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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The executive director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, discusses domestic abuse, UW agency Women in Need, and the kickoff dinner for the annual UW fund-raising campaign Thursday, October 24 on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Dale Funderburk says comparing federal debt to your personal debt is not an "apples-to-apples" comparison, because you can't print money or borrow massive amounts from foreign countries.
"Bras for the Cause," an event that helps raise money for breast cancer victims in the Hunt County area, takes place tonight from 6:30-9 p.m. on Lee Street in downtown Greenville. You're invited to vote on the best decorated bras. Co-chair Janeen Cunningham guests on Blacklands Cafe.