Arkansas State University-Newport broke ground on Wednesday, April 17th on an arboretum on campus. ASUN and community leaders, including New Vision, hope the new arboretum will bring more residents to the campus. The first tree planted is in memory of Newport Police Department fallen officer Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford. Weatherford was an alumni of ASUN and made a great impact on the community. The park will be equipped with benches and trails for everyone to enjoy the trees. For anyone wanting to donate to the project or to plant a tree in honor of someone, please call 870-512-7754.