East Texas News
EAST TEXAS — NET Health has been reporting COVID-19 death information primarily received from area hospitals and nursing homes. The State of Texas has reported larger numbers of COVID-19 deaths per County on their State Dashboard, as compared to NET Health’s COVID-19 reports, by utilizing information obtained from the State of Texas’ death certificates data. COVID-19 deaths are attributed to the county of residence, not where the individual died. NET Health reported 263 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County on Thursday. There are 4,103 active cases and 5,857 cases of recovery. There have been 202 COVID-19 related deaths. In Gregg County there were 119 new cases reported Thursday, with 1,964 active and 3,286 that have recovered. There have been 110 COVID-19 related deaths in Gregg County. More information is available at https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org.
BULLARD — The speed limit on US 69 in Bullard has been lowered from 65 to 60 mph. According to our news partner KETK,the decision came about after a recently approved request from the Tyler District. The appeal also included reducing the speed from 70 to 60, south of Bullard to FM 2493 at KE Bushmans. TxDOT will set up portable signs to alert drivers, and the change will go into effect the week after their installation. The reduced speed was put in place to improve safety and promote a more efficient traffic flow.
TYLER — The Rotary International Clubs of Tyler “Drive-Thru” Christmas Parade is set for Saturday. Officials say it has over 60 entries from the East Texas community. The parade will be held in downtown Tyler and begin at 10:00 a.m. New this year are the parade format and extended route. The Rotary Clubs of Tyler will host a reverse parade with entrants remaining static and parked along the parade route, while attendees walk or drive along the route. This year’s parade theme is “Together, We are Rose City Strong.” Organizers are asking attendees to enter the parade route from the Gentry and N. Broadway intersection.
LINDALE — A Smith County man driving a pickup truck near Lindale was killed late Thursday night. According to DPS, Cody West, 31, of Tyler, died at the scene after he veered off the road and struck a tree. The accident happened on FM 849 about 3.5 miles east of Lindale. Troopers said they are not clear why West lost control and sheered off the north side of the road, into a ditch and hit a tree.
TYLER — National Hand-washing Awareness Week takes place, every year, during the first week of December. On Friday, NET Health’s Terrance Ates told our news partner KETK one week’s great but it’s not enough. “Every week should be national handwashing week, but overall it’s the importance of controlling the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses.” Ates went on to say, “While we are in a pandemic we are also observing the rate of flu cases are down. Partly because of the awareness of over-all hygiene.” Clean hands prevent sickness. (more…)
TYLER — Fuel prices have risen sharply in the last week since the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. According to our news partner KETK, numbers are still down significantly from this time last year. AAA Texas says motorists will pay an average price $1.85 per gallon of unleaded across the Lone Star State. That is an increase of 5 cents from from just a week ago. Drivers in Odessa are paying the most on average at $2.09 while motorists in the Sherman-Denison area are paying the least at $1.74 per gallon. (more…)
TYLER — Texas Park and Wildlife began stocking Trout in the Faulkner Park and Woldert Park Ponds earlier this week. According to the city of Tyler, a second round of trout will be delivered in each pond in January 2021. The total number of fish being distributed to each pond is 700. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 531-1370 or visit TylerParksandRec.com.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Website notes the Harvest Regulations and License Requirements: (more…)