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John Mark Dempsey

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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 person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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Simon & Schuster

Our books commentator, Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, reviews the novel "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  She calls the story about a grumpy, reclusive Swedish man a "charming read."  Sharon says the novel shows how much impact each life has on many others.  The story has also been developed as an award-winning movie.

Hunt County United Way

Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, offers some alternative ideas for Christmas giving.  For example, Frances says senior citizens may be overlooked during the holidays, and bags of toiletries and snacks can be delivered to the elderly by Meals on Wheels volunteers.  Such items can be delivered to the United Way headquarters, on the west end of Lee Street in Greenville.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Dale Funderburk, Texas A&M University-Commerce interim dean of the College of Business and economics professor, says the likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike December 14 will probably be the first of several in the coming new year.  Dr. Funderburk says the effect on average people will not be immediate, but will eventually be felt in mortgage rates and for other loans.  But he says the effect will be helpful for people with low-risk investments, such as certificates of deposit.

Cindy Roller

Sarah Dacus, community development specialist with the city of Sulphur Springs, says the downtown "Celebration District" will host a number of Christmas and holiday-oriented events Saturday.  The events include a holiday marketplace; the Northeast Texas Choral Society presenting a concert of holiday music at 3 p.m.; "Fill the Trolley," accepting donations of toys for children from 5 to 7, with a donated toy as the admission to a concert by Matt Dunn at 7 p.m. in City Hall; and a showing of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at 6 p.m.

Vet Ranch

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says dogs and cats are living longer because of better nutrition and veterinary care.  But she says it's not always easy to tell when dogs and cats are getting older, and she says older pets should see the vet twice a year, instead of annually.

Rick Parent

Rick Parent is readying the former A.L. Day Elementary School building on Commerce's east side as the Tipitina's Creative Co-op, through an agreement between the city of Commerce and Tipitina's Foundation of New Orleans.  Rick says the building will host artistic and musical activities when it receives a certificate of occupancy, which he hopes will be soon.

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham begins a series of "Technology Talks" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (December 7) at 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.  The series will help people who are new to digital devices such as smart phones and laptops learn how to get the most out of them.

Disney

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the new animated Disney movie "Moana" is nearly perfect entertainment for children and adults alike.  Alice also enjoyed the real-life drama "Manchester by the Sea."

City of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says it'll be a full day of holiday activities Saturday in downtown Greenville, ending with the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks.  (The events may be postponed due to the weather.) The weekend's activities begin tonight (Thursday, December 2) with a free holiday performance by the Air Force Band of the West at the Greenville M

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace relates the story of suffering a stroke last summer.  He believes the circumstances surrounding the stroke and the person who came to his aid represent a miracle.  He recovered quickly from the stroke, and is now performing his regular duties as before.

Jimainsworth.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reflects on why readers buy books, or why they don't buy them.  Also in the conversation, the preference for actual books over e-books, and the future of books.

KETR

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses new businesses opening soon in the city, including Commerce Fitness, opening in the original Wal-Mart building once partially occupied by Fred's.  Paul also comments on plans for the Commerce Christmas parade on Saturday, December 3.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the recent series of "Charting the Course" meetngs in the school district will culminate with a community meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, November 28 at the administration building on south Washington Street (the former A.C. Williams Elementary School building).  Mr. Alderman says the Commerce ISD is trying to learn what the citizens want the schools to teach the children and what personal characteristics they want graduates of the Commerce ISD to have.

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Dr. Darin Jolly, who became the superintendent of the North Hopkins ISD this year, has a band background, and he plans to bring a band program to the district north of Sulphur Springs.  And he intends to expand the district's offering of dual-credit courses.  Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, also takes part in the program.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, marketing director of Lighthouse Communication, has been so taken with a morning routine described in the article "This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Day," that she has decided to try it herself.

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