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Pine Bluff officials hope to change city’s image, lift economy

By Ginny Monk

This article was published April 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons (left) and Mac Bellingrath, secretary-treasurer of the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, talk about their county’s recognition as an ACT Work Ready community earlier this month. Officials in the county are working to attract industry and create jobs to stem the loss of population to other areas.

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PINE BLUFF -- Mayor Shirley Washington wants people to stop dumping on her city.

Graphs showing Jefferson County by the numbers

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Print Headline: Mayor: Stop dumping on PB

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Jfish says... April 23, 2018 at 7:52 a.m.

Dumping and littering in general are not just a Pine Bluff problem, they are an Arkansas problem. Most roadways in Arkansas are pathetic and anything that floats, eventually ends up in our streams and rivers. Most people don't care and the cities and counties do little enforcement. So, until those things change, dumping and littering will continue in the Natural State.

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mozarky2 says... April 23, 2018 at 8:25 a.m.

Maybe, just maybe, in the crime capital of the state, something besides the image needs to change.
I can't imagine how you "message" Pine Bluff's problems.

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GeneralMac says... April 23, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

Pine Bluff Arkansas,,,,,,,,,,,detailed profile

The city is 77% Black.
The population has dropped 18% from 2000-2014.

The 2,000 lb elephant sitting in the room that everyone in this article ignored is the CRIME RATE of 689,

(283 is the average of the US)

Unless that even is discussed, all the other talk is just putting lipstick on a pig.

Blythville Arkansas and East St Louis Illinois are similar .

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FireEyes says... April 23, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

CRIME BLUFF has bigger issues it should be dealing with. My father predicted with the now I-530 was being built Pine Bluff was doing nothing to prevent its own death...........and he was 100% right. Ever since the day that highway opened, PB has been dying, people fleeing the violence and people fleeing the lack of jobs. Building crumbling into Main Street, a crime rate that earned it the name Crime Bluff, no jobs, a ghetto that's about taken over the whole place.........and this dope is worried about litter??? Did it ever occur to you that people just might consider a dying town nothing more than litter itself??? No excuse whatsoever for the state CRIME BLUFF has brought on itself.

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TravisBickle says... April 23, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Pine Bluff 15 y/o boy shot in head Sunday night in drive-by shooting.

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GeneralMac says... April 23, 2018 at 3:57 p.m.

If the population keeps dropping at the same rate ( 18% every 14 years) before the turn of the century there will be no Pine Bluff Arkansas.

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