Blacklands Cafe

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
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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

JFK 50th: Jack Ruby 'acted impulsively'

Amazon.com, UNT Press

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Charles Elliott: Give it time; Obamacare will be fine

Dr. Charles Elliott
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Charles Elliott, former head of the Department of Political Science at A&M-Commerce and ETSU, and a commentator at-large on the political scene for the Blacklands Cafe, says Obamacare -- like Medicare and Medicaid before it -- just needs time to work out the kinks.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Tech advisor Rick Miller: Good buys, bad buys for Christmas

Rick Miller
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Our personal technology advisor, Rick Miller, gives us the lowdown on good tech items to buy for holiday gift shopping, and items it might be best to wait to buy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Jim Ainsworth: Alternatives to Obamacare

Jim Ainsworth

Longtime Northeast Texas resident and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our occasional commentators at-large on the political scene, offers several alternatives to Obamacare.  Jim is a certified public accountant, certified financial planner and chartered life underwriter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cooper: High schoolers will choose 'endorsements'

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says, starting in the fall of 2014, incoming high school students will choose one of several "endorsements," which are similar to college majors.  The endorsements will give more flexibility to students in the courses they take.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

FISH needs volunteers next week

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the Hunt County Shared Ministries organization (FISH) needs volunteers to help wrap Thanksgiving food packages from about 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, November 19-21.  FISH is located at 2805 King St. in Greenville.  Volunteers will also be needed December 17-19 to wrap Christmas food packages.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mary Sue Cole: Take the '40-Gallon Challenge'

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agricultural Extension Agency

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says, even though Texans recently passed Prop 6 providing for major new water projects, conservation will still be necessary for Texas to have the water it needs in the future.  And so, she invites Texans to take the "40-Gallon Challenge."

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Blacklands Cafe
10:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Milton Babb: Greenville's stained-glass tourism potential

Milton Babb
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb is developing an idea to offer a tour of Greenville's historic churches, some of which, like Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville, have spectacular examples of vintage stained-glass windows.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Bob Brown's Book Club: 'Thinking Fast & Slow'

Bob Brown
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Vice President of Business and Administration Bob Brown leads the long-standing "Bob Brown's Book Club" at the University.  The next book to be discussed is "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman on Dec 5.  Those wanting to participate should contact Bob very quickly, at bob.brown@tamuc.edu. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

War & Memory: Marine Sgt. Terry Blose

Travis Ueckert, Terry Blose
East Texas War & Memory Project, Facebook

On this Veterans Day, we visit with one of the recent interviewees of the East Texas War and Memory Project at A&M-Commerce, Marine Sgt. Terry Blose of Gober, along with War and Memory intern Travis Ueckert.  See more on Facebook about the War and Memory Project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

'The rain falls on the just and the unjust'

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses issues of faith on the Blacklands Cafe.  In this program, she gives her opinion on what not to say to someone who has suffered a tragedy.

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