Jefferson County Newswire

Jefferson County Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Jefferson County, AR.

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  1. Little Rock man found shot dead arrested two years before in theft of police chief's gunRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | NWAonline

    A 22-year-old Little Rock man found shot to death inside a crashed car last weekend drew public notoriety two years ago when he and another man were arrested with Police Chief Kenton Buckner's lost gun. Police reports show that Nathaniel Mitchell Sullivan also survived a highway shooting attempt last year in Jefferson County that investigators suspect was linked to drug trafficking in Pine Bluff.


  2. Former lawmaker selected to replace 1 Arkansas county's top exec after sudden resignationRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | NWAonline

    A former state representative is Jefferson County's new chief executive officer, after a unanimous vote Thursday evening by the Jefferson County Quorum Court. Justices of the peace selected Booker Clemons, 82, out of six candidates for the position.


  3. Booker Clemons named Jefferson County judgeRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | Arkansas Times

    KATV reports that the Quorum Court picked Booker Clemons to fill out the county Judge term vacated by Hank Wilkins, who resigned today after disclosure of his involvement in a public bribery case. He has not been charged.


  4. John Brummett: The Gif conundrumRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | NWAonline

    Notice flashed of an email from state Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray. The email, it was said, would contain a statement that Gray was releasing about the resignation of Jefferson County Judge Hank Wilkins, a Democrat.


  5. Paddling punishmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Arkansas Times

    ... reimbursements for mental health and other services provided by affiliates statewide. The prosecutor said Jefferson County Judge Henry Wilkins IV had told FBI agents he'd received $100,000 in bribes from Cranford while he was a state legislator and ...


  6. Henry Wilkins to resign as county judgeRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 19 | Arkansas Times

    Jessi Turnure at KARK/Fox 16 reports that Henry Wilkins plans to resign as Jefferson County judge following allegations that he accepted bribes while a state legislator. Wilkins had told he's submitted a letter of resignation that takes effect Wednesday.


  7. Pine Bluff newspaper calls for county judge's resignation over bribery allegationRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 18 | Arkansas Times

    The Pine Bluff Commercial called in an editorial today for Henry Wilkins to resign as Jefferson County judge over the revelation Friday that he'd told the FBI he'd taken $100,000 in bribes from lobbyist and health executive Rusty Cranford when he was a state legislator. Wilkins has not been charged, but his statement was mentioned in a bond hearing for Cranford, who faces political corruption and embezzlement-related charges.


  8. Jefferson County suit filed to end dual election commission service by Stu SofferRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 17 | Arkansas Times

    Two residents of Jefferson County have filed a lawsuit seeking to force Stu Soffer, a Republican from White Hall, off the Jefferson County Election Commission. The lawsuit, filed by Chris Burks, who's served as attorney for the Democratic Party, says a 2017 law prohibited dual service on the state Election Commission and county election commissions.


  9. Attorney general reject's casino amendment wordingRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 12 | Arkansas Times

    ... the committee, Driving Arkansas Forward. It would also allow casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties, with Jefferson County being the primary target for a casino likely to be backed by the Quapaw and Cherokee tribes, both operators of Oklahoma ...


  10. Fairfield files claim for return of transit funds, citing 'risk of [bond] default'Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 12 | Alabama Live

    Last Friday, the city filed legal actions in Jefferson County Circuit Court seeking the return of more than $450,000 paid to the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority this year from Fairfield's ad valorem taxes collected by the county tax collector as a portion of the monies it has long owed the agency for transit service. Fairfield, which was sued by the BJCTA in 2016 after two years of missed payments, filed a cross-complaint against county tax collector J.T. Smallwood and a motion requested a temporary restraining order to prevent Smallwood from making any further payments to the agency.


  11. Legislator calls for delay of marijuana permits until tax issue checkedRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 10 | Arkansas Times

    ... himself on the defensive after a marijuana cultivation permit decided not to locate in his home county. * JEFFERSON COUNTY INTRIGUE: And then there's Stu Soffer, the White Hall Republican who's long feuded with Democratic Jefferson County Judge Hank ...


  12. Ethics filing claims bias by pot-grower panelistRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 10 | NWAonline

    An unsuccessful medical marijuana growing facility applicant filed an ethics complaint Friday alleging one of the commissioners tasked with grading the applications had a conflict of interest. In other medical marijuana-related news earlier Friday, one of the companies that successfully applied for a cultivation license announced that it would place its facility in northeast Arkansas rather than Jefferson County as announced.


  13. Community reacts to two medical marijuana cultivation facilitiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 9 | KAIT-TV

    ... Blvd. in Newport. Now, Natural State Wellness Enterprises, which was originally expected to be located in Jefferson County, formally selected Jackson County as its county of operation. On behalf of the company, former Arkansas Attorney General ...


  14. 5 Facilities Pay Fees To Grow Medical Marijuana In ArkansasRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 9 |

    ... Enterprises announced it would locate its facility in Jackson County after initially saying it would choose Jefferson County. The other cultivation facilities are Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County, Bold Team LLC in Woodruff ...


  15. Company changes location for growing medical marijuana in ArkansasRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 9 | NWAonline

    The final medical marijuana cultivation facility in Arkansas will locate in Jackson County - a reversal from publicly announced plans to locate in Jefferson County earlier this week. Natural State Wellness Enterprises submitted two winning applications - one for Jackson County and one for Jefferson County - to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.


  16. All cultivation permit winners have now paid up to grow marijuanaRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 9 | Arkansas Times

    Scott Hardin of the Department of Finance and Administration says Natural State Wellness has paid its $100,000 permit fee and posted the $500,000 bond required for issuance of its permit to grow medical marijuan a. Natural State Wellness, which had two permit approvals but, by law, could choose to pursue only one, paid to build a facility in Jackson County, rather than Jefferson County as they'd originally announced.


  17. 9 groups file to run schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 8 | Arkansas Online

    Nine organizations have notified the Arkansas Department of Education of their plans to apply to establish open-enrollment charter schools in 2019-20 in locations that include Pulaski and Jefferson counties.


  18. Arkansas medical marijuana group chooses site for plantRead the original story

    Wednesday Mar 7 | The Courier

    ... counties because two of its applications were chosen by the state among the top five. The firm picked Jefferson County on Friday because the state's new medical marijuana law permits the company to operate only one facility. "We are very excited to ...


  19. What's that smell? Is it medical marijuana? Or just burned up applicants?Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 7 | Arkansas Times

    Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin mentioned to me yesterday that two of the five top scorers for medical marijuana cultivation permits - Natural State Medicinals , which plans a facility in Jefferson County, and the Bold Team, which plans to build in Cotton Plant, had submitted the money necessary for ratification of their permits. They have paid the $100,000 licensing fee and posted a $500,000 performance bond.


  20. County to host 2 growing sites for medical potRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 7 | NWAonline

    Jefferson County will house two of Arkansas' five future medical marijuana growing facilities, after a company over the weekend decided to locate there. Natural State Wellness Enterprises was the only cannabis cultivation license applicant without a concrete location when the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission announced the five highest-scoring applicants last week.