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The Spirit of Memphis warms our hearts, especially when we see our neighbors pitching in during a snow storm or volunteering at a vaccination site. 

We love learning about Memphians who persevere, and also those who find romance. 

Some stories give us hope, like the rebirth of Historic Melrose School, and others remind us of our sometimes painful past, such as the long-ago Mardi Gras celebrations that fell victim to the yellow fever epidemic. 

 

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Jeepers, creepers! Jeep club gets healthcare workers to job
 

Band of Jeeps are on the road nearly 24-7, donating time, gas to keep Mid-South healthcare workers moving in the cold. 

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Have an ice day — images from Memphis' winter weather
 

Memphians woke up this morning to freezing rain and icy conditions. 

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Geoff Calkins: Love in the time of COVID
 

Seven Valentine's stories you won't want to miss

When David Porter and Kontji Anthony proclaimed their love on Facebook, it proved what we already should have known. Love doesn’t stop for a pandemic. Here are seven Valentine’s Day stories that will remind you of the wonder and durability of love. 

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Melrose School to be ‘reimagined and repurposed'
 

After planning and construction, the project to reimagine the historic school is expected to be completed in 2023.

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Standing up for Memphis comedy: LaToya Tennille
 

Memphis comic LaToya Tennille finds humor in her hometown and in her own life. If that translates to making the “big-time,” great. If it doesn’t, well, maybe she’s cleared a path for somebody else. 

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Vaccine volunteers talk about why and what they do
 

Skills of all kinds are needed, and experts say volunteers will be needed for months and months.

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Creativity and innovation founded Phillip Ashley Chocolates, then saved it
 

Phillip Ashley Rix literally had a dream that he would be a chocolatier, so then he made it happen. More than 10 years later, Oprah gave her seal of approval and sales skyrocketed.

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Calkins: Alex Lomax deserves to lead Memphis back to the NCAA Tournament
 

Alex Lomax said it would be a “dream come true” to lead Memphis back to the NCAA tournament. Against ECU, he kept that dream alive through sheer force of will.

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Whitehaven welcomes vaccine site with relief, gratitude
 

The Shelby County Health Department partnered with Southwest Tennessee Community College to begin administering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine Friday at the school’s Whitehaven center at 1234 Finley Road.

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The short life and long legacy of Memphis Mardi Gras
 

For a while, the good times rolled when Memphis had its own Mardi Gras. Then Yellow Fever happened. This year, as the pandemic takes a toll on Fat Tuesday, we look at 1870s images that recall a citywide celebration.

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