Keene Chamber of Commerce  
Sheriff hopes to add robot to fight crime
March 21, 2019

The newest member of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will have no heart. It will also have no fear.
County commissioners recently approved a request by Sheriff Adam King to use a $87,461 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the Department of Justice to purchase a tactical robot and communication equipment for use in responding to critical incidents.
The communications equipment will be a throw phone for direct dialogue with a person, King said.
County Judge Roger Harmon pointed out that the money was from a grant and not the county’s budget.
The JAG program, according to its website at, is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. It provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, and many other areas.
The grant is named in honor of New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne, 22, who was killed Feb. 26, 1988, while on detail protecting a witness who had agreed to testify in court against local drug dealers, according to Four assailants were captured six days after the murder and were eventually sentenced to 25 years to life. 

Other business
In other business, commissioners:
• Reappointed Harmon and Prec. 4 Commissioner Larry Woolley to the Cleburne Tax Increment Financing No. 2 board of directors for a two-year term.
• Reappointed Bobby de la Garza and Tim Whitlock to the Johnson County Economic Development Commission board of directors for a two-year term.

Sheriff Adam King, County Judge Roger Harmon, Commissioner Larry Woolley and Cleburne Ford President Bobby de la Garza are member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

In the photo below, Johnson County Sheriff Adam King addresses Johnson County Commissioners Court Feb. 11. King requested that $87,461 his office received from the Justice Assistance Grant from the Department of Justice be used to purcahse a tactical robot and a throw phone for use in critical incidents. 

Quality Brakes & Alignment moves to new location
March 19, 2019

Quality Brakes & Alignment has moved to a new location in Cleburne.

After operating for 25 years on East Henderson, QB&A is now at 210 W. Smith Street.

(Head south on Main Street from the Courthouse and turn right on Smith Street.)

The expanded facility features six bays served by three ASE certified technicians.

QB&A will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, April 19.

"Our goal is to repair your vehicle’s problem the right way the first time at a fair price without making unnecessary repairs," said Cleburne native Joel Henslee, who has owned and operated QB&A since 1994. "Our specialty is honesty."

From the brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors, QB&A technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out, Henslee said. 

QB&A also provides air conditioning repair, front end alignment, chassis repair, and trailer brakes and bearings. 

"We specialize in brakes, alignments, air conditioning, and shocks and struts," Henslee said. "At Qualtiy Brakes and Alignment, we offer complete car care for all vehicle makes and models. Our Multi-point inspection provides a clear picture of what you need to extend the life of your vehicle."

Joel probably won't be standing outside as he is in the photo below, but you can't miss the refurbished building. 

Quality Brakes & Alignment (817-556-2455) is a longtime member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia's Cafe celebrates third anniversary
March 19, 2019

Olivia's Cafe & Catering celebrated its third anniversary March 9.

The popular restaurant (817-933-6239) that features a daily lunch special is located at 108 S. Old Betsy Road. It's open from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Owned and operated by Olivia Hall, the restaurant is also the site for numerous business lunches.

Olivia also operates That Catering Company, which provides off-site catering for all occasions.

Hall was the recipient of the 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award from the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia's Cafe and Catering is a member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

In the photo below are restaurant personnel, from left, Pam Ford, Olivia Hall, Hannah Peterson, Amber Barron and Alicia Yudho.

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Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
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Welcome to Keene, Texas

Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

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