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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Wyman Williams, long-time proprietor of Williams Motors in Commerce, discusses new online services for buying used cars, as described in a U.S. News article.  And Wyman says used-car buyers should beware of cars that have damaged in the recent flooding in various parts of Texas.

Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University

Texas A&M University-Commerce archivist emeritus Jim Conrad discusses the book "Empire of Cotton" by Sven Beckert, and the era of cotton as the dominant product of the Texas economy.  Jim also represents the Friends of the Commerce Public Library, and he reminds us that the annual Summer Reading Program for children is underway at the library, with weekly meetin

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith discusses a recent article by Texas gardening expert Neil Sperry on the "goofy" things that gardeners do, including pruning too much, using "native" plants that really aren't native, and insisting on trying to grow grass in the heavy shade.  Stephanie also describes a birdhouse building event for children this Saturday (June 13) at the Master Gardeners' center

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says an improvement project at Commerce Municipal Airport is expected to begin around July 1.  The project includes repairs to the runway, and the installation of runway lights that can be controlled by incoming pilots.  The city has a grant for the project from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The mayor says the city hopes to get another grant in the near future to extend the runway so that jets can land at the airport, located on Highway 50 north of Commerce. 

Hunt County Public Art
Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art discusses the new abstract sculpture made of bois d'arc wood being created by artist David Zvanut in Commerce City Park.  The project is funded by Hunt County Public Art and follows the completion of a large, lighted mural at the corner of Washington and Johnson Streets in downtown Greenville.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the A-F school-rating system passed by the state legislature will place less emphasis on standardized testing than the previous school-evaluation system.  He says the legislature also has increased state funding for pre-kindergarten programs.

Velvete Womack, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa, and our wellness commentator, discusses the health problems caused by sitting at a computer all day, and the "two-minute solution" that might add years to your life.

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says the Greenville Natatorium, the city's municipal swimming pool east of what is now Graham Park, opened in 1915.  Carol researches what was happening 100 years in Greenville and Hunt County and posts items on a Facebook page.  Also, Carol discusses an upcoming history of the Greenville High School Flaming Flashes by Mary Jane Vance.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says gardeners should be aware of some diseases threatening roses and crepe myrtles in North and Northeast Texas.

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks is leading 35 A&M-Commerce students on a tour of the major sites of the 1960s civil-rights movement in Alabama.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses the need for schools to teach personal-personal finance principles to high-school students.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses new sidewalk projects in the city, one conducted by the state Department of Transportation on Culver Street, and the other in downtown Commerce from Caddo Street to Bonham Street, funded by the city.  The mayor also discusses the opening of the new Laredo's Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown Commerce, and plans for an amphitheater north of the Farmer's Market location on Bonham Alley.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a new industry that will locate in Commerce, Polara Engineering of California.  Voss says Polara has been interviewing prospective employees.  He expects the company with employ 20-30 people in the first year of operation.  The company is an electronics manufacturing company that builds traffic control systems, among other products.  And Paul says the new LED message boards that will inform Commerce citizens about events in the community will be

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks has organized a program called "Trust, Understand, Respect" for 12 noon-2 p.m. Saturday (May 30) at Commerce City Park.  The program is designed to promote good relations between the police of Commerce and Northeast Texas and the minority population of the area.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says a promising school finance reform bill failed to win support in the State Senate and has been withdrawn, so the issue will likely be left up to the state Supreme Court when it hears the lawsuit against the state's school-finance system this fall, and then to a special session of the state legislature next summer.  Blake says it also appears the Commerce ISD and other districts will be receiving less of an increase in state funding than they expected a few weeks ago.