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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.