Smith County's jail facilities passed a new round of inspections. At Commissioners Court Sheriff J.B. Smith went over the list of the agencies who looked over the jail. They included the health department, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
Despite passing, Smith says a new jail needs to be built in order to save taxpayers money in the long run. "We have over 200 prisoners shipped out to other counties," said Smith. "That's gonna cost us around $4 million this year that is going out of smith county to New York or New Jersey."
Last year, the jail did not pass inspection because of jail overcrowding.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>