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Each year in Texas, more than half of drivers involved in deadly drunk driving crashes are between the ages of 17 and 34. With many college students and young adults heading to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a sober ride part of their festivities. more
Smith County voters will be able to cast their ballots at any of the county’s 34 polling locations on Election Day, March 6. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day locations will be open across the county, at polling locations in Tyler, Arp, Bullard, Flint, Hideaway, Lindale, Troup, Whitehouse and Winona. For a complete list, visit https://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/CurrentElection.aspx. more
A Bullard man was identified by authorities as an individual killed in a fatal crash in State Highway 31 in Henderson County last week. According to Staff Sergeant Jean Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to a two-vehicle wreck approximately 3.3 miles west of Brownsboro at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts a total of $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of February. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for February represent a 6.2 percent increase statewide from the amount released in February 2017. February’s sales tax figures from the Comptroller’s office showed upticks in amounts for both the City of Bullard and Smith County, while Cherokee County’s amount took a slight dip. more
The trial date for a Flint business owner accused of allegedly committing a sexual assault on a female under 14 years old has now been set. According to reports, the trial for Grant Edward Cook, 56, of Flint, listed as the owner of Grant Cook Music, a store specializing in musical instrument sales and music lessons on Highway 155 in Flint, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 11. more
Early voting continues in a number of primary races throughout Smith and Cherokee County, while Election Day is quickly approaching. The upcoming election will include contested races for U.S. and State Representatives, Judges, District Attorney, District Clerk, Commissioner and Justices of the Peace. Most of the contested races will be decided in the primary elections. more
Ardent Health Services and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast) today announced the newly formed 10-hospital health system created by the purchase of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) will be named UT Health East Texas. The sale is projected to close Thursday, March 1. Speaking on behalf of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker congratulated all who had been involved in bringing together the clinical expertise of UT Health Northeast and the operational skill of Ardent Health Services in the formation of UT Health East Texas. more
Runner registration is expected to sell out for fifth annual FRESH 15, which includes a 15K, 5K and kids’ 1K race. This epic race will take place Saturday, March 3 at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. in Tyler. “We are proud to once again have this opportunity to offer a premier running event in Tyler,” said Trent Brookshire, executive sponsor for the FRESH 15. “We knew we had to go big for year five, and it will be bigger and better than ever. Whether this is your first year to participate or you are celebrating five years with us, we know you will have a truly amazing time and we hope to see you cross the FRESH 15 finish line.” more
A mistrial was declared last week in a trial involving a Smith County Commissioner accused of assaulting an elderly woman inside of a Smith County church in 2017. Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton appeared in the 241st District Court inside the Smith County Courthouse Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 12-14, for her trail after having been indicted by a Smith County grand jury on two counts of Injury to an Elderly Individual last September. more
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