Newport, shares the heart of Jackson County with our sister town Tuckerman, both offer to residents a full K-12 schools. Newport, Greyhounds and Tuckerman, Bulldogs are athletic programs providing residents a variety of sports. Post high school Newport proudly offers higher education locally at ASU-Newport, a division of Arkansas State University of Jonesboro home to the Red Wolves. ASUN has an extensive selection of courses with record enrollment year after year. Private educational facilities nearby include Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Lyon University (Scots) in Batesville, or Harding University (Bison's) in Searcy, AR.
Along with the educational opportunities locally we provide two full service geriatric and rehab centers, two 18 hole golf courses, requiring little or no tee time scheduling. Newport is home to industrial facilities producing steel and light foil products, custom utility and livestock trailers, custom built ambulances and is home to Shearer's Snacks. Newport and Jackson County claims fame to Walmart's Sam Walton whose humble beginnings were here, Mike Beebe, Sonny Burgess, George Kell, Mary Steenburgen, "Aunt" Caroline Dye, Pickens Black, Jim "Bad News" Barnes, and Charles Balentine naming only a few. Area attractions include Jacksonport State Park / Museum and the area White, Black and Cache Rivers offer sporting of all kinds. With all this to our credit we still maintain a strong agricultural heritage with bumper rice, soybean and other grain crops as well as production of berries, melons and cotton. We proudly offer affordable housing, friendly people that will become your extended family, a convenience to the hustle of larger cities while maintaining a quiet retreat you call home..
Julie Allen, the director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce will welcome you to our area with information on events and area businesses. You can find the chamber office in old downtown Newport, across from the Merchants and Planter Main bank on Hazel Street Jon Chadwell is the Director of Newport Economic Commission. Jon can be contacted by phone or email 870-523-1009 firstname.lastname@example.org. View the web page on https://newportarcity.org/
Jackson County elected officials with offices located in the Jackson County Courthouse Judge JEFF PHILLIPS 870-523-7400, Circuit Clerk BARBARA HACKNEY 870-523-7420, Tax Assessor DIANN BALLARD 870-523-7410, Treasurer JAMIE CASON 870-523-7401, Tax Collector KELLY WALKER 870-523-7413,