As the Hancock Fabrics bankruptcy filing moves through court, it appears more likely that the retailer will be liquidated, bringing an end to the company that was founded in Tupelo in 1957. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (15:03) joins Brad and Derek to give the latest on Hancock Fabrics. Also on today’s show, reporter William Moore (9:50) previews Saltillo’s inaugural Downtown Git-Down, M. Scott Morris (23:58) reviews “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Derek (32:54) discusses what is happening this weekend.
Archives for March 2016
The Mississippi House amended two bills by overwhelming vote to enact a statewide lottery. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (7:22) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the surprise move and its chances of also getting through the Senate. Also on today’s show, Corinth Today’s Josh Mitchell (14:06) discusses the controversy over the upkeep of the Jacinto grounds in Alcorn County, and Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (23:27) shares details on an award-winning collision repair program at Tupelo High. Food editor Ginna Parsons (26:51) has the highlights of this week’s food section — Bankhead Bicycle Club, Chicken Lazone and coconut cake.
The Mississippi House voted on Good Friday to allow executions to be carried out by firing squad if the drugs needed for lethal injections could not be obtained. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (8:15) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the bill, as well as about recent squabbles in the House that include the speed of a computerized reading of legislation. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (18:05) discusses a bill headed to the governor that would make all school district superintendents appointed positions rather than elected ones. Thomas Wells (25:36) provides background on his photo essay on Saturday’s Ballard Park Easter egg hunt, and Brad (30:33) has wacky crime reports from last week — including more on the Mooreville woods.
Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Neal McCoy (9:47) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the organization’s changing approach for attracting tourists. It embarked on a new strategic plan in 2011 that stressed a consistent approach from advertising, the website, the visitors center and welcome signs to reflect Tupelo’s upbeat vibe. Also on today’s show, reporter Caleb Bedillion (22:10) has the details on Contour Airlines, which will begin offering service to Nashville on April 5. M. Scott Morris (28:41) reviews “Allegiant” and recalls his role on “SpaceCamp.” Derek (37:25) previews what is happening in Northeast Mississippi this weekend.
Amory’s Trent Harmon is among the five finalists on “American Idol.” Ray Van Dusen (5:03) of the Monroe Journal joins Derek and Brad to talk about Harmon’s success and an upcoming celebration that could be held if he continues to advance on the national television hit show. Also on today’s episode, Bobby Harrison (10:08) describes a bill that would prevent state officials from using campaign funds for personal purchases, and Lauren Wood (19:24) talks about her photo essay on the Tupelo High School broadcast journalism class. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:08) also breaks down this week’s food section — cooking with fresh vegetables and Traceway’s food bazaar.
Testing and funding pressures are carving a new role for arts education in Mississippi schools. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (7:25) explored those changes in a three-day series and joins the show to share more details from her reporting. Also on today’s show, Emma talks to Bobby Harrison (16:33) about modifications the Legislature might make to the formula that funds schools, and Brad (27:06) discusses the wackiest crime reports from last week. Brad (1:45) also has the details from Saturday’s Mustache Bash, at which he won the “Creeper” award.
Tupelo Mustache Bash co-founder Jason Hayden (18:01) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the fifth and final edition of the bash, which will be held on Saturday night. Hayden previews this year’s event and explains why it is the finale. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (9:57) discusses the Legislature’s debate on whether to increase the gas tax to fund repairs for roads and bridges, and Derek and Brad talk more about their upcoming play, “The Peacemakers.”
Precinct data from Trent Kelly’s primary election win last week could foretell a struggle for dominance in the 1st Congressional District between Lee and DeSoto counties. Daily Journal government reporter Caleb Bedillion (9:05) joins Brad and Derek to talk about the two emerging poles in the district — Tupelo and Southaven. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (17:02) discusses how superintendents make decisions on whether to dismiss students when severe weather threatens, and photographer Adam Robison (23:30) describes his photo essay on a man who creates restoration light fixtures at J. Britt Lighting and Interiors. Food editor Ginna Parsons (27:26) breaks down this week’s food section — a pilgrimage luncheon, paninis and vegan cooking. And Brad has an idea for a new museum.
Kabir Gupta, the winner of the Daily Journal’s first “Entertain Us” filmmaker competition, joins Brad and Derek. The 9-year-old speaks (5:12) about what inspired his winning creation and his future filmmaking plans. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal capitol bureau chief Bobby Harrison (10:58) discusses the Legislature’s latest plan to cut taxes, and Brad (17:10) provides details on some of last week’s wackiest crime reports.
Corporate Flight Management has announced it will hold a March 22 press conference to give more details of its upcoming Tupelo to Nashville air service that will fly under the brand Contour Airlines. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (7:32) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the new commercial air service coming to Tupelo. Also on today’s show, chief photographer Thomas Wells (11:23) discusses his photo essay on the former Okolona College, M. Scott Morris (20:41) reviews “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” and Derek (28:24) previews what is happening this weekend. Also, Brad (34:54) gives us a lesson on country music, including his favorite tunes.