Gov. Jindal Pledges Help for Jonesboro

Lincoln Police Juror Sharyon Mayfield, Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, MCS CEO Caroline Reaves, LA Gov. Bobby Jindal, State Sen. Mike Walsworth

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal this afternoon promised that he would help the long-suffering taxpayers of the Town of Jonesboro with their ongoing problems regarding the town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson.

Jindal said he expected that the state’s Attorney General and Legislative Auditor would do their jobs and that if they needed any help, he would provide it.

Jindal added that taxpayers deserve accountability with public funds, whether local or state, and that corruption was not acceptable no matter where it was.

District 33 State Senator Mike Walsworth, a new member of the Louisiana Audit Advisory Council (LAAC) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) that although this week’s meeting of the council did not have Jonesboro on the agenda, he said the matter may come up for discussion.

The governor was in Ruston to announce opening of an office for Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a company that works with major mortgage servicing firms to maintain vacant properties. The company will begin hiring in August and expects to have 40 employees by the end of 2013, and another 50 by 2019.

Said Jindal:

“MCS could have invested in another state, but chose Louisiana because of the area’s highly-educated workforce, the strong work ethic of our people, and Louisiana’s strong business climate. MCS is joining a growing list of companies that are investing in Louisiana because we have fostered a positive business climate and we have some of the best workers in the world.”

Also on hand was Ruston’s mayor Dan Holligsworth, who said:

“It has been a special pleasure to work with Caroline Reaves, the CEO of MCS, and her staff over these past months to the fruition of this goal. Because of the efforts of their CEO, who is a Louisiana Tech alum, Ruston was included in their search efforts for a new location.”

Reaves, a Lake Charles native, is a 1985 graduate of Louisiana Tech University (LTU) in business economics.

See here the full press release.

24 Responses to “Gov. Jindal Pledges Help for Jonesboro”

  1. DeViNe Says:

    Thank you, Gov. Jindal. I hope you keep your word and do what needs to be done, unlike our DA, Mr. Stewart.

  2. Guess Who Says:

    First off….it has not been proven the Mayor of Jonesboro is corrupt.

    The statement by our governor is a generalized statement.

    He is not saying our Mayor Thompson is corrupt.

    • AAA Says:

      YOUR A DUMBA**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Are you kidding? Who in thunder do you think has created all the financial PROBLEMS in Jonesboro?

      I agree with AAA. The lights in your head must be very dim.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    It won’t take him long to figure out that something in not right with Jonesboro. I hope he not only starts with the mayor, but the council, and most definite the wonderful DA we have also!

  4. Bill T. Says:

    He sure doesn’t mind pumping the grants to Jonesboro though, guess that’s just politics as usual.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Remember Jonesboro can’t get anymore grants because audits haven’t been completed.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    This will put the spotlight on Jonesboro now statewide. But we have had promises from politicians for over a year now, what counts is what action is taken.

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Hopefully, Jindal will put the pressure on the morons in BR and our local DA to get this issue over with once and for all.

  6. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    At what time did Jindal’s plane leave Ruston? That’s the time he quit thinking about Jonesboro.

  7. Bill T. Says:

    I just watched the king’s spokeswoman on KTVE 10, she was trying to make the sheriff look like an idiot, oh well her effort to convert a pig’s ear into a silk purse will never happen, she can’t twist the words enough to change the facts to reveal anything other than pure stupidity.

  8. MrEd Says:

    Hey, a new business. Let’s get a new tax ready for them; after all, they’re evil capitalists.
    Job? shut up and get your food stamps.
    I know what: let’s all be poor together!

  9. GothicArc Says:

    Look, a new business: what do they do?
    They take care of foreclosed houses for lenders, until they can be sold.
    This is probably a growth industry.
    I am not certain this is a harbinger of great things to come, however…

  10. What a joke Says:

    If you think Jindal is going to help Jonesboro, I hope you aren’t holding your breath.

  11. Pinnochio Says:

    Following the leader, the leader, the leader
    We’re following the leader wherever he may go
    We won’t be home till morning, till morning
    We won’t be home till morning
    Because he told us so

  12. BILL T. SAYS Says:


  13. VICE-LORDS Says:


  14. Away down south in dixie Says:

    Did you say that the mayor was going to go down on someone tonight at the city hall?

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