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.
The Keep Tupelo Beautiful organization is involved with projects to restore three neighborhoods hit hard by the April 2014 tornado. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (2:10) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to give more details about those efforts. Also on today’s show, William Moore (7:55) describes a cost-saving technology being tested by the city of Tupelo, M. Scott Morris (13:12) reviews “Bridge of Spies,” and the hosts discuss what’s happening this weekend (23:27).
The College Board on Monday announced the selection of University of Kansas Provost Jeffrey Vitter as the preferred candidate to become the next chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (7:10) joins Brad and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss Vitter and the Ole Miss chancellor search. Castens also provides more details about Tuesday night’s vote by the Ole Miss student government association calling for the university to remove the Mississippi flag from its campus. Also on today’s show, photographer Lauren Wood (14:53) shares her experience with this week’s In Focus photo essay, and Chickasaw Journal reporter Floyd Ingram (20:31) tells us about the Houston High School team competing in the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Chris and Brad give the highlights of Ginna’s food section (27:08). Be careful, it’s Back to the Future Day!
Before Elvis could become the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, he had to learn to play the guitar. A new Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau exhibit honors the Rev. Frank Smith, the Tupelo man who taught him how. Daily Journal business reporter Dennis Seid (4:15) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to tell more about the exhibit. Other topics include memories of the late Elaine Hancock (2:20), the 10th-anniversary of Sanctuary Hospice House (9:06), legislative elections (21:24), crime reports (28:04) and the announcement of a preferred candidate for Ole Miss chancellor – Jeffrey Vitter (16:46). Guests include Daily Journal reporters Michaela Morris, Emma Crawford and Bobby Harrison.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi recently received a $500,000 donation from the founder of GoDaddy.com. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (2:36) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss the grant and how it will be used to make improvements on the organization’s clubhouses. Also on today’s show, Michaela Gibson Morris (8:32) discusses Bruce Ridgway’s behind-the-scenes work at North Mississippi Medical Center, M.Scott Morris (18:36) reviews “Pan,” and Derek (25:20) previews what is happening this weekend.
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).