Jonesboro, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 32°14′23″N 92°42′41″W / 32.23972°N 92.71139°W / 32.23972; -92.71139
Town of Jonesboro
Town
Jonesboro, LA, City Hall MVI 2685.jpg
Jonesboro City Hall
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jackson
Elevation 223 ft (68 m)
Coordinates 32°14′23″N 92°42′41″W / 32.23972°N 92.71139°W / 32.23972; -92.71139
Area 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - land 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 2.04%
Population 3,914 (2000)
Density 806.6 / sq mi (311.4 / km2)
Mayor Harold Perrin (Louisiana politician)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Jonesboro in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.townofjonesboro.org
Downtown Jonesboro is split along the Jimmie Davis Boulevard.
Jonesboro State Bank is located downtown.
The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro is located at the intersection of Jimmie Davis Boulevard and South Cooper Avenue.
Another view of downtown Jonesboro on the Jimmie Davis Boulevard facing east
Garden of Memories is located on the Castor Highway outside Jonesboro.

Jonesboro is a town in and the parish seat of Jackson Parish in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana.[1] The population was 3,914 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Troubles at Jonesboro City Hall[edit]

Two years into his second term, Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Cornell Thompson (born 1958) was suspended for malfeasance in office. As of 2013, Jonesboro has not had a budget since 2008. Thompson's wife, Yoshi Chambers Thompson (born 1971), was initially appointed to succeed him as interim mayor, but her legitimacy is under fire from Kenneth David Folden (born 1955), the fiscal administrator appointed the day after Thompson's conviction to get city finances back into order. Tammy Sheridan Lee (born 1967), the Monroe city judge who administered the oath to Yoshi Thompson, has withdrawn the authorization. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is reviewing the legality of the situation.[2]

Meanwhile, Judge James Cecil "Jimmy" Teat (born 1954) of the Louisiana 2nd Judicial District Court in Jonesboro ruled that Thompson had violated the conditions of his bond through continued interference in municipal business. Judge Teat ordered Thompson to be incarcerated in the Jackson Parish Correctional Center until his sentencing on the malfeasance charges.[2]

A Democrat, Thompson was elected mayor on October 2, 2010, over the Republican candidate, Freddie Brown, 824 (57.6 percent) to 607 (42.4 percent).[3]

On October 17, 2013, based on the conviction of malfeasance, Judge Teat sentenced Mayor Thompson to six years of hard labor, large fines, $51,000 in restitution to the city of Jonesboro, five years' suspended sentence, and five years of supervised probation. Thompson will remain incarcerated pending appeal.[4]

Geography[edit]

Jonesboro is located at 32°14′23″N 92°42′41″W / 32.23972°N 92.71139°W / 32.23972; -92.71139 (32.239611, -92.711501).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which, 4.8 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.82%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,914 people, 1,602 households, and 1,012 families residing in the town. The population density was 806.6 people per square mile (311.6/km²). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 381.7 per square mile (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.01% White, 45.02% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 1,602 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,734, and the median income for a family was $28,048. Males had a median income of $29,071 versus $18,143 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,869. About 28.7% of families and 32.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.2% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Jonesboro is the home of "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines", a local festival held annually—beginning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and continuing throughout December.[citation needed]

Jonesboro also has a "Sunshine Festival" with antique cars and tractors, food,and games.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

It is on U.S. Highway 167, twenty-four miles south of Ruston. SR 4 joins Highway 167 at Jonesboro, and it is in the southwestern portion of Jackson Parish.

Notable people[edit]

Education[edit]

Jackson Parish School Board serves the town.

Zoned schools include:

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jonesboro has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Cole Avery, Suspended Jonesboro mayor's bond revoked, September 24, 2013". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Louisiana primary el3ection returns, October 2, 2010". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ . Alexandria Daily Town Talk http://www.thetowntalk.com/viewart/20131018/NEWS01/131018009/Suspended-Jonesboro-mayor-sentenced-6-years. Retrieved October 18, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "John Garlington". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charles H. Garrett, D.V.M.". Ruston Daily Leader, May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tabarlet, Joseph Odell". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.org). Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Jonesboro, Louisiana

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