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Naskila CFO to serve on key federal committee

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070322 naskila ceoStephanie WilliamsFrom Enterprise Staff

Stephanie Williams, a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and the Chief Financial Officer for the Tribe’s Naskila Gaming, will serve on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC). Williams was appointed to the committee by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, who is the ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.

The TTAC advises the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on matters related to the taxation of native communities, the training of Internal Revenue Service field agents, and the provisions of training and technical assistance to Native American financial officers. The membership has three appointees nominated by the secretary, two appointed by the House Committee on Ways and Means and two nominated by the Senate Committee on Finance.

Prior to serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Naskila Gaming, Williams served as Internal Auditor and Executive Director for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Gaming Agency. Williams also served as Tribal Administrator overseeing various tribal and federally funded programs. After completing her MBA, Williams served as the VP of Support Services in Accounting at a local bank. Throughout her career, Williams has worked in various capacities with the Tribe’s Indian Health Service, housing and education programs. She also served a term on the Tribal Council.

“I am honored to serve my tribe and all tribal communities across the country as part of this prestigious committee,” Williams said. “I look forward to using my experience and expertise to help the Department of the Treasury serve tribal communities. I am grateful to Congressman Brady for entrusting me with this appointment.”

“Our tribe is grateful and delighted that Stephanie is going to give us this seat at the table as important policies and decisions are considered. We have full confidence in her to represent our tribe well and give the secretary guidance that is in the best interest of tribal communities across the country,” Ricky Sylestine, chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Council, said.
Williams’ term on the TTAC will expire on June 20, 2023.

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DPS increases enforcement to keep roads safe on July 4th

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 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Highway Patrol (THP) will be initiating two traffic safety campaigns during the holiday weekend looking for people violating traffic laws from Friday through Monday.

“Our nation’s freedom is something worth celebrating, and I encourage everyone to do it in a responsible way,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said. “This includes being mindful of our state’s traffic laws and being courteous of other drivers on the roads, so everyone can have a good holiday.”

Operation Holiday will run July 2 through July 4 and will target drivers who violate traffic laws, including those speeding, not wearing their seat belts or driving while intoxicated. During the 2021 campaign, there were 55,776 citations and warnings issued. This includes 17,376 citations and warnings for speeding; 2,006 for people driving without seat belts or child safety seats; and 1,632 for people driving without insurance. In addition, there were 298 people arrested for driving while intoxicated, 280 felony arrests and 145 fugitive arrests.

Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) will run from July 1 through July 4, and focus on reducing crashes and violations of the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law. From Jan. 1 through June 7 of this year, there were 4,135 Move Over, Slow Down violations. The law requires all drivers to slow down when police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicles and tow trucks are stopped on the side of the road with their emergency lights activated.

DPS offers the following safety tips for people driving during the Fourth of July holiday:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, TxDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
  • Slow down, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. If you’re using a navigation device or app, have a passenger operate it so you can keep your eyes on the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel can present additional challenges.
  • On multi-lane roads, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to use the left lane for passing only (when posted).
  • Don’t cut in front of large trucks, and try not to brake quickly in front of them. They can’t maneuver as easily as passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.
  • If you can Steer It, Clear It: If you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to minimize traffic impact. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and leaves those involved with an increased risk of harm or a secondary wreck. On some highways, if you don’t move your vehicle when it’s safe to do so, it’s against the law.
  • Keep the Texas Roadside Assistance number stored in your phone. Dial 1-800-525-5555 for any type of assistance. The number can also be found on the back of a Texas Driver License.
  • Check your vehicle to make sure it is properly maintained and always ensure your cargo is secure.
  • Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions and closures in Texas, visit drivetexas.org.
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Game wardens advise “stay dry” while boating July 4

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070322 boating on fourthTPWD Boating Education Manager Kimberly Sorenson says wear a life jacket, know how to swim and closely supervise children while boating. Alcohol, drug abuse contributes o fatal boating accidents

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The slips and boat ramps of Texas will soon buzz with activity as Fourth of July weekend approaches. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds boaters to follow basic safety precautions while on the water. Game wardens will join the United States Coast Guard and thousands of law enforcement officers on heightened alert for violations as part of Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated enforcement campaign focused on deterring boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


“If you’re operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you’re putting people at risk,” TPWD Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement Cody Jones said. “Sadly, we see it time and time again – holiday celebrations that end in accidents or fatalities caused by unsafe boating practices.”


Last year, wardens arrested 42 for boating while intoxicated over the Fourth of July weekend and filed eight other charges for driving while intoxicated. They issued 1,474 citations and 1,797 warnings for various boating safety law violations.


“Texas Game Wardens will be out in force to help boaters return to land safely,” Jones said. “But help us do our job by being prepared and making wise choices.”


Statewide, injuries and fatalities peak between the months of May and August, especially on weekends. Among the top contributors are operator inattention, careless/reckless operation, inexperience and alcohol use.


Texas state law requires each occupant of a boat or paddle craft have access to a life jacket. Children under 13 must wear one while the boat or paddle craft is underway or drifting.


“Wear a life jacket, know how to swim and closely supervise children,” TPWD Boating Education Manager Kimberly Sorenson said. “Know the rules of the waterway. These are some simple but extremely effective ways to increase water safety.”


Visit TPWD’s boating laws website for more information about boating safety, laws and requirements.

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Two suspects wanted by PCSO

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063022 two suspects wantedThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office has requested assistance from the public in obtaining the whereabouts of Donny Ray Fulsom and Sherry Lavon Collier. The suspects currently have warrants for felony theft in Polk County. Those with information that may help are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810. An anonymous tip may be submitted at p3tips.com, (the P3 App) or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters could collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

 

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