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
7:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Commerce's Ballotti: Housing up, Tipitina's coming

Dr. John Ballotti
TAMU-C

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a mini-housing boom in Commerce, and plans for new music-oriented enterprise that will be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building on the east side of Commerce.  Information here on Tipitina's.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Religion: The rise of the 'nones'

Valarie Englert
North Texas Conference, United Methodist Church

Research shows that the number of Americans who say they have "no religion" has doubled since 1990.  First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses this trend on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes

Freshman Callie McGovern and graduate student Jacob Layton rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream during the Summer 2013 season. This fall's local Shakespearian offering present's the bard's works in a very different way.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised," Samantha Grace, visits the Blacklands Cafe.  The comedy will be staged October 8-13 in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce (seating is limited).

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Blacklands Cafe
12:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Cottage-food law changes create opportunties, risks

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says the state legislature has changed the "cottage-food" law pertaining to food prepared in the home for sale on the market.  The new law reduces restrictions in some ways, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, but also potentially creating some risk for consumers, Cole tells KETR's "Blacklands Cafe."

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Hendricks warns of K2 danger

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
TAMU-C

K2, also known as "synthetic marijuana," is becoming a serious threat to users in Northeast Texas, according to Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, Texas A&M University-Commerce Student Affairs Director and associate professor of counseling.  On "Blacklands Cafe," Dr. Hendricks says the effects of K2 are dangerous.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:05 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Bob Brown's Book Club tackles 'Daring Greatly'

Bob Brown
TAMU-C

The Vice President of Business and Administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Bob Brown, hosts a regular book club for University faculty, staff and students.  The current book they're studying is "Daring Greatly" by Dr. Brene Brown, currently #21 on amazon.com.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:16 am
Fri September 27, 2013

United Way campaign on the horizon

United Way logo
United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey visits us in the Blacklands Cafe, with the kickoff to the annual campaign less than a month away.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Bois d'Arc Bash approaches

Commerce, Texas
Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Doug Rohrabaugh discusses plans for this weekend's Bois d'Arc Bash with us.

Blacklands Cafe
7:50 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Dr. Dale takes the pulse of the economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk
TAMU-C

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor (and interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship) Dr. Dale Funderburk visits with us on the debt ceiling, quantitative easing and other factors affecting the U.S. economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How about a 'forever phone?'

Rick Miller
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Training and Development instructor Rick Miller discusses a bold new vision for the cell phone.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New emergency care facility for Commerce, Quinlan?

Alicia Wittkopf, Hunt Memorial Hosptial District
Hunt Regional Medical Center

Alicia Wittkopf and John Heatherly of the Hunt Memorial Hospital District discuss the Nov. 5 bond election that if approved would fund new emergency-care facilities in Commerce and Quinlan, and renovations to the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:37 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Talking testing and accountability with Commerce ISD's Cooper

Blake Cooper
provided photo

Blake Cooper of the Commerce school district talks with John Mark Dempsey about standardized testing and vocational education.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Remembering when Greenville wore green

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission director Carol Taylor describes how a wartime shortage of green dye could be the reason why the Greenville High School Lions wear red.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:14 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jack Ingram to play in Greenville

Country music artist Jack Ingram
jackingram.net

Milton Babb of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce discusses this weekend's Rally 'Round Greenville events, including a performance by country musician Jack Ingram.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:49 am
Tue September 17, 2013

New jobs on horizon for Greenville

Caleb Slinkard
twitter.com

Greenville Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses economic development in Greenville with John Mark Dempsey. Also, an upcoming bond election could authorize funding new medical facilities in Commerce and Quinlan.

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