December 12, 2011

WKNO-TV will premiere a new edition of “Newsmakers,” featuring a conversation with state Sen. Mark Norris, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 10.

It will repeat at 11 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast digital cable channel 910.

Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News and host of WKNO’s weekly series “Behind the Headlines,” will host the half-hour interview with the West Tennessee senator.

Norris talks about the possibility of amendments to the Norris-Todd legislation, approved this year by the Tennessee Legislature, that sets the ground rules for the ongoing consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

There has been speculation that amendments to the law could address how school buildings might be transferred from the county school system in the event suburban municipalities form a separate school system from the merged school system to come in 2013.

Now in his third term, Norris represents District 32, which includes Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby counties.

He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and is a member of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee; Ethics Committee; and State and Local Government Committee.

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