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     Mayor George Pierson is on track to reaching goals he and his team at city hall have pursued the past four years.  “We have not raised taxes, have paved fifteen streets, gotten a new water well in place, torn down old buildings and cleaned up the center of our wonderful little town,” he proudly states. We have become more accountable of friends. With a 2010 census population of 1,489, we have a high population of senior citizens, so we have setup a project whereby a city employee checks on them regularly.   “Future goals are to work on improving our infra-structure and continuing to work on acquiring a grocery store, a lumber yard and a motel”, the Mayor continued. One weak area we have is the lack of involvement of our 25 to 45 year olds. We want to get them more actively involved in volunteering and helping to set the pace. We are the north gateway to Houston County and have excellent ranches, excellent school system our boys basketball team went to state playoffs this year, and beautiful land that welcomes expansion.”  Read entire Cover Story

Rusk Citizens Promise funds TJC
Scholarships for Rusk graduates

Pictured above are the James I Perkins family, Charles Hassell and the Citizens 1st Bank staff, Dr. & Mrs. Mike Metke, Dr. Davis RISD Superintendent, Rusk City Manager Mike Murray, Terry and Robert Gonzales of the Rusk Cherokeean Herald, and Mayor Pro Tem Walter Session and wife Maxine of the Texas Informer. The group celebrates “The Promise” following the TJC Board Meeting.

The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise, the first scholarship program of its kind in Texas, may fund two years at Tyler Junior College for the top 50 percent of qualifying Rusk High School graduates. The new initiative,
during Thursday’s TJC board meeting, begins with the Rusk High  School graduating class of 2014.  The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise covers $4,000 per year (for two years) for each qualifying student who graduates in the top half of the class. Funded by gifts and pledges from Citizens 1st Bank, The Perkins Family Foundation,
and others, the program is a partnership between TJC, the TJC Foundation, Rusk ISD, Citizens 1st Bank and The Perkins Family Foundation. “We couldn’t be more pleased  to be a part of this historic first for Tyler Junior College and for the state of Texas,” TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said.  “Thanks to the continued leadership and generosity of Citizens 1st Bank and The Perkins  Family Foundation, The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise will improve the lives of countless students and their families for years to come.” Read the entire story of a Citizens Promise in the March Issue of the Texas Informer.

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