Daily Journal reporter Caleb Bedillion (6:10) joins Emma Kent and Derek Russell on today’s show to discuss how Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration echoes in Tupelo.
Caleb recently wrote a story in which local leaders reflected on the Tupelo Story, the unique way in which a poor, landlocked town lacking the advantages of natural resources or geography built itself into one of the state’s centers of gravity. The key was its people and leadership and their spirit of working together for the good of the community. It’s an important Mississippi story that is fitting to be told on the state’s bicentennial. The question is how well it can continue in the future.
Caleb also talks about efforts to preserve various lesser known aspects of Tupelo’s history, including its Chickasaw inhabitants, black soldiers who fought in Civil War battles in Lee County, and the city’s former black neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, business editor Dennis Seid (18:59) talks about the 1,000,000th Corolla produced by Toyota Mississippi this week and the significance of that milestone.
Photographer Adam Robison (26:10) discusses his photo essay on Tupelo Tint & Auto Glass.
And William Moore (33:18) talks about his story on Starkville firefighter Bethany Allen, the department’s first female firefighter in more than 20 years.