CY volunteer says it’s the small things that matter

By Stephanie Gonzalez You don’t have to be a long-time Cooper-Young resident to recognize Debbie Sowell. In fact, when my husband and I moved onto the same block as Sowell and her husband, Chris McHaney, it only took them about 12 hours before they stopped by to welcome us to the neighborhood … and tell us to join the Cooper-Young Community Association, of course! Sowell, this month’s Volunteer Spotlight, is familiar to many as one of...

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Free options abound in Memphis for summer family fun

Bt Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell Each year as summer break for the students begin, I like to dedicate my column to free or nearly free family activities. Here’s what I have found for this summer. Let’s start with downtown Memphis. A good outing is a visit to see the mighty Mississippi River. Visit the riverside greensward on Mud Island or Tom Lee Park and have a picnic. With the addition of the River Walk and Beale Street Landing, you can...

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Garden walk revives forgotten chapter of Cooper-Young history

EDITOR: One of the highlights of the 2nd Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk May 20-21 will be an appearance by President Harry S. Truman at 1042 Blythe. More specifically it will be a wooden cutout, available for photos, of the 33rd President with a notable Cooper-Younger of the past, America’s Number One Chin Up Girl. The Lamplighter first shared this slice of Cooper-Young history back in 2014. Here we reprint that story for our...

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Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history
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Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history

By Sharron Johnson Alas, May has arrived, and it is time for the Cooper-Young gardens to come alive. With so many types to choose from, where does one begin? Well, I receive nominations from neighbors and folks I come to meet that want the rest of the community to recognize the beauty that they appreciate. Sometimes, I stumble across a garden and just cold call them up. The reactions are all different. Some are ecstatic with joy and...

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New concert series has community focus
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New concert series has community focus

Memphis Made Brewing has started a concert series to support local musicians and benefit community organizations. Each month, the brewery, located in the Cooper-Young area, will host a local band with profits going toward a local non-profit organization. “We’re very focused on making Memphis a better place and this is a small way to do that while enjoying local beer and music,” said Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made. The first...

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