In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Memphis passed an ordinance requiring face coverings in public. Memphis City Councilman (Super District 8) JB Smiley joins this week’s Behind the Headlines on WKNO-TV with host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries. Smiley says there have been mixed reactions from constituents (depending on the zip code) about the mask ordinance and how the City should respond to the pandemic. 


Smiley also talks about local police reform and legislation that could change the way the Memphis Police Department operates. 


Wrapping up, Smiley discusses the city’s 2020-2021 budget season and the economic effect COVID-19 may have.



BTH: Dr. Manoj Jain on the Coronavirus in Memphis

Apr 23, 2020

As Tennessee officials consider reopening the economy, infectious disease specialist Dr. Manoj Jain says that there are certain things to consider before doing so. Dr. Jain joins host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries for this week’s WKNO-TV Behind the Headlines to discuss what needs to be monitored in order to properly reopen, including stabilization of COVID-19 patients and thorough contact tracing measures in place.

If you're anything like me, "Climate Despair" has you feeling a little less than enthusiastic about the future of our planet. To get some things off my chest, I penned a newspaper column detailing the struggle I'm having with the powers that be and their general foot-dragging on the drastic changes needed to reverse climage change. 

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On WKNO's state politics recap, analyst Otis Sanford reacts to one of the week's biggest stories: President Trump insisted that Democrats were responsible for the government separating migrant children from their parents when they cross the border. He reversed course on Wednesday, ending the practice without an assist from Congress or Democrats. In Tennessee, Republican candidate for U.S.

On this week's Behind the Headlines from WKNO, Reid Dulberger, President and CEO of EDGE, and Shawn Massey, partner at the Shopping Center Group, discuss the use of PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) incentives for local commercial real estate projects in the urban core. They are joined by Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News and host Eric Barnes.

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Great communicators speak in the simplest terms possible. Understanding is a product of clarity, and clarity comes from simplicity and the elimination of jargon.

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Newsweek Magazine reported that 40 percent of apparel bought online is returned. And 60 percent of returns are size problems. What's the deal with varying companies using different measurements for "the same size?" 

Everything is Local

Apr 10, 2017

A retail store or restaurant may have only one location or multiple locations, but without finding the right location, and without proper management, your business may suffer.

While some people complain about how much better things used to be, technology and better customer service have actually improved consumer experience and business efficiency.

Courtesy Playhouse on the Square

Memphis loves its holiday traditions. But there's something special about this year's "Peter Pan" at Playhouse on the Square. For one, it's the 25th time the company has staged the production. But for another, now's just a very good time for kids to remind us that... well... that there's hope. Take a listen: