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 StoryLieutenant Mark Johnson with the Memphis Fire Department's Fire Station 18 walks beside the station's pumper truck. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: A day in the life at Fire Station 18 on Southern Avenue


Feature StoryAster Demekech, 27, is the director of Juice Almighty, a juice bar and café inside of the Memphis Rox climbing facility in South Memphis. (Kim Coleman)

Pay-what-you-can juice bar fuels South Memphis


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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.