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 >>
Tuesday, June 4 2013 9:37 AM EDT2013-06-04 13:37:47 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Dunkin' donuts is rolling out a new item. It sandwiches fried eggs and bacon between another breakfast staple, a glazed donut. The company is rolling out a its new breakfast sandwich nationwideMore >>
Dunkin' donuts is rolling out a new item. It sandwiches fried eggs and bacon between another breakfast staple, a glazed donut. The company is rolling out a its new breakfast sandwich nationwide on FridayMore >>
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - County commissioners replaced an Emergency Services Board member Thursday after board members acted to control the use of district resources outside of Smith County.
Emergency Services District No. 2 board president Brian Bateman was reappointed for a second two-year term Dec. 20. Commissioner Jeff Warr asked to rescind the appointment Thursday after the five-member board acted to deter the Bullard Volunteer Fire Department from making service calls into Cherokee County.
Warr said the action put the county at risk of lawsuits from taxpayers within Cherokee County who have received service since the fire department was founded in 1955. The department also was routinely responding to calls within the city of Bullard that lies in Cherokee County.
More than 30 homes and campuses for Bullard ISD also lie within the overlap of Bullard and Cherokee County.
ESD board member Robert Dear said the board acted to make Bullard VFD responsible for the calls it responded to because Smith County assets, including fire trucks, personnel and fuel, were being used outside the county without reimbursement.
Dear said the board gave Bullard two options for supplying emergency services to the areas in question during the Dec. 20 meeting — reimburse the district $50,000 per year with $12,500 quarterly payments or stop providing "first responder" services and move to mutual aid only in those areas or "face possible termination of their contract" with the ESD.
Warr said he spoke to Bateman about working with the city of Bullard and Cherokee County officials to establish an official working relationship that would provide service at a reasonable reimbursement to the fire district. He said he needed 45 days, but Bateman and the five-member board acted, putting Bullard VFD on notice it would be in violation of the contract if firefighters crossed the county line.
Warr said there was concern fire and emergency service would not be provided by Bullard VFD, the nearest responder after the board acted to effectively stop Bullard from crossing the county line with ESD No. 2 assets. He asked the court to rescind the appointment of Bateman. County Judge Joel Baker offered an amendment to replace Bateman with Chad Chadwick, a candidate who had gone through the application process, and action was taken to replace Bateman with a 3-2 vote.
Commissioner Terry Phillips questioned the timing and intentions of replacing Bateman. He said the board has made improvements with regard to districtwide transparency and accountability and has uncovered more instances of district money being spent to cover individual departments' debt.
Phillips said the board is a "revolving door" of volunteer appointees who either find themselves overwhelmed and want out or those who address deficiencies and become polarizing figures because they demand accountability.
He said the current board has made progress to identify the district's financial status and standardize its asset management "This is the wrong precedent to set. They are moving forward but this will move them in the wrong direction," he said.
Resident and former ESD board member Sharon Guthrie told the court the district has collected taxpayer dollars since 2007 with the "best intentions" but that money had been wasted.
Mrs. Guthrie noted several instances, including purchases of property and construction projects approved before voter approval of the district in 2007 and the subsequent payment by ESD to cover incurred debt for individual departments.
Instances include construction of the Red Springs VFD, purchase of two parcels totaling less than three acres by the Bullard VFD for $305,000 (June 2006 and June 2008) and $82,000 in cost overruns for Whitehouse Station No. 2, which sits vacant.
Mrs. Guthrie said the majority of fire departments are cooperating with the district but that some fire chiefs have and continue to disregard state law. She said Bateman was part of the solution and holding department's accountable.
Bateman "was asking the tough questions and demanding answers and nobody on this (commissioners) court wants to deal with the ship being rocked," she said. "They want everything to go smoothly, but that means the firefighters get their way and don't have to be accountable to taxpayers."
Cherokee County pays Bullard and Troup VFDs $22,836 per year for fire and emergency services. Mrs. Guthrie said the stations were billing the district for expenses while putting the Cherokee County fee into department accounts. She said Troup ended that practice after the issue was brought up by the board.
Bateman said it was never the intention of the board to stop Bullard VFD from entering Cherokee County in emergencies. He said the action was made to recoup money from Cherokee County and Bullard for services rendered.
"It's not Smith County taxpayers' responsibility to subsidize their fire protection," he said.
Warr said his concern is public safety and that the board's decision left officials in Cherokee County and Bullard in a quandary regarding emergency responders in the area. Having Bullard VFD in violation of its contract with ESD for entering Cherokee County and portions of Bullard without input from officials there was not in the best interest of public safety, he said.
"This is a big public safety issue," he said. "There has to be a solution that protects the community and is fair to everyone involved."
Bateman questions the legality of the commissioners court action to rescind his appointment after reappointing him last week. He said he may file for an opinion with the Texas Attorney General.
Monday, June 17 2013 12:16 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:16:55 GMT
TEXARKANA (KTBS) - The funeral arrangements for Officer William Jason Sprague have been finalized. Visitation for Officer Sprague will be tomorrow from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in the atrium at First BaptistMore >>
The funeral arrangements for Officer William Jason Sprague have been finalized.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:16 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:16:15 GMT
LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A 31-year-old Avinger woman was arrested this weekend for failing to register annually as a sex offender.Upshur County Sheriff's Office filed a warrant for Lacey Jean Kersey,More >>
A 31-year-old Avinger woman was arrested this weekend for failing to register annually as a sex offender.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:09:28 GMT
LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Police arrested a Longview babysitter Sunday on indecency with a child charges.Darrell Gene Pointer, 57, is in the Gregg County Jail on $100,000 bond this morning. He's accusedMore >>
Police arrested a Longview babysitter Sunday on indecency with a child charges.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:40:55 GMT
JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - A new course designed to help military vets and their families cope with life after war kicked offIn Jacksonville Monday night. When you gotten used to living in a war zone, theMore >>
A new course designed to help military vets and their families cope with life after war kicked offIn Jacksonville Monday night.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:35:34 GMT
KILGORE (KYTX) - "The Kilgore man who owns the birds doesn't run a rescue or business, he just has a passion for animals. The family members I spoke with say that their birds became a like part of theMore >>