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Turnaround tale: Memphis resident purchases and renovates run-down apartment building

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News One developer, eight contractors, six figures, and six months later, 952 J.W. Williams Lane is home to five new tenants. Located north of the Memphis Medical District, the Garden Flats is now open to residents thanks to Memphis transplant...

Advocates of trauma-informed teaching call for greater support in Memphis schools

By Melonie Gaines, High Ground News Less than a month after the class of 2010 walked across the stage at Booker T. Washington High School, new graduate Adrianne Cobb attended a party in Downtown Memphis. A fight broke out. Gunshots rang into the air, one of...

STREETS Ministries combines play and empowerment in The Heights

By Dawn Neuses, High Ground News Open the doors of STREETS Ministries in The Heights and you find a building filled with youth and sound: bursting laughter, chattering voices, running feet and the echo of basketballs on the court down the hall. It’s a comfortable, casual...

“The people are the heart”: Memphis transplants reflect on life in a new city

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Memphis transplants who came to the city later in life bring a fresh perspective about the city's place in civil rights history, its faith community and what moves Memphis forward as a "big-small" city in the Mid-South. Sacha Simmons Age: 42 Occupation: Business...

Frayser CDC gives residents keys to homes, neighborhood and city

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News It’s not often that a South Memphis native boasts about planting roots in North Memphis. But, Mike Daniels is an exception. Daniels is a new first-time homeowner thanks to Frayser Community Development Corporation's (FCDC) new Home Ownership Campaign. Launched in March 2017, the...

City plans to resurrect L.E. Brown Park as part of South City development

Residents of the new South City development will soon have a new park, but it’s one former Cleaborn Homes residents will remember. Six-acre L.E. Brown Park, located at 617 S. Orleans Street, was originally developed in the 1950s as an on-site park for the Cleaborn...

South Memphis is an incubator for pedestrian improvements under national initiative

By Ashley Williams, High Ground News Much of the conversation about improvements in South Memphis centers on building better spaces for residents to learn, work and play. But, there are also investments being made to provide safe, accessible means for residents to travel. Since 2017,...

Gift of gab: Frayser children reach for kindergarten readiness before they learn to talk

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News Lashicka Drinkwater leans against the wall outside of a classroom in the basement of Pursuit of God Church in Frayser. Her 14 month-old baby plays in the nursery next door. Drinkwater is on break between lessons at a new...

Innovate Memphis pushes to revamp Memphis bus system from the ground up

By Andy Meek, High Ground News A transformative plan to revamp Memphis’ transit system is in the works, a proposed undertaking that promises better service and buses running more frequently across a coverage network that’s been refined to better reflect ridership as opposed to the...

Living wage means more for a working mother at a Memphis bakery

by Paul Dudenhefer, High Ground News First on the list? Six Flags in St. Louis. That’s where Daria Meeks hopes to take her three children on a trip next year—a prospect that would have been financially impossible several months ago, when Meeks was working at Krystal and...