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John Mark Dempsey

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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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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says citizen groups that have recently been brainstorming ideas for the city of Commerce, Commerce ISD and Texas A&M-Commerce will make reports Monday, February 6.  Also, the mayor discusses the activation of the new pedestrian stop lights on Highway 24 and Culver Street, allowing A&M-Commerce students to cross more safely.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent award presented to the hospital district by the state Department of Health for its birth-registration services, including measurements on all birth registration, timeliness, and training of registrars.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, chairman of the Hunt and Hopkins County African-American Leadership Conference, discusses Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events Sunday and Monday (January 15-16) in Commerce and Sulphur Springs.  The Commerce observance will be at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  The Sulphur Springs event will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual chamber banquet will be Thursday evening, February 16 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M-Commerce.  For the second year, it will have a casino theme.  The chamber will soon be taking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Agriculture Person of the Year.

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The director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses some of the topics at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting held in Grapevine, including the hypotheses of a "Planet 9" existing in the outer reaches of our solar system, and the origin of "fast radio bursts" that have been detected from deep in outer space.

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Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office, and our personal technology commentator, comments on a New York Times article, "Tech Resolutions for 2017."  To help you keep up with your many passwords, there are some apps, LastPass and 1Password.  It's recommended that if you haven't upgraded your wi-fi router in three years, it's probably time to do so.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses a project of about $825,000 in improvements at the district's facilities.  Included are a new roof on the Commerce Middle School gym and new doors for the building, replacing the original doors that were installed when the structure was built as Commerce High School in 1968.  Another project is a resurfacing of the Commerce High School track.  Also, the Commerce ISD board is expected to seek "district of innovation" status, which would allow the district to eventually sch

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "Hidden Figures," a movie about three African-American women who worked as mathematicians for NASA in the early days of the U.S. space program.  Alice also reviews "Lion," about the journey of a young Indian man to find his birth parents.

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Hunt Regional Healthcare registered nutritionist Sally Rhodes reflects on a recent article detailing the "13 biggest nutrition discoveries on 2016."  Included are new insights into the Mediterranean and Japanese diets, honey and nuts.  Also, a suggestion that eating bugs can be good for you.

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Rick Parent, the manager of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op being developed in the old A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, says rapid progress is being made on the remodeling of the building, and he expects it to be operating for some limited activities such as photography, guitar lessons and ceramic lessons sometime this month.  The initial activities will take place in the auxiliary building located behind the main A.L. Day building on Locust Street, in the eastern part of Commerce.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.  The year just passed was the year that beer and wine sales came to Cooper, and Cindy says no apparent problems have resulted. She says several new businesses are planning to open in 2017. 

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says she recently led a visiting Australian photographer on a tour of downtown Greenville, and it reminded her of the many historical details of the downtown area.  For example, Landon's Winery was originally a Kress five-and-dime store, which can still be seen if you look closely at the building.  She says owner Bob Landon has won an award for historical preservation of the building.  Carol also discusses the current Women In Need building a

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese lists her top 10 movies of 2016, with "La La Land," the modern-day musical, as her no. 1 choice.

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Randy Pennington -- East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, business consultant, and CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas -- says it's a good idea to take stock of your life in the year nearly over and plan for the year ahead.  In a recent video presented by the "Five Friends," a group of business consultants including Randy, he suggests being more intentional in 2017, spending more time on the things that were productive and useful and less on the oth

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column and owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, says the redesigned Ford Super Duty pickup is the "Truck of Texas" for 2017, as named by the Texas Automobile Writers Association.  The organization held the annual "Texas Truck Rodeo" recently in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

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