Posted by : February 20, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–An online petition is underway to rename the Kemp High School Baseball Field in remembrance of Scott Tanksley. To sign it, go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/Scott-Tanksley-Field. Tanklsey’s classmates hope to gather 5,000 signatures.
Dallas Fire and Rescue Officer Scott Tanksley tragically lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 10, 2014 while operating on an icy overpass in Dallas.
Tanksley was a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and three minor children. Scott grew up in Kemp playing baseball and went on to play professionally.
After a brief professional baseball career, he went back to a quiet life in his rural hometown of Kemp, joined Dallas Fire-Rescue and started a family.
Tanksley coached his son in Little League. His son and daughter attend Kemp ISD schools, where Tanksley’s mother and his wife, Wendi, used to work.
The couple would have celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.
Posted by : February 16, 2014| On :
Gun Barrel City Council to review proposed concessions deal
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–According to a press release sent Thursday by Hometown Cinemas, the movie theater in Gun Barrel City has a new owner, or nearly so.
The Gun Barrel City Council has to agree to help Hometown Cinemas open the new theater through approving a number of concessions totaling about $205,000 over five years.
HomeTown Cinemas managing parter Randy Hester told The Monitor should all go well, he is aiming to open in early April in time for the new summer movie releases.
Among the upgrades going into the eight-plex theater are new digital projectors (DLPs) needed to play the new movies. “I’ve ordered the units and been told it will take four to six weeks,” Hester said, along with RealD 3D Cinema in 3 or 4 of the auditoriums.
“The closest theaters using 4K resolution projection technology are in Dallas, Austin or Houston so the presentation will be tremendous,” Hester said.
The previous owner cited the need for DLP cinema technology, totaling around $375,000, as a major reason for closing its doors July 31, 2012.
In addition, a thorough renovation of the 24,730 square foot facility, including an expansion of the snack bar and reconfiguration of the lobby and box office area to improve traffic flow, as well as setting up a party room for special events are in the works.
The acquisition of the Gun Barrel City location will bring Hometown Cinemas to three properties. The Hometown brand fills a need for first-run movies to small towns, keeping a comfortable “home town” ambiance.
The Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation and the city have been proactive in getting a new owner for the theater in the Heritage Cove mixed commercial development. City manager Gerry Boren said the city council is meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to go through a first reading of a Chapter 380 (tax abatement) proposal, including a performance agreement.
“Our citizen survey made it really clear that our residents want this movie theatre,” EDC president Linda Rankin stated in the press release. “So we were excited to work with potential buyers. We are thrilled that Hometown Cinema will be bringing their first rate operations to our community. This is very good news for the future economic development of this area.”
Hester is also happy with the conclusion of long negotiations. “We were not the only company interested in this theater, but we’re very excited with this acquisition because Gun Barrel City is exactly the kind of town we want to be in,” he said.
Hometown Cinemas first opened in Lockhart, where it began in 2008 with six screens. A Terrell theater with five screens at the Tanger Outlet was added soon afterward. Both of these feature Sony 4K Digital (DLP) Cinema systems, according to its website.
Hester has spent around 25 years on the exhibition side of the movie industry and has a passion for presenting Hollywood movies. He is actively involved with Hometown’s daily operations and occasionally works side by side with the employees serving popcorn or greeting people in the lobby.
“Our goal it not only to provide a great cinematic presentation but also give the touch of a personal and friendly staff that aims to make every part of the experience at Hometown great,” Hester said.
Posted by : February 16, 2014| On :
Choose from Texas toes, brisket sandwiches, loaded potatoes or
monster burritos and much more
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Scottie’s Smokehouse in Seven Points specializes in mouth-watering, unique dishes, smoked to your liking.
“Our chicken is marinated and baked daily for flavor and moisture,” Scottie’s Smokehouse owner Jay Patel said.
“Our sausages are made from scratch, no preservatives or additives. We just add herbs and spices and smoke them,” he added.
Also on Scottie’s Smokehouse menu are breakfast burritos, unique tacos, ribs, burgers, loaded potatoes, brisket sandwiches and more.
Scottie’s ham and pork are cured for 24 hours before smoking and served pulled or sliced.
“Customers may dine in, listen to music or reserve party space for special occasions,” Patel said.
Breakfast is from 4:30 to 10 a.m. every day and customers may choose from combo plates with sausage, egg, chorizo and gorditos to traditional plates with hash browns and toast.
“Our loaded skillet potatoes are so unique. You have to see and taste them to believe it,” Patel said.
“We also have a challenge. If you can finish a 12 inch skillet, it’s free,” he added.
Scottie’s Smokehouse also specializes in Texas Toes – jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and sausage, wrapped in bacon. Yum!
“They are to die for and you can combine them with our signature red beans, tater salad and coleslaw,” Patel said.
Scottie’s Smokehouse cook Scott Gorman, learned to butcher and cook at age seven and is a graduate of Kemp High School. He is the son of Scott Gorman, Sr., previously of Gorman’s Meat Market in Seven Points.
Gorman has extensive knowledge of meat and curing and uses only traditional mesquite wood for smoking.
Scottie’s Smokehouse is open 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for dine-in or take-out and is located inside Scottie’s Exxon at 101 S. Seven Points Dr. in Seven Points.
Scottie’s Smokehouse, formerly Dutchman’s Smokehouse is under new management and also offers catering for your next event.
For more information, call (903) 432-4890.
More photos of Scottie’s Smokehouse menu items can be found in the Sunday, February 16, 2014 issue of The Monitor.