Three Tupelo tourism officials will travel to England next month to sell Elvis’s Birthplace to fans of The King of Rock and Roll. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (5:21) joins Brad and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss their trip and the attempt to bring more tourists to the All-America City. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (9:45) details the latest Tupelo School construction project to proceed from April’s bond vote, Dennis Seid (14:55) speaks of a resurgence in the furniture industry and Ginna Parsons (23:00) highlights this week’s Food section, including Friday’s Chili Fest event.
Daily Journal lifestyles editor Leslie Criss (7:42) joins Derek and Brad to discuss a column she wrote Sunday about a recent visit to former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in Georgia. Criss also gives details about Thursday’s “Ladies Who Lunch” event (15:12) at the Link Centre. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (17:39) tells the impact of September’s surprising drop in state tax collections, and Brad (23:35) breaks down last week’s crime reports. Hey, it’s the 90s!
Today, Ellie Turner and Lauren Wood of Mud and Magnolias magazine join Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer (10:04) to discuss their latest issue. The magazine is a sister publication to the Daily Journal, and its October/November issue, released Saturday, focuses on the great outdoors. Also on today’s show, Dennis Seid (1:27) provides information about the new Vanelli’s restaurant, M. Scott Morris (21:42) reviews “The Martian,” and Derek (31:40) talks about this weekend’s entertainment scene.
Derek and Brad hit the road and recorded today’s podcast on location at the BancorpSouth Arena, site of the “Imagine the Possibilities” career expo. Nearly 3,000 Northeast Mississippi eighth-grade students attended the event over two days, where they visited interactive activities from 18 different career pathways. Joining the hosts to talk more about this year’s inaugural event were CREATE’s Mike Clayborne (2:21), the Daily Journal’s Emma Crawford (16:45) and Larry Anderson (22:40), who helped plan the expo. Also, Paige Roberts and Karen Sock (10:55), who coordinate a similar event on the Gulf Coast, gave their insight.
The Daily Journal’s Bobby Harrison reported on Sunday that state funds going into the Medicaid program have steadily grown through the years and will top $1 billion for the first time either this year or next. However, there are signs that growth is beginning to slow. He joins Derek and Brad (7:36) to talk about Mississippi’s Medicaid program. Also on today’s show, Derek and Brad discuss a weekend of college football (1:55), Emma Crawford (12:55) talks about the expansion of a summer reading program and Brad breaks down the crime reports (17:08).
Daily Journal editorial page editor Joe Rutherford (8:05) tells Derek and Brad about the history of Tupelo’s water supply, an issue that once posed a serious threat to the city’s development. The actions of leaders during the 1980s led to today’s ample supply. Also, Derek and Brad discuss the announcement that Strange Brew Coffeehouse (1:23) is opening a location in Tupelo, M. Scott Morris (15:28) reviews the movie “Everest” and Derek (21:23) previews the weekend entertainment scene.
Dickie Scruggs, the former trial lawyer who served a prison sentence on federal bribery charges, is now championing education for the state’s half-a-million adults without a high school diploma. Daily Journal reporter Riley Manning joins hosts Brad and Derek to discuss Scruggs’ new venture aimed at helping adults complete GED programs. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (6:48) previews next week’s middle school career expo, Dennis Seid talks about both Oktoberfest (10:48) and new credit card chips (13:43) and Ginna Parsons (20:18) details this week’s food section. Happy National Podcasting Day!
Tupelo’s Veterans Park has a new memorial, a Vietnam-era fighter bomber that was delivered to the park on Sunday. William Moore, who wrote about the F-105 Thunderchief, and Lauren Wood, who photographed its transit from the lot where it was being restored, join Derek and Brad (12:54) to talk about the plane. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (7:20) discusses next year’s state budget, Adam Robison (19:56) describes the restoration of the Lee County Courthouse clock, the hosts breakdown a weekend of college football (1:15) and Brad (27:50) details the latest crime reports.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s Outreach Task Force was recently created both to promote race relations and neighborhood pride. The group holds its first three community events this weekend, and the Daily Journal’s Zack Orsborn joins Derek and Brad to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (5:11) tells about a new Tupelo School District app that provides information on school meals, M. Scott Morris (8:23) reviews “Black Mass,” and Derek (14:25) gives an update on the weekend entertainment scene.
Pope Francis is making his first U.S. visit this week, and a group of Northeast Mississippi residents are among those traveling to see him. Daily Journal religion reporter Riley Manning joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to tell more about the visit. Also, Zack Orsborn discusses the rise of vinyl record stores in Northeast Mississippi (6:50), Michaela Morris (12:42) tells us about the latest report placing Mississippi as the third most obese state in the nation, and Ginna Parsons (19:19) talks about this week’s food section.