Around East Texas 05/11/07

Political Debate

An East texas timber giant and an East Texas legislator are battling it out at the state capitol. Temple Inland and State Representative Wayne Christian disagree over subsidies for a biomass power plant that would be built in Nacogdoches County. Temple Inland believes the subsidies would be unfair to exisiting would product companies, but local developers say the jobs the new plant would create are the most important factor. Iin a written statement Temple Inland says the company is not trying to stop any east Texas biomass project, only the subsidies. But economic developers call them incentives and say without them there will not be a biomass power plant.

TYC Superintendent Suspended

A change at a Texas Youth Commission facility in Crockett. It happens as reform of the troubled agency continues. Superintendent Don Freeman has been suspended with pay. According to a T-Y-C spokesman, Freeman was suspended over administrative issues. The assistant superintendent is now in control. A T-Y-C conservator is addressing personnel matters and serious abuse allegations that affect T-Y-C operations. Investigators have received more than 200 calls and complaints about the Crockett State School. That is the seventh highest number of complaints in the state. As of May 3rd, there were 7,679 youngsters in the Texas Youth Commission system.

Fire District Elections

Nacogdoches County volunteer firefighters in Appleby and central Heights are reminding residents in those areas to vote. Firefighters in each area want an emergency service district. If the measures pass, property owners will pay a tax not to exceed three cents per one hundred dollar property valuation. The funds would provide budget help for the departments.

Tanker Truck Wreck

Interstate 20 is back open following a major accident. A tanker truck leaked out diesel fuel in the four-vehicle wreck in Gregg county yesterday afternoon. One person was taken to Laird hospital in Kilgore, and the east bound lanes were shut down. D-P-S tells us, everything is now back to normal and the scene has been cleaned.

Fatal Collision

A Wills Point teenager is dead after a head-on collision. It happened Wednesday on F-M 751 north of Wills Point in Van Zandt county. D-P-S troopers tell us 17-year old Justin Duggar of Wills Point veered into the path of a dump truck and hit it head on. Duggar was ejected from his vehicle and died instantly.

Whitehoue Teen Remembered

Family, friends and members of the Whitehouse community will gather to remember 17-year old Alex Fleming today. Fleming died Tuesday night when he lost contorl of his vehicle. He was known in th ehigh school on the football team and being a leader in the school. Funeral services for Alex are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Green Acres church in Tyler.

Infant Seat Recall

More than 400-thousand infant car seats are being recalled. The C-P-S-C and the Evenflo company say the model affected is the Evenflo Embrace infant sear/carriers made before April 6, 2006. The hazard? The handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward, and your baby can fall out. There are several model numbers affected by this recall. You can find more information by going to the KnowMore section of and click on "Evenflo Infant Car Seat Recall."

Dog Attack

An East Texas woman is recovering today after being attacked by a pit bull. Her five pound dog, however, did not survive. Polly Scott of Lindale says she was playing with her dog last week when the neighors pit bull came up and knocked her to the ground. Polly was bit on her fingers, but the pit bull was too strong for her dog. Smith county animal control officers say under the current law, the owner of the pit bull is not liable until it attacks a second time.