Author: East Texas Review

Connecting Communities

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran believes Smith County includes some of the best cities to live in all of Texas. Because Smith County and the 11 cities within its boundaries represent and service the same citizens, it is important they work together, and have close ties and communication, Judge Moran said. During Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Judge Moran discussed his new initiative, “Connecting Communities,” in which cities within Smith County will be periodically highlighted during Commissioners Court over the next year.   Municipalities within Smith County include Tyler, Lindale, Whitehouse, Arp, Troup, Bullard, Winona,...

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COUNTY CLERK MARRIAGE LICENSE BILL CLEARS SENATE

By Richard Lee County clerks with a sincerely-held religious objection to same sex marriages could give that responsibility to a deputy under a bill that received final approval by the Senate on Wednesday. Bill author and Granbury Senator Brian Birdwell believes that forcing a person to violate their religious beliefs at work is unconstitutional. His bill, SB 522, would allow a county clerk to notify the commissioner’s court that they cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and then the court could delegate the responsibility to another clerk’s office employee, or even an outside agency if no one in the office is willing. “Under this bill, county clerks will be able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty, the license is issued and is executed to the couple requiring the license and simultaneously the right of conscience to clerks and judges is protected,” said Birdwell. The bill would prohibit a person from refusing to issue a license for a reason that is protected under law, such as religious affiliation or race. It would also permit judges to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony under the same sincerely-held religious objection. Also Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill aimed at reducing prescription opioid addiction and abuse in Texas. It’s become a crisis, said McAllen Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. “Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than...

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State Honors Conference: University of Texas at Tyler Represented

Four undergraduate students from The University of Texas at Tyler Honors Program each presented their original research this year at the annual Great Plains Honors Conference in Beaumont. Honors students representing The University of Texas at Tyler were marketing major Ashley Atkins of Bryan, elementary education major Penny Dutton of Belton, kinesiology major Rebecca Floyd and history major Mary-Elizabeth Smith, both of Tyler. “The students did such a wonderful job. We are extremely proud of them,” said program coordinator Katherine Hellmann. Atkins’ poster titled, “Non-Profit Marketing,” explored how job-satisfaction and employee retention affects overall brand perception for non-profit companies. Through...

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NATIONAL SAVE RECOGNIZES IZRELL ADAMS

Pine Tree PACE SAVE Chapter 2189 is proud to announce on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the National SAVE Youth Summit in Raleigh, NC, Pine Tree High School Senior Izrell D. Adams, was recognized as a SAVE Student of the Year. Izrell was one of two students to receive this national recognition.The following announcement was made acknowledging Izrell: “Our second SAVE Student of the Year is Izrell D. Adams of Pine Tree High School in Texas. He was not able to join us today, but Izrell is known for promoting unity, friendships, and achievement of common goals with his...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Meets with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel at the Department of Education’s LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. The Secretary and Mayor had a wide ranging discussion on Chicago’s education system, rising graduation rate and the Mayor’s reform plans. The Secretary thanked the Mayor for visiting the Department and for sharing his thoughts, and issued the following statement: “I want to thank Mayor Emanuel for today’s conversation and for sharing his vision for education in the city of Chicago. I look forward to continuing to find ways in which the Department can work with...

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