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“Drink, Drive Go to Jail” focus through Labor Day

In Texas, there is a traffic crash about every 20 minutes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to lower this statistic with the launch of its annual Labor Day “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign.

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Clinic not affected by closing

The ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Mount Vernon will not be negatively affected by the closing of the local hospital operated by ETMC. It will continue to operate with Dr. Jean Latortue and nurse practitioner Delisa Brooks providing care.

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Truck loses load

TxDot provided cleanup after an 18 wheeler lost a load of particle board at the 146 mile marker of west bound I-30 on Monday, August 4.TxDot provided cleanup after an 18 wheeler lost a load of particle board at the 146 mile marker of west bound I-30 on Monday, August 4.

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ETMC to cease operations at Mount Vernon hospital

East Texas Medical Center - Mount VernonFranklin County officials have been notified by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System of the system’s intent to terminate its lease of ETMC Mount Vernon effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Construction, building repairs frustrate commissioners

Franklin County Commissioners Court members spent half of their Monday, August 11 meeting discussing construction and repairs at various county buildings.

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County joins TEX-21 initiative

Franklin County will join the TEX-21 (Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century) initiative at the urging of citizens and the Franklin County Industrial Foundation.

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Surratt withdraws from Commissioner election

Donnie SurrattPct. 2 Commissioner Donnie Surratt withdrew for re-election in the November General Election at the conclusion of the Monday, August 11 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Cook, land comissioner candidate, to visit city

John Cook, the Democratic nominee for Texas Land Commissioner, is bringing his campaign to Mount Vernon and Franklin County. He will be on the north side of the square in downtown about noon Tuesday, August 19.

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City proposes same tax rate as current year for 2014-15

The Mount Vernon City Council unanimously voted for a proposed tax rate of $0.604382 per $100 of valuation to fund the 2014-15 Budget. That rate is expected to yield revenues of $658,330 if at least 95 percent of the taxes levied are collected.

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