Blacklands Cafe

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Blacklands Corridor meeting tonight in Nevada

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NCTCOG

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses tonight's public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor toll road and a snag in the plans to construct a new YMCA building in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:45 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Tourism projects under development in Commerce

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a blue-ribbon committee of Commerce citizens -- Sue Davis, Jack Gray, Jim Bob Latham,  Carolyn Trezevant and Wyman Williams --  is now developing several tourism projects for the city.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

'Kiss Me Kate' opens tonight at A&M-C University Playhouse

Joe Reynolds
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate," a production of the Theatre program and the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce, opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the University Playhouse.  Performances will be at 8 p.m. each night through Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.  Theatre faculty member Joe Reynolds is the director and guests on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Taylor: Caddo artifacts can be found in Hunt Co.

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says artifacts of the Native American Caddo tribe are not too hard to find in Hunt County, but she says the tribe was not as numerous as you might imagine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Commerce Mayor: Hibbett's, Dollar Tree opening; Tipitina's official

John Ballotti
A&M-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the new Hibbett Sports will open Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Dollar Tree store soon after in shopping center where Braum's is located.  And Mayor Ballotti says the papers have been signed to officially bring the Tipitina's music venue to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building on the east side of Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Pennington: Dodo bird or coyote? Which are you?

Randy Pennington
Pennington Performance Group

The CEO of the Pennington Performance Group of Addison, and A&M-Commerce/ETSU alumnus Randy Pennington advises businesses on managing change.  Whether you're a "dodo bird" or a "coyote" will determine whether you successfully adapt to changes, Randy says.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

A&M-Commerce celebrates homecoming week

Derryle Peace
A&M-Commerce

Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says if students get involved in homecoming activities, they're more likely to be active, involved alumni.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Charles Elliott: Legislative districting methods contribute to gridlock

Dr. Charles Elliott
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Former A&M-Commerce political science department head Dr. Charles Elliott says the way congressional and state legislative districts are apportioned is a major reason why we see the inability of our representatives to reach compromise.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Blake Cooper: CSCOPE not well understood

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the controversial CSCOPE resource system that has been used in the Texas schools is more than a few controversial lesson plans.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Homecoming week ahead for A&M-C

Derryle Peace
A&M-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace is ready for Homecoming Week at the University, October 28-Nov. 2.  The homecoming game vs. Angelo State University is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Alicia Wittkopf: Commerce, Quinlan facilities would ease pressure on Greenville emergency room

Alicia Wittkopf
Hunt Memorial Hospital District

Hunt Memorial Hospital District Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Alicia Wittkopf says, if voters approve a bond issue on Nov. 5, emergency care would be spread more evenly around the county, with new emergency-care and out-patient facilities being built in Commerce and Quinlan.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Greenville update: L3, chem plant, YMCA, water park

Caleb Slinkard
A&M-Commerce

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard opens his notebook on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:45 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Jim Ainsworth: Term limits may be the answer to our political problems

Jim Ainsworth

Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, and Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth guests on the Blacklands Cafe, and says term limits may be the only solution to the ongoing political troubles in Washington, D.C.  And he says achieving term limits may not be as impossible as you might think.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

'Bath salts:' Innocent name for dangerous synthetic drug

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
A&M-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and student affairs coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce, warns that innocent-sounding "bath salts" are highly addictive synthetic drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Northeast Texas.  The effects of of "bath salts" are similar to cocaine, Dr. Hendricks says.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NE Texas churches strive to reach 'nones'

Dr. Jeff Johnson
First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Commerce pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson discusses the phenomenon of the "nones," those who profess no religion, on the latest edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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