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
Wed November 26, 2014

Greenville Chamber tried to save cotton, 100 years ago

Credit Commodity Online

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Chamber of Commerce started a demonstration program 100 years ago to give a boost to the county's declining cotton industry.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

'Clothe a Child' will help more than 200 Commerce children

Belinda Miller with Hunt County Clothe-a-Child says more than 200 Commerce children will receive new clothes from the program this Christmas season, and children in other Hunt County communities will also be assisted.  She says the deadline to make a cash donation for the holidays is Monday, Dec.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Alternatives to Tom Turkey; late thawing tips

Credit Watervliet NY Public Library

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole says most families don't really need a large Thanksgiving turkey these days, often leading to a lot of waste, so she recommends Cornish hens as an excellent alternative.  And Mary Sue says while it's recommended to thaw large turkeys in a refrigerator for 48 hours, they can be thawed in cold water in less time in an emergency.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why the stock market prospers while the economy lags

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the several rounds of quantitative easing (increasing the money supply) by the Federal Reserve have not had the expected effect on the economy, resulting in the stock market doing well but the jobs market remaining weak.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Gray named interim Greenville Chamber manager; Hunt County Jail suit settled

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses recent developments, including Jack Gray, long-time public relations man with Texas A&M University-Commerce and Hunt Regional Healthcare, being named interim manager of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.  Also, Hunt County has reached a settlement of more than $3 million in its long-running lawsuit over construction flaws in the County Jail building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Tips for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey ... and safe leftovers

Credit Hallmark Channel

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole offers tips for a golden, moist Thanksgiving turkey, and for taking care of the inevitable leftovers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

'Cthulu, A Puppet Play' at A&M-Commerce through Nov. 23

Kelly Switzer
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

'Cthulu, A Puppet Play,' based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, opens in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce Tuesday night, Nov. 18, and continues through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23.  The co-author and director of the play, Kelly Switzer, is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

FISH Thanksgiving basket assembly Tuesday-Thursday night this week

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, needs volunteers to help assemble Thanksgiving food baskets for about 700 families.  The baskets will be assembled at the Greenville Electric Utilities Services (GEUS) building on Wesley Street Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of this week.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A&M-C athletics riding high: LSC football playoff Saturday at 4; NCAA soccer playoff Sunday at 1

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the A&M-Commerce Lions football team will make the NCAA Division II playoffs if they beat Angelo State at home Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Lone Star Conference playoff championship game.  And the A&M-Commerce soccer team will play either Angelo State or Metro State of Colorado in an NCAA playoff game at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Lion Soccer Field.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

City of Commerce hires new code enforcement officer, targeting sub-standard buildings

New city of Commerce code-enforcement officer Chip Matthews teaches statewide courses in the enforcement of building codes and has written a new book on the subject.  He comes to Commerce from the city of Gainesville.  Matthews is also certified as a police officer.  He has already identified 88 vacant, sub-standard buildings in Commerce.  Chip is joined on the program by Commerce Mayor John Ballotti.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Falling oil, gasoline prices could hurt Texas economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while drivers are happy that gasoline is under $3 per gallon, if oil prices continue to fall it could have a bad effect on the energy-driven Texas economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

War and Memory Project at A&M-C preserves vets memories for all time

Hayley Hasik, graduate assistant with the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says  one of the most satisfying things about interviewing veterans on their memories of serving the country is giving their families copies of the interviews that they can share for generations to come.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Booming energy sector has Commerce ISD, others hoping for a boost in funding

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year.  But he's not taking that for granted.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Brad Davis in the running for another Grammy; working on 'Louisiana Hayride' TV revival

Brad Davis

A bluegrass tribute album to country music legend George Jones by Commerce-based Grammy-Award winning music producer and musician Brad Davis is in the running for a Grammy Award.  And Brad will be the music director of a proposed network TV revival of the legendary Louisiana Hayride.  Plus, he has a new recording and tour in the works with Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

City of Commerce expects good report from SPCA animal shelter inspection

Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon.  Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed.  Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.

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