The News

Former Chief of Police Rodney Pearson is suing the City of Jasper, citing “conspiracy of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.” The lawsuit includes civil action against Mayor James M. Tout, Rayburn Broadcasting, Debbie Foster and Joe Whitener.

Foster is the mayor’s longtime girlfriend and an employee of his radio station, and Whitener is personnel director for the city of Jasper.

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According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the ATF is investigating a “suspicious device” found on a dirt road at mile marker 778 on Highway 12 in Deweyville near Deweyville High School. Newton County Sgt. Josh Hancock said his office received a call from Samson Energy employees Monday morning, Oct. 15.

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The Orange Police and Fire Departments are investigating a fire that appears to be the result of arson at 98 John Ave. in Orange on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Southeast Texas’ first game show is set to premiere on Fox 4. After months of preparation and taping, “Family Knows Best” will begin airing Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon, and every Saturday thereafter. Twenty local families will compete on the new show over the course of 10 weeks for prizes from area businesses.

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They call it a multi-modal terminal, which is a fancy name for a facility built to transport crude oil and other products via rail, ship, barge and truck.

GT Omniport is a $95 million, 1,100 acre facility near refineries with more than 1 million barrels per day of capacity, multiple chemical and processing plants and is located less than one mile from over 4 million barrels of petroleum product storage capacity and pipelines currently serving the region.

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