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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dickie Scruggs, the former trial lawyer who served a prison sentence on federal bribery charges, is now championing education for the state’s half-a-million adults without a high school diploma. Daily Journal reporter Riley Manning joins hosts Brad and Derek to discuss Scruggs’ new venture aimed at helping adults complete GED programs. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (6:48) previews next week’s middle school career expo, Dennis Seid talks about both Oktoberfest (10:48) and new credit card chips (13:43) and Ginna Parsons (20:18) details this week’s food section. Happy National Podcasting Day!
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s Outreach Task Force was recently created both to promote race relations and neighborhood pride. The group holds its first three community events this weekend, and the Daily Journal’s Zack Orsborn joins Derek and Brad to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (5:11) tells about a new Tupelo School District app that provides information on school meals, M. Scott Morris (8:23) reviews “Black Mass,” and Derek (14:25) gives an update on the weekend entertainment scene.
Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn spoke Tuesday to Delta State University students and a former faculty member with Northeast Mississippi ties about Monday’s incident in which a DSU professor was shot and killed on campus. Zack joins hosts Brad and Derek to discuss what he learned. Also on today’s show, the Daily Journal’s Emma Crawford (6:10) speaks about Monday’s ceremony at Mississippi State University honoring former Congressman Alan Nunnelee, and food editor Ginna Parsons (10:35) discusses this week’s food section.
Brad is back, and he and Derek discuss Tupelo’s efforts to attract more minority-owned businesses, a television adaptation of a crime that rocked Northeast Mississippi and the Tupelo School District’s latest effort to engage more parents. Joining them are Daily Journal reporters Zack Orsborn and Emma Crawford. Also, food editor Ginna Parsons stops by to discuss this week’s food section and the art of cooking from scratch.