East Texas News
EAST TEXAS — NET Health has been reporting COVID-19 death information primarily received from area hospitals and nursing homes. The State of Texas has reported larger numbers of COVID-19 deaths per County on their State Dashboard, as compared to NET Health’s COVID-19 reports, by utilizing information obtained from the State of Texas’ death certificates data. COVID-19 deaths are attributed to the county of residence, not where the individual died. NET Health reported 121 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County on Wednesday. There are 3,850 active cases and 5,347 cases of recovery. There have been 196 COVID-19 related deaths. In Gregg County there were 58 new cases reported Wednesday, with 1,718 active and 3,104 that have recovered. There have been 108 COVID-19 related deaths in Gregg County. More information is available at https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org.
LONGVIEW — A Longview councilman, Wray Wade remains committed to a tradition of passing out free Thanksgiving meals. Due to the coronavirus, community members drove through the Broughton Recreation Center, for a hot free meal. Janice Tolbert told our news partner KETK, “It’s beautiful to see people lined up wanting to get a plate of food. It’s beautiful to be serving alongside other people in the community, people who actually have a heart for service. It’s all about spreading love, and fellow-shipping with one another even though we are socially distanced.” Wade said turnout was great and plans to continue the tradition again next year.
East Texas — Many expect more holiday gifts and greetings to be sent through the mail this year, as more and more people expect to hold virtual celebrations instead of opening gifts in person. The Postal Service expects an increases in volume, but says they have 644,000 employees dedicated to ensuring gifts and greetings are delivered in time for the holidays. Seasonal workers are hired when and where needed, and technology has been expanded to enhance package tracking throughout the USPS processing and transportation networks. (more…)
AUSTIN – Thanksgiving may be over, but holiday traffic from the celebration is not. The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to urge travelers to make safety a priority through the Holiday weekend. DPS began operation’CARE’ Wednesday. Troopers continue looking for driver who are speeding, driving while intoxicated, failing to wear a seat belt, driving without insurance and not complying with the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations.
TYLER — Santa arrived in Tyler, at Broadway Square Mall, on Friday. According to the local shopping complex, reservations for safe and socially-distanced visits with Santa are strongly encouraged. Organizers says Santa and his helpers will be wearing a mask throughout the duration of the visit. If you would like to reserve a spot, you can contact Broadway Square Mall or click the link: https://bddy.me/3o1QtrM.
MARSHALL — A man was shot to death early Friday morning in Harrison County. According to our news partner KETK, the shooting happened at a ‘party event’ near the intersection of Loop 281 and I20. The victim, was not immediately identified, died of a gunshot wound at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Hospital. The shooting occurred at what the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is describing as a “party event” near the intersection of Loop 281 and Interstate 20. (more…)
KILGORE — Kilgore College is very familiar with Aramark having used the company for its food, dining and catering services for over a quarter of a century. Now the college is entering a partnership with the company that will provide custodial, grounds and facility maintenance services through 2023. The result comes about after a collaborative request for proposals process including input from students, faculty and staff. Aramark serves hundreds of educational institutions, sports teams and businesses around the world.