Jim Bell is a Lufkin native with many years of experience in commercial and public radio news broadcasting. Winner of many awards for news writing, reporting and news production from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Houston Press Club, Dallas Press Club, Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association. He's been married to the same woman for 35 years, with four children and six grandchildren.
Last WWII B-29 Bomber Coming to Tyler
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that the last "flying" B-29 Superfortress Bomber left in the world will be in Tyler later this month -- the 18th through the 20th -- at Tyler’s Historic Aviation Memorial Museum.
TxDOT Rebuilds Lufkin N. Loop Interchange
The Lufkin News reports the Texas Department of Transportation is finally launching a long awaited redesign and rebuilding of the U.S 59/Loop 287 interchange on Lufkin's north side.
Prisons Find Legal Way to Block Cell Phones
No matter how annoying many people are with their cellphones, we can't stop them because it's illegal to jam radio signals. Cellphones smuggled to prison inmates are also a serious problem, but the Lufkin News reports Texas prisons are getting electronic help to fight cell phone calls -- legally.
Killer Gets Sex Change at Taxpayer Expense
It's reported that a federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered state prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate who is serving life in prison for murder.
Bryan Man Facing Flag Desecration Charges
We don't hear much about flag desecration anywhere these days, much less here in east Texas, but we have one from Crockett. The Houston County Courier has the story of a man who was arrested and charged with desecrating the United States flag.
Say What? Texas Forest Service is Now A&M?
It's true, and it's not another Aggie joke. As of Saturday, September 1st, the 97 year old Texas Forest Service has a new name. It is now the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Anger Over Lake Naconiche Publicity Stunt
The Lufkin News reports some Nacogdoches County landowners and fisher folk are upset, and say they felt betrayed when county commissioners allowed a popular Texas bass fishing TV show early access to Lake Naconiche several days before the official opening date.
Study: Half of Americans Will Die Nearly Broke
This should get your attention if retirement is in your near future. MarketWatch reports a recent survey shows that almost half of all U.S. retirees die with savings of $10,000 or less -- almost no money in the bank.