John Mark Dempsey


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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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the 30th annual Bois D'Arc Bash in Commerce may be the biggest yet, with Hannah Kirby, star of "The Voice," scheduled to appear on Saturday night, September 26 on the square.  Paul says the Bash -- which celebrates the native bois d'arc tree -- was the brainchild of ET English professor Dr. Fred Tarpley, along with Jim Conrad, Jerry Lytle and Rick Vanderpool.

Business consultant and East Texas State/A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington says its vital for businesses to constantly monitor social media, especially for negative comments, to which businesses should respond immediately.  Randy is the CEO of the Pennington Group of Dallas.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says September is a busy month, with the annual Rally Round Greenville event Friday and Saturday, September 18-19; auditions the evening of Tuesday, September 22 for the "Haunted Landmark" Halloween attraction weekends in October; and a fund-raiser for Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) featuring the best barbecue menu items in Hunt County from 11-1 and 5:30-7:30 Friday, September 25 at Wesley United Methodist Ch

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says once the worst of the summer heat is over, it'll be time to plant lettuce, greens, beets, radishes, carrots, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cool season crops in Northeast Texas.  Stephanie says it's good to mix 2-3 inches of compost into the ground and fertilize.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the biography of Greenville native Robert Neyland, the long-time head football coach at the University of Tennessee and a brigadier general in World War II.  Neyland won four national championships at Tennessee, and the 100,000-seat football stadium there was designed by him and is named for him. Alongside Audie Murphy, is Robert Neyland Hunt County's most accomplished person?

September is Recovery Month, and Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr.

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership discusses the "myth of multitasking," in which we may kid ourselves that we're able to do several things at once, and do them all well.  One strategy for making better use of your time is to have only one priority every day; while you may do other things, the priority is the one thing that must be done and be done well.

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville and Bras for the Cause says it's time to start fashioning creative entries for the annual event, Thursday evening, October 8 in downtown Greenville.  The artfully designed bras receive votes for $1 each, and last year the event raised $109,000 for cancer programs at the Hunt Regional Medical Center.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 58th anniversary of Interstate 30 opening is September 5.  The first part of I-30, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, opened September 5, 1957.  Construction of I-30 to the east continued into the early 1960s.  Carol says I-30 has vastly changed the lives of people in Hunt County and Northeast Texas.

CASA Polk-Harrison Counties
CASA Polk-Harrison Counties

Lori Cope, the former volunteer recruiter, is now the executive director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA.  The founder and former executive director, Celeste Prather-Young, will become a quality assurance specialist with the state organization of CASA.  The organization, which represents abused and neglected children in court cases involving custody disputes, will hold its annual fund raising event,

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, says many people may suffer from a magnesium deficiency.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says some 300 bodily functions depend on the right amount of magnesium in the body.  Listeners and readers should conduct their own research and consult with their personal physician before taking magnesium supplements.

Grammy-winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says his downtown Commerce recording facility is busy seven days a week, with a second studio now under construction.  Brad is working on a new recording for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters and a third of his bluegrass albums has been picked up by Sony Red.

Kim Saenz with the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce says August is National Vaccination Awareness Month.  She says concerns are particularly great that small children be immunized for pertussis (whooping cough) and older teenagers for bacterial meningitis.  Kim says many diseases have been virtually eliminated because of vaccines, and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks.  She says the

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says the deadline to buy a personalized brick for the University Brick Garden is Monday, August 31.  The bricks can be personalized in your own name or in honor of someone else, and are on sale for $125.  The Brick Garden, outside the Alumni Relations building, will be dedicated at Homecoming on Saturday, October 24.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says Greenville hosted a meeting of the Texas Anti-Saloon League in 1915, as the prohibition movement was reaching its zenith.  Carol says legend has it that the famous temperance crusader Carrie Nation came to Greenville to smash up a saloon.