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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  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 back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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NASA

The director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, says the solar eclipse Monday (August 21) will be the first seen in the continental U.S. since 1979.  Dr. Montgomery says the eclipse will be about 80 percent viewable in Hunt County, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.  The nearest place to Texas to view the eclipse in its entirety is Missouri or Nebraska.

Texas State Historical Association

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says representatives of the city recently attended the Sunbelt Builders conference in Dallas to promote the building of affordable housing in the city.  Emily says Bonham, like many other small cities, is in need of more housing for middle-income people.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

Majors Flying Club

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Majors Flying Club of Greenville meets at 11:30 Saturay at the L3 Recreation Hall.  Their meeting topic is "10 Tips for Recovering Bad Landings."  The club is for pilots and people interested in becoming pilots.  Members have access to the club's planes, which are maintained at the Majors Field Airport.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says decisions concerning health care for older pets should be made depending on the potential for the animal's quality of life at that time and in the future. She says animals live in the moment and are not able to understand the concept of being healthier weeks or months from now.

Texas A&M University Press

Husband and wife Walt and Isabel Davis of Campbell were inspired by Dallas Morning News columnist Frank X. Tolbert's epic journey around the perimeter of Texas in the 1950s, and several years ago decided to follow in Tolbert's footsteps with their own 4,000-mile expedition around the state's borders.  The result is Exploring the Edges of Texas.

Toole Design Group

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

Annapurna Pictures

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Detroit," a docu-drama of the devastating summer of 1967 riots in the Motor City, is a realistic rendering that includes little-known aspects of the story.  Alice also says Charlize Theron is a force to be reckoned with "Atomic Blonde," which was released last week.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, recently took a group of astronomy students to Great Britain, where among other sites, they visited the Royal Observatory and viewed an exhibition of the best astronomy photos of 2017.  With the total solar eclipse coming up August 21, Dr.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman reflects on the new ASPIRE program, which involved around 100 children going into the first through the fifth grades in a summer enrichment program.  As part of ASPIRE, Texas A&M University-Commerce, provided the "Summer Experience," a variety of activities showing the children what college has to offer.

Commerce Police Department

Angela Price of the Commerce Police Department discusses the CHAOS (Commerce Helping Adolescents Overcome and Succeed) program for kids 12-17 years old.  The program has 14 young people participating this summer and will conclude on Thursday.

City of Bonham

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd relates details of the Bonham Vision Plan, being developed in conjunction with the Texoma Council of Governments.  It's a 20-year plan for the city.  The mayor says the city has attracted a company, Northlake Industries, which he says has to do with circuit boards and will employ 25-40 people. That follows on the heels of the announcement that Ton Gren International will open a plant in Bonham.

Texas A&M University

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall, says biofeedback is a way for individuals to learn to control certain functions within the body, such as high blood pressure.

Texas Workforce Commission

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on a New York Times article, "The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews."  "Interviewers typically form strong but unwarranted impressions about interviews, often revealing more about themselves than the candidates," the article says. 

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