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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the opening of three new franchise restaurants on I-30 in Greenville: Snuffer's, El Fenix, and Taquiera La Ventana.  Also, the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville, on U.S. 69 east, hosts a crafts fair on Saturday (July 23).  The proceeds will help the church in its "adoption" of Carver Elementary School in Greenville.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a leader in the Hunt-Hopkins African-American Leadership Conference, discusses the recent conflict between African-Americans and police.  Dr. Hendricks says more personal interaction of police with members of minority communities is the key to building trust and ending the violence.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The book argues that the talents of introverts are often undervalued in a world that seems to revolve around extroverts.

Walt Davis and the Rev. Krista Rasco of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce discuss plans for the second annual Summer Creative Arts and Music Camp (SCAMP) beginning Monday, July 25.   The camp is for children in the first through the sixth grade.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the disposition of the Caddo Street house where city housing inspector Michael "Pee Wee" Walker was murdered in 2005 will probably be decided in November.  The city ordered the house to be demolished, but it has sold, and a judge will decide if the prospective new owner will be have a chance to rescue the house, or if it will indeed be torn down.  Wyman also discusses the new management of the city animal shelter and the search for a new city manager.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies with connections to the 1980s: "Ghostbusters," starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, a remake of the classic 1984 comedy; and "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston, which is based on a true story of the 1980s Central American drug trade.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of how a woman from Greenville, Gladys Yoakum Wright, wrote the lyrics to the state song, "Texas Our Texas."

Velvete Womack, owner of the Fire and Ice Spa in Commerce, reflects on a recent article, "10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss" (as if there aren't already enough things to hate about losing sleep).  Velvete recommends that you drink eight ounces of water before going to bed (which she says will not cause you to go to the bathroom more than normal) and disconnecting from all media for an hour or so before sleep.

Rick Miller of the Center for Applied Leadership discusses an article by psychologist Amy Cuddy on "10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression."  According to Dr. Cuddy, it is more important to be viewed as "trustyworthy and likable" than "skilled, experienced and capable."

Sulphur Springs community development staff members Shane Shepard and Sarah Dicus relate the planning and redevelopment of the city's downtown, now known as the "Celebration District."  Shane says the downtown has been redesigned for pedestrians, rather than cars.  Sarah says the city is hoping to attract young people to the Celebration District.  Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, also is heard on this program.

Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas, and ET/A&M-Commerce alumnus, is one of the "Five Friends" of business consultant, who each recently discussed the "one mistake everyone makes."  The one mistake Randy says everyone makes is "confusing being busy with being productive."

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers in Commerce and Greenville, says one in four deaths of children one to four years old is due to drowning.  Kim says parents and other adults should never be more than an arms length away from children in the water.

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art says the organization is taking applications for projects to be completed in 2017.  Artists will be paid for their work, depending on the size of the projects and the number of projects.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 19.

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the decision of voters in Great Britain to leave the European Union, or Brexit, will have a significant effect on the Texas economy.   Dr.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.