BOUQUETS TO MELISSA ROSS The host and producer of WJCT (89.9 FM)’s “First Coast Connect” sat in last week for Diane Rehm on the nationally syndicated NPR program, “The Diane Rehm Show,” which draws approximately 2.5 million listeners each week.


BOUQUETS TO DERRICK HENRY The Yulee High School grad took home the Heisman Trophy — given to the best player in college football — after a breakout season at the University of Alabama, in which he broke former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker’s Southeastern Conference rushing record and scored 23 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.


BRICKBATS TO FRED NEWBILL The pastor of First Timothy Baptist Church on Jacksonville’s Northside spoke in opposition to expanding the city’s HRO and joined a group of African-American pastors calling for a public referendum on the matter. A similar referendum, dubbed “the bathroom bill,” struck down an inclusive HRO in Houston, Texas last month.