Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees held a joint hearing to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy. It’s a huge company. Facebook has 2 billion users worldwide. They take in $40 billion dollars in annual revenue.
Much mining of personal information from Facebook has occurred over the past several years, and congress and users of Facebook are concerned.
Mark Zuckerberg addressed the hearing panel on the relevant issues . . . .
Commissioners considered a Hazard Mitigation Grant in regard to Hurricane Harvey in court this week. Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis addressed commissioners on the matter . . . .
He said, “The County can put in for stuff, but it’s still a 25 percent match.” Mr. Davis said, “You have to pay the whole thing, and then you apply and get the money back. You get 75 percent of it back. “
Judge Pierce moved that they denied it. Commissioners denied it. Commissioner Kuykendall commented, “It’s not in the best interest of the County.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in partnership with State Farm Insurance, awarded the City of Huntsville $500 in support of the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day to be held nationally on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Huntsville was one of only 150 cities nationwide to receive the award. The Huntsville Fire Department will partner with the National Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Walker County Office of Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the City of Huntsville Emergency Management Coordinator to hold a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Fire Station #2, 2109 Sam Houston Avenue. Each organization will have a booth to provide information and talk with attendees. Huntsville firefighters will be serving free hotdogs and refreshments during the event.
In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones. In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious injuries. With 4 percent of those fatalities being road crew workers, the remaining 96 percent was comprised of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 27,148 work zone crashes in Texas, an increase of 5 percent over 2016. The leading causes of statewide work zone crashes – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. Fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
The next Small Business Breakfast of the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by CASA of Walker County, will take place on Thursday, April 12th and will be held at the Farmhouse Café located at 1004 14th Street in the Midway Plaza.
Doors OPEN at 7:30 a.m., program begins at 8:00 a.m.
The purpose of the Small Business Breakfast is to allow businesses the opportunity to give a short introduction about themselves and their establishment. Each business receives one minute to give a “commercial” about their business. This is also a time of networking for chamber members; an opportunity to build business relationships.
Come join us for the most important meal of the day. Our average attendance is about 60 members at EVERY breakfast…so start the day off right and network your business with other chamber members and get a great breakfast in the process!
Remember you can market your business further by donating a door prize!
Cost is only $8 for Chamber Members, $10 for potential members and is payable at the door.
Please call the Chamber at (936) 295‑8113 for more information.
Remember make your chamber membership work for you…
GET involved, GET connected and GET results!
Walker County Proud Precinct #3’s “Clean-up” day over the weekend was a big success.
Precinct #3 Commissioner Bill Daugette filled commissioners in in court Monday on the event . . . .
Commissioner Daugette also thanked several for helping out: the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for Reuben; the Riverside Fire Department; Sonja Tennant who cooked for everyone; the City of Huntsville for the use of two roll offs at no charge; the City of Riverside for three roll offs at no charge; Smith Septic with a Port-A-Potty and Try-2-Recycle who brought out their containers. It was sponsored by Walker County Proud donations.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent attack on his own people—men, women and children—with chemical weapons was a major topic at the White House Press briefing Monday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addressed reporters on the issue . . . .
Monday, U-S Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed the U-N on the Syrian chemical attack on civilians in Syria over the weekend . . . .
At Monday’s regular session of Walker County Commissioners’ Court, Precinct #2 Commissioner Ronnie White addressed commissioners in regard to issues created for local county citizens by trail rides.
Commissioner White was particularly addressing a trail ride over last Easter Weekend on Roberts Road in Walker County . . . .
Walker County Assistant District Attorney Quentin Russell addressed the issue. He was not aware of anything specific to trail rides. However, approaching the issue through other laws was an option . . . .
Mr. Russell said he would try to research the issue, again.
The City of Huntsville is challenging the community to participate in Denim Day on April 25, in observance of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford said City staff will be wearing denim to bring awareness to the issues of sexual assault.
Chief Lunsford said, “We encourage all community members and city employees to wear denim, to show that we stand not only against this crime, but in support with the survivors.” He said, “By wearing denim together, we are making a statement that we are united and will stand for justice.”