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Behind the Headlines Podcast
31 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
1204: Charter school leaders explain what their 2021-22 school year will look like
Roblin Webb of Freedom Preparatory Academy, Yetta Lewis of Gestalt Community Schools and Bobby White of Frayser Community Schools joined Behind the Headlines to talk about what they’re doing to prepare for the return to classrooms.
27 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
1203: Vaccinations join masks in pandemic politics
If masks have been the face of the nation’s political divide during the pandemic, what are COVID vaccinations?
31 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
1202: Porter-Leath talks future without SCS
On “Behind the Headlines,” Porter-Leath’s Rob Hughes discusses the future of preschool in Shelby County after the abrupt end to its partnership with Shelby County Schools.
32 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
1201: Turner says penny tax hike about a more comprehensive response to violent crime
On “Behind The Headlines,” county commissioners Van Turner and Mark Billingsley clashed over whether the commission should reopen its budget season later this month to consider a one-cent property tax hike.
30 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
1152: End of Byhalia pipeline truce approaches with more specific proposals
The nonprofit’s new executive director talked on “Behind the Headlines” about the end of a truce between the City Council, County Commission and the builders of the proposed Byhalia Connection oil pipeline. Final votes on several new local hurdles for the pipeline are set for next month. Sarah Houston also talked a long-term goal of a regional groundwater trust.
32 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
1151: The case for property tax hikes in the suburbs
Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald talked on “Behind The Headlines” about property tax hikes passed and up for a final vote, respectively, in the cities they lead and why the estimated share of federal ARPA funds in each of their cities took a tumble in the latest estimates.
27 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
1150: Local budget seasons command attention as final city and county votes near
The County Commission’s vote approving a one-cent property tax hike and the City Council’s consideration next week of a 29-cent city property tax hike were the dominant topics in a reporter’s roundtable on “Behind The Headlines.”
29 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
1149: City and county budget paths get more interesting as fiscal year nears
The path of the two budget seasons and the use of federal funds to close financial gaps — plus other topics — are the focus of a reporters roundtable on “Behind The Headlines.”
28 minutes | May 28, 2021
1147: Don't forget the children; Budgets and BLDG Memphis
Executive Director of BLDG Memphis Deveney Perry and the Executive Director of Stand for Children Tennessee Cardell Orrin join host Eric Barnes to discuss the budget priorities for 2021-22 budgets for both the City of Memphis and Shelby County. In addition, guests talk about local economical issues the new budgets are and are not addressing.
28 minutes | May 20, 2021
1146: City parks post-pandemic demand requires programming, upkeep, changes to meet diversity
City parks and neighborhoods director Nick Walker, on “Behind The Headlines,” talks about the new Gaisman Park and community center, the success of David Carnes Park in Whitehaven and the transition of the nonprofit group “Bloom.”
28 minutes | May 13, 2021
1145: City Council members eye $27 million estimated excess in revenues
City Council budget committee Chairman Worth Morgan and city Chief Financial Officer Shirley Ford talked about revenue estimates and the impact of federal American Rescue Plan funds as well as restrictions on its use during “Behind The Headlines.”
28 minutes | May 6, 2021
1144: Harris says county tax rate should hold steady
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said on “Behind The Headlines” that the estimated drop in the county property tax rate to $3.50, accounting for increases in values, should be the line to hold on the county tax rate. But county commissioners this week reviewed numbers suggesting some want to raise taxes beyond that point.
28 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
1143: Downtown Tourism Development Zone lost $5m in sales tax revenue
On “Behind The Headlines,” the incoming CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission says federal pandemic relief funding due the city will likely make up the loss. The drop in sales tax revenue for the TDZ comes as sales tax revenues across the city have exceeded bleak projections at the outset of the pandemic.
27 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
1142: Burgess says no promises of relief made to flooded Germantown homeowners
The Assessor said on “Behind The Headlines” home sales in Germantown reflected an increase in values in this year’s reappraisal despite 2019 flooding in some parts of the city. Burgess also talked about a change in the valuation of commercial property and his call for a reappraisal every other year.
28 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
1141: Pandemic end game features lots of changes in short amount of time
The co-leaders of the countywide vaccination distribution effort talked on “Behind The Headlines” about a move this week to no appointments for some and why the federal vaccination presence at the Fairgrounds is unique.
27 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
1140:Efforts to get COVID vaccine to those isolated rely on past efforts at larger isolation
Rev. Keith Norman of Baptist Memorial Health Care and Meritan CEO Melanie Keller talked about the vaccine outreach to the homebound and homeless on “Behind The Headlines.” The more urgent local effort is moving along familiar paths used previously to reach through the isolation of poverty and need.
28 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
1139: MLGW board to vote next week on do-over of next step in TVA process
MLGW president and CEO J.T. Young on “Behind The Headlines” says the new contract with a consultant involves Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland as a mediator between the utility board and the council. He also says questions about deregulated power providers in the February winter storms have complicated the question for the utility of leaving or staying with TVA.
28 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
E1138: Sawyer and Jones see low self-esteem and failures in economic development incentives
Shelby County commissioner Tami Sawyer and Memphis City Council member Martavius Jones talked on “Behind The Headlines” about their hopes for a pair of joint sessions by the two elected bodies on economic development reform. The two meetings come with a lot of advance planning.
28 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
1137: Council and Commission to meet on economic development reform
On “Behind The Headlines,” City Council member Worth Morgan and EDGE President Reid Dulberger urge caution in the latest cycle of civic discussions about how and what kinds of economic development get tax incentives.
28 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
1136: Hospitality industry comeback mixes economic wreckage with vaccine hopes
On “Behind The Headlines,” Memphis Tourism president Kevin Kane and Downtown Memphis Commission board chairwoman Deni Reilly assess the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on the local industry in the last year. But each says recovery will start slow and local as new, ongoing construction Downtown beckons the increasing numbers of Memphians who get vaccines.
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