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Unemployment insurance rate rises

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the average Unemployment Insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.64 percent for calendar year 2017.

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Utility requests Texas rate hike

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power, submitted a request this week to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to increase the company’s Texas rates by approximately $69 million annually.

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Duke’s Travel Center dirt work begun off I-30

The site preparation for the much anticipated Duke’s Travel Center was begun last week after the parent company, Zanbaka USA, LLC, filed development plans with the City of Mount Vernon.

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Rail district touting benefits of local transload facility

Representatives with the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) have been building interest and looking for investment partners in establishing a Franklin County Transload Terminal.

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Ambulance service changes Tuesday

Hopkins County EMS will assume duties as the new provider for Emergency Medical Services, including ambulance transport at Noon Tuesday, December 20.

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New ambulance

Hopkins County EMS delivered a new ambulance on Tuesday, December 20 with Franklin County painted on the side to County Judge Scott Lee, center, and other county employees.Hopkins County EMS delivered a new ambulance on Tuesday, December 20 with Franklin County painted on the side to County Judge Scott Lee, center, and other county employees.

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Security improvements requested for county

Lag-times in receiving notifications, poor image quality from analogue cameras, and a need to expand the number of cameras to provide coverage in blind spots has Franklin County Commissioners Court members looking into costs and a change in providers as requested by Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones.

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Arnold convicted of evidence tampering by shaving body hair

Daniel Philip ArnoldIt took a seven woman, five man jury just 35 minutes to determine a triple guilty verdict for felony evidence tampering against Daniel Philip Arnold, age 33 of Mount Vernon,

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Steven Hammons appointed to local city council

Steven HammonsSteven Hammons was appointed to fill the empty Place 5 seat on the Mount Vernon City Council in a unanimous vote of those present for the monthly meeting Monday night, December 12.

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