Mark Haslett http://ketr.org en Frierson on investigation: Process needs to be seen through http://ketr.org/post/frierson-investigation-process-needs-be-seen-through <p>Earlier this week in Paris, the city council rejected a motion to send the results of an investigation into the local Economic Development Corporation to the State of Texas. Paris Mayor Matt Frierson discussed the council’s decision with KETR.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:43:16 +0000 Mark Haslett 58419 at http://ketr.org Frierson on investigation: Process needs to be seen through 'Northeast Gateway' topic at Sept. 4 Lavon forum http://ketr.org/post/northeast-gateway-topic-sept-4-lavon-forum <p>The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division is hosting another public forum on theongoing Blacklands Corridor study next Thursday.</p><p>The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at NeSmith Elementary School, 801 Presidents Blvd. in Lavon.</p><p>The Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is an ongoing assessment of transportation needs in a wide area from Greenville to Garland. The study area stretches from U.S. Hwy. 380 in the north to Interstate 30 in the south and includes portions of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall counties.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:13:07 +0000 Mark Haslett 58389 at http://ketr.org 'Northeast Gateway' topic at Sept. 4 Lavon forum Hashmi: 'Accountability' a concern for Paris council, PEDC http://ketr.org/post/hashmi-accountability-concern-paris-council-pedc <p>Last night in Paris, the city council voted not to send results of an investigation of the local Economic Development Corporation to the state Attorney General’s office and the state Comptroller’s office. The motion was introduced by former mayor and current councilmember Dr. A.J. Hashmi. KETR’s Mark Haslett spoke with Hashmi about last night’s vote.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:08:24 +0000 Mark Haslett 58280 at http://ketr.org Hashmi: 'Accountability' a concern for Paris council, PEDC Lake levels: Cooper low, Cypress Springs high http://ketr.org/post/lake-levels-cooper-low-cypress-springs-high <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, we’re doing something a little different – instead of talking about proposed lakes, we’re taking a look at existing ones. Labor Day weekend is coming up, so what better time to check levels at lakes around the region.</span></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:40:27 +0000 Mark Haslett 58210 at http://ketr.org Lake levels: Cooper low, Cypress Springs high Water utility expects updated test results in early Sept. http://ketr.org/post/water-utility-expects-updated-test-results-early-sept <p>There’s hope that the concerns over nitrite levels in water supplies west of Commerce could come to an end as early as the first week of September.</p><p>The North Hunt Special Utility District, which provides water to rural customers in Hunt and Fannin counties, issued an alert on Aug. 8 that high nitrite levels had been identified in water systems serving customers along CR 4511, CR 2874 and CR 4400 – all west of Commerce. The statement cautioned that infants under the age of six months should not drink the water.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:30:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 58086 at http://ketr.org Water utility expects updated test results in early Sept. Judging the merits of new lakes: Whose job? http://ketr.org/post/judging-merits-new-lakes-whose-job <p>The Texas Water Development Board is responsible for writing the state water plan. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issues permits for new projects. Typically, it's the TCEQ that evaluates the possible merits and damages caused by new development. But what happens when the Texas Water Development Board's planning regions can't agree? Does the TWDB then shift into a mode of evaluating harm and benefits? Board spokesman Andy Saenz says that the role of the board is, well, fluid. The Texas Legislature might continue to tweak the process in the upcoming session.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:29:46 +0000 Mark Haslett 57912 at http://ketr.org Judging the merits of new lakes: Whose job? Workers injured at mine near Sulphur Springs http://ketr.org/post/workers-injured-mine-near-sulphur-springs <p>Six workers were injured at a coal mine southeast of Sulphur Springs when they were covered in hot ash and burning debris on Aug. 14. The incident occurred at the Thermo Mine, which is operated by Luminant Mining.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:09:01 +0000 Mark Haslett 57760 at http://ketr.org Workers injured at mine near Sulphur Springs Heath ranked 16th in preseason poll http://ketr.org/post/heath-ranked-16th-preseason-poll <p>Rockwall's&nbsp;Heath High School was the lone school from the KETR listening area to appear in <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Associated Press preseason Texas high school football poll.</span></p><p>Here is the poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and points based on rankings.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Class 6A</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1. Allen (15)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 231 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>2. Katy (5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 208 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:17:55 +0000 Mark Haslett 57744 at http://ketr.org Heath ranked 16th in preseason poll Worker killed in fire at trailer manufacturer near Paris http://ketr.org/post/worker-killed-fire-trailer-manufacturer-near-paris <p>A worker was killed in a fire on Aug. 13 at a trailer manufacturing facility in Lamar County, according to a report by Sherman-based KXII-TV.</p><p>The fire started around 11:30 a.m. at PJ Trailers, located northwest of Paris, the report said. Crews from Lamar County, Honey Grove and Delta County were able to extinguish the fire around 1:30 p.m., according to KXII. Lamar County Sheriff's Office is investigating the&nbsp; cause of the fire, the report said.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:59:15 +0000 Mark Haslett 57741 at http://ketr.org Worker killed in fire at trailer manufacturer near Paris Water concerns limited to areas outside Commerce city limits http://ketr.org/post/water-concerns-limited-areas-outside-commerce-city-limits <p>Municipal water customers within the city limits of Commerce don't have to worry about the high nitrite levels reported in water delivered by the North Hunt Special Utility District, according to a district spkesperson.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's because Commerce residents get their water from the City of Commerce, not the North Hunt </span>SUD<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The North Hunt SUD is a rural water provider that serves customers who live near, but outside, the city limits of Commerce, Wolfe City and Ladonia.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:53:46 +0000 Mark Haslett 57688 at http://ketr.org Water concerns limited to areas outside Commerce city limits Little Leaguers from Paris reach Dixie quarterfinals http://ketr.org/post/little-leaguers-paris-reach-dixie-quarterfinals <p>A Northeast Texas Little League team will play today in the quarterfinals of the Dixie Ozone World Series. That game begins at 3:30 p.m. and will be live-tweeted @TheParisNews and live-streamed on jockjive.com. The tournament is being played in Lexington, S.C.</p><p>Yesterday, Paris’ Daniel Blackmon hit a two-run home run to secure a 3-2 victory over Springfield, Tenn., in the round of 16. Pitcher Cade Larkins picked up the win in relief.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:45:48 +0000 Mark Haslett 57661 at http://ketr.org Little Leaguers from Paris reach Dixie quarterfinals Nebraska case will likely push KXL decision to 2015 http://ketr.org/post/nebraska-case-will-likely-push-kxl-decision-2015 <p>A Nebraska court case essential to the U.S. government’s approval of the Keystone XL project will probably not be decided until next year, lawyers said.</p><p>The dispute concerns which state agency has the authority to approve the project’s construction in Nebraska. Landowners who oppose TransCanada Corp’s project want the decision to come from the five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission. In February, a district court affirmed that condition, but Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, who supports the project, has asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to hear the case.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:52 +0000 Mark Haslett 57657 at http://ketr.org Nebraska case will likely push KXL decision to 2015 Board requests 'quantitative, not qualitative' study http://ketr.org/post/board-requests-quantitative-not-qualitative-study <p>Dramatic moments in public water policy planning aren’t too common. But there actually was such a moment in Texas water policy last week. It involved the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir, which if built, would flood about 70,000 acres north of Mount Pleasant.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:37:52 +0000 Mark Haslett 57589 at http://ketr.org Board requests 'quantitative, not qualitative' study Clarksville could lose hospital http://ketr.org/post/clarksville-could-lose-hospital <p>Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System will not be renewing its lease at the group's facility in Clarksville, according to a report by eparisextra.com.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The current lease expires in March 2016, the report said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:29:08 +0000 Mark Haslett 57457 at http://ketr.org Clarksville could lose hospital State requests more study of Marvin Nichols impact http://ketr.org/post/state-requests-more-study-marvin-nichols-impact <p>Supporters of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir encountered a speed bump in Austin this morning, while opponents of the project welcomed a delay of the Texas Water Development Board's final recommendation.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Audio transcript</em></strong></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:29:19 +0000 Mark Haslett 57451 at http://ketr.org State requests more study of Marvin Nichols impact