Author: East Texas Review

Smith County Employees Win Lighten Up East Texas Team Award

Smith County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives Jennifer Stockwell, Nikki Keegan, Theresa Smith and Aaron Hinton teamed up to lose more than 103 pounds in the region-wide Lighten Up East Texas weight loss challenge. Their team, Drop It Like It’s Hot, won the top team honor for losing a combined average weight loss of 12.68 percent. Each team member won a year-long membership to the YMCA, and collectively, the team won a $250 gift certificate to Fit City Foods. Detective Smith lost 16 percent, or 35 pounds; Stockwell lost 14 percent, or 21.5 pounds; Keegan lost 10.8 percent, or...

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The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists. By Peter Certo How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some historians suggest, that can easily be traced across the centuries. To put it simply, New York University professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat told Democracy Now recently, “authoritarians believe that institutions should serve them, and not the other way around.” Just ask Jim Comey — who, as recently as...

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Blooming Good News

By Kimberly Fish   The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center, a 501C3 non-profit, closed on the purchase of 706 W. Cotton Street Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in a bold move to not only further the goals and aims of what will become the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center’s Education Center, Gift Shop, Administration and potential event center, but creating a shot of Miracle Grow © for the forward movement of what will become Longview’s most highly desirable park venue, and also a gem for all East Texas.   The LANC Board of Directors and the City of Longview entered...

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Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy and Moore MST Magnet School chosen

Both schools selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE)  as one or more of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award. “The culture we have established at Moore is for all students to be highly successful,” Moore MST Principal Claude Lane said. “Students, parents and teachers walk in our doors with this belief. Believing is half the battle for anyone to be successful. Thank you business leaders for partnering with educators to impact the lives of our students.” “These Honor Roll schools are clearly improving outcomes for their students, as the academic data show,” said Charles Miller, chairman of IPE. “The next step is to understand how their educational productivity then translates to economic productivity. To do this, we must link academic and financial data to measure...

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UT Health Northeast To Construct Building for New School of Community and Rural Health

Plans for a new three-story building for the School of Community and Rural Health on the UT Health Northeast campus are moving forward. The Board of Regents of the UT System gave their approval on Wednesday to add the building to UT System’s Capital Improvement Program and to proceed with its design and development. The building will be located south of the Academic Center on the main campus of UT Health and will take approximately 18 months to complete. Total project cost is $39 million. Groundbreaking will take place this summer.             The building is in the design phase,...

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