Happiness is their truth: New superintendent, faculty start year with a hit

Just like R&B superstar Pharrell Williams, the faculty and staff of the Tyler Independent School District are happy, and “can’t nothin’” bring them down. The highlight of Thursday morning’s annual TISD convocation, held in the main sanctuary of Green Acres Baptist Church, was a music video produced this summer of …

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School is starting, so watch for kids

Tyler school children will soon be back in school, and drivers must be alert now for school zones and school kids. Staying alert near school zones and near buses is imperative, because it’s up to drivers to keep children safe.…

22 August 2014 [12:34 AM]
United Way kicks off fundraising campaign

Celebrating the generosity of community donors and challenging them to continue giving, the United Way of Smith County kicked off its 2014-15 campaign. This year’s campaign goal is $1.75 million, which is $50,000 higher than last year’s. Campaign chairwoman Mandi…

22 August 2014 [12:25 AM]
Former ETexan shot in double homicide

A former Whitehouse student was shot and killed earlier this week in what authorities in central Texas are calling a double homicide during a bad acid trip. In documents secured from Burnet County Sheriff’s officials, investigators described the events leading…

21 August 2014 [11:47 PM]
Death And Funeral Notices, August 22, 2014

DEATHS DEWEY H. BRAWNER, 94, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. R.L. BRITTON, 56, Tyler, died Aug. 17. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. ROBERT FLOYD, 77, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. LAVALTA MEREDITH FOWLER, 91,…

21 August 2014 [11:34 PM]
Bible Thoughts, August 22, 2014

“This month shall be our beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:3)…

21 August 2014 [11:17 PM]
Heat index at 100-plus

High pressure will get stronger over Texas through the weekend. That will keep high temperatures in the mid- and upper 90s and the heat index between 100 and 105 degrees across East Texas. There could be a few afternoon thunderstorms…

21 August 2014 [10:37 PM]
VIDEO: FBI - ISIS Recruiting Americans Online

FBI: ISIS Recruiting Americans Online. They say these terrorists are extra violent and the most extreme of the extreme. A big concern is how they have been recruiting: online. Their efforts have been successful, too, as evidenced by some young…

21 August 2014 [08:51 PM]
Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy. A 60-foot-tall rubber duck sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA. It will remain in…

21 August 2014 [07:47 PM]
Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent…

21 August 2014 [07:46 PM]
American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

ATLANTA (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after…

21 August 2014 [07:45 PM]
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.…

21 August 2014 [07:39 PM]
Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks…

21 August 2014 [07:39 PM]
ETMC to cease inpatient services in Gilmer, Mount Vernon hospitals

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System announced Thursday it will discontinue inpatient services at its hospitals in Gilmer and Mount Vernon while continuing to offer clinics and other services at the facilities. ETMC also has informed the hospital authority…

21 August 2014 [07:26 PM]
Former Whitehouse student killed in Central Texas double homicide

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com A former Whitehouse student was shot and killed earlier this week in what authorities in central Texas are calling a double homicide during a bad acid trip.  Burnett County Sheriff Officials stated in a sworn affidavit that 17-year-old…

21 August 2014 [04:13 PM]
VIDEO: Marshall, Texas honors native Y.A. Tittle

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — The Marshall school board has voted unanimously to name its high school football field house in honor of hometown sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle. Tittle is 87 and lives in Atherton,…

21 August 2014 [03:11 PM]
VIDEO: Changes coming to no-fly list

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.…

21 August 2014 [03:07 PM]
VIDEO: Cowboys LB Holloman has career-ending neck injury

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys said Thursday that linebacker DeVonte Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago. Coach Jason Garrett said…

21 August 2014 [03:02 PM]
VIDEO: Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them,…

21 August 2014 [11:30 AM]
VIDEO: US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The…

21 August 2014 [11:25 AM]
VIDEO: East Texas county judge gives self $24K pay cut

NACOGDOCHES (AP) — An East Texas county judge has given himself a $24,000 annual pay cut as residents face possible higher property taxes. The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/XzVThs ) reports Nacogdoches County Judge Mike Perry has submitted an affidavit to…

21 August 2014 [10:15 AM]
Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then Michael Brown was…

21 August 2014 [02:16 AM]

Adventure can come around any corner, and therein lies the problem. Planned or not sometimes it can be fun. Sometimes it is going to be a wild and bumpy road where you never know the outcome until it happens. I…

20 August 2014 [11:46 PM]