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2018 East Texas Gusher Days
April 21
Downtown Gladewater
Gladewater, Texas Cook-Off
Are you the best Chili cook in East Texas?
Well, let’s see what you have ….
We’ll give you a chance to prove it on April 21st when you reach for the top prize with your secret concoction of meat, spices, peppers and whatever else tickles your taste buds and opens your sinuses. So, if you’re hankerin’ to prove you make the “chiliest chili” in East Texas, join us for East Texas Gusher Days Chili Cook-Off, held in downtown Gladewater, the Antique Capital of East Texas, on April 21st. Entry fee is $20 and turn-in time is 1 p.m..
Jackpot Beans competition is just $5, with turn-in at Noon.
Trophies will be awarded for 1st Place Chili and 1st Place Bean, and Peoples’ Choice Award. We have door prizes galore!
And make sure you join us for the Cooks Dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Chili Tent, located just south of the Rail Road Tracks on Center Street. We provide everything – you just need to bring a smile and an appetite.

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Industry veteran Moody Chisholm to lead newly formed UT Health East Texas upon completion of sale 

TYLER, Texas (February 16, 2018) – Ardent Health Services and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast) today announced the newly formed 10-hospital health system created by the purchase of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) will be named UT Health East Texas. The sale is projected to close March 1.

Speaking on behalf of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker congratulated all who had been involved in bringing together the clinical expertise of UT Health Northeast and the operational skill of Ardent Health Services in the formation of UT Health East Texas. “This accomplishment is a perfect example of what happens when we all work together to meet the needs of the citizens of Texas. President Calhoun and his leadership team, along with The University of Texas System team that provided strong support, should be very proud of this transformative advancement in healthcare for East Texas,” said Tucker.

“The formation of UT Health East Texas is a game changer for our region,” said Kevin Eltife, former state senator and Tyler mayor, and current member of the UT System Board of Regents. “With the support of the UT System and Ardent, UT Health East Texas will continue to raise the bar for quality and accessibility of healthcare services while generating significant economic impact for communities throughout East Texas.”

UT Health East Texas will include 502-bed East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, UT Health Northeast hospital and clinics, the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center, eight regional hospitals, more than 50 clinic locations and an EMS fleet of more than 45 ambulances and four helicopters. In addition to UT Health East Texas, the nationally recognized UT System includes UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and three other major medical institutions throughout the state. The new entity names in East Texas include:

• UT Health Tyler (formerly ETMC Tyler)

• UT Health North Campus Tyler (formerly UT Health Northeast)

• UT Health Athens (formerly ETMC Athens)

• UT Health Carthage (formerly ETMC Carthage)

• UT Health Henderson (formerly ETMC Henderson)

• UT Health Jacksonville (formerly ETMC Jacksonville)

• UT Health Pittsburg (formerly ETMC Pittsburg)

• UT Health Quitman (formerly ETMC Quitman)

• UT Health Specialty Hospital (formerly ETMC Specialty Hospital)

• UT Health Behavioral Health Center (formerly ETMC Behavioral Health Center)

• UT Health East Texas Physicians (formerly ETMC Physicians First)

• UT Health East Texas EMS & UT Health East Texas Air 1 (formerly ETMC EMS & ETMC Air 1)

As partners, UT Health Science Center Tyler and Ardent Health Services have appointed healthcare industry veteran Moody Chisholm to lead UT Health East Texas. As president and CEO of UT Health East Texas, Chisholm will be based in Tyler where he will oversee system operations and work closely with the governing board to leverage clinical services and resources to expand medical education and community health initiatives throughout the region. Additionally, Eric Roach has been named chief financial officer for the system.

“We are pleased to welcome these accomplished leaders and look forward to providing the support and resources they need to further advance this new system,” said David T. Vandewater, Ardent president and CEO. “Each brings significant experience building strong and trusting relationships with employees, physicians and community members, which will be pivotal to the smooth integration of these two outstanding institutions. With their leadership, we look forward to building a new system that not only cares for East Texans, but also improves lives by expanding access to leading-edge research and clinical therapies.”

Chisholm most recently served as regional vice president for Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare’s central region, which includes five hospitals. He was previously CEO of St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to that, he spent 24 years with Universal Health Services where he held a variety of leadership roles including division vice president. Chisholm holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from Appalachian State University, and received his MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Roach also brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. He most recently served as vice president of finance for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tennessee, where he oversaw the financial operations of 31 facilities and more than 600 employed physicians throughout the southeast. He previously held a similar role at Health Management Associates, where he managed financial operations for 13 facilities, and served as CFO for 154-bed Regional Hospital of Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee.

“These are important milestones as we move closer to becoming one system working together to improve the health of East Texas,” said Kirk Calhoun, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. “We look forward to building on the strong legacy created by ETMC while leveraging the power and resources of the UT System.”

Ardent and UT System will invest more than $125 million in the system over five years. The UT System will retain ownership of the UT Health Science Center campus and facilities, thereby reducing the need for additional capital investment from the partnership. Ardent will manage day-to-day operations and governance will be shared through a newly formed board of directors.

UT System Chancellor William R. McRaven also voiced his support for this effort. “The University of Texas System, UT Health Northeast, and Ardent Health Services have come together in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation that will positively impact East Texans for generations to come,” he said.

About the UT System 

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking basic, applied and clinical research, and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas. The UT System comprises eight academic institutions and six health institutions, including six medical schools – four at health institutions and two at academic campuses. Within the health institutions there are also two dental schools, three nursing schools, five biomedical science graduate schools, four schools of health professions, one school of biomedical informatics, and two schools of public health, including one with five regional campuses. System-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics have more than 7.9 million outpatient visits and nearly 1.6 million hospital days annually, and UT System ranks second in the nation in research and development expenditures among public university systems with $2.8 billion. The UT System’s operating budget for FY 2018 is $18.3 billion, including $3.6 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. The UT System’s health care operating budget is almost $12 billion. With more than 20,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and many members of the National Academies – and nearly 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state. For more information, visit www.utsystem.edu.

About Ardent Health Services 

Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate 21 hospitals in seven states with more than 19,000 employees including nearly 600 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Seven of the company’s hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Best Places to Work” in 2017 – more than any other system in the country.

Ardent operations are owned by an affiliate of Equity Group Investments (EGI), a Chicago-based private investment firm; Ventas, Inc., a leading real estate investment trust; and members of Ardent’s executive management team. For more information, visit www.ardenthealth.com.

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Man gets 15 years for assaulting a deputy

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GILMER–A judge sentenced a Canton man to 15 years in prison Monday after the defendant pleaded guilty to assaulting an Upshur County sheriff’s deputy, said District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Brian Leslie Walters, 40, was sentenced by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish for assault against a public servant, said Byrd. The defendant reached a plea bargain before jury selection was to open in the case, the prosecutor said.

Walters admitted assaulting Deputy Josh Lambert last April 15 at the county jail after being arrested at the Midway Truck Stop north of Gilmer on U.S. 271, said Byrd.

Lambert had answered a call reporting “a man running out into trafffic,” and found Walters behind the truck stop, the prosecutor said in a news release.. After being arrested for public intoxication, Walters refused to exit the patrol car at the jail and began fighting Lambert, whose nose was broken when Walters’ head struck it, Byrd said.

Lambert subsequently required surgery, Byrd said.

He represented the prosecution at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Walters.

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Registration underway for new eight-week online classes beginning in March

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It’s not too late to sign up for classes for the spring semester at Kilgore College with the addition of a block of eight-week online classes beginning March 19.

The condensed online classes are perfect for students who weren’t able to enroll at the beginning of the spring semester or for students already enrolled who would like to earn extra credits in a shortened period of time.

Students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible to ensure class availability.

If a returning or transfer student has no developmental requirements, he/she can register online through the myKC web portal at www.kilgore.edu.

For more information call 903-983-8209 or visit www.kilgore.edu/8-week-classes.

Online classes beginning March 19:

·        BCIS 1305.FW2 (Business Computer Information Systems) taught by Ginger Dennis

·        CHEM 1405.FW1 (Chemistry I) taught by Jonathan Belew

·        ENGL 1301.FW1 (English Composition I) taught by Stephanie Laszik

·        ENGL 1302.FW1 (English Composition II) taught by Gus Lafosse

·        ENGL 2332.FW1 (World Literature II) taught by Lynda Brooks

·        GOVT 2306.FW2 (Texas Government) taught by Derek Hunter

·        MATH 1314.FW1 (College Algebra) taught by Brandon Walker

·        PSYC 2301.FW1 (General Psychology) taught by David Fontenot

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DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February.

The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

“Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers risk their lives every day for the people of Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”

Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either:

  • Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction),or
  • Slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.)

Drivers should only move over if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow down.

“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily basis, and the unfortunate fact the many still violate the state law that has been in effect for nearly 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said Director McCraw. “In addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the side of the road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along our roadways. Let’s all get home safely.”

Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to $500 if there is property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Preliminary data from 2017 shows that DPS issued more than 10,650 warnings and citations to motorists violating the Move Over/Slow Down law.

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The City of Gladewater will be losing one of its longest tenured employees next  month when city secretary Melba Haralson resigns, Feb. 28.

After 23 years on the job, she is taking a position with the City of White Oak. She said in her letter of resignation that she had “mixed emotions” about leaving and said  “It has been my extreme honor and privilege to be the second longest tenured City Secretary in the history of Gladewater, surpassed only by H.I. McAfee with 30 years.  I have served under 5 different mayors, 26 council members, and worked with 4 city managers.  I have been interim city manager 3 times and have seen countless employees come and go.”

Haralson’s decision is based on money and what is best for her family. “White Oak has a 7%, 2:1 match on TMRS (Texas Municipal Retirement Systemretirement as well as updated service credits.  That has a tremendous impact on my retirement, simply too much to leave on the table.”

Last year the City of Gladewater improved its retirement match, but for years has lost employees to other cities due to lower benefits.

Haralson’s letter reads:

Mayor and City Council:

It is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation.  Gladewater has been my passion for the past 23 years.  I have devoted myself to this city and I am most grateful for the achievements, the challenges, and most of all for the people I’ve come to know and respect.

It has been my extreme honor and privilege to be the second longest tenured City Secretary in the history of Gladewater, surpassed only by H.I. McAfee with 30 years.  I have served under 5 different mayors, 26 council members, and worked with 4 city managers.  I have been interim city manager 3 times and have seen countless employees come and go.

The City of White Oak has offered me a position and it is in my best interest to accept.  White Oak has a 7%, 2:1 match on TMRS retirement as well as updated service credits.  That has a tremendous impact on my retirement, simply too much to leave on the table.

Please consider this as my formal resignation effective February 28, 2018.  I’m just a phone call away and will always be willing to help if needed.

Best regards,

Melba Haralson

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Brock Baustin Gumm

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A memorial service celebrating the life and legacy of Brock Baustin Gumm is scheduled Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Union Grove Lion Center Auditorium, 11220 Union Grove Road, Gladewater, Texas 75647.
Brock was born on September 8, 2008 in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved to his new room in His Heavenly Father’s house on January 23, 2018 from his home in Gladewater, Texas.  Those who continue his legacy include his parents, Paige and Brett Gumm, brother, Brody Gumm, maternal great grandmother, Betty Dordan Vaughan, paternal grandparents, Debby and John Keel, and maternal grandfather, Bob Jackson, and his wife Melinda.  Brock’s family also includes his surrogate grandmother, Patti Fellows, a great aunt and uncle, Laura and Benny Vaughan, two uncles, Trey and Derrick Austin, one aunt, Tiffany Austin, dozens of cousins and hundreds of friends.
Brock was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin F. Vaughan and paternal great grandparents, Agness and Warren Gumm, his maternal grandparents Vicki “Bella” and Gill “Pops” Austin and his paternal grandfather, Jerry Gumm.
At the age of six Brock was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood bone cancer, Osteosarcoma.  For three years and three months he battled this monster with the faith and determination of a “Super Hero”; inspiring the “Battle for Brock” army motto: “Faith, Fight and Finish”.  Brock’s faith was inspiring. He often thanked people for praying for him and reassured them that, “God’s Got This!”  He would take on any ally in his fight with cancer including surgeries, chemotherapy, amputation, experimental treatments, holistic treatments and diets, and homeopathic remedies.  He finished his fight, as he started it, convinced that regardless of what the future held, he held on with faith to the one who holds the future.
What a dynamic, full, and abundant life was poured into nine years and four months of living.  Brock had friends in high places: Dallas Cowboy Football Stars, LSU Tiger players, and Texas Ranger sluggers all knew and admired Brock for his determination in facing his illness.  But he also had friends in his favorite places.  Friends who never left his side; baseball, soccer and football team members, school friends, traveling friends, and friends just content to understand and sit near by or quietly play video games.  The friends who shared the journey, a little every day.  At this writing there are already hundreds of tributes on social media telling Brock’s story; and how he touched the lives of or was touched by the lives of others.  Stories of friends, family and sometimes strangers who met on this extraordinary journey; sharing victories and defeats, tears and laughter.
The Gumm family would like to thank everyone for the love, support and prayers you have showered upon us over the past three years. We have been blessed by so many people throughout the world and we are thankful.
In lieu of flowers, please hug your children and grandchildren; cherish everyday living it fully; and please consider making a gift in Brock’s memory to A Shelter for Cancer Families (2726 Bissonnet Street Suite 240-314 Houston, TX 77005 or cancerfamilies.org), to continue Brock’s legacy and help other children with their battles. One last request of those who are planning to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, please wear your favorite Battle for Brock shirt or a blue or yellow shirt.

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The Texas Rangers have been investigating the Friday, January 19, 2018, shooting of a Gladewater man by Gladewater police.

Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine released this following information concerning  the incident:

“On Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 11:45pm, Gladewater Police Officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Melba in response to a reported domestic disturbance in progress.  When Sgt. Anthony Gatwood and Officer Jacobo Lira-Vital arrived on the scene they were met by 24-year-old resident, David Neill in the yard of the residence.  Neill was holding a rifle and was moving towards the two responding officers.  Officers repeatedly gave Neill verbal commands to drop the rifle, however, he refused to comply with these commands and Neill can be seen on the video footage from a body worn camera on the one of the officer’s uniforms pointing the rifle in the direction of the officers which is immediately followed by the sound of three gun shots.

“After the suspect was handcuffed, Officers immediately summoned an ambulance to the scene and Neill was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and later reported to be in stable condition.  At this time, Neill is expected to recover.  Due to Neill being in the hospital for medical treatment, criminal charges against him are pending at this time.

“The primary catalyst for this incident was the actions of the suspect, David Neill, who was not only holding a rifle, but was advancing on the officers on the scene.  Even after repeated orders by the officers to put the weapon down, Neill continued to pose an imminent threat to the officers by not complying.  When Neill pointed the rifle in the direction of the officer, they responded in an appropriate manner to effectively stop the threat.

“The body worn cameras worn by both Sgt. Gatwood and Officer Lira-Vital were both activated at the time of the incident and captured video and audio footage, which will undoubtedly play a key role in the investigation into this incident by the Texas Rangers.

“Sgt. Anthony Gatwood and Officer Jacobo Lira-Vital, are both on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation into this incident by the Texas Rangers and the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office.

“All future inquiries into this incident should be directed to the office of the District Attorney of Gregg County or the Texas Rangers who are conducting the investigation into this incident.”




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First Day Filing Results

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Filings Wednesday, the first day candidates could file to run for the Gladewater City Council in the May 5 election, saw  incumbent mayor Harold Wells and councilman J.D. Shipp filing for the mayor’s  seat, while incumbent Leon Watson and former city councilman Scott Owens filed for the Place 2 seat.
No one has filed yet for Place 3, which is currently held by Lana Niemann.  City officials said only one other packet has been picked up so far and that was by Brandy Flannagan.
The last day to file is Feb. 16  at 5 pm.

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