The Tupelo High School band has been invited to represent Mississippi by playing at the Presidential Inauguration in January. But first, it must raise about $100,000.
THS band director Rick Murphy (7:21) joins Derek and guest co-host Leslie Criss on today’s episode to speak about the great honor for the band program and to provide an update on fundraising efforts.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (16:58) has an update on the effort to make Tupelo a railroad quiet zone. That means the city would put in a number of precautions at each of its railroad crossings, and trains would not blow their whistles as they travel through town. Mayor Jason Shelton cited it as a priority early in his term. However, with estimates now saying it will cost about $5.5 million to make the needed upgrades, Shelton has said the issue remains a priority but will not likely happen any time soon.
Food editor Ginna Parsons (27:10) has the highlights of this week’s food section – streusel coffee cake, homemade chili, creamy red wine vinegar dressing and Kentucky Derby Pie.
M. Scott Morris (33:04) reviews the movie “Sing.” Derek (38:51) has the highlights of the New Year’s weekend entertainment scene – Tupelo Community Theatre’s masquerade ball, ice skating at the arena and the Almost New Year’s Eve party at the JJ Rogers Building.