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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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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, one of our books commentators, reviews The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a dramatic tale of the Titanic, and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Comedian," starring Robert DeNiro as an angry comic making a comeback, and "The Space Between Us," about the first child born on Mars who returns to Earth to seek romance.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack of Lighthouse Education, reflects on a Huffington Post article, predicting the top fitness and wellness trends of 2017.  Among them HIIT, which stands for "high-intensity interval training" and hygge (pronounced HUE-ga), a Danish word which means "taking pleasure in the simple and ordinary."

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Greenville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Byron Taylor discusses plans to build 100 new homes in Greenville.  Most will be constructed in a subdivision on FM 1570 near L-3, but some will be built in north Greenville as part of "Project Restore."  Bayron also says the chamber is teaming up with Texas A&M-Commerce to offer a "Business Training Series" for small businesses starting Friday, February 24 at Wesley United Methodi

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of Ben K. Green of Cumby, a cattleman who became a noted author with his cowboy tales.  Historian and critic A.C. Greene, Jr. called Green "the last real voice of old-time Texas in literature."  In particular, Carol discusses his book, "The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas."

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Northeast Texas author and our books commentator Jim Ainsworth reflects on Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew.  Jim says the book posits that history follows 40 year "me" and "we" cycles, and that whatever cycle we're in, we tend to go too far before the pendulum swings back.

Center for Applied Leadership

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership relates an approach to the tried-and-true method of changing a habit or establishing a behavior in 21 days of practice, by breaking the efforts into seven-day "dashes."  But Rick says, first, it's important to know why you're making the effort.

Majors Flying Club

Derek Price discusses the Majors Flying Club, headquartered at Majors Field in Greenville, which offers its members flying lessons and the opportunity to fly the club's two small planes.  Through Friday, January 27, the club has cut the dues in half for student pilots, from $80 per month to $40, and they have waived the initiation fee for those  taking the club's ground school.

Eagle Fest, Emory

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates plans for Eagle Fest at Rains High School in Emory this Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29).  Rains County is known as the "Eagle Capital of Texas," and Pud says she's seen bald eagles on the wing at Lake Tawakoni and Club Lake southeast of Greenville.  Other upcoming events include "Golden Oldies Movie Night" at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville, at 5:30 p.m.

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Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, says Paris is becoming a mecca for live music, like a number of other cities in Northeast Texas.  He says the chamber has added about 150 new members in the 18 months since he's been in the position.  A Love's Travel Center is under construction and a new Dairy Queen has recently been announced.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the Commerce High School cheerleaders recently won the UIL co-ed spirit cheer championship.  The cheerleaders are under the direction of Sawyer Colvin.  The superintendent says the Commerce ISD received three Ds and a B in the recent announcement of unofficial A-F school grades.  He says the grading system seems to be related more to demographics than actual school performance. The last official evaluation for the Commerce ISD was "met standards."

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Founder," starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the entrepreneur who built the original McDonald's hamburger shop into the biggest fast-food franchise in the world, and "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg, about the city of Boston's response to the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price, owner of Commerce's Greenshoot Media, discusses the 2017 projects for Hunt County Public Art, the organization that promotes new art projects in public places.  Joseph McCowan will paint a life and nature scene on an old metal sign at the corner of Washington and Stuart Streets in downtown Greenville.  Debora Schubert Lytle will paint a wildflowers mural in the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce.  The annual "Hearts for the Arts" fund raising event will be Saturday evening, Februar

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham explains how music can give you the encouragement to keep your New Year's resolution of exercising regularly, or even to get work done around the house.

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