Tyler Paper 10 a.m. video news update for July 19, 2013

Published on Friday, 19 July 2013 16:48 - Written by


A Cherokee County author will be at a Tyler bookstore today signing copies of her book, which is based on East Texas history. Ann Chandler, of Jacksonville, will be signing copies of “Hannah’s Story” from 2 to 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, forty-nine sixteen South Broadway Avenue. The story revolves around Hannah, a preteen girl who survives the Killough Massacre in eighteen thirty-nine with the help of friendly Cherokee Indians. “Hannah’s Story” is Ms. Chandler’s first novel after a career of teaching history, English, and creative writing at the high-school level. ** Author, historian, civic leader and public relations executive Bob Bowman was remembered Thursday by colleagues as a professional and a gentleman who preserved East Texas history. A memorial service for Bowman, seventy-seven, was conducted Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Lufkin. He died Saturday in a Lufkin hospital after a short illness. Bowman was “Mr. East Texas History,” said Randy Gilbert of Tyler, vice president of the Smith County Historical Society. Bowman’s books won many awards, including an award from the Texas Historical Commission in nineteen seventy-six for “Land of the Little Angel” as the best history book published in Texas that year. His books also won two “Book of the Year” awards from the East Texas Historical Association. Bowman wrote a weekly history column for about eighty East Texas newspapers, including the Tyler Morning Telegraph. ** Army officials say they'll reveal more information on radiation contamination of a Cold War-era bunker. The update will come today at a Fort Bliss news conference. The bunker was used to store and assemble nuclear bombs decades ago and was recently found to be radioactive. A veteran alerted the Army to the risk several months ago. About sixty people who worked in the facility over the years have called a hotline. Experts are studying the bunker and will search for buried radioactive residue. ** A federal judge is set to hear BP's bid to temporarily block all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's two thousand ten oil spill. BP says there is a risk that hundreds of millions of dollars in claims payments could be "tainted by fraud, corruption and malfeasance" unless the judge acts. ** Add the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and its host community to those upset at Rolling Stone magazine's cover story on the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Staff and students are upset at the magazine's portrayal of the university as a "middling school" with "an utter lack of character." The article also says the town of Dartmouth is "a working-class community with virtually nothing to boast of except for a rather sad mall and a striking number of fast-food joints." Selectman John George Jr. called the description "ridiculous."