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John Worthen

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

Recent Stories by John Worthen

On lam since June, escapee back in prison

posted: 09/19/2014 4:22 a.m. Comment 1

PINE BLUFF -- A convicted murderer who escaped from the Arkansas Department of Correction's Pine Bluff Unit in late June surrendered Thursday morning to an Arkansas State Police trooper west of Booneville.

PB mayor didn't travel to Maryland memorial

posted: 09/18/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

A Pine Bluff official said Wednesday that Mayor Debe Hollingsworth did not attend an event at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland last year as a recent Legislative Audit Division report indicated.

'13 PB audit turns up violations

posted: 09/17/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Pine Bluff officials said Tuesday that corrective actions are already taking place to rectify violations found in an Arkansas Legislative Audit report released this week concerning the finance office and the mayor.

Pine Bluff ponders options for old library

posted: 09/15/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Library officials in Pine Bluff know they need a new facility or a major renovation to the old one, but details on what exactly will be done remain unsettled.

Prosecutor: Executive session not warranted

posted: 09/12/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter has issued a letter of admonishment and caution to Jefferson County Election Commission Chairman Ted Davis, ruling that Davis violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by holding an illegal executive session during an Aug. 25 election commission meeting.

Crossett to decide millage

posted: 09/09/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Early voting begins today in Crossett for a proposed millage increase to fund construction of a $20 million high school.

PB takes up home-rehab proposal

posted: 09/08/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- A Pine Bluff alderman is proposing to spend $500,000 from the city's reserve fund to rehabilitate derelict homes.

Crew hired to clean up PB collapse

posted: 09/06/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Cleanup is finally underway at a downtown Pine Bluff site where an aging building collapsed in February. The building was vacant at the time, and there were no injuries.

PB OKs paying $2,250 to settle 2013 bias suit

posted: 09/04/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Pine Bluff has agreed to pay a former fire battalion chief $2,250 to settle its share of an age-discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in 2013.

Parolee initiative OK'd in PB

posted: 09/03/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

The Pine Bluff City Council on Tuesday night approved a pilot program from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction that will put parolees and those soon to be paroled to work tearing down derelict houses around the city.

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