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Feature Story Dr. Susan Miranda conducts research for University of Tennessee Health Sciences Centers' Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2014.

Get the facts from local experts. Attend UTHSC's Coronavirus Online Symposium on April 6.

Experts with UTHSC, Le Bonheur, and the Shelby County Health Department will share critical information with medical professionals and the public. The event is free.

Feature Story A child proudly displays an award at C & J Trophy and Engraving, located at 3444 Park Avenue in the Orange Mound-University District area. The business has been open since the 1970s. (C & J Trophy and Engraving)

Local, black-owned C & J Trophy and Engraving has served Memphis since the '70s

C & J Trophy and Engraving is located in the Orange Mound-University District area. It's served Memphis' awards, promotions, and engraving needs since the 1970s.

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Domestic violence victims may not be 'safer at home.' Two Mid-South nonprofits are here to help.

Household abuse often increases in times of crisis. These two Mid-South nonprofits are working for victims and survivors in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature Story Hunter Coleman, 10, works on his homeschool math curriculum using a mix of online instruction and hands-on practice on a dry-erase board. A dry-erase board is a useful tool for practice work across subjects. (Jim Coleman).

Schools closed and suddenly you're homeschooling? I'm Jim, and I can help.

High Ground reporter and seasoned homeschooler Jim Coleman shares his best advice and resources with Mid-Southerners who are now both parent and teacher.

Feature Story Self-portrait at home by Lorin Vincent.

I’m a housekeeper and DJ—my income is now zero. I’m one of the lucky ones.

The second in a series of essays from Memphis workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with MLK50.

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Memphis Animal Services offers $20 "Social Distancing Sidekick" adoption special through March 31

In times of crisis, stress and anxiety increase. A pet can help. Memphis Animal Services is offering a $20 "Social Distancing Sidekick" adoption special through March 31.

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“I needed that job,” says laid-off server living on the edge and afraid of falling

The first in a series of essays from Memphis workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with MLK50. 

Feature Story A sign on the door of Miss Girlee’s Soul Food Restaurant in North Memphis announces its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ashley Davis)

In food deserts, COVID-related restaurant closures are especially devastating.

In food deserts, restaurants and corner stores fill critical gaps in the absence of grocers. Amid COVID-19, North Memphis restaurant owners are grappling with decisions to close knowing the critical service they provide.

Feature Story Andrew Bobowski serves as the principal of KIPP Memphis Collegiate High, located at 2110 Howell Avenue in North Memphis. (Elizabeth Hoard Photography)

Memphis principals share their fears and steps they're taking to keep kids in school from home

Three North Memphis principals share their fears for students, staff, and families. They also share the steps they're taking to keeps kids in school from home.

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Virtual event centers vulnerability of inmates amid COVID-19, features Martin Luther King III

Today at 10:30 a.m. and continuing into afternoon: Day of Empathy is a state-based and nationwide event focused on criminal justice reform. This year's event has gone virtual and will focus on the vulnerability of inmates amid COVID-19. Join speakers including Martin Luther King III, Alyssa Milano, and Van Jones. 

Feature Story Explore Bike Share is offering free rides through April 19, 2020 as a way to help Memphians get out of the house and stay active while maintaining social distancing requirements under the Safer at Home shelter in place order. (Submitted)

Explore Bike Share helps Memphis "Ride Out" the pandemic with free bike rentals through April 19

"Safer at Home" doesn't mean you can't go outside. Explore Bike Share is offering free bike rentals to keep Memphians active and stave off boredom, with increased sanitation protocols for safety.

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Memphis Area COVID-19 Resource Guide

We've complied a resource guide for Memphians to access reliable information, find local support, and lend local support. Updated daily. 

Feature Story Carin Malone, who performs as Writeous Soul, is a Memphis slam poetry master working to revive the city's spoken word culture. She won the National Civil Rights Museum's Drop the Mic Poetry Slam in 2017 and now advises on the project. (Writeous Soul)

Artist Writeous Soul and the National Civil Rights Museum want to revive Memphis' slam poetry scene

With the help of the National Civil Rights Museum, slam poet and activist Writeous Soul is working to elevate the art of spoken word poetry in Memphis while honoring the history of black arts and civil rights heroes.

Feature Story UrbanArt Commission and Memphis International Airport have issued a call for artists to contribute to the redesign of Concourse B, which is scheduled to reopen in April 2021. (Andrew Breig)

UrbanArt Commission issues call for artists for Memphis Intl. Airport redesign opening in 2021

UrbanArt Commission and Memphis International Airport have issued a call for artists to contribute to the Concourse B redesign, which is scheduled to reopen in April 2021.

Feature Story Located at 2499 Chelsea Avenue, the Hattiloo Technical Theatre Center trains youth in North Memphis with behind-the-scenes skills like sets, costume, and props design. The center opened in 20117. (Ashley Davis)

Post-COVID, the show will go on at Hattiloo Theatre's North Memphis youth training center

“Black culture will survive regardless of what we do in life" - Lawrence Blackwell, Hattiloo Theatre

Feature Story A local bartender stands alone at his station. Many Memphis bars and restaurants are already closing to control the spread of COVID-19. Many more are expected to close with the possibility of a city- or statewide shutdown. (Cole Bradley)

Memphis responds to COVID-19 with local food and food worker relief resources

Locals are already mounting efforts to support community members amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We rounded up some info on support for food service workers and food access, including a virtual tip jar and safer shopping options for seniors.

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Podcast: Making Memphis' real estate industry more diverse

Dillon Hollian with RegionSmart and Andre Jones with Jones Urban Development discuss local efforts to support emerging minority- and women-owned real estate developers and connect them to small-scale development opportunities.   

Feature Story Ashley Davis is a freelance writer, author, educator, and educational consultant. She's now covering North Memphis as High Ground's lead On the Ground contributor. (Submitted)

Who is High Ground? Meet writer Ashley Davis

Meet High Ground's talented and diverse team of writers and photographers in our new series, "Who is High Ground?" We're kicking it off with our lead On the Ground contributor, Ashley Davis.

Feature Story The Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis. (High Ground News)

ImagineU accelerates business dreams for undergrads across Memphis-area colleges and universities

ImagineU is a 12-week entrepreneurial accelerator for undergraduate students across Memphis-area colleges and universities. The deadline to apply is March 16.

Feature Story Neighbors and friends reflect on the life of longtime Vollintine-Evergreen resident and V&E Greenline leader, Jan Kirby. At the March 7 Arbor Day Celebration, those gathered installed a plaque and planted a tree in Kirby's honor. (Ashley Davis)

V&E Greenline's first Arbor Day celebration planted trees and memories

The V&E Greenline hosted its first Arbor Day Celebration to kick off its fundraising season and honor the life of a longtime community member. It was a primer event for the upcoming 9th Annual V&E Artwalk.

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