Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin announced an extension of the nighttime curfew that has been in place since Saturday’s EF-3 tornado struck a long path through the city.
Until further notice, only motorists going to and from work will be allowed on city streets 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during this period. “Our police force is taxed enough under the current circumstances,” Perrin said. “This will allow law-abiding citizens to be at home and ensure no looting or valdalism is occurring while we clean up our city.”
Perrin also said some teams of unlicensed and unscrupulous home repair worker have been escorted out of town by Jonesboro Police, and warned residents to be careful about who they do business with in response to Saturday’s tornado.
Only Arkansas-licensed contractors should be used for home cleanup and repair, Perrin said, because unlicensed workers can do shoddy work and often are scam artists looking for ways to rob Jonesboro residents.
“We are dealing with two crises at once,” Perrin said. “Our citizens are tired, they’re hurting, and the last thing they need is to deal with a scam artist while they try to recover from this storm.
“I encourage you to do business with local contractors.”
Anyone needing assistance in finding a reputable contractor should contact the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at 870-932-6691 or jonesborochamber.com
Residents hiring a contractor should be sure to obtain a copy of the worker’s general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
Craighead County Judge Marvin Day announced the County is no longer accepting clothes at its Donation Center, 5510 Southwest Drive. A need still exists for hygiene and household cleaning products, and new underwear. The Donation Center will close 4 p.m. Thursday.