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A boarded up home on Bellevue Boulevard in Klondike carries a message to deter break-ins.

Boarded up houses are not a death knell for Klondike Smokey City

A concerted effort is underway in Klondike Smokey City to fight blight and turn vacant lots and boarded-up houses into centers of hope for the neighborhood’s future.

Angela Adair hugs her husband Robert during Sunday service at Hope City Church in Caldwell-Guthrie's cafeteria in Smokey City.

Join High Ground News for a Klondike Smokey City block party

Celebrate what makes this North Memphis neighborhood great at a fun and free community expo on March 31. 

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Video: North Memphis community gardens turn blight into bounty

The Klondike Smokey City CDC community garden in Memhis sows seeds for a neighborhood less burdened by blighted empty lots.

A boarded up home on Bellevue Boulevard in Klondike carries a message to deter break-ins.

Boarded up houses are not a death knell for Klondike Smokey City, neighbors say

A concerted effort is underway in Klondike Smokey City to fight blight and turn vacant lots and boarded-up houses into centers of hope for the neighborhood’s future.

Pastor Colley Cooper preaches during Sunday service at Hope City Church in Caldwell-Guthrie's cafeteria in Smokey City.

As Klondike Smokey City shrinks, churches remain constant

In a declining neighborhood with high population turnover, churches aspire to be anchors in Klondike Smokey City.

A piece from Joey Miller's "The 5 Fifth" exhibition at Memphis Slim House.

Art galleries in unexpected spaces portray fresh perspectives of Memphis

“All of these galleries are truly reflective of their community,” said Whitney Hardy, founder and executive director of Young Arts Patrons. “They’re not just there because they found cheaper rent and moved in. They’re tied to the community, and they invest in their community.”

Jerome Pope (L) and Robert Coates (R) cut hair at The Barber School on Jackson Avenue in Klondike.

The Barber School brings needed job skills to North Memphis

Now in its 17th year, the Barber School in the Klondike neighborhood is a federally accredited school with an average enrollment of 125 students. 

Bradford Williams started Curbside Casseroles in 2007.

Curb Side Casseroles brings Memphis convenience to dinner

Curb Side Casseroles offers convenient home-cooked meals for Memphians too busy to cook or who just want a break from the kitchen.

Aretha Franklin's birth home at 406 Lucy Avenue.

TV network could save Aretha Franklin's crumbling Memphis home

More than four years after being declared a public nuisance, the South Memphis home where iconic songstress Aretha Franklin was born continues to display the effects of dilapidation and despair, but brighter days may be ahead.

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Mapping the decline and revival of Soulsville USA

As a coda to its On the Ground program, the High Ground News team examines the area known as Soulsville USA from its turn-of-the-century designation as a residential hub, the 1960 opening of groundbreaking Stax Records, decades of decline and recently -- revival. 

Kids on the North Memphis Steelers football team practice at the Katie Sexton Community Center.

Youth mentorship smooths childhood challenges in North Memphis

There is a great need for youth mentorship in the Klondike Smokey City community in North Memphis, and it’s a task various neighborhood leaders are tackling head on.

Jasmine Craig helps Alexis Dorse, 7, with her math homework at the John Dustin Buckman Boys & Girls Club’s learning center.

40-year-old Boys & Girls Club swells with the Klondike Smokey City neighborhood

“For some, I am the only man that they see all day,” said Ron Nelson, director of the John Dustin Buckman Boys & Girls Club. “I use the same way I grew up to raise these kids. The only way I knew was church, school and discipline.”


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Tootsie Bell's silversmith work is a rarity in Memphis

Tootsie Bell has created custom jewelry and repaired a variety of silver items since opening her business Tootsie Bell silversmith/jeweler in 1995.


Sierra Hughes and Rachel Greer

Seven women in Memphis who are changing their communities for the better

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, High Ground News looks back on stories of intrepid women who take their industries and communities to new heights. 

Frankie Walter takes customer orders.

Smoky City Bar-B-Que fires up opportunity in North Memphis

It’s been said that the Smokey City got its name from the active smokestacks of blacksmiths in the area. While industry left the North Memphis neighborhood decades ago, smoke has returned with the opening of a new restaurant, which is a rare site in the area.
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