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Paragould started when two new railroads were built in Arkansas back in 1882. It was the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, later known as the Missouri Pacific and the Texas and St. Louis later renamed the Cotton belt. Paragould was founded where the two railroads crossed and the town was incorporated on March 3rd, 1883. Paragould has several old houses, among others, a courthouse from 1888.
The name Paragould comes from combining the names of Jay Gould and J.W. Paramore, two railroad presidents at the time.
Paragould today has a population of 22,500 and is a manufacturing center pf the north east.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Josh Agee
City Clerk Andrea Williams
District Judge Dan Stidham
City Attorney Robert Thompson
Police Chief Todd Stovall
Fire Chief Kyle Jackson
Director Of Public Works Adam Followell
Code Enforcement Officer J.D. Stephenson
Information Technology Director Shane Stovall
Planning Director Kevin Lang
Parks, Recreation Director James Kashak
City Treasurer Shelia Ragsdell
Communications Director Michael McCammon
Council Member Neal Adams
Council Member Pat Austin
Council Member Brad Baine
Council Member Jeremy Biggs
Council Member Jackie Branch
Council Member Mark Rowland
Council Member Susan Williams
Human Resources Director Tisha Baldwin

City Facts

County: Greene

Population: 29,537

Senate District: 20

House District: 56,57

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 1175

Phone: (870) 239-7500

Fax: (870) 239-7509

Second and Fourth Monday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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