This year, the GumTree Arts Festival will be moved from its traditional Mother’s Day weekend slot. It now will be a week later in the year to coincide with the GumTree 10K on May 14. Daily Journal reporter Ginna Parsons (9:03) joins guest hosts Chris Kieffer and Rod Guajardo to discuss the change and what it means. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter William Moore (17:37) has the details on Tupelo’s new Bud & Burgers competition to be held in April, and M. Scott Morris (28:49) reviews the movie “Race.”
Tuesday was a key deadline day for bills in the Mississippi Legislature. Among those that did not make the cut was one that would have provided state funds for students to attend private schools and another that could have changed the state flag. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (4:23) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to talk more about those bills, what’s next for those issues and other news from Tuesday’s deadline. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal law enforcement reporter William Moore (12:56) discusses the start of another police academy session, and food editor Ginna Parsons (24:45) talks about this week’s food section — Key lime cake, rolls and a meatless, skillet dish.
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.
Workers continue to rebuild Tupelo’s St. Luke United Methodist Church, which was destroyed in the April 2014 tornado. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (5:40) wrote a story about those efforts in Thursday’s paper and joins Derek and Brad to speak more about them. Also on today’s show, William Moore (9:40) provides an update on Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s efforts to revamp the city’s committees, M. Scott Morris (15:47) highlights the best and worst movies of 2015, and Derek (25:50) talks about what is happening this weekend.
Tupelo city leaders are calling for the demolition of the former Travelodge/ Ramada hotel at the intersection of North Gloster Street and McCullough Boulevard. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (4:02) joins Derek and Brad to talk more about the fate of the property. Also on today’s show, M.Scott Morris (11:14) discusses a feature he wrote about Biggersville’s Jay Baxter, whose adventures include starting his own radio station, appearing in a commercial for the Grand Ole Opry, being friends with Carl Perkins and meeting Paul McCartney. Meanwhile, Ginna Parsons (22:51) talks about this week’s food section.
A planned commercial development could open up West Main Street across from Ballard Park to restaurants and other retail businesses. The City Council discussed the development at Tuesday’s meeting and approved a new traffic light near it. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (8:05) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the plans. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (15:12) discusses his Sunday story about how people are handling grief during the holidays, and Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (24:53) outlines efforts to develop next year’s state budget. Food editor Ginna Parsons (31:02) talks about this week’s food section — Symphony brownies and a barbecue restaurant in Fulton.
Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently returned from a trip to London to promote Tupelo as a destination of European travel operators. He joins Derek and Brad (3:27) to discuss the trip and the importance of Elvis tourism to Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Ray Van Dusen (18:01) discusses an Aberdeen auctioneer whose collection includes the dress Whitney Houston wore in “The Bodyguard.” William Moore (21:22) talks about the future of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, M. Scott Morris (29:02) reviews “Spectre,” and Brad and Chris Kieffer (35:50) talk about what is happening this weekend.
It is the day after Mississippi’s general election, and Daily Journal editor Rod Guajardo (8:39) joins Derek and Brad to summarize Tuesday night’s results. Also on today’s show, William Moore (16:35) talks about new roads in a neighborhood recently annexed by Tupelo, and Ginna Parsons (20:43) discusses this week’s food section.
As election day looms, the Daily Journal staff breaks down Tuesday’s races (10:05) to give voters insight and perspective before they head to the polls. Joining Derek and Brad are Bobby Harrison, William Moore and Michaela Morris to discuss an extensive list of races, including governor, attorney general, Initiative 42, Lee County coroner, Lee County supervisor, district attorney and more. As he does each Monday, Brad (34:05) also highlights last week’s crime reports. For more about this year’s elections, visit DJournal.com/2015election.
The Houston Solar Car high school team recently celebrated a victory at the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Chickasaw Journal reporter Floyd Ingram (3:04) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the team’s remarkable accomplishment. Also on today’s show, William Moore (10:01) discusses the impact of the recent rain storms, Zack Orsborn (13:52) shares news of a Lee County Library grant to spur creative programs, and Ginna Parsons (16:00) tells us about this week’s food section.