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 >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
ATHENS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) — Ask 10 people on the town square here if burial space is available in historic Athens Cemetery and probably eight or nine would say "no," speculated Bob McDonald, a board member who is puzzled by a widespread mistaken notion that the cemetery is full.
Although the cemetery dates back to 1857 and about 4,000 people are buried there, McDonald said, it has space for 4,000 more burial plots — enough to last 30 or 40 years — and is in the midst of a construction project.
Near the entrance of the grassy, tree-dotted, park-like cemetery, a memorial for war veterans buried in the cemetery is being built at a cost of about $48,000.
"It's something that's unique; we don't know of any other cemetery in the whole area that's done that," said McDonald, who is manager of cemetery construction and maintenance.
The board of Athens Cemetery Association, which operates the cemetery, felt it would be a good idea to recognize veterans buried in the cemetery and wants to list on the memorial all their names, McDonald said. The board raised $45,000 for the project but is about $3,000 short. Donations to finish funding the memorial may be sent to Athens Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 1296, Athens, Texas, 75751.
The memorial basically will be a red brick wall which matches the entry gate and an information kiosk. Granite panels will be embedded in the wall bearing names of veterans, listed according to burial date for each war.
There will be panels for the Cherokee Indian War, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
"One interesting fact is that there are 56 Confederate veterans and there's one Union soldier," McDonald said. "He was from Illinois and moved down here and had a farm after the war."
Developing the list of names of veterans buried in the cemetery who served in all the wars "was quite a research project," McDonald said.
"There is no doubt we have probably left someone out and we will be happy to add them," McDonald said, encouraging family or others to notify the association if they notice a name is missing.
There's space on the panels for veterans who die in the future and are buried in the cemetery.
In front of the brick wall with granite panels will be a concrete plaza with an American flag in the middle and a couple of benches. A walkway accessible to the handicapped will lead from the center of the plaza to the roadway.
"We think it (the war memorial) will be finished before Christmas or, at the latest, in early January," McDonald said. A dedication ceremony for the memorial likely will be conducted in the spring, probably on Memorial Day, he added.
In the meantime, a fundraising drive will be waged for an eagle sculpture for the top of the middle of the brick wall. It is expected to cost about $4,000 to $5,000.
In recent years, the cemetery association also built a columbarium containing niches for cremation burials.
"We have ample niches available; we see a steady trend toward cremations now," McDonald said.
Big cedar trees scattered through the cemetery were planted in the late 1800's, McDonald said. They grew from seed brought to Athens from Lebanon, Tenn., by Joseph T. LaRue, one of the Athens pioneers buried here, he said.
There are six historical markers in the cemetery, most in the pioneer section.
For example, a Texas Historical Commission marker on the grave of Dulcea Avriette states that according to local tradition, she named the town of Athens after her birthplace — Athens, Ga. She came to Henderson County in 1847 with her family.
But Athens started as a small settlement first called "Alfred" for its first postmaster, Alfred F. Mallard, and then was renamed, states a 3 1/2-page cemetery history written by local historian Arthur Hall.
At the front gate is a historical marker that also recounts briefly how the cemetery was started in 1857.
It has been run by different groups throughout the years, the latest being Athens Cemetery Association formed in 1922. It is not a city cemetery, McDonald pointed out.
The association is funded through sale of burial spaces and donations funneled through an organization called Friends of the Cemetery, McDonald said.
In the beginning, land for the cemetery was donated by the Masons for a burial site for lodge members.
The oldest grave site in the cemetery is for William J. Brantley, who died in 1857. He was a prominent planter, the first Henderson County school superintendent and a founding member of Masonic Lodge No. 165 in Athens, according to a cemetery history.
Shortly afterward, a pioneer, A.J. Ward, came into town in a covered wagon with the body of his daughter who had died on the way and wanted to bury her in the cemetery, according to Hall's history. Since the cemetery was restricted to Masons at that time, a landowner donated an adjacent acre where the girl was buried.
Soon afterward, the cemetery was opened to everyone. The original Masonic Section soon lost its identity as many lodge members wanted to be buried with their families, Hall's history states.
From time to time through the years, more acreage was acquired and the Athens Cemetery Association was organized to run the cemetery.
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 >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.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 >>