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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hunt County United Way

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

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.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor and drug abuse counselor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says K2, also known as "synthetic marijuana," poses a major health risk.

KETR's personal technology maven, Rick Miller, breaks down the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Commerce ISD

The Commerce Independent School District is starting a new random drug-testing program.  Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper explains the program on the Blacklands Cafe.

Bras for the Cause

"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.

Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says fall was once cotton picking time in Hunt County and all of Northeast Texas.  She's our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

TAMU-C

Dr. Eric Gruver, director of the "War & Memory" project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says many Northeast Texas veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War have shared the memory of their experience for the oral-history endeavor.

TAMU-C

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a mini-housing boom in Commerce, and plans for new music-oriented enterprise that will be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building on the east side of Commerce.  Information here on Tipitina's.

North Texas Conference, United Methodist Church

Research shows that the number of Americans who say they have "no religion" has doubled since 1990.  First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses this trend on the Blacklands Cafe.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised," Samantha Grace, visits the Blacklands Cafe.  The comedy will be staged October 8-13 in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce (seating is limited).

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says the state legislature has changed the "cottage-food" law pertaining to food prepared in the home for sale on the market.  The new law reduces restrictions in some ways, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, but also potentially creating some risk for consumers, Cole tells KETR's "Blacklands Cafe."

TAMU-C

The Vice President of Business and Administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Bob Brown, hosts a regular book club for University faculty, staff and students.  The current book they're studying is "Daring Greatly" by Dr. Brene Brown, currently #21 on amazon.com.

United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey visits us in the Blacklands Cafe, with the kickoff to the annual campaign less than a month away.

Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Doug Rohrabaugh discusses plans for this weekend's Bois d'Arc Bash with us.

TAMU-C

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor (and interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship) Dr. Dale Funderburk visits with us on the debt ceiling, quantitative easing and other factors affecting the U.S. economy.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Training and Development instructor Rick Miller discusses a bold new vision for the cell phone.

Hunt Regional Medical Center

Alicia Wittkopf and John Heatherly of the Hunt Memorial Hospital District discuss the Nov. 5 bond election that if approved would fund new emergency-care facilities in Commerce and Quinlan, and renovations to the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

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Blake Cooper of the Commerce school district talks with John Mark Dempsey about standardized testing and vocational education.

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