Author: East Texas Review

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

Adult Protective Services urges Texans to get involved to stop self-neglect The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works to protect the unprotected, and that includes the elderly members of our communities. May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to check on elderly friends and neighbors. Do you have an elderly neighbor who can no longer keep up their home, isn’t taking care of his or herself, or needs medical care? You may be the only person who knows or cares. “Abuse may get the headlines, but one of the most...

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Can You Coupon Without the Extreme?

By Nathaniel Sillin Following the Great Recession, it seemed liked extreme couponing was a competitive sport. You could watch on TV as shoppers armed with binders full of clipped coupons and an in-depth knowledge of stores’ policies would get incredible discounts at the checkout counter. Extreme couponing may not be as popular today, but the Recession gave many people an appreciation for living a frugal lifestyle. That’s a good thing. Living within one’s means is a core tenant of practicing good financial habits and couponing can help you achieve this goal. However, as with most things in life, you...

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University of Texas at Tyler Dr. Ali Azghani named Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Ali Azghani has been named a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Martin Slann, The University of Texas at Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative created in 1946 that awards grants to American scholars each year to teach or conduct research in the more than 125 participatory nations throughout the world. A biomedical researcher, Azghani is a professor of biology at The University of Texas at Tyler whose expertise is in cell biology and lung disease. He is the second Fulbright scholar announced this year and the sixth overall among...

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BBB Offers Contribution Cautions for Donors in Wake of East Texas Tornadoes

As our local community’s attention and hearts are focused on the tornadoes which killed five and injured dozens in East Texas over the weekend, BBB warns donors to be cautious when donating to disaster relief organizations. “When we see the horrific results of a natural disaster, we immediately want to make donations to help the victims”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas.  “We want people to remember, however, that scammers will try to take advantage of generous donors, through emails, phone solicitations and crowdfunding sites, so it’s important to make sure you are giving to legitimate organizations before you donate.” BBB cautions donors to avoid the following mistakes when making disaster relief donations: MISTAKE # 1: MAKING A DONATION DECISION BASED SOLELY ON CHARITY’S NAME. Charities ranging from well-known emergency relief organizations to organizations experienced in reconstruction will likely be soliciting for various relief assistance efforts. Make sure the appeal specifies how the charity will help. If it does not, visit the charity’s website. Also, watch out for charity names that include the name of the disaster – it could be a start-up group with little experience or a questionable effort seeking to gain confidence through its title. MISTAKE # 2: COLLECT CLOTHING AND GOODS WITHOUT VERIFYING THAT ITEMS CAN BE USED. Unless you have verified that a charity is in need...

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Smith County Aids Van Zandt County

Smith County officials are aiding Van Zandt County in the rescue and recovery efforts following Saturday’s tornados. The Smith County Volunteer Fireman’s Association command trailer is set up at Canton High School as an emergency command unit. Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson and assistant Smith County fire marshals have been requested to assist the emergency management coordinator in Van Zandt County. Mrs. McCoy-Wasson said they have set up a strike team consisting of 15 fire apparatus units and about 25 personnel to relieve those who worked the ravaged area Saturday night. Following the storms Saturday night, Smith County...

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