The severe drought in Northeast Mississippi is causing serious problems for many homes. Much of the area sits on clay soil, which shrinks in dry weather. That can cause foundations to shift and houses to crack.
In Tupelo, the greatest risk is on the west side of town, and the threat is even greater if you have a lot of trees and bushes planted near your home. So what can you do to protect your house?
Daily Journal home and garden editor Ginna Parsons (6:58) joins Derek and Brad on today’s podcast to discuss the problem and how big of a hazard it poses. She also has advice from experts on preventative steps you can take.
Also on today’s episode, education reporter Emma Kent (13:22) looks at efforts by area school districts to improve attendance. School attendance is important throughout the year, but it is particularly important in October and November. The state uses attendance figures during those two months to determine how much funding various districts receive.
Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (23:09) talks about what state lawmakers may do on taxes. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves want to move the state toward taxing consumption and away from taxing income. The question is how far they will go during the upcoming Legislative session that begins in January.