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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

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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Braddavismusic.com

Grammy-Award winning, Commerce-based music producer Brad Davis is leading a new "Louisiana Hayride" band, as the historic radio program and live music franchise re-emerges.  Brad is actively involved in plans for a "Louisiana Hayride" television program, and is restoring original recordings made on the program in the 1950s.

showtimedtgreenville.com

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reports that a new events calendar for downtown Greenville, showtimedtgreenville.com.  Also, Pud says the annual Hunt County Shared Ministries, or FISH, barbecue has been moved this year from fall to spring, and will take place Friday, March 31.  An additional location this year will be the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.

Wikipedia

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese observes St. Patrick's Day by reflecting on her favorite movies about Ireland.  Included on her list: "Waking Ned Devine," "The Commitments," "My Left Foot," and no. 1, "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller relates the story of a person charged with painting graffiti in various places in the city of Cooper who has quite an artistic talent.  Also, the city has new signage welcoming visitors to town.  A clean-up week is scheduled for April 21-25 in Cooper.  And the city has a new semi-pro football team, the Northeast Texas Raptors.

Texas State Historical Association

Scott Cason, chief marketing officer of Texas A&M University-Commerce, relates plans for the "Our Century as Lions" observance that takes place today (Friday, March 10) on the campus.  It observes the day in 1917 when East Texas Normal College became a state institution.  A telegram sent to President and founder Dr. William Mayo arrived 20 minutes after Dr. Mayo had died of a heart attack.   The event begins at 8:30 with a reception on the lawn of the Heritage House, the home of president Dr. Ray Keck and his wife Patricia.

Volkswagen

"Cargazing" column writer Derek Price says the Volkwagen Golf R he's currently driving looks like a mild-mannered math teacher's economy car, but underneath its unimposing exterior is an engine with 300 horsepower.  And Derek also recently drove the Ram Power Wagon, a mighty off-road pickup.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the commission is called when an abandoned cemetery is discovered.  The process then begins of documenting the cemetery and protecting it from being exacavated or covered over by construction.  Even one grave, by law, constitutes a cemetery.  Carol relates the sad story of a mass grave recently discovered in Northeast Hunt County, near the site of the old community known as Muddig.

Hunt Regional Healthcare

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  But Kim says it is relatively easy to treat if it is found early. She says people with diets high in red meat and/or fried and broiled foods tend to be more at risk for colorectal cancer.

Brad Davis Music

Grammy-Award winning music producer Brad Davis is receiving a lot of Americana radio airplay with his "I Need Music" album.  It's a collection of bluegrass-style recordings that's been as high as no. 2 on Airplay Direct, a music download service used by radio stations.  Another collection of iconic 1980s songs produced in the bluegrass style by Brad is also receiving a lot of Americana airplay.  Brad owns and operates a recording studio in downtown Commerce.

FX

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, discusses a new television mini-series, "Feud: Bette and Joan" that debuts Sunday night on FX.  It's the story of the real-life rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which culminated with the making of the 1962 movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane."  Susan Sarandon plays Davis and Jessica Lange plays Crawford.

KETR

The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says the emergency centers have been exceptionally busy treating cases of the flu and strep in recent weeks.  She said the Quinlan center is seeing an average of about 50 patients a day and Commerce just under 40.  But on one day, the Commerce center saw 65 patients.

Google

Diana Hines, a member of the Commerce Public Library board of directors, discusses the library's General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program, which she says is now available online.  The library also has volunteers who will work individually with students.  The GED training is part of the library's Literacy Program.  The late Dr. Otha Spencer, revered member of the Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty, started the library's GED program in the early 1990s.

Texas Highways

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reflects on an article in the February edition of Texas Highways magazine on the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  Carol says the museum is a great asset to Greenville and Hunt County, although many local residents may not have been there.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Agrilife Extension Agent Sarah Latham says the annual "Walk Across Texas" event sponsored by Agrilife starts Monday, March 6.  Teams of eight will together attempt to walk a combined 800 miles, the distance across Texas.  Agrilife will register their progress online, so teams can compete against one another.  Sarah will also start a new series of "Tech Talks" at 2 p.m.

LaLa Land

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese predicts the musical "La La Land" will win the Oscar for Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards event Sunday night.

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