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Northeast Texas Trail executive director Jack Neal says Clarksville is hosting the "Gateway to Texas" cycling event through Sunday.  Some of the bike riding events will take place on the NETT.  We also discuss other NETT attractions -- the Onion Shed in Farmersville (pictured) and the Farmers and Artisans Markets Saturdays in Paris.

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Michael Paris, the executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, discusses a tax abatement reinvestment zone that has been approved by the Lamar County Commissioners Court to permit Cypress Creek Renewables to construct a 60-acre solar farm in the eastern part of the county.  Paris says solar farm would generate considerable revenue for the Prairiland ISD.  Michael says it's expected that the State Highway 24 widening project is expected to be complete this summer, which will improve Paris' industria

Gene Watson
Eric Adkins

Gene Watson's roots lie in the Paris area, spending some of his formative years in the vicinity. He went on to score major success with hits in the 1960's and 70's, and remains a towering figure in country music.

A pair of unrelated murders took place within the past few days in Lamar and Collin counties.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

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Lauren Corbell, city editor and columnist of the Paris News, reports that the North Lamar ISD has scheduled a $44.9 million bond election for Saturday, May 6.  Lauren says the North Lamar school board consulted with the public to find out why a previous bond proposal failed.  And Lauren reports the annual Paris Winefest is planned for this Saturday, April 1.  It's a fund raiser to benefit the downtown Paris Main Street program.

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Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, says Paris is becoming a mecca for live music, like a number of other cities in Northeast Texas.  He says the chamber has added about 150 new members in the 18 months since he's been in the position.  A Love's Travel Center is under construction and a new Dairy Queen has recently been announced.

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Mayor A.J. Hashmi relates the history of Paris, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Art and photos from inside the new Cas Haley "More Music More Family" album.
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After a lengthy rest and rehabilitation period for his voice, Cas Haley is back with a new album, a different record label, and a fresh outlook on music and life.

Paris Junior College

The way the State of Texas measures student success doesn't include the out-of-state graduates who return home for work or further study.

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Cas Haley takes time out of his busy touring and recording schedule to chat with Matt Meinke during KETR's Spring Membership Campaign.