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Special to The Dallas Examiner


Free flu vaccinations for District 5 residents


Flu season has begun and health officials have suggested that people protect themselves from the potentially fatal combination of COVID and the influenza. To assist local residents, 100 free flu vaccinations will be available to all District 5 residents Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cano Health, located at 100 S. Zarramora St. Registration forms will be available on site. No appointment is needed. For everyone’s protection, all participants must wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance. During the initiative, personal protection equipment will also be given away while supplies last.


Don’t mess with Texas scholarship contest opens to high school seniors

Applications are now available for the 2021 Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Contest. This contest recognizes Texas high school seniors who are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community.

“We’re looking for students who are developing exciting and creative solutions to keep Texas litter-free,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t Mess with Texas program. “We aim to shine a spotlight on their innovations in the hope of inspiring other Texans to do their part to keep our state beautiful.”

The contest is open to any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall 2021 semester.

Don’t mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes a grassroots partnership with the Keep Texas Beautiful organization, annual “Trash-Off” community outreach events and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program.


Judge Tonya Parker to receive MLK Justice Award from Dallas Bar Association

Hon Tonya Parker, judge of the 116th District Court, will be honored with the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award by the Dallas Bar Association at the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at a virtual program, Jan. 18 at noon. The event will be held via Zoom and is open to the public.

“Judge Parker has the intellect, judgment, drive, and commitment to accomplish anything she sets out to do. Fortunately for us, she has unselfishly chosen to focus her tremendous talent and skill on serving our local community. Judge Parker is incredibly deserving of the DBA’s MLK Justice Award,” said DBA President Aaron Tobin.

The award is presented to local leaders whose lives and practice exemplifies the principles embodied by King’s leadership. Former recipients include the late Hon. Barefoot Sanders, Mayor H. Ron Kirk, Kim Askew, Rhonda Hunter, E. Leon Carter, Dr. Walter Sutton Jr., Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, Rev. Richie Butler and Justice Carolyn Wright.

The association expressed that it was honored to present Parker with the prestigious award for her service to the Dallas community.

Register online at is available at For more information, email or call 214-220-7400.


Pastor Kyev P. Tatum Sr. appointed to serve on law enforcement advisory board

FORT WORTH – Pastor Kyev P. Tatum Sr., pastor of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church and president of the Ministers Justice Coalition of Texas, has been appointed by District Attorney Sharen Wilson to serve on her training advisory board for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

“The purpose and function of the advisory board is to serve the training provider by providing guidance in the establishment of curriculum, training needs, frequency & location of courses, standards for admission to training programs, class size, attendance requirements, and retention. This includes policies and procedures, as well as confirmation of compliance with TCOLE rules and other regulations. The composition of the board provides many perspectives to the issues mentioned in the previous paragraph.  The diversity of experience among board members should assist the training provider to better assess the needs of the training program which, in turn, will deliver better service to the constituents who utilize the training program for the professional development of law enforcement officers, jailers, and telecommunicators,” according to the TCOLE website.

Over the past 30 years, Tatum, who has a degree in criminal justice, has served local, state and federal advisory boards including the executive boards for the Texas Education Service Center, Region XIII, the Interagency Council for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Tarrant County Truancy Reform Advisory Committee, the Fort Worth Chief of Police Policy Advisory Committee, and White House Ally for the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

“Our goal is to engage our network of 100 leaders to discuss, determine, and decide the directions we need to head in to help Tarrant County excel beyond jail. Prisons steals, kills and destroys families and we need to reduce the prison and jail population. We need real training and personal development if we are going to reach our goal,” Tatum stated.


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