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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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Playback Memphis program creates space for local nonprofits to ‘stumble upon epiphanies’

“The heart of it is…making space for organizations who wouldn’t be able to readily afford the experience. It gives their participants space to have voice. Space to express themselves. Space to be empowered and stumble upon epiphanies…Touch humanity with other people,” says Ann Wallace, program director for Playback Memphis.

Development News Tommy Pacello in 2016.

New fellowship honors city planner’s legacy with cash prizes for Memphis placemaking projects

“He believed that city-building was a process, not an outcome,” says Casey Shannon, one of Pacello’s close associates who is helping to organize the fund’s launch. “Our hope for this fund to serve as a platform for driving more of the work that he devoted his career to – creating great places where people could gather and thrive.”

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Agape’s new Competitive Edge Youth Training program aims to address generational poverty

Agape’s partnership with Workforce Mid-South and American Job Center will provide job training, career education, and more.

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What I’ve learned: A Memphis entrepreneur shares some wisdom after first year in business

“I was looking at my shirt one day and I said ‘I don’t play polo,’” says Jerald Sanders, founder of Midsouth Coffee and Tea Co. He chose a symbol that meant more to him, an image that reflected his efficiency and job-oriented nature, and that’s how he decided upon a single bee, wings spread in flight. This bee is now the logo of the Midsouth Coffee and Tea Company.

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Application window opens for $25K in grants for Memphis’ Black-owned businesses

"In a majority- minority city like ours, we know that the only sustainable growth is inclusive growth,” says Beverly Robertson, president & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

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After weathering pandemic hardships, Roots Barbershop is starting again from the “Root” up

“Our young men need us and I let them know that I am here for them in any way I can,” says Jermaine Jackson, owner of Roots Barbershop.

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This North Memphis resident reflects on decades of environmental injustices — and seeks solutions

“As a retiree, soon to be 67 years ‘gold,’ my hope is to have a new view, a more aesthetically pleasing environment, and a safer community,” writes community correspondent Belinda Kerusch. “Landscape, rebuild, and renovate 3-8-1-0-8.”

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Seven Black-led nonprofits you should know about in the 901

Inspired by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and their efforts to amplify Black Philanthropy Month this past August, we checked in with some of the Black-led nonprofit organizations doing incredible work here in the 901.

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A Memphis CDC has come up with an innovative solution to address the city’s food deserts

“We can take it to different neighborhoods where there are food deserts and help those residents gain access to goods that are not found in your average corner store,” says Roshun Austin, President of The Works, Inc.

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How 71 local executives are working together for a brighter future in Memphis

“The Executive Program offers class participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the difficulties many within our community face and allows them the opportunity to enact positive change,” says Reggie Crenshaw, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis.

Development News “STEAM subjects are not only an important element in the education of our young people, but a crucial hiring need for both Memphis businesses and nonprofits,” says Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of MoSH.

2nd annual STEAMFest aims to inspire the next generation of students — and have fun while doing it

“STEAM subjects are not only an important element in the education of our young people, but a crucial hiring need for both Memphis businesses and nonprofits,” says Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of MoSH.

Development News STAR Academy Charter School is located at 3260 James Rd. in Memphis.

Community comes out to celebrate groundbreaking of sensory playground in Raleigh

The latest in innovative playground trends, sensory playgrounds encourage students to interact with each other, and promote curiosity, discovery, and creativity.

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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.