AUSTIN – The unemployment numbers for Tyler and Longview continue to be among the best in the state. The Texas Workforce Commission reports the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.8%. February marked the 106th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment in Texas. Tyler’s February unemployment rate was 3/7%. It was 4% in January and 3.8% in February of last year. Longview’s unemployment rate went from 4.3% in January to 4.1% last month. In February last year, Longview’s unemployment rate was 4.5%.
TYLER – A man who was said to have been killed in a Tyler accident, is now alive and has been taken to the hospital. The 62 year old Tyler man was resuscitated at the scene. His name has not been released. The two vehicle crash occurred around 2:45 this afternoon at Loop 323 and U.S. Highway 271. The initial report said that a car had slid under the rear of truck’s trailer.
KILGORE – A large-scale cleanup effort continues in Kilgore following the severe straight-line winds that hit the city just over a week ago.The storm damaged homes and vehicles, downed power lines and trees. The damage was primarily to the city’s south side. An estimated 160 homes were damaged, with 40 having major structural damage and a dozen that are structurally unsound. The city continues to have crews collect tree and brush debris. But, due to the extensive damage, it could be a month or more before the cleanup is completed.… Read the rest of the article…
HENDERSON – Search crews will be combing Rusk County Saturday, looking for a missing East Texas woman. The search is for Kimberly Flint, 57, of Reklaw, who was reported missing last September. Her car was later found wrecked on the Highway 84 bridge over the Angelina River. The car had hit a guardrail. Previous searches turned up no trace of the woman. Crews from ‘1st Priority Search and Recovery’ will be involved in Saturday’s search, using dogs and ATVs. Her family and Crimestoppers are offering a $6,000 reward for leads to help find her.
GLADEWATER – Two lawsuits have been filed against the Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center in Gladewater, and its parent company, over the deaths of two children. The Longview News Journal reports the suits, filed on behalf of the childrens’ mothers, allege negligence. The suits say the children died from catastrophic injuries two years ago while being care for by the center. A lawyer who filed one of the suits, Van Wey , told the paper, that the suits were filed “to help the families find out what happened to their children and to ensure that the lapses in care have been fixed so that tragedies like these do not continue to occur at this facility.”
NACOGDOCHES — Nacogdoches Police are searching for the gunman responsible for killing one person Thursday night. According to our news partner KETK, authorities were called around 8:00 to the 2200 block of Lola Street in reference to a report of a gunshot victim. Officers found Damien Wade, 18, of Nacogdoches, dead from a gunshot wound. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Nacogdoches Police Department at (936) 559-2607.
TYLER – Tyler police have started posting pictures of unknown suspects that have been caught on camera. The pictures will appear on the police department’s Facebook page in hopes you can assist them with identifying them. They are calling the feature, FIND “EM FRIDAY.” This is the first picture to be posted. He is wanted for a theft from a retail store.
TYLER – New commercial air service is coming to Tyler. City officials will be joined by representatives from the airline to make the announcement. That will take place next Tuesday morning at 10:00 at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
AUSTIN – County Judge Bill Stoudt of Longview has been reappointed to the state Commission On Jail Standards. He currently serves as chairman of the commission. Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement Friday. The term of the appointment, which is subject to senate confirmation, is set to expire on January 31, 2025.
TYLER – This fall, the University of Texas at Tyler will launch the new UT Tyler Pre-Med Academy. It’s a program to help students succeed in getting admitted to and being well-prepared for top medical schools across the nation. The new program will also focus on encouraging East Texas high school students to consider careers in medicine. The academy will operate through the College of Arts and Sciences. This is the latest addition to the University’s portfolio of medical-related programs. Others are the nationally ranked School of Nursing, the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy and the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
SMITH COUNTY – After four months, County Road 411 is back open to drivers. Road crews replaced a bridge, closing the road between County Road 417 and Interstate Highway 20 last November. The bridge and roadwork was completed on Thursday.
GLADEWATER – The Gladewater Chamber of Commerce has handed out its annual awards. It occurred Thursday night at the chamber’s annual banquet and awards ceremony. TICO (Technical Installation Co. LLC) has been named Business of the Year. Also honored were Gladewater Economic Development Corporation board member Charla Nash, Woman of the Year and GEDCO board Vice President John Ussery, the Man of the Year. The “Educator of the Year” award was presented to Gladewater ISD Teacher/Coach Kevin Clark and Rashaud Johnson was selected as “Youth of the Year.” The Marilyn Godfrey Volunteer Service Award was presented to Jamie Ballard. The Chamber’s annual business awards are presented to companies and individuals for their contributions to the city of Gladewater and its economic growth.