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
Fri March 21, 2014

Tales of the 'madstone'

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor often uncovers quirky bits of local history, and one of those is the "madstone," which was used as recently as 100 years ago to cure rabies.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State funds less than 35% of higher ed costs; 'heritage line' of apparel coming

Wyman Williams
Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Williams, the director of development for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M-Commerce, continues his endeavor of speaking to alumni groups and others about the university and its role in the A&M System.  Wyman says many do not know the state funds only about 35 percent of the costs of higher education, compared to nearly 90 percent in the 1960s.  Also, for the 125th anniversary of the University this fall, Wyman says a new "heritage line" of apparel will be announced soon.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:39 am
Wed March 19, 2014

'Back Street Bash' this weekend; Hospital Gala, March 29

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville shares her calendar with us, including the annual Back Street Bash in downtown Greenville this Saturday, and the Hunt Memorial Hospital Gala Saturday evening, March 29 at A&M-Commerce's Rayburn Student Center, which will feature comedian

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Community Seeds provides resources, helps people be resourceful

Bert Cooper
Community Seeds

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper says his organization provides people in need with resources, but also helps them learn to be resourceful.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Updates on proposed USDA hospital, Tipitina's

Dr. John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti reports that progress is being made on starting the feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional hospital in Commerce, and on the Tipitina's music facility that would be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

McMurry won't join LSC after all; football tournament planned

Ryan Ivey
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says the Lone Star Conference is again looking for a new member after McMurry decided not to become a full-fledged LSC member and remain in NCAA Division III.  Ivey says the LSC will stage a football tournament among its members in the last two weeks of the 2014 regular season.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

SXSW technology update: wearables; plus 'smart beds'

Rick Miller

The Blacklands Cafe's personal technology commentator, Rick Miller, reviews some of the hot tech items at South by Southwest in Austin this week, and cues us in on "smart beds."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

'Back Street Bash' coming March 22 in Greenville

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says regional music stars the Damn Quails will be the musical headliners at the annual Back Street Bash celebration Saturday, March 22 in downtown Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

A&M-C looks ahead to 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship development director Wyman Williams is speaking to civic groups and others about the history of the University going back to Mayo College, as the 125th anniversary of the University approaches this fall. One endeavor that has been announced is the Brick Garden Project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

City of Commerce offers naming rights for athletic fields

City of Commerce tourism and event coordinator Sherry Johnson is promoting naming rights for three baseball/softball fields at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex.  The city is hoping to raise $7,500-10,000 to support youth sports programs in Commerce.

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