JONESBORO, Ark. – A Town Hall-style meeting will be held regarding the 2024 Great American Eclipse at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Hames Room in First National Bank Arena on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro.
Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, executive director of Arkansas Sky Observatories, will address the meeting and explain what to expect in Jonesboro, which is in the direct path of totality of the solar eclipse coming April 8, 2024.
“Dr. Sherrod is Arkansas’ leading astronomer and will explain exactly what we can expect in Jonesboro,” said Cari White, chair of the Jonesboro Eclipse Committee. “His presentation will be interactive as well as entertaining.”
The Hames Room is located inside the lower Red Entrance, and the event is free to all.
“Hotels are selling rooms at high rates, and we are preparing for a potentially large crowd of visitors because Jonesboro is so aligned in the path of this eclipse,” Mayor Harold Copenhaver said. “We don’t know exactly what to expect – other than almost three minutes of total darkness shortly after 12:30 p.m.”
Events for residents and guests are being planned around the Great American Eclipse, so expect announcements of celebrations and parties to be forthcoming, White said.
“This is a great event in Jonesboro and will be remembered for a lifetime,” she said. “We are excited.”
Especially encouraged to attend the Town Hall are personnel from public schools, healthcare, church pastors, county and city governments, fire and police officers, and EMT.