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
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt

Mark Cuban
Credit Entrepreneur.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt to $10,000 as a way of bolstering the economy.  Business consultant Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas and an East Texas State University/A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses Cuban's recommendation.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Wellness tips to start 2015

Credit Vanderbilt University

Dr. Velvete Womack, wellness coordinator of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses wellness concepts for starting the new year.  Also, Velvete previews the Wellness University scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hunt County Historical Commission begins new year

Commerce railroad roundhouse
Credit Flickr

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor reviews the events of local history 100 years ago, and is now starting a review of the year 1915.  With one more look back at 1914, Carol relates the story of the construction of Commerce's railroad roundhouse.  The Historical Commission begins its new year with a meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 22.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New Greenville, Commerce public art projects planned

Credit Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art discusses two new projects, a new mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards and a sculpture in Commerce City Park by David Zvanut.  See YouTube videos on the Greenville project and the Commerce project by clicking the links.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Pay attention to 'little things' in marriage, relationships

Dr. Linda Ball
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant professor of counseling Dr. Linda Ball says "little things" add up in the long-term success of marriages and relationships.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Dr. Rick on pneumonia, shingles vaccines

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi discusses new guidelines on the pneumonia vaccine.  And the television commercials tell us to ask our physician about the shingles vaccine -- so we ask Dr. Rick about it.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Carol Taylor looks back at 1914: 100 years ago

Credit Globalresearch.ca

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor has spent the year looking back at 1914, 100 years ago, and shares her reflections.  One of the events of 1914 was the Christmas Truce during World War I, when British and German troops spontaneously laid down their arms and enjoyed each others' company for the day.  A British food store chain, Sainsbury's, has produced a commercial commemorating the event.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

TEA issues 'report cards' on schools

The Texas Education Agency has issued "report cards" on all Texas schools.  Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman discusses the report cards, which show the Commerce schools all met standards with several distinctions.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The big economic story of 2014: Plunge in oil prices

Credit Niobrara News

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says the dramatic fall in the price of oil is the big economic story of 2014, and will continue to be a major story in 2015.  And Dr. Funderburk says the cyberwar apparently unleashed by North Korea on Sony has huge implications for the world economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Jim Conrad reviews 'Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait'

Credit Texas A&M University Press

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses a book by Matt White, "Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait."  Dr. Conrad will be a regular guest on the Blacklands Cafe to focus on the work of local and regional authors.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Message boards received; Commerce Chamber features historical photos

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city have received the three new, electronic LED message boards that will be placed around the city as a means of keeping citizens informed about local events.  And the Chamber website and the Chamber office in downtown Commerce are now featuring many fascinating historical photos of the city and its people.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

FISH, other United Way agencies benefitting from Christmas generosity

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, has seen a 60 percent increase demand for food assistance compared to last year.  Another United Way agency that can benefit from Christmas generosity is Little Libraries, which brings books to children who otherwise might not enjoy them.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce demolitions organized by regions; state program will build new homes

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cooper ISD receives good report on testing; 'Between the Sulphurs' chronicles local history

Cooper, Texas
Credit texasescapes.com

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports that the Cooper ISD board recently received a favorable report on state testing of Cooper High School students.  Also, a new pictorial history of Cooper and Delta County, "Between the Sulphurs," is now available.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Greenville Park St. wagon rides this weekend

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville describes the Park Street horse-drawn wagon rides which take place evenings this weekend and next weekend, and other Christmas-themed events, including the final performance of "The Messiah" directed by long-time Greenville choir director and former mayor Charles Sivley, at the United Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve.

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