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Fort Smith Trane Plant to Shut Down

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A plant in Fort Smith that makes residential heating and cooling equipment is set to shut down this year, leaving 250 employees out of work. Trane announced Monday that it is shifting production of its residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning manufacturing from Fort Smith to plants in Lynn Haven, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Vidalia, Georgia; and Tyler, Texas. The company will still operate its plant in Fort Smith that makes HVAC equipment for commercial use. Trane is owned by Ingersoll Rand. A company spokeswoman says the transfer of work from the residential plant will occur in phases and is expected to be complete by this summer.

Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrested

TYLER — Tyler Police arrested a Gilmer man following an aggravated robbery at the Texaco, 2700 East Fifth Street. Around 8:35 Monday night, officers received a report of an armed robbery by a white male wearing blue latex gloves and a hospital mask. The suspect, later identified as Jason Adams, left the scene in a white Toyota Tundra. Witnesses followed the vehicle until officers were able to initiate a traffic stop at the Valero station, 1301 W SW Loop 323. During a search of the vehicle, officers found gloves, a mask and what was determined to be two toy handguns. Adams was booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Voters to Decide Tyler High School Renovations

TYLER – Tyler school trustees have approved putting a bond package before voters on May 6th. School trustees unanimously approved the measure at a Monday night meeting. The $198 million bond proposal would fund renovations for John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools. Even though John Tyler was 95% rebuilt in 1981, by today’s standards, it is still outdated. Under the proposal, students will no longer have to walk out in the open from building to building between classes. At Lee, the campus will be nearly totally rebuilt and the campus pushed southward. The only buildings to remain will be the auditorium, varsity gym and the field house. The bond proposal would raise the tax rate for a home valued at $155,000 by $39.00 a year.

Illegal Pharmaceutical Scheme Has Tyler Connection

TYLER – A former pharmaceutical benefits manager has pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler to engaging in illegal kickbacks in East Texas. Douglas M. Pick, 57, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty Monday to making unlawful kickback payments before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. At sentencing, Pick faces up to three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.… Read the rest of the article…

Palestine Shooting Probed

PALESTINE – A Palestine shooting remains under investigation. It happened shortly before 6:45 Sunday evening as officers were sent to the intersection of South Jackson and Dye Streets on reports of shots being fired. Several witnesses told officers the shooting occurred on South Jackson Street. The victim was later found at Palestine Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm. The shooting remains under investigation and more information will be released at a later date.

Gregg County Death Probe Continues

LONGVIEW – The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues its investigation into a Friday death. The death is that of Jerry Wayne Milam, 51. He was said to have fallen from a moving vehicle around 2:30 Friday afternoon. Arriving EMS personnel said Milam was dead at the scene. The accident happened on State Highway 42, south of the Sabine River. The vehicle he was in stayed on the scene and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has identified and interviewed all occupants of that vehicle. Sheriff’s department Public Information Officer Joshua Tubb says this remains an active investigation and at this time there is no other information they can release.

Smith County Jury Duty Cancelled

TYLER – Jury duty in Smith County on Wednesday has been cancelled. Smith County residents who were planning to report for jury duty Wednesday with their yellow cards don’t have to make the trip to the courthouse. No new panels will be needed on Wednesday. Smith County Jury Coordinator Lisa Bennett said, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court on Wednesday, you must still report. This cancellation for jury duty is Wednesday only. Jury duty is scheduled, as usual, for Tuesday.

Tyler Traffic Signal Problems

TYLER – Tyler police are reporting traffic lights are out at Front and Glenwood and Front and Lyons. It was caused by a tree falling on power lines. Police spokesman Don Martin says it’s possible the signals may be out for several hours. Power lines crews are are assessing the damage and will then start the repairs.

Fire Reported at the U-T Tyler University Center

TYLER – There was a small fire in the kitchen area of The Met in the University Center at the University of Texas at Tyler. The building was evacuated for about 45 minutes. At last report, the Met remained closed. Hannah Buchanan at the university said the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, but it set off the sprinklers and the smoke alarm. There were no injuries. Water damage was contained to back of The Met. Environmental Health and Safety at the school is currently waiting on the health department to come and authorize them to open The Met.

Portion of I-20 Blocked in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY – One westbound lane of Interstate Highway 20 west of Hideaway Lake has been reopened following a truck fire. The truck is near State Highway 110. KETK reports the truck was hauling vehicles. There is no report of injuries. The initial word is the fire started from a tire or a bearing on the truck.

New Deputy Director of KC’s East Texas Police Academy

KILGORE – The new deputy director of Kilgore College’s East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore is Dan Reigstad. Reigstad began his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Longview Police Department after serving almost nine years in combat and combat training units in the U.S. Army. Reigstad retired from LPD in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience processing crime scenes throughout East Texas. He began as a part-time Instructor with the ETPA in 2002 and became a full-time Instructor in 2015. … Read the rest of the article…

TISD Considering Bond Proposal

TYLER – Tyler school trustees have a called a meeting tonight. The executive session is at 6:00 and the open session at 7:00 deals with a proposed bond election. The discussion centers around $198 million in renovations for John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools. Even though John Tyler was 95% rebuilt in 1981, by today’s standards, it is still outdated. Under the proposal, students will no longer have to walk out in the open from building to building between classes. At Lee, the campus will be nearly totally rebuilt and the campus pushed southward. The only buildings to remain will be the auditorium, varsity gym and the field house. If approved tonight, it will go to the voters May 6th.

Suspicious Death Under Investigation in Longview

GREGG COUNTY — Longview Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a woman’s death. Officers were dispatched to a Check Welfare call in the 600 Block of Avalon Avenue Sunday evening. According to KETK, the officers were told that no one had been able to get in touch with the resident of the apartment for several days. The body of Ivory Wilson, 57, Longview was found inside the apartment. Police are investigating Wilson’s death as suspicious.

School Bus Accident Sends Student to Hospital

SMITH COUNTY — One student was taken to the hospital for evaluation following a Whitehouse ISD school bus accident. According to KETK, it happened Monday morning around 7:30 when school bus 022 reportedly clipped an unoccupied, parked car while turning around. One student complained of back pain. They were assessed by EMS and taken to the hospital for further evaluation. There were no other injuries reported and the remaining students were taken to school.

Longview Residents Address Gang Problem

LONGVIEW – Some Longview residents are making efforts to fight local gang activity, with a city department helping lead the charge. KETK reports Lyndell McAllister is the Mentoring and Bridges program director under the auspices of the city’s Partners in Prevention initiative. “If we’re gonna do prevention we’re particularly thinking about elementary and middle school,” says McAllister. “By high school students have figured out which way they’re gonna go.” The program offers mentorship and a new initiative, “Hope for Youth,” aimed at keeping children involved in positive activities.… Read the rest of the article…

Jesus Sign Controversy Continues in Hawkins

jesussign_1478263155242_12637251_ver1-0HAWKINS — A trustee of Jesus Christ Open Altar Church in Hawkins says the city is wasting taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit over the “Jesus Welcomes You To Hawkins” sign. Mark McDonald claims the city has spent more than $50,000 suing the church to have the controversial sign removed. McDonald says he’s started a petition to help gain support for the city to drop the lawsuit and to protect religious rights.… Read the rest of the article…

TxDOT’s Weekly Roadwork Update

TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the Tyler TxDOT district during the Week of February 13, 2017. 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.

In Tyler, motorists are encouraged to avoid the Loop 323 project at SH 31 with nighttime demolition operations being implemented at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 12, to remove the shoofly bridge. The work will cause major delays with traffic being moved for safety purposes to the alternate lanes of where work is occurring.… Read the rest of the article…

Ted Cruz Visits Tyler, Discusses Future of Healthcare

TYLER – Tyler was in the picture as GOP town halls were held across the state Saturday so U.S. senators could discuss Obamacare – and hear concerns and comments from people in their states. KETK reports Senator Ted cruz had a lot to say to health care professionals as he visited the Rose City. He says the country has many problems in the area of healthcare, but there are solutions. He says the first thing to be done to move healthcare in the right direction is to remove Obamacare.… Read the rest of the article…

A South Tyler Hospital Opens Its Doors

TYLER – A new hospital is open in south Tyler today. The south campus of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital opened at 7:00 on South Broadway at Cumberland Drive. Dr. Mark Anderson, Chief of Emergency Medicine, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, says it’s a state-of-the-art, 41, 200-square-foot hospital. He says the state-of-the-art facility offers a 24|7 emergency room, eight inpatient beds, onsite imaging and lab services, and five surgical suites. … Read the rest of the article…

A New Assistant Chief at the Tyler Fire Department

TYLER – A promotion and two retirees will be recognized by Tyler Fire Department. The fire department will promote District Chief Michael Frost to the position of Assistant Fire Chief at a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. Chief Frost will be assigned to the Administrative Division, and will be responsible for the planning of budgets, grants and emergency management training and drills. Two retires will also be recognized. Captain Daniel Ledkins recently retired after serving for more than 34 years. Driver/Engineer Mark Hockman has served the City for almost 30 years.

Roadwork Beginning on Hawkins Parkway

LONGVIEW – Some lanes will be closed on Longview’s Hawkins Parkway starting Monday. Hawkins Parkway will be reduced to three north lanes between Eastman Road and the first set of driveways at the Target/theater retail center. This closure is scheduled for 2 months. Then, the construction will be moved to the north side of Hawkins Parkway. The lane closure will allow for street repairs of the dip on Hawkins Parkway at U.S. Highway 259. Drivers are encouraged to use the shopping center’s driveways on US 259 for access to the Target/theater shopping center to avoid construction and delays. The closures will be effective to August.

One Dead in Motorcycle Wreck

BULLARD — One woman is dead after a wreck involving a motorcycle Saturday afternoon. According to KETK, the DPS says 52-year-old Robert Hart was driving down FM 346 near County Road 185 in the Bullard area when he failed to follow a curve. The motorcycle left the road and hit a tree. Mr. Hart was thrown from the bike along with 52-year-old passenger Vicki Hart. Mrs. Hart was taken to the hospital and later died. Mr. Hart was hospitalized with serious injuries. An investigation is underway.

Former Jail Administrator Arrested

SULPHUR SPRINGS – A former Wood County jail administrator is currently being held on charges in the Hopkins County Jail. According to KETK, judicial records show David Jawayne McGee, 40, has been arrested on Wood County charges of permitting/facilitating escape from a corrections facility and tampering with government records. His bonds total $200,000, $100,000 for each offense. This arrest came after the Texas Rangers uncovered additional allegations of misconduct. Officials say a document was forged which allowed an inmate, identified as Samantha Melvin, to be released. Melvin was re-arrested and booked into the Wood County Jail on $50,000 bond on an escape charge.… Read the rest of the article…

Two More TJC Footballers Indicted for September Shooting Incident

TYLER – New details have been released regarding a September 2016 shooting on the Tyler Junior College campus. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office tells our news partner KETK two additional people, identified as TJC students and football players, were arrested in December and have been indicted in connection with the shooting. Lorenzo Hicks was arrested in Dallas County and Anthony Mitchell was arrested in Harris County. Both men were charged with possession of a handgun without a license on a college campus. Both football players were part of TJC football’s 2016 signing class. This makes three arrests in this case.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Bank Robbers Still at Large

LONGVIEW – Longview police have released photos of two bank robbery suspects. They held up the Austin Bank on East Loop 281 shortly after 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The two entered the bank and demanded money. They left with an undetermined amount of money. No injuries were reported. If you have information on the identities of one, or both, of the suspects please contact Detective Rebecca Reeves at 903-237-1170 or Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867.

Capital Murder Indictment Returned in Longview

LONGVIEW – The Gregg County grand jury has handed up a capital murder indictment against a man charged in a double homicide. Named in the indictment was Christopher Marvin Bell II, 21, of Longview. He had been charged in the November deaths of Freddie Allison, 41 and Deandra Allison, 38, both of Longview. Their bodies were found last November at the Huntington Hills Apartments on North Eastman Road. … Read the rest of the article…

Gangs Growing in Longview

LONGVIEW – The number of gang members in Longview is increasing. Longview police detective James Bray said the number of gangs operating in Longview has increased to 42, with 274 documented members. The Longview News Journal reports Bray’s comments came Friday at a community meeting hosted by Partners in Prevention, Pine Tree ISD Student Services and the Pine Tree PTA focused on drugs, gangs and sex trafficking in the city. … Read the rest of the article…

REL Debate Team Heading to State

TYLER – The Robert E. Lee High School Debate Team recently competed in the UIL District Cross-Examination (CX) competition, earning team spots in the 2017 State UIL CX meet. It will be in Austin March 17th and 18th. Two Lee teams competed against 10 other teams from John Tyler High School, Rockwall, North Mesquite, Longview and Mesquite high schools. Although Rockwall took the top spot, the REL team of Alexander Wick and Cameron Escalante finished in second place and the team of William Johnson and Michael Foley finished in third place (first alternate to State). Due to previous commitments, Wick and Escalante are unable to compete at the State meet, so Johnson and Foley have officially filled the number two slot. The 2016-17 CX Debate topic was: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Enrollment Up At Kilgore College

KILGORE – Kilgore College is announce its spring enrollment is up nearly 7%. The unofficial enrollment taken on the twelfth class day this semester was 5,354 students. That compares to 5,006 students certified for spring 2016. Of the students enrolled this spring, 1,484 are high school dual credit students. Last spring’s dual credit enrollment was 1,288, marking a 15.2% increase in dual credit students since last year. A news release from the college quotes school president Dr. Brenda Kays as saying, “We’re extremely pleased with our enrollment numbers this semester. I attribute the increase to the progressive vision of our board of trustees and a lot of hard work by our faculty, staff and administrators.”

Smith County Warrant Roundup Underway

TYLER – The fifth annual Smith County Warrant Round Up started Friday. The Smith County Judicial Compliance Department mailed out more than 1,800 lavender flyers to people with outstanding arrest warrants for delinquent, court-ordered fines and fees. The people have until February 25 to take care of the outstanding warrants or be subject to arrest and/or a hold on their driver’s licenses. If someone with outstanding warrants are pulled over in their vehicles, they could be arrested and their vehicles impounded, resulting in additional towing and storage fees.… Read the rest of the article…

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Fort Smith Trane Plant to Shut Down

Posted/updated on: February 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A plant in Fort Smith that makes residential heating and cooling equipment is set to shut down this year, leaving 250 employees out of work. Trane announced Monday that it is shifting production of its residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning manufacturing from Fort Smith to plants in Lynn Haven, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Vidalia, Georgia; and Tyler, Texas. The company will still operate its plant in Fort Smith that makes HVAC equipment for commercial use. Trane is owned by Ingersoll Rand. A company spokeswoman says the transfer of work from the residential plant will occur in phases and is expected to be complete by this summer.

Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrested

Posted/updated on: February 15, 2017 at 3:23 am

TYLER — Tyler Police arrested a Gilmer man following an aggravated robbery at the Texaco, 2700 East Fifth Street. Around 8:35 Monday night, officers received a report of an armed robbery by a white male wearing blue latex gloves and a hospital mask. The suspect, later identified as Jason Adams, left the scene in a white Toyota Tundra. Witnesses followed the vehicle until officers were able to initiate a traffic stop at the Valero station, 1301 W SW Loop 323. During a search of the vehicle, officers found gloves, a mask and what was determined to be two toy handguns. Adams was booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Voters to Decide Tyler High School Renovations

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

TYLER – Tyler school trustees have approved putting a bond package before voters on May 6th. School trustees unanimously approved the measure at a Monday night meeting. The $198 million bond proposal would fund renovations for John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools. Even though John Tyler was 95% rebuilt in 1981, by today’s standards, it is still outdated. Under the proposal, students will no longer have to walk out in the open from building to building between classes. At Lee, the campus will be nearly totally rebuilt and the campus pushed southward. The only buildings to remain will be the auditorium, varsity gym and the field house. The bond proposal would raise the tax rate for a home valued at $155,000 by $39.00 a year.

Illegal Pharmaceutical Scheme Has Tyler Connection

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

TYLER – A former pharmaceutical benefits manager has pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler to engaging in illegal kickbacks in East Texas. Douglas M. Pick, 57, of Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty Monday to making unlawful kickback payments before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. At sentencing, Pick faces up to three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.… Read the rest of the article…

Palestine Shooting Probed

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm

PALESTINE – A Palestine shooting remains under investigation. It happened shortly before 6:45 Sunday evening as officers were sent to the intersection of South Jackson and Dye Streets on reports of shots being fired. Several witnesses told officers the shooting occurred on South Jackson Street. The victim was later found at Palestine Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm. The shooting remains under investigation and more information will be released at a later date.

Gregg County Death Probe Continues

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

LONGVIEW – The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues its investigation into a Friday death. The death is that of Jerry Wayne Milam, 51. He was said to have fallen from a moving vehicle around 2:30 Friday afternoon. Arriving EMS personnel said Milam was dead at the scene. The accident happened on State Highway 42, south of the Sabine River. The vehicle he was in stayed on the scene and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has identified and interviewed all occupants of that vehicle. Sheriff’s department Public Information Officer Joshua Tubb says this remains an active investigation and at this time there is no other information they can release.

Smith County Jury Duty Cancelled

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

TYLER – Jury duty in Smith County on Wednesday has been cancelled. Smith County residents who were planning to report for jury duty Wednesday with their yellow cards don’t have to make the trip to the courthouse. No new panels will be needed on Wednesday. Smith County Jury Coordinator Lisa Bennett said, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court on Wednesday, you must still report. This cancellation for jury duty is Wednesday only. Jury duty is scheduled, as usual, for Tuesday.

Tyler Traffic Signal Problems

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

TYLER – Tyler police are reporting traffic lights are out at Front and Glenwood and Front and Lyons. It was caused by a tree falling on power lines. Police spokesman Don Martin says it’s possible the signals may be out for several hours. Power lines crews are are assessing the damage and will then start the repairs.

Fire Reported at the U-T Tyler University Center

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

TYLER – There was a small fire in the kitchen area of The Met in the University Center at the University of Texas at Tyler. The building was evacuated for about 45 minutes. At last report, the Met remained closed. Hannah Buchanan at the university said the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, but it set off the sprinklers and the smoke alarm. There were no injuries. Water damage was contained to back of The Met. Environmental Health and Safety at the school is currently waiting on the health department to come and authorize them to open The Met.

Portion of I-20 Blocked in Smith County

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

SMITH COUNTY – One westbound lane of Interstate Highway 20 west of Hideaway Lake has been reopened following a truck fire. The truck is near State Highway 110. KETK reports the truck was hauling vehicles. There is no report of injuries. The initial word is the fire started from a tire or a bearing on the truck.

New Deputy Director of KC’s East Texas Police Academy

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

KILGORE – The new deputy director of Kilgore College’s East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore is Dan Reigstad. Reigstad began his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Longview Police Department after serving almost nine years in combat and combat training units in the U.S. Army. Reigstad retired from LPD in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience processing crime scenes throughout East Texas. He began as a part-time Instructor with the ETPA in 2002 and became a full-time Instructor in 2015. … Read the rest of the article…

TISD Considering Bond Proposal

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

TYLER – Tyler school trustees have a called a meeting tonight. The executive session is at 6:00 and the open session at 7:00 deals with a proposed bond election. The discussion centers around $198 million in renovations for John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools. Even though John Tyler was 95% rebuilt in 1981, by today’s standards, it is still outdated. Under the proposal, students will no longer have to walk out in the open from building to building between classes. At Lee, the campus will be nearly totally rebuilt and the campus pushed southward. The only buildings to remain will be the auditorium, varsity gym and the field house. If approved tonight, it will go to the voters May 6th.

Suspicious Death Under Investigation in Longview

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

GREGG COUNTY — Longview Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a woman’s death. Officers were dispatched to a Check Welfare call in the 600 Block of Avalon Avenue Sunday evening. According to KETK, the officers were told that no one had been able to get in touch with the resident of the apartment for several days. The body of Ivory Wilson, 57, Longview was found inside the apartment. Police are investigating Wilson’s death as suspicious.

School Bus Accident Sends Student to Hospital

Posted/updated on: February 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

SMITH COUNTY — One student was taken to the hospital for evaluation following a Whitehouse ISD school bus accident. According to KETK, it happened Monday morning around 7:30 when school bus 022 reportedly clipped an unoccupied, parked car while turning around. One student complained of back pain. They were assessed by EMS and taken to the hospital for further evaluation. There were no other injuries reported and the remaining students were taken to school.

Longview Residents Address Gang Problem

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

LONGVIEW – Some Longview residents are making efforts to fight local gang activity, with a city department helping lead the charge. KETK reports Lyndell McAllister is the Mentoring and Bridges program director under the auspices of the city’s Partners in Prevention initiative. “If we’re gonna do prevention we’re particularly thinking about elementary and middle school,” says McAllister. “By high school students have figured out which way they’re gonna go.” The program offers mentorship and a new initiative, “Hope for Youth,” aimed at keeping children involved in positive activities.… Read the rest of the article…

Jesus Sign Controversy Continues in Hawkins

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

jesussign_1478263155242_12637251_ver1-0HAWKINS — A trustee of Jesus Christ Open Altar Church in Hawkins says the city is wasting taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit over the “Jesus Welcomes You To Hawkins” sign. Mark McDonald claims the city has spent more than $50,000 suing the church to have the controversial sign removed. McDonald says he’s started a petition to help gain support for the city to drop the lawsuit and to protect religious rights.… Read the rest of the article…

TxDOT’s Weekly Roadwork Update

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the Tyler TxDOT district during the Week of February 13, 2017. 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.

In Tyler, motorists are encouraged to avoid the Loop 323 project at SH 31 with nighttime demolition operations being implemented at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 12, to remove the shoofly bridge. The work will cause major delays with traffic being moved for safety purposes to the alternate lanes of where work is occurring.… Read the rest of the article…

Ted Cruz Visits Tyler, Discusses Future of Healthcare

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

TYLER – Tyler was in the picture as GOP town halls were held across the state Saturday so U.S. senators could discuss Obamacare – and hear concerns and comments from people in their states. KETK reports Senator Ted cruz had a lot to say to health care professionals as he visited the Rose City. He says the country has many problems in the area of healthcare, but there are solutions. He says the first thing to be done to move healthcare in the right direction is to remove Obamacare.… Read the rest of the article…

A South Tyler Hospital Opens Its Doors

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

TYLER – A new hospital is open in south Tyler today. The south campus of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital opened at 7:00 on South Broadway at Cumberland Drive. Dr. Mark Anderson, Chief of Emergency Medicine, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, says it’s a state-of-the-art, 41, 200-square-foot hospital. He says the state-of-the-art facility offers a 24|7 emergency room, eight inpatient beds, onsite imaging and lab services, and five surgical suites. … Read the rest of the article…

A New Assistant Chief at the Tyler Fire Department

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

TYLER – A promotion and two retirees will be recognized by Tyler Fire Department. The fire department will promote District Chief Michael Frost to the position of Assistant Fire Chief at a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. Chief Frost will be assigned to the Administrative Division, and will be responsible for the planning of budgets, grants and emergency management training and drills. Two retires will also be recognized. Captain Daniel Ledkins recently retired after serving for more than 34 years. Driver/Engineer Mark Hockman has served the City for almost 30 years.

Roadwork Beginning on Hawkins Parkway

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

LONGVIEW – Some lanes will be closed on Longview’s Hawkins Parkway starting Monday. Hawkins Parkway will be reduced to three north lanes between Eastman Road and the first set of driveways at the Target/theater retail center. This closure is scheduled for 2 months. Then, the construction will be moved to the north side of Hawkins Parkway. The lane closure will allow for street repairs of the dip on Hawkins Parkway at U.S. Highway 259. Drivers are encouraged to use the shopping center’s driveways on US 259 for access to the Target/theater shopping center to avoid construction and delays. The closures will be effective to August.

One Dead in Motorcycle Wreck

Posted/updated on: February 13, 2017 at 10:57 am

BULLARD — One woman is dead after a wreck involving a motorcycle Saturday afternoon. According to KETK, the DPS says 52-year-old Robert Hart was driving down FM 346 near County Road 185 in the Bullard area when he failed to follow a curve. The motorcycle left the road and hit a tree. Mr. Hart was thrown from the bike along with 52-year-old passenger Vicki Hart. Mrs. Hart was taken to the hospital and later died. Mr. Hart was hospitalized with serious injuries. An investigation is underway.

Former Jail Administrator Arrested

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

SULPHUR SPRINGS – A former Wood County jail administrator is currently being held on charges in the Hopkins County Jail. According to KETK, judicial records show David Jawayne McGee, 40, has been arrested on Wood County charges of permitting/facilitating escape from a corrections facility and tampering with government records. His bonds total $200,000, $100,000 for each offense. This arrest came after the Texas Rangers uncovered additional allegations of misconduct. Officials say a document was forged which allowed an inmate, identified as Samantha Melvin, to be released. Melvin was re-arrested and booked into the Wood County Jail on $50,000 bond on an escape charge.… Read the rest of the article…

Two More TJC Footballers Indicted for September Shooting Incident

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

TYLER – New details have been released regarding a September 2016 shooting on the Tyler Junior College campus. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office tells our news partner KETK two additional people, identified as TJC students and football players, were arrested in December and have been indicted in connection with the shooting. Lorenzo Hicks was arrested in Dallas County and Anthony Mitchell was arrested in Harris County. Both men were charged with possession of a handgun without a license on a college campus. Both football players were part of TJC football’s 2016 signing class. This makes three arrests in this case.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Bank Robbers Still at Large

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

LONGVIEW – Longview police have released photos of two bank robbery suspects. They held up the Austin Bank on East Loop 281 shortly after 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The two entered the bank and demanded money. They left with an undetermined amount of money. No injuries were reported. If you have information on the identities of one, or both, of the suspects please contact Detective Rebecca Reeves at 903-237-1170 or Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867.

Capital Murder Indictment Returned in Longview

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

LONGVIEW – The Gregg County grand jury has handed up a capital murder indictment against a man charged in a double homicide. Named in the indictment was Christopher Marvin Bell II, 21, of Longview. He had been charged in the November deaths of Freddie Allison, 41 and Deandra Allison, 38, both of Longview. Their bodies were found last November at the Huntington Hills Apartments on North Eastman Road. … Read the rest of the article…

Gangs Growing in Longview

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

LONGVIEW – The number of gang members in Longview is increasing. Longview police detective James Bray said the number of gangs operating in Longview has increased to 42, with 274 documented members. The Longview News Journal reports Bray’s comments came Friday at a community meeting hosted by Partners in Prevention, Pine Tree ISD Student Services and the Pine Tree PTA focused on drugs, gangs and sex trafficking in the city. … Read the rest of the article…

REL Debate Team Heading to State

Posted/updated on: February 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

TYLER – The Robert E. Lee High School Debate Team recently competed in the UIL District Cross-Examination (CX) competition, earning team spots in the 2017 State UIL CX meet. It will be in Austin March 17th and 18th. Two Lee teams competed against 10 other teams from John Tyler High School, Rockwall, North Mesquite, Longview and Mesquite high schools. Although Rockwall took the top spot, the REL team of Alexander Wick and Cameron Escalante finished in second place and the team of William Johnson and Michael Foley finished in third place (first alternate to State). Due to previous commitments, Wick and Escalante are unable to compete at the State meet, so Johnson and Foley have officially filled the number two slot. The 2016-17 CX Debate topic was: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Enrollment Up At Kilgore College

Posted/updated on: February 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

KILGORE – Kilgore College is announce its spring enrollment is up nearly 7%. The unofficial enrollment taken on the twelfth class day this semester was 5,354 students. That compares to 5,006 students certified for spring 2016. Of the students enrolled this spring, 1,484 are high school dual credit students. Last spring’s dual credit enrollment was 1,288, marking a 15.2% increase in dual credit students since last year. A news release from the college quotes school president Dr. Brenda Kays as saying, “We’re extremely pleased with our enrollment numbers this semester. I attribute the increase to the progressive vision of our board of trustees and a lot of hard work by our faculty, staff and administrators.”

Smith County Warrant Roundup Underway

Posted/updated on: February 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

TYLER – The fifth annual Smith County Warrant Round Up started Friday. The Smith County Judicial Compliance Department mailed out more than 1,800 lavender flyers to people with outstanding arrest warrants for delinquent, court-ordered fines and fees. The people have until February 25 to take care of the outstanding warrants or be subject to arrest and/or a hold on their driver’s licenses. If someone with outstanding warrants are pulled over in their vehicles, they could be arrested and their vehicles impounded, resulting in additional towing and storage fees.… Read the rest of the article…

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