Business Sense: For custodian, cleanliness is a matter of pride

  Elnettia Murphy loves to clean. Since her mother raised her to keep a clean house and make sure everything was disinfected, Mrs. Murphy takes pride in her work as head custodian at Jack Elementary School. Mrs. Murphy, 42, worked as a custodian for Winona Independent School District before taking a job with Tyler ISD eight years ago. She s…

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Francesca's files permit for space at mall

Staff Reports Francesca’s, a Houston-based women’s clothing and accessory store, filed a building permit to renovate a 1,236-square-foot space in Broadway Square Mall, at 4601 S. Broadway Ave., No. F08. Retail Store Construction, of Wisconsin, is the…

14 September 2014 [08:13 PM]
Business Sense: For custodian, cleanliness is a matter of pride

Elnettia Murphy loves to clean. Since her mother raised her to keep a clean house and make sure everything was disinfected, Mrs. Murphy takes pride in her work as head custodian at Jack Elementary School. Mrs. Murphy, 42,…

14 September 2014 [07:17 PM]
RBR Construction still building strong after 3 decades

After starting RPR Construction Co. Inc. with her late husband 31 years ago, Pat Pinkerton has no plans of stopping. “I love construction,” the 65-year-old said Wednesday while standing at the work site of Tyler Junior College’s new Energy Center.…

14 September 2014 [06:58 PM]
New owners revamp Magnuson Hotel

Kevin and Susan Carlile dabbled in investing in residential real estate before buying the Magnuson Hotel in Tyler. Since purchasing the property in April, they have worked to renovate its 159 hotel rooms, conference and event space, lobby,…

14 September 2014 [05:53 PM]
Bible thought, Sept. 14

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” (1 Peter 3:8)…

14 September 2014 [01:40 AM]
Conference to address topic of mental illness

Local attorney Doug McSwane believes now is the time to have a discussion about mental illness in Tyler. He said it’s crucial for religious communities, particularly its clergy, to acknowledge, understand and support people who are suffering from it. McSwane’s…

14 September 2014 [01:37 AM]
VIDEO: Family faces tragedy of losing son to suicide

EDITOR’S NOTE: These are the first articles in a series on the role of the church in addressing mental illness. Follow Coshandra on Twitter @cdillard_TMT for updates and coverage of the Peace of Mind Tyler Conference. See a video about…

14 September 2014 [01:36 AM]
Is it just me? Gross negligence?

Have you ever noticed people in ministry frequently make a point with humor? Some members of the cloth could probably moonlight as stand-up comedians when they are not making their congregations giggle. At a recent community gathering, I ran into…

14 September 2014 [01:17 AM]
Law enforcement looks to body cameras for protection

Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton said the advances in technology have been good for police and the residents they serve, and he hopes the body cameras he will be ordering in October will further develop trust with the community. Shelton…

14 September 2014 [01:15 AM]
Don't roll the dice on more gambling

Gambling is a bad bet for Texas. We shouldn’t tempt those among us who are liable to slip into destructive habits that will lead to no good. Oh, we’re not talking about gamblers. We’re talking about Texas lawmakers. The last…

14 September 2014 [01:10 AM]
We'll need a stronger leader to defeat ISIS

In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped…

14 September 2014 [01:09 AM]
The 'servant leader' model helps heal relationships

The merits of the “servant leader” model, brought forth by James C. Hunter in a recent conference sponsored by Leadership LIVE, are commendable, but unfortunately their nemesis is the destructively engaged leader whose daily objective is undoing all the organizational…

14 September 2014 [01:07 AM]
March of Dimes Signature Chefs event is Tuesday

BY EMILY GUEVARA, When Jennifer Rasberry looks at her twin boys who just had their 1-year checkup, it’s hard to believe they’re doing so well. Grayson and Easton were born more than 10 weeks early. Grayson weighed 2 pounds…

14 September 2014 [01:03 AM]
Fall filled with walks, runs

There are several opportunities to participate in walks and runs in Tyler this fall. In addition to promoting fitness, participants have a chance to donate to various causes. Walk With a Doc This is a weekly walk that begins Thursday.…

14 September 2014 [12:56 AM]
Traveling outside the U.S.? Check with Social Security

BY LEO ROSSLER Mark Twain once advised people to “Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Americans today have taken that advice to heart, and are visiting places around the globe–often for vacations, and sometimes to relocate…

14 September 2014 [12:52 AM]
Tylerite Mary John Spence to be honored

The North Tyler Day Nursery will honor Tylerite Mary John Spence during its upcoming 75th Anniversary Luncheon. The nursery will present Mrs. Spence with its Investing in the Future Award, which is given to a person, foundation or corporation that…

14 September 2014 [12:51 AM]
Achieving Dreams fundraiser Thursday

Achieving Dreams, a day program for adults with special needs, will have its first fundraiser on Thursday. The event called “Circle of Caring” will include dinner, silent and live auctions, a balloon pop and a time to recognize achievers and…

14 September 2014 [12:50 AM]
Emergency tips for your home, business

September is National Preparedness Month, a full month dedicated to encouraging the public to assess and be proactive about local disaster risks and unplanned emergencies. Although emergencies happen unexpectedly, BBB advises consumers with practical steps to make sure families and…

14 September 2014 [12:47 AM]
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to speak Tuesday

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is the scheduled featured speaker at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Sponsored by Drs. Lawrence L. Anderson and Svetislava J.…

14 September 2014 [12:44 AM]
ETMC honors special volunteer

East Texas Medical Center Tyler unveiled its newly refurbished gift shop Friday and paid tribute to ETMC Tyler Volunteer Eva Denson, whose family made the project possible through a charitable gift. The honor was a surprise for Mrs. Denson, who…

14 September 2014 [12:43 AM]
Mothers of Aggies meet Thursday

The Tyler A&M Mothers’ Club will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 Copeland Road. Scott Jarvis, with The Association of Former Students, will be the guest speaker. Jarvis, class of 2000, will…

14 September 2014 [12:42 AM]
Bascom Cemetery's annual memorial set

Bascom Cemetery Association will have its annual memorial service  Sept. 28. The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Bascom United Methodist Church, 19019 Farm-to-Market 848. Scheduled speaker is Mike Harty, camp scripture chairman of Gideon Tyler West Camp, an announcement said. A luncheon and business meeting will…

14 September 2014 [12:41 AM]
Irate East Texas woman fires shots at ex-boyfriend

An angry ex-girlfriend shot at a man in an East Texas post office. Palestine police officers were called to the city’s post office, 1213 N. Link St., about 4 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. Police said a woman…

14 September 2014 [12:40 AM]
Son, 17, charged with attempted murder

A Van Zandt County son was arrested Friday after shooting his mother. The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman living on U.S. Highway 80, west of the Grand Saline city limits, according to a…

14 September 2014 [12:39 AM]
Oil and drilling report, September 14

The oil and gas drilling report is published each Sunday in the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Readers with a paid membership can view it each Sunday by visiting our e-edition at…

14 September 2014 [12:35 AM]
How to manage aquatic weeds

BY CHAD GULLEY, Smith County Extension Agent Farm ponds offer land owners many things. Farm ponds offer a source of water for wildlife and livestock, family recreation, and for some a food source in the fish raised. As with any…

14 September 2014 [12:33 AM]
Fox economist predicts 4 percent growth over 2 years

Stuart Varney is “wildly optimistic” about where the country is going. Economist and anchor of Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Varney talked about where the country is now, and how it got there, during a Thursday event in Tyler.…

14 September 2014 [12:25 AM]
Peace Through Discovery Mural unveiled Saturday

A freshly finished mural in downtown Tyler promotes science and peace, and serves as the kickoff to a weeklong schedule of events promoting peace and tolerance in East Texas. The Peace Through Discovery Mural was officially unveiled Saturday afternoon on…

14 September 2014 [12:22 AM]
Business event for hiring vets on tap Tuesday

Tyler businesses can learn about Best Practices for Hiring Veterans on Tuesday. The first Lunch & Learn event is planned for about 100 area human resource professionals, and is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The University of…

14 September 2014 [12:22 AM]