Ribbon cutting set for renovated coroner’s office

Renovations have been completed on the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office and the public is invited to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the event, according to a press release from County Judge Dutch King.

The ribbon cutting will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the office, located in the 1oo block of Main Street.

Among the improvements were repairs to the roof, which had been leaking for several years, expanding and improving the morgue to add a viewing room, installing a more efficient heating and air conditioning system and improving the garage that accesses the morgue and viewing room. All the projects were completely financed by the General Improvement Fund, which is administered by the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District (SEAEDD).

According to the press release, King will use the ribbon-cutting to express his “deepest gratitude” for the assistance of SEAEDD and the support of state Sen. Stephanie Flowers, and state Reps. Henry “Hank” Wilkins III, Mike Holcomb and James Word.

“This collaborative effort demonstrates the commitment to make use of every resource available to improve the quality of life in our community of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County,” King said in the press release. “We encourage all citizens to attend.”