Author: East Texas Review

City recognizes employee

The City of Tyler holds its employees to the highest standards, but still, some go above and beyond the call of duty. Linda Gray, Youth Services Librarian, was recognized with the Blueprint Blue Ribbon Award at the City Council meeting on June 12 for her exceptional customer service.                                           Linda has been with the Tyler Public Library since 2012. She graduated from City University’s Leadership Academy with honors. She has consistently demonstrated the Called to SERVE spirit by writing grants that have enabled the Library to secure over $79,000 in funding for Early Childhood Literacy and Summer Reading Programs....

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Cornyn Pushes for Bill to Ensure Justice for Child Victims of Assault on Military Bases

‘This legislation will allow the federal prosecutors to retrocede jurisdiction to the state, that is allow the state to step up and prosecute these cases, allowing state-level authorities to take up the case when the federal government’s other responsibilities and finite resources prevent it from being able to do so.’   ‘This is, as I said, a bipartisan priority that members on both sides of the aisle should rally behind. Our children who live on military bases must be protected at all costs. And when they’re sexually assaulted, their juvenile assailants should not escape justice because of the constraints of the status quo.’   U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged Senate colleagues to support the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the Senator’s legislation to help juvenile victims of sexual assault have greater access to justice. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below.   “This will close the jurisdictional loophole affecting military installations where minors commit criminal offenses on base. This issue was brought to my attention by an Army JAG officer, Judge Advocate General officer, a lawyer, who was concerned that juvenile sexual assault cases were falling through the cracks when the federal government chose not to prosecute, because naturally this would end up in the jurisdiction of US attorneys and the federal courts, and certainly their plate is full. This is a particular problem, though, at...

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Changing Times: Gay Parade makes it way to Longview

“The majority of Christians will be welcoming to the LGBT community in the future,” -Reverend Robert Phillips, Woodland Christian Church   by Joycelyne Fadojutimi   There was an atmosphere of pride and solidarity as the 5th annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender pride parade wound through Longview. Some local businesses set up shop in support of the event. Walmart, Sprint, insurance and credit card companies were in attendance along with various vendors hawking food, beverages and social services. Among these was Peggy Gonzales from Wellness Pointe, promoting free HIV testing. Though most denominations and churches are standing their ground...

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Smoke testing to begin on Monday

Beginning Monday, June 11 through Friday June 15, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.each day, inspection crews will conduct a physical survey of the City of Tyler wastewater collection system in the area  identified in the map below. Pipeline Analysis will perform this study, which involves opening manholes in the streets and backyard utility easements. Information gained from this study will be used to repair and improve the wastewater collection system.   One important task of the survey will be smoke testing of sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the system. During this testing, white smoke will exit...

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