Luminant 2, Alcoa 0
No damages awarded from bench trial
Final “score,” Luminant 2, Alcoa 0.
District Judge Ed Magre last Wednesday ruled in Luminant’s favor in a three-day bench (non-jury) trial that ended more than three weeks of high-level litigation.
Previously Luminant had prevailed in a half-billion-dollar jury trial. Full Story
First vote for new mayor is tie-breaker
Council will revisit ‘thoroughfare’ portion of 2003 master plan
In his first vote as mayor, Dr. Larry Jones had to break a tie to name the mayor pro tem.
The routine move saw new council members Joyce Dalley and Toby Johnson nominate Doug Calame for the pro tem spot, while veterans Gerry Offield and Willie Phillips favored Allan Miller, who has held the pro tem post for several terms.
Jones broke the 2- 2 tie with a vote for Miller. Full Story
Doug Bass with the Bass Ranch team races to “brand” a calf during team competition at the Jubilee Days Rodeo competition. In the new Ranch Rodeo format, working in teams of four, three members subdued the steer while the other “brands” the calf with a brush filled with powder. Full Story
Dispatchers to get $21K in back pay
Rockdale emergency dispatchers will receive $21,000 in back pay after a misunderstanding of personnel law found a compensation error.
Police Chief Thomas Harris said while law enforcement personnel are paid on an 80-hour-per-week basis, dispatchers are not considered law enforcement personnel and must be paid on a standard 40-hour-perweek basis. Full Story
USW-Alcoa contract vote set June 24
‘Overtime’ finish means 500 still-active Rockdale members eligible for up-or-down vote
Members of United Steelworkers Local 4895 will join about 5,000 of the rank-andfile nationwide in an up-or-down vote on a proposed four-year labor contract with Alcoa between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 24.
The pact was hammered out in an “overtime” negotiation June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the old pact expired at midnight May 31. Full Story
A NATURAL LADY
Jenna Thornton, age 8, was a visitor at Saturday’s Nature Fest activities at Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Thornton and hundreds of others enjoyed activities for youth, like these gourd dress-up stations, and adults at the first-ever event. Thornton, visiting with Girl Scout Troop 158 of Austin, is the granddaughter of Jackie Thornton of Rockdale. Full Story
Three arrested after cattle rustling probe
Three Cameron-area men turned themselves in at the Milam County Sheriff’s Department Friday and were charged with cattle rustling, according to Deputy Sheriff Chris White.
White said the incident involved seven head of cattle, valued at about $3,500, which were taken from a ranch between Rockdale and Cameron. Full Story
Kay Theater screening Thursday with ‘Black Beauty’
Downtown Rockdale’s Kay Theater now shines with bright neon and the Kay Theater Organization will continue its summer movie screenings at “dark-:15” this Thursday with the 1994 version of the classic “Black Beauty.”
The screenings are used as fund-raisers in ongoing efforts to restore the 1940s-era Quonset hut structure. Full Story
ARC blood drive Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church
American Red Cross will race into town for a Tuesday blood drive that sports a NASCAR theme.
Donors can give locally from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 at Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive.
ARC will award donors NASCAR “points” which can be redeemed for prizes. Full Story