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Republic Services CEO Don Slager recognizes Kilgore's Gene Keenon as the top municipal manager nationwide during the company's gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, Thursday. Keenon, Kilgore's 2016 Citizen of the Year, is Republic Services manager of municipal and government affairs serving Kilgore and numerous communities throughout the area.
COURTESY PHOTO Republic Services CEO Don Slager recognizes Kilgore's Gene Keenon as the top municipal manager nationwide during the company's gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, Thursday. Keenon, Kilgore's 2016 Citizen of the Year, is Republic Services manager of municipal and government affairs serving Kilgore and numerous communities throughout the area.
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“The present golden moment to obtain Texas must not be lost, or Texas must from necessity be thrown into the arms of England and be forever lost to the United States.”

– Andrew Jackson, 1844 (U.S. president 1829-1837)

THE QUIET Zone – railroad crossings where the train engineers are asked not to sound their 100-decibel horns – goes into effect next week, just shy of umpteen years from the time downtowners officially asked for it, pending final approval from Union Pacific.

DON’T expect immediate compliance, though. We’re told it could take up to a year before decibel-addicted engineers remember to proceed on the Q.T.

OUR friend Gene Keenon, municipal manager in much of East Texas for Republic Services and one of the busiest guys we’ve ever come across, was recently named the company’s Number One Municipal Manager in the country.

IF you know Gene, you’ll agree he is the embodiment of customer service.

IN A recent conversation with Kilgoreo Dale Hedrick – one in which we were discussing the condition of streets in Kilgore – he described the pavement at the traffic circle as “one step above the Oregon Trail.”

IF The Circle is one step above the Oregon Trail, Commerce Street south of the circle is only two steps.

(Don’t try to tell me you haven’t at least once in the last week had a conversation about Kilgore streets.)

IN Seattle, Washington – where the homeless problem has become a major issue – some city council members want a “head tax” to help fund construction of “affordable housing.” The tax would apply to businesses making over $20 million per year.

THOSE businesses would pay 26 cents per hour, per employee working in the city. Seventy-five percent of the $75 million raised would go toward building affordable housing, with most of the remaining funds aimed at helping the homeless. We have no idea where the other $18 million would go.

MAYBE Texas economic development groups ought to start recruiting from the Seattle area.

IN Rwanda, lightning struck a church, killing 16 people and injuring 140.

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS include:

May 12 - Bill Brantley Jr., Martha A. Clark, Gypsey JoAllen Jones, Brialyn Mellucca

May 13 - T.H. Anderson III, Judy Hill, Jeana Phipott, Woodrow Drennan, Elaine Berkley, Truman Lee Taylor, Jessie Jones, Charles Driver, Johnny C. Moore, Rexanna McCubbin, Danny Goodwin, Anne Turk, Marchale Glasco Clark, Chloe Reeves, Mildred L. Brittain

May 14 - Tim Holt, Judy Hill, Andrew Daniel, Pat Carr, Glynn Keeling, Glen Brooks, Keenon Pegues, Joy Swetnam, Justin Walker, Wren Michel, Marilyn Harris, Todd Littlefield, Felicia Baird, Ruel Jackson, Gretta Foster, Ethan Splawn

May 15 - Mrs. Jack Cecil, Scott Hamnett, Mrs. Vernon Pegues, Gary Boyd, Hubert Pollick, Mart Gordon, James Earl Nolan Jr., Howard Shipp, Arthur B. Custer, Chrystal Bynum, Julia Springs, Denise Lenz, Patricia Hobbs, Ester Close, Kaden Downing

THIS WEEK'S ANNIVERSARIES include:

May 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brantley, Jack and Mary Bernethy

May 14 - Mr. and Mrs. Winn Pegues, Joe and Mary Jo Semlear

May 15 - Kent and Cynthia Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Shelburne Jr.

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