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East Texas hospital practice mass movement of patients across the region

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This Wednesday, April 18 all across East Texas, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and coordinating agencies will be working together to practice the triage and transfer of patients with injuries from potential tornado.  Approximately 250 students will be ‘acting’ as tornado victims.

This would be necessary when hospitals and/or nursing homes suffer damage during a severe weather event. The priority of the Texas hospital system is to maintain patient/staff safety at all times.  Practicing how a mass surge of patients will function is a priority among healthcare professionals in the 19 counties in East Texas.

Each hospital and nursing home will be working through what we call an exercise. This means they will be simulating the actual process of receiving the patients, assessing their condition, treatment plans and admitting the patient to their facility or to evacuate existing patients due to infrastructure issue.

While hospitals and EMS agencies handle emergencies each day, there is a different process when we are moving several hundred patients at a time.  The Medical Operations Center known regionally as the G-MOC will set up in Tyler at the Regional Advisory Council office located at 100 E Ferguson Street in Tyler.  The function of this team is to manage at a regional level the flow of patients based on the number of patients who need to be moved and the current available patient beds at each hospital and nursing home.  This will be coordinated in Tyler by the Regional Advisory Council, Northeast Texas Public Heath (NETHealth) and representatives from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), hospitals, EMS agencies and the regional Disaster District Coordinator with real time data; just as it would be in a disaster scenario.

Here is a list of participating facilities by county.

Participating hospitals, nursing homes, educational facilities and Emergency Management across the region by county:

 Camp County:

UT Health Pittsburg

Cherokee County:

Cherokee County Sheriff

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Jacksonville

Jacksonville Fire Department

Jacksonville Police Department

Tyler Family Circle of Care Jacksonville

UT Health Jacksonville

UT Tyler Nursing School

Freestone County: – Freestone Medical Center Fairfield

Gregg County:

Champion EMS

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center North Park

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Kilgore

Heritage of Longview Healthcare and Rehabilitation – Longview

Pace Opportunity Center, Inc. Longview

Select Specialty Hospital Longview

UT Tyler Nursing Longview

Harrison County:

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall

GenesisPrime FQHC Clinic-Marshall

Marshall Manor Nursing and Rehab Marshall

Henderson County:

Chandler Nursing Center – Chandler

Tyler Family Circle of Care – Athens

UT Health Athens

Panola County: – UT Health Carthage

Rusk County: – UT Health Henderson

Smith County:

Allegiance Home Health Tyler

Baylor Scott White/Texas Spine and Joint Tyler

Breckenridge Village Tyler

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Tyler

CHRISTUS Healthsouth Rehab Tyler

City of Tyler Fire Department

Disaster District 6 Coordinator Tyler

Northeast Texas Public Health

Smith County Fire Marshall’s Office Tyler

Tyler Family Circle of Care – three (3) Tyler locations

Tyler Junior College

UT Health East Texas EMS

UT Health North Campus Tyler

UT Health Tyler

UT Tyler Nursing Tyler

UT Tyler Pharmacy Tyler


Van Zandt County:  Van Zandt Regional Medical Center Grand Saline

Wood County:

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Winnsboro

Quitman Fire Department

UT Health Quitman

Winnsboro Fire Department

Wood County Emergency Management/Northeast Texas Public Health Department

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Summer Work Program Aims to Connect 2,000 Texas Students with Jobs

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AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the kickoff of its 2018 Summer Earn and Learn program that provides students with disabilities, aged 16-22, with work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, Texas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).

Last year, more than 1,500 students participated in Summer Earn and Learn and worked in positions as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives, peer counselors and others. Small and large businesses who participated in the program include Alamo College in San Antonio, the Clements Boys & Girls Club in Killeen and CVS, HEB, and Verizon locations throughout the state.

“The Summer Earn and Learn program provides valuable opportunities for Texas students with disabilities to learn about the exciting careers available to them in the Texas workforce,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We encourage students and parents to contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more about these paid internship positions available this summer.”

Local Workforce Development Boards, who oversee the Workforce Solutions Offices, will collaborate with local TWS-VRS staff to promote the program and identify students and businesses who are interested in participating. Students will receive work readiness training and connect with a local employer, where they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. The students will learn about the employer’s industry and develop skills and work experience that will prepare them for successful transition to postsecondary education and employment.

“Employers who sign on to Summer Earn and Learn are committed to the professional development of workers in their industries and developing potentially long-term employees,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The program provides employers with direct access to their local workforce, which consists of students who are eager to learn and work.”

“Through Summer Earn and Learn, our youth are viewing firsthand the day-to-day responsibilities associated with careers they might chose for their future,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Afterwards, students will return to school with meaningful skill sets and knowledge of the workplace.”

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Applications being accepted until April 30 for two board of trustee seats

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Kilgore College is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Monday, April 30, for two board appointments to fill the vacant seat of the late James Walker and the seat of Bob Heath who is retiring.

Heath represents the South Zone, Voting Unit #1, Place 7.  The remainder of the term for this seat lasts until May of 2019 when a regular election will be held for that seat.

Voting Unit #1 includes Leverett’s Chapel, West Rusk and Overton independent school districts.

Walker’s vacant seat is Voting Unit #2, Place 2, North Zone (Gladewater, Sabine and White Oak ISDs).  The remainder of the term for this seat lasts until May of 2021.

Applicants for the two seats will be reviewed by a board subcommittee that will recommend an appointment for consideration by the full board.

According to board bylaws, any vacancy occurring on the KC Board of Trustees through death, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by a special election ordered by the board or by appointment by resolution or order of the board. Appointees will serve until the next regular election.

Each member of the board must be a resident, qualified voter of the district and must take the proper oath of office before taking up duties of the board.

Anyone interested in being appointed to serve in one of these two vacant board seats can submit a letter of interest to Nancy Law, located in Office 100 on the first floor of the Stewart McLaurin Administration Building on the Kilgore campus.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

To receive forms by mail or e-mail, call Nancy Law at 903-983-8101 or e-mail:

More information is available at

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AUSTIN – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones. In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious injuries. With 4 percent of those fatalities being road crew workers, the remaining 96 percent was comprised of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We always urge drivers to exercise great caution and obey traffic laws, especially in work zones,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Doing so helps ensure everyone – motorists and work crews – gets home safely to their loved ones.”

As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 27,148 work zone crashes in Texas, an increase of 5 percent over 2016. The leading causes of statewide work zone crashes – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. Fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.

“Roadside crews often work only a few feet from fast-moving traffic,” Bass said. “Driver vigilance is paramount to ensuring the safety of everyone in the work zone. We urge anyone driving through a work zone to minimize distractions, give their full attention to the road and be prepared to slow down or stop on short notice.”

As part of its ongoing Work Zone Awareness campaign, TxDOT also reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT crews, law enforcement, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $2,000.

To further help raise awareness about the need for driver responsibility in work zones, TxDOT is partnering with Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company to spread the campaign message around the state. An integral part of Texas Mutual’s mission – helping employers prevent workplace incidents and minimizing their consequences – aligns with TxDOT’s Work Zone Awareness efforts.

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rodeo poster 2018 – revised – 2

Ticket On-sale Dates & Event Information

Gladewater, Texas (April 6, 2018)  – Tickets for the 81st Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo go on sale to the public at beginning Sunday, April 15, 2018, and can be purchased in person at Cavender’s Boot City in Longview starting Tuesday, May 1st.

The 2018 Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo features four great nights of exciting rodeo action and runs Wednesday, June 6th through Saturday, June 9th at the Gladewater Rodeo Arena. Gates open nightly at 6 p.m., and rodeo proceeds fund scholarships for area students.

Tickets are $16 for adults / $8 for kids (12 and under), and Reserved Seating is available until 6 p.m. each night. Special VIP tickets and group ticket discounts (10 or more) will also be available through Plus, on June 7th, the Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo will proudly offer special half-price tickets for members of the military and first responders who present a valid ID at the Rodeo Ticket Office.

The Ticket Office on the rodeo grounds is located just north of Highway 80 on North Rodeo Street in Gladewater and will be open for ticket sales on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday – Saturday, June 4 – 9, starting at 9 a.m. daily.

Registration forms for Kids Mutton Bustin’ (5-7 years of age; under 50 pounds) are available now for download online at or at the Rodeo Ticket Office on May 28th. All completed forms may be submitted online May 28th through June 4th by 5 p.m. or in person to the Ticket Office by 5 p.m. on June 4th. Participating children will receive one (1) free adult ticket for signing up. Mutton Bustin’ starts at 7:45 p.m. nightly.

The Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo’s nightly Calf Scramble is free to kids in two age groups: 10 & Under and 11 & Up. No pre-registration is required.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 – XTREME BULLS – Sponsored by Cavender’s Boot City & Xtreme Bulls

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 – Sponsored by Gladewater National Bank

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 – Sponsored by Superior Health Plan

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 –  “Tough Enough to Wear Pink,” sponsored by Texas Oncology

Additional Sponsors include: Aaron’s, Austin Bank, Bodacious Bar-B-Q, City National Bank, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, Copeland’s Insurance, Craig Bass Law Firm, Etex, Gladewater Economic Development Corporation, Joyce Crane, Lightman Media Group, Pizza Hut, R.J. Construction Metal Buildings, The Maid-Rite Co., and Waste Connections, Inc.

The 2nd Annual Gladewater Handicapable Rodeo for children and people with special needs will take place Saturday, June 9th, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Gladewater Rodeo Arena, located on US Highway 80. This free event features a variety of activities, including horseback rides, hayrides, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Round-Up Rodeo sponsorships and vendor spots are still available – contact Chris Thompson, 2018 Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo Association President, by completing the contact form at, and for those interested in supporting the Handicapable Rodeo, contact Lindsey Donaho at 903-790-4415.

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Rangerette Revels set for April 11-14 in Dodson Auditorium

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The Kilgore College Rangerettes will present Rangerette Revels April 11-14 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.

Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 11-13, and two performances on Saturday, April 14, at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

The show’s theme is “Live Your Best Life” and will include a variety of dance genres including the Rangerettes’ signature “high kick” production for the finale.

Purchase tickets online or in-person at the Rangerette Box Office located on the first floor of the Rangerette Gymnasium on the Kilgore campus.

Online ticket orders may be picked up at the Rangerette Box Office with proof of ID. All online ticket seating requests are not guaranteed.

The box office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Tickets are $25 each and all seats are reserved.

For more ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone call 903-983-8179 or e-mail:

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“Spring Into Good Health” March 24 at UT Health North Tyler Clinic

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TYLER – “Spring into Good Health,” an annual family event that includes health screenings and education, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking area of the UT Health North Tyler clinic, located at 2231 West Gentry Parkway.

Sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler’s Center for Rural Community Health, the event brings attention to Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with mortality rates for men and women higher in Northeast Texas than in other parts of the state and country (according to the 2016 The Health Status of Northeast Texas, published by The University of Texas System). Studies show that colon cancer screenings save lives because they identify precancerous growths and detect colon cancer early, when treatment can provide a better outcome.

In addition to several health screening opportunities, visitors can walk through a giant, inflatable colon to see what colon cancer looks like, and learn what can be done to help prevent it. Information on colon cancer screenings will also be available.

Other activities include:

Glucose Screenings

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Cholesterol Checks
  • Immunizations
  • Children’s Dental Services
  • Fun for Everyone

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