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As a parent, you set the tone in your family about learning.


Justin Fox Burks

Catfish is wonderful prepared many different ways, but you really can't beat an old-fashioned Southern fish fry.


This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes discusses the local justice system with soon-to-be-retired Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush.

Bush believes that the juvenile justice system needs to be the last resort for youth. Adolescent brain development, he says, is a key focus in helping children avoid getting involved in the court system.

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With the election just a week behind us, Tennessee's candidates for U.S. Senate have already launched new advertising strategies. Democrat Phil Bredesen's first web-only ad features Republicans vouching for his success as a former governor. Republican Marsha Blackburn doubles down on her endorsement of Trump and Trump's endorsement of her.

Brad Pitts

Gin is taking center-stage on cocktail menus across the country … as well as here in our hometown.


In his victory speech for the office of Shelby County Mayor Thursday night, Democrat Lee Harris praised his party for fielding strong candidates throughout countywide elections this year.

Shelby County Democrats' reboot paid off in the gain of several non-partisan offices, even if the Trump-charged election cycle only generated an average voter turnout. As political analyst Otis Sanford points out in this recap of election night, many of the 27.3 percent of registered voters who made it to the polls stuck to the party line.

Justin Fox Burks

Folks have been using cedar planks to impart a smoky flavor to fish for years.


WKNO-TV

This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes interviews guests about the Memphis real estate market, which is seeing record highs. Wendy Greenlaw with Chandler Reports calls the current market "unprecedented" in terms of demand and housing prices.  

"We are seeing figures that we have never seen in Shelby County," she says, citing increases in value across the board, from high-end homes to properties bought by investors for the rental market. 

"Consumer confidence is really high," says guest Steve Brown, president of residental sales with Crye-Leike. "Unemployment is low. There's a lot of pent up demand. A lot of people have put off buying and they feel better."

Home builder David Goodwin says that there is a "sense of urgency" to buy before interest rates increase.

Even before it was officially announced, The Daily Memphian had become an open secret within an increasingly small coterie of Memphis print journalists. 

For the first time in years, high profile reporters were leaving the Commercial Appeal, not because of layoffs, which had become semi-regular events at the Gannett-owned paper. 

They were just walking away: food writer Jennifer Biggs, sports columnist Geoff Calkins, popular blogger Chris Herrington. Others followed; the mystery of their departures a source of growing speculation. 

They left for a new web-based newsroom now being built from scratch by a nonprofit funded by philanthropists, many of them anonymous. The Daily Memphian was the result of wealthy citizens' frustration over the gutting of local news.

Eric Barnes, who hosts WKNO-TV's public interest show Behind the Headlines, runs this new nonprofit venture. In this interview, he talks about what the website could become. 

Next Thursday's election will determine a number of hotly contested offices in Shelby County, from City Clerk to County Mayor. And statewide, Republicans and Democrats will choose their party's candidates for the general election in November.

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