On today’s show, Brad celebrates his 40th birthday and is greeted by a surprise guest caller. Also on the show, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (11:56) discusses Tupelo’s possible new air service, and home and garden/ food editor Ginna Parsons (21:19) talks about the Mill Village open house, as well as today’s food section.
Mississippi’s governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house are each expected to push for tax cuts during the 2016 legislative session. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (12:20) wrote about that in Sunday’s Daily Journal and joins Derek and Brad to provide context on their proposals. Also on today’s show, business editor Dennis Seid (21:52) discusses the year’s first holiday shopping weekend, Derek (30:08) talks about the new “Goodnight Tupelo” book, and Brad (33:39) breaks down last week’s crime reports.
Brad and guest host Lauren Wood look ahead to Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday. Topics include ways you can volunteer (6:10) and ideas for last-minute sides and for getting the most mileage from turkey leftovers (thanks to Ginna Parsons’ food section, 28:50). Zack Orsborn (11:45) has details on Black Friday, Riley Manning (7:45) talks about the Food for Families drive, and M Scott Morris (23:04) breaks down “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.” Adam Robison (16:30) also joins the show to talk about his photo essay on the Tupelo Automobile Museum. Note, there will not be a new episode on Thanksgiving Day.
Tupelo’s Mary Ann Plasencia won the Judge’s Choice Award at Sunday night’s Cooking Like the Stars event and joins Derek and Brad to talk about the annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi (19:48). Also on today’s show, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (11:21) discusses new national statistics that show obesity rates continue to rise except for kids ages 2 to 5. Meanwhile, Derek and Brad talk about last week’s crime reports (28:59) and look ahead to Thanksgiving. Cooking, obesity and Thanksgiving, oh my!
Following an amendment to its “zero tolerance” discipline policy in October, the Tupelo Public School District created a task force to evaluate the district’s discipline polices. The goal is to get community input on possible tweaks. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Crawford Kent (6:21) joins Brad and Derek for more information. Also on today’s show, Lauren Wood (12:39) speaks about her photo essay on a sous chef, M. Scott Morris (15:39) reviews “The 33,” and Derek (19:57) talks about weekend entertainment. Meanwhile, the staff prepares for the Daily Journal’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
Making it big as a hip-hop artist isn’t easy in the rural stretch between the more music-centric cities of Memphis and Atlanta, but hip-hop is on the rise in Tupelo. The Daily Journal’s Riley Manning (2:40) attended a hip-hop showcase last weekend and joins Derek and Brad to discuss it. Also on today’s show, Lauren Wood and Ellie Turner (8:38) talk about last Sunday’s Bridal Journal Expo, and Ginna Parsons (14:11) gives insight on today’s food section. Plus, Derek and Brad seek their own hip-hop DJ names.
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.