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.
Tupelo will host its first Comic Con on March 5, attracting science fiction and fantasy fans, along with cosplayers, comic book readers and gamers of all kinds. The Daily Journal’s M. Scott Morris (6:44) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:21) breaks down the upcoming week in the Mississippi Legislature, Lauren (24:31) discusses her photo essay on Tupelo’s Aquatic Center, and Brad (28:25) gives the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
Workers continue to rebuild Tupelo’s St. Luke United Methodist Church, which was destroyed in the April 2014 tornado. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (5:40) wrote a story about those efforts in Thursday’s paper and joins Derek and Brad to speak more about them. Also on today’s show, William Moore (9:40) provides an update on Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s efforts to revamp the city’s committees, M. Scott Morris (15:47) highlights the best and worst movies of 2015, and Derek (25:50) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Tupelo city leaders are calling for the demolition of the former Travelodge/ Ramada hotel at the intersection of North Gloster Street and McCullough Boulevard. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (4:02) joins Derek and Brad to talk more about the fate of the property. Also on today’s show, M.Scott Morris (11:14) discusses a feature he wrote about Biggersville’s Jay Baxter, whose adventures include starting his own radio station, appearing in a commercial for the Grand Ole Opry, being friends with Carl Perkins and meeting Paul McCartney. Meanwhile, Ginna Parsons (22:51) talks about this week’s food section.
The 2016 Mississippi Legislative session begins on Tuesday. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (4:35) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to preview the session and talk about what lawmakers may do this week and in the coming weeks. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (11:53) talks about what’s next in the battle for school funding, and chief photographer Thomas Wells (18:09) describes his photo essay on an abandoned rural former Northeast Mississippi school. Brad (25:37) also gives highlights from last week’s crime reports.
The fate of the Mississippi state flag, with its Confederate battle emblem, could dominate the upcoming 2016 legislative session. Or it may not. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (4:14) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the issue and what lawmakers might decide to do next year. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (11:20) talks about Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans traveling to bowl games, Joe Rutherford (17:40) remembers attending the 1970 Sugar Bowl, and Lauren Wood (30:13) tells of a local fireworks stand. Derek and Brad (34:04) also recount the best of 2015 in movies, TV and music. Happy New Year’s!
Shipley’s Donuts stores in Tupelo will become Scarlet’s Donuts in the near future as franchise owners David and Scarlet Wilson will venture on their own. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (2:16) joins Derek and guest host Emma Kent to talk about the name change and what it means for a long-time Tupelo favorite. Also on today’s show, Riley Manning (8:55) talks about the destruction he witnessed in Holly Springs from last week’s devastating tornado, Michaela Morris (16:28) discusses ways to help family members with addiction issues during the holiday season, and Ginna Parsons (24:13) shares ideas from this week’s food section.