Daily Journal sports editor John Pitts (12:08) joins Brad and guest co-host M. Scott Morris to break down the Super Bowl 50 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Pitts tells viewers what to look for on Sunday, notes the players with local ties who will be participating and shares his favorite Super Bowl memories. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (6:10) talks about local retailer Hancock Fabrics filing for bankruptcy. Food editor Ginna Parsons (32:23) breaks down this week’s food section — Super Bowl snacks, Charity Ball menu and a teen who has set her sights on culinary school.
Word broke last week that Ole Miss had received an NCAA notice of allegations and could be charged for possible rule violations in football, women’s basketball and track. Daily Journal Ole Miss beat reporter Parrish Alford (7:07) joins Derek and Brad to give more information on the NCAA investigation and explain what it all really means. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:49) talks about the possibility of the Legislature making all school district superintendent positions appointed and not elected offices, and Daily Journal chief photographer Thomas Wells (25:55) explains his photo essay on the former New Albany country club. Meanwhile, Brad (31:20) breaks down some of last week’s wackiest crime reports.
Today’s episode is dedicated to the memory of Jack Reed Sr., Tupelo’s pre-eminent civic leader, who died on Wednesday at age 91. We are joined by many of those who knew him best — Lewis Whitfield (5:40), Billy Crews (15:01), Richard Boyd (30:14), Nettie Davis (39:13) and Joe Rutherford (49:14) — to share their memories, tell his story and explain his legacy. The former gubernatorial candidate left his mark on so many areas in Tupelo and in Mississippi and leaves a particularly strong legacy in public education, race relations and economic development. He also played a large role in transforming Tupelo from a pleasant county-seat town into a thriving city and regional hub. To better understand Tupelo’s story, one must know the story of Jack Reed Sr.
Cafe 212 co-owner Jason Hayden (3:57) drops by the show to talk with Brad and Emma Kent about the restaurant’s 10th anniversary, Main Street construction, the Mustache Bash and more. Also on today’s show, the Daily Journal’s Joe Rutherford (23:21) gives details about the Lee County Library’s 75th anniversary, and food editor Ginna Parsons (31:16) discusses this week’s food section — New Orleans food, spaghetti carbonara and asparagus gratin.
This year’s annual Link Centre Artist Residency program began today and lasts for the next three weeks. It will bring four spoken word artists to town to work with students and other community groups and give public performances. Shawn Brevard (10:09) joins Derek and Brad to share more about the program. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (25:45) discusses possible changes to the state education funding formula, and Brad (34:35) highlights the strangest crime reports from last week.
Will it snow on Friday? Daily Journal reporter Michaela Morris (12:09) has been closely following that question and joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to give the latest details. Also, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (6:00) has more details on the $40 million state budget cuts announced on Thursday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Zack Orsborn (21:10) joins the show to talk about the Friends of the Lee County Library’s flavorful fundraiser, and M. Scott Morris (24:09) reviews “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
The Salvation Army is nearing its $2.5-million fundraising goal to build a new homeless shelter in Tupelo with a larger capacity. The Daily Journal’s Riley Manning (4:44) has been covering that effort and joins Brad and guest host M. Scott Morris to discuss the push to build the new facility. Also on today’s show, Scott (8:56) profiles a Nettleton man who moves houses for a living, photographer Adam Robison (19:20) talks about his photo essay that goes behind-the-scenes at Scarlet’s Donuts, and Ginna Parsons (25:17) breaks down this week’s food section. Find out more about Greek yogurt and her buttermilk chicken recipe.
After Mississippians traveled in droves to other states to buy tickets for the recent Powerball drawing, some lawmakers have called for Mississippi to consider adding a state lottery. Others remain strongly opposed. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (10:08) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to discuss the debate and what may happen. Also on today’s show, Tupelo civil rights attorney Kenneth Mayfield (2:43) speaks of his remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how he was inspired by the civil rights leader and how far we’ve come as a society since King’s death. Business editor Dennis Seid (20:00) has details from the announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, and Brad (24:08) has the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
The Mississippi school superintendents association laid out its legislative priorities on Wednesday. Funding is still important, they said, but their emphasis is less on the funding formula and more on actions that can help student achievement. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (5:15) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent for more details. Also on today’s show, health reporter Michaela Morris (12:48) discusses the impact of President Obama’s pronouncement to place greater emphasis on cancer research, Emma (22:28) provides an update on the Lee County School District’s bond projects, M. Scott Morris (26:03) reviews “The Revenant,” and Brad (35:48) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Guest Kenneth Mayfield, Tupelo attorney and chairman of the Committee for King, visits with Brad and guest host Leslie Criss to discuss events taking place this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (3:21). Meanwhile, reporter Zack Orsborn (12:12) gives insight on the impact of Elvis-related tourism on Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (21:35) talks about the return of Blue Bell ice cream to Tupelo stores. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:01) highlights this week’s food section and discusses the new renovations at Kroger.