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Tyler Motorcyclist Injured

TYLER — A motorcyclist has been injured in a Tyler wreck. It happened shortly after 8:30 last night in the 300 block of East Reick Road. The motorcyclist was traveling west when car turned into it path. The motorcycle operator, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to East Texas Medical Center. According to police Sgt. Robert Phillips, the motorcyclist’s injures were non life threatening.

Lon Morris Students Back in Dorms

JACKSONVILLE — More than a hundred freshmen boys live at America’s Best Value Inn two miles from their peers at Lon Morris College. Back in September, neighbors of the Inn complained of loud noises, talk of violence, and even shots fired in a fight. After school officials enforced a curfew, increased security, and met with neighbors, they are taking their last step to relieve worries. According to KETK, officials are moving the students back to campus starting in January.

Chaplain Rhett Ansley says they will live in cottages, duplexes, a new dorm, and rental properties around town. Ansley says, “It really is better for us to have our students here on campus. It works for us as supporters of the community, and it works for us financially for our school.” Several neighbors say they haven’t had as many problems with Lon Morris students since they met with staff back in September, but they still say they are ready for the students to be back on campus.

Pet Deer Kills Waskom Area Man

WASKOM — A Harrison County man has been killed by his pet deer. Gerald Rushton, 67, was raising the red stag deer along with some other animals. Harrison County officials report Rushton had entered a pen Friday to feed the animal when it became aggressive and attacked him. He was gored and trampled by 550 pound animal. Rescuers had to shoot the animal to get to Rushton’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Statement of KTBB owner and general manager Paul Gleiser regarding the question on homosexuality that was posed in KTBB’s Talkback segment on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

The Talkback question that aired on KTBB Radio and was simulcast on KETK NBC 56 television in Tyler on Wednesday, October 27 was unfortunate in its wording and unfortunate in the perception that it created among a large number of thoughtful individuals. The question, “Will the acceptance of homosexuality lead to the fall of America?” is poorly worded at best and inappropriate altogether at worst. For that, we apologize.

There are many issues surrounding homosexuality that are fair game for discussion in the media and in opinion journalism. The proper role, if any, for openly gay individuals in the military, the legitimacy of same-sex marriages and the public behavior by some individuals at gay and lesbian events held outdoors in public view are among topics about which reasonable people may disagree. These and other topics surrounding homosexuality are topics that talk radio hosts and opinion journalists may legitimately pose to their respective audiences.

With that said, the way our Talkback question was posed might be seen as asking, “Do homosexuals, by their very existence, threaten to bring down America?” We believe that such a question, posed in such a manner, is likely to generate more heat than light.

I understand how those who either heard, or heard about, KTBB’s Talkback question on Wednesday might have been offended. For the offense that was taken, we sincerely apologize.

Paul L. Gleiser, President
KTBB Radio

Teacher of the Month – October 2010

Tamika Daye..John Tyler High School

Pydi Oliver..Lindale’s Velma Penny Elementary

Jacke Harris..Winona Middle School

Susanne Reid..Troup Middle School

Teacher of the Year-September 2010

Tyler Secondary Teacher of the Year-Toby Wahl, Dogan Middle School

Tyler Elementary Teacher of the Year-Laurie Wells, Dixie Elementary

Winona ISD-Jennifer Taylor, Winona Elementary

Troup ISD-Amy Ledford, Arp Junior High

Teacher of the Month – September 2010

Eleanor Malone-Tyler’s Griffin Elementary School

Ashley Smith-Lindale Primary School

Tebra Hopson-Winona Elementary School

Julie Harper-Troup Elementary School

Morgan Broyles-Arp Junior High School

Obama’s Address to the UN General Assembly 9/22/10

Defendant’s Mental Health History Admissible

TYLER — The man accused of killing James Brandon Lee last December during a party at Deputy Terry Lindsey’s house will be able to use his mental health history as a defense. That’s according to KETK. A Smith County judge ruled Tuesday that records of Joshua Dwain Barnes’s fantasies about killing people will be allowed in court. His trial is set for October 4th.

Retaliation Added to Man’s Criminal Record

LONGVIEW — A Longview man is arrested for retaliation. Travis Dewayne Brown, 32, of Longview remained jailed at last report on $5,000 bond, charged with third degree felony retaliation. KETK reports, Longview police arrested Brown shortly before 5:00 Sunday in the 900 block of Oden Street, after store personnel at the Mobberly Mart at 301 Mobberly Avenue said Brown had broken a window and threatened to beat up employees for filing a criminal mischief report against him in July, according to arrest reports. Brown has a long wrap sheet, including: possession of marijuana, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and assault.

Fall From Truck Kills Teen

Fall From Truck Kills TeenHENDERSON — A 16-year-old Henderson High School student suffers a fatal head injury. Mahlon Acres reportedly fell off the back of a truck Friday night and hit his head. Police say several students were in the cab and bed of a truck when the truck swerved around a corner and Acres fell out. He was taken to a hospital where he was kept on life-support on Sunday. According to KETK, police say no alcohol was involved in the accident.

President Obama National Address 9-10-2010

Arrest Made in Murder Investigation

MARSHALL — An arrest has been made in the murder of Shirlette Green, 44, who died of a gunshot wound on Labor Day. According to a Marshall Police Department press release, Jeffery Charles Green, 48, was arrested Tuesday in connection to the murder of his common-law wife. Green was found Monday with a single gunshot wound. Police officers along with Marshall firefighters/EMTs responded to the 3000 block of Hynson Springs Road about 9:00 Monday night in reference to a gunshot victim. According to KETK, Green was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical-Center Marshall, where she later died from her injuries.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Jeffery Green. He was arrested and placed into the Harrison County Jail at 5:42 p.m. the same day. His bond was set at $250,000 on the murder charge, which is a first-degree felony. The charge carries a possible life sentence.

Man Guilty of Stealing Oil Field Explosives

TYLER – A 34-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations. Craig Elroy Knight pleaded guilty in Tyler to an Information charging him with theft of explosives from a federally licensed dealer. According to information presented in court, on Sep. 25, 2009, Knight was involved in the burglary of a locked storage unit at Owens Oil Tools, a Tyler oil field equipment company. The secured storage unit contained approximately 400 pounds of explosives, which were taken from the property and hidden. All of the explosives have since been recovered and secured. Knight faces up to 20 years in federal prison and is in custody pending a sentencing date.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Officials say Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence; deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor; and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Guilty Plea in Bank Heist

TYLER – A 61-year-old Smith County man, formerly of Searcy, Arkansas, has pleaded guilty in Tyler to federal bank robbery charges. Eddie Ray Myers entered his plea Tuesday. According to information presented in court, on July 14, Myers robbed a BBVA Compass Bank branch on South Broadway in Tyler. Myers entered the bank and passed a note to the teller stating, “No alarms – no dye packs, I have a gun – smile.” He then fled the bank with U.S. currency. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Aug. 4, charging Myers with bank robbery. Myers faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

Hit and Run Leaves Man Dead, Driver Arrested

Hit and Run Leaves Man Dead, Driver ArrestedLONGVIEW — A hit and run accident in Longview Saturday leaves one man dead and a 22-year-old in custody. Authorities say a pedestrian, 45-year-old William J. Jones, was found lying in the road on East Marshall around midnight. He died Monday at a local hospital. Witnesses at the scene gave a description of the vehicle which was later stopped. The driver, Anna Catherine Shore of Longview reportedly showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for failing to stop at an accident and for driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are pending the results of a blood analysis. Shore was booked into the Gregg County Jail.

Arts and Crafts-East Texas State Fair

TYLER — Have a hobby? Want to show off your painting or needlepoint skills? Then the 95th East Texas State Fair Creative Arts Competition just may be the place for you. Area artisans are invited to submit their wares. Creative Arts catalogs were mailed in July; you can also go to http://www.etstatefair.com to access them online. The competition has 23 divisions including canned goods, crafts, and hobbies, with special divisions included for youth submissions. New divisions this year are cake decorating and special populations. A complete list of divisions is available online along with registration forms.

Exhibits will be received on Thursday, September 9, from 2:00pm until 6:30pm, and Saturday, September 11, from 9:00am until 12:30pm. All submissions must be made in person and will only be accepted on those two dates. Winning premiums will be paid Monday, September 27, through Saturday, October 2. The fair runs September 23 through October 3.

Preparing for the Rose Festival

TYLER — Preparations continue for Tyler’s 77th Texas Rose Festival, set for October 14 through 16. Public ticket sales got underway this month for all Festival events (Ladies’ Brunch, Men’s Luncheon, Matinee, Coronation and Parade); you have until September 15 to get Parade Applications in to the festival.

A calendar of events is listed here –
Parade applications are available here –
Tickets to all events are available here –

The theme of this year’s Festival is “A Tapestry of Blessings.”

Hearing Loss Help Available

TYLER — Michael Wilcox is a hearing loss resource specialist for the Tyler-based East Texas Center for Independent Living. On KTBB “Staff Meeting,” Wilcox said his job has many facets –including working with businesses to create a better environment for hard-of-hearing workers. Wilcox says, “I come into the workplace, and sometimes I evaluate their work conditions and see what changes we need to make to help them out.” Wilcox adds that 31.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from hearing difficulties but lots of help is available, including some new technology to improve hearing. You can help too, by remembering some basics of communicating with hard-of-hearing people. Among other things, Wilcox says raise your voice a bit, but don’t shout; speak clearly and at a moderate rate. “But the biggest thing, I think,” notes Wilcox, “is to be patient, to be positive, and be relaxed.”

You can go to http://www.etcil.org to learn more. You can also reach Wilcox at mwilcox@etcil.org or (903) 581-7542. And you can log on to http://www.ktbb.com/audio to listen to the “Staff Meeting” show online.

Rusk County Fatality

HENDERSON — A two vehicle accident in Rusk County has killed one person and injured one. The accident happened on State Highway 42. Killed was Lillian McAfee, 89, of Overton. Her husband, Claude McAfee, 91, who was driving, was injured. The Department of Public Safety report said the couple was south bound and rear ended a truck making a left turn onto County Road 162.

Obama Iraq Address 8-31-10 (17:47)

Restaurant Robbery Suspect in Custody

TYLER — A 22-year-old is arrested after Tyler Police respond to a burglary call. It happened Friday night around 10:45 at Bruno’s Pizza, 1400 South Vine. Officers arrived and found a sliding glass door had been broken out. While officers were securing the scene, they located Danny Keith Jackson, Tyler, inside. Police say Jackson had entered the restaurant and began destroying items within the business. Jackson fled the scene when he noticed the officers and after a short foot pursuit, was arrested. He was booked into the Smith County Jail for criminal trespass, criminal mischief and evading arrest.

Additional Rail Service May Come to East Texas

KILGORE – Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson announces receiving a letter of intent from Amtrak officials that TxDOT and Amtrak will soon be requesting the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to move forward with a feasibility study for additional passenger rail services along the 1-20 / US 59 corridors in East Texas. According to KETK, Anderson is the East Texas Corridor Council’s (ETCC) governmental affairs chair. The information comes in a news release from the East Texas Council of Governments.

A letter from Amtrak’s Vice President, Transportation, Richard Phelps, received on August 17, states an agreement should be reached in the next several weeks to finalize reimbursement of capacity modeling expenses during the study. Phelps states Amtrak is fully prepared to then finalize an agreement with TxDOT and progress with the feasibility study. At that time, officials say, UP will also be able to provide Amtrak and TxDOT with an estimated timing for completion of its portion of the study, which will permit Amtrak to progress with the development of the scope and cost of capital expenditures that may be required to begin the service. This will also include an analysis of projected ridership and revenues for the new service.

“Not since the reintroduction of passenger rail service to East Texas in 1974 has TxDOT, Amtrak and the public need all been in agreement on the importance of moving forward with this project,” says ETCC Chair Tim Vaughn. “This is the most significant event in passenger rail service in East Texas since 1974,” says Anderson.

Rabid Bat Found

Rabid Bat FoundTYLER — Another case of rabies in Smith County. On Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services advised the Northeast Texas Public Health District that one bat submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies. The bat was found in the 3800 block of Lake Forest Drive, Tyler. This is the ninth laboratory confirmed case of rabies in Smith County and the sixth rabid bat found in the City of Tyler this year. Authorities say the known individuals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.

Citizens are advised not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons, or other wild animals. Health officials say it is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals. Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Smith County Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.

The Smith County Rabies Control Authority advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies. City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require annual rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats. Officials say preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease. Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at 903-535-0045.

Smith County to Receive Best Practices Award

TYLER — Smith County will receive the Texas Association of Counties Best Practices Award for cost reductions made through the County’s Compensatory Time Management Program. According to a county news release, each year TAC’s Leadership Foundation recognizes and highlights county programs for outstanding innovation, achievement and delivery of services.

The Smith County Compensatory Time Management Program began in 2008 as a joint effort of the Auditor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, to reduce what officials term the ever increasing and costly payout and accrual of employee earned compensatory time. At that time, Smith County had more than $735,000 in accrued liability recorded for comp time, and more than $600,000 of the accrual was solely attributed to the Sheriff’s department and the Jail. Today, the comp hours have been reduced by 48% in the Sheriff’s office and 41% in the jail for a total reduction of more than 44% department wide. That substantial reduction in hours has reduced the county’s accrued liability by more than $350,000.

“We are very proud of the leadership in our Sheriff’s Office and Auditor’s Department. They stepped up and thought outside the box to reduce our accumulated comp time and ultimately save hundreds of thousands of dollars for the County,” said Comp Time Committee Member and Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton. Representatives from Smith County will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the TAC Annual Conference in Austin Sept. 2.

Man Assaulted after Reporting Burglary

VAN ZANDT COUNTY — One suspect is in custody after a stabbing in Van Zandt County. It happened last night around 9:30 on VZCR 2807. Sheriff’s deputies say the suspect was reportedly involved in a burglary of a habitation earlier in the evening, in which firearms were stolen. Deputies say Gary Wayne Pritchett, Jr. of Mabank went to confront the reporting party and stabbed him in the back several times with a screwdriver. Pritchett was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, retaliation against witness/informant. He’s being held at the Van Zandt County Justice Center awaiting arraignment by a Justice of the Peace.

Whitehouse to Consider K2 Ban

WHITEHOUSE — Whitehouse is next to consider a ban on K2, a controversial substance that mimics the effects of marijuana. Whitehouse Police Chief Rick Waller says he hasn’t found anyone selling K2 in the city, but one or two places sell paraphernalia. Whitehouse Mayor Danny Hodgen says that he’s not willing to wait on the state legislature to pass a ban. The Whitehouse City Council will vote on the ordinance in September.

Gohmert Upset over Immigrant Case Rulings

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases. Officials say they are moving to dismiss cases on those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records. Many are disappointed with the action, including Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert.

According to Gohmert, the action is devastating to those who follow the rules by trying to bring loved ones here legally. “It is also a position that tells the world we are not exerting our sovereignty as a nation. It says to the potential billion or more people who would like to come here to do so illegally and get our welfare, our healthcare, and our benefits that taxpayers are funding, because even if you get caught here illegally, this administration has decided that there will be no consequences. This utter disregard for the rule of law
is so hurtful to people of every race, gender, religion, and national origin who have worked so hard to follow the law. It also moves us ever closer to being like those countries which immigrants are fleeing because of their disregard for the rule of law.”

Resident Seriously Burned while Cooking

Resident Seriously Burned while CookingLONGVIEW — Authorities say a cooking accident in Longview seriously injured a resident Thursday. Around 12:09 p.m., the Longview Fire Department responded to 1805 Paver Stone. Authorities say 2nd and 3rd degree burns covered approximately 60% of the victim’s body. The call came in as a medical alert button activation which notified the family. On arrival, crews and investigators determined that clothing had caught fire at or near the electric cook top, where the victim’s clothes burned completely off. The victim had managed to move to a bedroom which was about 15 feet away from where the burn occurred. The victim was the only person at the residence at the time of the incident. The Longview Fire Department transported the resident to Good Shepherd Medical Center. The victim was then flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Two Guilty in Cold Pill Case

TYLER – Two Carthage residents have pleaded guilty in Tyler to federal drug violations. Michael Lewis Galyean, 49, and Christie Renee Tull, 27, pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 11, 2008, Galyean purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens in Kilgore, in addition to making three other purchases that same day at other stores in the area. On Apr. 22, 2009, Tull purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a CVS in Tyler, in addition to making another purchase on another day at a store in Henderson. The purchases were all in furtherance of their methamphetamine manufacturing activities. A federal grand jury returned a 256-count indictment on Feb. 2, 2010 charging Galyean and Tull with federal drug violations. Galyean and Tull each face up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. Sentencing dates have not been set.

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