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Friday Media Roundable; 'Beyond King Tut'

Claire Heddles
Jacksonville Today

Our Friday Media Roundtable recapped the top stories of the week. Joining us were City Council member Randy DeFoor, Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal and our regular contributor Charles Griggs.

Among the topics:

Douglas Anderson

The investigation continues over who will be considered responsible for the issues at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene has come under fire after allegations of teacher misconduct.

The Duval County School Board is hiring a Fort Lauderdale law firm to examine the county's treatment of educator wrongdoing and potential claims emerging out of the scandal at Douglas Anderson.

Mayoral election

Candidates for Jacksonville mayor continue to scrap as they fight for every vote in a tight race.

In a WOKV forum earlier this week, Democrat Donna Deegan and Republican Daniel Davis said they needed to investigate the possibility of enrolling public safety workers in the Florida Retirement System, the statewide pension plan.

Shipyards West Park

New restaurants and more are planned at the waterfront Shipyards West Park development on Bay Street. The Downtown Investment Authority is looking at two proposed spots for a food hall and restaurant on Hogan’s Creek.

NFL Draft

This year was the first since 2018 that the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to stand by to make their first pick at the NFL Draft.

After last year's successful season, they entered the draft with the 24th pick and then moved down twice while on the clock to the 27th pick.

The Jags went with Oklahoma tackle Anton Harrison in the first round.

Beyond King Tut

We also spoke with Mark Lach, creative producer of "Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience." The exhibit will be coming into Jacksonville, in partnership with National Geographic, to celebrate the more than 100 years since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.