Shelby County’s greenline initiative

This week on Behind the Headlines (Dec. 21), we look at the Greenline initiative in Shelby County. Guests include Nancy Ream, president of Greater Memphis Greenline Inc.; Tina Sullivan, executive director of the Overton Park Conservancy; and Laura Adams, executive director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

State-based health insurance exchange and Morgan Keegan investigation

This week on Behind the Headlines, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam decides not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange and Morgan Keegan faces an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These stories and more as our roundtable of journalists discuss the news of the week.

Kyle and Hoover talk schools future

State Sen. Jim Kyle and Germantown school board member Ken Hoover discuss municipal schools and possible talks on their future.

Newsmakers: Allyson Chick, Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Second- and third-grade teacher Allyson Chick of Memphis City Schools was recently named Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News and host of WKNO’s weekly series “Behind the Headlines,” hosts the half-hour interview with Chick, focusing on her passion for teaching and why she feels she was selected for this honor.

Chick, who has been with MCS since 2001, teaches at Richland Elementary School and is involved in providing input for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, an effort to ensure that an effective teacher stands in front of every classroom in Memphis. Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year is also a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. If she wins, she and her students will get to participate in a Skype meeting with President Barack Obama.

Reaction to municipal schools ruling

This week, Federal Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays voids the move toward municipal school districts; we will have reactions from David Pickler and Martavius Jones of the Unified School Board as well as Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.