KETR

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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Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Education, relates her experience in implementing the "23-minute morning ritual that will transform your whole day," which we discussed on a previous program.  And Velvete recommends sticking with it (or any other change in your life) for 21 days to establish a new habit.

Tiki-Toki

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of legendary coach Clyde Littlefield, who as a young man, coached the Greenville Lions to an unofficial state football championship in 1919 (the University Interscholastic League officially recognized state champions beginning in 1920).  Littlefield went on to coach the University of Texas football team, and, fo

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the state of Texas is installing stop lights at the Highway 24 and Culver Street student crossings.  Students will be able to push a button, and a light will turn red, stopping traffic while the student crosses.  The mayor also discusses recent planning meetings involving the Commerce ISD, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, and progress on the proposed faculty housing development in the neighborhood south of the campus.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst for the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office and our technology commentator, reflects on the use of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology as an instructor in a Georgia Tech classroom.  Students did not realize one of their instructors in an online class was, in fact, Watson.

Simon & Schuster

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews the novel "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  She calls the story about a grumpy, reclusive Swedish man a "charming read."  Sharon says the novel shows how much impact each life has on many others.  The story has also been developed as an award-winning movie.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, offers some alternative ideas for Christmas giving.  For example, Frances says senior citizens may be overlooked during the holidays, and bags of toiletries and snacks can be delivered to the elderly by Meals on Wheels volunteers.  Such items can be delivered to the United Way headquarters, on the west end of Lee Street in Greenville.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M University-Commerce interim dean of the College of Business and economics professor, says the likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike December 14 will probably be the first of several in the coming new year.  Dr. Funderburk says the effect on average people will not be immediate, but will eventually be felt in mortgage rates and for other loans.  But he says the effect will be helpful for people with low-risk investments, such as certificates of deposit.

Cindy Roller

Sarah Dacus, community development specialist with the city of Sulphur Springs, says the downtown "Celebration District" will host a number of Christmas and holiday-oriented events Saturday.  The events include a holiday marketplace; the Northeast Texas Choral Society presenting a concert of holiday music at 3 p.m.; "Fill the Trolley," accepting donations of toys for children from 5 to 7, with a donated toy as the admission to a concert by Matt Dunn at 7 p.m. in City Hall; and a showing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at 6 p.m.

Vet Ranch

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dogs and cats are living longer because of better nutrition and veterinary care.  But she says it's not always easy to tell when dogs and cats are getting older, and she says older pets should see the vet twice a year, instead of annually.

Rick Parent

Rick Parent is readying the former A.L. Day Elementary School building on Commerce's east side as the Tipitina's Creative Co-op, through an agreement between the city of Commerce and Tipitina's Foundation of New Orleans.  Rick says the building will host artistic and musical activities when it receives a certificate of occupancy, which he hopes will be soon.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham begins a series of "Technology Talks" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (December 7) at 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.  The series will help people who are new to digital devices such as smart phones and laptops learn how to get the most out of them.

Disney

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new animated Disney movie "Moana" is nearly perfect entertainment for children and adults alike.  Alice also enjoyed the real-life drama "Manchester by the Sea."

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says it'll be a full day of holiday activities Saturday in downtown Greenville, ending with the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks.  (The events may be postponed due to the weather.) The weekend's activities begin tonight (Thursday, December 2) with a free holiday performance by the Air Force Band of the West at the Greenville M

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace relates the story of suffering a stroke last summer.  He believes the circumstances surrounding the stroke and the person who came to his aid represent a miracle.  He recovered quickly from the stroke, and is now performing his regular duties as before.

Jimainsworth.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on why readers buy books, or why they don't buy them.  Also in the conversation, the preference for actual books over e-books, and the future of books.

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