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A homecoming on the trails

A homecoming on the trails

For two generations now, Memphians have been participating in the city’s oldest footrace–the Overton Park Five Mile Classic. Started in 1974 by University of Memphis high jumper Don Greer and several of his fraternity brothers, the race was originally a way for high school and

Brisket in a Basket finds a home at Overton Park

Brisket in a Basket finds a home at Overton Park

For Valerie and Dean Hornbeak, a dream that started four years ago came true this summer on the Overton Park Greensward. After planning, stocking up on equipment, and creating an immediately recognizable brand, they opened their Brisket in a Basket food truck and set up

Melanie White on the magic of Overton Park

Melanie White on the magic of Overton Park

For Overton Park Conservancy board member Melanie White, the park has been a place to become part of a family. After moving to Memphis from San Francisco in 1985, Melanie sought to reclaim all the time she’d spent commuting. She settled in Central Gardens and

Racing to the beat

Racing to the beat

When Tomy’Ra Lowe’s son was born in 2009 with a severe congenital heart defect, her family began running a gauntlet of major surgeries, extended hospital stays, and fear for his future. Even after he was able to return home, she couldn’t shake the feeling that