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No Injuries Reported in Hit-N-Run Involving School Bus

dps-carSMITH COUNTY — Smith County DPS Troopers are responding to a report of a hit and run accident involving a TISD school bus. According to authorities, the crash happened at Hwy 155 and Grande. no injuries reported. Additional details were not available.

Inmate Hospitalized after Apparent Suicide Attempt

police-9UPSHUR COUNTY — An Upshur County inmate is receiving medical treatment after officials say the inmate tried to commit suicide by hanging, according to the Longview News-Journal. A jailer was going through rounds around 6 p.m. Thursday and found the inmate in “a state of distress,” according to information released today by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. The jailer called for other jailers and medical staff and first responders were called. The inmate was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

Smith County Voter Registration Drive

voting-computerTYLER — Today is National Voter registration Day. Smith County Elections workers will be on the downtown square from 11:00am till 2:00pm on Tuesday helping residents register to vote. There are 133,840 registered voters in Smith County. This is a 30% increase from the 102,626 registered voters in the 2012 General Election. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson still wants to increase voter registration in the county. The last day to register to vote in the November presidential Election is October 11th. Early voting is from October 24th through November 4th. You can get more information by calling 903-590-4777. You can also go to the web sites https://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/Registration.aspx or at http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote for voter registration applications, which include making changes to your voter record.

Body Armor Vest Campaign Underway

body-armor-vests2TYLER – A campaign is underway to raise funds for body armor vests for the Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Department. State Senator Kevin Eltife announced earlier this month a $20,000 contribution and the City of Tyler committed to half the cost of the vests for each officer. At a news conference Monday, Eltife announced the total cost for the vests is: $204,400. The City will pay $67,900 and the County will pay $34,300 and, along with Eltife’s contribution, the remaining $82,000 is the goal of the We Back Our Law Enforcement Campaign. … Read More

Car Stolen During Longview Traffic Stop

draper-demetric-kennedy2LONGVIEW – A man accused of stealing a car during a Longview traffic stop, is in custody. It started Saturday when a police officer stopped a car with a broken tail light on Pine Tree Road. While the officer was talking to the driver, a back seat passenger is said to have stolen the car and fled. After wrecking the vehicle, he then fled on foot with a black cloth bag. A short time later an officer was able to catch Draper Demetric Kennedy,37, of Longview. In the bag, officers found a variety pills and two stolen guns.… Read More

Two Hopkins County Men Die in Two Accidents

DPS badgeEAST TEXAS – Two Sulphur Springs men were killed in area accidents over the weekend. A Sunday evening accident killed Michael Kenney, 49. Shortly after 6:00pm, his car left the road and hit a tree. The wreck occurred near the intersection of State Highway 154 and Farm Road 1567, north of Yantis.… Read More

Suspect Sought in Early Morning Shooting

police-lights-4TYLER — Tyler police are searching for an armed suspect wanted in an early morning shooting. Officers said around 1:20 this morning, an unknown suspect fired numerous shots inside a home on Carlyle Avenue. A sleeping 12-year-old was struck in the foot and taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspect in this case or any other felony case.

TxDOT Project Update

txdotTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Sept. 26. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones. Tyler Maintenance on Monday plans to resume overlay work on FM 2710 between Lindale and FM 14. Edge repairs will be performed on FM 1995 between SH 110 and the Smith County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.… Read More

FBI Assists Athens Police with Hazardous Materials Report

ATHENS — The FBI office in Dallas was contacted by the Athens Police Department after receiving a report of a hazardous materials concern. According to KETK, the Dallas FBI received a report of potentially hazardous materials at a residence in the 200 block of Guadalupe Street in Athens. FBI personnel responded to the residence and deemed there is no threat to public safety. The FBI said they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of law enforcement personnel involved. An Athens resident contacted KETK about concerns of FBI agents in hazmat suits in the city.

Smith County Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody

documentfragment_6842481SMITH COUNTY — After a manhunt, lasting more than 24 hours, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Stanton Pearce, 52. Officials said he was arrested in the Jackson Heights Community off FM 2767. Pearce, along with two women, were arrested in connection to the death of a man whose body was discovered Thursday. Smith County officials located the body of Luis V Martinez, 62, of Tyler, in a cemetery in the Antioch Community. Laurie Perry, 56, Chandler, and Rebecca Bond 37, Tyler, have been charged with murder. Both women were booked into the Smith County Jail with bond set at $250,000 each. Pearce was also booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of murder. His bond was set at $500,000.

More Marijuana Found Growing in the Area

Marijuana nurseryGILMER – Another marijuana field has been discovered in the area. The latest was found Friday morning in Upshur County. A contingent of law officers converged on the fields around 5:00 this morning. It is located about eight miles north of Gilmer off Highway 155. Officers found six different fields with over 7,000 plants. And, like the others that have been discovered recently, they found a camp and a nearby water source that was used to irrigate the plants. No suspects were found at the site. The landowner told officers he didn’t know the plants were being grown on his property. In mid August, 2,500 plants were found growing in a field in northern Upshur County. Since then, other marijuana fields were found in Smith, Anderson, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

east-texas-state-fair-2The annual East Texas State Fair is up and running in Tyler. The fair opened off west Front Street Friday morning with Boomers and Senior Day activities in the Rose Garden Center. Saturday night, JB and The Moonshine Band will perform. The entertainment is free with your fair admission. And today, you will be able to see a sword swallower, the extreme high dive show, exhibits, carnival and a lot more. The fair runs through October 2nd.

Man Sought in Dallas County Reportedly Spotted in East Texas

johnny-ray-smith-_op_1_cp__1474577565944_11190676_ver1-0HENDERSON — A man wanted in Dallas County has reportedly been spotted around the Rusk County area. KETK reports 37-year-old Johnny Ray Smith is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities also say he’s a heavy drug user. If you see Smith, you’re asked to immediately call the Rusk County Sheriff’s office at 903-657-3581 or Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477.

Tyler’s Improving Water Quality

drinking waterTYLER – Testing results from ongoing monitoring show Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve the city’s drinking water quality. The latest readings from all eight sampling sites are below the maximum contaminant level threshold of 60 parts per billion for haloacetic acids. An excessive amount of the acid was noticed in the water last October. Very heavy rains last spring are believed to have caused the problem. Mayor Martin Heines requested a third party evaluation of Tyler Water Utilities and its water treatment processes. The company hired by the city found the facilities to be well maintained and effectively operated. They did make several recommendations to reduce the formation of disinfection by products. Some have been completed and others will be completed in several months.

Suspended Smith County Judge Resigns

judgebaker_1457971658391_7533048_ver1-0SMITH COUNTY (Staff/AP) — The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has announced Smith County Judge Joel Baker has agreed to resolve the pending SCJC investigation against him by signing a Voluntary Resignation Agreement. According to KETK, the Commission approved the agreement. The effective date of his resignation from the office of Smith County Judge will be the earlier of the resolution of the pending TOMA criminal case or November 4, 2016. The Commission’s Suspension without Pay Order remains in effect until the effective date of this agreement.… Read More

Marshall Woman’s Body Found

bodyfoundMARSHALL — Marshall police have recovered the body of a woman reported missing. Officials said around 7:50 Thursday night, they department received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance of the “clay pits” on Bell Cut Off. Officials said the car belonged to Frances Jackson, of Marshall. Jackson had been reported missing by her family. A short time later, Texas Game Wardens recovered her body from the water.

Body Found in Smith County, Foul Play Suspected

sheriff-smithcounty-2SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Thursday morning and officials said foul play is suspected. The victim is said to be a male. According to KETK, a large law enforcement presence was seen in the 10,700 block of County Road 383 near Littlefield Drive. Authorities say the body was found in the Antioch Community near a cemetery. Authorities are searching for a person of interest.

A New Fire Chief for Tyler

david-cobleTYLER – After searching for nearly half a year, the City of Tyler has selected David Coble of Fort Worth as the new fire chief. He will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department’s three divisions, including the Educational and Support Services division which includes the functions of training, EMS, supply, fire equipment services, fleet management, communications and emergency management. Coble succeeds Tim Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the City of Tyler Fire Department. He retired in April.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

east-texas-state-fair-2TYLER – It’s time for the ten day run of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. The fair runs through October 2nd off West Front Street. It all started with Boomers and Senior Day activities this morning. And this year, those activities took place in the Rose Garden Center. Entertainment this year includes Restless Heart and Tracy Bird. And the entertainment is free with your fair admission. Add to that the attractions, livestock exhibits, a carnival and the great fair food, its entertainment for the entire family. You can go to East Texas Fair-dot com for a schedule of activities.… Read More

Satellite-Based Radar Confirms Man-Made East Texas Earthquakes

thWASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five East Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas. In 2012 and 2013, earthquakes – five of them considered significant – shook an area near Timpson. A team of scientists for the first time were able to track the uplifting ground movements in the earthquake using radar from satellites. A study in the journal Science on Thursday says it confirms that these were not natural, something scientists had previously said was likely using a more traditional analysis. Study co-author Stanford University William Ellsworth said the technique provides a new way to determine what quakes are man-made. Ellsworth said the shaking stopped when injection of wastewater was dramatically decreased.

Fireworks in a Portion of Tyler Tonight

fireworks-smallTYLER – Persons in southeast Tyler Friday night will be able to see fireworks. No, it’s not an early start to a 4th of July celebration. The fireworks will follow the Grace Community School homecoming football game. The display, which has been properly permitted through the City of Tyler, is expected to begin between 9:30-10:00pm. It should last around 30 minutes.The Tyler Fire Department will have a unit on stand-by during the event to provide services, if needed.

North Tyler Intersection to Close for a Couple of Months

Road Closed1TYLER – Starting at 8:00 Friday morning, the intersection of Tenneha Avenue and 26th Street will be closed. This is being done as part of the Palace, 26th and Grand Project. Construction plans for this area include a sanitary sewer relocation, installation of two six foot by six foot box culverts and grading, subgrade and asphalt work. All of this is for the extension of 26th Street from Tenneha Avenue to North Palace Avenue. The intersection is expected to be closed for the duration of the construction, whic his estimated to take about two months

State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility Case

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — Representative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case. This means the state will be representing the company’s Smith County customers in various hearings. The Public Utility Commission will be conducting a hearing. Then the case should go to an Austin Court for a hearing. According to Schaefer, “The rate increase for Liberty Utility customers concerns me greatly and I have urged officials in Austin to do everything within the law to oppose unreasonable prices.” Schaefer said, he he first saw the rate increase proposal it made his eyes pop out. He says he feels the increase is excessive. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%.

Gregg County Arrest in Sexual Assault Case

thomas-levi-coty-ferrellLONGVIEW – A Gregg County man is in custody in a sexual assault case. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Thomas Levi Coty Ferrell, 22, of Gladewater. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ferrell has been booked into the Gregg County Jail. His bond is $100,000.

A Patent for LeTourneau University

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — LeTourneau University has been issued a U.S. Patent for a closed-loop microwave joining device. It can weld ceramics to metals and has the potential to be used in numerous industries. Two engineering professors, Dr. Yoni Adonyi and Dr. Seung Kim, along with two LETU engineering alumni, Alan Worchester and Ithamar Glumac, are co-inventors of the patent, number 9,374,853. All four names appear on the patent, which marks the first U.S. patent awarded to full time LETU faculty working with full time students since the school was founded in 1946. Potential uses for the device are where critical joints between advanced metals, ceramics and composites cannot be made any other way in the electronics, defense and aerospace industries. While the vast majority of microwave joining applications focus on polymers, or plastics, this invention tackles the other two major material types, advanced manufacturing of metals and ceramics.

Longview Murder Suspect Back in Custody

gary-joe-murphyLONGVIEW – A Kilgore man, who had been out of jail on bond following a Longview murder, is back in jail today. Gary Joe Murphy, 52, had been out on a $10,000 bond. He had earlier admitted to the stabbing of Arnold Lee McCollaum, 47, Jr., of Longview, in September of last year. He told officers he had held him down until he bled to death. He had been out on bond because the Gregg County District Attorney’s office had failed to indict him within a 90-day deadline. The Longview News Journal reports American Bail Bonds filed an affidavit stating they intended to surrender the bond because Murphy did not contact his bondsman. … Read More

New Construction to Begin at U T Tyler

u-t-school-of-businessTYLER — There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler. It marked the start of construction of the future home of the school’s College of Business and Technology. It’s a four-story 140,000 square-foot building. The school’s new $56 million structure is part of a larger project that will include an adjacent parking garage, adding roughly 400 parking spaces. There will also be renovations to the current business building, which will become the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building will feature student meeting places, classrooms and specialized experimental labs, as well as faculty offices, a courtyard, specialized landscaping and a second floor terrace. It’s expected to be completed in June 2018.

New Agencies Added to the Smith County United Way

unitedway-logoTYLER – The United Way of Smith County is adding five new agencies. The board of the United Way approved the allocation committee’s recommendations at Wednesday’s meeting. The new agencies are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler, East Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Ministry and PATH. They join some twenty other agencies under the United Way umbrella. The new agencies will immediately participate in the current campaign and will be eligible to receive designations. They will then participate in the next grant process, which will start in April.

Man Indicted in Tyler Murder

jaredwilsonmug_1474558587710_11186121_ver1-0TYLER — 30-year-old Jared Wilson of Houston has been indicted for the July 5 murder of 49-year-old Thomas Wilson of Lindale. KETK reports that Tyler police received a report around 9:10 that morning of shots fired at the Royal Inn Suites on West Northwest Loop 323. Police said Wilson had been shot and was later pronounced dead. The altercation which led to the shooting took place in the motel’s parking lot. Police said the victim’s niece was involved in a dispute with the shooter. When the victim arrived at the scene to give her some keys, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and shot him. Jared Wilson reportedly ran south from the scene. He was taken into custody near Anderson County after DPS located his vehicle. He remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

Two Incidents Involving Guns Reported on TJC Campus

police-lights-4TYLER – What was supposed to be a purchase through social media has turned into a Tyler robbery and police looking for three suspects. A TJC student was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night at 1414 Magnolia Street. The student told officers he was in a car when a suspect pulled a gun on him. One of the suspects took the student’s cell phone and undisclosed amount of money. They drove away in a dark blue Honda sedan. They were last seen driving north of Beckham. The suspects were described as a black female and two black males. No injuries were reported.… Read More

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No Injuries Reported in Hit-N-Run Involving School Bus

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

dps-carSMITH COUNTY — Smith County DPS Troopers are responding to a report of a hit and run accident involving a TISD school bus. According to authorities, the crash happened at Hwy 155 and Grande. no injuries reported. Additional details were not available.

Inmate Hospitalized after Apparent Suicide Attempt

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

police-9UPSHUR COUNTY — An Upshur County inmate is receiving medical treatment after officials say the inmate tried to commit suicide by hanging, according to the Longview News-Journal. A jailer was going through rounds around 6 p.m. Thursday and found the inmate in “a state of distress,” according to information released today by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. The jailer called for other jailers and medical staff and first responders were called. The inmate was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

Smith County Voter Registration Drive

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

voting-computerTYLER — Today is National Voter registration Day. Smith County Elections workers will be on the downtown square from 11:00am till 2:00pm on Tuesday helping residents register to vote. There are 133,840 registered voters in Smith County. This is a 30% increase from the 102,626 registered voters in the 2012 General Election. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson still wants to increase voter registration in the county. The last day to register to vote in the November presidential Election is October 11th. Early voting is from October 24th through November 4th. You can get more information by calling 903-590-4777. You can also go to the web sites https://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/Registration.aspx or at http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote for voter registration applications, which include making changes to your voter record.

Body Armor Vest Campaign Underway

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

body-armor-vests2TYLER – A campaign is underway to raise funds for body armor vests for the Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Department. State Senator Kevin Eltife announced earlier this month a $20,000 contribution and the City of Tyler committed to half the cost of the vests for each officer. At a news conference Monday, Eltife announced the total cost for the vests is: $204,400. The City will pay $67,900 and the County will pay $34,300 and, along with Eltife’s contribution, the remaining $82,000 is the goal of the We Back Our Law Enforcement Campaign. … Read More

Car Stolen During Longview Traffic Stop

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

draper-demetric-kennedy2LONGVIEW – A man accused of stealing a car during a Longview traffic stop, is in custody. It started Saturday when a police officer stopped a car with a broken tail light on Pine Tree Road. While the officer was talking to the driver, a back seat passenger is said to have stolen the car and fled. After wrecking the vehicle, he then fled on foot with a black cloth bag. A short time later an officer was able to catch Draper Demetric Kennedy,37, of Longview. In the bag, officers found a variety pills and two stolen guns.… Read More

Two Hopkins County Men Die in Two Accidents

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 11:23 am

DPS badgeEAST TEXAS – Two Sulphur Springs men were killed in area accidents over the weekend. A Sunday evening accident killed Michael Kenney, 49. Shortly after 6:00pm, his car left the road and hit a tree. The wreck occurred near the intersection of State Highway 154 and Farm Road 1567, north of Yantis.… Read More

Suspect Sought in Early Morning Shooting

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 8:30 am

police-lights-4TYLER — Tyler police are searching for an armed suspect wanted in an early morning shooting. Officers said around 1:20 this morning, an unknown suspect fired numerous shots inside a home on Carlyle Avenue. A sleeping 12-year-old was struck in the foot and taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspect in this case or any other felony case.

TxDOT Project Update

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

txdotTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of Sept. 26. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones. Tyler Maintenance on Monday plans to resume overlay work on FM 2710 between Lindale and FM 14. Edge repairs will be performed on FM 1995 between SH 110 and the Smith County line. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.… Read More

FBI Assists Athens Police with Hazardous Materials Report

Posted/updated on: September 27, 2016 at 3:16 am

ATHENS — The FBI office in Dallas was contacted by the Athens Police Department after receiving a report of a hazardous materials concern. According to KETK, the Dallas FBI received a report of potentially hazardous materials at a residence in the 200 block of Guadalupe Street in Athens. FBI personnel responded to the residence and deemed there is no threat to public safety. The FBI said they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of law enforcement personnel involved. An Athens resident contacted KETK about concerns of FBI agents in hazmat suits in the city.

Smith County Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody

Posted/updated on: September 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

documentfragment_6842481SMITH COUNTY — After a manhunt, lasting more than 24 hours, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Stanton Pearce, 52. Officials said he was arrested in the Jackson Heights Community off FM 2767. Pearce, along with two women, were arrested in connection to the death of a man whose body was discovered Thursday. Smith County officials located the body of Luis V Martinez, 62, of Tyler, in a cemetery in the Antioch Community. Laurie Perry, 56, Chandler, and Rebecca Bond 37, Tyler, have been charged with murder. Both women were booked into the Smith County Jail with bond set at $250,000 each. Pearce was also booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of murder. His bond was set at $500,000.

More Marijuana Found Growing in the Area

Posted/updated on: September 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Marijuana nurseryGILMER – Another marijuana field has been discovered in the area. The latest was found Friday morning in Upshur County. A contingent of law officers converged on the fields around 5:00 this morning. It is located about eight miles north of Gilmer off Highway 155. Officers found six different fields with over 7,000 plants. And, like the others that have been discovered recently, they found a camp and a nearby water source that was used to irrigate the plants. No suspects were found at the site. The landowner told officers he didn’t know the plants were being grown on his property. In mid August, 2,500 plants were found growing in a field in northern Upshur County. Since then, other marijuana fields were found in Smith, Anderson, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

east-texas-state-fair-2The annual East Texas State Fair is up and running in Tyler. The fair opened off west Front Street Friday morning with Boomers and Senior Day activities in the Rose Garden Center. Saturday night, JB and The Moonshine Band will perform. The entertainment is free with your fair admission. And today, you will be able to see a sword swallower, the extreme high dive show, exhibits, carnival and a lot more. The fair runs through October 2nd.

Man Sought in Dallas County Reportedly Spotted in East Texas

Posted/updated on: September 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

johnny-ray-smith-_op_1_cp__1474577565944_11190676_ver1-0HENDERSON — A man wanted in Dallas County has reportedly been spotted around the Rusk County area. KETK reports 37-year-old Johnny Ray Smith is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities also say he’s a heavy drug user. If you see Smith, you’re asked to immediately call the Rusk County Sheriff’s office at 903-657-3581 or Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477.

Tyler’s Improving Water Quality

Posted/updated on: September 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

drinking waterTYLER – Testing results from ongoing monitoring show Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve the city’s drinking water quality. The latest readings from all eight sampling sites are below the maximum contaminant level threshold of 60 parts per billion for haloacetic acids. An excessive amount of the acid was noticed in the water last October. Very heavy rains last spring are believed to have caused the problem. Mayor Martin Heines requested a third party evaluation of Tyler Water Utilities and its water treatment processes. The company hired by the city found the facilities to be well maintained and effectively operated. They did make several recommendations to reduce the formation of disinfection by products. Some have been completed and others will be completed in several months.

Suspended Smith County Judge Resigns

Posted/updated on: September 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

judgebaker_1457971658391_7533048_ver1-0SMITH COUNTY (Staff/AP) — The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has announced Smith County Judge Joel Baker has agreed to resolve the pending SCJC investigation against him by signing a Voluntary Resignation Agreement. According to KETK, the Commission approved the agreement. The effective date of his resignation from the office of Smith County Judge will be the earlier of the resolution of the pending TOMA criminal case or November 4, 2016. The Commission’s Suspension without Pay Order remains in effect until the effective date of this agreement.… Read More

Marshall Woman’s Body Found

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

bodyfoundMARSHALL — Marshall police have recovered the body of a woman reported missing. Officials said around 7:50 Thursday night, they department received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance of the “clay pits” on Bell Cut Off. Officials said the car belonged to Frances Jackson, of Marshall. Jackson had been reported missing by her family. A short time later, Texas Game Wardens recovered her body from the water.

Body Found in Smith County, Foul Play Suspected

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

sheriff-smithcounty-2SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Thursday morning and officials said foul play is suspected. The victim is said to be a male. According to KETK, a large law enforcement presence was seen in the 10,700 block of County Road 383 near Littlefield Drive. Authorities say the body was found in the Antioch Community near a cemetery. Authorities are searching for a person of interest.

A New Fire Chief for Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm

david-cobleTYLER – After searching for nearly half a year, the City of Tyler has selected David Coble of Fort Worth as the new fire chief. He will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department’s three divisions, including the Educational and Support Services division which includes the functions of training, EMS, supply, fire equipment services, fleet management, communications and emergency management. Coble succeeds Tim Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the City of Tyler Fire Department. He retired in April.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

east-texas-state-fair-2TYLER – It’s time for the ten day run of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. The fair runs through October 2nd off West Front Street. It all started with Boomers and Senior Day activities this morning. And this year, those activities took place in the Rose Garden Center. Entertainment this year includes Restless Heart and Tracy Bird. And the entertainment is free with your fair admission. Add to that the attractions, livestock exhibits, a carnival and the great fair food, its entertainment for the entire family. You can go to East Texas Fair-dot com for a schedule of activities.… Read More

Satellite-Based Radar Confirms Man-Made East Texas Earthquakes

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

thWASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five East Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas. In 2012 and 2013, earthquakes – five of them considered significant – shook an area near Timpson. A team of scientists for the first time were able to track the uplifting ground movements in the earthquake using radar from satellites. A study in the journal Science on Thursday says it confirms that these were not natural, something scientists had previously said was likely using a more traditional analysis. Study co-author Stanford University William Ellsworth said the technique provides a new way to determine what quakes are man-made. Ellsworth said the shaking stopped when injection of wastewater was dramatically decreased.

Fireworks in a Portion of Tyler Tonight

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm

fireworks-smallTYLER – Persons in southeast Tyler Friday night will be able to see fireworks. No, it’s not an early start to a 4th of July celebration. The fireworks will follow the Grace Community School homecoming football game. The display, which has been properly permitted through the City of Tyler, is expected to begin between 9:30-10:00pm. It should last around 30 minutes.The Tyler Fire Department will have a unit on stand-by during the event to provide services, if needed.

North Tyler Intersection to Close for a Couple of Months

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Road Closed1TYLER – Starting at 8:00 Friday morning, the intersection of Tenneha Avenue and 26th Street will be closed. This is being done as part of the Palace, 26th and Grand Project. Construction plans for this area include a sanitary sewer relocation, installation of two six foot by six foot box culverts and grading, subgrade and asphalt work. All of this is for the extension of 26th Street from Tenneha Avenue to North Palace Avenue. The intersection is expected to be closed for the duration of the construction, whic his estimated to take about two months

State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility Case

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — Representative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case. This means the state will be representing the company’s Smith County customers in various hearings. The Public Utility Commission will be conducting a hearing. Then the case should go to an Austin Court for a hearing. According to Schaefer, “The rate increase for Liberty Utility customers concerns me greatly and I have urged officials in Austin to do everything within the law to oppose unreasonable prices.” Schaefer said, he he first saw the rate increase proposal it made his eyes pop out. He says he feels the increase is excessive. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%.

Gregg County Arrest in Sexual Assault Case

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

thomas-levi-coty-ferrellLONGVIEW – A Gregg County man is in custody in a sexual assault case. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Thomas Levi Coty Ferrell, 22, of Gladewater. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ferrell has been booked into the Gregg County Jail. His bond is $100,000.

A Patent for LeTourneau University

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — LeTourneau University has been issued a U.S. Patent for a closed-loop microwave joining device. It can weld ceramics to metals and has the potential to be used in numerous industries. Two engineering professors, Dr. Yoni Adonyi and Dr. Seung Kim, along with two LETU engineering alumni, Alan Worchester and Ithamar Glumac, are co-inventors of the patent, number 9,374,853. All four names appear on the patent, which marks the first U.S. patent awarded to full time LETU faculty working with full time students since the school was founded in 1946. Potential uses for the device are where critical joints between advanced metals, ceramics and composites cannot be made any other way in the electronics, defense and aerospace industries. While the vast majority of microwave joining applications focus on polymers, or plastics, this invention tackles the other two major material types, advanced manufacturing of metals and ceramics.

Longview Murder Suspect Back in Custody

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

gary-joe-murphyLONGVIEW – A Kilgore man, who had been out of jail on bond following a Longview murder, is back in jail today. Gary Joe Murphy, 52, had been out on a $10,000 bond. He had earlier admitted to the stabbing of Arnold Lee McCollaum, 47, Jr., of Longview, in September of last year. He told officers he had held him down until he bled to death. He had been out on bond because the Gregg County District Attorney’s office had failed to indict him within a 90-day deadline. The Longview News Journal reports American Bail Bonds filed an affidavit stating they intended to surrender the bond because Murphy did not contact his bondsman. … Read More

New Construction to Begin at U T Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

u-t-school-of-businessTYLER — There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler. It marked the start of construction of the future home of the school’s College of Business and Technology. It’s a four-story 140,000 square-foot building. The school’s new $56 million structure is part of a larger project that will include an adjacent parking garage, adding roughly 400 parking spaces. There will also be renovations to the current business building, which will become the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building will feature student meeting places, classrooms and specialized experimental labs, as well as faculty offices, a courtyard, specialized landscaping and a second floor terrace. It’s expected to be completed in June 2018.

New Agencies Added to the Smith County United Way

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

unitedway-logoTYLER – The United Way of Smith County is adding five new agencies. The board of the United Way approved the allocation committee’s recommendations at Wednesday’s meeting. The new agencies are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler, East Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Ministry and PATH. They join some twenty other agencies under the United Way umbrella. The new agencies will immediately participate in the current campaign and will be eligible to receive designations. They will then participate in the next grant process, which will start in April.

Man Indicted in Tyler Murder

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

jaredwilsonmug_1474558587710_11186121_ver1-0TYLER — 30-year-old Jared Wilson of Houston has been indicted for the July 5 murder of 49-year-old Thomas Wilson of Lindale. KETK reports that Tyler police received a report around 9:10 that morning of shots fired at the Royal Inn Suites on West Northwest Loop 323. Police said Wilson had been shot and was later pronounced dead. The altercation which led to the shooting took place in the motel’s parking lot. Police said the victim’s niece was involved in a dispute with the shooter. When the victim arrived at the scene to give her some keys, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and shot him. Jared Wilson reportedly ran south from the scene. He was taken into custody near Anderson County after DPS located his vehicle. He remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

Two Incidents Involving Guns Reported on TJC Campus

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

police-lights-4TYLER – What was supposed to be a purchase through social media has turned into a Tyler robbery and police looking for three suspects. A TJC student was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night at 1414 Magnolia Street. The student told officers he was in a car when a suspect pulled a gun on him. One of the suspects took the student’s cell phone and undisclosed amount of money. They drove away in a dark blue Honda sedan. They were last seen driving north of Beckham. The suspects were described as a black female and two black males. No injuries were reported.… Read More

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