Memphis

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, a debate about the proposed Memphis city sales tax, and how it might be used to fund pre-K education.

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Don’t you love it when you learn about somebody using her or his noodle to solve a problem, instead of just throwing a bunch more money at it?

On this very radio station, this wonderful station, you may have heard the story of how in Cambridge, MA, they cut bicycle thefts at a subway and bus station by two-thirds with a cardboard cop.

They substituted a cardboard cutout of a uniformed security officer and a couple cameras for the $200,000 it would cost to station a real, live officer.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Laura Adams, Executive Director of the Shelby Farms Conservancy; Dennis Lynch, from the Sierra Club; and Ritchie Smith, from the Shelby Farms Advisory team, join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the

John Erskine

Sep 17, 2013

Dr. John Erskine was buried in Elmwood Cemetery on September 17, 1878. Dr Erskine was a native of Alabama. He and his older brother moved to Memphis in the 1850s to practice medicine. He served as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Returning to Memphis after that, he became interested in public health and was appointed the city health officer. He was one of the 110 doctors who tended to the sick and dying during the deadly Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, is annexation a legitimate tool for the city to use in order to expand its tax base?

The Howard Association

Aug 8, 2013

In August of 1878, Memphis was struck with its most disastrous Yellow Fever epidemic. The Howard Association, a volunteer group of young businessmen, organized a medical corps to help the devastated city.

Volunteer physicians and nurses came from all over the country to treat the thousands of disease victims. Many stayed at the Peabody Hotel, the only hotel to stay open during the epidemic. Each physician was assigned to a district where they often started their rounds at dawn.

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He grew-up there in a shotgun shack that his father, Vernon, built. Elvis was thirteen when his parents moved to Memphis. Throughout his teens, the family moved around, living in small apartments and low-cost public housing.

Abe Fortas

May 16, 2013

Abe Fortas may be the only Supreme Court Justice whose first career was in a dance band. The son of Jewish immigrants from England, Fortas grew up on Pontotoc Street in downtown Memphis. His father encouraged him to play the violin, and, by thirteen, he was playing in a dance band called “the Blue Medley Boys.”

The young sensation, nicknamed “Fiddlin' Abe,” earned enough to supplement his college scholarship at Southwestern University, today's Rhodes College. His passion for music and the arts remained with him throughout his life.

Elmwood Cemetery, founded in 1852, is the oldest active cemetery in Memphis. Fifty citizens put up $500 each to purchase and develop a 40-acre parcel of land. Another 40 acres were added later.

The name Elmwood was selected by a drawing from a list of proposed names. Elm trees had to be planted afterwards. 

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Memphis City Councilmen Shea Flinn, Lee Harris, and Jim Strickland join Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries and host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, to discuss Memphis city budget proposals, property assessments, and the potential for a property tax increase.

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