Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:49:16 GMT
(CNN) - A tongue-in-cheek controversy is threatening to sink the reputation of a beloved cereal icon. Cap'n Crunch may have a mutiny on his hands! A disgruntled sailor -- okay, a writer at foodbeast.comMore >>
A tongue-in-cheek controversy is threatening to sink the reputation of a beloved cereal icon. Cap'n Crunch may have a mutiny on his hands! A disgruntled sailor -- okay, a writer at foodbeast.com -- pointed out something fishy is up the cap'n's sleeve: three stripes!More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Released by Smith County spokesman Adrienne Graham-Hampton
TYLER/SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - The Smith County Commissioners Court approved a 2013 Budget today that will decrease the tax rate while maintaining the same level of county services for citizens.
Judge Joel Baker, who serves as the county's budget officer, credits careful financial management, conservative budgeting, and recent signs of economic growth over the past few years for the positive 2013 outlook.
With an anticipated $576,594 in additional revenue to be added to the tax roll this year due to new construction, the future looks more favorable for county coffers.
"The overall picture is strong and enables us to make positive financial decisions this year that impact our employees, our citizens, and overall county management," said Judge Baker.
The Smith County Appraisal District certified the tax roll with a very slight increase in appraised value from the previous year. County efforts to streamline operations have also enabled Judge Baker to propose a slight reduction in the tax rateto the effective tax rate for the upcoming year without adversely affecting the quality of services provided to citizens.
The complete 2013 Budget is available for the public to view online at www.smith-county.com. Highlights from this year's budget include:
Reduction in the Current Tax Rate – The current tax rate has been reduced to the effective tax rate. This is the first tax rate reduction since 1999.
Long Term Road Plans - FY2013 will be a year where: (1) a specific program is implemented to evaluate road traffic and conditions; (2) an evaluation process is developed to prioritize road needs based on that evaluation; and (3) outdated equipment will be replaced as we transition beyond this "maintenance mode" into a period of improving the crucial transportation infrastructure of the county.
Smith County Performance Pay Program (SCPPP) - The FY13 Proposed Budget introduces a pilot program for department leaders that ties any financial gain to performance of duties. The proposed program will include pre-defined goals and targets for each department head and will be designed to ensure a fair and impartial evaluation process.
Increased Fund Balance - The County adopted the General Fund Balance Reserve Policy in 2011 that restricts the spending of reserves except in limited circumstance. This "rainy-day fund" should be sufficient to cover 90 days of county expenditures. Fund balance ratios are used by rating agencies to assess financial stability and play a vital role in the County's bond rating.
No salary increases are included for elected officials - Slight cost of living increases are included for non-entry level positions.
Decreased Operating Expenses - The FY13 Proposed Budget represents a 7.16% decrease in operating expenses from the adopted expenditures 5 years earlier.
PAYGO Projects- Smith County has allocated over $9M to facility improvement projects in the past six years with no new debt issued. FY13 continues the PAYGO program with an additional $1.6M allocated to further the Smith County Master Plan for facility needs.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:58 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:58:19 GMT
EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Foggy here in East Texas this morning with a dense fog advisory in effect until 10am. Otherwise, a stalled out front near Lufkin will provide a 20% chance of scattered afternoon andMore >>
Foggy here in East Texas this morning with a dense fog advisory in effect until 10am. A stalled out front near Lufkin will provide a 20% chance of scattered afternoon/evening thunderstorms.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:39:13 GMT
OVERTON (KYTX) - Sidewalk renovation in Overton , it's gone on for about a week in front of Sheryl Thornton's hair salon, The Barber Pole. Thornton says it has already made her lose some business. SheMore >>
Sidewalk construction causes headaches for an Overton business owner.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:15 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:15:14 GMT
From The Food and Drug Administration (FDA): The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Fat Zero, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websitesMore >>
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Fat Zero, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites and in some retail stores. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Fat Zero contains sibutramine. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:29:39 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - Along with the arrival of summer comes the threat of ticks and the sicknesses that some of them can carry. A North Carolina family is mourning the loss of their six-year-old girl. SheMore >>
Along with the arrival of summer comes the threat of ticks and the sicknesses that some of them can carry.More >>