Poke Salad Podcast Show Notes:
Brittany Wagner — the athletic instructional adviser at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba — is one of the stars of Last Chance U. It premiered July 29 and takes viewers behind the scenes of the Lions’ championship football program at East Mississippi Community College.
Dak Prescott still has to show he can keep it up from game to game...but, man, what a debut he had!
Brian Dozier, a former USM star, hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career.
The Wizard of Ohr is a fundraiser for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Tickets are $90 each for museum members and $100 for nonmembers. They are available at www.georgeohr.org or by calling the museum at 228-374-5547.
It took developer Chet LeBlanc 11 years, but his nine-unit Front Street Inn condo development on North Beach Boulevard in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis is set to break ground this month.
James Polk, an architect in Hattiesburg, is building tiny houses.
Governor Phil Bryant has chosen a 45-year-old English professor and writer to become Mississippi's new poet laureate. Beth Ann Fennelly was selected from three finalists recommended by a committee.
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Sweetest Chefs of the South pastry chef showcase event, a fundraiser for Extra Table.
Cinemark Community Day is on August 20. Free family movies by Dreamworks begin at 9 AM - and discounted concessions too.Net proceeds will support WE.org in providing youth empowerment and service learning programs.
The Mississippi Blues Marathon is set for January 7, 2017.
America’s Best Beer recently ranked breweries in each state. Congratulations to Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Lucky Town Brewing Company and Southern Prohibition Brewing for being named the top three in Mississippi. And America's Best Beer wants to hear from you. Vote for the best Mississippi brewery by visiting americasbestbeer.com by Nov. 11 and voting for your favorites in each state.
Travel and Leisure recently came out with their Best Cities for Food - and, no surprise, New Orleans is #1! Charleston is #2.
Speaking of which, Emeril announced that he is opening ANOTHER restaurant in New Orleans, Meril, on September 24 in the Warehouse District.
Jazz in the Park returns to Louis Armstrong Park for its 10th fall season on Sept. 8. Music begins at 4 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m. each day.
Andrew Sullivan, a Coast guitar player also known as Six String Andrew, is taking the South by storm. And he’s only 10 years old.
When Mississippi’s open container law came into effect, many businesses said it would be good for business. And one month later, they're still saying it.
The 20th annual Cruisin' The Coast is set for Oct. 2-9 and the entertainment lineup was announced last week.
Jackson attorney David Pharr and Jackson cardiologist Clay Hays have worked for years to bring a five-mile, multi-use trail in Jackson to life. And it's almost here!
The University of Mississippi was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi college and universities last week at an awards luncheon that honored both government and private sector employers for their wellness efforts. (Shout out to my workplace, the Mississippi Hospital Association, who was also recognized!)
Mississippi State University is being recognized as a “2016 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education after receiving top ratings from employees on workforce practices and policies.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on the Coast was also recognized with the rating.
A Southern Christian Services facility in Jackson was damaged in a fire. The organization is known for helping children who have experienced abuse or abandonment. No one was hurt, but the non-profit is asking for donations to help replace some of the things lost in the fire. Donors can drop off food, gift cards, pantry items, paper products, cleaning supplies, and other items at the Southern Christian Services Headquarters at 860 E. River Place in Suite 104. We’ll post contact info on the website if you want to call or email for more info.
Scientists have found a rare dinosaur tooth in an area of northeast Mississippi.
The Class of 2016 was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame at the Jackson Convention Center on Saturday night.
Mississippi's Public Service Commission wants to create a cellphone application for consumers to report unwanted telemarketing calls.
Love a good cooking show competition? Grab a seat at the 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and watch one in real time.
Yuengling is now available in Louisiana. They had a launch party this week and hit Nola markets on Aug. 1.
Saints Coach Sean Payton made an appearance in the television series Ballers that aired Sunday night on HBO.
Online bidding in Graceland Auctions’ fifth auction of Elvis Presley artifacts opened in July, in advance of the on-site auction Aug. 13, at the Graceland Archives Studio.
Speaking of TV, this week, VH1 Classic was relaunched as MTV Classic.
Mark your calendars! Prince's family just announced a date for The Purple One's official tribute concert. It'll take place on Oct. 13 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently released their 2016 XTreme Eating Awards, an annual list of unhealthy food at American restaurants.
Speaking of extreme… Burger King offered their deep-fried food mashup, Mac n’ Cheetos. And now Taco Bell wants part of that action. They are now offering Cheetos Burritos.
Shawn reports back from New Orleans and Orange Beach (and gets ready to head to Tennessee and Arkansas). Kelly reports back from Tuscany. Tax-free weekend coming up (but I already got my new rose gold iPhone anyways).
Willie Seaberry, the owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County near Merigold, died of a heart attack on July 14.
The Ramcat Rhythm & Blues, Greenwood’s craft beer and homebrew event, is set for Aug. 6.
The next weekend is the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in Clarksdale Aug. 11-14.
The 39th annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival is set for September 17.
A catering service and a restaurant at the University of Mississippi are the only Certified Green restaurants in the state of Mississippi.
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a measure that would designate the home of civil rights leader Medgar Evers as a National Park Service unit.
Congratulations to Millsaps College in Jackson. They - and the city of Jackson - were named one of the South’s Best College Towns.
On Aug. 6, New Stage Theatre is holding open auditions for their 2016-2017 season for those 18 and older. The registration deadline is Aug. 4. To make an appointment for an audition, call 601.948.3533 ext 1.
On July 30, the Amory Humane Society is hosting a 60s-themed fundraiser, Cruisin’ Amory. Local artist Kathy Parker has designed some groovy posters and tshirts for the event. Both are available for purchase at Piggly Wiggly and Star Printing. All the proceeds go to the Amory Humane Society.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail now seamlessly connects downtown Tupelo to the Birthplace. You can ride or walk the 1.5 mile trail from downtown Tupelo to the Elvis Birthplace & Museum.
Casino revenue continued to grow statewide in Mississippi in June.
Walmart has started new curbside grocery pickup on the Coast. And, Anita Lee, a Sun Herald reporter, tested the service for their readers.
The Raiders Guys are having a hometown screening of the documentary and a Q&A with Zala on Aug. 26 at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.
Best of Mississippi Awards from Mississippi magazine
News from the South
This year may be only half over, but 2016 is already on track to be the hottest year ever on record, with each of the first six months, from January to June, setting new temperature records.
Next summer, a Twin Peaks revival is set for Showtime. 18 episodes. All directed by David Lynch.
Have you ever wondered why you enjoy pop while your friends like rock, or why people you work with are obsessed with heavy metal and you can't stand it? A new study has found it may be a result of your upbringing.
There’s been a lot of depressing news lately - and folks keep saying the world is getting worse. But Ray Kurzweill, the author, inventor, computer scientist, futurist and Google employee, says the world is NOT getting worse - our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better.
I spent the weekend binge listening to More Perfect - one whole episode was on the death penalty and the lethal injection drugs they use (and why) - and then one of the headlines this weekend is about two Mississippi death row inmates filing fresh challenges to the state’s lethal injection procedures with the Mississippi Supreme Court.
The 127th Neshoba County Fair runs July 22-29, with traditional stump speaking by state politicians on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28.
It has been hundreds of years since Jefferson Davis walked the grounds of the Beauvoir. Or has it?
Two days after Ole Miss announced it will have a school-record six representatives competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, another Rebel has qualified. Khadijah Suleman, who completed her eligibility and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss this year, has been named to the 4×100-meter relay pool for the Nigerian national team.
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs is hosting a new exhibit “Out of the Vault: Masterworks from the Collection.”
Dr. Don Vaughan, a speech and theatre instructor at East Mississippi Community College, is reviving the time-honored radio serial drama - and teaching his students at the time.
This year's Tougaloo Arts Colony begins on July 17 and includes oil painting, comics, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. The event culminates with an art show. It runs through July 22.
MSU announced its 2016-17 Lyceum Series lineup.
Congratulations to longtime MSU faculty member and former head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, Brent Funderburk. He is receiving national recognition. Seven artworks from his “Flying World” and New Solar Myths” watercolor painting series appear in the August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.
Smith County Watermelons are famous statewide for being the best and the sweetest. If you want to go see for yourself, the Mize Watermelon Festival is this weekend in downtown Mize.
There’s a Slugburger Trail that goes through Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. They’ve marked 20 locations and they are asking readers to add more!
Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, on Nov. 4 in Champions Square. And the 12th annual Carnivale du Vin charity wine auction and gala dinner will follow on Nov. 5. Tickets for the events go on sale Aug. 1. More than 60 chefs will be creating dishes from boudin during the event. or more details, visit www.BoudinBourbonandBeer.com and CarnivaleDuVin.com.
Birmingham's OvenBird restaurant will be featured on the 2016 season premiere of the Cooking Channel's "Man Fire Food.”
The annual Southern Festival of Books will return to Nashville Oct. 14-16. For a full list of authors participating in the 2016 Southern Festival of Books, visit humanitiestennessee.org.
New Jersey’s Oldest Frank Lloyd Wright House Is on the Market. You can own it for $2.2 million. In addition to the main house, the property is also home to a separate artist studio and a two-car garage. Earlier this year, the last house Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed went up for sale at a slightly steeper price of $3.6 million.
What if - instead of being a hellhole filled with trolls and bad news - the internet offered “the definitive place of gathering 4 all who love life, love God, lovesexy … a new collective mindstate of unity, love and truth so great every human will want 2 join?”
ABC is creating free, digital-only shows it wants you to watch on your phone.
Congratulations to Gulfport native and long jumper Brittney Reese. Not only did she qualify for the Olympics, but it was the longest jump in the world this year.
Congratulations to The Biscuit Pit in Grenada. It’s housed in a BP gas station and was named to Southern Living’s Best Gas Station Restaurants in the South list.
The Tupelo BBQ Duel ranked in the Top 4 Best BBQ Festivals by USA Today. The nominees were selected by an “expert panel” and then voted into winner spots by the public.
A pair of the state's best-known barbecuers will go head to head in a cutthroat TV cook-off to win the Mississippi Queen of Barbecue crown on Smoked.
The home opener at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is on Sept. 10 - and the stadium will be showing off its latest renovations.
No junior college football program in Mississippi earns and receives more attention than East Mississippi Community College. Now Netflix has with a six-part documentary series titled, Last Chance U.
Congratulations to Mississippian William Tyler. He was named to Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know list recently. They obviously liked his new album as much as I did! My favorite part? Their description of his sound: “Ry Cooder playing Kraftwerk”
LeAnn Rimes, will come home to Mississippi when she performs at the MSU Riley Center on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a pre-show party with free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 and $59 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.
Adele revealed her breakup playlist recently - and, unlike the rest of the world, it’s not all Adele songs! I so agreed with her top pick, which I have played on repeat a few times in my life, Bonnie Raitt’s “Can’t Make You Love Me.” And her last pick, Etta James’ “All I Could Do Is Cry.”
Adnan Syed, who was the focus of the Serial podcast and was sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, got the chance of a new trial last week.
Jessica Williams - one of the Two Dope Queens in same-named podcast - is getting her own TV show. She was also on The Daily Show for four years where she was the youngest and first black female correspondent for Comedy Central. She will headline her own half-hour scripted series for the network, as well as pursue other solo projects.
Close your eyes and imagine Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Brown sit before you … both perched in separate dunk tanks. It’s your turn to throw. Who do you choose?
If you follow just one rule in dating, make it the 37% Rule.
And, you know, it’s hard to get married these days without a successful first date, so we have found you the science behind that too.
Film and music festival On Location: Memphis will again partner with Hard Rock Cafe as part of the second annual On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival. Every Tuesday in July, On Location: Memphis will screen local and international short films at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Congratulations to Chick-fil-A. The Georgia-based chain is the highest ranking fast food restaurant in the country for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report 2016 released this week.
According to a recent study conducted by Oxford Economics, what millennials want in the workplace is exactly what other employees want, only more so: less noise in the workplace.
Outback Steakhouse has a new Loaded Onion Bloom Appetizer out this week!
According to the website Credit Donkey, these Mississippi cities are the happiest.
Bello Nock, who is known simply as Bello or the "world's greatest daredevil," is now spending most of the summer in Biloxi. He is a member of DreamCast Entertainment's production of BraVeau.
The City of Biloxi will soon officially unveil plans to allow to-go cups, joining Oceans Springs, Long Beach and Gulfport.
Jourdan Nicaud, owner of Bacchus on the Beach in Pass Christian and Bacchus in Biloxi, said his newest venture will be in what used to be the Firefly Tavern. It will be Ocean Springs' first chef's table restaurant. It will be called Soigne by Bacchus and is slated to open July 11.
In June, hot air balloons will once again fly over the City of Greenwood as a couple of entrepreneurs bring back a popular event.
On Sundays in June in Oxford, there will be a Summer Sunset Series in the Grove. The fun starts at 6 p.m. every Sunday with live music.
Estately, an online blog, was digging into the most common questions each state asks Google. And Mississippi had a wealth of curiosity.
New Orleans can add fried chicken to the ever-growing number of fairs and festivals dedicated to foods we love.
Cooper Manning and John Besh will re-open the Pontchartrain Hotel this Friday on St. Charles Avenue.
Next Mardi Gras, Bacchus will salute the Saints' 50th season for its 2017 parade theme. The Saints officially turn 50 on Nov. 1, 2016.
Joel McNeese wrote about visiting Preservation Hall - and he mentioned Sonic Highways, which is an HBO series that I had heard of but I had no idea that it was produced by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. They even held an impromptu concert in the Hall with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joining in.
Is your child a culinary prodigy who has what it takes to be the next Master Chef? If so, pack up your junior chef and get to New Orleans on June 25 for an open casting call for contestants on the new season of FOX's Master Chef Junior with Gordon Ramsay.
The median size of a new single-family house was 2,467 square feet last year, the biggest on record, according to Census Bureau data.
The gender pay gap seems to start at a young age. A recent survey found that when it comes to pocket money, girls in the UK receive 12 percent less than their male peers.
Black women are now the most educated group in US, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Today, 15% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data.
According to Google’s annual Food Trends Report , turmeric is in and quinoa is out. It’s also time to throw out all your rainbow bagels, kale chips, and buffalo chicken fries, and make some room in your fridge for uncured bacon, cauliflower rice, funfetti, bitter melon, and jackfruit.
Speaking of food trends, did you know that one of the most lucrative endorsements ever signed by any sportsman was not for some shoe, line of clothing, or athletic gear - but for a cooking item - The George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine?
Women spend, on average, six months of their working lives deciding their daily outfits, according to a new study.