North Memphis

North Memphis is a collection of distinct communities stretching roughly seven miles east from the Mississippi River. While there's debate over exact boundaries, North Memphis sits roughly between the river, North Parkway, James Road, and the northeastern curve of Jackson Avenue. The area includes Bickford, New Chicago, Douglass, Hollywood, Springdale, Hyde Park, and many other small communities within larger North Memphis.

High Ground is embedded in North Memphis from January through July 2020.

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Video: Barbecue and bouncing back with Cozy Corner


Feature Story Starkisha James, 32, is a teacher at Newberry Elementary. (Shelia Williams)
Feature Story Geraldine Williams, 63, sits on her porch in North Memphis. Williams is a bus driver Durham School Services who says she'll be back in the driver's seat as soon as she can. (Shelia Williams)

Back to School: A Memphis bus driver shares her struggles and fears


Feature Story Crab legs with Drop Sauce is a best-seller at Straight Drop Seafood in North Memphis. (Straight Drop Seafood)

New Straight Drop Seafood is the right thing to crave


Feature Story Christine Jones and her mother Irma (behind) walk down the hall toward an exam room while being seen at the Guthrie Primary Care Clinic in Smokey City, North Memphis. (Andrea Morales, 2017).

Healthcare has never been equitable and the pandemic is proof


Feature Story Lance Banks is a first grader at Perea Elementary School in North Memphis. (Submitted)

Kids speak on life and learning in the pandemic


Feature Story Kenzie Cleaves stands inside a vacant unit in her North Memphis apartment complex that she said has been unsecured for over a year. Unsafe housing conditions can increase COVID-19-related deaths. (Ziggy Mack)

In poor communities, toxic housing is a risk factor for COVID-19 deaths


Feature Story Derotha Payne-Obie mounts a recently completed puzzle at her dining room table. Prior to the pandemic, she attended the Lewis Senior Center. It closed in March under local and state mandates. (Tamara Cunningham)
Feature Story Alandria Ivory, a campaign worker for Memphis for All, takes a break during an early voting event at Glenview Community Center. (Andrea Morales)
Feature Story Frank Johnson looks towards North Memphis' Penn A Kem, LLC  chemical plant on the left hand side of the road. On the right is Douglass High School. (Ziggy Mack)
Feature Story Archie Willis rides the Madison Avenue trolley bus through Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

In Photos: More Memphis neighborhoods revisited


Feature Story Jolie Shaw, a 2020 Bickford-Bearwater High Ground News Community Correspondent. (Cole Bradley)
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