Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – A Northeast Texas family has won $10,000 after winning the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Family Challenge.
The Johnny and Melisa Shreve family of Lone Oak outlasted four other families from across the country in challenges that included a go-cart race, a stick horse race, an obstacle course and a trivia test.
The Shreves also got a chance to meet Dolly Parton, whose Dollywood theme park is in Pigeon Forge, the town that sponsored the contest.
The Pigeon Forge Family Challenge has been playing out in a month-long series of webcasts.
Van Zandt County – An amended petition has been filed by an East Texas resident which seeks the removal of a Van Zandt County commissioner.
The petition concerning Ricky LaPrade was filed in Van Zandt County District Court.
KLTV reports the Precinct 1 Commissioner was recently arrested on separate occasions for drunk driving. The first incident occurred in April, with the second alleged offense earlier this month. He was also arrested this year for misappropriation of fiduciary property.
Paris – There are no longer any gaps in Northeast Texas when it comes to burn bans.
Lamar and Red River County Commissioners Monday followed the stance taken by 245 other Texas counties, bringing the grand total to 247. The bans will remain in effect for 90 days unless cancelled beforehand.
Just a handful of counties in South, Southeast and one in Northwest Texas remain free of the restriction.
Greenville – Citing a lack of rainfall, Greenville City Manager Steven Alexander has announced the implementation of water conservation measures for the City of Greenville.
In 2007, the City of Greenville updated a 1999 Water Conservation and Drought Contingency plan and yesterday, the City Manger indicated that Greenville is at Stage 2, Moderate water shortage conditions.
Greenville – A status meeting is scheduled Tuesday night on the cleanup of the former ESCO Manufacturing site in Greenville.
The remediation of the EPA Superfund site began in March with the dismantling of the tin and aluminum of the plant building and the initial excavation of the soil surrounding the structure. Crews are expected to remain on site until September.
Commerce, TX – When Grammy winner and guitar virtuoso introduces the first songwriter performing an original composition on third Thursdays at 7:30, Cowhill Express in downtown Commerce comes to life with some of the best vocals and vibes this side of Nashville. This past Thursday had a strong lineup of all-male songwriters presenting two compositions each in Jerald Thomas' friendly musical venue in the backroom at Cowhill Express.