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 May 28, 2014

'Reveal' complete, A&M-C marches toward 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Commerce, A&M-C arrange for citizens to use rec center pool; city pool's future doubtful

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

A&M-C War & Memory Project visits 'Bulge' battlefield

East Texas War & Memory Project logo
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

On this Memorial Day, Dr. Eric Gruver and Hayley Hasik of the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, relive the Project's visit to the Ardennes Forest, site the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Runoff election Tuesday in Delta County; economic development efforts moving ahead

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:52 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Update on Greenville's tallest building

Caleb Slinkard

The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale.  The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville.  The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon.  This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million.  Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Greenville's history of 'opera houses'

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tips on helpful summertime tech products

Rick Miller

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller has tips on a moisture-wicking towel and automatic-flushing toilet technology for the home.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Commerce Farmers Market returns; murals planned for downtown

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce / TAMUC-Photo

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24.  Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'Palcohol' poses risks to kids, others

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

What we can learn from the Aussies; Saturday Farmers Market is back in Greenville

Pud Kearns
Credit Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville recently returned from a visit to a friend in Australia.  She happened to arrive on ANZAC Day, celebrating the veterans of Australia and New Zealand.  Pud says we could take lessons from the Aussies on how to throw a parade and honor vets.  And the Greenville Farmers Market is back, Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Soil test kits can help in your home gardening

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says the Agrilife Extension Service in Greenville offers soil-testing kits that can tell you a lot about your soil, and what may be needed to grow certain kinds of plants.  And Stephanie says a home-garden tour is coming up Saturday, May 31.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New technology may bring clean water to millions

Rick Miller

Our personal technology commentator, Rick Miller, describes some new products that may bring clean drinking water to people around the world who desperately need it, including a "drinkable book" and the "Lifestraw."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

What's behind Toyota's move to Plano?

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, while Texas' central geography played a role, the state's business climate had more to do with the move of Toyota's California headquarters to Plano, bringing 4,000 high-paying jobs.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Boys and Girls Clubs gearing up for summer

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says about 800 children are members of the Greenville and Commerce Boys and Girls Clubs, which will continue to operate in the summer.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Greenville ISD bond election Saturday

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses Saturday's Greenville Independent School District bond election, in which voters are being asked to approve, among other proposals, a new Bowie Elementary School building.

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