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Friday Media Roundtable; Jeff Whipple 

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T.K. Waters for Sheriff campaign
Former Democratic sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson announces his endorsement Monday of T.K. Waters, left, at the Fraternal Order of Police union hall on Beach Boulevard.

Today’s Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories on the First Coast, including:

  • Ken Jefferson, a Democrat who ran and lost his primary race for Jacksonville sheriff, crossed party lines Monday and endorsed Republican candidate T.K. Waters. The endorsement came just two weeks before voters decide between Waters or Lakesha Burton as the city’s next top cop. Jefferson was one of four Democrats in the five-way primary in August.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has begun an investigation into a sergeant accused of posting racist messages on social media.
  • Time is running out for Jacksonville’s City Council to create new council maps, which advocates say will more fairly represent the city's sizable Black population. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales struck down the city's latest maps as racial gerrymandering.
  • Jacksonville recyclers could see an “oops” tag attached to their bins next year. It is a calling card as part of the city’s newest initiative to educate and engage residents on good recycling habits.
  • The Florida-Georgia game is this weekend, and RV city is already filling up. There are some concerns that the game might leave town after the current contract is up next year.

Guests:

Jeff Whipple

Artist Jeff Whipple is billed as the most accomplished artist in Jacksonville history. He and Touche Gallery owner Kevin Calloway joined us in the studio to discuss a new exhibit that spotlights his life and work, from his earliest art in the 1970s right up to today. The exhibit also coincides with the publication of Whipple’s new memoir “Drawn into Something.” It is about his art experiences from childhood through college. The memoir shows the passion of a young artist who strives to develop the highest art skills to express poetic and philosophical themes.

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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.