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Pine Bluff Police Dept. hiring new officers

This morning Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones announces sixteen new Police Officers will soon be working the city streets in Pine Bluff. The new hire's will attend a recruit school conducted by the Pine Bluff Police Department's Training Division and then the state mandated 12 weeks of basic law enforcement instruction at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in January.

Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones says they have over 95 percent of police positions filled and are confident more officer presence in Pine Bluff will lower crime and make Pine Bluff a safer place to live. We still have several positions open and applications continue to come in.

The sixteen men and women have met the entry level qualifications and will be sworn-in on Monday the 13th of December 2010 during a ceremony in the Pine Bluff City Council Chambers at 10:00 am.

All are welcome to attend the ceremony inducting sixteen new recruits into the Pine Bluff Police Department.

Miss UAPB & Court present 2010 Christmas Charity Event

Miss UAPB & Court present 2010 Christmas Charity Event

Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and her Royal Court will like to invite you to the 2010 Christmas Charity Event. The Queens will be donating to families in need with clothing of various sizes and toys. Holiday snacks will also be served.

Join Miss UAPB and Royal Court in doing the Will of God by giving back to the less fortunate families around us.

“Giving Back to Our Community”

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010

Time: 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Location:  Topps Big Reck

1000 Townsend Drive, Pine Bluff, AR

From N. University Dr., Turn Left unto Fluker Ave., Topps on Right Side


Merry Christmas from The U.A.P.B.

4th Annual "A Jazzy Christmas"

4th Annual "A Jazzy Christmas"

4th Annual "A Jazzy Christmas"with Legoria Payton & Friends featuring Ed Lawson on Sax, Legoria Payton as Vocalist, and Milt Jackson on Guitar

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm at the Eden Park Country Club Grand Ballroom

4100 Elm Street (off Cherry & 41st)
Pine Bluff, AR 

Advance Tickets:  $12         At the Door:  $15 

Silent Auction, Cash Bar, Door Prizes, Beverage Specials

It's Christmas time!! You are cordially invited to an elegant evening featuring live jazz and holiday favorites. Enjoy "Legoria Payton & Friends" for this unique holiday musical celebration.

Pine Bluff police close case on murder/suicide

Lester Thompson reported to police that his mother, Mrs. Thompson, had been in the hospital for awhile and asked that someone check on his sister Catherine Johnson. Mr. Thompson stated they had not heard from Mrs. Johnson in a few days.

Mr. Thompson stated he drove to 4400 W. 11 Ave. to check on Mrs. Johnson and Rebecca Burks drove up behind him. Mr. Thompson went in the residence by the back door and stated that when he opened the door he could smell a bad odor.

Mr. Thompson went to Mrs. Johnson's room and she was not in the room. He then went to his mother's room and saw Mrs. Johnson lying across the bed. Mr. Thompson came out and told Mrs. Burks to call 911.

Today's THV at 6:30 p.m.: Saving a workforce in Pine Bluff

Brian Barnhouse, with the Economic Development Alliance was a special guest on Today's THV at 6:30, to point out what's being done to keep those skilled employees in Pine Bluff or southeast Arkansas.

It's called the Southeast Arkansas Sustainable Growth Initiative. It calls for invidualized re-employment plans that offers job prospects and in some cases re-training. The Initiative is soliciting employers to work with them to find openings for these workers. The philosophy behind the movement is the economic gain for the area for every worker saved.

Barnhouse points out, the more on board, the better the chances of re-employment.

Ark. metropolitan areas ranked highest in crime


"It can be harmful for tourism," says Criminal Justice Professor Jeffery Walker.

When broken down by metropolitan areas, five Arkansas cities made the top ten. Pine Bluff is number two, the Memphis area three, Hot Springs is six, Little Rock moves up to number nine, and Texarkana is ten.

"If you look at violent crime in 2008 to 2009, violent crime is down nine percent. This book is not accurate," says Lt. Terry Hastings with Little Rock Police.

Even though the CQ Press uses FBI data, the FBI disputes the rankings saying it gives an incomplete analysis and creates misleading perceptions of a community.

"As far as we know this is the best only available data set at the national level of crime statistics across cities and we acknowledge there may be flaws in the data, but the numbers are what they are," says Ben Krasney, spokesperson for CQ Press.

Pro-baseball player returns home to give back

Major League Baseball great, Torii Hunter, came back home today. He gifted the community outreach program Neighbor to Neighbor with $10,000. News of the donation drew a crowd Monday morning.

The Los Angeles Angel is at home in Pine Bluff. He's a long way from center field in Anaheim, but around the corner from where he started.

"I was here eating with my grandmother. We didn't have food to eat and different things like that but when I made it, I didn't forget," says Hunter.

Aside from all the fanfare, Neighbor to Neighbor says the donation means food in the pantry.

Executive Director Charlotte England says at times it's tough to scrape out 4,000 meals a month.

"It's huge; it really is huge," says England.

"And you think, 'What am I going to do? We're not going make through the month," says England.