KETR

News

Wikimedia

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese gives her review of two movies being released this week: "Sully," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, about airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a jetliner in New York's Hudson River, and "The Hollars," a family "dramedy," or dramatic comedy.

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
TAMUC Photo

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too.

The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck.

Hear the full program here. A transcript follows.

Commerce Funeral Home

A new session of GriefShare begins Monday evening (September 12) at the First Baptist Church of Commerce.  A light supper will be served.  The 13-week program helps people to cope with the loss of a loved one.  Jim Ayres of First Baptist, and co-owner of the Commerce Funeral Home with his wife Teena, discusses the benefits of the GriefShare program on the Blacklands Cafe.

KETR

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is impressed with 29-year-old Darrek Ferrell, the new Commerce city manager.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M, and has served as assistant city manager in McKinney, and most recently, as city administrator and economic development director for the city of Mount Vernon.

Eric Taylor
Alwyn Spence

Grammy and Emmy nominated Texas singer-songwriter Eric Taylor is no stranger to music, with his first album release in 1976. Since then, he's had his compositions recorded by the likes of Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Eric is currently embarked on a string of Texas tour stops, including shows in Ravenna, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

The East Texas War and Memory Project documents the lives of veterans and their loved ones.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In this edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with Andrew Baker, a professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce about the East Texas War and Memory Project, which documents the personal stories of veterans from our military and their loved ones. 

Luke comes to us from the mountains this week
Luke Clayton

Luke comes to us today from the mountains of northern Colorado. For the past six years he and Larry Large have outfitted elk and bear hunts here (www.huntingeasttexas.com).  Tune in and listen to Luke tell about life in elk camp. Luke also goes into detail describing some of the tasty meals that his camp manager/cook David Hanson prepares.

Robert L. Green and Associates

A close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will speak at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7 p.m. Thursday evening (September 8).  Dr. Robert Green is a retired faculty member at Michigan State University, and headed up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's educational foundation under King.  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at A&M-Commerce, says Green still advocates King's non-violent approach for bringing about change.

Pennington Group

Dallas business consultant and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington says there are many ways for employers to earn "buy-in" from their employees, in which they feel a personal involvement with the organization and its mission.  The "Five Friends," a group of business consultants and authors that includes Randy, recently produced a video on the subject of "buy-in."

Carlos completed a year at East Texas State University before competing in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
www.johncarlos68.com

Former East Texas State University student-athlete John Carlos’ protest at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City drew both outrage and attention to the civil rights movement in the United States. Carlos earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter run and, along with gold medalist Tommie Smith, raised his hand in a closed-fist gesture that became an iconic image from that period in our nation’s history.

City of Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass discusses the new super-charging stations for Tesla electric cars located in the city's downtown area.  She says she's been surprised how many Tesla drivers stop to recharge their cars there.  Also, the City Council is planning on significant pay raises for police and fire fighters.

Running back Richard Cooper and the Lions begin the 2016 season against U. of Faith.
lionathletics.com

There’s all kinds of good news today at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

One of the many traumatic scene photos from the wreck last year provided to the jury in trial of Vincent Wilcox.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A grieving family hopefully got a bit of closure last week following the trial and the sentencing of Vincent Craig Wilcox of Sulphur Springs, the driver of the dump truck that struck and killed O.G. and Vivian Brewer of Cooper last August on State Highway 19 in Delta County. After a brief deliberation the Delta County jury found Wilcox guilty of Intoxication Manslaughter, agreeing with the State that a deadly weapon was used, sentencing him to two consecutive 20 year sentences.

Delta County deputies were just some of the law enforcement called on for the high speed chase last Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A high speed vehicle chase which started in Paris went through Delta County last Friday before the suspect was apprehended just inside the Hunt County line.

Pages