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Tyler Junior College opened its Spring 2018 semester with convocation ceremonies Tuesday (Jan. 9) in Wise Auditorium, school publicity officials announced. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke welcomed faculty and staff after a performance by the Chapel Hill High School Jazz Band. Metke said 15 of the 18 members of the high school group were connected to TJC through dual credit classes, Early College High School or the TJC Promise scholarship program. more
The new year is under way and spending less and saving more ranks high on the New Year’s resolutions list year after year. According to a recent study conducted by Principal Financial Group, A BBB Accredited business, the top financial blunders in 2017 included not saving enough money, accumulating credit card debt and taking on more debt. more
The sale of the historic Carlton Hotel became final this past week, completing the process begun in August when Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve an offer from a Dallas-based developer, said County Public Information Officer Casey Murphy. The Carlton, located in downtown Tyler, served as the Smith County Office building and is a 90,000 square foot facility which has remained vacant for years. Developer Tai Ly purchased the facility this past summer for $537,500. more
Officials with the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame committee have announced Shannon Tompkins, a reporter and columnist at the Houston Chronicle and the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association (LFSA), an organization that works to protect and promote Lake Fork’s natural resources, will be inducted into the hall of fame in 2018. more
Two students from Hideaway were recently named to the academic honor roll at Baylor University for the 2017 fall semester, school officials announced. Corban G. Sorrells, a business major and Stephen T. Swain, an arts and sciences major, were two of the 4,240 students named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll. more
Each year the Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas has to deal with scammers trying their best to fool consumers. This past year was no different. Many are new twists on existing scams, but scammers become more sophisticated every year in how they misrepresent trusted brands and how they fool consumers. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel estimates Texans lost over $99 million in 2016. more
Following action by the Smith County Commissioners this past week, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office will get five new vehicles, one less than requested by Sheriff Larry Smith, officials confirmed. During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 2), the court approved funding for five 2018 Chevrolet Tahoes, each carrying a $31,930 price tag. The vehicles currently in the county sheriff’s fleet have more than 200,000 miles. more
Tyler Junior College will hold a final, walk-in Registration Rally from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Apache Rooms located in Rogers Student Center at the corner of Baxter Avenue and Lake Street, publicity officials announced. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The registration sessions are open to any current, former or prospective TJC students. more
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