Greenville – The Greenville City Council Districts will also need to undergo redistricting, due to shifts in population over the last ten years.
During Tuesday's work session, Jacob Limon with Barney Knight & Associates said the City's total deviation between the population of their largest and smallest districts is currently over 27 percent. In general, lines need to be redrawn in the deviation exceeds ten percent.
The process will eventually require review and approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.
– East Texas was the site of nearly a dozen suspected tornadoes, some of which caused major damage Tuesday.
Van Zandt County emergency management spokesman Chuck Allen estimated that "easily 100-plus" homes were destroyed or damaged north of the tiny East Texas town of Edom. He said one woman suffered fractures when her mobile home was destroyed.
Allen described a damage track one mile wide and eight miles long extending from Edom to the north.
Emory – Rains County authorities were continuing their search Wednesday morning for a suspect who was able to flee following a brief chase.
The chase began when Brian Hays refused to pull over for a minor traffic violation. The short pursuit ended when he crashed into a shed next to a mobile home near Emory. Hays was able to evade capture by fleeing through a densely wooded area.
Sulphur Springs – The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police are among local law enforcement agencies joining the DEA to offer residents a way to properly discard old prescription medications.
Many people have no idea what to do with these drugs, so they remain in the medicine cabinet, easily accessible, especially to youth who might be tempted to use them. Throwing the drugs away or flushing them is not a safe method of disposal either.
Delta County – It seems Delta County avoided even harsher weather Monday afternoon, after one citizen reported seeing a funnel cloud near her residence.
Robbie Craig and her husband live just off Antioch Road near FM 1528, about seven miles northwest of Cooper.
"It just started down from the cloud, and another one from another part of the cloud that came down and made kind of a curly q on it," Craig said. "And it dropped a little ways down, then it just folded back up and went back up into the cloud."
Commerce – The Commerce ISD has announced the release of an iPhone application to access district information.
The app, created by the District's Technology Department, also works for iPad and iPod Touch.
Through the application, users can access district news and events generated from the CISD website. A weather link connects users to real time weather reports from the district's own weather station at Commerce High School. Links to Facebook and local websites are also available from the CISD app.