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
Wed November 5, 2014

Early Childhood Intervention is often overlooked as a social service

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Early Childhood Intervention offered through the state Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) program is one of the most overlooked services supported by United Way.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

State STAAR results not good; Commerce ISD makes gains, but 'room for improvement'

Blake Cooper
Credit Commerce ISD

A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

City of Cooper demolishing abandoned houses

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the city has torn down four abandoned, dilapidated houses and plans to tear down at least four more.  Cindy also discusses a project to restore the history of Cooper High School and the Delta County candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'Bob Wills Festival,' 'Small Business Saturday' today's Cafe topics

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the fiddling history of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, where this weekend's Bob Willis Fiddling Festival will take place.  And Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

'Big Ear' telescope received strongest ever 'alien' signal

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses the 1977 event when the "Big Ear" radio telescope in Ohio picked up the strongest ever signal from an unknown source in space, lasting more than 70 seconds.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

'Making (Christmas) Memories,' Friday, Nov. 7 in Commerce

Mary Sue Cole
Credit Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole and others will present "Making Memories," a program of ideas for Christmas that may also reduce a lot of Christmas stress, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 7 at the Ben E. Keith building in Commerce.  The program will be repeated Friday, November 14 in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

It's Homecoming Week at A&M-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says besides the annual homecoming celebration, it's also the University's 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of desegregation at A&M-Commerce, then East Texas State College.  Events include a bonfire and fireworks Friday night at 9, a parade Saturday morning at 10, and the homecoming football game with McMurry at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Sir Richard Branson offers unlimited vacation: Good idea?

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, recently announced a policy of unlimited vacation for his employees, provided they do their work.  Dallas business consultant Randy Pennington, an alumnus of East Texas State University, says whether this will work depends on the culture of the company, but it's likely to become more common in the future.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

'Bob Wills Fiddle Contest' Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in downtown Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville looks ahead to the Bob Wills Fiddle Contest in downtown Greenville, the weekend of October 31-November 2, and also has tips on the best Halloween pumpkin patches around Hunt County.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Commerce Public Libary offers Family Literacy Nights, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

Commerce Public Library director Nan Clay says the library now offers Family Literacy Night activities on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., in addition to General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes at the same time.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Greenville Municipal Auditorium celebrates 75th anniversary, Friday, October 24

Credit eBay

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Municipal Building, and the Municipal Auditorium inside, will be 75 years old this Friday, October 24.  The city of Greenville is planning a major observance of the event next week.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Commerce Chamber will hold Christmas parade, Saturday, Dec. 6

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 this year, rather than the traditional Thursday evening.  The parade will be preceded by a holiday fair on the downtown square in the afternoon.  And Paul says a Fall Market is being held Saturdays on the Fix and Feed parking lot.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

City of Commerce offers Ebola info on web site; 'Halloween on the Square' will be Oct. 31

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has developed a localized page of information on the Ebola crisis.  And the mayor says the popular "Halloween on the Square" event will be on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

WT game Saturday night, homecoming game Nov. 1 expected to draw big crowds

With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd.  And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

It's 'Teen Read Week' at Commerce Public Library; teen art workshop tonight, 6-8 p.m.

The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week"  this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making.  Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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