It has been 75 years since the city of Tupelo purchased the former home of U.S. Rep. John Allen on the corner of Madison and Jefferson streets for $25,000 and turned it into the county’s first library. Decades of community support from educators and developers had finally led to a free, public circulating library.
Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (4:28) wrote about the Lee County Library’s history in Sunday’s paper. He joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to discuss how the facility came into being and the impact it has had on the community. He also will talk about Friday’s celebration of the library’s 75th birthday.
Also on today’s show, Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (9:55) talks about Mississippi’s July revenue report, which showed the state collected $11.5 million less than it did during July 2015. That 3.9 percent drop continues a string of bad news confronting legislators and Gov. Phil Bryant in regards to the state budget. Meanwhile, as the state begins to put together next year’s budget, House Speaker Philip Gunn named Gautier Republican John Read as the new House Appropriations chairman.
Daily Journal food editor Ginna Parsons (24:49) breaks down this week’s food section – “mountain-style” potatoes, tea cakes and more.