EAST TEXAS — More communities have announced cancellations and postponements of Christmas-related activities. KETK reports those include several parades. The City of Lindale parade has been canceled and will be re-scheduled at a later date. The City of Jacksonville has postponed its parade until Thursday, December 12. (more…)
LONGVIEW — One person is dead after an early morning collision between a train and truck in Longview. According to Longview Police, a train and truck collided around 2:20 Friday morning on Estes Parkway near Walmart. All lanes of travel were closed for a time. A wrecker was called to the scene to remove the truck from underneath the train. Longview Police have confirmed the driver of the truck is dead. He’s identified as Andrew J. Gooden, 29, Hempstead. (more…)
TYLER — The city of Tyler is offering weather-related updates on several items. Due to freezing temperatures and precipitation, the Tyler Transit services will have a delayed start time of 10 a.m. for the Saturday, Dec. 7, fixed route. Tyler Transit is coordinating with the Street Department on roadway conditions. If the roads are not safe at 10 a.m., bus routes will either delay further or will be canceled for the day. (more…)
NACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches County man was arrested after investigators discovered hidden cameras throughout his house and “massive amounts of pornography,” according to authorities. KETK reports authorities had received information that Justin Lejeune, 31, was secretly recording visitors in his house on FM 3314. They obtained a search warrant, which was executed around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. While investigating, Nacogdoches County Sheriff officials and the Texas Rangers allegedly found several cameras aimed at secluded locations, such as bathrooms and guest bedrooms. There were numerous homemade video recordings of people who were unknowingly being taped, officials say. Lejeune’s computer was also allegedly found to have many images of child pornography. (more…)
TYLER — Smith County citizens are invited to attend three upcoming transportation-related public meetings. The primary topic of discussion will be the proposed Smith County Transportation Reinvestment Zone, Number One (Toll 49 Reinvestment Zone). The meetings are set for this coming Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (more…)
TYLER – Numerous Smith County Sheriff’s Office employees were recognized for their service during Thursday night’s annual Smith County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet, which was held in the Galilee Room of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. Sheriff Larry Smith recognized employees who have served five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years, and 25 employees received awards for outstanding service during the past 12 months. “I want the public to know that the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has a great group of people who are dedicated to their jobs, their community and to service,” said Sheriff Smith. “These individuals deserve to be recognized for the long hours they work and the risks they take to protect the citizens of Smith County. I am proud of every single one of them.” (more…)
NECHES (AP) — A flood warning for the Neches River near Neches has made its way onto the list of weather challenges for East Texas. It’s due to continue until Monday evening unless it’s cancelled before then. At 9:30 a.m. Friday the stage was 12.5 feet. Minor flooding is occurring, and more minor flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. According to the forecast, the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by early Monday morning. At 12.0 feet, expect minor lowland flooding of the heavily wooded floodplain. Ranchers who may have cattle and equipment in the river bottoms should move them to higher ground.
TYLER — Salvation Army volunteer Andre Thompson of Tyler Friday continued his efforts to set a bell-ringing record. Andre’s been pursuing his quest at the Walgreen’s on Rieck Road and South Broadway in Tyler. The contest started Tuesday. Get up to date info at
KILGORE — Twenty-four students, including eight Canadians, graduated from the Kilgore College Fire Academy at its 89th graduation. It was held Thursday night in the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center. The KC Fire Academy is accredited by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the State Firemen and Fire Marshal’s Association and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The academy offers certification schools for NFPA 1001 Basic Structural Firefighter I and II certification, the Texas Volunteer certification, Fire Inspector and Fire and Arson Investigation courses. It is also a designated institution by the Canadian Province of British Columbia. (more…)
DALLAS (AP) – Frigid temperatures and foul weather have made North Texas roads treacherous and cut power to thousands of customers. Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 1,000 flights Friday due to the weather, and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 90. Organizers also canceled Sunday’s Dallas Marathon, which typically draws about 25,000 runners from around the world. Authorities blame the icy weather for at least two deaths statewide.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Police say a 64-year-old Texas man accused of shooting wildly inside and outside a downtown Las Vegas bus terminal had been asked to leave the building at other times. Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez said Friday that it was unclear how long James Abney, of Forney, Texas, has been in southern Nevada. But he says Abney had been ushered out of the Greyhound station on other occasions before he pulled a handgun last night and began shooting. No one was hurt.
AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas affiliate of the National Education Association and other advocacy groups have issued failing grades to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on key social and educational issues. Also getting “Fs” amid a frigid rally on the steps of the state Capitol Friday were fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams. The groups criticized the lawmakers’ records on labor, public schools, health care, immigration reform and voting rights.
AUSTIN (AP) – A Texas grand jury has indicted a former executive of the state’s $3 billion cancer-fighting agency for fraud for his involvement in improperly awarding an $11 million taxpayer-funded grant. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said Friday that Jerald “Jerry” Cobbs has been charged with securing execution of a document by deception. It’s the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The grand jury found that Cobbs committed a first-degree felony when he placed the grant on an agenda for approval before it had undergone required scrutiny. The state agency, known as CPRIT, was revamped by lawmakers this summer and installed an entirely new governing board. Attempts to reach Cobbs or an attorney were not immediately successful Friday.
HOUSTON (AP) – Coach Gary Kubiak has been fired by the Houston Texans. He took the team over in 2006 and has seen the franchise lose its last 11 games. Thursday night the Texans were beaten by the Jaguars in Jacksonville 27-20.
DALLAS (AP) – Organizers have postponed the auction of a gray wool suit worn by actor Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” due to the icy weather in Dallas. Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher says the auction that was supposed to happen Friday will instead be held Thursday. The auction house expects the suit to sell for more than $20,000.