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
Tue June 24, 2014

What next? Smoking coffee

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says one of the latest substance-abuse issues among young people is smoke caffeine, or smoking coffee.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Community Seeds offers nurses' aides training

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, based in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is offering a nurses' aides training program, certified by the state Division of Aging and Disability Services. 

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Blacklands Cafe
9:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Opportunities for breast-cancer screening upcoming

The Hunt County United Way will sponsor a mammography screening opportunity Saturday, July 26 at its offices on Lee Street in downtown Greenville, United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says.  Hunt Regional Healthcare's Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the United Way offices on that day.  Other upcoming opportunities for women to have breast-cancer screenings in the mobile unit will be Tuesday, June 24 at the PCA facility in Quinlan, and Wednesday, July 2 at the Commerce Wal

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

CVS, new restaurants coming to Commerce

Recently installed Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says CVS Pharmacy will soon begin construction of a new building near the intersection of Highway 24 and Culver Street in Commerce.  And Paul says two new restaurants will soon open in the Live Oak Street shopping center that's the home of Hibbett Sports and Dollar Tree, one in the former Mia Casita location, and  one in the current Chicken Express building, which will soon be vacant when Chicken Express moves into its new building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Time to treat for grasshoppers; start plant-from-seed fall gardens

Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith
Credit Blogger.com

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says young grasshoppers are starting to appear in Northeast Texas.  She recommends treating with Nolo bait.  And Stephanie says if you plant fall gardens from seed, it's time to get those plants started.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Cooper youth helping with cleanup; Changes to Meal-A-Day

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says youth from Cooper churches are helping demolish abandoned buildings and painting playground equipment in the park.  And the Delta County Commissioners Court has approved changes to the Meal-A-Day program for elderly citizens after receiving complaints.  Plus, Cooper High School has a new principal, and the Delta County Sherriff's Office has received a surplus military Humvee.

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Commentary
10:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Spurs organization has lesson for Cowboys

Credit NPR

  As we have admired the exceptional play of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs, here’s a question for Dallas Cowboys fans:  Who is Peter Holt?  

I’m a casual basketball fan, so perhaps I’m less knowledgeable than many readers, but my guess is that relatively few outside of San Antonio can identify Peter Holt as the owner of the Spurs.   Breathes there the man or woman who hasn’t heard the name of the Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones? Perhaps there’s a lesson here.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Commerce mayor on flood control, new restaurant, street progress

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti
Credit TAMUC-Photo

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering what is needed to prevent the South Sulphur River from causing floods in southeast Commerce.  The mayor says a new restaurant will open soon in the former Mi Casita location.  And he says, despite delays, the current street construction project is on target to be completed on schedule.

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Blacklands Cave
6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow Saturday; FISH provides one million pounds of food

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville discusses plans for the Lavender Festival at Savannah's Meadow between Greenville and Farmersville on Saturday.  And Pud introduces us to Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, which distributed one million pounds of food in Hunt County last year.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bankhead Highway sign to be dedicated at Greenville's Corner Street Pub June 17

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.

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