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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.”


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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!
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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.