Category: Behind The Headlines

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]

Halbert, union leaders discuss city employee benefits

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 20): Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert, Memphis Fire Fighters Association President Thomas Malone and Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams discuss the city of Memphis dramatically reducing employee benefits.

[Related article: Fire, Police Union Brass Say Lawsuit is Coming]

City finance director, councilmen talk budget negotiations

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 13): City finance director Brian Collins, City Council Chairman Jim Strickland and council member Kemp Conrad discuss the negotiations over Memphis’ tough budget choices and long-term benefits obligations.

Journalists roundtable on Memphis budget and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (June 6): A roundtable on the city of Memphis budget and other top news stories, featuring Jackson Baker of The Memphis Flyer, Andrew Douglas of Action News 5 and Les Smith of FOX 13 News.

College presidents discuss higher education in Memphis

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 30): Christian Brothers University President John Smarrelli, LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson and Rhodes College President William Troutt discuss higher education in Memphis and their visions for their respective schools.

Related article: College Presidents Promote Community Connections

Future of transportation in Memphis

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 23): What is the future of transportation in Memphis? Joining the panel are John Cameron, city engineer; Tom Fox, interim president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority; and Pragati Srivastava, administrator of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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Lakeland, Arlington superintendents discuss new school systems

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (May 16): Dr. Ted Horrell, superintendent of Lakeland School System, and Tammy Mason, Superintendent of Arlington Community Schools, join the panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the new school systems as they begin their inaugural year.

[Related article: Arlington, Lakeland Superintendents Discuss Smaller Systems]