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Commissioners Court holds first FY 2023 budget workshop

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2022 at 3:50 pm

TYLER — “Stay the course” is the watchword from Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran as the Commissioners Court gets busy on its budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The judge and commissioners held their first workshop Tuesday on the new package, which takes effect October 1. The targeted tax rate for FY23 is 33.5 cents per $100 valuation, which is the same as the last two years. Moran’s budget overview includes four primary areas of focus: the new 475th District Court; law enforcement staffing; Road and Bridge funding; and Judicial Support Services/Clerk Pay Scale. Click here for a more comprehensive look at early work on the budget.

Coronavirus update

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2022 at 3:51 pm

EAST TEXAS — The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) reported 226 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County Monday. That’s an increase from the 198 reported June 23. There are now 987 active cases in Smith County, compared to the 761 posted on the 23rd. There have been 53,596 cases of recovery. In Gregg County, there were 51 new cases posted Monday, down from the 84 shown on the previous dashboard. The currently active total stands at 412, an increase from the 361 posted on the 23rd. There have been 26,143 recoveries in Gregg County. Tyler hospitals are now treating 34 COVID patients, holding steady from last time. (more…)

Marshall man arrested after attack at investigator’s home

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2022 at 3:43 pm

HARRISON COUNTY – Officials say an off-duty Harrison County investigator was attacked at his home Tuesday night, resulting in a physical altercation. According to our news partner KETK, dispatch was notified of the incident, and responders found Jerry Guilliams, 43, of Marshall, handcuffed by the investigator after their altercation. Officials said an investigation found that Guilliams allegedly walked onto the investigator’s property and demanded to speak to him by name. Guilliams began making verbal threats and became belligerent, according to police. The investigator said he told Guilliams to leave the property multiple times, and after he refused, the investigator tried to detain the man, who officials say then began assaulting the investigator. The investigator is said to have had multiple law enforcement interactions with the suspect, all of which were nonviolent. Authorities continue to investigate.

#SchoolisCool event in need of donations

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2022 at 3:51 pm

TYLER — The Tyler Area Business Education Council continues to seek donations and sponsorships from local businesses and organizations for their annual #SchoolisCool event. At last report, they had reached 44% of their $50,000 goal to provide 2,000 backpacks. Every $30 will purchase a backpack with school supplies for a kid in need. Donations can be made here or by check. #SchoolisCool is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4, as a drive-thru event at Fun Forest Park. The event helps children and parents to prepare for the new school year. Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to the first 2,000 school-aged children in line. For more information, contact LaToya Young at (903) 592-1661 ext. 252 or

Uninterrupted travel to resume on Toll 49 during 4th of July weekend

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2022 at 3:52 pm

EAST TEXAS — North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) is putting construction on hold on Toll 49 from July 1st to July 4th in observation of the Independence Day holiday. Evening construction will resume on July 5th at 9:00 pm and will continue through 7:00 am until the overlay is complete.

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