AUSTIN —The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is continuing its “Don’t Mess with Texas” Song Search contest through October, in search of a new amateur musical talent to represent the iconic litter-prevention campaign.

For more than 30 years, the Texas Department of Transportation’s ‘Don’t mess with Texas’ campaign has forged partnerships with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Strait, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Grupo Fantasma to share its important message,” TxDOT officials said. “Now the search is on for a new amateur musical talent to represent the iconic litter-prevention campaign.”

The contest invites undiscovered Texans, ages 18 and older, to compose an original 30-second song, incorporating the campaign’s anti-litter message. The entries, submitted via video, will be collected online where the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorites.

“Music has been a part of the ‘Don’t mess with Texas’ campaign from the beginning,” said Jeff Austin III, Texas Transportation Commissioner. “We’re excited to expand on this legacy by giving Texans of every walk of life a chance to add their voice to the campaign and share in a fun way how we all have a part to play in keeping our state clean and beautiful.”

The ‘Don’t mess with Texas’ Song Search Contest is presented in partnership with iHeart and Gibson Brands. Country superstars, the Randy Rogers Band, and Latin pop and norteño stars, Las Fenix, who are both featured in this year’s “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign, are also lending their time and talent to help discover the campaign’s newest performer.

Contest rules can be found at At the end of the public voting period, two winners will be selected, one English and one Spanish, and awarded a prize package donated by Gibson Brands and iHeart that includes a 2018 Gibson Guitar, the opportunity to appear in a future “Don’t mess with Texas” TV spot with the Randy Rogers Band and Las Fenix, and a performance at an iHeart Live Music Lounge. The Song Search Contest winners will join the ranks of other notable performers featured in the “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign throughout the years.

For additional information on “Don’t mess with Texas,” visit

Arrests by Marshall Police Department

■ Marquain Turner, 30, W. Meredith Street, disorderly conduct, Wednesday.

■ Cornilus Watson, 22, Scottsville Road, city of Marshall warrant for speeding, Oct. 4.

Incidents Reported to Marshall Police Department

■ Assault causing bodily injury to a family member: 1900 block of Alexander Street, Wednesday.

■ Retaliation/obstruct: 2200 block of E. Travis Street, Wednesday.

■ Assault family violence/non-aggravated: 600 block of Mildred Lee Avenue, Wednesday.

Arrests by Harrison County Sheriff’s Office

■ Trevor Dillion McGill, 24, Baker Road, Harleton, aggravated assault, Wednesday.

■ Brisheanda Laseannae Murphy, 21, Sailing Creek Drive, Glenn Heights, bond forfeiture/possession of marijuana, Wednesday.

■ April Lynn Thomason, 33, Driskell Bridge Road, Harleton, Jefferson County warrant for violation of probation/forgery of a government/national instrument; and violation of probation/unauthorized use of a vehicle, Wednesday.

■ Jeremiah Jeshun Fisher, 29, W. Emory Street, revocation of probation/driving while license invalid with a previous conviction, Wednesday.

■ William Andrew Hart, 31, E. County Road 2683, Jefferson, displayed expired registration, Wednesday.

■ Billy Royce Maples, 39, Gum Springs Road, Longview, displayed expired license plate and driving while license invalid, Wednesday.