Throughout his life, Itawamba County native Willie “Butch” Steele has been quick to help others, including trips throughout the country to serve after various natural disasters. After Steele was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer, he was on the receiving end, as Internet friends from across the United States recently traveled to his home to help him finish cutting wood for his sawmill customers. Daily Journal reporter M. Scott Morris (4:51) chronicled Steele’s story in Sunday’s paper and joins Brad and guest host Chris Kieffer to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (10:34) discusses lagging state revenue collections, Zack Orsborn (22:46) tells about new iPad kiosks at local hotels, and Brad (27:11) breaks down this week’s crime reports.
Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently returned from a trip to London to promote Tupelo as a destination of European travel operators. He joins Derek and Brad (3:27) to discuss the trip and the importance of Elvis tourism to Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Ray Van Dusen (18:01) discusses an Aberdeen auctioneer whose collection includes the dress Whitney Houston wore in “The Bodyguard.” William Moore (21:22) talks about the future of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, M. Scott Morris (29:02) reviews “Spectre,” and Brad and Chris Kieffer (35:50) talk about what is happening this weekend.
Happy Veterans Day! M. Scott Morris (4:45) joins Derek and guest host Lauren Wood to tell stories of veterans, including two whom he featured in today’s paper. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal food editor Ginna Parsons (13:34) discusses the food section – food trucks, green beans, salmon and more.
With election night 2015 in the books, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:43) joins hosts Derek and Brad to discuss who might be the contenders for the Mississippi governor’s race in four years. Also on today’s show, Thomas Wells (3:20) talks about his photo essay on Tupelo’s neon signs, Zack Orsborn (11:24) discusses Buddy Palmer’s stint as acting mayor, and Brad (23:04) gives the latest on last week’s crime reports. Plus, learn more about Brad’s former jobs.
New Albany is in the running for a grant that would allow it to host a series of music festivals. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (4:55) joins hosts Derek and Brad to give more details. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Jackson Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (8:48) discusses the new makeup of Mississippi’s House of Representatives after Tuesday’s elections and the Republicans’ attempt to gain a super majority. M. Scott Morris (16:40) reviews “Our Brand is Crisis,” and Derek (22:04) previews this weekend’s entertainment scene. And don’t forget the surprise at the end of the show.
It is the day after Mississippi’s general election, and Daily Journal editor Rod Guajardo (8:39) joins Derek and Brad to summarize Tuesday night’s results. Also on today’s show, William Moore (16:35) talks about new roads in a neighborhood recently annexed by Tupelo, and Ginna Parsons (20:43) discusses this week’s food section.
As election day looms, the Daily Journal staff breaks down Tuesday’s races (10:05) to give voters insight and perspective before they head to the polls. Joining Derek and Brad are Bobby Harrison, William Moore and Michaela Morris to discuss an extensive list of races, including governor, attorney general, Initiative 42, Lee County coroner, Lee County supervisor, district attorney and more. As he does each Monday, Brad (34:05) also highlights last week’s crime reports. For more about this year’s elections, visit DJournal.com/2015election.
Mississippi’s fourth-grade students led the nation in gains made on the 2015 Nation’s Report Card, which was released on Wednesday. Despite those improvements, Mississippi still has a long way to go to reach the national average. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Crawford (2:59) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss the latest results and what they mean. Also on today’s show, Adam Robison (11:30) talks about his photo essay on the Buffalo Park pumpkin patch, M. Scott Morris (15:03) reviews “Steve Jobs,” and Derek (24:40) tells us what is happening in town this Halloween weekend.
The Houston Solar Car high school team recently celebrated a victory at the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Chickasaw Journal reporter Floyd Ingram (3:04) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the team’s remarkable accomplishment. Also on today’s show, William Moore (10:01) discusses the impact of the recent rain storms, Zack Orsborn (13:52) shares news of a Lee County Library grant to spur creative programs, and Ginna Parsons (16:00) tells us about this week’s food section.
University of Mississippi officials removed the controversial state flag from the school’s campus on Monday morning. Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (10:07) joins Derek and Brad to provide context on that decision. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison and Emma Crawford (16:07) discuss the issues surrounding Initiative 42 (which concerns school funding), Riley Manning (25:21) talks about the efforts of a Southaven church to revitalize an Assembly of God church in East Tupelo, and Brad (28:38) breaks down this week’s crime reports.