VIDEO: New Tyler development and On-Air Debaters Gone Wild

Published on Thursday, 8 May 2014 10:10 - Written by

Developers hope that what will become North Tyler’s newest low-income housing community — Saige Meadows — will be a catalyst for future growth in the area.

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the development, which will be 92 units of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhomes situated on about 7 acres of land off of U.S. Highway 69 North, just south of Interstate 20.

Megan DeLuna, the project manager, said “We hope this project will only kick start the growth on this side of town.”

Lisa Stephens, development team leader, said Saige Meadows will be a mixed-income community and the second development in Tyler for Anthem Builders LLC, a real estate company specializing in the development of affordable housing.

Ms. Stephens said Saige Meadows is part of the North End Revitalization plan, which came out of the Tyler First comprehensive planning process. She gave kudos to city officials for making the development possible.

City Councilman Ed Moore said Saige Meadows is a result of the city putting in infrastructure down U.S. Highway 69 North, which began a few years ago. He said the community developing so close to Interstate 20 means a lot to the city.

“We’re building toward the interstate, a major thoroughfare through East Texas,” he said. Then he challenged other developers to look at the area.

Meanwhile, in Jordan,…

Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally turned — and overturned — the table on each other during an on-air brawl. The speakers broke apart the studio's table where they had been seated in an attempt to fight each other.

The program aired Tuesday on the "Seven Stars" satellite television channel. It featured journalists Shaker al-Johari and Mohammad al-Jayousi talking about the 3-year-old war pitting rebels against President Bashar Assad's government, a conflict that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people.

However, the debate fell apart as al-Jayousi accused al-Johari of supporting the Syrian rebels. Al-Johari then accused al-Jayousi of taking money for supporting Assad. The two men fought each other and pulled the table apart in their scuffle.

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