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CANHelp holds clothing drive

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With cooler temperatures on the way, people are beginning to pull out jackets and cooler weather attire. While many are blessed to have such items, there are others in the community who are less fortunate and in need of warm apparel.

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SSISD trustees OK country club contract

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Tuesday night’s called school board meeting resulted in trustees’ approval of five personnel decisions and a contract with Sulphur Springs Country Club.

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Woman struck by vehicle Tuesday night

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A 25-year-old woman was flown to a Dallas area hospital after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday night just off Interstate 30, west of Sulphur Springs.

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United Way volunteers cheer for big numbers

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Hopkins County United Way officers and campaign workers cheered Tuesday morning’s reports for what has been the biggest rally so far for the 2014-15 campaign, with more than $33,700 turned in at the weekly report meeting.

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Court Jury awards record damages

By KERRY CRAIG News-Telegram Staff Writer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it A 62nd Judicial District Court jury on Tuesday awarded more than $4 million to a woman whose vehicle was involved in a wreck with a truck on Interstate 30 in 2010. Gilmer attorneys Brent Goudarz, Marty Young and associate Jeff Hoover represented Krista Dillon in the case with Sulphur Springs attorney John Ginn as local counsel who said Dillon had significant back surgeries as a result of a collision that occurred and he thought the jury wanted to compensate her. Brian Reese and Jennifer Lee of the Fee Smith Law Firm of Dallas represented the trucking company, Joe Tex Express of Mount Pleasant, and truck driver Dennis Rayner. Ginn said the verdict was broken down into two parts. First, the actual damages in the case, the compensatory damages for Miss Dillon, were $1,110,629. That was based on her past medical expenses of about $395,000 and a doctor's testimony on what her future medical requirements were going to be as well as some of the pain and mental anguish that she experienced as a result of the collision. The jury found that the driver and the trucking company were grossly negligent, largely because of some of the testimony about the fraudulent logs and the changes that were made to the driving logs. The awarded $3 million against the trucking company to send a message to insure that trucking companies in East Texas are required to follow the federal law - those laws are there to protect the public and I think the jury wanted to insure they do that in the future. The jury also awarded $2,000 in punitive damages against the truck driver. “I think the jury, more than anything, wanted to send a message to trucking companies,” Ginn said. “There has been a lot of evidence in the case throughout that logs were falsified, some violations that were presented to the jury demonstrated that the log books had not been maintained properly over an extended period of time and, I think, the jury was persuaded by that. “We did have conversations with the jury after the case and they really felt like they were sending a message that those driver logs are important and they don't want fatigued drivers on the roadway.”

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