Category: Behind The Headlines

MATA president discusses the future of public transit

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Oct. 10): A look at the future of public transportation in Memphis with Ron Garrison, the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s new president and general manager, and MATA board member Charles “Chooch” Pickard.

[Related article: Garrison Charts New Course for MATA]

Journalists roundtable on mob attacks, Commercial Appeal changes, and more

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Oct. 3): Memphis journalists look at this week’s most important stories, including the mob attacks, the Shelby County Commission, the reformatted Commercial Appeal and sports.

Panelists include Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer, Christopher Blank of WKNO-FM, Don Wade of The Daily News and Les Smith of FOX 13 News.

Real estate experts discuss Memphis housing market

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Sept. 26): A discussion about the Memphis real estate market six years after the housing bubble burst. Guests include Kim Grant Brown, president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association; Joe Steffner, president-elect of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors; and David Umsted, vice president of lending at Triumph Mortgage.

[Related article: Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi]

Brockman discusses Memphis International Airport changes

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Sept. 19): Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, discusses changes with the Memphis International Airport and the addition of flights and air carriers.

[Related article: Brockman: Memphis Airport in 'Good Position']

Wharton, Weirich and Harvey discuss Poplar Plaza mob attack

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Sept. 12): Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and Jim Harvey, deputy chief of investigative services for the Memphis Police Department, join the panel to discuss the controversy surrounding the Poplar Plaza mob incident.

[Related article: Legal Issues Await Mob Attack Investigation]

Greenway and trail advocates highlight Greenprint plan

This week on “Behind the Headlines” (Sept. 5): We discuss plans to develop a regional greenway and trail system in the Mid-South.

Panelists include Rusty Bloodworth, executive vice president, Boyle Investment Co., and past chairman, Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter; Chip Johnson, mayor, Hernando, Miss.; and John Zeanah, program manager, Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan, Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability.

[Related article: Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values]

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]