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 January 20, 2014

University, Commerce hope to attract USDA medical center

Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti say the university and the city are doing a feasibility study of applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to attract a regional medical center to Commerce.  This would be in addition to the new Hunt Memorial Hospital District facility that will be built here this year.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'Onesies' and Google Glass: New tech wonders

Rick Miller

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller says the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured dozens of amazing new tech wonders, including "onesies," that will help parents take better care of babies, and Google Glass, which is having a positive effect on law enforcement.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Davis: Accepted to prestigious Berklee College of Music

Brad Davis

Grammy-winning Commerce-area music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis has been accepted as a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kearns: Greenville is not 'the hinterlands'

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers previews numerous upcoming events in Greenville, including the observance of Martin Luther King Junior's birthday this Saturday and Sunday; a master gardener's program on Thursday of this week; a pie-making class on Thursday, January 23; and upcoming Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony Orchestra programs in the Municipal Auditorium.  With so many things to do, Pud says Greenville and Hunt County are definitely not "the hinterlands."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Knight: Confessions of a 'foodie'

Jerrod Knight
Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight reveals some of his tips for preparing haute cuisine in this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Rohrabaugh: Chamber banquet March 13

Commerce Chamber of Commerce executive director Doug Rohrabaugh says the annual chamber banquet has been set for Thursday evening, March 13.  Nominations for "Citizen of the Year" and other honors will be accepted beginning this week.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks: Beware of 'krokodil'

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says yet another menacing new drug is taking a terrible toll on abusers.  It's a synthetic drug called "krokodil," and while it's not yet widespread, it's beginning to appear in the western U.S.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mary Sue Cole: Need to lose weight? Try the DASH diet

Mary Sue Cole
Hunt County Extension Service

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole recommends the DASH diet, developed by the National Heart and Lung Institute, for post-holiday dieting.  Also, the extension service has workshops coming up on food preparation and pie making.  For more information, call (903) 455-9885.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Frances Dalbey: Hunt County Kids one of United Way's newer agencies

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Hunt County Kids, an organization that primarily operates in the Quinlan area of southern Hunt County.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Taylor: Ruby Allmond was a female music trailblazer

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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