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JUST IN TIME FOR THE SUMMER LOREN JACKSON RELAXES THE RULES!

LADIES CAN NOW WEAR CAPRI PANTS AT THE HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK’S OFFICE!

The women over at the Harris County District Clerk’s office are loving their boss right now. The Insite has learned newly elected clerk Loren Jackson has relaxed a rule that will make things a whole lot cooler during the dog days of summer in Houston. Jackson is allowing his female employees to wear capri pants to work during the summer months. There were already jeans allowed for casual Fridays but many of the employees were hoping to go a step further. During previous administrations at the department capri pants were not allowed. Jackson approved a change in the dress code policy at the county office that allows capri to be included on the business casual list. Claire Kennedy who serves as the communications specialist at the office confirms the change. She says, “a lot of us are really happy.” Kennedy says a lot of capri come really dressy and in suits. She says it would maintain the professional look of the office while allowing the ladies to be cool during these 90 degree days. I’m sure the ladies are saying, “way to go Mr. Jackson.”


AN INSPIRING STORY FROM THE SMITH FAMILY!

A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER STANDING STRONG TOGETHER DESPITE THE ODDS!

My name is Angus Smith and my daughter Tierney Smith was diagnosed with acute lymphoblasic leukemia (a.l.l.) April 24, 2002 when she was 10 years old. This is a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells. For the next 26 months she underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Austin,Tx. There were times where Tierney became very tired and physically weak from her treatments. Inspite of this, she never let this get the best of her she fought through the treatments the whole 26 months. Tierney never complained about anything even when she lost her hair. Tierney continued to remain emotionally strong and kept a smile on her face.

Tierney was also chosen to appear in the Lance Armstrong Nike commercial along with other cancer survivors. Tierney is also featured in the Livestrong Survivorship Center in Austin. This program has also opened her eyes of some late effects from her treatments. Tierney works out daily at 24 hour fitness and attends most of the many classes offered such as salsa dancing, zumba class, hip hop dancing and turbo kickboxing. Tierney have made new friends through a teen cancer support program and continues to encourage those whom have gone through what she had.

Tierney never let this illness stop her from her studies, even though there were days where she was unable to attend school. During that time she was in home school and kept up her studies. With that said “PRAISE GOD” Tierney was able to graduate on time from Round Rock High School June 3rd 2009. Tierney also will be attending Austin Community College in the fall session to begin her studies and become a Pediatric Nurse and help other children whom had the same cancer as she did.

I am so proud of my daughter because there were times I was not strong and she was there to keep me strong.

Most importantly without faith in God, we would not have made it to this point in our life. I am so grateful and as I tell Tierney each day.God sent us both through this for a reason and she must share it with others that all things are possible if you believe.

Note: The Insite went to high school with Tierney’s mother Angus. I am so proud of my classmate and her daughter who defeated the odds. Way to go ladies!

TED POE IS PUSHING PREDATOR BILL!

NO GETTING OUT OF JAIL BEFORE TRIAL FOR CHILD PREDATORS: DO YOU AGREE?

When he was Judge Ted Poe, he developed a reputation for tough and creative sentencing. Even though he is now Congressman Ted Poe, some concepts have not changed.

Poe has intorduced a bill to crack down on child sexual predators. He unveiled what he calls his Protecting America’s Children Act at the Children’s Assessment Center on Monday morning.

If the bill passes, it would deny federal funding to those who allow predators to get out of jail on a pre-trial release. Sexual offenses against children are the most heinous crimes committed in our society, according to Poe.

U.S. Representative Poe said offenders can still be released on a secured bond. but not solely on their word. “They have already proven themselves untrustworthy,” said Poe on Monday. Poe says the bill has bipartisan support and he expects little opposition. He believes it could be signed into law by the end of 2009.

The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia have both voiced support for the measure.

THEY’RE COMING FOR YOU!

THE WARRANT SWEEP IS COMING TO HOUSTON!

The Houston Police Department has a message to those who have ignored numerous warnings and have warrants out for their arrest: Pay your fines or be handcuffed by an officer at your place of business or home and be taken to jail.

Officers will begin a warrant sweep in neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city and urge anyone with an outstanding warrant to go to any of six Municipal Courts annexes to take care of their business, or take advantage of more convenient options by paying their fines online, over the phone or by postal mail.

“We prefer those individuals with warrants to avoid the embarrassment of an officer coming to their workplace or home to arrest them in front of their coworkers or family members,” said HPD Assistant Chief John Trevino. “Our goal of publicizing this warrant sweep is to avoid having our officers make such arrests and to have those with warrants come forward and clear their names before it’s too late,” he added.

“It is unfortunate that individuals with outstanding citations now face arrest,” said Judge Berta Mejia, director and presiding judge of the Municipal Courts. “The City of Houston Municipal Courts provides various options to individuals to assist them in resolving their delinquent traffic citations, including the recent amnesty period, which just concluded. With the impending Warrant Sweep announced by HPD, I strongly urge anyone with outstanding warrants to come in and resolve their citations instead of facing arrest.”

Director/Chief Clerk Sahira Abdool said Municipal Courts officials have mailed notices to all persons with active warrants pending against them. “We are here to assist individuals with clearing their warrants as quickly as possible,” Abdool said. “It is our priority to ensure that individuals who have cleared their warrants are not subject to arrest, and to support the HPD warrants sweep for those individuals refusing to take care of their business with us.”

For more information about warrants or citations, visit www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact the City of Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston.

IS HE LEAVING THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT?

THE HPD EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CHIEF COULD BE THE NEXT PASADENA POLICE CHIEF!

The Insite hears from a reliable source that HPD could lose one of the most respected officers in the department. That person says Executive Assistant Police Chief Mike Thaler could be leaving for the Pasadena Police Department. Thaler is one step closer to becoming the chief there I’m told by the anonymous source. Those in the department say Thaler is one of the best cops out there and his word is his bond. I’m also told he comes from a family of police officers who have committed their lives to public service. That source says if we lose Thaler it would be Houston’s loss and definitely Pasadena’s gain!
Update: Assistant Chief Thaler confirms through the Houston Police department that he has submitted an application to the Pasadena Police Department. That’s as much as he would say and that’s as much as I asked. The Insite doesn’t want to be too nosey!

YOUNG KIDS WE ALL CAN BE PROUD OF!

POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY!





The Insite would like to thank the staff of the Houston Parks department. I served as the master of ceremonies for their annual ASK awards program. It’s an event that honors young student athletes who have excelled in their school and community. $1200 scholarships were handed out to the young people who will head to the college of their choice. Lots of people were in attendance including Doug Earle, Kenneth Allen, Horace Chaney, Charles Payton, Anthony Smith, Bria Davis, Fred Arnold, and many more. By the way, ASK stands for Athletes Seeking Knowledge!

THEY COULD MAKE A KILLING OFF BOOTLEG!

DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MONEY COULD BE MADE OFF OF THIS CHURCH EQUIPMENT?

I was interviewing legendary Houston Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell on Monday when I had a chance to see one of his editing stations. This particular room is used at Windsor Village to dub copies of his video sermons. The first thing that came to my mind was that a bootlegger would have a field day in that room. There are dozens of burning stations and with that kind of volume a bootlegger could make a killing. Just a thought from the Insite. But I’m sure the ‘church’ will have no part of the Insite’s illegal thoughts!

KIRBYJON IS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER TOO!

THE PASTOR WHO EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY!

After decades of resisting, prominent Houston pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell is giving in.

The leader of Windsor Village United Methodist Church has decided to venture into television.

“Living the Kingdom Experience” began airing in June in cities throughout the U.S., including on FOX 26.

“Not only did I not think we’d go on television, I never thought I’d be a pastor, but all of this is new to me and I’m excited about it,” said Caldwell.

Caldwell says he will be adding even more stations around the U.S. to carry his television ministry in July.

If that is not enough, he is also starting to participate in Twitter and Facebook pages.

Caldwell tells the Insite he’s a man who embraces technology to ensure he doesn’t lose his younger members of his congregation.

The prominent religious leader says he has at least 16,000 members in his church and he hopes to bring more into the flock.

Caldwell’s television program currently airs in such cities as Houston, Boston, and Orlando!

WALGREENS CAMPAIGN JUST GOT THE ‘F’ GRADE FROM ME!

HOW MUCH RECEIPT DO I NEED FOR SPENDING A DOLLAR?

I was pretty excited a couple of weeks ago about the go green campaign and sale at Walgreens. They gave a 20% discount on all of their green products. They even gave out free green bags to its customers instead of those plastic ones that build up in your house. But what I didn’t notice until today was just how much paper they waste at that store. I got a receipt for a 96 cents purchase. The receipt was about 12 inches long. I wonder how many trees went into that 1 item dollar receipt. I think Walgreens needs to ask if customers want a receipt and if they do make sure it’s a small slip and not a thesis paper. Just the Insite venting!

HIGH DEFINITION IS MEAN TO THE INSITE!

I LOOKED LIKE A GROWN MAN WITH CHICKEN POX!

I had a chance to watch myself on high definition 1080p since the big switch over and I was disappointed. I hate the make-up I’ve been told I have to wear on air because of high definition. I usually just grab a towel or tissue and knock the 8 ball shine off my face. I don’t think that will work any more. I checked myself out Monday night and it looked like I had chicken pox. When I saw the anchors they looked like models because they followed instructions. I guess I will have to follow those instructions from now on. It’s really going to be difficult because of all the heat. I don’t know how women can stand that stuff on their faces during the heat. I guess it’s an art form. Would you wear make-up in the this heat? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!