Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn and Cruz Op-Ed: Texas, We’ve Got Your Back

As the damage assessments are done, folks in communities from Corpus Christi to Beaumont will need more help. Working together with the governor and the rest of the Texas congressional delegation, we’re going to stand shoulder to shoulder and make sure Texas can recover and rebuild.’ ‘To the Texans affected by this once-in-a-lifetime storm along our coast, our message is simple: We’ve got your back.’ U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) authored the following op-ed in the Houston Chronicle on the recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and their pledge to provide aid for...

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Smith County Road Projects Complete

Smith County Engineer Frank Davis announced the completion of two major road projects during Commissioners Court Tuesday. County Road 149 (New England Road), which connects U.S. Highway 69 South and Old Jacksonville Highway, was improved. Davis said the road was approximately 1.6 miles long, with half of the length being ground up and reshaped. The entire roadway was overlaid and restriped by Reynolds & Kay Ltd. The road sees heavy traffic, including concrete trucks from a business located there, Davis said. “I think it looks excellent,” Commissioner Jeff Warr said of the road in Precinct 1. The project cost...

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Smith County Receives Free Protective Gear for Employees

Smith County is protecting county employees with the help of free, personal protective safety equipment provided by the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool. Smith County Road and Bridge crews are regularly exposed to risks while maintaining county roads and bridges. As a member of the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP), the county received 72 safety kits, valued at $56 each, at no cost to help. The kits are just one of many risk control services and programs that the county has access to at no cost through its membership. Todd Kisel, TAC Risk...

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Smith County to Provide Animal Shelter Services to City of Bullard

The Smith County Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Bullard on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, to take its stray dogs into the Smith County Animal Shelter. Since the new Smith County Animal Shelter opened in December 2016, the Commissioners Court has approved similar agreements with the cities of Troup, Arp and Whitehouse. “These interlocal agreements help with the health and safety of citizens in these cities,” Smith County Animal Control Coordinator LeKisha Stinecipher said. “It allows them to bring their stray animals into our shelter.” Bullard officials will be responsible for responding to animal control...

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University of Texas at Tyler Advances Nurse Education, Healthcare in East Texas with $1.3 Million Grant

The University of Texas at Tyler and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration have partnered to advance nurse education and healthcare, meeting patients where they are in East Texas. With a $1.3 million HRSA grant, The University of Texas at Tyler will create the INTUNE Network, consisting of academic-practice partnerships with local and regional clinics that provides immersive clinical traineeships in diverse and rural populations for primary care nurse practitioner students. “The term ‘in tune’ means to create harmony between instruments in a musical setting. Similarly, the INTUNE project will create those partnerships that have been carefully crafted...

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