Metro Memphis

“If Memphis Light Gas & Water’s utility rates are among the lowest in the country, why is my bill so darn high?” Whether you’ve asked yourself that question after opening your latest MLGW bill or gone a step further to complain to MLGW and/or city officials, it’s a question that...
By Brad Watkins, Executive Director of the Mid South Peace and Justice Institute Here at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center we work on a regular basis with low income renters across a variety of properties. A growing problem is the large numbers of illegal evictions in Shelby County performed by...
by Carlos Ochoa Legal documents show that Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade is actively working to impede the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV), an issue which has been decided by Memphis voters in both 2008 and 2018. Wade argues in legal documents that RCV cannot be implemented in Memphis...
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The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis is proud to announce this year’s five grantee recipients as well as announcing a new grant cycle. Each grantee will receive $2,500 – 5,000 for their programs. This year’s grant awardees are: The Code Crew Pure Youth Athletic Alliance Binghampton Christian Academy ...
It was quite an extraordinary encounter: a Christian, a Muslim and a Spiritualist on a panel at the Hattiloo Theatre talking about their belief systems during a discussion framed against a backdrop of 400 years of Africans living in America. One truth outweighed every likely point of contention: each of...
If Memphis ever is to reach the level of Atlanta regarding “minority business ownership,” the word “intentionality” is going to have to be embraced at a far greater level. That was a message elevated to priority status during a Wednesday afternoon press conference associated with the fourth bi-annual “We Mean...
Eating local in Memphis is risky — not for the consumer who gets a delicious, nutrient-rich product but for farmers and wholesale buyers. “Currently we see that farmers want to grow into Memphis and chefs want to buy from Memphians, but making sure that the supply and demand are happening concurrently,...
This article originally appeared as part of High Ground's "Larger than the Lorraine: Local Black history museums you haven't heard of," published May 2017. It is reprinted here with minor edits. References to years or times have been updated where applicable. Located at 1289 and 1291 Madison Avenue, the House of...
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On Thursday, Shelby County Assessor of Property Melvin Burgess announced a brand new Service Center at 157 Poplar Avenue. The service center is the first of several new service centers Burgess seeks to open across the county to allow more convenient access to citizens with questions about their property...
The iconic Four Way restaurant was still this week. The normally crowded parking lot was empty as the eatery closed to mark the passing of Jo Ellen Bates, 74. Daughter, Patrice Bates Thompson, broke the news of her mother’s passing on social media. “I tried to make you laugh,” Thompson...