This week on the Behind the Headlines radio roundtable, special guest Mayor Mark Luttrell discusses his reasons for vetoing the referendum on a tax increase to help pay for the Unified Memphis and Shelby County School District.

Annie Cook

Sep 6, 2012

There were many stories of heroism that arose out of the Yellow Fever outbreaks of the late 19th century, but none stand-out as much as the story of Annie Cook.

Bard Cole / WKNO

What's the best way to combat crime in Memphis and the Mid-South?

For many Memphians of a certain age, August 16, 1977 was really “The Day the Music Died.” Elvis Aaron Presley died at his mansion, Graceland. 

A native of Tupelo, Elvis moved to Memphis as a teenager. After high school, he walked into Sun Studios to make a record for his mother, Gladys.

Sam Phillips heard him and realized that he had found a white singer with a black feel. Hits like “That's All Right Mama” and “Hound Dog” left the music world all shook up. And it's still shaking.

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the superintendents of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, Drs. Kriner Cash and John Aitken, discuss the final year before the merger of the two school systems.

Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, moderates a discussion about the real impact of the August 2, 2012, municipal elections on the proposed Unified School District with panelists Billy Orgell, Chairman of the Unified School Board; Bill Dries, reporter for the Memphis Daily News; and Jackson Baker, from the Memphis Flyer.

Memphis has long been a center of medical care and training in the Mid-South. 

Candice Ludlow

On hot summer days, like today, people line up at Wells Station and Reed in East Memphis to get a cool tasty treat.  Lines are often to the street outside the bright pink and turquoise building that used to be a Sinclair Gas Station.  You can still see remnants of the car wash here, but that’s from a long time ago because Jerry’s Sno Cone is in its forty-sixth year.

A Jerry’s Sno Cone is not your typical snow cone in a cone-shaped cup with a rounded scoop of ice one top.  No.  It’s served in a Styrofoam cup with a spoon. 

On July 14, 1938, photographer Marion Post Wolcott was offered a job with the Farm Securities Administration.

Prison Stories V is Voices of the South’s latest outreach program, providing a year-long writing and theatre intensive for women currently serving time in the Shelby County Prison System.