Monthly Archives: August 2018

Work Begins On NSF-Funded Technical Writing Grant

JONESBORO – While importance of the STEM professions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being emphasized in education and industry, an underlying and crucial skill has received less attention.

Professors at Arkansas State University have taken on a project to help students better prepare for a career in the STEM professions.  Through new courses to be developed, students will have new opportunities to become more skilled in technical writing.   MORE

Art+Design Plans ‘Second Saturday’ Creative Opportunities

JONESBORO – The Department of Art+Design at Arkansas State University will resume the Second Saturday monthly arts projects on Sept. 8, when adults and children are invited to experiment with screen printing to make a flower print on fabric. Shelley Gipson, printmaker, will direct the activity.

Interested individuals can drop by Room 107 of the Fine Arts Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The project will take about 30 minutes.  Admission is free, and alumni are especially welcomed, according to Dr. Temma Balducci, professor of art history and department chair.   MORE

Gala Apple Passes Red Delicious As America’s Favorite

At their core, Americans have changed – at least when it comes to their apple preferences.

The Red Delicious apple is likely to lose its title as the most popular apple this year, a perch it held for more than half a century.

The U.S. Apple Association is projecting that the Gala apple will usurp the Red Delicious for the top spot.   MORE

Overnight Lane Closures On Interstate 630 In Little Rock

PULASKI COUNTYConstruction to widen Interstate 630 requires overnight lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

Weather permitting, crews will reduce I-630 traffic to one open lane in each direction during overnight hours between Baptist Hospital Drive (Exit 7) and University Avenue (Exit 5). Eastbound and westbound center and outside lanes will be closed during the following hours to conduct the work. Exit ramps will not be impacted during this lane-closure period.

  • Tuesday, September 4 to Thursday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., nightly
  • Friday, September 7, at 8:00 p.m. to Saturday, September 8, midnight

Traffic will be controlled using signage and barrels. During daytime travel peak hours, all six lanes on I-630 will be open to traffic. Neighborhoods adjacent to the interstate will experience noise impacts during nighttime hours. The public is advised to be cautious when traveling in the work zones.

There will be no lane closures Friday night, August 31 through Tuesday morning,
September 4 for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

This project (Job CA0608) is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program, which is funded through a 10-year, half-cent sales tax. More information on this $87.4 million project is available at

Meanwhile, Utility location work requires intermittent temporary lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

Weather permitting, crews will begin utility location work Tuesday, September 4 for the State Highway 10 (Cantrell Road) widening project that is currently in the design phase. Drivers can expect shoulder closures along Cantrell Road, River Mountain Road, Rodney Parham Road, and Southridge Drive in the coming weeks.  Lane closures on Cantrell Road and other roadways in the project area will be limited to occur between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.  The work will not be continuous, but rather intermittent as needed to aid in the design of the project.

The utility locating will consist of excavating small holes to determine the accurate location of existing underground utility lines.  The utility line locations and elevations will be accurately surveyed and mapped for use in the final design of the project.  Expected completion of the utility location work is late March 2019.

The project, Job 061331, is the first Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) contract for the Department.  In this project delivery method, the CMGC is hired during the pre-construction/design phase to aid the Department in constructability review, risk mitigation, and cost and schedule optimization.

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

‘The Muses Opera Classics Plus’ In Riceland Series, September 13th

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present The Muses Opera Classics Plus in concert Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project employs professional artists, musicians, and teachers from across Arkansas and the country to create diverse performance opportunities, and presentations in all genres of highest quality artistic collaboration: instrumental and vocal music, fine art, literature, poetry, drama, and dance.

With a national cast of young, professional singers, dancers and instrumentalists, this performance offers various selections from “La Traviata,” “Carmen,” “Madame Butterfly,” “The Magic Flute” and “Fledermaus.”  The Muses will also perform favorite selections from “Les Miserables,” “West Side Story,” and “Sweeny Todd.”

Fowler Center Series at Arkansas State University is home of the finest artistic performance in the Northeast Arkansas region, and regularly hosts world-class performing arts events to enhance, strengthen, and celebrate community. The 2018-19 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series is themed “Americana & More,” and will offer a broad variety of outstanding entertainment.

“In experiencing the arts, we experience each other,” said Dr. Timothy Crist, Fowler Center Series director.  “The Riceland Distinguished Performance Series is committed to creating exciting, memorable events that will resonate throughout our community, to reaching out and engaging all, and to providing an experience that will inspire and elevate lives.”

All seating is reserved.  Individual tickets are $35 and $25 for adults, and $28 and $20 for senior citizens, students, and A-State faculty and staff, and $15 and $10 for A-State students with a current ID. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

For more information, contact Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, at (870) 972-3471. Tickets may be purchased at the Central Box Office in the First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or toll-free (888) ASU-FANS. Tickets are also available online from the Central Box Office. For additional information, go to Fowler Center.

KASU Music Nights Includes Nine Acts At Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

JONESBORO – Nine regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess.  The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Circle.

These talented singers and musicians, most representing Northeast Arkansas, will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each band or artist will play a 45-minute set.

Music fans will get an opportunity to preview these bands during the Sept. 7 edition of KASU’s (91.9 FM) “Arkansas Roots” program from noon until 1 p.m., featuring songs by bands playing at the KASU Music Nights.     MORE Tests New Fulfillment Protocol For Consumables is testing a new fulfillment protocol for suppliers selling everyday consumables in multiple categories including pets, dry grocery, office and party supplies, household, baby, health and beauty. The retailer confirmed with Talk Business & Politics on Wednesday the test is known as Geo-Location/ Geo-Gaging, and is considered a next step toward smart basket capabilities used by

The test seeks to streamline the back-end fulfillment in everyday consumable categories within its own e-commerce distribution centers, essentially looking to reduce the number of boxes shipped to a single customer, and instead bundling the orders for increased efficiency and a better user experience within two days.   MORE

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