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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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Amortowles.com

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, vastly enjoyed the novel "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, which won many 2016 "Book of the Years" honors.  Having followed her reading of the novel with some research on Russian history, Sharon says the books provides insight into the Russian mind, and teaches us to truly "make the best of a bad situation."

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council recently met in executive session with the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization that was behind the renewal of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Ian Lockwood, the planner who worked with Sulphur Springs on the project, was one of those meeting with the City Council.  Toole will come back to the City Council with a proposal for Commerce at a date in the near future.  The mayor says Dr.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Shetina Jones, representing the Commerce Community Action Program (C-CAP), relates the plans for a 45-plot community garden on property behind the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Individuals or families will cultivate each plot.  C-CAP will later hold classes on canning the produce from the gardens.  Those interested in the community garden should visit Huffman Farm Supply on Bonham Street in downtown Commerce.

Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Texas youth tractor pulling champ Lane Duncan guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.  Lane discusses the finer points of tractor pulling, which he's been competing in since he was 6 (he's now 12).

Hunt County United Way

The Hunt County United Way's spring luncheon is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Educator and missionary Kathleen Witte is the speaker and the theme of the luncheon is the "Butterfly Effect."   The dedication of the renovated City Park in Wolfe City took place recently.  The project was accomplished with a grant received by the United Way.

Lifemovie.com

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says "Life," the science-fiction film about the unexpected discovery of life on Mars, asks us to accept some boneheaded behavior by some very smart people, but otherwise is an engaging film.  Alice is more enthusiastic about "The Zookeeper's Wife," a drama about life in Poland under Nazi Germany.

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Lauren Corbell, city editor and columnist of the Paris News, reports that the North Lamar ISD has scheduled a $44.9 million bond election for Saturday, May 6.  Lauren says the North Lamar school board consulted with the public to find out why a previous bond proposal failed.  And Lauren reports the annual Paris Winefest is planned for this Saturday, April 1.  It's a fund raiser to benefit the downtown Paris Main Street program.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business, says the import tax now being considered in the Trump administration and in Congress would hit retailers like Wal-Mart hard, because so many of their goods are imported.

Center for Applied Leadership

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on a Success magazine article, "Character Is Your Masterpiece to Build."   The author, Jim Rohn, writes that creating character is like an artist chiseling a sculpture. "Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices that your make," Rohn writes.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, discusses a natural and holistic approach to fighting allergies. The approach involves eliminating candida, a type of yeast that thrives in the gastrointestinal tract, by avoiding foods that are based on yeast and refined simple carbohydrates.  These include white flour, white rice, processed sugars, table salt, mushrooms and beer.

Texas Parks & Wildlife

A collection of outtakes from recent Blacklands Cafe conversations.  Jim Ainsworth is launching a new novel, Circle of Hurt from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) at the Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Center, and he's also introducing a new book on religious faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those buying Circle of Hurt.

Texas State University

Derek Price, the owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, recently produced a video for Hunt County Public Art using a drone. Derek is licensed to fly drones, and says the remote-controlled devices are becoming more and more practical in everyday life.

jimainsworth.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth is set to unveil his new novel, Circle of Hurt, at a release party from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Center.  Along with the new novel, Jim is releasing a new book on faith, Believing in a Grand Thing, which will be given away to those purchasing Circle of Hurt.

Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning, Commerce-based music producer Brad Davis is leading a new "Louisiana Hayride" band, as the historic radio program and live music franchise re-emerges.  Brad is actively involved in plans for a "Louisiana Hayride" television program, and is restoring original recordings made on the program in the 1950s.

showtimedtgreenville.com

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reports that a new events calendar for downtown Greenville, showtimedtgreenville.com.  Also, Pud says the annual Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, barbecue has been moved this year from fall to spring, and will take place Friday, March 31.  An additional location this year will be the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.

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