WHITE LIGHTNING OPENS
The official White Lightning grand opening is Saturday, Nov. 25. It’s going to be a huge night with Cody Canada and the Departed Live. Look forward to giveaways, drink specials and one grand prize that’s so big they can’t even announce it ... But they did just host a $5,000 Halloween Costume Contest. Tickets will sell out, so go to bit.ly/wlgrandopening to purchase tickets. White Lightning Dance Hall and Saloon is located at 9522 North Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Suite 2400 in Humble.
RED LOBSTER TO OPEN
Red Lobster in Humble is re-opening its doors Monday, Dec. 4 after closing due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. The public is invited to the grand re-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate with Red Lobster’s team members, local officials and the Humble community Dec. 4 at 10:45 a.m. at the restaurant that was not only repaired, but improved with an all-new look and feel. On that day, Red Lobster will offer first responders in uniform or with identification, including all police, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, a free entree from a special menu in appreciation for their role in helping the community in hurricane recovery efforts.
GIVE TO THE MERCER
Join The Mercer Society for Giving Tuesday Nov. 28 by donating to the society to help “Rebuild Mercer.” Go to bit.ly/2zqWQza to donate. They are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and, with support, they will rebuild Mercer to be better than ever. Their goal is to reach $15,000. If all of Mercer Garden’s Friends donate just $2, they can exceed their goal. Help Mercer Botanic Gardens come back.
BUSY SUMMER FOR TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had the busiest summer in its history, screening approximately 239 million passengers and crew members at TSA checkpoints nationwide from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Of these, 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes in checkpoint lines, with 99.6 percent of TSA Pre passengers waiting less than 10 minutes. From the Wednesday before Memorial Day to the Tuesday following Labor Day, TSA screened 239,511,319 passengers and crew members, averaging 2.28 million travelers per day. There were 92 days that checkpoint volume surpassed 2 million and 35 days that surpassed 2.4 million. The highest volume day was June 30, which was the Friday before Independence Day weekend, when 2.64 million travelers were screened. Four days this summer broke into TSA’s top 10 list of busiest days in the agency’s history. Most of the top 10 busiest days came immediately before or following a national holiday such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.
BACK TO BUSINESS
Andrew Cardenas, new business recovery coordinator for the Lake Houston Area Chamber, reported for the Back to Business campaign that these businesses opened last week after being closed due to Hurricane Harvey: Randalls, Family Vision Center of Kingwood, The Mudpie Company, Papa John’s Pizza, Teahouse Tapioca & Tea, Chachis, Rachael’s Hallmark, Pholicious, Kingwood Barbershop No. 3, Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware, Massage Heights-Kings Crossing, MOD Pizza, Sanke Hairdresser, Burger King, and State Rep. Dan Huberty’s Office. Soon to open are Christian Lifeway Store, Joseph Chris Partners, Chuy’s in Humble, and Costco on Nov. 30. The chamber’s Back to Business campaign continues to gather information on businesses re-opening on a daily basis and the retention on businesses is greater than expected. They continue to have high hopes for the area as they continue to facilitate recovery. The situation changes weekly, so check lhabacktobiz.org to get information on all businesses re-opening and businesses that are re-opened!
SUITS FILED FOR PRICE GOUGING
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed more price-gouging lawsuits against businesses accused of taking advantage of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. In these cases, consumers were allegedly charged excessive prices for gasoline. After a state disaster has been declared, Texas law prohibits selling necessities such as drinking water, food, medicine and fuel at an exorbitant or excessive price. Paxton named the following defendants in Hurricane Harvey price gouging lawsuits: Big Willy’s, which has locations south/southwest the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, charged $3.99 and $4.99 per gallon of unleaded gasoline at numerous stations, and Tejano Mart in Laredo, which charged consumers up to $9.99 per gallon of unleaded regular gasoline. In September, Paxton filed the first round of Hurricane Harvey price-gouging lawsuits against a motel in Robstown and gas stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Laredo. Last month, he sent notices of violations to 127 Texas retailers accused of price gouging at their gas stations. A finding of price gouging carries civil penalties up to $20,000 for each violation, rising to $250,000 for violations targeting those 65 and older. Texans who believe they’ve been scammed or price gouged should call the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 800-621-0508.