John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Blacklands Cafe
2:23 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Musical lineup for 'Rally Round Greenville,' includes James McMurtry, Rev. Horton Heat

Rally Round Greenville is coming September 19-21
Credit Greenville Chamber of Commerce

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, discusses plans for "Rally Round Greenville," Sept. 19-21.  The musical lineup includes James McMurtry, the Rev.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Commerce Chamber hosting Saturday night musical performances

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber is hosting live musical events on the square in downtown Commerce every other Saturday night.  The next one will be this Saturday night, August 2.  Also, Paul discusses plans for the upcoming Bois D'Arc Bash in September, including a beauty pageant and a concert at Centennial Park featuring the Commerce High School band and the Texas A&M University-Commerce band.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Questions remain on YMCA project; Greenville property taxes may see sizable increase

YMCA Logo
Credit By Lochoaymca (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] / via Wikimedia Commons

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project.  And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably.  Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

'Shop Commerce' campaign, October 5-11

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

100 years ago, Greenville hosts Confederate Vets reunion

Carol Taylor
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the Texas Confederate Veterans Reunion, held in Greenville the week of July 28,1914, 100 years ago.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Downtown Cooper hit hard by winds; new warning sirens coming for Delta County

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, discusses the damage to downtown Cooper from Wednesday evening's storm.  Ironically, Delta County has recently purchased warning sirens for several communities in the county.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

'Bras for Cause' kickoff event Aug. 21

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Start creating your designer bras for "Bras for the Cause."  Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the kickoff event is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21 at Landon Winery in Greenville, and the "Bras for the Cause" auction for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District breast-cancer facility is Thursday, October 9.   The theme this year is "Brazinga!"

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Community Seeds training new welders

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas economy continues to shine, but concerns voiced on employee safety

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, in most respects, the Texas economy is the envy of the nation, as expressed in a recent Dallas Morning News article, but a  Texas Tribune article expresses concerns over worker-safety regulations in the state.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Upgrade coming for Commerce airport; Dickey's Barbecue opening soon

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

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