On The Ground

Wendell and Adrena Jackson show the progress of renovations to their restaurant Eggxactly Breakfast and Deli in Whitehaven. (Brandon Dill) (L to R) Ladarius Shields, Cedric Hicks, and Hayden Williams attend a football game at Treadwell Middle. Treadwell is the area's oldest public school, opened in 1915. (Ziggy Mack) Brett Hunter and Katie Hargrave host a community meeting to reimagine the center of National Street as the Heights Line biking and pedestrian path connecting Summer to Jackson Avenues (Heights Line Design Studio)

Feature StoryMario Ramos participates in an English Language Learners class at HopeWorks. (Submitted)

HopeWorks charts growth with $25K grant from First Tennesee


Feature StoryA first-grade student peeks around the corner at a pop-up performance held at Treadwell Elementary School as his classmates line up behind him. (Renier Otto)

In photos: The Heights celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Feature StoryLucas Trautman, top left, practices grappling technique with students, from top, Kelan Branch, 10, Keyveyoun Chandler, 14, and Eric Booker, 11, at his Stardust Jiu-Jitsu studio in Binghampton. The business is next door to the future site of his wife

Family opens side-by-side Binghampton businesses


Feature StoryThe Stepherson's store at 3942 Macon Road opened in 1960. (Tamara Williamson)

Family-owned groceries are hallmark of The Heights


Feature Story(Left to right) Ladarius Shields, Richy Phan, Ceric Hicks, Hayden Williams, London Johnson (held), Robin Tate, Alice Shields, and Lonel Shields (front) pose for a portrait at Treadwell Middle School. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: Welcome to The Heights (en Español)


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The On The Ground program, which began in 2016, embeds journalists in Memphis neighborhoods. Through this process, we include residents in the production of articles, photo essays, videos and events that reflect their lived experience. We seek to rebalance the news so that Memphians are exposed to stories that help them learn about the city’s challenges and better understand that there are people in every neighborhood across Memphis innovating for solutions.