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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fitday.com
fitday.com

Our wellness commentator and proprietor of the Fire and Ice spa, Velvete Womack, discusses food as the most important aspect of health, emphasizing natural, unprocessed foods.

United Way
United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization is hoping to organize a program to provide children with breakfast and lunch over the summer months when schools are closed.  The program would be an extension of a weekend program now offered by FISH (Hunt County Shared Ministries). Frances also discusses "Power of the Purse," a fund raising luncheon Thursday, April 9 in Greenville.

Braddavismusic.com
Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning Commerce musician and producer Brad Davis is remastering original "Louisiana Hayride" radio recordings from the 1950s, including programs featuring a young Elvis Presley.  Brad also is on board to be the musical director of a new "Louisiana Hayride" television program that's now in development.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

The Commerce Chamber of Commerce recently named Becky Thompson, co-owner of the Commerce Veterinary Clinic, as the city's Citizen of the Year.  Chamber manager Paul Voss says the chamber and the city are considering the construction of an amphitheater in the location of the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.

Medical billing and coding
Medical Advantage Resources

Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based program Community Seeds based in Lone Oak, says the organization has received some grant funding that will allow it soon to begin training people in the skills of medical billing and coding, a well-paying occupation.  Also, Bert says an anonymous company has agreed to build new homes for Community Seeds' transitional housing program.

Jim Ainsworth
Jim Ainsworth

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth recently spoke at the Highland Park Literary Festival, on the topic of how writing about your own life can make a big difference in your life. In fact, a University of Texas study shows the positive effects of telling your story.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says water levels at Cooper Lake have risen dramatically recently, and the boat docks are now open and accessible.  Cindy says the lake is still about six feet low, but that's a big improvement from 12 feet low at one point.  And Cindy reports that a new cotton gin will be built at Lake Creek in Delta County.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, and president of the Texas Council of Faculty Senates, says the organization opposes Senate Bill 11, which would allow licensed handgun owners to carry handguns on Texas college campuses.  Dr.

Motherearthnews.com
Motherearthnews.com

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says late March and early April is the time to plant summer garden plants such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and others.  Stephanie says some winter season vegetables may have been lost to the recent snow, but if gardeners act immediately, there might still be time to replant snow peas, lettuce, turnips and other cold-season crops.  Stephanie also provides some tips on success for hanging baskets.

Motortrend.com
Motortrend.com

Driverless cars are in an advanced stage of development, and will be on the road in the near future.  Wyman Williams, the Director of Development for the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the long-time general manager of Williams Motors in Commerce, says the driverless cars will be very much in demand from baby boomers as they age and thei

Braddavismusic.com
Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning Commerce-based music producer and guitarist Brad Davis is planning a new tour with the Boxmasters, including actor-musician Billy Bob Thornton.  The tour starts Friday, April 3 at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.  Brad will open the show as a solo performer.  The Boxmasters will open several shows for ZZ Top on the tour.

Commerce city limits
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a marketing project undertaken by Texas A&M University-Commerce to improve the city's appeal to students.  The mayor also discusses the grant the city is seeking for a skateboard park, along with "disk golf" and walking trails.

A&M-Commerce Lions logo
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey discusses the 2015 home football schedule, which features a season-opening Thursday night, September 3 game vs. Adams State of Colorado and Saturday night, September 12 game vs. Delta State of Mississippi, both traditionally tough NCAA Division II opponents.  The Lone Star Conference will again stage a late-season tournament based on seeding.

Hunt County Historical Commission
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says historical markers are being developed for the Blanton School in Wolfe City and in honor of African-American educator Mary Jim Morris of Greenville.  A new marker was recently dedicated at the Fred Douglas School building in east Greenville.  Carol says her conversations with African-American citizens in gathering research for the markers has highlighted the courage necessary for them to leave the schools they knew in the 1960

City of Greenville logo
City of Greenville

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the construction of a new Hobby Lobby retail store next to Lowe's in Greenville, and the Pinegates Village residential and commercial development on the west side of the city.

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