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TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT signTYLER — Here’s a quick look at other work planned in the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue edge repairs on Farm Road 2710 between Farm Road 16 in Lindale and Farm Road 14 near Red Springs. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Bell Ringer is Honored

Andre ThompsonTYLER — A Tyler man has received a golden bell and has gone in the record books with two other men. Andre Thompson received his award Saturday night for ringing a bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive for 105 hours. Thompson stood at the Walgreens Pharmacy on South Broadway and Reick Road from 11:00am on December 3rd to 8:00pm on December 7th. He took only a five minute break every hour. During that time, contributions totaled just over $14,000. Thompson tied with a bell ringer in California and one in Minnesota for the world record.

Emergency Exercise at U-T Tyler

U-T Tyler SignTYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler Police Department and the Tyler Police Department, in conjunction with the UT Tyler Office of Emergency Management, are conducting a full-scale emergency exercise today on the UT Tyler campus. The exercise, which began at 9:00 this morning and runs till noon, is designed to test the campus response to a potential armed intruder on campus. Persons on or around the campus may notice an increased police presence in conjunction with this exercise during the morning hours. Signs are posted alerting people around campus to the exercise in progress.

Tree Work In Longview’s Grace Creek Drainage Area

longview-cityofLONGVIEW — As a result of the 2011 drought, the City of Longview has lost many trees within the Grace Creek Drainage Corridor which includes the Paul Boorman Trail. Weather permitting, the Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department are combining forces this week to work throughout the property to cut, chip, or remove the downed trees. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire Reported in White Oak

fire imageWHITE OAK — A vacant building in White Oak is on fire. The fire is said to be in a duplex. White Oak police tell KETK they have blocked off White Oak Road and Ward Road to get to the fire. No other information is available at this time.

Grants for Two Area Hospitals

Texas Hospital AssociationAUSTIN — Two East Texas hospitals are among nine in the state to be awarded $1.3 million in planning grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to assess the feasibility of establishing new graduate medical education programs at their facilities. The grants are part of $50 million appropriated by the 83rd Texas Legislature to boost funding for GME in Texas and increase access to physicians in underserved areas. The East Texas hospitals are Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin and Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs. Read the rest of this entry »

Power Restored in the Harvey Hall Area

tree on power line 12-14-13TYLER — A downed tree caused a power outage to a portion of Tyler. The tree took down power lines on Front Street on Saturday. This in turn has caused a power outage in the area, including Harvey Hall. Oncor was notified and worked to restore the power. Roads in the area that had been blocked off because of traffic lights that were out, have been re-opened.

One Dead in an Upshur County Accident

DPS door signDIANA — One person has been killed in an Upshur County wreck. Dead at the scene was Grant Eberhart, 21, of Diana. The accident, around 7:15 Saturday morning, occurred on Highway 154 just west of U.S. Highway 259. The Department of Public Safety says the accident happened when Eberhart’s pickup left the road and he overcorrected.

Three Arrested in Kilgore Traffic Stop

Patty Jean CoxKILGORE — A traffic stop has resulted in three arrests in Kilgore. It started as a routine traffic violation. The suspects were arrested when the officer found stolen and forged checks. The checks were from several banks and several victims. Taken into custody was Patty Jean Cox, 37, (pictured) Jenna Lee Taylor, 27 and Eric, L. Johnson, 24. All three are from Kilgore.

Fall Commencement at U-T Tyler

U-T Tyler SignTYLER — Fall Commencement ceremonies continue today at the University of Texas at Tyler. Yesterday, ceremonies were held for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences. This morning at 10:00 it will be the commencement ceremony for the College of Business and Technology. This afternoon at 1:00, the ceremony is for the Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science. Today’s commencement speaker is Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Fall Commencement at LeTourneau University

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — The Fall Commencement Ceremony at Longview’s LeTournaeu University will be this morning at 9:30. It will be held in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center 2100 South Mobberly Avenue. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jerry E. White, international president and board chairman emeritus of the Navigators, a worldwide para-church organization that trains Christians to share their faith with others.

Alleged East Texas Burglar Caught in Clute Escapes Hospital

barnhillclutemugLUFKIN — A wounded man suspected of burglarizing a house near Lufkin has escaped a Houston hospital where he was being treated. KETK reports Cody Barnhill, 33, of Clute, was taken into custody Thursday night. Officials say Barnhill is on the run with bullets still in his back, wearing a hospital gown, and is barefoot. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches says hospital employees told him Barnhill was still needing medical care. Sanches says Barnhill was found at a La Quinta hotel in Clute. He had been shot while allegedly burglarizing a house just north of Lufkin on Thursday afternoon. Despite the injury, he still reportedly managed to escape. Authorities say they eventually found Barnhill with a gunshot wound and several items that are believed to have been stolen from multiple locations.

Friday Holiday in the Park Events Cancelled; Saturday Events Still Scheduled

Bergfeld ParkTYLER — The events scheduled for yesterday at Holiday in the Park were cancelled due to rain. The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department had intended to have a “Snow Play” and “Kids Zone” in Bergfeld Park. All events scheduled for today will still go on as scheduled. Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Don’t Post Vacation Plans on Social Media

thumb_police-tyler-badgeTYLER — You might be heading out of town this weekend for the holidays, and maybe you’re excited to share it with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. But you might not be so cheerful when you come home to a burglarized house. Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department tells KETK it’s never a good idea to post where you’re going or when you’re leaving on social media. According to Martin, “If the public is doing a good job making sure they’re securing their home and having people watch out for them, then they’re normally not a victim of crime.” Martin suggests just sharing your travel plans with people face to face.

Longview Moves Forward with Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

thumb_longview-cityofLONGVIEW — Longview city leaders are pushing for the use of cleaner fuel, and for you this means extra cash. KETK reports they plan to buy eight new garbage trucks that run on compressed natural gas. The fuel costs 75 percent less than the $3.70 per gallon diesel truck companies use right now. And this is good news for residents, who will face lower monthly bills. The trucks cost $310,000 each; the city will foot the bill. Sanitation and Fleet Services manager Dwayne Archer says, “We want to provide great service, and that’s the reason we chose the vehicle we did. And we have to be concerned with the environment and also the cost savings that we’re gonna see –so it’s a good picture for our customers all the way around.” The council votes on the fueling station in the next couple of weeks. Archer says the trucks should be on the road by early summer.

Manhunt Suspect Arrested Allegedly Trying to Break into Homeowner’s Shop

Justin LangrumLINDALE — The man who led authorities on a manhunt in Smith County on Thursday night has been arrested while trying to break into a home on Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials. Smith County Precinct 5 Constable Kenneth Bibby tells KETK that Justin Langrum, 23, of Rowlett, was taken into custody around 9:30 Friday morning. Bibby says Langrum had been trying to break into the shop, which was alarmed. On Thursday, Langrum allegedly shoplifted from Walmart in Lindale. Officials say he walked out without paying and drove away in a stolen car, hitting another vehicle in the parking lot as he left. Read the rest of this entry »

Rusk Teacher on Leave for Alleged Inappropriate Communication with Student

RUSK — The Rusk Independent School District has initiated an internal investigation immediately after receipt on December 9 of an allegation of inappropriate communications between an educator and a student. KETK reports the educator was placed on administrative leave by the school district on December 10, pending the outcome of the district’s ongoing investigation. The name of the student, who is not enrolled in the Rusk ISD, is not being released.

Two Texas Veterans, Both Age 107, Meet for First Time

hill_veteranAUSTIN (AP/Staff) – A 107-year-old World War II veteran was so shocked to meet a fellow veteran even older than him that he joked about having his birthday changed. Both men are from Texas and met in Austin. After seeing Richard Overton, Elmer Hill (pictured) exclaimed, “Well, I better move mine up a little bit!” Overton lives in Austin and is three months older than Hill, from Henderson. Both fought in the Pacific during World War II, but hadn’t met until Friday. The pair was all smiles as they warmly shook hands. Except for the horde of reporters nearby, they then enjoyed a quiet lunch. Overton was recently honored by President Barack Obama, and there are plans to also honor Hill in Washington. By some accounts, they are the oldest and second-oldest known veterans in the country.

Tyler Officer Hurt Directing Traffic

Tyler Police PatchTYLER — Tyler police report an officer directing traffic at an accident site on South Broadway was hit by a car Thursday night. The accident occurred in the 5700 block of South Broadway in front of Ryan’s Steakhouse. KETK reports when hit by the car, the officer was tossed upon the hood of the vehicle. The officer was not seriously injured.

Meth Investigation Yields Dozens of Arrests

Eastern District of Texas-FedsTEXARKANA (AP) — A judge in Texarkana has unsealed a federal indictment naming eight people accused of operating as part of a methamphetamine ring that distributed the drug in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. The U.S. Attorney’s office and Bowie County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that the two-year investigation dubbed “Operation M-Pact” had resulted in about 50 arrests, as well as the seizure of drugs, cash and weapons. The federal indictment unsealed Wednesday indicates the conspiracy dates to at least 2007. The investigation involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as numerous state and local agencies.

Large Storage Building Fire in Gilmer

gilmerfireGILMER — A fire that burned through a Gilmer storage building on Thursday had been extinguished by mid-afternoon. Gilmer Fire Department officials tell KETK that the fire happened just after 11:00 a.m. at T&S Storage on the 200 block of South Wood Street. Authorities say there were at least three fire crews on scene and the Longview Fire Department was brought in to assist with a ladder truck. Gilmer fire officials report that the roadway was blocked while crews battled the blaze but was later reopened. No injuries were reported.

Internationally Respected Scientist Joins UT Health Northeast

Mitsuo IkebeTYLER — An internationally known scientist who has received about $9 million in competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2000 has joined UT Health Northeast. Mitsuo Ikebe, Ph.D., will chair the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology. In partnership with other UT Health biomedical researchers, he will help identify new ways to improve patient outcomes in diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung infections, and cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Most Wanted Fugitive Gets 15 Years for Indecency with Child

lyndonhughesmugHENDERSON — A Rusk County man who pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child, a second degree felony, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. The maximum sentence for a second degree felony is 20 years in TDC. KETK reports that in 2007, Lyndon Hughes was placed on probation for a small amount of a controlled substance. As part of his probation, Hughes attended drug court. Thereafter, allegations were made that Hughes had committed sexual indecency with a child many years previously. Read the rest of this entry »

Ray Price Enters Hospice Care

ray_price_fbTYLER — Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, leaves East Texas Medical Center in Tyler to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care. According to information from ETMC, Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler ISD Foundation Awards Almost $20,000 in Grants

thumb_TISD-LogoTYLER – Students at Hogg Middle School will soon become boxcar engineers as they work together to build entries for the school’s Duct Tape Derby, Lap 2 project, thanks to a $4,000 grant awarded to the school by the Tyler ISD Foundation. The Foundation recently awarded almost $20,000 in grants to ten programs within the District. Read the rest of this entry »

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