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.
Daily Journal editor Rod Guajardo joins Derek and guest host Emma Kent to look back at the top stories in Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi for 2015. The Daily Journal’s annual year-in-review also was featured in Sunday’s newspaper.
Guest host Emma Kent joins Derek and talks about “Masterpiece Fridays,” a pilot program launched recently at Plantersville Middle (2:35). Students focus on different skills like carpentry, catering, gardening and landscaping in a program designed to help eighth-grade students learn life and career skills. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal religion reporter Riley Manning (6:21) details plans for Christmas services at Tupelo churches, as well as efforts to restore First Christian Church from the April 2014 tornado. Food editor Ginna Parsons (13:20) discusses this week’s food section, M. Scott Morris (21:33) reviews “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and Derek tells us about this week’s Scene section (28:50).
Tupelo rap duo Rae Sremmurd held its first Sremm Fest over the weekend, featuring a concert at the BancorpSouth Arena and barbecue at Ballard Park. Guest host Lauren Wood (3:15) photographed the concert on Saturday night and describes the energy inside the venue. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (9:15) tells Lauren and Derek about the Mississippi Economic Council’s plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges, religion reporter Riley Manning (16:17) discusses the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and the hosts look at highlights from last week’s crime reports (20:50).
Greg Pirkle, chairman of the Major Thoroughfare Program, joins Derek and Brad (3:22) to outline the latest plans for the program that uses a special tax levy to improve Tupelo’s major roads. The public will vote in May on whether to extend the program for its sixth phase, and Pirkle speaks about the projects that would be funded, as well as a new initiative to use some of the money for maintenance. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (19:52) tells us about the latest school state test scores, and Riley Manning (26:55) previews this weekend’s SremmFest featuring renowned local rap duo Rae Sremmurd. M. Scott Morris (31:01) also reviews the movie “Heart of the Sea.”
A planned commercial development could open up West Main Street across from Ballard Park to restaurants and other retail businesses. The City Council discussed the development at Tuesday’s meeting and approved a new traffic light near it. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (8:05) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the plans. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (15:12) discusses his Sunday story about how people are handling grief during the holidays, and Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (24:53) outlines efforts to develop next year’s state budget. Food editor Ginna Parsons (31:02) talks about this week’s food section — Symphony brownies and a barbecue restaurant in Fulton.