Cafe 212 co-owner Jason Hayden (3:57) drops by the show to talk with Brad and Emma Kent about the restaurant’s 10th anniversary, Main Street construction, the Mustache Bash and more. Also on today’s show, the Daily Journal’s Joe Rutherford (23:21) gives details about the Lee County Library’s 75th anniversary, and food editor Ginna Parsons (31:16) discusses this week’s food section — New Orleans food, spaghetti carbonara and asparagus gratin.
This year’s annual Link Centre Artist Residency program began today and lasts for the next three weeks. It will bring four spoken word artists to town to work with students and other community groups and give public performances. Shawn Brevard (10:09) joins Derek and Brad to share more about the program. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (25:45) discusses possible changes to the state education funding formula, and Brad (34:35) highlights the strangest crime reports from last week.
Will it snow on Friday? Daily Journal reporter Michaela Morris (12:09) has been closely following that question and joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to give the latest details. Also, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (6:00) has more details on the $40 million state budget cuts announced on Thursday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Zack Orsborn (21:10) joins the show to talk about the Friends of the Lee County Library’s flavorful fundraiser, and M. Scott Morris (24:09) reviews “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
After Mississippians traveled in droves to other states to buy tickets for the recent Powerball drawing, some lawmakers have called for Mississippi to consider adding a state lottery. Others remain strongly opposed. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (10:08) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to discuss the debate and what may happen. Also on today’s show, Tupelo civil rights attorney Kenneth Mayfield (2:43) speaks of his remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how he was inspired by the civil rights leader and how far we’ve come as a society since King’s death. Business editor Dennis Seid (20:00) has details from the announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, and Brad (24:08) has the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
The Mississippi school superintendents association laid out its legislative priorities on Wednesday. Funding is still important, they said, but their emphasis is less on the funding formula and more on actions that can help student achievement. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (5:15) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent for more details. Also on today’s show, health reporter Michaela Morris (12:48) discusses the impact of President Obama’s pronouncement to place greater emphasis on cancer research, Emma (22:28) provides an update on the Lee County School District’s bond projects, M. Scott Morris (26:03) reviews “The Revenant,” and Brad (35:48) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Guest Kenneth Mayfield, Tupelo attorney and chairman of the Committee for King, visits with Brad and guest host Leslie Criss to discuss events taking place this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (3:21). Meanwhile, reporter Zack Orsborn (12:12) gives insight on the impact of Elvis-related tourism on Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (21:35) talks about the return of Blue Bell ice cream to Tupelo stores. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:01) highlights this week’s food section and discusses the new renovations at Kroger.
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.