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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 ranked 6th in preseason THSCA coaches football poll

Rockwall ranked 6th in preseason THSCA coaches football poll

AUSTIN – The Texas High School Coaches Association Preseason Football Poll was just released at TheAthleticsDepartment.com, with the Rockwall Yellowjackets ranked 6th with 28 points, just behind Coppell with 29 points. The poll is voted on by a panel of THCSA coaches. It is displayed with first-place votes in parenthesis, records, points based on 10-1 […]

Famous former Broadway Phantom of the Opera David Gaschen to perform July 23

Famous former Broadway Phantom of the Opera David Gaschen to perform July 23

ROCKWALL – The famous former Broadway star of Phantom of the Opera, David Gaschen, will perform a special benefit performance for the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County July 23, 7 pm, at the Performing Arts Center at Utley Middle School, 1201 T L Townsend Dr. Presented by Rockwall Summer Musicals, An Evening With David […]

Is Microwaving Food Dangerous?

Is Microwaving Food Dangerous?

(From NaturalOn.com) There is a lot of concerning and seemingly contradictory information on the web concerning the safety of microwaving food. Some say using microwave ovens is perfectly safe, while others claim they will destroy the nutrients in your food. What’s really going on? In this article, we’ll attempt to sift through these claims and […]

I-30 construction project begins to add entrance, exit ramps at John King Blvd.

I-30 construction project begins to add entrance, exit ramps at John King Blvd.

ROCKWALL – Construction began Tuesday on an estimated seven month I-30 ramp reversal project that will make it easier to enter and exit the freeway between John King Blvd. and State Highway 205. There will be temporary lane closures during construction and the City will provide future updates as the project progresses. According to a […]

Police arrest Rockwall man for following woman into restroom

Police arrest Rockwall man for following woman into restroom

ROCKWALL – A Rockwall man was arrested yesterday after police said he followed a woman into the restroom at the TJ Maxx store in Rockwall last Friday and would not leave. Gregory Umunnakwe Okwudili Ogu, 23, has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, a Class C Misdemeanor. His bond was set at $500. He resides in […]

Injured Army veteran to receive free, custom-built home June 24

Injured Army veteran to receive free, custom-built home June 24

ROCKWALL – Severely-injured U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jerry Holcomb II, who was deployed to two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, will be honored at a “Welcome Home” ceremony and receive the keys to a new mortgage-free, custom-built home June 24. at 10 am, in High Point Lake Estates, 2555 Wincrest Dr. Rockwall, […]

Fireworks extravanza, country rockers Exile, highlight Rowlett’s Fireworks on Main

Fireworks extravanza, country rockers Exile, highlight Rowlett’s Fireworks on Main

ROWLETT – A free fireworks extravaganza and live entertainment by one of the nation’s all-time most popular country rock bands, Exile, will highlight the City of Rowlett’s “Fireworks on Main” event, Monday, July 4, from 6-10 pm at Pecan Grove Park (behind Wet Zone Waterpark), located at 5300 Main St. Fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. Exile […]

Utley PE teacher James Smith indicted by grand jury for child sexual assault

Utley PE teacher James Smith indicted by grand jury for child sexual assault

DALLAS – Utley Middle School P.E. teacher James Romig Smith was indicted May 16 for Sexual Assault of a Child by a Dallas County grand jury. He is currently out of jail on a $50,000 bond. His trial is scheduled to begin July 1 at 9 am in Dallas County Criminal District Court #3, with […]

Soroptimist Club providing building for new Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County

Soroptimist Club providing building for new Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County

ROCKWALL – Thanks to the generous efforts of the Rockwall Soroptimist Club, the Children’s Advocacy Center For Rockwall County already has a home. According to Soroptimist South Central Governor Elect and Rockwall resident Cindy Lindley, the Club is providing the 4,000 sq. ft. home the Club originally moved from Dallas to Rockwall in 1985 to become a […]

Local police, fire salute Dallas police officer John Robinson of Fate who died from brain cancer

Local police, fire salute Dallas police officer John Robinson of Fate who died from brain cancer

FATE – Police officers and fire department members from Fate and Royse City showed their support this morning for Dallas Police Senior Corporal and detective John Cullen Robinson, 31, of Fate, who passed away June 1 from brain cancer. A short motorcade passed through Fate on the way to Lake Pointe Church were memorial services […]

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