A new partnership between the city of Tupelo and a Jackson-based organization has already helped 14 formerly homeless individuals find stable housing.
On today’s episode, local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (8:05) joins Emma Kent and Derek Russell to talk about recent efforts by Tupelo to help its homeless population, a challenge that has plagued city leaders for years.
In April, the Tupelo City Council agreed to pay Mississippi United To End Homelessness, or MUTEH, $22,500 to test a partnership for six months. Mayor Jason Shelton’s administration is expected to recommend a renewal of that partnership.
Caleb talks about what MUTEH does and how it works with existing resources to find long-term solutions for those in need.
Also on today’s episode, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (14:02) discusses a new proposal that could allow Mississippi voters to decide whether to raise the state’s gas tax to fund road and bridge repairs. The proposal comes as leaders agree more money is needed for infrastructure, but can not agree on where to find those dollars.
Health reporter Michaela Gibson Morris (18:01) discusses the 25th-anniversary of the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic and the important service it provides.
The clinic, which opened its doors in November 1992, administers comprehensive medical and dental care and medications without charge to working Lee County residents who meet income guidelines. It has logged more than 67,000 patient visits, averaging about 2,000 a year.
Photographer Adam Robison (25:54) drops in to talk about his recent photo essay on barber Louise Tutor Pearson, owner and barber at East Heights Barber Shop.
And Emma and Derek discuss what movie or TV show they would watch if they knew the world was about to end.