Johnny Cash Heritage Festival announced, visitors center opens
Coupled with the grand opening last weekend of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Visitors Center--in the building that once housed the Dyess movie theater--was the announcement of a Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to take place annually in Dyess. Since 2011, the Johnny Cash Music Festival has raised funds for the restoration of Dyess Colony and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home with yearly concerts in Jonesboro featuring musical talent such as Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, and members of the Cash family. ...
Trumann Council approves special election for sales tax
Trumann voters will be deciding the fate of a new one cent sales tax this fall whose purpose is to generate a source of revenue to fund finance municipal improvements. Upon the budget committee's recommendation, the Trumann City Council approved two ordinances during a special meeting Tuesday night. ...
Rick's Diner provides home cooking in Harrisburg
Every town in America has their favorite classic diner. A diner, by description, is a pre-fabricated fast food building that is often characterized by offering a wide range of foods. The first diner was created in 1872 by Walter Scott in Providence, R.I. ...
Marked Tree spring game cut short due to weather
Marked Tree's spring football game was cut short when a thunderstorm rolled through this past Tuesday as the blue team posted a 20-0 win over the white team at Don Lovell Memorial Field. Paul Coleman got the blue team on board first as he scooped up a loose ball and sprinted to the end zone making it 6-0. ...
Wildcats conclude spring drills with scrimmage
The Trumann Wildcats held their annual spring scrimmage this past Monday night at Wildcat Field to conclude spring drills. With 43 players on the roster, third year head coach Scott Waymire was pleased with the spring session. "This is the best numbers we've had in the spring since I've been here and it's the best makeup of a team we've had," Waymire said. ...
Mayhem at the Mack
Local youth hit the diamond this past weekend in Jonesboro.
Rorex is county's new D.A.R.E. officer
Steve Rorex, the new Poinsett County D.A.R.E. officer, was the guest speaker last Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the Trumann Lions Club. Rorex is a lifelong county resident, having grown up in Weiner. Having done a few jobs over the years, Rorex said his heart was happy when he was serving people. "I've always loved helping others in any way I could," Rorex said...
MARKED TREE - Frances Evelyn Simpson, 83, of departed this life May 20, 2016 in Marked Tree, Ark. She was born on December 15, 1932 to Henry Marshall and Dollie Mae Gray Lambert. She was a retired house wife and loving mother and grandmother. Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Leon Simpson; parents; three brothers; and five sisters...
MARKED TREE - Kellye Tyer Johnson, 53, of departed this life on May 22, 2016. She was born on March 5, 1963 to Bill and Loretta (Capooth) Tyer. Kellye was a Dispatcher for the Marked Tree Police Department, she enjoyed playing tennis and was an avid sports fan...
TRUMANN - Mrs. Inez Rogers passed away May 17, 2016 at the family residence in Trumann, at the age of 82 . Mrs. Rogers was born September 28, 1933 in Egypt and lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband Opie Rogers; one son; one grandson; four sisters; one brother and her parents, John Ezra and Rosalee Ratliff Isom...
JONESBORO - Mrs. Dorothy Lee Harp passed away May 18, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Place in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 83. She was born December 17, 1932 in Baldwyn, Miss., and had lived in Jonesboro for the past 12 years. Mrs. Harp was a sewing machine operator for a clothing manufacture in Baldwyn, Miss. ...
TRUMANN - Mrs. Lessie Mearl Martin Davis of Trumann departed this life Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro at the age of 80. Mrs. Davis was born March 27, 1936 in Iron City, Tenn., and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. ...
Kim Smith named Marked Tree Teacher of the Year
Kim Smith was named Marked Tree School District's 2016 teacher of the year this week. A Marked Tree graduate, Smith has been a teacher in the district for a total of 13 years. She currently teaches seventh and eighth grade Math for half of the day and serves as Elementary Math Coach for the other half. She also mentors other teachers as an instructional facilitator...
Marked Tree School District receives award for academic growth
Marked Tree School District received over $11,000 this week from the state in recognition of their academic growth during the 2014-2015 school year as part of the Arkansas School Recognition Program. According to the State Board of Education's website, Marked Tree Middle School was in the top five percent of schools with student academic growth...
Lions hear about chronic wasting disease
Chris Holt, an officer with the Arkansas Fame and Fish Commission (AGFC), spoke to the Trumann Lions club recently about chronic wasting disease. Holt started working as a jailer for Poinsett County in 1997 before becoming a deputy. He worked his way to the rank of lieutenant and was the night supervisor. In 2011, Holt switched jobs and became a warden for the AGFC. Holt is a Poinsett County native...
Miracle League Park: for the love of the game
I recently had the honor of going to a game at the Miracle League Park in Jonesboro. My buddy Calvin Hensley of Marked Tree had been wanting me to come out and watch him play and to take some pictures of him in action. What I witnessed at the game was what I wish every person who played sports and the parents of those players had a chance to witness, a true love for the game...
Powerade Tournament held in Trumann
The Trumann Sports Complex hosted the Powerade Tournament this past Saturday.
Area sports roundup
Bay (12-10) had their come to an end this past Friday in the Class 1A state baseball tournament this past Friday in Mountain Home. The Yellowjackets fell 6-2 to Taylor a day after scoring five runs in the top of the seventh to beat Sacred Heart in their opening round game last Thursday...
Freezer Thompson inducted into wrestling hall of fame
Trumann's William "Freezer" Thompson added another honor to his wrestling career as he was inducted into the Mid-Southern Championship Wrestling Hall of Fame. This is Thompson's second hall of fame honor as two years ago he was inducted by the ASWF...
These ten Trumann High School seniors were awarded scholarships this past Tuesday by the Trumann Athletic Booster Club.
Lady Warriors lose 6-3 to Tuckerman in regional opener
EPC cut Tuckerman's 5-1 lead to 5-3 in the top of the sixth but couldn't get any closer as the Lady Bulldogs ended up taking a 6-3 win over the Lady Warriors in the opening round of the 2A North Regional tournament last Thursday in Marked Tree. EPC finishes their season with a 11-10 record...
Lady Indians ousted in regional tournament opener
Marked Tree stayed close to Midland for the first two innings but a five run third inning from the Lady Mustangs was to much to overcome as the Lady Indians lost 13-2 in the 2A North Regional tournament last Thursday in Marked Tree. Midland used two base hits and a stolen base to produce a run in the top of the first inning to go up 1-0. ...
Area sports roundup
The Harrisburg Lady Hornets (16-13) had their season come to end as they lost 3-0 to Heber Springs in the opening round of the 4A-East Regional tournament last Thursday in Lonoke. Caitlyn Adams took the loss for Harrisburg as she gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings. ...
Total Chaos Champions
Arkansas Fierce 12U and Fat City Angels-Burgess 8U each won tournament titles this past weekend in in Jonesboro.
Department of Education grades are in for 2014-2015 school year
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recently school grades for the 2014-2015 year. This is the second year ADE has published a performance report report on the state's schools which evaluate school performance on an A-F grading scale based on student performance on state assessment tests...