Category: Behind The Headlines

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]

The back story of Central Station’s $55 million redevelopment plan

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (April 10): Four players in the $55 million redevelopment of Central Station discuss how the project came together and what happens next.

[Related article: Density Key to Central Station Timing]

School board members discuss competition, closings, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (April 3): A discussion with Shelby County Schools board members Teresa Jones and Chris Caldwell about the competition among Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District and charter schools.

[Related article: School Competition Shows Promise, Threat]

North Mississippi leaders discuss development boom

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (March 27): A look at the rapid growth in North Mississippi with Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson and Northcentral Electric Power Association CEO Kevin Doddridge.

Journalists roundtable: Memphis debt restructuring, city elections, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (March 20): A journalists roundtable discussing Memphis debt payment restructuring, city elections, and more.

Panelists include: Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer, Andrew Douglas of WMC Action News 5, and Bill Dries of The Daily News.

Paul Morris discusses the state of Downtown Memphis

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (March 13): Paul Morris, outgoing president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, discusses the state of Downtown and the challenges and possibilities ahead.

[Related article: Morris Talks of ‘Opportunity Cost’]

Next steps in the Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (March 6): A look at the next steps in the Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment with Marvin Stockwell of the Coliseum Coalition and Earl Williams of Urban Land Institute Memphis.

[Related article: Coliseum Group Weighs Previtalization Move]

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