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Smith County Fire Marshal Asks Residents Not to Burn

SMITH COUNTY -- Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson is asking people to refrain from burning until the area sees a substantial amount of rainfall. There is a chance of rain this weekend. "With the low humidity and high winds, the fire danger is extremely high right now." she said. With the New Year’s fireworks season approaching, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson cautioned residents who may use fireworks to be extremely careful. If fireworks cause a fire, the person setting them can be ...

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Armed Robbery Suspect Sought

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Police Department has issued a 'Be On the Look Out' (BOLO) for a robbery suspect. According to KETK, Jamiriquan Enalls, 19, is wanted for aggravated robbery. He is believed to be in the south part of the city. Enalls is described as 6'1, 245 pounds. Authorities say he is considered dangerous and not to attempt to apprehend him. Call 911 immediately.

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Improving Tyler’s Infrastructure

Improving Tyler's Infrastructure

TYLER – The Tyler City Council has awarded contracts for nearly half a million dollars for improvements to Tyler’s water, drainage and sanitary sewer systems. Mayor Martin Heines said all of the projects are part of a $100 million plan to reinvest in Tyler’s infrastructure. At Wednesday’s meeting, the city council awarded to Adams Engineering an $113,616 contract for design and construction of a new culvert at Robertson Avenue. With heavy rainfall bring to the forefront storm water and drainage ...

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sidewalks being built

Sidewalks for MLK Boulevard

TYLER – The Tyler City Council has approved a contract with Adams Engineering for $306,188 to design and construct an additional 1.46 miles of sidewalk along both sides of MLK Boulevard from Broadway Avenue to Gentry Parkway. "This is the largest sidewalk improvement at one time we’ve done in this area to date,” said Scott Taylor, Managing Director of Utilities and Public Works. “Increasing walkability in the City is important for mobility and safety.” This project is estimated to take ...

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Tyler Fire Station 1

New Fire Stations for Tyler

TYLER – Two new fire stations are on the horizon for the city of Tyler. At Wednesday’s meeting, the city council approved a $586,000 agreement for the design of fire station 1 and fire station 4. Fitzpatrick Architects were hired to design the new fire stations and to oversee construction management. Construction is planned to begin at the end of next year and both stations are planned to be completed by the end of 2019. Fire Station 4 will ...

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Tyler Police Department and Municipal Court to Receive Software Upgrades

TYLER -The Tyler Police Department (PD) and Municipal Court will be upgrading to new software next year. This will increase efficiency and data collection. At Wednesday’s city council meeting, a presentation outlining a switch to a new ticket book software for the PD and overall system change for Municipal Court was given. Tyler police will make the switch from its current system to Brazos e-citation. Brazos has the software capabilities to deal with state-mandated requirements. The aging of Tyler PD’s ...

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Gerald Michaul Hiam

A Confessed Robber Sentenced in Upshur County

GILMER - An Upshur County Jury has given a man, responsible for many robberies, a lengthy prison sentence. The jury in 115th State District Court sentenced Gerald Michaul Hiam Jr. 30, of Dallas, to 75 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000. Hiam was accused of robbing a store on Highway 154 back on April 17th. He used the money to buy heroin and then drove to Dallas where he robbed a student at Coppell High School and ...

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Red Kettle Drive in the Final Stage

Red Kettle Drive in the Final Stage

TYLER - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive continues to inch its way toward this year's goal. This year's goal is $375,000. And, with a week and a half to go in this year's drive, they still need to raise over $180,000. Every dollar raised here by the drive remains here. The money goes to provide food, clothes, and shelter to those needing help in Smith County. Salvation Army Captain Robert Parkersays the funds are critical to their ability to ...

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UT Tyler Involved in New Hurricane Research Center

HOUSTON -- The University of Houston is heading up a new institute to study hurricanes and their effects on the gulf coast -- and UT Tyler is involved. A new hurricane research center backed by universities in Texas and elsewhere will examine hurricane modeling, flood mitigation, and public policy so officials can better anticipate and respond to gulf coast storms. A U of H press release says money funding the research will come from the institutions, cooperative agreements, and outside ...

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