All proceeds from dine-in lunch guests at Traditions Restaurant and Catering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday will be donated to The Salvation Army. Kettles will be available at each table.

The restaurant is at 6205 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler.

Twenty years ago, this event provided enough funds to feed several thousand, according to a news release.

Ben E. Keith Grocery Co. and William George Co. Inc. will be donating the food for the event.

Penaloza joins Gollob Morgan Peddy

Gollob Morgan Peddy, PC Certified Public Accountants has announced the addition of Rafael Penaloza to the firm.

Penaloza received his BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2019. He joins GMP’s tax team.

Goudarzi & Young law firm honored

For the second consecutive year, the law firm of Goudarzi & Young LLP of Gilmer was recognized as the 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Law Firm of the Year in the nation.

The winner is determined by results (both jury verdicts and settlements), volume of cases and changes made in the safety of the trucking industry as a result of the law firm’s work.

The Truck Injury Law Firm of the Year award is bestowed by the National Law Journal and the National Trial Lawyers.

Promotions and additions

Henry & Peters PC has announced promotions and additions.

Employees promoted include Lyndsi Brock, CPA, to supervisor, and Jerusha Hamrick, CPA, and Kenneth Gomez, to senior associates.

Recently hired were supervisor Tina Smith, CPA; and staff associates Carrie Britnell, Riley Freeman, Caitlin Stanfield and Traci Sheram. Part-time employees Katie Gilbert and Zach Curtis and spring interns Abigail McCall and Taylor Peimbert also recently joined the firm.

Smith County employee recognitions

Smith County recognized employees last week during the Commissioners Court meeting for a combined total of 137 years of service.

Paula Davis was recognized for 20 years.

“She has done everything for the Juvenile Services Department over the years,” Juvenile Services Director Ross Worley said. “Her experience, knowledge and work ethic are priceless to us. She’s seriously one of my right hands.”

Dana Pugh was also recognized for 20 years of service.

“I’m very fortunate Dana has been with the county for 20 years,” Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber said, noting that she worked there before he was elected. “She helped train me. It is a pleasure to have had her for 20 years of dedicated service.”

Barber was honored by Commissioner Jeff Warr for 15 years of service.

“Gary has become a shining light throughout the state,” Warr said. “Gary is well respected and liked by everybody in the community.”

Chet Thomas was recognized for 15 years. He started his career as an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office, then went to Juvenile Services as Juvenile Justice alternative education program administrator in 2005. He also is a board member for the Texas Juvenile Detention Association.

“Congratulations on 15 years,” Worley told him during the Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioner Terry Phillips praised Elections Administrator Karen Nelson for her 15 years of service. “She has been an asset to elections.”

Nelson recognized Joanna Stanfield for 10 years with the Elections Office. She said Stanfield has more than 20 years of elections experience, having worked first for Upshur County. “I appreciate your work,” she said.

Michael Willard was honored for 10 years with the Facility Services Department.

Willard does the work, no matter how dirty or nasty, small or large, complicated or simple it is, Facility Services Director Ed Nichols said.

“He is a valuable asset to Smith County and a large part of the success of our department,” Nichols said. “We look forward to many more years.”

County Court-at-Law Judge Jason Ellis and his court coordinator Phyllis Duke were both recognized for five years of service.

County Judge Nathaniel Moran said Smith County has fantastic, top-of-the-line county court-at-law and district judges.

Moran credited Ellis with helping start the county’s mental health court.

“Judge Ellis has done a wonderful job … thank you for working so hard for the citizens of Smith County,” Moran said.

When recognizing Phyllis Duke, Ellis said she is a self-starter who goes above and beyond. “She really cares about what we do,” he said. She often is the first one to the office and the last one to leave.”

County Court-at-Law 2 Judge Taylor Heaton recognized his court administrator and criminal court coordinator, Paul Clarkston, for five years of service. “He takes a lot of pride in what we do,” Heaton said.

Alma Delgado has worked for the County Clerk’s Office for five years. “She is one of our favorite ladies in land records,” County Clerk Karen Phillips said.

Commissioner JoAnn Hampton recognized Purchasing Director Kim Gould for five years of service. She said she encouraged Gould to earn her bachelor’s degree from her alma mater, Texas College. Now, She is studying to get her master’s degree from UT Tyler.

Commissioner Cary Nix honored Le’Kisha Stinecipher, who was working her last week as Animal Control and Shelter Coordinator. Stinecipher has worked for the county for seven years. She became coordinator in May 2017, and is leaving the post to begin a career in ministry.

Employees who were recognized but not in court for December and January work anniversaries include:

20 Years: Virgil Wilson, Road and Bridge.

15 Years: Tina Glover and Sherry Hammack, Sheriff’s Office; and Ernestine Flournoy, Juvenile Services.

10 Years: Rudolph Poe, Sheriff’s Office; and Katherine Zemer, Constable, Precinct 5.

Five Years: Dr. Joe Heath, Adult Probation; Emily Starkey, District Attorney’s Office; Heath Johnston and Bobby Ragon, Road and Bridge; Jacob Brown, Denisha Jones, Jose Moreno and Stephanie Veasey, Sheriff’s Office; and Jeffrey McClenny, Constable, Precinct 5.

New board members named

The East Texas Medical Center Foundation has announced that Paula Anthony and Dr. Julie Philley have been added to the board of directors.

Anthony, chief strategy officer at UT Health East Texas, previously served as vice president and chief information officer of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System. She is also an adjunct professor at the Soules College of Business at the University of Texas at Tyler and has a Ph.D. from UT Tyler in organizational development and change, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Philley is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She serves as the chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of pulmonary and critical care. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, completing an internal medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital and a fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. Special research interests include bronchiectasis and mycobacterial lung infections.

They join board members Elam Swann, president, and Dr. Paul Detwiler, Rocky Gill, Byron Hale, Steve Roosth, Dr. Stephen Rydzak and Tom Woldert.

Sloan Law Firm partner earns specialty certification

Sloan Law Firm, Longview, said partner Carson Runge is now board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


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