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This month the Spirit of Memphis showed up in neighborhood celebrations, in the smiles of folks helping others, and in the pages of a book with lots of Memphis-area scenes.

Geoff Calkins wrote about some notable Memphians, and we njoyed learning about the history of Marmalade Restaurant, and fun times at Trolley Night on South Main.

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Neighborhood July 4 celebrations returned this year, offering residents of neighborhoods across the Memphis metro area a chance to come together and enjoy the holiday. 

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The North Memphis mural will surround the park’s public pool and is named after a term for enthusiastically jumping into a swimming pool.

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Jessica Patch has shifted gears for her latest fiction novel focusing on a serial killer with plenty of local landmarks to set the scenes.

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Ja Morant didn’t just sign a rich new contract to stay with the Grizzlies. He committed to Memphis as “home.” That’s a credit to him and to the Grizzlies front office. Here’s how that came to pass.

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At the height of the season, starting about now, up to 200 pounds a day of “prep ready” produce — ready to be used now, not next week — pour out of the market from six or seven vendors who would rather donate than toss it out.

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Memphis football coach Ryan Silverfield stopped by the Veterans Administration Medical Center Tuesday as part of “the sweetest, most meaningful ticket-distribution program you may know nothing about.”

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Almost a decade before the National Civil Rights Museum opened, the Marmalade Restaurant and Lounge thrived on Calhoun Avenue.

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Brian Young moved to Memphis to stage the Tyson-Lewis fight. It was a huge success. But what happened next might be the best part of the story. Without ever expecting it, Young became a dad of five.

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For people who live in the South Main Historic District, Trolley Night is not just about a chance to relax after the week. It also epitomizes the neighborhood’s growth over the past 20 years.

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COVID gutted the distribution networks for street gold like shoes, belts and sleeping bags. But Pam Scarbrough of Community Alliance for the Homeless found a way around it.

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George Cates won’t be here to see Friday’s official opening of the Overton Park 9. He died in a plane crash a year ago. But when you play the course, you’ll see his good work. And you’ll honor him with your smiles.

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