John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  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 back in 1975 and was also the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way board will hold a focus group for the agencies served by the organization and any others at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the United Way headquarters at 4912 Lee Street in Greenville.  The focus group will discuss how United Way can make more of an impact in the county.  Also, organizations applying for United Way help in 2017 should participate in the focus group, and submit their applications for assistance by Thursday, March 24.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce ISD board member LaVelle Hendricks says the school district will offer voluntary Saturday sessions for children in grades 1-6.  The sessions two Saturdays per month will offer tutoring for children wanting to improve their skills.  Parents and students are invited to a meeting on the Saturday school session at 9 a.m. Saturday (February 27) at A.C. Williams Elementary School.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce businessman Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media, hopes a full slate of candidates brings more people out to vote in the city's municipal election on Saturday, May 7.  Many other Texas cities also have elections on that day.  Price laments that only 172 people voted in last year's Commerce municipal election.  Candidates in this year's election are John Sands and Wyman Williams for mayor; Becky Thompson for City Council, Place 2; and Gene Lockhar

Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum
Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reviews a new Hunt County history exhibit at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum.  And Pud says some major performances are coming to the remodeled Greenville Municipal Auditorium, including "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" this Saturday night (February 27), "Celtic Fire" with the Dallas Symphony on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, and country music star Tanya Tucker Saturday, March 18.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says "Casino Royale" is the theme of the annual Chamber banquet at 6 p.m.

Commerce Community Cares is well into its 2016 campaign.  Dick Latson, one of the leaders of the organization, says more than $20,000 has been raised toward the goal of $27,500.  One of the 14 organizations that receive funding from Commerce Community Cares is the CHAOS Kids, a summer program organized by the Commerce Police Department for teenagers.  Dick Latson and Commerce Police officers Jason Rector and Alex Suarez are the guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Clippanda.com

Our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, Sharon Feldt, reviews two books, "Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George, a novel about a magical floating bookshop, and "Blood River," non-fiction by journalist Tim Butcher, who retraced the steps along Africa's Congo River of Henry Stanley as he searched for Dr. David Livingstone.

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lmsrestoration.com

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper has several new food-oriented businesses, including Good Donuts, G Ma's Pie Shop, Grandma's Kitchen and the Gourmet Cupboard.  Cooper will have a doctor in practice 2-3 days a week, Dr.

Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons
Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons

The fourth annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Educational Awards will be presented to about 150 children from area schools at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The awards are named in honor of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and his wife Jalinna.  Dr. Jones and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, are the guests on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons
Maxwell Hamilton, Flickr, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, associate professor of astronomy and the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium, says the announcement last week that scientists have detected gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago represents a major leap forward in astronomy.  He says being able to detect the waves will contribute to our understanding of the beginnings of the universe.

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Thewonderofelvis.altervista.org

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the fund raiser to replace the 75-year-old seats in the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Saturday night, February 20 at the Emerald Ballroom will be a mystery theater show in the form of a "radio play" about Elvis Presley's legendary performance at the GMA with the Louisiana Hayride in 1955.

Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC
Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

Phillip Capper, Flcikr, CC
Phillip Capper, Flcikr, CC

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth, who discusses books with us on the Blacklands Cafe, reviews "American Bloomsbury" by Susan Cheever, a book on the lives of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau and other authors who all lived in the community of Concord, Massachusetts.  Jim says reading about the literary greats, who considered themselves "transcendentalists

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realmarketmakers.com

Dr. Dale Funderburk, professor of economics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, analyzes a recent Dallas Morning News story that reports that Dallas-Forth Worth generated the third most new jobs among metro areas in 2015, with 98,900.  And despite the decline in oil prices, Texas was third among the states in job creation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Neighboring states Louisiana and Oklahoma lost jobs in 2015.

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City-data.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says Clayton Homes has begun manufacturing double-wide mobile homes and needs 30-40 new employees, and TCI Cable, a manufacturer of cable, needs about 10 new workers.  The mayor says the city and Fannin County are seeking short-haul freight rail service in order to serve its industries and attract new ones.  A new Holiday Inn Express recently opened in Bonham, with a grand opening celebration set for Saturday, March 19.

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