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Low Laying Smoke Reported in Most of East Texas

This morning in Lindale at 4am the smell of smoke was faint but still noticeable by the time I got in the car to leave for work at 7:15am the smoke smell was stronger.  The strong winds this weekend turned things from bad to worse when as local area Fire Fighters tried to keep local residents safe

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Things To Do This Weekend In East Texas

For those of us who have grown up in East Texas, we know that Tyler can be kind of dull on the weekends. But if you do a little research like we did, you'd be surprised at the things actually going on around town. So to spare you from sitting at home being a couch potato all weekend long, we put together a list of things going on around East Texas.

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Corner Bakery Cafe To Open In Tyler

In case you haven't noticed, the city of Tyler has added many new restaurants this year. Well, it's not over yet. Next to open in Tyler is the Corner Bakery Cafe. The restaurant is scheduled to open Monday, October 24th. More after the jump.

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Tomato — The Fruit Of Vegetables

Wow! Who would have guessed that the tomato is actually a fruit? Well in 1893 a Supreme Court decision actually declared it a vegetable. Makes you look at those thick slices on your burger differently. With over 7500 varieties, tomatos are used in so many ways. With so many uses, there are many a great recipe out there. The upcoming Jacksonville Tomato Fest should offer up some awesome ways to use your tomato. Check out the funny videos.

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Best Places to Go Swimming in Tyler & Longview – Jeff’s Top Five

One thing is for sure, Summer is officially here!

The above normal temperatures we've been experiencing the past few weeks has had everyone heading for either the air conditioning, or the pool!

This got me to thinking about the top 5 places in East Texas to go swimming!

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Best Playgrounds in East Texas – Our Top Seven

Why spend your weekend shut away in your home when East Texas has so many ways to enjoy fresh air?  The temperature is perfect so pack up a picnic basket and head out to one of these family friendly locations.

Through the generosity of many private citizens and business we are fortunate enough to have several parks and recreation areas to stop and unplug for a while.  Keep reading after the jump to find out more about Tyler and Longview's playgrounds.

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Jeff is Out Fishing?

This weekend, the Expo is the largest boat and travel Expo east of I-35. More than 150 boats, 100 RV/travel trailers, and 50 ATVs and motorcycles from East Texas are on exhibit during the three day event. Jeff Evans will be in Longview this Sunday from 12p - 4p - more after the jump.

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