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
Mon February 10, 2014

More than 500 daily meals delivered to Hunt County seniors

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transportation of Hunt County says his organization delivers between 500-600 meals a day to the homes of senior citizens, about 116,000 in all last year.  The organization is funded in part by the Hunt County United Way.

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Andrew Jackson Hurdle: Former slave, founder of churches and a college

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Crossroads 2.0 coming soon

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation.  Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Bariatric surgery effective, but 'not magic'

Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery is now available in Hunt County via the Northeast Texas Bariatric Center in Greenville.  They are affiliated with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, with facilities at the Hunt Regional Medical Center on Joe Ramsey Boulevard.  Dr. Joshua Trussell and Dr. Joshua Hamilton discuss the advantages of bariatric surgery on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Davis describes work with Mumford and Sons

Brad Davis

Grammy Award-winning Commerce musician and producer Brad Davis discusses working on an album with British folk rock band Mumford and Sons, and the joys of teaching guitar.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

A&M-Commerce athletics: Arrow up

Ryan Ivey
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey has brought a new sense of optimism to A&M-Commerce sports.  On the Blacklands Cafe, he discusses the upcoming commitment day for college football recruiting and other new directions for Lions athletics.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Lou Ann Petty readies new video

Lou Ann Petty

Singer-songwriter Lou Ann Petty of Cumby says she'll soon release of new video of her song "Soldier's Wife," and she'll appear March 29 at a new music venue in Sulphur Springs, Reed's Entertainment.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Cooper Review will host candidates forum Saturday

Cindy Roller
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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the paper will host a candidates forum at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Delta County Courthouse.  Another Delta County events coming up include the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce banquet at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 8.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Google Glass, Ultra HDTV and the 'recharging bowl'

Rick Miller

KETR's personal technology commentator Rick Miller on the practical applications of controversial Google Glass, the arrival of Ultra HD television, and something called "the recharging bowl."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Hospital district helps patients sign up for health care

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Debbie Ottwell, a certified application counselor with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, says she's assisted up to  75 people in applying for health care through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  To receive assistance, contact her at: dottwell@huntregional.org or call (903) 408-5888.

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