $878K for Trolley-Style Hybrid Buses

The federal grant includes a 15% match by the city. read more >
Joshua H. Brown 
Principal of Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development of Jonesboro
Construction / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Hytrol Deal Helps Haag Brown Land ‘Big’ New ProjectLock Icon

The Jonesboro developer said the development will be the first of its kind in the Delta. read more >

Todd Shields Named Chancellor of Arkansas State University

He has served since 2014 as the dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services

Acquisition ‘Muscle’ Strengthens SMA

The Jonesboro-based distributor doubled its ag parts inventory and posted its biggest year in 2021. read more >
A rendering of the NEA Baptist Urgent Care PLUS clinic 
Construction / Health Care / Real Estate

NEA Baptist Breaks Ground on New Clinic

The 18,000-SF clinic is the health system's largest project since development of its main campus in 2014. read more >
Jama Fowler, longtime co-owner of Fowler Foods Inc. of Jonesboro with her husband Wallace. She died April 20, 2022, at age 85. 
Banking & Finance / Education / Restaurants & Food

Jama Fowler, Philanthropist and Longtime Co-Owner of Fowler Foods, Dies at 85

She's remembered for her philanthropy and her business ventures with husband Wallace. read more >
About half of the U.S.’s rice production comes from Arkansas. Most of the time, barring fluctuations, Riceland is Stuttgart’s single largest employer.
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Manufacturing

Riceland Foods Announces $13.2M Expansion

The project will bring 80 total new jobs to its Jonesboro and Stuttgart plants. read more >