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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Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says a new class has begun for welders.  The organization has earned certification for the welding school, which means those completing the training will be certified welders.  Students must join the class not later than January 25,  Bert says.  Community Seeds' transitional housing for homeless or unemployed people is now full, with the prospect of another house being built in the near future.

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Commerce ISD assistant superintendent Charlie Alderman says a new state law that requires school districts to be in session for 75,600 minutes per year rather than 180 days per year will allow the CISD to have a calendar of just 172 days in 2016-17.  The fall semester will end before the Christmas holidays, and the school year will end before Memorial Day.  Charlie says 20 minutes will be added to school day at the Commerce Elementary School,

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the Delta County Commissioners Court has set rules barring the "open carry" and concealed carry of guns in most offices of the Delta County Courthouse.  Cindy also discusses the new Delta County "Shop Local" cards, being sold by Future Farmers of American members, and offering discounts at many Cooper and Delta County shops.  The Doctor's Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Texas Parks and Wildlife shared a

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Wyman Williams, Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer, says new high-tech developments in cars for this year include Ford refining the ability of self-driving cars to drive on the ice, and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt reportedly being able to go 200 miles between charges.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the ambition of Greenville's Wesley College for a soccer team -- unheard of in Northeast Texas -- and the opening of the New Beckham Hotel in downtown Greenville, 100 years ago.

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County Line magazine

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a number of Greenville institutions made the "Best of the Upper East Side (of Texas)" list in County Line magazine, which covers Northeast Texas.  Named at the best restaurant in Northeast Texas is Landon's Winery and Bistro in downtown Greenville.  Lake Tawakoni made the list for "best fishing," and the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City was

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Alan Ajifo Flickr Creative Commons

A law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 will help repay the educational loans for people who train as psychiatrists or other mental health professionals and go to work in rural areas.  About 185 of the 254 counties in Texas do not have a psychiatrist.  Sherri Sheffield, program director of behavioral health with Hunt Regional Healthcare, discusses the situation in this program.

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Wayne Silver Flickr Creative Commons

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stock market plunge last week is not only tied to a slowdown in China's economy, but a worldwide economic slowdown.  He says that's also bringing down demand for oil, which is causing further declines in oil prices.  Dale says he's optimistic about the long-term prospects for stocks, but we may continue to see trouble in the short term.

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Nicolas Henderson, Flickr, Creative Common

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president.  Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas.  The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available.  The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.

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Dallas business consultant and East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington shares tips from his associates the Five Friends on good ways to start the New Year of 2016.  Randy, the CEO of Pennington Group, says if you want something to be different, you must commit to change.

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Ron Cogswell, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling with Texas A&M University-Commerce, says Martin Luther King, Junior Day observances are planned for Sunday, January 17 in Commerce and Monday, January 18 in Sulphur Springs, sponsored by the Hunt and Hopkins County African-American Leadership Conference.  Observances in Greenville, including a downtown 5-K run and a parade, are planned for Saturday, January 16th.

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Hunt County Public Art

The newest project of Hunt County Public Art, a mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards depicting the area's cotton history, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Thursday.  Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art and Greenshoot Media discusses the project.

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Media Matters

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, a regular commentator on books for the "Blacklands Cafe," takes exception to Bill O'Reilly's best-seller, Killing Reagan, which Jim says is engagingly written, but massively unfair to President Ronald Reagan.

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Ginny, Flickr, Creative Commons

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on advice for enjoying the holidays, including New Year's Eve, and the New Year ahead.  One suggestion is to remain in the moment, not to be overly preoccupied with things of the past or the future; also to practice forgiveness; and

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Carol VanHook, Flickr, Creative Commons

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says less than half of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and a small percentage of them actually keep them.  But she says it's still worthwhile to make a new start, and offers some tips for making and keeping resolutions, including how to become a positive thinker.

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