TYLER – Smith County Commissioners learned about the community of New Chapel Hill during Tuesday’s commissioners’ court session. The presentation came from Mayor Riley Harris, who has served his city for the last 10 years. Except for a few years living in Winona, Harris has lived in New Chapel Hill his entire life. The city of New Chapel Hill formed in 1969, but there was a school there long before that time. It was a farming community, where people raised peanuts, cotton and tomatoes. According to Harris, the city has “very little business,” brings in little income and has little growth. “I think that’s kind of the way the city likes it,” he said. “It’s been that way all of my life.”
Through the “Connecting Communities” initiative, the 11 cities within Smith County will be periodically highlighted during Commissioners Court sessions. City leaders from Noonday, Arp, Bullard, Hideaway and Whitehouse have previously presented to the Commissioners Court as part of the initiative.