Dam at Smith County Road 448 has given way

The dam at Smith County Road 448 has given way, and homes in the area are taking on water. Smith County Road 452 is currently underwater. Emergency crews are assessing the situation and awaiting a delivery of eight pallets of sand bags from the Texas Department of Emergency Management, according to Fire Marshal Jay Brooks. Other area dams are

Bill to allow concealed handguns at colleges gets big boost

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline. The legislation, one of the two major gun rights bills of the session, had appeared destined to fail, with more than 100 amendments lined up in a Democratic effort to kill it.

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Dam at Smith County Road 448 has given way

The dam at Smith County Road 448 has given way, and homes in the area are taking on water. Smith County Road 452 is currently underwater. Emergency crews are assessing the situation and awaiting a delivery of eight pallets of…

27 May 2015 [12:46 PM]
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Bill to allow concealed handguns at colleges gets big boost

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline. The legislation, one of…

27 May 2015 [11:30 AM]
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UPDATE: Builders say dam near Dallas won't breach today Video

(UPDATED May 27, 2015 at 10:48 am CT) MIDLOTHIAN (WFAA via KYTX) - Engineers and builders at Padera Lake in Midlothian say it was a close call, but an earthen dam won't breach after all. They are still waiting on…

27 May 2015 [10:48 AM]
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UPDATE: Smith County Road 499 dam leaking

(UPDATED May 27, 2015 at 10:17 am CT) Smith County Road 4181, which is a dead end, will be the only road repaired completely today, while others washed out by last night’s storm will remain closed overnight. An update to…

27 May 2015 [10:19 AM]
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Soccer officials arrested; World Cup votes probed Video

ZURICH (AP) — Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and…

27 May 2015 [09:48 AM]
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Straight-line winds did Jacksonville damage Video

JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - People are cleaning up in Jacksonville after several thunderstorms hit the city hard Monday night. The good news is that no homes were severely damaged, but there are a lot of uprooted trees and downed power lines.…

27 May 2015 [09:24 AM]
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Troup, 4 other districts cancel classes Video

(KYTX)- Several East Texas schools districts are cancelling classes Wednesday, May 27 due to power outages: Jacksonville ISD, New Summerfield ISD, Henderson ISD, Carlisle ISD, Troup ISD…

27 May 2015 [09:20 AM]
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Investigation ordered after promotional exam complaints Video

TYLER (KYTX) -- The Tyler Civil Service Commission voted Tuesday to order a third-party investigation into a promotional exam given to officers in the Tyler Police Department. It comes after some officers filed a complaint with the Commission questioning the…

27 May 2015 [09:15 AM]
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Fans greet Patriots

The UT Tyler softball team had another memorable season as the Patriots were on the brink of a national championship. Coach Mike Reed’s squad earned its fourth NCAA Division III College World Series appearance. The Patriots, ranked No. 2 in…

27 May 2015 [08:48 AM]
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City council set to consider expanding multiple facilities

The Tyler City Council will consider passing a resolution of support for the Smith County Appraisal District office to receive update facilities during its meeting this morning. The office is looking to expand its current space, 245 South Southeast Loop…

26 May 2015 [11:30 PM]
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Legislature is right to cut franchise tax

Texas lawmakers are to be commended for cutting the business-unfriendly franchise tax and making it easier for smaller business to comply. That’s a great start. Eventually, legislators should abolish the tax entirely. “The Texas Senate late Sunday approved cutting the…

26 May 2015 [11:18 PM]
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Storms wreak havoc on East Texas Video

HENDERSON — Residents spent Tuesday cleaning up debris after a line of storms hit Rusk County, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power. National Weather Service meteorologists said it appears a tornado touched down in Rusk County, but added…

26 May 2015 [11:13 PM]
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Concealed handguns in college bill set for Texas House vote

AUSTIN (AP) — Facing a midnight deadline, the Texas House has started debate on whether to allow concealed handguns in public college classrooms and buildings. The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate in March, but wasn’t set for a vote…

26 May 2015 [10:53 PM]
Bilbe Verse 5-27

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17)      …

26 May 2015 [10:49 PM]
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Jacksonville man devotes time to helping others

JACKSONVILLE — Community volunteer Kirk Sadler, 31, isn’t kin to the people who live and work at Angelina House in Jacksonville, but you wouldn’t know it unless you asked. He devotes time there twice a week — 10 years and…

26 May 2015 [10:47 PM]
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County hears report on tax abatements

A Smith County company’s stringent hiring standards were a factor in it not meeting its tax abatement agreement, promising to bring 25 new jobs to the area. Scotts Hyponex, a garden product packaging facility, entered a three-year, 100 percent tax…

26 May 2015 [10:42 PM]
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Palestine requests water conservation

The city of Palestine has asked its residents to conserve water after Monday’s round of severe weather caused a power outage at the city’s water treatment plant. According to a message issued by the city through its Code Red system,…

26 May 2015 [10:34 PM]
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A week of perfect days

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Joseph Addison It’s not often that perfect days come at you so fast. Wednesday, a week ago…

26 May 2015 [10:27 PM]
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Retired physical therapist plied her craft in WWII

World War II veteran Katharine Chambers, 94, doesn’t have a fancy channel package for her television or a well-worn recliner from which to watch old movies. Two things the retired physical therapist does have, however, are a cushy…

26 May 2015 [10:21 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 5-27

DEATHS GARY E. ALLEN, 64, Tyler, died May 25. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at funeral home. LILLIAN GEORGE ARNOLD, 94, Tyler, died May 26. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 9-10 a.m. at funeral home. LEO…

26 May 2015 [10:02 PM]
Investigation ordered after officer file exam complaint

(KYTX) - The Tyler Civil Service Commission voted Tuesday to order a third-party investigation into a promotional exam given to officers in the Tyler Police Department. It comes after some officers filed a complaint with the Commission questioning the preparation,…

26 May 2015 [09:25 PM]
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Depth of flavor from a simple technique

There’s a primal wonder to smoked food — that such depth of flavor can come from so simple a technique. And then there’s the fun of the process itself, whether you’re working with a formal smoker setup or…

26 May 2015 [08:46 PM]
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Plan active vacations with kids carefully

If fitness is important to your family, an active vacation might sound appealing. It’s a chance to do things your family already enjoys and maybe try something new. But before you pack the hiking boots, bike helmets, and swim goggles,…

26 May 2015 [08:31 PM]
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Person in custody after high-speed chase Video

Smith County Sheriff’s deputies were led on a highspeed pursuit on Tuesday that stretched from Bullard to Noonday. Smith County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lieutenant Gary Middleton said a suspect was in custody after a highspeed chase on State…

26 May 2015 [08:20 PM]
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Rusk County EF2 tornado confirmed Video

The National Weather Service’s Shreveport office has confirmed that a tornado did touch down in Rusk County and the city of Henderson Monday evening. “The storm team was in Rusk county doing the survey. They have confirmed that a tornado…

26 May 2015 [05:01 PM]