Category: Behind The Headlines

Memphis’ financial mess: Part 1

This week on Behind the Headlines (June 26): Part one of a two-part roundtable on Memphis’ financial mess. Guests include: Henry Evans and Rick Masson, former chief administrative officers for the city of Memphis; Marlin Mosby, former city finance director; Tom Jones of Smart City Consulting and editor of the Smart City Memphis blog; and Marc Perrusquia, project reporter for The Commercial Appeal.

[Related article: Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path]

Airport Authority leaders discuss Memphis International’s present and future

This week on Behind the Headlines (June 19): Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman and chairman Pace Cooper discuss current conditions and future plans for Memphis International Airport.

[Related article: Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era]

Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken on the district’s first year and proposed high school

This week on Behind the Headlines (June 12): Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken makes the case for a $99 million comprehensive high school and discusses the district’s accomplishments and struggles during its first year.

[Related article: Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School]

Arlington and Lakeland superintendents discuss their school systems’ first year

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 5): Arlington Community Schools superintendent Tammy Mason and Lakeland School System superintendent Ted Horrell join us to discuss their districts’ first year of operations, successes and failures, and what they see in the future for their schools.

[Related article: Municipal School Leaders Assess First Year]

Superintendents Chris Barbic and Dorsey Hopson compare education notes

This week on Behind the Headlines (May 29): Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic discuss what the two systems have learned from each other, the state of local education and more.

[Related article: Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year]

State Sen. Lee Harris discusses first year in Nashville

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 22): Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Lee Harris talks about his experiences as a first-year state senator, what he accomplished, and what he hopes to accomplish in the coming years.

[Related article: Harris Pushes for Insure Tennessee Comeback]

Journalists Roundtable: Memphis politics, schools budget, and remembering Pierre Kimsey

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 15): Memphis journalists discuss city politics and the Shelby County Schools budget, plus a special segment remembering producer Pierre Kimsey.

Panelists: Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer, Bill Dries of The Daily News, Andrew Douglas of WMC Action News 5, and Les Smith of FOX-13.

Mark Norris discusses Tennessee Legislature highlights

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 1): Tennessee Senate majority leader Mark Norris discusses state legislative highlights, including TennCare, guns, and the relationship between leaders of the House and Senate.

[Related article: Norris Says TennCare Review ‘Essential’]

Wharton discusses finances, Mud Island, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (April 24): Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. weighs in on the state “Blueprint for Prosperity,” Overton Park, the possibility of more recreational activites on Mud Island, and other topics.

[Related article: Wharton on State ‘Blueprint’ Funding, Mud Island Plan]

A look at Memphis’ war on blight

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (April 17): Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News, leads a panel discussion about the blight removal initiative from a legal and economic perspective.

The panel includes Steve Lockwood, executive director, Frayser Community Development Corp.; Patrice Thomas, deputy director, city of Memphis Public Works; Steve Barlow, attorney, Brewer & Barlow PLC; and Mark Herbison, senior vice president of economic development, Greater Memphis Chamber.

[Related article: City Blight Efforts Evolve Beyond Demolition]

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