Guest host Emma Kent joins Derek and talks about “Masterpiece Fridays,” a pilot program launched recently at Plantersville Middle (2:35). Students focus on different skills like carpentry, catering, gardening and landscaping in a program designed to help eighth-grade students learn life and career skills. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal religion reporter Riley Manning (6:21) details plans for Christmas services at Tupelo churches, as well as efforts to restore First Christian Church from the April 2014 tornado. Food editor Ginna Parsons (13:20) discusses this week’s food section, M. Scott Morris (21:33) reviews “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and Derek tells us about this week’s Scene section (28:50).
Greg Pirkle, chairman of the Major Thoroughfare Program, joins Derek and Brad (3:22) to outline the latest plans for the program that uses a special tax levy to improve Tupelo’s major roads. The public will vote in May on whether to extend the program for its sixth phase, and Pirkle speaks about the projects that would be funded, as well as a new initiative to use some of the money for maintenance. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (19:52) tells us about the latest school state test scores, and Riley Manning (26:55) previews this weekend’s SremmFest featuring renowned local rap duo Rae Sremmurd. M. Scott Morris (31:01) also reviews the movie “Heart of the Sea.”
Tupelo School District Superintendent Gearl Loden and Executive Director of Operations Andy Cantrell (6:35) join Brad and guest host Emma Kent to provide an update on the projects that have flowed from the district’s April bond issue. Loden also spoke about TPSD Administrator of the Year Corlis Curry, as well as about Loden’s goals and visions for the district. Also on today’s show, Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (16:32) provides an update on a controversial Lafayette County/Oxford/Ole Miss program that uses confidential informants for drug cases. Emma (21:09) tells us about a new mentoring program in Tupelo, and food editor Ginna Parsons (26:05) discusses this week’s food section.
Lee County last week received designation as an Excel By 5 certified community, capping a three-year effort. Education reporter Emma Kent (8:04) joins Derek and Brad to describe the significance of this early childhood education recognition. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (14:45) talks about how the legislature might address the need to improve Mississippi’s roads and bridges, and Brad (21:35) breaks down last week’s crime reports.
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.