Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Local News

September 17, 2013

County OKs software system

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court approved a contract with Plano-based Tyler Technologies on Tuesday for a judicial software package that will replace the one the county has used for 15 years.

The new Odyssey software package will cost $984,988, to be paid out in increments over an 18-month period.

County Judge Richard Sanders said, depending on how quickly the county departments are able to merge the data to the new system, there could be price breaks from the quoted amount.

The 9-member County Information Technology Committee, which includes Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin and Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney, is unanimous in support of the Tyler Technologies Odyssey system.

“This is the culmination of a 2-year process,” McKinney said. “It is a process that has been lengthy and it has been thorough.”

McKinney explained the importance of the software to the operations of the county.

“The process begins at the jail when someone is arrested and the case begins building from there,” McKinney said. “It starts in the automated system. Then it moves up to the prosecution and to the ending point at the court.”

Of the county’s 350 or so employees, McKinney said, 265 will be using the judicial software.

“It is, in my opinion, the most important system that we have,” McKinney said.

Geeslin said the county had no choice but to make the software change, because tech support on the existing AbleTerm software ended with the last legislative session. Geeslin said the county got the maximum amount of life out of the AbleTerm software.

“Two years from now, if we do not upgrade the system, whatever the legislature hands down as legal requirements will not be put into the system,” Geeslin said. “It would put our county at a serious disadvantage in working with state-mandated policies.”

Odyssey is an integrated justice software that has attracted numerous counties around the state.  Kaufman County was the first in the state to convert to Odyssey. Smith and Anderson County areas are also getting ready to make the move. 

IT Director Josh Brock led the commissioners through a presentation of the software at a workshop on Sept. 12. With the integrated system, all of the departments involved in the judicial system in the county can have seamless digital communication.

In other action, Commissioners approved:

• allowing the purchase of snacks for employees during the Open Enrollment Health Fair;

• entering into a contract in the amount of $16,500 to maintain the Victim Information & Notification Everyday program;

• setting a speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour on County Road 4530, off Farm-to-Market-Road 2588; and

• payment of bills in the amount of $100,269.02.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-25 Sanders_Kendall.jpg Sanders suspended indefinitely

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
    Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 tree down college st. 1.JPG Thunderstorms take their toll on counties

    A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
    The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Council considering Burton's severance package

    The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Eustace ISD approves tax rates

    The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
    Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
    The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif TxDOT signs at issue in county

    It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
    TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool

    The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
    Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • • DSC_0162.JPG Ramps for handicapped

    Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded

    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off

    Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
    On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo