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
Mon December 9, 2013

Cooper on UIL enrollment limits, Freeport Exemption

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School.  It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A).  Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Rev. Valarie Englert: Focus on what's most important for Christmas

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church, Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a sermon from the Old Testmament on the "refiner's fire" helped her learn to focus on the essence of Christmas.  She recommends a book called "Unplug the Christmas Machine."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Brad Davis releases bluegrass homage to George Jones

Brad Davis
Bluegrass Valley Records

Grammy-Award-winning music producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Davis, who calls the Commerce-area home, is about to release a new album paying tribute to the late country music superstar George Jones.  The songs on the album are produced bluegrass-style.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Commerce Christmas parade Thursday night

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Rohrabaugh says entries for the annual Christmas parade will start lining up at 6 p.m. Thursday evening in the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley, with parade beginning at 7, going from Bonham to Bois D'Arc to Live Oak to Washington.  One of the attractions will be pep rally for the A&M-Commerce football team, which plays Harding University in the Live United Texarkana Bowl at 12 noon Saturday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Dr. Funderburk: Dow over 16,000, but go slow

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Texas A&M University-Commerce

With the Dow Jones average over 16,000, it seems that good times are back on Wall Street.  But A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Dale Funderburk says the "quantitative easing" of the Federal Reserve, injecting large sums of money into the economy, may be artificially pumping up the market.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

City of Commerce, CISD approve Freeport Exemption

Caleb Slinkard

The city of Commerce and the Commerce ISD governing bodies have approved the Freeport Exemption, a business tax exemption that both hope will encourage new business to locate in Commerce, according to Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard.  In this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Caleb also discusses the Splash Kingdom water park that is coming to Greenville soon.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Charles Elliott: President not well served by advisors

Dr. Charles Elliott
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former A&M-Commerce/East Texas State political science department head Dr. Charles Elliott says it appears President Obama is not being well-served by his advisors in the recent problems with the Affordable Care Act.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

HMHD will help citizens sign up for 'Obamacare'

Hunt Memorial Hospital District chief executive officer Rich Carter says the HMHD will soon be ready to start assisting Hunt County citizens sort through the options of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."  When the service is ready around Dec. 1, the number to call will be (903) 408-5888.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

'Clothe a Child' needs helpers next week

Frances Dalbey
United Way of Hunt County

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says Clothe-A-Child needs volunteers at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-4 to help children and parents shop for clothes at Wal-Mart.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Mayor Ballotti: Phase 1 of streets project near completion

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Phase 1 of the city's street improvement project is nearing completion.  And he says important progress is being made on the plans to locate a Tipitina's music venue in the old A.L. Day Elementary School.

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