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This past week, the Texas Education Agency handed out report cards for school districts across the state and not surprisingly, the Lindale ISD earned an “A’’ from the TEA, officials announced. In fact, the LISD was one of just 153 schools out of more than 1,200 across the state to register the “A’’ grade. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved new dispatch software that could be a “game changer’’ for emergency responders, said public information officer Casey Murphy. Chad Richey, product manager for Genesis PULSE, said it is web-based, decision support software for emergency call centers. The program is designed to simplify the dispatch process, meaning faster response times for citizens who need assistance. “It is a difference maker for 9-1-1 personnel and emergency response,” he said. Smith County Chief Information Officer Don Bell said Genesis will be a great local partner to have to install and host the dispatch software solution. Genesis PULSE, created by The Genesis Group, a Tyler-based company, includes a real-time tracking component. PULSE knows where first responders are located and through its integration with Waze, displays known road closures, traffic crashes, or weather alerts that could cause impediments during responses. With its RapidSOS integration, Genesis PULSE will display precise locations of 9-1-1 callers that are using an Apple device, enabling first responders to quickly locate them. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said he believes the new software could potentially be a “game changer.” Now, the sheriff’s office has to contact the cell phone companies to ping someone’s phone to get their approximate location. “PULSE is becoming main stream in dispatch centers across the country,” Richey said. County Judge Nathaniel Moran agreed that the program would be a game changer for the county’s law enforcement and emergency management personnel. He said the data would also help the county document when and where first responders are during FEMA response events. Since 1989, The Genesis Group has provided industry-leading software solutions to public safety agencies and the two-way radio industry around the world. To learn more, visit genesispulse.com. more
The first time to do anything can be unnerving, but for pure trauma and wide-eyed trepidation nothing surpasses a youngster’s first day of school. Straight up fear mixed with anticipation causes a whole lot of butterflies, especially for the Pre-K and Kindergarten pupils. And now that another school year is under way, Lindale ISD parents can be thankful that the man at the top and the teachers and staff on each campus are experienced in dealing with what can be a fear-inducing experience. more
Friday, August 10, 2018 Officer Ramsey responded to a hit and run at 100 Block E Centennial Blvd. Report taken. Officer Stevens, and Officer Ramsey responded to a suspicious person at 100 Block E South St. Subject was okay. Officer Stevens responded to a welfare concern at 553 I20 W. Unable to locate. Officer Ramsey responded to a public service at the police department. Questions asked and answered. Officer Ramsey, and Sgt Flores responded to an ordinance violation at 100 Block E Centennial Blvd. Settled at scene. Officer Philpot, and Officer Ramsey responded to an more
Officials with the University of Texas at Tyler recently announced the school received a $25,000 gift from the Texas Council on Economic Education to support economic and financial education in the East Texas region. The gift was presented in recognition of the UT Tyler Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy’s impact on the education of East Texas students from pre-school to graduate school. more
Rachel Caine, a New York Times bestselling author, will be a part of a Writer’s Workshop scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Tyler Rose Garden, publicity officials announced. The workshop is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. University of Texas at Tyler creative writing professor Annet Jessop will also participate in the workshop. more
With the new school year under way for East Texas schools, scammers will stand outside supermarkets or other neighborhood stores asking for donations to help the local football team, band, or other cause. They may even knock on doors in your neighborhood. Most often, these fundraising efforts are legitimate and go towards a worthwhile cause, but in some cases, they are merely a way to rip-off charitable citizens. more
Smith County Commissioners on Tuesday, (Aug. 14) approved establishing a Disaster Relief Fund, to be used to take in charitable donations if a disaster strikes. The Smith County Disaster Relief Fund will be managed by the East Texas Communities Foundation, which will pass donations along to local nonprofits, organizations, the county or any other entity that needs the funds for planning and preparation, first response, recovery and rebuilding after a disaster or community crisis. more
Lindale ISD’s Board of Trustees will be honored at the end of September by the Texas Association of School Administrators as one of the top 16 school boards in the state, LISD publicity officials said. The Lindale ISD was recognized as the top school board in Region 7 this past spring and will be recognized by the TASA during its yearly convention Sept. 29 in Austin. more
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