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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:06am

Smith County trustys giving back to community

KETK
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POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 6:33pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:02pm

Trustys at the Smith County Jail work as gardeners.

When the trustys are not spending time in Smith County Jail, they are working in the East Texas Food Bank Garden.   It's a job that helps feed the hungry.
The trustys at Smith County Jail go to work, just like us.

"We don't keep lazy trustees outside. You're going to be there to work. If you don't work you may be sitting there watching tv or whatever you wanna do,"  said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.

It isn't your typical garden.

"This time of the season where we are right now the trustees will be out there almost every other day harvesting depending what the crop is," said Smith.

The trusty gardeners grow produce for the East Texas Food Bank.

Dennis Cullinane with The East Texas Food Bank says the garden has peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, squash and egg plant.

They take the food to soup kitchens and food pantries for families in need.

DeAndra Boyd lives across the street from the garden. She said she supports the project.

"The supervision out there, the officers they have out there...it makes me feel safe, I think they're doing a good job," said Boyd.

"We don't take anyone with violent offenses.  Violent charges will never be an outside trustee," said Smith.

It is a partnership that benefits everyone.

"We're really focusing on getting the quality of our nutritional quality up and trying to encourage healthy eating by those who really don't have the kind of budget to afford that kind of food," said Cullinane.  

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trust·ee noun \ˌtrəs-ˈtē\
a : one to whom something is entrusted

Brittani it's spelled trustees.
Trustys gets a red line under it meaning it's misspelled.
Don't worry, even Nell can't spell worth of beans.
Seems the newsy director only hires people who have the same or similar vocabulary.
Ask him to spell c-a-t.
I bet you he gets it wrong 2 out of 3 times.
This comment won't be cleared.
It's kind of a running joke I have with ketk & Nelly.
Seems his POVs are downright loopy.
Kinda goes with being top dog at an out-of-the-way nbc news affiliate with no future

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