Storytelling night will return to the Link Centre later this month after nearly a year’s hiatus. Event co-organizers JB Clark and Russ Polsgrove (7:58) join Brad and Derek today to discuss the series and the impact it has had.
The event was launched to give Tupelo an outlet where people can gather every couple of months to tell their personal stories in a welcoming environment. JB and Russ talk about the powerful emotions they’ve seen and why it is important for the community to have such an open mic forum. They also preview the Aug. 19 event and explain its theme – “White Hot Heat.”
Also on today’s show, local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (22:40) talks about a plan unveiled by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton on Tuesday to try to rebuild community trust and increase engagement. Shelton called for six different committees to study concerns that have been raised in the wake of the shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert by a Tupelo Police officer.
Law enforcement reporter William Moore (33:21) talks about a new Citizens Police Academy that starts in September. Many citizens have questioned how the Tupelo Police Department operates in the wake of the Shumpert shooting. The academy, which had already been planned, will give attendees an up-close look inside the department.
Food editor Ginna Parsons (37:21) breaks down this week’s food section, including lemon chicken pasta salad; mascarpone pasta with chicken, bacon and spinach and a cook of the week who enjoys making party foods.