Business Notes, July 28

Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 00:18 - Written by Staff Reports

The Tyler Young Professionals will hold Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Genecov Room, at 315 N. Broadway Ave. The speaker will be Nan Moore with a topic of “Why United Way? Share the Vision.” The group is asking attendees to bring school supplies, such as No. 2 pencils, glue, boxes of crayons and notebook paper. For more, go to .


Encompass Home Health and Premier Patient Health Care announced an accountable care partnership between Encompass and Premier. Encompass provides Home Health and Hospice care services to patients in Tyler and surrounding areas. As a result of this partnership, patients who are area residents being treated in the Premier PHC ACO can expect no change in their current Medicare benefits, including cost, coverage and the ability to choose health care providers and self-direct care. They can also expect fewer profile forms to complete and fewer requests for records, information and tests; centralized information resources to better inform physicians, health care providers, caregivers and hospitals, resulting in better care and better health and quality of life.


The Lindale Independent School District Board approved hiring several administrative employees.

Jane Silvey will be director of curriculum and instruction in October. She earned her Bachelor of Science in special education from Texas A&M University-Commerce and holds certifications in secondary math, elementary education and special education. She is known for her work on House Bill 5, which established new high school graduation requirements.

Lori Anderson will be district associate director of curriculum and assessment. She has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from The University of Texas at Tyler. She also holds her superintendent certification and was named the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Assistant Principal of the Year for 2008-09

Susan Finch will replace Ms. Anderson as principal of E.J. Moss Intermediate School. Ms. Finch has nearly 20 years of educational experience, serving in districts across Oklahoma and Texas as choir director, language arts instructor and reading teacher. Ms. Finch holds a Bachelor of Science in education from East Texas Baptist University, a master’s degree in administration from The University of Texas at Tyler and has a principal certification.

Candace Widemon will step into Ms. Finch’s former role as the assistant principal at E.J. Moss’s east campus. She has been a first-, second-, and third-grade teacher at Velma Penny Elementary School, and spent the past two years as the response to intervention coordinator for the district’s elementary campuses. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UT Tyler and her Master of Education in education administration from Lamar University.


Three Z Azian Cuizine, at 5201 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 122, has been open for lunch for a couple of weeks and plans to open for lunch and dinner today. The restaurant’s hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit or call 903-530-2565.


Averitt Express, which does business in Tyler, was honored with a Compass Award by the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA) for its recently redesigned website, which is the first 100 percent mobile-enabled site in the transportation industry.

Averitt also earned the “Best of Show” award, claiming the top overall prize across all companies and categories. TMSA is the transportation industry’s only association dedicated to advancing the success of marketing and sales professionals in all transportation modes. Members are at all levels and represent all market segments of the industry, including motor carriers, parcel carriers, railroads, air carriers, ocean lines, third party logistics providers, passenger transit organizations, media and suppliers.


For the first time, Wal-Mart is offering teachers a 10 percent savings on classroom supplies. The retailer announced the teacher-exclusive savings event as data shows 53 percent of teachers received less in funding last year. Wal-Mart has donated more than $20 million to U.S. educators in the past five years, according to a news release. Teachers who shop at Wal-Mart during its Teacher Appreciation Week, July 25 to 31, are eligible to receive a Wal-Mart eGift Card for 10 percent back on nearly 15,000 products, including pencils, glue and classroom d←cor. Wal-Mart’s existing commitment to teachers includes the Wal-Mart Foundation’s Teacher Rewards program. Through Teacher Rewards, all Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart stores and distribution centers nationwide receive gift cards to give local schools to help teachers stocking their classrooms. Wal-Mart also will hold Fill the Bus, a series of school supply drives. For more, visit .


Courtney Foster was promoted to marketing and business development at United Credit Union. She began her career as a part time teller in 2007 eventually being offered a full-time teller position.  She moved to Loan Sales in December 2012. Foster currently serves on the Young Professionals Board of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. 


Crist Media Group is holding Social Media Tyler from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Rose Heights Church. It is the first social media conference for the Tyler area.  This networking event will allow locals to learn about the latest in world of social media and how to apply it to their profession, whether they are a nonprofit, for-profit or church. Topics include Is Your Social Media Optimized?; Building Your Social Strategy; Insights and Analytics of Social Media; Social Media Round Table Challenge; Tools, Tools, Tools: What tools can I use?; Understanding Social Media; Social Media 101; and Facebook Advertising: It’s OK to Pay.


The law firm of Coghlan Crowson LLP announced Travis L. Booher rejoined the firm as a partner. Booher is board certified in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Coghlan Crowson represents clients in matters involving oil, gas and mineral law, utility law, complex litigation, general civil litigation, commercial trans­actions and probate and estate planning.


Southside Bancshares Inc. reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30. Southside reported net income of $10.5 million for the three months ending June 30, a decrease of $611,000, or 5.5 percent, when compared to $11.1 million for the same period in 2013. Net income for the six months ended June 30 decreased $1.4 million, or 7.1 percent, to $18.7 million when compared to $20.1 million for the same period in 2013. Diluted earnings per common share were $0.55 and $0.59 for the three months ending June 30, and 2013, respectively, a decrease of $0.04, or 6.8 percent. For the six months ending June 30, diluted earnings per common share decreased $0.08, or 7.5 percent, to $0.99 when compared to $1.07 for the same period in 2013. The return on average shareholders’ equity for the six months ending June 30, was 13.80 percent, compared to 15.69 percent for the same period in 2013. The return on average assets was 1.09 percent for the six months ending June 30, compared to 1.24 percent for the same period in 2013.