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We cover Memphis neighborhoods with nuance and center the experience of residents. We expose Memphians to stories of their neighbors across the city. We seek to rebalance the news by exploring challenges while focusing on the people and solutions moving Memphis forward.

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Development News "The resources and tools provided through the Accelerator will assist any restaurant owner from growth and development to maturity to have the confidence to make the vital decisions to have a successful and sustainable restaurant," says Rhonda Brown.

New accelerator program to offer free business classes, coaching to Memphis food-service businesses

“Memphis Medical District Collaborative is excited about the partnership with Proof Incubator,” says Rhonda Brown, Economic Development Program Manager with the MMDC. "The resources and tools provided through the Accelerator will assist any restaurant owner from growth and development to maturity to have the confidence to make the vital decisions to have a successful and sustainable restaurant."

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With plans to expand, eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival at Black Seeds Urban Farms

Derravia and Bobby Rich started Black Seeds Urban Farms in 2021. It has grown into a successful business, providing fresh fruits and vegetables from the earth in a location that was recently a food desert. There's much more to come.

Feature Story See our sidebar to better understand the complex history of Tyre Nichols' Memphis neighborhood, Hickory Hill.

Taking to the streets and taking care of each other, communities turn out for Tyre Nichols

Here are some of the ways that Memphis (and beyond) turned out for Tyre Nichols, a Black man who was a father, son, and one of Memphis’ own.

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The History of Hickory Hill, Part I: Big Booms

Hickory Hill is one of Memphis' newest neighborhoods, but it packs a lot of history in its years.

Feature Story The light of a claw machine casts an eerie light down the hallway of the former Hickory Ridge Mall. The mall is now owned by World Overcomers Church, who are working to repurpose it as a town center. (Ziggy Mack)

The History of Hickory Hill, Part II: Annexation and Aftermath

Part I took us through the late 1990s. Now we hit the major shifts in Hickory Hill's demographics and economy spurred by its epic battle — and eventual loss — against annexation.

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How Memphis Fashion Week champions the next generation of Memphis fashion designers

Time is running out for Memphis fashion designers to apply for the Emerging Memphis Designer Project. This year's Memphis Fashion Week is scheduled for May.

Development News Dr. Melissa Collins gives instructions to her class at John P. Freeman Optional School in Whitehaven in 2018.

These 7 Memphis schools were just awarded STEM Grants from the TVA

“This opportunity can make the difference for educators and students as they incorporate 21st-century skills and real-world problem-solving. It is a privilege to work with this partnership year after year and continue to serve the incredible educators of the Tennessee Valley,” says Gretchen Brown, operations director at Battelle.

Development News The LeMoyne-Owen College Gospel Choir in 2016.

Application window opens for Memphis City Council’s $1M HBCU scholarship fund

“As a graduate of an HBCU, I understand how valuable these particular institutions are for developing young people so that they are able to return to the City of Memphis and make a lasting, positive impact in their community,” says Memphis City Council Chairman Martavius Jones.

Development News “The need for accessible, affordable mental health care is more apparent than ever, and we are looking forward to serving the greater Memphis community,” says MHC CEO Pam Womack.

Nonprofit to provide mental health care to Memphians that might otherwise not have access

“The need for accessible, affordable mental health care is more apparent than ever, and we are looking forward to serving the greater Memphis community,” says MHC CEO Pam Womack.

Development News “We seek to help minority youth become the person they see in their dreams and realize their potential,” says Greg Winston, founder of the Memphis-based CLAY nonprofit organization.

It’s electric: New partnership to offer young Memphians a pathway to starting a career

“We seek to help minority youth become the person they see in their dreams and realize their potential,” says Greg Winston, founder of the Memphis-based CLAY nonprofit organization.

Development News “A high-capacity, responsive, and agile local workforce ecosystem is critical to increasing the chances of sustainable and equitable economic recovery,” says Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program.

Memphis one of eight cities selected to host Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academy

“A high-capacity, responsive, and agile local workforce ecosystem is critical to increasing the chances of sustainable and equitable economic recovery,” says Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. “The Academy provides leaders with the rare opportunity to think and act strategically across siloes to advance outcomes for workers and businesses.”

Development News The stakeholder survey is just one of many public input strategies put in place by the MSCS Super Search team.

Take this online survey to help inform the search for the next MSCS superintendent

“Like the community meetings, the survey will provide parents, employees, and community members with a chance to share their school needs and a high-level view of the characteristics they’re seeking in the next superintendent,” says Rev. Althea Greene, MSCS Board Chair.

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What are our focus neighborhoods? 
Binghampton, The Edge, Frayser, The Heights, Hickory Hill, Klondike & Smokey City, Madison Heights, North Memphis, Orange Mound, South City, Soulsville, Uptown & The Pinch, The University District, and Whitehaven.
What is Solutions Journalism?

Many of High Ground's in-depth stories take an approach known as solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism:
  • explores challenges but focuses on responses—the solutions
  • asks for evidence—proof of need, success, & progress
  • asks complex questions—whys & hows
  • includes the voices of those most affected by challenges and solutions
We asks how challenges and responses affect Memphis' diverse communities and focus on neighborhoods and voices often excluded from these critical conversations.