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
Tue November 26, 2013

'Clothe a Child' needs helpers next week

Frances Dalbey
United Way of Hunt County

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says Clothe-A-Child needs volunteers at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-4 to help children and parents shop for clothes at Wal-Mart.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Mayor Ballotti: Phase 1 of streets project near completion

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Phase 1 of the city's street improvement project is nearing completion.  And he says important progress is being made on the plans to locate a Tipitina's music venue in the old A.L. Day Elementary School.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

JFK 50th: Jack Ruby 'acted impulsively'

Amazon.com, UNT Press

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Charles Elliott: Give it time; Obamacare will be fine

Dr. Charles Elliott
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Charles Elliott, former head of the Department of Political Science at A&M-Commerce and ETSU, and a commentator at-large on the political scene for the Blacklands Cafe, says Obamacare -- like Medicare and Medicaid before it -- just needs time to work out the kinks.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Tech advisor Rick Miller: Good buys, bad buys for Christmas

Rick Miller
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Our personal technology advisor, Rick Miller, gives us the lowdown on good tech items to buy for holiday gift shopping, and items it might be best to wait to buy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Jim Ainsworth: Alternatives to Obamacare

Jim Ainsworth

Longtime Northeast Texas resident and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our occasional commentators at-large on the political scene, offers several alternatives to Obamacare.  Jim is a certified public accountant, certified financial planner and chartered life underwriter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cooper: High schoolers will choose 'endorsements'

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says, starting in the fall of 2014, incoming high school students will choose one of several "endorsements," which are similar to college majors.  The endorsements will give more flexibility to students in the courses they take.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

FISH needs volunteers next week

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the Hunt County Shared Ministries organization (FISH) needs volunteers to help wrap Thanksgiving food packages from about 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, November 19-21.  FISH is located at 2805 King St. in Greenville.  Volunteers will also be needed December 17-19 to wrap Christmas food packages.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mary Sue Cole: Take the '40-Gallon Challenge'

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agricultural Extension Agency

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says, even though Texans recently passed Prop 6 providing for major new water projects, conservation will still be necessary for Texas to have the water it needs in the future.  And so, she invites Texans to take the "40-Gallon Challenge."

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Blacklands Cafe
10:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Milton Babb: Greenville's stained-glass tourism potential

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb is developing an idea to offer a tour of Greenville's historic churches, some of which, like Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville, have spectacular examples of vintage stained-glass windows.

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