Business Notes for 9-25

Published on Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:39 - Written by


This year Tyler will once again host the Brookshire’s 2017 Firefighter Combat Challenge, a competition that pits firefighters against one another racing a course designed to simulate some of the day-to-day obstacles firefighters face.

The event is free to spectators and will take place Oct. 5-7 in the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Ave. near Sears.

This is the 11th year Tyler has hosted this event. The event is expected to bring in an estimated 300 competitors and even more spectators.


Tyler ISD and WRL General Contractors are hosting a Small Contractor Roundup event to inform and pre‐qualify subcontractors for the renovations and additions to John Tyler High School (bids March 2018) and Robert E. Lee High School (bids January 2018). Subcontractors interested in participating in these projects should plan to attend to learn more about:

Financial requirements

Bonding requirements

Safety records

Insurance requirements

Background checks

Scope of work


The Small Contractor Roundup will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center, 3013 Earl Campbell Parkway. For more information, contact WRL Executive Vice President David Detten at


Visit Tyler was presented with three awards at the 2017 Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (TACVB) Annual Conference held in Fort Worth.

To win the award, the Visit Tyler staff competed against destination marketing organizations from across Texas to position Tyler as a premiere visitor destination by implementing new marketing and promotions to bring more publicity and tourism to the community. The People’s Choice Awards were for Best Cooperative Marketing Campaign, Best Advertising (in cooperation with Route2 Advertising) and Best Convention Promotion.


Henderson Citizens Bancshares Inc., the bank holding company for Citizens National Bank (CNB) in Henderson announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Union State Bancshares Inc. and its banking subsidiary, Union State Bank (USB), a community bank with assets totaling more than $470 million, as of June 30, 2017. Founded in 1928, USB is a full-service bank with eight locations and has been operated by the Beck family since 1955.

The transaction expands CNB’s footprint into the fast-growing Texas counties of Bell and Williamson.


The UT Health Northeast Psychology Internship Program has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials with UT Health said that the funding would be used to increase the size and breadth of its program, which provides behavioral health services for patients.

“The Behavioral Health Expansion in Northeast Texas through the Integrated Care Education project will recruit and train an additional 22 doctoral interns within integrated behavioral health care over the course of the next four years,” said Kathryn Wortz, Ph.D., program director, UT Health Northeast Psychology Internship Program. “It will expand services to the North Tyler clinic, the UT Health Northeast Internal Medicine Residency Program, child and adolescent behavioral health and palliative care.”

Dr. Wortz said the interns already provide services in the Family Medicine Clinic and throughout UT Health’s clinical enterprise.


Emmanuel Elueze, M.D., Ph.D., has assumed the role of designated institutional official (DIO) for UT Health Northeast. According to The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a DIO is the individual in a sponsoring institution who has the authority and responsibility for all of the ACGME-accredited graduate medical education programs.

Dr. Elueze will have oversight of the Offices of Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education, as well as the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

In addition to his new role as DIO, Dr. Elueze is the founding program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program sponsored by UT Health Northeast at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, as well as Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at UT Health Northeast. He will continue to serve in his capacity for the Internal Medicine Residency Program until a new director is identified for the program.