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J.J. Smith is the Owner/Publisher of The Rockwall News, the Rockwall Texas area's online news & sports leader. During his 35 year career he's written and arranged literally thousands of online, print, TV & radio news stories that have appeared nationwide. He's also created & sold over $10 million worth of broadcast, print & online ads, plus hosted his own talk radio show. J.J.'s also the founder & president of the Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation which he established in memory of his mother, Lillian Smith. His abusive father shot & killed her in a murder-suicide in Denver CO in 1958. The grassroots organization, non-profit foundation and PAC is fighting to win the battle against the family violence crime epidemic across the U.S. and stand up for the victims.

Rockwall County Balloon Festival coming Nov. 11-12 to Smith Park in Fate

Rockwall County Balloon Festival coming Nov. 11-12 to Smith Park in Fate

FATE TX – The first annual Rockwall County Balloon Festival will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 4-10 pm; and Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 am-10 pm; at Smith Family Park in Fate, across the street from May Vernon Elementary, 100 Miss May Dr, Fate 75132. Presented by The Rockwall News, 10-12 colorful hot air balloons will be […]

Early voting for President, Congress, State, local elections begins today

Early voting for President, Congress, State, local elections begins today

ROCKWALL COUNTY – Early voting began across Texas today for US President, Congress, state and local elections, and will continue through Nov. 4. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Rockwall County residents who are registered to vote can do so using either paper ballots or voting machines at either the Rockwall County Library, Heath City […]

Fate Council approves Smith Park rental for Rockwall County Balloon Festival Nov. 11-12

Fate Council approves Smith Park rental for Rockwall County Balloon Festival Nov. 11-12

FATE – The Fate City Council voted 5-1 last night to approve entering into an agreement with The Rockwall News LLC to rent Smith Family Park for the first annual Rockwall County Balloon Festival, Nov. 11-12. As many as 10-20,000 people are expected to attend from across North Texas, where hot air balloon festivals typically […]

New Rockwall County EMS contract offer will save thousands, cut response time by 30%

New Rockwall County EMS contract offer will save thousands, cut response time by 30%

ROCKWALL – Rockwall County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is offering Rockwall County a new contract proposal to start a year early which they say will save the County and local cities hundreds of thousands of dollars, immediately reduce ambulance response times in rural areas by 30 percent and enable EMS to open a second and third location in Heath and Fate, […]

Second high rise office tower planned at Harbor after Trend Tower reaches 100% capacity

Second high rise office tower planned at Harbor after Trend Tower reaches 100% capacity

ROCKWALL – A second high-rise office building at The Harbor is now in the planning stages and available for leasing after the seven-story Trend Tower reached 100 percent capacity last month. According to the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation President Sheri Franza, the first tower – built in 2014 – has provided Rockwall with 110,000 sq. […]

Royse City to get pro baseball team, $12 million stadium

Royse City to get pro baseball team, $12 million stadium

ROYSE CITY -Looks like Royse City will soon have its own independent professional baseball team and $12 million multi-purpose stadium, where Royse City High School varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will also play home games, beginning in 2018. An joint announcement was made last week by Mark Shuster, the new president of the new […]

Free legal clinic for retired, disabled veterans Oct. 5 in Dallas

Free legal clinic for retired, disabled veterans Oct. 5 in Dallas

DALLAS – Metroplex Veterans Legal Services is conducting a free legal clinic for veterans who are retired or have combat-related injuries at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, 2021 McKinney Ave, Suite 2000, Dallas 75201. The Veterans must be receiving or have received military retirement pay either from a military disability or after 20 […]

Former RISD Principal Brad Helmer new Heritage Christian Academy Headmaster

Former RISD Principal Brad Helmer new Heritage Christian Academy Headmaster

ROCKWALL – Former Springer Elementary School Principal, Dr. Brad Helmer, has been selected as the new Headmaster at Heritage Christian Academy by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Helmer is a Rockwall native who also held assistant principal positions at Utley Middle School and Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School. He holds a Doctorate of Education from Texas […]

Airport Committee votes to recommend airport as Rockwall Balloon Festival location

Airport Committee votes to recommend airport as Rockwall Balloon Festival location

ROCKWALL – The City of Rockwall’s Airport Committee voted 4-3 last night to recommend the Rockwall Municipal/Ralph M. Hall Airport to City Council as the location for the Nov. 11-12 Rockwall Balloon Festival, as requested by the event organizer, J.J. Smith, also owner/publisher of The Rockwall News. The full Rockwall City Council will next vote […]

Former UNT basketball star Quincy Williams new Rockwall head basketball coach

Former UNT basketball star Quincy Williams new Rockwall head basketball coach

ROCKWALL – Former University of North Texas basketball star and Wylie East Head Basketball Coach Quincy Williams has been hired as the Yellowjackets new Head Basketball Coach, replacing Coach Alan Simmons. Simmons accepted a new position as head basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. Coach Williams led the Wylie East Raiders […]

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