Category: Behind The Headlines

Behind the Headlines NewsHour: Minority business participation

“Behind the Headlines” continues the discussion about minority business participation in Memphis in this non-broadcast NewsHour from August 29.

Journalists discuss anti-discrimination ordinance, Memphis sales tax hike, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 22): A roundtable of journalists discusses the Shelby County Commission’s decision to vote down an anti-discrimination ordinance, the future of the half-cent sales tax hike in the city of Memphis, and the building boom in the area around Graceland.

Panelists: Jackson Baker (Memphis Flyer), Andrew Douglas (WMC Action News 5) and Les Smith (FOX 13 News)

PILOT development incentives: Part 2


Part two of a two-part series on payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 15): Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr., pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church, and Thomas Malone, president of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association, talk about the controversial PILOTs program. Click here to watch Part 1 of the discussion, featuring representatives of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Economic Development Growth Engine and Highwoods Properties sharing their point of view.

[Related article: PILOT Critics Push for Fuller Accounting]

PILOT development incentives: Part I


Part one of a two-part series on payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 8): Representatives of the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County, and Highwoods Properties talk about the controversial PILOTs in the context of recent criticism by city employees. Tune in Aug. 17 as Kenneth Whalum Jr. and union representatives share their point of view.

[Related article: Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks]

Commissioners Roland, Bailey discuss pre-K funding

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Aug. 1): The Shelby County Commission recently funded prekindergarten to the tune of $3 million. However, some commissioners had doubts about whether the money should go directly to Shelby County Schools or be distributed by a private foundation. We’ll present both sides of the issue.

Behind the Headlines NewsHour Update: Pre-K funding

A non-broadcast wrap-up of the pre-K funding discussion from “Behind the Headlines” Aug. 1, 2014.

Downtown stakeholders highlight riverfront development

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 18): Paul Morris, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, and Benny Lendermon, president of Riverfront Development Corp., discuss Downtown development, including Beale Street Landing, One Beale, office space and more.

[Related article: Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity]

Wharton discusses city budget fallout

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 11): Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talks about the controversy and fallout regarding the recently approved city budget.

[Related article: Wharton Courts Alternatives in Benefits Dispute]

Journalists roundtable on Howard Baker, Henri Brooks, more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (July 4): A journalist roundtable discussion about the top news stories for the Mid-South this week, including the death of former Sen. Howard Baker, County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ residency issues, and the backlash about the city budget cuts.

County CAO, commissioners discuss tax rate, schools funding

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 27): The panel discusses the tax rates for Memphis and Shelby County and funding for the county school systems. Guests include County Commission Chairman Pro Tempore Steve Basar, county CAO Harvey Kennedy, and Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

[Related article: Timing Key Element of County Tax Rate Debate]

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