At approximately 12:00 p.m., Saturday, a pursuit was initiated by Harrison County Deputies on Redmond Rd. The suspect was fleeing what was later called in to be a disturbance on Redmond Rd.
”The pursuit ended when the subject wrecked the vehicle eastbound I-20 at mile marker 596. The alleged actor was identified as Troy Randall Owen Jr. of Longview. Owen was found to have a warrant issued by United States Marshals Service along with local charges including evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, ” said HCSO Chief Deputy Brandon Fletcher.
Owen was booked into the Harrison County jail where he will be held awaiting arraignment.
ETCOG will honor regional citizens who exemplify excellence in performance, innovation, and contributions to the community at its 98th Semi-Annual Board of Director's Meeting on Thursday, March 21st, at Ben E. Keith in Palestine, TX, from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm. Award criteria and recipient information is as follows:
REGIONAL FIRST RESPONDER - KATLYN LOURY, GUN BARREL CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHER
Recognizes first responders who have rendered extraordinary service, putting their lives on the line for our safety, while performing their duties as peace officers, firemen, EMS and dispatchers as well as DPS officers and troopers. Katllyn Loury, in her position as a Gun Barrel City Police Department Dispatcher, answered a 9-1-1 call on Thanksgiving Day in regard to a capsized boat on Cedar Creek Lake which had three individuals without life jackets or the ability to swim in need of emergency assistance. Katlyn was able to maintain communication with he boaters while dispatching multiple agencies. Her diligence and abilities as a dispatcher are credited as saving the life of all three stranded boaters.
REGIONAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - KEVIN SCULLY, TYLER, TEXAS
This award is designed to honor a citizen of East Texas who has contributed to the well-being of the East Texas Region. Kevin Scully is a retired Air Force Colonel and practicing Physician's Assistant. He has a passion for serving first responder's medical needs on a volunteer basis through numerous regional agencies and currently serves as the Tyler Police Department's SWAT Team Medical Officer.
REGIONAL CORPORATE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - EAST TEXAS CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
The Regional Corporate Citizen of the Year award honors a corporate partner in East Texas that has contributed to the well-being of the East Texas Region. The East Texas Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization providing services to East Texans who have a disability. It serves as an education provider on disability related topics and its Tyler office is one of over 400 centers in the United States.
REGIONAL COMMITTEE SERVICE AWARD - CHRISTINA ANDERSON, EASTEXCONNECTS
The Regional Committee Service Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a sustained, dedicated commitment to ETCOG efforts and activities. Christina Anderson is from Marshall, Texas, and serves as the current chair of the ETCOG EasTexConnects transportation steering committee. The committee purpose is to improve the quality of life in East Texas through transportation choices. Its mission is to create and connect a comprehensive, flexible, and sustainable public transportation system throughout and beyond the 14 counties of State Planning Region 6.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - BEVERLY BROWN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF AGING PROGRAMS
The ETCOG Employee of the Year is nominated and voted on by ETCOG Staff and the top three candidates are presented to the ETCOG Selection Committee for consideration. Beverly Brown serves as ETCOG's Associate Director of Aging where she has been employed since February 1, 2004. Beverly is a two-time recipient of the Employee of the Year award, having also won in 2010.
US 259 – At Red River north of De Kalb, constructing new bridge.
US 67 – Near Sims, repairing pavement.
FM 3129 – From US 59 to SH 77, upgrading guard rails and adding safety features to drainage structures.
SH 11 – From Morris County Line to FM 130, upgrading guard rails.
SH 43 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
Loop 281 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
I-20 – at the Louisiana State Line, LaDOTD is conducting a bridge widening project just across the state line. Expect delays and watch for stopped traffic.
FM 9 – From FM 2625 to Panola County Line, resurfacing highway.
US 259 – From I-30 to FM 557, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
SH 149 – At SH 315, constructing overpass and widening highway.
FM 699 – At FM 2517, reconstructing intersection.
US 271 – At Ripley Creek and Ripley Creek Relief, replacing bridges.
US 271– From SH 155 South to FM 726, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
This has been a busy week in Austin. Friday, March 8th was the bill filing deadline which always leads to flurry of activity. Unfortunately, that is also the day that we see many not-o-great ideas get turned into legislation. But rest assured, I will remain on the look out and be vigilant as we make our way through the final eighty days of the legislative session.
The real headline from this week was the unveiling of the House's "Texas Plan" to reform our broken school finance system. This past Tuesday, I was proud to stand with Speaker Bonnen, and the majority of the legislature, for a press conference to unveil HB 3.
HB 3 will put nine billion additional dollars of state funding into our public school system. This is a huge commitment by the state which is long overdue. It increases per student funding by almost $900 per year.
By providing this additional money, we are able to reduce recapture payments by school districts by 38% this biennium. Those are substantial dollars that will stay in our local schools and not go back to the state. We will also see an across the board property tax rate reduction of four cents.
HB 3 provides one hundred forty million dollars to recruit and retain our best teachers and creates grants for teachers to utilize online learning tools. It will also provide additional dollars to expand career and technology programs. This will allow our students who do not want to attend a college to learn valuable skills, many of which we have a desperate need for.
I am proud to work with my fellow representatives as we advance this comprehensive plan to overhaul our school funding system. This plan is comprehensive and will affect almost every aspect of school funding. For more details on the Texas Plan, I would encourage you to go to www.thetexasplan.com to learn more about the House's ambitious proposal.
If you have any questions about the Texas Plan or any other legislation making its way through the legislature, please reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or email@example.com.