Our Town Times (Timpson, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015 Page: 1 of 16
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Accidents this weekend at
Timpson intersection raise
concerns by citizens
There were two traffic accidents at the same
intersection of US HWY 59 and US HWY 84 in
Timpson over the weekend. On both incidents,
the drivers coming from US HWY 84 onto US
HWY 59 failed to stop at the second stop sign
at this intersection, entered into oncoming traf-
fic, and were struck by another vehicle. Sunday
afternoon's accident claimed the life of Keri
Roark, from Jenna, LA. Keri would have been
31-years-old the next day, Monday. Keri was
passing through Timpson after visiting friends
to celebrate her birthday. She is survived by her
son, a sister, and her mother.
Although Investigators have ruled out speed as a cause for the accident, many of OTT NEWS
subscribers begin to voice their concerns about the safety and signage of this intersection on social
media once the story broke online. OTT took some of our reader's concerns and presented them
to Mayor Debra Smith and TXDOT representatives for answers. The following is her response:
1) A citizen can make comments or bring topics to light by filling out a citizen’s comment
card (preferably 3-5 days prior to the meeting) must be filled out before meeting begins.
2) For an ACTION item (something the council will vote on) The Mayor and or 3 council
members have to have an item or concern put on the agenda for a vote.
The matter can be brought to the mayor or city secretary AND if it is in the jurisdiction of
the council it can be placed on the agenda.
3) TXDOT has the say on signage, lights, and most speed limits on their highways.
In Timpson that includes US 87, Bear Drive (spur), US Hwy 59 and US Hwy 84
4) The City can have a speed limit reviewed and possibly raised or lowered, BUT it
must be approved by TXDOT if it is on their highway. They govern their ROWs as well.
5) TXDOT’s contribution to highway safety would be that they CURRENTLY take
Care of the major maintenance of the state hwys, they maintain the traffic light(s), the signage,
mowing and ROW sign laws. They conduct traffic studies prior to changes in speed, intersection
changes (lights, stop signs etc), merging traffic, etc.
With regard to Sunday’s accident at the 84/59 intersection I am told by our officers that speed
was not the issue. The issue was that either because the young woman was distracted or had not
seen that she was coming up on an intersection she failed to stop at the stop sign and the truck was
unable to avoid impact with her car which came into his lane of traffic. Regardless of whether
she had run through a light or a stop sign it seems the impact would have been unavoidable.
The speed limit increase to 60 does NOT occur until after the intersection.
As to your concerns with regard to the 169 plans in our area. To date TXDOT has not deter-
mined the exact path of 169 between Nacogdoches and the LA border. I attended 6 meetings
hosted by TXDOT with regard to 169 plans and basically the path will be along US Hwy 59
where feasible and routed around towns when required. In Timpson failure to have a route
around the town would result in the loss of all property that is currently located along 59 due to
the width requirements of an Interstate and the fact that there is not direct access to an Interstate
ie One can’t drive out of a parking lot onto an interstate.
It would be great if when these meetings begin again you can help me get people involved
in the process. This won’t be a a group meeting crying to stop it; it has already been federally
approved. We need people to intelligently offer information that will help determine the best
path for our community.
Main article: Interstate Highway standards
Interstate highway in New Jersey built to modem standards
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has
defined a set of standards that all new Interstates must meet unless a waiver from the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) is obtained. One almost absolute standard is the controlled
access nature of the roads. With few exceptions, traffic lights (and cross traffic in general) are
limited to toll booths and ramp meters (metered flow control for lane merging during rush hour).
Further information: Speed limits in the United States and National Maximum Speed Law
Being freeways, Interstate Highways usually have the highest speed limits in a given area.
Speed limits are determined by individual states. From 1974 to 1987, the maximum speed
limit on any highway in the United States was 55 miles per hour (90 km/h), in accordance with
federal law.  Currently, rural speed limits generally range from 65 to 75 miles per hour (105
to 120 km/h). Several portions of 1-15,1-84 and 1-86 in Idaho, most of 1-29 and 1-90 in South
Dakota, 110 and 1-20 in rural western Texas, portions of 115 in rural central Utah, sections of
1-80 and 1-84 in northern Utah, and most of 1-25,1-80 and 1-90 in Wyoming have a speed limit
of 80 mph (130 km/h). The highest speed limit on an Interstate Highway in the nation is 85
mph (135 km/h), in Texas.
Typically, lower limits are established in Northeastern states, while higher speed limits are
established in Southern and Western states.
For example, the maximum speed limit is 75 mph (120 km/h) in northern Maine, varies
between 50 and 70 mph (80 and 115 km/h) from southern Maine to New Jersey, and is 50
mph (80 km/h) in the District of Columbia.  In some areas, speed limits on Interstates can
be significantly lower in areas where they traverse significantly hazardous areas. The maximum
speed limit on 1-90 is 50 mph (80 km/h) in downtown Cleveland because of two sharp curves
with a suggested limit of 35 mph (55 km/h) in a heavily congested area; 170 through Wheeling,
West Virginia, has a maximum speed limit of 45 mph (70 km/h) through the Wheeling Tunnel
and most of downtown Wheeling; and I 68 has a maximum speed limit of 40 mph (65 km/h)
through Cumberland, Maryland, because of multiple hazards including sharp curves and narrow
lanes through the city. In some locations, low speed limits are the result of lawsuits and resident
demands; after holding up the completion of 135E in St. Paul, Minnesota, for nearly 30 years in
the courts, residents along the stretch of the freeway from the southern city limit to downtown
successfully lobbied for a 45 mph (70 km/h) speed limit in addition to a prohibition on any
vehicle weighing more than 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg) gross vehicle weight. I 93 in Franconia
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City of Tenaha to honor
34 years of service
from City Secretary
Tenaha City Secretary, Doyce Bailey will retire on April 30,
2015. A party honoring Doyce for her many years of service will
be held at the Tenaha City Office on Thursday, April 23,2015 from
2-4pm. Speaker for this occasion will be former Mayor George
Bowers. Cake and punch will be served. All are welcome to attend.
School Class of 1941
holds reunions colleen Doggett
Four of the seven surviving members of the 1941 Garrison High
School graduating class met at the Wylie Hotel in Garrison for a
reunion luncheon, 74 years after graduation. Present were Myrta
Ann Latimer Garrett (Valedictorian of the Class of 1941), Melva-
lene Mcllwain Cohen (President and organizer of the reunions),
Chester Burkhalter, and Malcolm McMillan. Unable to attend this
year were survivors, Audrey Hillin Lambin and Marian Williams
Two members of this class passed away just two months and
one month prior to this year’s meeting - William Herbert Heam-
sberger of Garrison and Floyd Elmer Boatman, also of Garrison.
The two men were both 92.
The 31 members of the Class of 1941 (from 1941 graduation
announcement) were: Florence Ley Adkison, Thomas Gibson
Ash, Floyd Elmer Boatman, Chester R. Burkhalter, James William
Burrows, Roy Lee Chandler, Mildred Joy Crawford, Easter Mor-
ris Davis, Margaret Alberta Edwards, Jack Harold Fields, Herbert
Hearnsberger, Doyce Turner Kimbrough, Myrta Ann Latimer, Nea-
tia Ardett Lofton, Brazzie Lunsford, Lanell Lunsford, Lola Alene
Lunsford, Melvalene Mcllwain, Ocie Malcolm McMillan, Audrey
Maxine Rambin, Enid Jacqueline Rambin, Floyd Rambin, Edward
Samford, Mary Loyce Samford, Lawrence Scogin, Joycelyn Agatha
Stokes, Hurshel Herald Stratton, Vera Katherine Stratton, Joe Buck
Strong, Faye Evelyn Watkins, and Marian Williams. This class
was the largest class of graduates up to this time and maybe since.
This is the class that went from graduation to World War II
a few months later. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
on Dec. 7,1941, bringing the United States to declare war against
Japan and Germany.
Interesting facts about 1941: the Yankees defeated the Dodgers
4-1, and there would not be a Super Bowl until 26 years later; the
Academy Award for Best Picture went to “Rebecca”; Glenn Miller
received his first gold record, for “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”; Les
Paul designed and built the first solid-body electric guitar; and
commercial TV was authorized by the FCC (the first television
network was NBC television on WNBT on Channel 1.
This year’s reunion is the 24th gathering since high school
for the group. They first began with their 10th reunion in 1951,
and met every five to 10 years after that, until their 50th. With the
50th, they resolved to meet every year or so.
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Pate, Chad. Our Town Times (Timpson, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015, newspaper, April 16, 2015; Timpson, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth899166/m1/1/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Timpson Public Library.