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UT Board of Regents Sets Stage for Possible Medical School in Tyler

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — On Monday the University of Texas Board of Regents “doubled down” on their recent investment of $95 million dollars to new educational and clinical facilities for UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler. On Wed. Board Chairman Kevin Eltife shared with KTBB with this was a huge win for the students. “This is setting the stage and a catalyst in the future for the possibility of a medical school in our community, which would be huge for this whole area.”… Read the rest of the article…


First Pre-Trial Hearing Set for Athens ISD Bus Driver

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

HENDERSON COUNTY — The Athens ISD bus driver from January’s deadly crash that killed one student was back in court on Wednesday for another status hearing. According to our news partner KETK, the first pretrial hearing for the case has been set for February 5 in the 392nd District Court in Athens. John Stevens, 79, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child after the bus he was driving collided with a Union Pacific train in Athens January 25. The collision killed 13-year-old Christopher Bonilla after he was ejected from the bus and severely injured 9-year-old Joselyne Torres. Stevens was also injured in the collision.… Read the rest of the article…


According to Warrant ESD2 Employee Uploaded Child Porn while On Duty

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — Silas Franks, the Smith County Emergency Serves District 2 employee was arrested last week and charged with child porn possession. On Wednesday our news parnter KETK, said some of the allegedly uploaded pictures included victims as young as 2 years old. In an arrest warrant Franks is said to have uploaded the pornography while on duty for the ESD2. Franks, 25, had been under investigation after Tyler police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.… Read the rest of the article…


Austin Bank Names Russ Gideon President / CEO

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

JACKSONVILLE — The Austin Bank Board of Directors has designated Russ Gideon as the Bank’s President / CEO effective January 1, 2020. Gideon succeeds John P. Williams who is retiring on December 31, 2019 after nearly 3 decades with Austin Bank. The promotion was approved during the December Board of Directors meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville.… Read the rest of the article…


TPW Partnering with Students Across the State

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

HARLETON — Texas Parks and Wildlife is partnering with public school districts across the state to get kids interested in archery. Harleton Superintendent Brian Gray says nearly 180 students in his district participate. Gray says, “It teaches kids focus and responsibility, and it’s a niche for a lotta kids.” Last year more than 2,200 students participated in the state Bullseye Championship Tournament.


Public Meeting for Tyler Pounds Master Plan

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will hold a public meeting at the Aviation Memorial Museum, on Airport Dr. this Thursday at 6 p.m. The gathering will deal with the vision for the future. This will be the first meeting held as part of the Airport Master Plan and will introduce the anticipated needs for the airport over the next 2 decades. Project details will be presented. The public is invited to attend, share and learn about the future of the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.


UTHSC to Host International Health Leaders Addressing Rural Healthcare Oversees

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will host 14 public health leaders from 13 different countries on Thursday. UTHSC’s Jake Martin told KTBB on Wednesday the group would be meeting with a goal of improving health care overall. “They are going to visit the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and visit with our faculty and staff here in our new school of Community and Rural Health, and discuss different health care and specifically world health care disparities with-in their own countries.” This is part of a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.


BBB Finds Rental Fraud on the Rise for Home, Vacation Property Listings

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau finds fraud is widespread in the online rental home and vacation rental market. The study shows almost 1 in 2 online shoppers encountering a fake listing and more than 5 million consumers losing funds to scams. The investigative study, notes that 85% of clientale encountering fake rental listings do not fall for them. However, these figures suggest that the volume of rental scams lurking on the internet is staggering. Read the full study by clicking the link. https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/21033-bbb-investigation-rental-scams



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UT Board of Regents Sets Stage for Possible Medical School in Tyler

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — On Monday the University of Texas Board of Regents “doubled down” on their recent investment of $95 million dollars to new educational and clinical facilities for UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler. On Wed. Board Chairman Kevin Eltife shared with KTBB with this was a huge win for the students. “This is setting the stage and a catalyst in the future for the possibility of a medical school in our community, which would be huge for this whole area.”… Read the rest of the article…


First Pre-Trial Hearing Set for Athens ISD Bus Driver

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

HENDERSON COUNTY — The Athens ISD bus driver from January’s deadly crash that killed one student was back in court on Wednesday for another status hearing. According to our news partner KETK, the first pretrial hearing for the case has been set for February 5 in the 392nd District Court in Athens. John Stevens, 79, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child after the bus he was driving collided with a Union Pacific train in Athens January 25. The collision killed 13-year-old Christopher Bonilla after he was ejected from the bus and severely injured 9-year-old Joselyne Torres. Stevens was also injured in the collision.… Read the rest of the article…


According to Warrant ESD2 Employee Uploaded Child Porn while On Duty

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — Silas Franks, the Smith County Emergency Serves District 2 employee was arrested last week and charged with child porn possession. On Wednesday our news parnter KETK, said some of the allegedly uploaded pictures included victims as young as 2 years old. In an arrest warrant Franks is said to have uploaded the pornography while on duty for the ESD2. Franks, 25, had been under investigation after Tyler police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.… Read the rest of the article…


Austin Bank Names Russ Gideon President / CEO

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

JACKSONVILLE — The Austin Bank Board of Directors has designated Russ Gideon as the Bank’s President / CEO effective January 1, 2020. Gideon succeeds John P. Williams who is retiring on December 31, 2019 after nearly 3 decades with Austin Bank. The promotion was approved during the December Board of Directors meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville.… Read the rest of the article…


TPW Partnering with Students Across the State

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

HARLETON — Texas Parks and Wildlife is partnering with public school districts across the state to get kids interested in archery. Harleton Superintendent Brian Gray says nearly 180 students in his district participate. Gray says, “It teaches kids focus and responsibility, and it’s a niche for a lotta kids.” Last year more than 2,200 students participated in the state Bullseye Championship Tournament.


Public Meeting for Tyler Pounds Master Plan

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will hold a public meeting at the Aviation Memorial Museum, on Airport Dr. this Thursday at 6 p.m. The gathering will deal with the vision for the future. This will be the first meeting held as part of the Airport Master Plan and will introduce the anticipated needs for the airport over the next 2 decades. Project details will be presented. The public is invited to attend, share and learn about the future of the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.


UTHSC to Host International Health Leaders Addressing Rural Healthcare Oversees

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will host 14 public health leaders from 13 different countries on Thursday. UTHSC’s Jake Martin told KTBB on Wednesday the group would be meeting with a goal of improving health care overall. “They are going to visit the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and visit with our faculty and staff here in our new school of Community and Rural Health, and discuss different health care and specifically world health care disparities with-in their own countries.” This is part of a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.


BBB Finds Rental Fraud on the Rise for Home, Vacation Property Listings

Posted/updated on: December 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

TYLER — An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau finds fraud is widespread in the online rental home and vacation rental market. The study shows almost 1 in 2 online shoppers encountering a fake listing and more than 5 million consumers losing funds to scams. The investigative study, notes that 85% of clientale encountering fake rental listings do not fall for them. However, these figures suggest that the volume of rental scams lurking on the internet is staggering. Read the full study by clicking the link. https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/21033-bbb-investigation-rental-scams



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