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Bluegrass Valley Records

Grammy-Award-winning music producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Davis, who calls the Commerce-area home, is about to release a new album paying tribute to the late country music superstar George Jones.  The songs on the album are produced bluegrass-style.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Rohrabaugh says entries for the annual Christmas parade will start lining up at 6 p.m. Thursday evening in the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley, with parade beginning at 7, going from Bonham to Bois D'Arc to Live Oak to Washington.  One of the attractions will be pep rally for the A&M-Commerce football team, which plays Harding University in the Live United Texarkana Bowl at 12 noon Saturday.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

With the Dow Jones average over 16,000, it seems that good times are back on Wall Street.  But A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Dale Funderburk says the "quantitative easing" of the Federal Reserve, injecting large sums of money into the economy, may be artificially pumping up the market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amazon.com, UNT Press

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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."

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A&M-Commerce

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

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