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Jamond Bullock

Soulsville artists in residence combine creativity with community outreach

As the home of legendary Stax Records, Soulsville is known as Memphis' music-first neighborhood. As part of a unique artists-in-residency program, a muralist and filmmaker have moved into the neighborhood to encourage creativity among their neighbors.

Memphians call for the removal of Memphis' Confederate statues, like the one of General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park.

Following Charlottesville, pressure mounts in Memphis to remove two Confederate statues

The bloody protests in Charlottesville, Virginia sparked by removing a Confederate statue have struck a chord in Memphis, where activists work to bring down two Confederate monuments. That effort has recently spread to include groups like the Greater Memphis Chamber and Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale. 

Alvin Hooper, owner of Nu-Life Shoe Repair, reflected on his life in the shoe repair business for the past 35 years.

For 35 years, Alvin Hooper has made it his business to mend soles, one shoe at a time

Shoes and purses – leather and rubber – fill the space at Nu-Life Shoe Repair, a fading profession, where customers have 'all sorts of good stuff' done for their shoes.

Siblings Glenn and Gerry Butler were placed together in foster care after their mother passed away in 2012.

Years of system-wide reform results in massive turnaround for Tennessee’s child welfare system

Sixteen years later, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is free of federal court oversight and now has a thoroughly reformed foster care system, after meeting nearly 140 benchmarks set out by the Brian A. settlement.

Dust to Dawn’s motto is “Do it right the first time.” Her goal is to simplify the lives of busy clients through dependable service.

Dust to Dawn entrepreneur uses success, lessons to empower local women

Sarah Opara-Nadi made the leap to self-employment in 2011, founding Dust to Dawn, which provides professional services to residential and commercial clients in Fayette and Shelby Counties and North Mississippi.


Sarah Baumann launched Sealed Signet on Etsy in 2015, featuring original illustrations of cities and their special places.

Signet Sealed delivers colorful city prints with a personal touch

Sarah Baumann illustrates the special pieces of a city in 8x10 or 11x14 prints, including those places that locals call their favorite part of their city.


The Universal Life building at the corner of Danny Thomas and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Long-stalled development projects moving forward across the Memphis area

Projects include restoration of the Universal Life Building downtown, plans for multifamily units in Midtown, a new pedestrian bridge in the Pinch District, a Trader Joe’s in Germantown and the former Justine’s restaurant building in South Memphis.


Binghampton Gateway retail center is under construction at Sam Cooper and Tillman.

Binghampton, Frayser Gateway Centers and proposed TIF plan models on how to revitalize commuties

Two high-need areas in Memphis, Binghampton and Frayser, are ramping up investment in their communities with incoming Gateway retail centers and a proposed neighborhood tax-increment financing plan.


Over 100 people gathered at Martyr Park and marched down Riverside Drive to Beale Street in order to create visibility around the impact the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids have had on the Latin American immigrant population in Memphis.

ICE Storm: Immigration officers target Latino families; worry Shelby County Schools

The flurry of arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the past week drew the attention of Shelby County Schools, which worries that undocumented parents will not enroll their children in the next school year out of fear of deportation. 

Brother Phap Nang and Sister Khai Nghiem with a practitioner at the Rhodes Day of Mindfulness.

Rhodes College initiative seeks to foster compassionate students

Launched in 2015, the Rhodes Compassionate Campus Initiative encourages inclusive dialogue and mindfulness both in and outside of the classroom.


The boarded up storefront on Vance Avenue near Danny Thomas Boulevard most recently served as a corner store.

Unbanked: The high cost of doing business in ZIP 38126

"If I drive in South Memphis, or North Memphis or Frayser, I see more pawn shops, more payday loans than anything. If I drive in Germantown, if I drive in Cordova, you have to have a magnifying glass to see one. They flash across the TV screens here. It's more in our neighborhood than other neighborhoods."

Cinthya Bolanos, a rising sophomore at Rhodes College, spent the summer break at Regional One Health Care’s Innovation Center, where she worked to create a culture of innovation in the hospital.

LITE Memphis connects budding entrepreneurs to network through internships

LITE Memphis is using its system of local businesses to connect young people to the right network through a new internship program called City of Tomorrow. The nonprofit is placing students in intern positions that will help them garner skills, knowledge and social connections.

The "I'm a Man" mural was designed by rap artist Marcellous Lovelace in a modern graffiti style and installed by BLK75. It can be found on S. Main Street, close to the National Civil Rights Museum. It shows the Sanitation Workers Protest March on Mar

Fifty years later, sanitation workers see fruit of their labor with addition of retirement benefits

In February of 1968, two black city sanitation workers were crushed to death by a truck, sparking a strike around the issues of low pay, poor safety and zero benefits. The Civil Rights-era action still influences the City of Memphis 50 years later with its recent approval of retirements benefits for the living sanitation workers.

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Germantown-based O.R. Nurses Nationwide provides flexible schedules for nurses who love to travel

O.R. Nurses Nationwide, a temporary staffing agency founded in 1988, has seen it all from the unexpected death of a founding partner and embezzlement, to sustained growth and two mergers with a multi-state presence. 
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