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John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Host

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  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 back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce assistant professor of Theatre Kelly Switzer is teaching a class in puppetry this semester and her students will present a program for children at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 20 in the Performing Arts Center. 

David Caldwell with Senior Center Resources and Public Transportation of Hunt County says his organization delivers between 500-600 meals a day to the homes of senior citizens, about 116,000 in all last year.  The organization is funded in part by the Hunt County United Way.

Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Greenville's Crossroads Mall will have a very different appearance after a major renovation.  Also, Caleb discusses plans for the new Splash Kingdom water park and the Greenville ISD's consideration of a bond election for a new elementary school.

Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery is now available in Hunt County via the Northeast Texas Bariatric Center in Greenville.  They are affiliated with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, with facilities at the Hunt Regional Medical Center on Joe Ramsey Boulevard.  Dr. Joshua Trussell and Dr. Joshua Hamilton discuss the advantages of bariatric surgery on the Blacklands Cafe.

Grammy Award-winning Commerce musician and producer Brad Davis discusses working on an album with British folk rock band Mumford and Sons, and the joys of teaching guitar.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey has brought a new sense of optimism to A&M-Commerce sports.  On the Blacklands Cafe, he discusses the upcoming commitment day for college football recruiting and other new directions for Lions athletics.

Singer-songwriter Lou Ann Petty of Cumby says she'll soon release of new video of her song "Soldier's Wife," and she'll appear March 29 at a new music venue in Sulphur Springs, Reed's Entertainment.

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the paper will host a candidates forum at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Delta County Courthouse.  Another Delta County events coming up include the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce banquet at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 8.

KETR's personal technology commentator Rick Miller on the practical applications of controversial Google Glass, the arrival of Ultra HD television, and something called "the recharging bowl."

While the Texas “open carry” law takes effect with the new year, officials with Hunt Regional Medical Center note the hospitals within the system will be among the locations where the weapons will not be permitted.
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Debbie Ottwell, a certified application counselor with the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, says she's assisted up to  75 people in applying for health care through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  To receive assistance, contact her at: dottwell@huntregional.org or call (903) 408-5888.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the weekend of January 30-February 1 is a busy one for the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, with three concerts in three nights, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Friday night January 31.  And the legendary Loretta Lynn will perform at GMA on Friday night, February 28.  Also, Milton says the new Splash Kingdom water park is expected to attract around 80,000 visitors to Greenville this summer.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti announces that Schlotzsky's sandwich shop will construct a new building on the old Lone Star Pizza lot on Live Oak Street.  And the mayor says some remedial work will be done on Monroe Street, with more street work soon to follow.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks explains the symptoms and treatment of explosive anger.  The Department of Psychology, Counseling and Special Education provides help to those with this problem.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti say the university and the city are doing a feasibility study of applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to attract a regional medical center to Commerce.  This would be in addition to the new Hunt Memorial Hospital District facility that will be built here this year.

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller says the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured dozens of amazing new tech wonders, including "onesies," that will help parents take better care of babies, and Google Glass, which is having a positive effect on law enforcement.

Grammy-winning Commerce-area music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis has been accepted as a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers previews numerous upcoming events in Greenville, including the observance of Martin Luther King Junior's birthday this Saturday and Sunday; a master gardener's program on Thursday of this week; a pie-making class on Thursday, January 23; and upcoming Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony Orchestra programs in the Municipal Auditorium.  With so many things to do, Pud says Greenville and Hunt County are definitely not "the hinterlands."

Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight reveals some of his tips for preparing haute cuisine in this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce executive director Doug Rohrabaugh says the annual chamber banquet has been set for Thursday evening, March 13.  Nominations for "Citizen of the Year" and other honors will be accepted beginning this week.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says yet another menacing new drug is taking a terrible toll on abusers.  It's a synthetic drug called "krokodil," and while it's not yet widespread, it's beginning to appear in the western U.S.

Hunt County Extension Service

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole recommends the DASH diet, developed by the National Heart and Lung Institute, for post-holiday dieting.  Also, the extension service has workshops coming up on food preparation and pie making.  For more information, call (903) 455-9885.

Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Hunt County Kids, an organization that primarily operates in the Quinlan area of southern Hunt County.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Quanex Building Products is coming to Greenville, and the city of Commerce is hoping to get a grant to make major improvements to the Commerce Municipal Airport in 2014.

Certified public accountant, certified financial planner and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our commentators on the political scene, says if a recent Time magazine article, "Why Texas Is Our Future," is correct, it's probably a good thing for the country.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones say the city and the university are planning a feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional medical facility in Commerce.  The Texas A&M System is helping in the project.  Also, ground breaking is planned soon for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District's new facility in Commerce.

Hunt County Historical Commission

One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.

First Baptist Church, Commerce

First Baptist Church pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson describes how he used the historical figure of Saint Nicholas to talk to his young daughters about Santa Claus.  This program originally aired on KETR Monday, Dec. 23.

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