The new Joyner Garden District designation notes the Tupelo neighborhood’s spirit and how far it has come since the 2014 tornado.
On Saturday, the neighborhood offered a self-guided tour of some of the homes and gardens rebuilt after the devastation.
Daily Journal reporter Kaitlin O’Dougherty (8:05) covered Saturday’s event and joins Brad and Chris Kieffer on today’s episode to discuss Joyner’s progress and the neighborhood’s current state.
Although many of the old trees were lost, residents have planted new trees and flowers, and many of them have added decks. Much of the work has been a collaborative effort, as the neighborly bonds have remained strong.
Kaitlin also talks about Tupelo’s Salvation Army (14:36), which is in need of food donations to restock its shelves. Right now, the organization has been relying on items it received at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and those supplies are running low.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (18:18) discusses a few upcoming committee assignments to be made by House Speaker Philip Gunn.
The House speaker typically makes committee assignments at the start of a new four-year term, but because of at least two, possibly three, vacancies, the Republican from Clinton will have an opportunity in the middle of the term to reshuffle House committees.
Bobby also talks about the state financial picture as we near the close of the fiscal year. Tax collections are well below projections, but because of other sources of revenue – lawsuit settlements from the attorney general and a new law that sweeps various fees into the general fund – the overall state revenue is slightly above the projection. However, the “sweeps law” has also placed a burden on the agencies that previously received those fees.
Photographer Adam Robison (29:18) talks about his photo recent essay on Turf Pros, a lawnmower sales and repair shop in Saltillo.