Smith County Commissioner announces community meeting
POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 3:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:43am
TYLER - Commissioner JoAnn Hampton, Precinct 4, announced today a special community meeting will be held on Monday, February 15, beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the College Hill Baptist Church, 1314 W. Houston St., Tyler. The focus of this town hall meeting for precinct 4 will be church and community safety.
“Due to the rash of church fires both within the city and the rural areas of Smith County, it is apparent we must have a community meeting to help local church congregations know what is happening and key prevention steps they could take immediately. Additionally, we will discuss some targeted performance projects within our county government,” Hampton said. “The threat of fire to our churches is not a problem for one sector of our community but a threat to the very being of our entire community.”
“Our churches are a vital part of the spiritual life of our community in Tyler and Smith County we need to help each other in every way possible,” said Pastor Ralph Caraway of the St. Louis Baptist Church.
“No one would have guessed that an individual or group of individuals would attack our places of worship the way it is happening right now. I encourage not only Ministers but congregations to join us for this meeting Commissioner Hampton is hosting,” said Pastor Melton Timmons of Jones Valley Church of God in Christ.
“Now is the time for us to come together as a community and as people of faith. We need to stand together and decide what we can do to prevent another tragic loss of a church,” said Tyler City Councilman Donald Sanders.
Representative from the Smith County Sheriff’s department, Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department, Smith County Fire Marshall and others will be there to discuss the issue. The meeting is open to the public and you do not have to live in precinct 4 to attend.