Metro Memphis

By BARIS GURSAKAL, High Ground News On September 20, Playback Memphis staged its second annual Frayser Matters performance, but it was a first appearance for the members of its new Playback Memphis Youth Ensemble. The youth ensemble consists of sixth and seventh graders representing several Frayser middle schools including Westside and...
Two segments of Memphis voters will head back to the polls in November to cast ballots in Memphis City Council races that were not settled during Municipal Election voting on Oct. 3. While seven council members were re-elected October 3, two others landed in mandatory runoffs. Community activist Rhonda Logan...
By A.J. Duggar III, High Ground News Located inside the former Hickory Ridge Mall, Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis has been a positive force in the lives of Hickory Hill residents and other nearby communities for over a decade. “Our mission is to impact youth using creative methods of the...
As Memphis evenings go, it was an eclectic night of song and music accented by the talents of local artists, along with the vocal and instrumental skills of Southwest Tennessee Community College students. Billed as “Live Off Beale,” the Sept. 26 event was a musical benefit for Southwest music students...
Election Day is upon us! Polls open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 for Memphis Municipal elections -- in which we'll find out who the newest members of the City Council will be, as well as whether incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland will keep his job, or whether he'll be...
The assertion was sobering: Eroding topsoil flowing from farmlands in the North contaminates the Mississippi River with deadly pesticides, fertilizers and other harmful chemicals. Mayors, legislators and conservation advocates convened in Memphis last week to tackle environmental concerns about the “Mighty Mississippi.” The 2019 Annual Mississippi River Legislative Caucus positioned...
By Baris Gursakal, High Ground News Ms. B’s Sub Shop at 1256 Getwell Road is less than a year old, but already its walls are covered with dozens upon dozens of photographs of smiling customers taken with the shop's namesake, Bonnie Harris. The photographs are just a small portion of the...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Dwan Gilliom as Chief Administrative Officer of Shelby County Government. Mr. Gilliom has more than 30 years experience in public service, including Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis, Executive Director of Facilities Management for Shelby County Schools, and most recently,...
The imprint of William Hudson Jr. is forever etched upon the corporate citizenship of Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). That’s why this year’s “Stuff A MATA Bus” food drive was dedicated to Hudson’s memory. “Under his leadership, Stuff A MATA Bus was started because he felt it was MATA’s civic...
Tucked inside a few quiet blocks on the border between Midtown and the Medical District sits the remnants of the Washington Bottoms Community Park and Gardens. Google satellite images of the site at North Watkins and Court streets still show raised beds, planted rows, seating, equipment, colorful signs and people...