As Tupelo rebounded from the April 2014 tornado, it found a useful tool in neighborhood overlay districts. Councils of neighborhood residents had to approve construction or exterior renovations in those neighborhoods, helping to ensure the architectural style remained consistent. While Tupelo moves forward with neighborhood redevelopment efforts, those districts remain a tool but one that will be used sparingly. Daily Journal city government reporter Caleb Bedillion (6:44) wrote about the districts on Sunday and joins Derek and Brad to share more. Also on today’s show, Corinth Today’s Josh Mitchell (10:53) gives the latest on Friday night’s standoff in Tishomingo County that left two dead, including Mississippi narcotics agent James Lee Tartt. Bobby Harrison (21:48) talks about efforts to provide state funds for Tupelo’s proposed Vietnam War Memorial for Veterans Park, and Brad (28:47) has last week’s wackiest crime reports.
Bills that would make state funds available for parents to send their children to private schools are pending in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (19:18) joins Derek and Brad to provide more information on the bills, their path to passage and what advocates and opponents are saying about them. We’re also joined by special guest Chris Traylor (8:00), president of the Lee County NAACP, who discusses what the organization has been doing lately. Traylor also talks about his role on a new citizen committee designed to create better relations between the community and law enforcement and shares some of his heroes of Black History Month. Plus, William Moore (27:46) joins the show to discuss the Robins Field sinkhole, and Ginna Parsons (32:29) breaks down this week’s food section — including a tilapia recipe. Oh yeah, we also talk about Brad’s life as a middle child.
Word broke last week that Ole Miss had received an NCAA notice of allegations and could be charged for possible rule violations in football, women’s basketball and track. Daily Journal Ole Miss beat reporter Parrish Alford (7:07) joins Derek and Brad to give more information on the NCAA investigation and explain what it all really means. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:49) talks about the possibility of the Legislature making all school district superintendent positions appointed and not elected offices, and Daily Journal chief photographer Thomas Wells (25:55) explains his photo essay on the former New Albany country club. Meanwhile, Brad (31:20) breaks down some of last week’s wackiest crime reports.
This year’s annual Link Centre Artist Residency program began today and lasts for the next three weeks. It will bring four spoken word artists to town to work with students and other community groups and give public performances. Shawn Brevard (10:09) joins Derek and Brad to share more about the program. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (25:45) discusses possible changes to the state education funding formula, and Brad (34:35) highlights the strangest crime reports from last week.
The Mississippi school superintendents association laid out its legislative priorities on Wednesday. Funding is still important, they said, but their emphasis is less on the funding formula and more on actions that can help student achievement. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (5:15) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent for more details. Also on today’s show, health reporter Michaela Morris (12:48) discusses the impact of President Obama’s pronouncement to place greater emphasis on cancer research, Emma (22:28) provides an update on the Lee County School District’s bond projects, M. Scott Morris (26:03) reviews “The Revenant,” and Brad (35:48) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Tupelo will host its first Comic Con on March 5, attracting science fiction and fantasy fans, along with cosplayers, comic book readers and gamers of all kinds. The Daily Journal’s M. Scott Morris (6:44) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (15:21) breaks down the upcoming week in the Mississippi Legislature, Lauren (24:31) discusses her photo essay on Tupelo’s Aquatic Center, and Brad (28:25) gives the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
The 2016 Mississippi Legislative session begins on Tuesday. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (4:35) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to preview the session and talk about what lawmakers may do this week and in the coming weeks. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (11:53) talks about what’s next in the battle for school funding, and chief photographer Thomas Wells (18:09) describes his photo essay on an abandoned rural former Northeast Mississippi school. Brad (25:37) also gives highlights from last week’s crime reports.