John Mark Dempsey


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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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace reviews plans for homecoming 2016 at the University, which is Saturday.  The event includes a golf tournament Friday at the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City, with registration starting at 9 a.m.  Saturday, events include the dedication of the new graveside park at University found William L.

Hunt County Pets Alive

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, relates the story of a group of nine puppies recently found in a closed cooler by the side of a road in Sulphur Springs.  The person who found the puppies called Dr. McCreary, and she immediately went to rescue the dogs, which now have been placed in a foster home.  Dr. McCreary works with an animal rescue group called Hunt County Pets Alive.

Pennington Group

Randy Pennington, Dallas business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group, and ET-A&M-Commerce alumnus, and his band of fellow consultants "The Five Friends" recently shared a video on companies that are getting it wrong, and explained why.  The companies include Time Warner, Comcast and Sears.

Hunt County Historical Commission Chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of Etta Booth Mayo, the wife of Texas A&M University-Commerce founder Professor William L. Mayo, who in 1916 led her two daughters and a group of Boy Scouts on a hike from Commerce to Greenville, then Wylie, and on to Dallas and back.

Commerce Community Cares

The president of Commerce Community Cares, Janis Stroope, and longtime board member Dick Latson say the local charitable organization is again seeking to raise $27,500 this year after coming just short of that goal in the last campaign year.  CCC provides funding to 14 community organizations in Commerce.


Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews the new Tom Cruise action picture, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," the follow-up to his 2012 thriller in the same role.  Alice also reviews another action movie, "The Accountant," with Ben Affleck. Alice says action fans should enjoy both movies.

CASA, Hunt County

Lori Cope, the director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization recently received 14 new cases, involving 25 children.  In Hunt County, CASA is now serving 168 children.  She says CASA needs more volunteers to visit with the children and act as their advocate in court proceedings.  Lori says drug abuse is a major reason why children are placed in foster

Texas State Historical Association

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss and the chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee, Dee Hilton, discuss the $24.4 million road bond election Nov.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says vein finder finders make the task of taking blood from cancer patients and others much easier.  One of the objectives of the recent Bras for the Cause campaign was to provide one or more additional vein finders for Hunt Regional's Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says numerous area industries are supporting the organization's $500,000 self-sufficiency grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  The industries have agreed to employ people trained by Community Seeds using the funds from the grant.  Community Seeds will train people as medical assistants, medical-billing encoders, pharmaceutical technicians, welders, and electricians, along with other occupations.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says, despite the Lions' last-minute, 26-25 loss to Midwestern State last Saturday night, the team has a very good chance of making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second year in a row if it wins the remaining five regular-season games.  Tim says the game drew a crowd of more than 9,200 to Memorial Stadium.  Also, the 24th-ranked A&M-Commerce soccer team is in position to host the Lone Star Conference tournament starting November 3, if it holds on to the top spot in the con

Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city council has approved a comprehensive master plan that extends the successful approach in the downtown area through the rest of the city.  She says the plan will beautify the city and make it more "walkable."  The city has also adopted new stricter food-service regulations.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says she recently found herself in a stressful moment reflecting on the coming of her favorite season, fall, and suddenly realized that she was relaxed and smiling.  She used this revelation to write a recent blog and newspaper column on the importance of mindfulness, of appreciating each moment of life.


Byron Taylor, the president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Spoonemore, the chamber communications director, guest on the Blacklands Cafe.  They says the recent growth of retail businesses and restaurants in Greenville will continue, with the opening soon of Hobby Lobby, Panda Express, Rib Crib and others.  The Chamber plans its second "Downtown Stroll" on Saturday evening, November 12.

Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns, with Housewarmers of Greenville, says "Bras for the Cause" takes place Thursday night (October 13) in downtown Greenville.  This year's event has a Texas theme, "B4TC (Bras for the Cause), Ya'll."  The artfully and humorously decorated bras will be submitted today (Monday, Oct.