Changes planned for Memphis sanitation services

This week on Behind the Headlines (Aug. 23): Big changes are on the way for city of Memphis sanitation services, including a restructuring and new fees going to fund pension supplements for the oldest sanitation workers. [Related article: City Sanitation Changes Start With Fragile Pact]

Kemp Conrad, Memphis City Council member
Dwan Gilliom, Public Works director, city of Memphis
George Little, chief administrative officer, city of Memphis
Gail Tyree, executive director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1733

Roundtable discusses the march on Washington, Elvis Week, and more

This week on Behind the Headlines (Aug. 16): our journalist roundtable discusses the reforms proposed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and their possible impact on Shelby County. Plus, a look back at the 1963 March on Washington and some of the Memphians who participated, and the big business of Elvis Week in Memphis.

Pros and cons of annexation

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 9): Is annexation a legitimate tool for a city to use to expand its tax base? Guests include Memphis City Council member Bill Boyd, state Rep. Steve McManus (R-Cordova) and Jim Tomasik, annexation opponent. [Related story: Legislature to Explore Annexation Votes]

A conversation with Eric Barnes

Pierre Kimsey, producer of WKNO‘s “Behind the Headlines,” talks with Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and host of “Behind the Headlines,” about his recent novel, “Something Pretty, Something Beautiful.”

Economic development and PILOT tax incentives

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 2): Neely Mallory III, president of Mallory Alexander International Logistics, and Wyatt Aiken, vice president and chief operating officer of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, discuss what it takes to support economic development in the area.

One topic is the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program – whether it is effective and worth the impact on the tax base in the long run, and whether it should be eliminated or used more judiciously. [More details.]