The man selected to fill a new community outreach position created by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is getting down to work.
Marcus Gary has been on the job as the city’s community outreach coordinator for a little over a week. The position was created in response to unrest and protests over the June shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert by a Tupelo Police officer. It is intended to serve as a point of contact between local communities and city leaders.
On today’s episode, local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (5:48) joins Derek and Brad to talk about Marcus Gary and the city’s vision for the new role. Gary is known locally as a member of the 1992 Tupelo High state championship football team. He noted that the city has strong concerns and that those concerns need to be heard.
Caleb also talks about another city post that was recently filled. K.C. Grist was named Tupelo’s neighborhood coordinator. In that position, she will work on a grassroots level with the city’s 20 neighborhood associations.
Also on today’s show, M. Scott Morris (15:51) reviews “Doctor Strange.” And Derek (25:37) has the highlights of the entertainment scene – a list that includes several plays, performances by Mac McAnally and Afroman, an arts showcase and more.