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Answer Line: Nope, Longview streets weren't named for Bill and Hill

Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.

QUESTION: Were the streets Clinton and Rodden in Longview named after Bill and Hillary Clinton? Just wondering.

ANSWER: I'm going to say no, for a couple of reasons. First, the former first lady's name is Hillary Rodham Clinton, not Rodden. Secondly, he was born in 1946, and she came along in 1947.

Roger Moser Jr., supervisor of the city's Geographic Information Systems, was kind enough to provide me the plats for the subdivisions that included those streets. Rodden is in Greggton Estates. A plat showing the subdivision's streets and layout for the first phase was filed in 1952. Clinton is in Clearmont Acres, the plat for which was filed in 1959.

That would have been years before there was any reason to name anything specifically after the Clintons who served in the White House.

Q: What happened to Lane Luckie with KLTV?

A: Perhaps you've noticed he's back on "Good Morning East Texas" after his three-week fellowship with the RIAS Berlin Commission. In partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, he went to Europe to learn about Germany, its history and where it's headed. More than 1,500 American and German journalists have participated in the exchange program since 1992, according to information on the KLTV web site.

"The program is named for the radio station RIAS (Radio In the American Sector), which was founded by the U.S. in 1946," the KLTV story says. "After World War II, Berlin was divided into four sections, each controlled by a world superpower. For nearly a half-century the American-funded radio and later TV stations provided independent information, culture, and entertainment programming to German citizens. After the country's reunification, RIAS was transformed into the national radio station Deutschlandradio in 1994."

"It was an amazing experience," Luckie told me this week. "I'm so fortunate that KLTV supported my participation in this prestigious exchange program for American and German journalists. It really was a life-changing experience both personally and professionally."

He said he learned a great deal about America's relationship with this "key ally" and how events there can affect us here.

You can find more information online at bit.ly/2wXtEyx and at bit.ly/2ygn729.

Q: How many women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Texas? (And yes, Answer Line asked Answer Line this question in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)

A: The American Cancer Society told me predictions indicate there will be 17,060 new cases of female breast cancer diagnosed in Texas this year. (Men can get breast cancer, too, but that number does not include male cases.) The number of deaths from female breast cancer this year are estimated to be 2,830. Answer Line is not expected to be one of them, because I found my cancer early. It was Stage I, and I'm undergoing treatment to keep it from returning.

Death rates from female breast cancer peaked in 1989, according to the American Cancer Society, but declined by about 38 percent through 2014. The key? Early detection. So, remember those self-breast exams and mammograms, and, take heart, improvements in treatment are helping women survive breast cancer. (Do I sound like a broken record yet? Let me try again: Don't forget your self-breast exams and mammograms.)

ANSWER LINE NOTE: Y'all are making me blush. I'm so humbled by the sweet phone calls and emails — and a couple of sweet gifts — so many of you have sent me since I changed my photograph last week to show what Answer Line really looks like these days. I feel so loved and encouraged, and, at the same time, conflicted. Since I'm being treated for what was Stage I breast cancer, my prognosis is nothing but optimistic. I know so many people whose struggles with cancer are much more difficult. I hope they're all surrounded by as much love and support as I have. Thanks to everyone who's making this stage of my life so much easier.

— Answer Line appears Thursday and Saturday. Email questions to answerline@news-journal.com, leave a message at (903) 232-7208 or write to P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.



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