Commerce man indicted for aggravated assault; US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to visit Greenville Monday; Greenville Police to soon begin aggressive warrant round-up; Fisherman nearly drowns at Lake Tawakoni; More congestion coming to I-30 in Greenville; More appeals to TEA for school ratings this year.
Greenville – Starting Tuesday, drivers using Interstate 30 may have to find a new way through Greenville. The Texas Department of Transportation plans to close the westbound I-30 entrance ramp from Division St.
The ramp closure will be necessary to accommodate construction of the proposed new westbound I-30 exit ramp to Business HW 69-D and US HW 380.
Once the entrance ramp is close, access to Interstate 30 will be 1.3 miles to the west via the HW 69 at Pricilla Lane intersection.
Commerce – A Commerce man was indicted Friday for aggravated assault in connection to a throat-slashing incident in June.
17-year-old Corey Dominic Heath received one indictment for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Heath has reportedly confessed to slashing the throat of a victim following an argument over a shirt in the 1900 block of Pecan Street.
The victim's throat was reportedly cut from his Adam's apple to his left ear with a pocket knife, and required approximately 1,000 stitches to close.
Greenville – A member of the Obama Administration will make a stop in Greenville Monday.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to stop in Greenville Monday, to tour work at the L-3 Communications Integrated Systems plant. The visit is one of a two stops at defense contractors in North Texas.
Reuters announced Gates is also scheduled to visit a Lockheed plant in Fort Worth before coming to Greenville.
– Tougher dropout rules in Texas have resulted in more than twice the number of school districts and campuses appealing their state ratings.
The Texas Education Agency says 180 appeals were filed this year, compared with 83 last year.
The Commerce ISD is currently appealing an academically unacceptable rating due to its dropout rate. The high rate is blamed on a clerical error where a student was inadvertently enrolled at two campuses due to coding issues.
Greenville – The Greenville Police Department will soon begin an aggressive warrant round-up for individuals with outstanding municipal court warrants.
An amnesty period will run Monday through September 12, during which those with outstanding warrants can pay their balances and avoid being arrested. Additionally, they will save money by avoiding the payment of a warrant fee and the cost of posting a bond.