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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign: Behind one man’s quest to remove illegal signs from his neighborhood

“I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I knew there were 20 signs out there,” says Chris Collier, a resident and “the Leslie Knope” of Berclair.

Development News “We know the work we do creates lasting impact,” says Audrey Willis, LITE Memphis Board President.

LITE Memphis receives $450K grant to expand entrepreneur program for Memphis youth

“We know the work we do creates lasting impact,” says Audrey Willis, LITE Memphis Board President.

Development News The unveiling of the new Book Vending Machine at Scenic Hills Elementary.

New literacy efforts find innovative ways to get books in the hands of readers: Vending machines

“Literacy affects everything in your life -- from schooling, to understanding an over-the-counter drug label, to filling out a job application,” says Sam O’Bryant, Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South and head of Read901.

Development News “Some of this stuff has traveled with me from Little Rock to Malta and back again,” says Mike Rodieck, world traveler and owner of Cordova’s new vintage store: That 70s Shoppe.

Vinyl records, art, and home decor: New vintage shop opens in Cordova

“Some of this stuff has traveled with me from Little Rock to Malta and back again,” says Mike Rodieck, world traveler and owner of Cordova’s new vintage store: That 70s Shoppe.

Feature Story The inaugural Level Up: The MidSouth Leadership Summit is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Memphis.

Level up: Inaugural leadership conference aims to motivate and inspire Memphis

“We want people to leave motivated and inspired to be better leaders within their circle of influence. And so maybe that's at work, maybe that's you leading in a civic organization, or even you being within the nucleus of your family,” says Kaylon Bradford, Director of Leadership Programs for New Memphis.

Development News “Community input was crucial for us during the naming process, because Northside Square is a place for the community, plain and simple,” says Roshun Austin, president and CEO of The Works, Inc.

Construction set to begin at newly named Northside Square, a multi-use development in Klondike

“Community input was crucial for us during the naming process, because Northside Square is a place for the community, plain and simple,” says Roshun Austin, president and CEO of The Works, Inc.

Feature Story The latest cohort of Epicenter’s CO.STARTERS: Frayser Connect, a small business program for Frayser-based entrepreneurs, begins Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Small business program helps Frayser entrepreneurs reach their full potential

“CO.STARTERS impacted my business by giving me tools and resources that would help me sustain the company for years to come. As a developer working in the Frayser area, I was also able to connect with other business owners and learn about their need for spaces for their operations,” says Charia Jackson, founder of Real Urban Concepts.

Development News “This TDEC partnership with Memphis Tire Recyclers comes at a critical time for our state as tire dumping has hit levels we've never seen before,” says Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis.

State awards Memphis Tire Recyclers $460K grant to help company recycle 420K scrap tires each year

“This TDEC partnership with Memphis Tire Recyclers comes at a critical time for our state as tire dumping has hit levels we've never seen before,” says Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis.

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Well-known local developer adds children’s books to his already impressive repertoire

“I’m not looking for accolades or awards,” says local developer and children’s author Dwayne A. Jones. “I just want to help others live better lives.”

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Women Working It: This woman-led publishing house is poised to make a splash in Memphis — and beyond

“I want RiverHouse to leave a legacy of hope for this city that I love. Memphis has given me so much. It’s my home, and I love it,” says president and CEO Latrivia Welch. “Hopefully, with these new changes to the company, I can give more back to city that has propped me up and taken such good care of me over my adult life.”

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Find out where Shelby County candidates stand on key issues like housing, mobility, and more

A questionnaire was sent to the candidates for the offices of County Mayor, Assessor, Trustee, Environmental Court Judge, and all County Commission positions throughout Shelby County. Some of their responses are now available to voters.

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Providing fresh produce in a food desert: Farmers markets open in Hickory Hill and South Memphis

For residents of some underserved communities — like Hickory Hill and South Memphis, for example — the barrier to fresh produce can stretch for miles. Here’s what some community leaders are doing about it.

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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.