MIDDAY UPDATE: Trial for man accused of raping young girl starts today
TRIAL FOR MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING GIRL STARTS
The trial of a Tyler man accused of repeatedly raping a young girl over a six year period began today in Smith County court. The 33-year-old defendant faces a sentence of between 25 and 99 years in prison without the possibility of parole, defense attorney Don Davidson said. The girl was allegedly raped from the time she was in second grade to 7th grade. TylerPaper.com will post updates as they become available.
SUPERDOME WARNED OF POSSIBLE BLACKOUT
Officials at the Louisiana Superdome warned just months before the Super Bowl that the venue's electrical system could suffer a power outage, and they rushed to replace some of the equipment ahead of the big game, the Associated Press reported today. While the cause of Sunday's 34-minute outage is still under investigation, records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried in October about losing power during the NFL championship. Tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and "a chance of failure," state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15.
FOUR TYLER ISD STUDENTS GET $30,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM SAMSUNG
Four Tyler ISD graduating seniors have received a total of $30,000 in scholarships from Samsung, the school district announced this morning. The scholarship recipients from Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools will be honored at receptions tomorrow. The Samsung scholarships are being offered through the East Texas Communities Foundation. The seniors who were awarded the Samsung scholarships are: Elliott Hart from John Tyler High School, and Gene Lewis, Jay Roberson and Kara Wang from Robert E. Lee High School. Congratulations to them all!
BROOK HILL CHEER TEAM WIN FIRST PLACE
The Brook Hill Lower School Cheer team received first place in competition at The Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas recently. The girls have been working hard on their routine for the last three months, and all of their hard work paid off! Good job, girls!
TYLER PARKS AND REC DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE PHOTO GALLERY
Our FocusInOn.Me photo galleries of the day was taken by our Sharla Drain at the Tyler Parks & Recreation Department's Daddy/Daughter Dances over the weekend. All of the photos are available for purchase. Visit focus in on dot me by clicking the link in the upper right side of the TylerPaper.com home page.
The weather forecast for the remainder of today from the Tyler Morning Telegraph mobile app for iPhone, iPad and android is for a high of 69 with the fog slowly diminishing. The low overnight will be around 53, and thunderstorms are possible Wednesday with a high around 68.
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