Contour Airlines has proven to be a reliable service after 16 months of providing flights between Tupelo and Nashville.
Now, it’s time for the airline to bid for a new two-year contract through the U.S. Department of Transportation. On today’s episode, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (4:16) joins Derek and Leslie Criss to discuss Contour’s plans for the future.
Dennis recently spoke with airline officials, who told him they plan to bid to continue service. They may however, tweak their offerings going forward.
Contour currently receives a federal subsidy for providing service, but officials are considering applying for a different subsidy program that would allow more flexibility. If that happens, they may decide to use larger planes or even to add destinations.
Dennis also talks about the latest on plans by Toyota and Mazda to build a new $1.6-billion plant. Mississippi leaders are trying to bring the plant here, and the Magnolia State was among 11 listed as strong candidates by the Wall Street Journal. But the state also will be challenged to prove it has a large enough workforce to fill the 4,000 jobs the plant will bring.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (13:23) discusses the large number of appointments to Mississippi’s Supreme Court that have been made recently by Gov. Phil Bryant.
Supreme Court seats are elected, and the governor only makes appointments when a judge steps down early. But Bryant has made two appointments to the high court in the past two years and is about to make a third – giving him a rare opportunity to exert considerable influence on the court.
M. Scott Morris (23:57) talks about Monday’s upcoming solar eclipse.
And photographer Adam Robison (34:24) discusses his recent photo essay on the Tupelo Police Department’s motorcycle training.