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.
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 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!