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Update: Feb 6, 2019, 10:08 p.m. -- This story has been amended to clarify that the 126 employees leaving work at Kimberly-Clark's Paris plant are not Kimberly-Clark employees. 

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Wednesday said that the  126 workers who will be leaving its Paris plant are not company employees.

KETR originally reported that the company would be laying off 126 employees. In a statement, the company said  those employees "are employed by a third party vendor, Holman Distribution, and this vendor has chosen to exit our business." 

 

Gov. Greg Abbott gave his State of the State address in Austin this morning. He touted the lure of Texas to jobseekers and companies -- and the contributions of oil and technology to the state. But Abbott also talked about economic growth in some of the state’s more rural areas, including Northeast Texas.

"Our economic might is not limited to our large cities," Abbott said. "It touches smaller communities across the state. In places like Lufkin and Mt. Pleasant; in Temple and Paris."

Five constables in Lamar County are petitioning a grievance committee over a wage increase in their salaries. The constables are asking for an additional $5,000 each. 

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Beware of scammers and con artists. That’s good advice for life, but apropos of what some police departments in Northeast Texas want you to know. 

Family offers $10,000 reward on missing person case

Oct 29, 2015
Ali Burress remains missing.
LCSO

The family of Ali Jo Burress, who was reported missing on June 29, 2015, is now offering a $10,000 reward in exchange for any information leading to her return, in the event she is alive.

According to a special notice issued by the Lamar County Sheriff’s office the family hopes to acquire information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of persons responsible for the death of Ali Burress.

Nearly month: Lamar County woman remains missing

Jul 21, 2015
Ali Burress remains missing.
LCSO

It has been nearly a month since Lamar County woman Ali Burress dialed 911 reporting she was lost just off State Highway 24. Monday, June 29 was the last anyone had heard from the 28 year old. The Lamar County Sheriff’s office spent several hours last Friday with search and rescue dogs in the area her car was located 15 miles south of Paris near County Road 14850 at approximately 10:30 a.m. that day.

Campbell Soup is a major employer in Lamar County.
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Campbell Soup Co. said it has started a voluntary early-retirement program for certain U.S.-based salaried employees as part of its efforts to reduce costs, according to a Nasdaq.com report.

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2014. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.

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Last night in Paris, the city council voted not to send results of an investigation of the local Economic Development Corporation to the state Attorney General’s office and the state Comptroller’s office. The motion was introduced by former mayor and current councilmember Dr. A.J. Hashmi. KETR’s Mark Haslett spoke with Hashmi about last night’s vote.

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Lamar Electric Cooperative is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone whose tip leads to the indictment of those responsible for a recent spate of copper thefts.

Thieves have made off with about seven miles of wire, worth about $20,000 to the company, according to spokesperson Dena Beason. M0st of the thefts occurred around Maxey and other areas west of Paris, she said.

Also, one botched effort resulted in some customers losing power last week, Beason said.

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In Commerce, people in the university community knew Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver as friends and classmates. KETR listeners across Northeast Texas knew the two young women as important parts of the backcourt of the Lions basketball team.

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UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.- ​The two young women killed in the accident have been identified as Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver. The two young women who survived the wreck are La'Tisha Hearne and Zenobia Winbush. A candelight vigil will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rachel's Garden starting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.  University flags are flying at half staff Wednesday as well in honor of the women.

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Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock will be performing in Paris on April 12. One of the founding members of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hancock will play at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room, 117 Clarksville St.

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Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council passed an ordinance on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.

Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.

Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses. 

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The Campbell Soup Company released its FY 2014 first-quarter earnings Nov. 19, with total sales down two percent. The company attributed the slow numbers to weaknesses in overall industry trends, among other factors.

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Four men are dead after what police suspect was a quadruple homicide in Paris.

updated, 9:10 a.m.

The bodies of Romello Dewain Steward, 18, of Paris; Devante Larry Atkins, 21, of Paris; Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24, of Paris; and Billy Charles Carey, 32, of Garland were recovered by Paris police at a house early Friday morning, according to an official release.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman at about 11:23 p.m. last night, police said. She was reporting someone bleeding, the report said.

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The verdict is out on whether graffiti is art, or vandalism, but enthusiasts in Paris, France recently celebrated the intensely hued street art at the first annual TAG Graffiti Exhibit.

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Voters around Northeast Texas said yes to bond proposals, gave a thumbs-up for incumbents and were split on alcohol sales in May 11 elections.

Paris: Big bonds in town

May 9, 2013
Paris, Texas

Repairing water and sewer lines in Paris would cost an estimated $45 million - the kind of money available only through bonds.

Paris Junior College

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents approved a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour at its March 25 meeting.

Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune has compiled donation totals for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the two compete for support in the Lone Star State.

Thousands Awarded to Rockwall Airport

Sep 3, 2012
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AUSTIN - The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $165,000 in improvements to Rockwall Municipal Airport, one of roughly 275 community airports in Texas eligible for funding.

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PARIS - A global contact company with more than a decade of service in Paris is closing its operation by the end of the month.

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PARIS - An investigation by Paris Police has revealed a child that was struck by a vehicle while on his bicycle was attempting to cross the street.

Power had been returned to nearly all but about a dozen Northeast Texas homes as of Wednesday afternoon, hours after overnight storms left more than hundreds of homes in the dark.

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PARIS - Pavers engraved with the names of Texas military heroes have arrived and about ready for installation at the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris.

MOYERS, OK - A Paris woman has died from injuries sustained in a one vehicle rollover accident Saturday morning in Oklahoma.

Remembering April 2, 1982

Apr 2, 2012
Al Moller, National Weather Service

It was 30 years ago Monday that multiple lives were forever changed as a deadly tornado ripped through Lamar County. 

Local police force receives high honor

Mar 27, 2012

PARIS - The Paris Police Department has earned the distinction of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

Paris Police take report of Aggravated Robber

Mar 19, 2012

 

On March 17th, 2012, Officers responded to a Robbery call in the 100 block of NE 13th St

Holloway heading back to prison

Mar 9, 2012

AUSTIN - A lower court ruling has been upheld in the case of Danny Holloway, the Paris man convicted in the 2001 stabbing death of a woman.

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