Today’s episode is dedicated to the memory of Jack Reed Sr., Tupelo’s pre-eminent civic leader, who died on Wednesday at age 91. We are joined by many of those who knew him best — Lewis Whitfield (5:40), Billy Crews (15:01), Richard Boyd (30:14), Nettie Davis (39:13) and Joe Rutherford (49:14) — to share their memories, tell his story and explain his legacy. The former gubernatorial candidate left his mark on so many areas in Tupelo and in Mississippi and leaves a particularly strong legacy in public education, race relations and economic development. He also played a large role in transforming Tupelo from a pleasant county-seat town into a thriving city and regional hub. To better understand Tupelo’s story, one must know the story of Jack Reed Sr.
Archives for January 2016
Cafe 212 co-owner Jason Hayden (3:57) drops by the show to talk with Brad and Emma Kent about the restaurant’s 10th anniversary, Main Street construction, the Mustache Bash and more. Also on today’s show, the Daily Journal’s Joe Rutherford (23:21) gives details about the Lee County Library’s 75th anniversary, and food editor Ginna Parsons (31:16) discusses this week’s food section — New Orleans food, spaghetti carbonara and asparagus gratin.
This year’s annual Link Centre Artist Residency program began today and lasts for the next three weeks. It will bring four spoken word artists to town to work with students and other community groups and give public performances. Shawn Brevard (10:09) joins Derek and Brad to share more about the program. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (25:45) discusses possible changes to the state education funding formula, and Brad (34:35) highlights the strangest crime reports from last week.
Will it snow on Friday? Daily Journal reporter Michaela Morris (12:09) has been closely following that question and joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to give the latest details. Also, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (6:00) has more details on the $40 million state budget cuts announced on Thursday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Zack Orsborn (21:10) joins the show to talk about the Friends of the Lee County Library’s flavorful fundraiser, and M. Scott Morris (24:09) reviews “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
The Salvation Army is nearing its $2.5-million fundraising goal to build a new homeless shelter in Tupelo with a larger capacity. The Daily Journal’s Riley Manning (4:44) has been covering that effort and joins Brad and guest host M. Scott Morris to discuss the push to build the new facility. Also on today’s show, Scott (8:56) profiles a Nettleton man who moves houses for a living, photographer Adam Robison (19:20) talks about his photo essay that goes behind-the-scenes at Scarlet’s Donuts, and Ginna Parsons (25:17) breaks down this week’s food section. Find out more about Greek yogurt and her buttermilk chicken recipe.
After Mississippians traveled in droves to other states to buy tickets for the recent Powerball drawing, some lawmakers have called for Mississippi to consider adding a state lottery. Others remain strongly opposed. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (10:08) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to discuss the debate and what may happen. Also on today’s show, Tupelo civil rights attorney Kenneth Mayfield (2:43) speaks of his remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how he was inspired by the civil rights leader and how far we’ve come as a society since King’s death. Business editor Dennis Seid (20:00) has details from the announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, and Brad (24:08) has the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
The Mississippi school superintendents association laid out its legislative priorities on Wednesday. Funding is still important, they said, but their emphasis is less on the funding formula and more on actions that can help student achievement. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (5:15) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent for more details. Also on today’s show, health reporter Michaela Morris (12:48) discusses the impact of President Obama’s pronouncement to place greater emphasis on cancer research, Emma (22:28) provides an update on the Lee County School District’s bond projects, M. Scott Morris (26:03) reviews “The Revenant,” and Brad (35:48) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Guest Kenneth Mayfield, Tupelo attorney and chairman of the Committee for King, visits with Brad and guest host Leslie Criss to discuss events taking place this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (3:21). Meanwhile, reporter Zack Orsborn (12:12) gives insight on the impact of Elvis-related tourism on Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (21:35) talks about the return of Blue Bell ice cream to Tupelo stores. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:01) highlights this week’s food section and discusses the new renovations at Kroger.
Tupelo will host its first Comic Con on March 5, attracting science fiction and fantasy fans, along with cosplayers, comic book readers and gamers of all kinds. The Daily Journal’s M. Scott Morris (6:44) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:21) breaks down the upcoming week in the Mississippi Legislature, Lauren (24:31) discusses her photo essay on Tupelo’s Aquatic Center, and Brad (28:25) gives the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
Workers continue to rebuild Tupelo’s St. Luke United Methodist Church, which was destroyed in the April 2014 tornado. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (5:40) wrote a story about those efforts in Thursday’s paper and joins Derek and Brad to speak more about them. Also on today’s show, William Moore (9:40) provides an update on Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s efforts to revamp the city’s committees, M. Scott Morris (15:47) highlights the best and worst movies of 2015, and Derek (25:50) talks about what is happening this weekend.