Residents Concerned Their Cities Will Become Ghost Towns

Brick by brick the city of Lufkin is growing at a faster rate than it ever has before. New businesses are being built everyday. Though there is lots of growth in Lufkin some folks in other East Texas communities are not pleased with the growth in their communities. "I don't see why people have to leave and go to other towns to get jobs. We need to bring jobs to our area. We need to rebuild in Chester," says Lena Freeman. "When the kids get out of high school they don't have jobs. When the kids get out of school in the summertime they don't have jobs. All they can refer to is drugs, alcohol and going to jail," says Norman Freeman.

Norman is from Chester. He doesn't think the young people in his community have much of a future because towns like Chester are being forgotten. "If we don't do something for these kids now, we have lost them," says Freeman.

Thursday night folks from several small deep East Texas towns met with the Black Chamber of Commerce, hoping to increase economic development. "We are aware that where there is knowledge there is power. So we are here to bring some education and empowerment to our minority community not just our African American community but to our Hispanic population as well", says Dr. David Wilson.

Folks from the Black Chamber of Commerce say they are not creating a separate chamber in East Texas, but partnering with existing chambers to make communities better for everyone.

The group plans to meet with concerned residents over the next few months.