In preparation for FOX 26’s soon to come website all of the anchors and reporters are taking new publicity photos. Here’s the Insite along with Pattie Shieh taking the shots you will soon see on FOX’s new website…stay tuned.
THE MOST POPULAR HAPPY HOUR IN HOUSTON FRIDAY EVENING – AND NO BALLER PARKING!
Houston City Councilman Ronald Green held his Welcome Essence Festival Happy Hour in downtown Houston and The Insite was there with camera in tow. Here are some of the pictures of the party held at The Office on 310 Main Street. The Office is actually an old law firm converted into an lounge/nightclub. Great idea. A long list of familiar faces were there including Ron and Hillary Green, Council member Carol Alvarado, State Representative Borris Miles, Judge Levi Benton, Mary (KPRC) Benton, Bernadette (The Powerhouse) Brown, Misty Starks, Liz Taylor, Melinda Spaulding and a long list of others. Enjoy the pics of The Insites first taste of the Essence Festival in Houston, Texas… (Ronald Green in gray suit jacket)
THE HOUSTON NATIVE IS BURNING UP THE MUSIC SCENE!
He’s burning up the country music scene across the country and now Corey Morrow drops by The Insite. I had a chance to meet The Houston native with City Council Member Michael Berry and Morrow’s mother Faith Red. Morrow was one of the headliners at The Houston Rodeo this year. He’s also headed to Europe for a tour. SO keep your eyes and ears open for Corey…
(By the way, Corey is in the blue denim shirt)
Conservative Bob Martin “Accountant to the Stars” has ditched his boring repetitive pattern ties and he is now following the fashion lead of the Insite. Bob says that the only problem is that those Insite favored bright solid color silk ties are unforgiving when it comes hiding those coffee and salsa stains.
We have been aware of and have been addressing the current drainage issue since late 2004 not 10 years as the citizen may have told you. We have also been working with Harris County (the entity which has purview over HCFC ditches) in order to address the drainage issues. Members of our staff met with then Council Member Galloway (in November of 2004). C/M Galloway had a letter from the County’s Art Storey acknowledging the issue but also indicating a lack of funding.
Not only has the City cleared the ditch of weeds, grass and trash on more than one occasion, but we have determined that the ditch will need to be lowered (possible as much as 4 feet) in order optimized the ditch usage. A consultant is establishing legal boundaries for the ditch. Once that data is received, we will determine the best course of action.
THE ORIGINAL POST BELOW:
The residents on Market street in the Fifth Ward community say it’s been an ongoing problem for the last decade and they can’t seem to get the city of Houston to address the issue. The problem: A winding gully that drives under market street. Residents say it’s filled with trash and debri while its banks erode away just a bit more during each heavy rain. Residents like James Booker says it’s in part to blame for the flooding he’s endured in Fifth Ward at his home. Booker says since he built the two story house on Market he’s been having unwanted water running under his front door. He’s flooded out three times costing him thousands. Those who live on Market say they’ve called 311, the Mayor’s office, and Public Works to no avail. They say with the erosion children could be seriously injured by the self widening waterway. Council member Jarvis Johnson is hoping to get something done about the Market Street Gully but he says it will take time. It was two years ago when The Insite interviewed jouncing predecessor Carol Mims Galloway about the same issue. She says the city was dragging its feet on the issue back then. It’s now 2006 and so far there has been no significant progress on addressing the problem according to residents. Meanwhile, Booker, an active US serviceman, says he received a letter while in Iraq from the Mayor’s office promising a solution. He says he’s still waiting while sweeping the water out of his front door on Market street. The Insite is hoping to get a response from Mayor Bill White’s office as well as The Department of Public Works.
(AS FIRST SEEN ON FOX 26 NEWS AT 9PM)
HAROLD HURTT MORE VISIBLE THAN EVER!
The Insite has been told by sources that HPD is making an effort to make Chief Harold Hurtt the true face of the department. I was told, “have you noticed how much he’s been on tv this week and making himself available to the media.” This comes just weeks after The Houston Patrol Officers Union said Hurtt was not committed to the city because he’s flying out of town nearly every weekend to Phoenix, Arizona where he was chief before coming to Houston. But sources also tell The Insite that Chief Hurtt goes back to Arizona often because his family remains there. And reportedly Hurtt didn’t want to displace his children who were in school…I’ve been told those children are very involved in athletics and aviation and formed a lot of bonds in Phoenix. Hurtt is now the subject of a union wide vote of no confidence. If he gets a negative vote from the rank and file, I’m not sure if it means anything because Hurtt works at the leisure of Mayor Bill White and I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that White has no plans at all – I repeat at all of firing the chief.
GIVE ME A SLICE SINCE HE’S NOT COMING!
Grammy award winning singer and producer Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds was supposed to make an appearance on the FOX 26 morning news Friday. But because of scheduling conflicts Babyface didn’t make it. However, he is expected in to be in Houston this Essence Fest weekend. The staff at FOX had a cake all prepared for the singer. So when they got word of his no show they decided to allow the anchors to devour the cake on air. I hope there is some left when The Insite gets to work…Sorry Babyface!
The Insite was invited by Coozan’s restaurant for their media and Essence fest day. They provided free food samples for members of each group. Boudin balls, crawfish etouffe’, gumbo, and a variety of wings. The food was great. I’m told the restaurant opened during Superbowl weekend and has enjoyed success since. At Thursday’s event was FOX 26 Chief Photojournalist Ray Williams, The Insite, Millet Scott and a list of others. If you have a chance to stop by make sure you do so. And you know how cheap The Insite can be so I want to let you know the prices were very affordable. The eatery is located on Kirby just across from Reliant stadium. The owners are from Louisiana. Good Luck Coozan’s…
Congratulations to Baton Rouge’s Tyrus Thomas who went #4 in the NBA draft. The LSU standout basketball player was chosen by the Chicago Bulls. As you readers may know The Insite attended Thomas’ pre-NBA draft party in Baton Rouge last weekend. Tyrus also attended The Insite’s former high school McKinley Senior and had many of the same teachers. See I’m not that old. Anyway, congratulations Tyrus. You deserve it.
Brandon Martin is the Insite’s photojournalist of the week. He currently works at KPRC in Houston, Tx. Brandon spends a lot of time in the field with Houston legend/reporter Phil Archer. Brandon is known as an aggressive photographer who goes after the story. Brandon is also married to new FOX 26 reporter Sally MacDonald. Congratulations Mr. Martin and thanks for stopping by the Insite. Oh, I hear he likes Chamillionaire’s music so he may be watching FOX Thursday night – I wonder if he’s “Ridin” dirty in the news unit.
CHAMILLIONAIRE: I WAS THE BLACK SHEEP AND THE CRITICS WROTE ME OFF!
Houston best selling rapper Chamillionaire will be appearing on FOX 26 news Thursday night June 29th. The Insite had a chance to sit down with the million album selling artist to talk about his success, how his life has changed, exactly why he was considered the black sheep of the Houston rap community and written off before his album hit the streets. That’s Thursday night on FOX 26 news at 9.