Christine Jones

George C. Douthit Intern

Christine Jones is a writer, editor, and student in the UA Little Rock Professional Technical Writing MA Program. She also works as a Graduate Assistant for The College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education at UA Little Rock, as the Communications Assistant.

Christine also serves as the Chairwoman of the UA Little Rock Racial Barriers Committee, Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, Senator at Large on the Student Government Association, as well as a member of the Academic Integrity Grievance Committee on campus.

Christine currently lives in Cabot, Arkansas with her husband Mike, two cats, three children, and four dogs.

KATV-Channel 7

A federal eviction moratorium that was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will expire Saturday, leaving more than 1,300 Arkansas families who are waiting for state rental assistance in danger of losing their homes. The order was originally set to expire on June 30, but was extended through July to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Although the moratorium went into effect on September 1, the order didn’t slow landlords in serving eviction notices.

CNN

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says it will be up to the Arkansas General Assembly to decide whether to repeal a facemask ban in schools. It comes as parents are fearing for the safety of their children with the new academic year starting in a few weeks.

Family and friends of Hunter Brittain have been demonstrating daily outside the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office.
KATV-Channel 7

Three weeks after 17-year-old Hunter Brittain was shot and killed by Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Davis during a traffic stop near Cabot, the defendant’s lawyer has broken his silence on the case.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson greeting audience members at Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot before the start of Thursday's meeting.
Christine Jones / KUAR News

On Thursday evening, a day Arkansas saw its highest number of new coronavirus cases since February, Gov. Asa Hutchinson held the first of several “Community COVID Conversations” that are being planned around the state. The meetings are intended to combat a rising number of cases by allaying fears about getting vaccinated.

The Department of Health reported on Thursday 1,210 new cases of people testing positive for the virus, while hospitalizations grew by 49 and there were 11 deaths.

Rev. Al Sharpton, at the podium, speaks during Tuesday's funeral service for 17-year-old Hunter Brittain who was shot and killed last week by a sergeant with the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office.
Christine Jones / KUAR News

Beebe, Ark. – A memorial service was held Wednesday for Hunter Brittain, the 17-year-old who was gunned down last month by a Lonoke County sheriff’s deputy during a routine traffic stop.

Hundreds of friends and family gathered at the Beebe Schools Auditorium to remember Brittain’s life, with most of the attendees wearing #JusticeforHunter t-shirts. Among the speakers were several local pastors, as well as nationally-known civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump and civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Family and friends of Hunter Brittain have been demonstrating daily outside the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office.
KATV-Channel 7

One day after a sergeant with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office was fired regarding the shooting death of a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, a memorial service is planned for Friday evening in Beebe, Ark. The funeral for the white McRae, Ark. teeanger, Hunter Brittain, is scheduled to take place Tuesday, with nationally-known civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton expected to speak.

Artist Kevin Kresse with a prototype of the statue he is making to eventually be on display in the U.S. Capitol.
Kevin Kresse

Artist Kevin Kresse, who was selected by the state earlier this month to create a statue of Johnny Cash, which will be one of two representing Arkansas in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, spoke with KUAR about his appreciation of Cash and what inspired him in this project.

A statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates, best known for her work with the Little Rock Nine desegregating Central High School, will also eventually be on display. That one is being created by Benjamin Victor of Boise, Idaho.

Christine Jones / KUAR News

One of Central Arkansas' top tourist destinations, the Clinton Presidential Center, plans to reopen for the first time in over a year, giving officials hope that tourism in the region could get a much needed boost.

Rebecca Tennille, spokeswoman for the Clinton Center, says the presidential library will reopen with reduced hours on July 1. The center, which usually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, Tennille says the center has not been idle during that time.

Picture of a tractor on a farm
Creative Commons

Approximately 16,000 socially disadvantaged farmers, otherwise known as minority farmers, were set to begin receiving about $4 billion in federal debt payment relief as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The funds were to help pay off approximately 20,000 farm loans that had been granted by the U.S. Agriculture Department or private firms to Black, Indigenous, Latino, and other minority farmers. However, those payments were placed on hold just days before they were set to begin going out.

Sculptor Benjamin Victor shows a model of what he envisions the Johnny Cash statue would like during a meeting Wednesday.
Arkansas Citizens Access Network

Ahead of an expected decision Monday, five artists who want the honor of making statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and music legend Johnny Cash that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol presented models Wednesday of what they envision their works would look like.