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Dignitaries from across Smith County and the East Texas region gathered on the campus of UT Health Northeast Thursday, Jan. 25, to open the newest MD Anderson Cancer Network partner, UT Health Northeast publicity officials announced. UT Health Northeast M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Tyler joins six U.S. partner healthcare institutions and three international facilities with the goal of eradicating cancer. more
Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fireworks again this year. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Sunday, Feb. 25 through 12 a.m. Friday, March 2. Although fireworks can be discharged any time of year, there are only certain state-approved holidays when fireworks can be sold in Texas, including Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. more
Approximately 140 members and guests of the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce gathered together to celebrate the organization and pay special recognition to members and businesses in the Bullard community at the annual BACC Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held Monday, Jan. 29, at Lazy F Ranch in Bullard. more
As senior Maddie Rogers flies a plane for one of the first few times with her flight instructor and uncle, Craig Sampson, during the summer, she begins to feel some nerves. They ascend into the air, slowly growing further from the runway. As they are now 20 feet off of the ground, Rogers looks to her left and spots a bee just six inches away from her face, sitting on the window. more
One of East Texas’ own serving in the House of Representatives is reportedly uninjured after an Amtrak train collided with another vehicle as the train was carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual conference last week. more
y the recently voter-approved road bond is underway in southern Smith County. Smith County Road and Bridge employees worked last week to overlay County Road 119, just outside of Bullard. The county’s crews grounded the existing pavement, more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February. The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of more
As Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System looks toward retirement on Feb. 28, he also will be honored for 50 years of service to ETMC. Several special events – including a service awards dinner, community leadership reception and ETMC team member reception – will take place during February. more
The spotlight was shone brightly on the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and the upcoming election for the top seat in the office, as an audit released in January found numerous policy infractions through an audit report, with a candidate for District Attorney listed as the top violator. more
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