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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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Blake Cooper says a promising school finance reform bill failed to win support in the State Senate and has been withdrawn, so the issue will likely be left up to the state Supreme Court when it hears the lawsuit against the state's school-finance system this fall, and then to a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.

The average age of cars on U.S. highways is now 11 years, with 200,000 miles of travel increasingly common, according to Wyman Williams, long time general manager of Williams Motors in Commerce, and now director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way has received a grant from the U.S. and Texas Departments of Agriculture to provide free lunches to children at five locations in Greenville starting June 8 and continuing through the summer.  More than 5,000 children are eligible for the program in Greenville.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses a planned new housing development in northwest Hunt County, along with other recently announced development plans for the west side of Greenville and the county.  Caleb also discusses new water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Commerce.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the beginnings of paved highways in Hunt County, and the meeting of the Texas Congress of Mothers in Greenville, 100 years ago.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the impending  retirement of City Manager Bill Shipp, also the former Commerce city manager.  Also, the mayor discusses a $150,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the city of Bonham's Jones Field airport.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the opening of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.  An open house is planned for Sunday afternoon, and the facility on Highway 24 near the southern city limits of Commerce will be open for business on Monday.  Paul also discusses plans for a new amphitheater in downtown Commerce, near the current Farmers Market on Bonham Alley.

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says, when seeking online medical information, government, or "dot-gov," sites, tend to have the most up-to-date information.  He cites a recent study on information related to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.  Libraries tend to have access to data bases that are more detailed than what's available on most web sites, Dr. Rick says.

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says when the president of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, retired recently, he defended the Fed against calls for it to be audited, but he criticized the Fed for being dominated by the New York branch and for being too timid in raising interest rates.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth has recently published a book of brief personal essays, "A River of Stories," which opens with a "eulogy" to his father, written many years after his death.

Delta County Sheriff
Delta County Sheriff

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer.  The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells.  They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience.  Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the debate over the L3 lease, while concluded some time ago, remains a major issue in the Greenville mayoral election Saturday between David Dreiling and council member Dan Perkins.  And Caleb says the future of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville and the proposed YMCA project are also major issues.  Voters in Quinlan Saturday will decide whether the off-premise sale of liquor should be allowed there.

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has a new welding class underway.  Bert says students can join the class until May 11, as long as openings remain.  He says a previously homeless person who received training from an earlier welding class is now earning $350 per hour.  There is a shortage of three million welders in the U.S., Bert says.

Greenville Municipal Auditorium
Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the benefit concert Saturday night, May 16 featuring country star Collin Raye and alternative rock star Ben Kweller at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium