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Frankston man arrested following motorcycle chase

SMITH COUNTY -- A Frankston man has been arrested after leading Smith County deputies on a motorcycle chase. It started around 7:00 Monday morning when deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on Hwy 155 South near CR 189. As the Deputy exited his patrol vehicle the driver sped away northbound on Hwy 155. A pursuit ensued, traveling into Tyler and finally ended on Seventh Street when the biker struck a curb and lost control. The suspect, identified as Thomas ...

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No school for Brownsboro ISD again Tuesday

BROWNSBORO -- Brownsboro ISD announced that they will be closing all campuses on Tuesday in regards to the gas leak that happened at their Friday homecoming football game, according to our news partner KETK. “We are waiting on official reports and final conclusions to the investigation and want to be overly cautious for our students and staff,” district officials said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes to our family but believe that this is the ...

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MHS goes to virtual only studies temporarily

MHS goes to virtual only studies temporarily

MALAKOFF -- Malakoff High School has transitioned to online learning only, and announced on their district website their intentions to maintain it through Wednesday due to COVID-19. The high school campus was closed Monday for a thorough cleaning. Homecoming was scheduled for Friday night against Eustace, that game and homecoming activities have been posponned. Parents and students are advised to check the district website, campus website, and other social media for an update Wednesday after 1 p.m.for further details.

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Happys

Restaurants allowed to expand to 75% capacity

TYLER -- Last week Gov. Greg Abbott outlined the expansion of restaurants to 75% capacity starting this week, providing that they are able to maintain all other guidelines including social distancing mandates. On Monday, Kevin Aburayan told KTBB, "We are still only able to accommodate about 40% capacity because we are honoring the six feet of social distancing, which will not all us more than about that 40%." The Happy's Fishhouse General Manager continued, "However our carryout has picked up ...

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ETCOG to visit proposed $58 million FY Budget

KILGORE -- The East Texas Council of Governments is scheduled to hold their 100th Semi-Annual Board of Director’s Meeting on Thursday. The virtual event will begin at noon. Among items on the agenda, the board will consider the budget and planning guide for ETCOG operations for the fiscal year, October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. The FY 2021 budget, of $58,096,396, reflects an overall increase of $618,319 compared to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

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Utilities Assistance Program

Grants to be offered for utility assistance

TYLER -- Low and moderate-income households impacted by the Coronavirus can submit an application for utility assistance. The city said in a press release that the application is available online or by visiting the Smith County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, on W. Front St. The applications will be accepted from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. Eligible households can receive up to $250 as a grant from the Community Development Block Grant. The only utilities eligible at this time are water, ...

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Tyler Pounds Regional Airport receives over $1 million grant

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport receives over $1 million grant

TYLER -- The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will receive a $1 million grant. According to a media release from Senator John Cornyn, the total amount of the federal grant is $1,020,400 to be used by the airport for security enhancements. The funding was made available by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. "Prioritizing much-needed maintenance and safety improvements at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will ensure quality transportation services are available today, and in the years to come, for all ...

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Thursday

Coronavirus update

EAST TEXAS -- NET Health confirmed 67 new coronavirus cases and 2 new deaths related to COVID-19 in Smith County Monday. Also in the county's "confirmed" category, there are 697 active cases, 2,930 recoveries, a total of 3,687 cases, and 60 deaths. Gregg County reported 45 new coronavirus cases. The latest confirmed numbers show 487 active cases and a total of 2,171. Of that, 1,648 are listed as recovered. 36 COVID related deaths have been reported. Additional cases are listed ...

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