BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center executive director Todd Hunt (6:50) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the “I Love the 90s” concert that will be held at the arena on Saturday. Hunt also talks about upcoming events, including the Florida Georgia Line concert, Blue Suede Cruise and Elvis Festival. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (20:56) has the details on the new Pontotoc Middle School student farmer’s market, and M. Scott Morris (28:46) reviews “The Boss.” Also, Derek (35:39) discusses a busy slate of weekend events, including Color Vibe, Noleput, Tupelo Film Festival and Burgers & Bluegrass.
The Tupelo City Council demanded the owner of the former Thomas Kincannon-Elkin drugstore building make structural improvements to the facility, saying loose bricks could pose a hazard. Meanwhile, its owner cites an opinion of a structural engineer stating the building is sound. Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (6:45) joins Derek and guest host Lauren Wood to talk about the controversy over the structure, which most recently was home to the Atlanta Bar and Grill. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (11:20) talks about the Special Olympics, M. Scott Morris (19:59) reviews “I Saw the Light,” and Derek (23:29) discusses what is happening this weekend. Derek and Lauren also talk about their roles in this weekend’s performances of “The Peacemakers” by Baldwyn Main Street Players.
The Mississippi House amended two bills by overwhelming vote to enact a statewide lottery. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (7:22) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the surprise move and its chances of also getting through the Senate. Also on today’s show, Corinth Today’s Josh Mitchell (14:06) discusses the controversy over the upkeep of the Jacinto grounds in Alcorn County, and Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (23:27) shares details on an award-winning collision repair program at Tupelo High. Food editor Ginna Parsons (26:51) has the highlights of this week’s food section — Bankhead Bicycle Club, Chicken Lazone and coconut cake.
The Mississippi House voted on Good Friday to allow executions to be carried out by firing squad if the drugs needed for lethal injections could not be obtained. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (8:15) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the bill, as well as about recent squabbles in the House that include the speed of a computerized reading of legislation. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (18:05) discusses a bill headed to the governor that would make all school district superintendents appointed positions rather than elected ones. Thomas Wells (25:36) provides background on his photo essay on Saturday’s Ballard Park Easter egg hunt, and Brad (30:33) has wacky crime reports from last week — including more on the Mooreville woods.
Testing and funding pressures are carving a new role for arts education in Mississippi schools. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (7:25) explored those changes in a three-day series and joins the show to share more details from her reporting. Also on today’s show, Emma talks to Bobby Harrison (16:33) about modifications the Legislature might make to the formula that funds schools, and Brad (27:06) discusses the wackiest crime reports from last week. Brad (1:45) also has the details from Saturday’s Mustache Bash, at which he won the “Creeper” award.
Precinct data from Trent Kelly’s primary election win last week could foretell a struggle for dominance in the 1st Congressional District between Lee and DeSoto counties. Daily Journal government reporter Caleb Bedillion (9:05) joins Brad and Derek to talk about the two emerging poles in the district — Tupelo and Southaven. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (17:02) discusses how superintendents make decisions on whether to dismiss students when severe weather threatens, and photographer Adam Robison (23:30) describes his photo essay on a man who creates restoration light fixtures at J. Britt Lighting and Interiors. Food editor Ginna Parsons (27:26) breaks down this week’s food section — a pilgrimage luncheon, paninis and vegan cooking. And Brad has an idea for a new museum.
The Daily Journal’s Rod Guajardo and Bobby Harrison (7:28) are joined by James Hull and Ed Holliday of the Journal’s Point-Counterpoint column to break down the results of Tuesday night’s Mississippi Presidential Primary election. Also on today’s show, reporter Caleb Bedillion (25:01) joins hosts Derek and Brad to talk about efforts to improve ambulance service to rural areas of Lee County, and reporter Emma Kent (41:31) has information about the new Tupelo band director and about a program that will send two local teachers to explore the atmosphere near outer space. Plus, food editor Ginna Parsons (33:37) discusses this week’s food section — turkey burgers, cake icing, upside down pizza and the Neon Pig’s chefs expo.
Education leaders from Northeast Mississippi met on Wednesday during the CREATE Foundation’s annual Dropout Prevention Summit to discuss ways to help more students finish school. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (4:55) joins Brad and guest co-host Scott Morris to discuss their plans and why the issue impacts all of us — not just those with children in school. Also on today’s show, reporter Zack Orsborn (14:00) describes a new Tupelo effort to provide water for residents of Flint, Michigan, while Ray Van Dusen (21:49) of The Monroe Journal has the latest on Amory native Trent Harmon’s run through “American Idol.” Meanwhile, Scott (26:45) reviews “Deadpool,” and Brad (35:07) has a rundown of what is happening this weekend.
Local school districts are looking at the risks that come with flying drones on school campuses and district property. The Lee County School Board voted to adopt a policy banning the use of drones, and Tupelo has discussed a similar one. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent joins Derek and guest co-host Leslie Criss to talk about drones and schools.
A lineup of ’90s era pop acts, including Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc and more will take the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena on April 16 as part of the “I Love the ’90s” tour. The Daily Journal’s Riley Manning (7:43) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to discuss the music of the ’90s and give information on the upcoming concert. Also on today’s show, Lauren Wood (23:54) talks about her photo essay on Tupelo’s Creative Cakes, and Brad (30:59) has the craziest stories from last week’s crime reports.