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The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce will have another ”Live @ Five” event on Thursday, December 12th. It will be hosted at the Paris Texas Pecan Company, which is located at 1569 South Church Street in Paris and will begin at 5pm. This free ”meet and greet” event is a wonderful networking opportunity, in an informal, fun setting. Send your RSVP to Judy @ (903) 784-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The manager released the following “Question & Answer” on the 2013 Ice Storm, the worst to hit the city in more than a decade:
ICE STORM Q&A
HOW DO I GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT RESTORATION OF ELECTRIC SERVICE?
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION ABOUT CABLE OR PHONE SERVICE?
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEANING UP DEBRIS IN MY YARD?
WILL THE CITY OFFER CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF WOODY WASTE AND BRUSH?
WHAT ARE THE PARAMETERS FOR BRANCHES THE CITY WILL PICK UP?
WILL I BE CHARGED FOR BRUSH PICK UP AT MY CURBSIDE?
AM I ONLY LIMITED TO A 7’X7’X7’ PILE OF LIMBS?
WHAT DO I DO WITH WASTE IF I DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR CURBSIDE?
I HAVE HEARD DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FOR BRUSH AND WOODY WASTE DROP-OFF. HOW DID I KNOW WHAT IS CORRECT?
WILL I BE CHARGED FOR DROPPING BRUSH OFF?
I HAVE LIMBS FROM A BUSINESS/APARTMENT COMPLEX. CAN I TAKE LIMBS TO THE CITY’S DROP OFF LOCATION?
IS THE CITY PICKING UP ITS NORMAL SANITATION ROUTES?
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS CITIZENS SHOULD TAKE?
I HEARD THE CITY ALMOST RAN OUT OF WATER. IS THAT CORRECT?
CAN THE CITY DO ANYTHING TO HELP US GET ELECTRICITY BACK IN SERVICE?
IF I NEED TO CALL THE CITY AFTER HOURS, WHO DO I CALL?
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
The Paris Downtown Association (PDA) meet on Wednesday, December 11th at 8:15 at Paris Baby, 134 S Main Street in downtown Paris. The PDA exists to promote and improve the Paris downtown area and members are involved in co-op marketing efforts. Membership is open and dues are $120 per year. For more information contact Kari Daniel at email@example.com.
Pictured below: PDA members recently bought flags that are displayed in front of the storefronts to indicate when they are open for business.
The City of Paris made a switch Monday afternoon and is asking residents to take their brushy storm debris to the sports complex adjacent to Love Civic Center, NOT to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.
That created some confusion, because earlier in the day Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley mentioned “an earlier erroneous report” to take storm debris to the civic center. The place to take broken tree limbs and other debris, he said, was the east side of the fairgrounds, in the 1500 block of North Fitzhugh Street.
“At the time the chief said that, the earlier report WAS erroneous,” said LaVonne Schepis, secretary for the city’s public works department.
“Then it got too muddy at the fairgrounds,” Schepis said.
“All brush should be taken (to the end of the road past the pavilion and concession stand) at the Sports Complex, 2005 S. Collegiate, due to muddy conditions at the temporary site at the 1500 Block of Fitzhugh,” she said.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 903.784.9289 with any questions.
“Residents only, no contractors,” officials said.
Storm debris can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through the week and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, city officials said.
The city is working up a plan on picking up debris at the curbside, but nothing is definite yet, city officials say.
In a “Day Four Update,” Hundley said Monday that the number of power outages is starting to decline, “although you may actually lose power again as ONCOR continues the repair process. If that happens, hopefully it will be a very short time.”
Hundley said there is no truth to a report that the city is running out of water.
“The water treatment plant is on line and providing water, and there is no issue there. We have a very few sewer lift stations that are without power, and those situations are being addressed,” the police chief added.
Melting ice is expected throughout the day on Monday, followed by high temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hundley said.
However, the Paris Police Department remains on emergency power, Hundley said, “and it’s getting a little chilly in here!”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
As 2013 comes to a close, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department last week awarded two officers with awards, recognizing their hard work and dedication to the department and their jobs.
Deputy Sergeant Johnathan Smith — a 5 1/2 year veteran of the sheriff’s office — has been named the Lamar County Sheriff’s ‘Deputy of the Year’ for 2013, while detention officer Jared Banks was named ‘Detention Officer of Year’.
Smith has obtained 1134 hours of TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) training hours and is one of the department’s field training officers.
“Johnathan has been an integral part of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department,” Sheriff Scott Cass said. “He is helpful to other officers, kind, experienced and easily approachable.”
He has also served as a school resource officer for Roxton ISD, where he taught criminal justice classes and became a mentor to the students he served, officials said.
As an advocate for children’s safety, Smith has worked many hours at the Kids Safe Saturday booths, art fair, gun safety programs at various schools and events, racial diversity block parties and providing prison tours for his criminal justice classes.
“Johnathan exhibits good character in his daily duties at the sheriff’s office and in his life as well,” the sheriff said. “He exhibits good people skills and sets the example in doing his job well — following orders and looking always to make the office and its officers better in all ways.”
Smith is a veteran of the armed forces, serving as a United States Marine. He is married to Leticia Smith and has three children. They attend Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Paris.
Lamar County Jail detention officer Jared Banks was commended as ‘Detention Officer of the Year’ for 2013.
“Jared is a very well rounded detention officer,” jail administrators said. “He has shown in his short time here at the Lamar County Jail to have a good work initiative, knowledge of the profession and the capacity to do it.”
One of Jared’s co-workers said that “he has a good work ethic”, which ultimately sets a good example.
As a licensed jailer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement with 297 hours of TCLEOSE training and education hours, Jared is dedicated to his profession and in doing the best job he can, officials said.
Banks is a veteran of the armed forces, where he served in the United States Air Force.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra