Category: Behind The Headlines

Shelby Farms’ Jen Andrews highlights park’s changes

This week on Behind the Headlines (April 22): Jen Andrews, the new executive director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, talks with Memphis Daily News publisher Eric Barnes and senior reporter Bill Dries about the massive changes underway at the park.

[Related article: Shelby Farms Park Transformation Started With Plan]

Behind the Headlines journalists roundtable: April 15

This week on Behind the Headlines (April 15): Host Eric Barnes is joined by Toby Sells from the Memphis Flyer, Bernal Smith from the New Tri-State Defender, and Madeline Faber from The Daily News in a journalists roundtable to discuss school budget cuts, the Urban Child Institute and more.

MATA leaders discuss transit projections, obstacles

This week on Behind the Headlines (April 11): Memphis Area Transit Authority CEO Ron Garrison and Board Commissioner John Vergos share their projections for Memphis’ transit system and the obstacles it faces.

[Related article: Rapid Transit Option, Route Changes Designed To Make MATA More Relevant]

De-annexation debate, part 2: The proponents

This week on Behind the Headlines (April 1): Shelby County Commission Chairman Terry Roland and Commissioner David Reaves discuss their support for de-annexation with Daily News publisher Eric Barnes and senior reporter Bill Dries.

[Related article: Conrad Call for De-Annexation Talks Draws Favorable Reviews]

De-annexation debate, part 1: The opponents

This week on Behind the Headlines (March 25): State Sen. Lee Harris and state Rep. Joe Towns join Daily News publisher Eric Barnes and senior reporter Bill Dries to discuss the downsides of de-annexation.

[Related article: Amendments Cloud Issue of De-Annexation]

Memphis journalists roundtable: De-annexation, city budget, and more

This week on Behind the Headlines (March 18): Host Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News, hosts a journalists roundtable discussing the Tennessee de-annexation bill, the city of Memphis budget, and more.

Panelists:

Christopher Blank, WKNO-FM
Bill Dries, The Daily News
Ryan Poe, The Commercial Appeal

Roundtable: Fighting blight in Memphis

This week on Behind the Headlines (March 11): Brandon Gaitor of Neighborhood Preservation Inc., June West of Memphis Heritage and Roshun Austin of the Blight Authority of Memphis discuss the effort to fight blight in Memphis.

Minority business development roundtable

This week on Behind the Headlines (March 4): Local business and civic leaders weigh in on Memphis’ minority business development efforts during this roundtable led by Memphis Daily News publisher Eric Barnes.

Panelists:
Sen. Lee Harris, Tennessee Senate
Berlin Boyd, Memphis City Councilman
Darrell T. Cobbins, president/CEO, Universal Commercial
Bernal E. Smith II, owner/publisher, The New Tri-State Defender

[Related article: Memphis Lags on State Minority Contracts]

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson talks budget, I-Zone, more

This week on Behind the Headlines (Feb. 26): Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson discusses Innovation Zone Schools, the budget and more.

[Related article: Hopson: Help ASD Improve, At Least for Now]

Memphis Medical District stakeholders outline revitalization efforts

This week on Behind the Headlines (Feb. 19): Daily News publisher Eric Barnes and senior reporter Bill Dries discusses the Memphis Medical District revitalization efforts with Tommy Pacello, president of the Medical District Collaborative; Gary Shorb, CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; and Dr. Kenneth Brown, executive vice chancellor/COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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