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Blytheville

Blytheville is the largest city in and one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 18,272 at the 2000 census, which is a sharp decline from almost 25,000 in 1992.

Blytheville was founded in 1879 by the Methodist clergyman Henry T. Blythe. Blytheville is located in Mississippi County approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. Because of the abundance of trees, the city grew quickly and was incorporated in 1889. According to records, the city had a large and diverse population in 1890. As the vast forest began to shrink due to unregulated harvesting, the people of Blytheville started growing cotton. Blytheville was a huge agricultural community until 1980, when farming was increasingly mechanized. Since then, Blytheville has developed a growing industrial base, much of which is centered around the steel industry.

Blytheville is the home to Arkansas Northeastern College, a two-year community college. It was formerly known as Mississippi County Community College until the merger with the Cotton Boll Technical Institute. Arkansas Northeastern College is the nation's first community college solar photovoltaic prototype facility. Until 1991, Blytheville was home to Blytheville Air Force Base later renamed to Eaker Air Force Base, a major airfield that was part of the Strategic Air Command.

The Current Mayor is James Sanders. He is the first African-American to serve in that position. He previously served as Mississippi County Sheriff from 2009 to 2011.

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Schools in and around Blytheville, AR

Name
Arkansas Northeastern College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $3,220 average out-state tuition; $1,820 average in-state tuition
Pemiscot County Special School District
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public
Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public
Kennett Career and Technology Center
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public
Volunteer Beauty School-Dyersburg
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Dyersburg State Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $13,002 average out-state tuition; $3,106 average in-state tuition
Tennessee Technology Center at Covington
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public

Blytheville, AR Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
ASHRAE Region VIII Scholarship $3,000 December 01, 2016
UAS7 International Study and Internship Program in Germany Varies October 01, 2016