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Hotel Construction Is Up In Arkansas, Especially In Jonesboro

Hotel construction in Arkansas rose 14% between December 2016 and December 2017, indicating a departure from a trend of decline in hotel construction nationwide, according to the hospitality industry statistics resource STR.

In 2017, Arkansas had 47 hotel projects and 4,634 rooms either in the planning stages or under construction, according to STR data. In 2016, the state had 41 projects in the works and 4,068 rooms.

“We have continued to have new hotel construction in Arkansas, and I think Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas is going to be next with a continued flurry of new construction,” said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Little Rock-based Arkansas Hospitality Association. “We’ve had success in our industry. It looks like people are looking for opportunity right now, and they’re finding it in the hotel industry.”    MORE

‘No Complaints’ Received By Harrison College Over Alleged Racist Incident

A newspaper in Parsons, Kan., has gone viral with its report of an alleged racist incident that occurred during men’s and women’s basketball games at North Arkansas College (Northark) in Harrison, Ark.

Parsons Sun reporter Sean Frye detailed how fans at the game made monkey noises whenever the predominantly African-American teams of Labette Community College were on offense. However, a new statement provided to Talk Business & Politics by Northark has raised additional questions.

Frye wrote that the Sun had viewed “snippets of game footage” provided by an anonymous source that showed one person making crow caws — in reference to Jim Crow laws that were often used “to enforce segregation in the South during the late 1800s up through the civil rights movement of the 1960s,” Frye writes.    MORE

School Board Meeting

Greenbrier School Board meets in regular session today. The meeting begins 6:00pm at 4 School Drive in Greenbrier.

Theft Suspect Sought

Conway Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a theft suspect.

He’s wanted for question about the use of a stolen debit card taken during a vehicle breaking or entering.

Blake Commends Governor For MLK Holiday

Representative Charles Blake, D-Little Rock, said every elected official in Arkansas — black, brown, or white — needs to take a stand on condemning racist remarks like the ones President Donald Trump is alleged to have said during a meeting on immigration last week.

“This is a continuing pattern. It’s going to take our allies… it’s not going to take me, or someone in my stature, someone who looks like me to change the perception, to let the world know, to let our allies know that this is not our sentiment. This is not who we are. This is not who we are anymore,” Blake said in an appearance on Talk Business & Politics.

He said Arkansas’ elected officials should take a stand against the President’s statement that immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador are from “s*%#hole countries.”   MORE

Overnight Lane Closures On Interstate 40 Near White River Information Center

Construction for the Interstate 40 White River replacement bridge requires overnight lane closures on I-40 near the White River Tourist Information Center, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting; from Monday, January 15 through Friday, January 19 the outside westbound lane will be closed daily from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following morning.

Traffic will be controlled with signage and traffic drums. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

Hutchinson Announces Appointments

On Friday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment of Christy Clark, of Little Rock, a 1992 graduate of Arkansas State University, to a five-year term on the ASU Board of Trustees.

A McCrory native, Clark succeeds Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village, who served two five-year terms on the board, most recently as chair. Clark’s appointment expires in January 2023.

Meanwhile, Kay Hinkle, of Mountain View, was re-appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Arkansas. Appointment expires January 14, 2025.    MORE 

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