Judge Newsom Proclaims Constitution Week in Hopkins County
Sep18

Judge Newsom Proclaims Constitution Week in Hopkins County

Wednesday morning, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom read a proclamation making the next week Constitution Week in the county. Judge Newsom called the Constitution, adopted 227 years ago, one of two great documents along with the Declaration of Independence that support our country. Judge Newsom presented the proclamation to members of the Captain David Phillips Chapter of the Daughters of the American...

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New County DWI Policy
Sep12

New County DWI Policy

Lawmen in Hopkins County will soon be changing the way they handle suspected DWI cases. If a suspect refuses to give a blood sample or take a Breathalyzer test, lawmen will contact either District Judge Eddie Northcutt, County Court at Law Judge Amy Smith or County Judge Robert Newsom for a search warrant for a blood draw. Judge Newsom said the new policy would result in stronger cases to prosecute...

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In the Spirit of Cooperation
Sep12

In the Spirit of Cooperation

With the new Hopkins County Jail project coming close to railroad property, Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom has been working on an agreement with the railroad. Judge Newsom said he found the first draft from the railroad to be unacceptable. He suggested some changes and he said he’s optimistic the revised document would be approved by both parties. The east side of the jail project is near railroad property....

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Hopkins County New Budget Final
Sep11

Hopkins County New Budget Final

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom’s first budget was finalized Monday as the County Commissioners Court adopted the next fiscal year budget and a tax rate more than 5-cents per $100 valuation higher due to the new jail project. Judge Newsom said the budget was balanced and did not include any raises for county employees. There was one personnel addition: Assistant DA Clay Harrison who will come from Smith County. Judge Newsom expects...

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New Jail Dirtwork
Sep10

New Jail Dirtwork

Dirt work is continuing for the new Hopkins County Jail Project. Lots of things are being dug up including some leftovers from when the first jail was built on the site. The digging has also uncovered an area high in lead content and the site of an old oil spill. County Judge Robert Newsom says the County has hired Apex Geoscience to make sure recovered materials are handled in an environmentally proper...

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Judge Newsom Discusses Out of Town Inmate Problem
Aug29

Judge Newsom Discusses Out of Town Inmate Problem

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom says so far this year, the county has spent $209,000 to house inmates in jails outside the county. Judge Newsom says that figure is well over the amount budgeted for that purpose. He says that’s one of the reasons why a new jail is needed. Other counties charge Hopkins County $40 to $50 per inmate per day. Most inmates housed out of the county are females since the current jail has a small amount of...

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Surprise At New Hopkins County Jail Site
Aug22

Surprise At New Hopkins County Jail Site

Workers doing dirt work for the new Hopkins County Jail project north of the current jail unearthed a surprise recently. They found what appears to be a railroad spur that had been buried. County Judge Robert Newsom says it shouldn’t raise any environmental issues. He can’t find any records for the spur. Judge Newsom says County Commissioners will be removing the rails and selling the steel. By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports...

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Surprise At New Jail Site, Newsom Talks County News
Aug21

Surprise At New Jail Site, Newsom Talks County News

Workers doing dirt work for the new Hopkins County Jail project north of the current jail unearthed a surprise recently. They found what appears to be a railroad spur that had been buried. County Judge Robert Newsom says it shouldn’t raise any environmental issues. He can’t find any records for the spur. Judge Newsom says County Commissioners will be removing the rails and selling the steel. In some Hopkins County notes, County Judge...

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Jail Project and Our County Budget
Aug17

Jail Project and Our County Budget

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom continues to stress that the new County Jail project is coming in below budget so far. Plus the County Commissioners Court has budgeted $400,000 for any contingencies that might arise. Some or all of those funds might be saved. Judge Newsom was also impressed that the Construction Manager-At-Risk was already at work on the site the day after the groundbreaking. The Hopkins County Commissioners Court...

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County Breaks Ground for New jail
Aug09

County Breaks Ground for New jail

At high noon Monday, Hopkins County officials will break ground for the new $16-million 192-bed County Jail. The groundbreaking will take place north of the current jail. Some 12 to 15 months of construction will follow. County Judge Robert Newsom says the project appears to be below budget. It is expected to increase the county tax rate in the budget about six cents according to Judge Newsom. By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports...

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