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About the City of Jacksonville

Located in the rolling hills of Cherokee County in East Texas, Jacksonville has always greeted its visitors with warmth and hospitality. We take pride in our scenic overlooks, strong industrial growth, recreational parks and state of the art baseball and soccer complexes.  We invite you to take a tour through our city and countryside by browsing through our web pages, bringing you closer to the "Star of East Texas".

Jacksonville News

The City of Jacksonville appoints a new Library Director
Trina Stidham

Trina Loyd Stidham, MA, M.Ed., was born and raised in East Texas.  Jacksonville has been her home for the last 15 years. Trina has worked in helping professions for over 20 years as a case worker, outpatient clinic manger, vocational workshop manager, counselor for adults, children and families, and as a Special Education Teacher specializing in Autism and severe emotional disturbance.  She is the former Circulation Desk Supervisor for the Jacksonville Public library. 

Educational and Professional Certifications

  • Master of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University;  Nacogdoches, TX;     
  • Master of Arts , Community Counseling, Stephen F. Austin State University;  Nacogdoches, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The University of Texas;    Tyler TX,        
  • Associate in Arts Degree, Psychology, Panola Jr. College; Carthage, TX
  • Texas Certified Special Education Teacher,
  • English as a Second language Certificate
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),
  • Social Work Certificate

The Clean-up Goes On

 City street maintenance crews continue to clear out brush left from Memorial Day storms. The City wants to thank James Worley and his crew for the hard work and long hours they have been putting in to clear power lines, roadways, and reestablish city services. The street department is systematically working around the city to clear brush from roadways, cemeteries and parks.  


Lake Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational area which is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville and offers 1,325 acres of water. The lake is surrounded by homes and lovely East Texas scenery.

The Parks department maintains ten screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.

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