Thursday, July 31, 2008




  Two arrested on child porn charges
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Two men were arrested in separate incidents by Gun Barrel City police on child pornography charges July 24.
Officer Ryan Estes responded to a West Main Street business in response to a call about possible child pornography, Investigator Kay Lynn Newbill reported in a prepared news release.
An employee of the business showed Estes a computer that contained possible pornographic images. Newbill also responded and determined the computer belonged to Kelly Kenney, 60, of Gun Barrel City.
Estes remained at the business while Newbill obtained search warrants for the business and Kenney’s Pleasureland addition residence.
Warrants in hand, Newbill and Sgt. William Crawford executed the search and arrested Kenney, charging him with possession or promotion of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Kenney was subsequently transported to the Henderson County Jail, where he was processed and released the next day after posting $25,000 bond.
Also July 24, Sgt. Patrick Johnson responded to a theft call from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on West Main.
On arrival, Johnson met with the store’s Loss Prevention officer, who had detained John Edwin Vickers, 72, of Trinidad, for taking pictures from the store’s photo center.
Johnson subsequently discovered Vickers had in his possession numerous photographs of children with sexual organs exposed, Newbill reported.
Vickers was arrested on charges of theft under $50 and for possession or promotion of child pornography.
Vickers was subsequently transported to the Henderson County Jail. He was released the next day after posting $25,000 bond on the pornography charge and paying a $250 fine on the theft charge.

Transit Mix Seven Points plant wins first Green-Star certification
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–The very first ready mix concrete plant in the country to earn a prestigious environmental certification from the Environmental Protection Agency through an association program is located in Seven Points.
Transit Mix Concrete and Materials Co. purchased the 18-year-old concrete plant at 321 N. Seven Points Blvd. two years ago, director of construction and environment Matt Hallmark told The Monitor.
Within those two years, the plant, its building, yard and above-ground diesel tank have been refurbished, replaced or redone in such a way to offer optimum protection to the environment, Hallmark said, while producing high-quality concrete.
Highlighting those measures is three steeped baths to collect debris washed off the cement trucks. This contaminated water is contained and reclaimable for use in mixing more concrete.
Also, the plant includes a collection pond that keeps storm water separated from contaminated water. Both flow over an area to separate the water from its solids – the water for reuse and the solids for safe collection, Hallmark said.
Leftover concrete brought back to the plant is also laid out and broken down for resale and use as sub-grade material for roads, he added.
“It does not surprise me that Transit Mix is the first one in the country to become certified in the Green-Star program,” National Ready Mix Concrete Association president Frank Craddick said during a special ceremony held at the plant Tuesday.
“It has won more environmental awards than any other concrete company. They have been out in front of the green revolution from the beginning,” he added.
Craddick is a regional president with Cemex. “Our company is the largest concrete company in the U.S. and the world and this is going to have a big impact on our company,” Craddick said.
Another Cemex employee, Denise Corrales, chaired the environmental task group that drew up the Green-Star program to encourage the industry’s adherence to environmental and sustainability principles, such as recycling and containing potential contaminants to the environment.
“When EPA Region III (northeastern America) learned that Region VI was to be the first to attain this certification, there was definitely some jealousy going on,” Region VI representative Mark Potts said.
“It is an outstanding achievement that reflects on the business culture and its commitment to growth, but not at the expense of the environment,” Potts added. “It shows that Environmental considerations are integrated in the day-to-day plant operations and business decision-making. And the Green-Star program brings those principles home.”
After Craddick presented the certification to Transit Mix president Carl Campbell, the Green-Star flag was raised at the front of the plant.
“We will fly this flag with pride,” Campbell said. “I always talk to my team about getting it done, well they did. They got it done.”
Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association representative Mike Stewart remarked on the evidence of team spirit among Transit Mix managers and plant employees.
Seven Points Plant No. 2068 has done something to challenge the industry at large, he said.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
NRMCA chairman Frank Craddick (left) assists Transit
Mix president Carl Campbell to raise the new Green-Star
flag , the first flown in the nation – designating high
environmental standards achieved and maintained at the
Seven Points plant.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The Seven Points Transit Mix plant team are (from left) Tyson Tims, operations
manager David Keathley, sales manager Freddy Yackesch, Carol Reynolds, Lazaro
Ceballos, Sam Argo, plant manager David Arnold and Sesar Trevino. Not pictured
is Robert Laster.

Jordan named interim sheriff
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–In a unanimous vote, the Henderson County Commissioners named Chief Deputy Mark Jordan as the interim county sheriff Tuesday.
Jordan, who has announced he intends to retire after 27 years in law enforcement Dec. 31, tentatively was scheduled to be sworn in by County Judge David Holstein Thursday (today).
Incumbent sheriff Ronny Brownlow, who announced last year he intended to retire after nearly 45 years in law enforcement, officially retires Thursday (today).
Jordan has served with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years as a patrol deputy, a narcotics investigator and as captain of the criminal investigation division before being named chief deputy when Brownlow assumed office in 2001.
Much of Jordan’s service has been in narcotics investigation with federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Texas Department of Public Safety task forces, and he has served as a special Deputy U.S. Marshal.
A 1981 Mabank High School graduate, Jordan is a second-generation lawman.
As a young man, he rode on patrol with his father, 20-year Gun Barrel City Police Chief Tommy Smith, who also served as a deputy under legendary Henderson County sheriff J.W. Brownlow.
Ronny Brownlow recommended Jordan as his interim replacement, but the commissioners followed a long-standing practice of soliciting applications from interested individuals before making an appointment.
In addition to Jordan, candidates for the position included Mitch Baker, Bill Clark, Leland “Butch” Cooley, Mark Davis and James East.
Each of the commissioners said making the appointment was an extremely difficult decision, as all six candidates were both qualified and experienced.
“All of those who applied are very worthy, and it’s sad that it falls on our back to make a decision,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence noted.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about when the (appointment) would end, because we are in an election year,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said. “I can’t remember when we’ve had to make an appointment so close to the election.”
In the November general election, Republican candidate Ray Nutt will face Democratic candidate Bill Casey.
Although it’s possible the election winner will seek to take office prior to Jan. 1, the commissioners appointed Jordan to serve until Dec. 31.
In his remarks, Holstein pointed to Jordan’s rise through the ranks, adding the commissioners needed to consider experience and the need for continuity in the department.
“Jordan is second in command, and certainly brings some credibility to the table,” Holstein said.
McKinney said the appointment would be “more or less a caretaker position,” and made the motion to appoint Jordan, which was seconded by Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry West.
“With 24 years of experience, being the chief deputy, and with the endorsement of the present sheriff, at this time, I think it’s the proper decision,” West said.
Jordan said while he has been “very happy” in law enforcement, he is ready to step away and look into a couple of business opportunities.
“I’m happy to work with the men and women in this department and take them forward to the next administration,” Jordan said.
Jordan has been married to wife Patti for 25 years, and they have two sons, Justin, 21, and Preston, 19.
In his letter of application to the commissioners, Jordan pointed out he had worked for three of the county’s top sheriffs – Charlie Fields, Howard “Slick” Alfred and Ronny Brownlow.
“Sheriff Brownlow did an outstanding job in getting this department into shape,” Jordan said. “He had a lot of accomplishments, and I was able to work with him through those accomplishments.
“I will surely miss these folks,” he added. “I’ve met some of the greatest people, both in and out of law enforcement, while working in this position.”

Mark Jordan

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