State honors 2 from Milam

I always like to think of Milam County as being a great small rural Texas county that is filled with a lot of great folks. We have many individuals that lead and are excellent representatives of Milam County. Two of these Milam County citizens recently received state awards.

One of these recipients of a state award is Dr. Lucile Estell of Rockdale. Dr. Estell is the past chair of the Milam County Historical Commission and her leadership in historical preservation has been recognized.

Earlier this year Dr. Estell was awarded the John Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award. Named for former Texas Attorney General and Texas Historical Commission member John Ben Shepperd, who is considered the driving force behind the creation of the Official Texas Historical Marker program.

This leadership award for county historical commission chairs recognizes outstanding individual leadership necessary to carry out an aggressive and well-balanced preservation program. Dr. Estell has certainly earned this award. While it is an annual award there are some years the award is not given.

Her leadership has carried historical preservation to a new level in Milam County, and we do appreciate her efforts.

Another individual to be commended for her efforts is Katrina Douglas, an employee at the Milam County Jail. She was recently awarded Correctional Officer of the Year by the Texas Jail Association. This is another prestigious award that a Milam County citizen, in this case also an employee, has brought home.

Katrina has been employed with Milam County since October of 2007. She serves as the assistant jail administrator. Since coming to Milam County she has implemented several innovative ideas and programs that have helped solve some of the issues that our jail was facing. One of these was the banding of inmates.

Sometimes inmates do not always tell the truth. With over 100 inmates in the county jail it can be hard for a jailer to know who is who. The implementation of wristbands in the jail has solved the problem. Inmates must have their wristband on at all times or will lose privileges.

Ms. Douglas won over correctional officers from across the state, including those from rural and urban counties. Good work!

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