Category: Behind The Headlines

Conrad, Jones outline Memphis City Council priorities

This week on Behind the Headlines (Nov. 20): Memphis City Council members Kemp Conrad and Martavius Jones talk about the council’s 2016 priorities and changes at City Hall.

[Related article: Conrad: Mike Williams ‘Should Be Fired’]

Andy Cates details his emerging Mud Island redevelopment proposal

This week on Behind the Headlines (Nov. 13): Andy Cates, CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations, discusses his emerging proposal for Mud Island, which would preserve the Riverwalk and amphitheater, and could offer camping opportunities or outdoor experiences on the island’s southern end.

[Related article: RVC’s Cates Speaks Out on Mud Island Plan]

LeMoyne-Owen president Andrea Lewis Miller discusses what’s next for the college

This week on Behind the Headlines (Nov. 6): Andrea Lewis Miller, the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College, shares what changes the historically black liberal arts college will see under her tenure.

[Related article: LeMoyne-Owen’s Miller To Chart New Course]

Memphis literacy leaders highlight efforts, expansion plans

This week on Behind the Headlines (Oct. 30): A look at the efforts to improve literacy in Memphis and the Mid-South with Nat Akin, director of Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth; Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South; and Jamila Wicks, community development manager for Shelby County Books from Birth.

[Related article: Memphis Literacy Leaders Tout Efforts]

Memphis Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland talks plans and more

This week on Behind the Headlines (Oct. 23): Memphis Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland discusses his campaign and plans for the future.

Related article: Strickland: Expect Smaller Memphis City Hall Administration

The Interstate 55 Roundabout Project and Its Delay

Ark. State Senator Keith Ingram of West Memphis, SouthCity Developer Lauren Crews and Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris talk about the delayed I-55 roundabout project and its role in development and commerce on both sides of the Memphis-Arkansas bridge.

Journalists Roundtable: 2015 Memphis election wrap-up

This week on Behind the Headlines (Oct. 9): The day after the Memphis elections, four Memphis reporters convene to discuss the city’s new mayor, the message voters were sending, and what comes next.

Panelists: Karanja Ajanaku of New Tri-State Defender, Andrew Douglas of WMC-TV Action News 5, Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News and Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer.

What’s ahead for Foote Homes’ redevelopment

This week on Behind the Headlines (Oct. 2): A look at Foote Homes’ transformation into the mixed-use South City development and how it will differ from Memphis’ past public housing conversions.

Rosalyn Willis, vice president, McCormack Baron Salazar
Archie Willis, president, Community Capital
Maura Black Sullivan, interim executive director, Memphis Housing Authority

[Related article: Earlier Conversions Leave Lessons for Foote Homes Project]

Journalists roundtable: Memphis elections, Trader Joe’s, and more

This week on Behind the Headlines (Sept. 25): Memphis journalists dive into the city elections, Trader Joe’s news and more.

Christopher Blank, news director, WKNO-FM
Bill Dries, senior reporter, The Daily News
Kyle Veazey, InforMemphis team leader, The Commercial Appeal

Kane, Gower Talk Memphis Convention Center Expansion

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Sept. 18): Kevin Kane, CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing and communications for the Downtown Memphis Commission, stop by to discuss the Memphis Cook Convention Center’s renovation and expansion.

[Related article: Hotel Density Fuels Memphis Convention Center Ambitions]