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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.

Transgender bathroom ordinance drafted by Rockwall Mayor to be discussed at Monday Council meeting

Transgender bathroom ordinance drafted by Rockwall Mayor to be discussed at Monday Council meeting

ROCKWALL – A transgender bathroom ordinance drafted by Rockwall Mayor and attorney Jim Pruitt will be discussed at the regularly-scheduled Rockwall City Council meeting which begins Monday at 6 pm. The ordinance would make it unlawful for a person to use a multi-stall public restroom that doesn’t match the sex listed on a person’s birth […]

Many County homeowners upset with dramatically increased appraisals, taxes

Many County homeowners upset with dramatically increased appraisals, taxes

ROCKWALL – Notices from the Rockwall County Appraisal District have just come out and many County homeowners are upset, wondering why appraisals are suddenly so much higher and why they must pay much higher taxes. For example, Paul Freeze told The Rockwall News that his home appraisal went from $336,000 to $417,000 in the past year. […]

Study: Rockwall County residents have 6th highest amount of purchasing power in US

Study: Rockwall County residents have 6th highest amount of purchasing power in US

NEW YORK CITY – Rockwall County residents have the sixth highest amount of purchasing power in the nation, factoring in median income and cost of living, according to a study just released by SmartAsset. Using a 2014 US Census Bureau 2014 five-year consumer expenditure survey, the study aimed “to find the places where average living […]

Rowlett’s $1 billion Bayside development, Crystal Lagoon breaks ground

Rowlett’s $1 billion Bayside development, Crystal Lagoon breaks ground

ROWLETT- The much talked about $1 billion Bayside development in Rowlett, located at the former Elgin B. Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard, broke ground this morning. Included at the groundbreaking ceremony were Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk, Bayside Land developer Kent Donohue and Crystal Lagoons CEO Uri Man. The 257-acre mixed-use […]

Dr. John (J.J.) Villarreal lone finalist selected for next RISD Superintendent

Dr. John (J.J.) Villarreal lone finalist selected for next RISD Superintendent

ROCKWALL – The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. John (J.J.) E. Villarreal from Carroll ISD in Southlake as the district’s lone finalist to become RISD’s next superintendent during a special board meeting this morning. Dr. Villarreal has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services since October 2011. He will replace current […]

N word discussion results in RISD placing Utley teacher on administrative leave

N word discussion results in RISD placing Utley teacher on administrative leave

ROCKWALL – A discussion about an N word article last week has resulted in Rockwall ISD placing Utley Middle School social studies teacher Rebekah Cook on administrative leave. She’s also the school’s AVID – or college readiness – coordinator and helps with its yearbook, according to her school district profile. According to RISD, the reason […]

Fulton School surprises Rockwall family with $12,000 check for daughter’s medical expenses

Fulton School surprises Rockwall family with $12,000 check for daughter’s medical expenses

ROCKWALL – Little six-year-old Emma Goree of Rockwall has always been a go-getter, participating in swim, gymnastics, dance, etc. But now that’s all had to come to a halt. When she was three, she began having 3-4 second long epileptic seizures every few months, which have now increased to sometimes 25-30 times per day, up […]

Heath Police & Fire Association endorses David Warren for Heath City Council

Heath Police & Fire Association endorses David Warren for Heath City Council

HEATH – The Heath Police & Fire Association has endorsed David Warren for City Council Place 5 in the City’s May 7 election. Current Place 5 Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Berry is vacating his seat since he is the only person running for Mayor to replace Lorne Liechty. Heath Police & Fire […]

Heath Council candidate David Warren calls for more public safety officers due to population growth

Heath Council candidate David Warren calls for more public safety officers due to population growth

HEATH – On the heels of the recent home burglary in Heath, City Council Place 5 candidate David Warren says he wants to help prepare a five-year public safety plan to meet the growing needs of the community with Public Safety Chief Terry Garrett, City Council and the Heath Police and Fire Association. He says […]

Heath principal contacts parents about ‘concern for school safety’ rumor

Heath principal contacts parents about ‘concern for school safety’ rumor

HEATH – A social media rumor involving a “concern for school safety” led Rockwall-Heath High School Principal Tom Maglisceau to contact parents yesterday via text and email. He explained that the rumor, which was learned about several weeks ago, has been investigated by the school, the school resource officer and Heath public safety and it […]

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