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In The News & Media

Jerred interviewed by ABC24 about new convenience center that will help with cleaning up our city

January 2023

Memphians have seen many different efforts to stop illegal dumping across the city.  As Commissioner for Memphis City Beautiful for years, Jerred participated in several clean ups and has lead teams to help clean up their community.  Jerred believes that citizens should know of resources that can help them clean up and take pride in our city.  He talked with ABC24 about a new resource that can benefit our great city. 

Click HERE to see ABC 24 story.

Jerred partners with Whitehaven leaders to bring new Christmas Tree to Whitehaven

December 2022

In December 2022, Jerred partnered with with Respect the Haven CDC Founder Jason Sharif, I Love Whitehaven Community and Business Association Founder Pearl Walker, and other Whitehaven leaders to bring a new Christmas tree to the community after the community raised over $30,000 in donations to pay for a new Christmas tree. 

Click HERE to see ABC 24 story.

Jerred launches campaign for Memphis City Council Super District 8

October 13th, 2022

Downtown Neighborhood Association past president Jerred Price walked out onto a Downtown rooftop Thursday, Oct. 13, to announce his city council candidacy to the strains of Elton John’s 1970s hit “Bennie and the Jets.”  Four years after running for District 7 on the council and a year before the 2023 city election day, Price announced that he will be running in Super District 8.

Click HERE to see Daily Memphian story.

Jerred leads rainbow crosswalk project Phase 2 in Cooper Young - intersection makes state history.

October 8th, 2022

The corner of Cooper and Young is a lot more colorful because the rainbow intersection was completed Saturday.

The organizer Jerred Price led the effort to bring the first rainbow crosswalk to Memphis and the state. While the city council had to sign off on the project, it was paid for with private money. Click HERE to see News 5 full story.

Jerred advocates for better investment / accountability for our river parks as President Emeritus of the Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.  Showcases photos of non-working, deteriorated splash pad downtown.

September 21st, 2022

The $43 million Beale Street Landing is showing more signs of wear and tear just eight years after opening in downtown Memphis.

The surface of the splash pad is deteriorating, and boards are missing in some of the seating areas. Memphis River Parks Partnership admits the splash pad hasn’t been operational in about a year.  Click HERE to see News 5 story in full.

Jerred joins Gina Neely on her show, Bluff City Life, to talk about his upcoming concert at the Overton Park Shell as Almost Elton John 

September 15th, 2022

Watch as Gina Neely and Jerred talk about his relationship with Sir Elton John and about his tribute show to his hero and idol!  Find out about when Jerred started playing piano and the passions he and the rocketman share for a more loving world.  Click HERE to read this issue & full magazine feature.

Jerred featured on cover of Bluff City Magazine's "Leadership Edition"; Three-page story and feature showcasing his passions & accomplishments. 

July 13th, 2022

THANK YOU, Bluff City Magazine!!! Yours truly along with several of my friends are featured in this issue! Issue 12 is ONLINE!! Check it out below! Its the Leadership Edition! Honored to be in this with Elijah Townsend, Betty Moore, Mr. Johnson and Will Richardson!  Click HERE to read this issue & full magazine feature.

Jerred Continues to Follow Up & Advocate for Mud Island & The Amphitheater; calls out City of Memphis & MRPP for lack of investment and prioritization | MRPP Announces 3 Point Plan After Public Pressure

June 21st, 2022

"Thanks for walking with me and following up, Action News 5! Memphis River Parks Partnership is feeling the heat after stories from the news and photos of their lack of maintenance for Mud Island started being shared throughout memphis. 

  Click HERE for story - Action News 5. 

Tom Lee Park Concerns still lingering but Park is 40% Completed

June 21st, 2022

When asked about parking, Abbott confirmed the remodeled park will have 68 parallel parking spaces along Riverside Drive, troubling to some who live downtown. ”That’s just not enough,” said Jerred Price with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, “the mediation agreement says parking shall be consistent with expected park usage. We know park usage is going to be going up, so let’s add parking, not take it away.” Earlier in the day, Price took his concerns to the Memphis City Council.  Click HERE for story - Action News 5. 

Jerred continues to Advocate for Mud Island & Amphitheater; Happy Council Approves $5mil toward Monorail/Mud Island

April 9th, 2022

Broken glass and boarded windows are now part of the landscape—the famous river mock-up now drained. The amphitheater and the monorail no longer in use. This week, there may be hope on the horizon for the beleaguered park (in the form of $5.5 million approved by the Memphis City Council).  Click HERE for story from Action News 5. 

Jerred wearing his "Community Watch Dog" hat visits Mud Island and shares photos of its disarray and lack of maintenance by Memphis River Parks Partnership; photos go viral and media covers the story!

April 9th, 2022

“We, the citizens who shared these photos on social media, appreciate MRPP seeing our concerns and addressing them. But these are long term problems we had hoped to see addressed before we invested $60 million into another park that wasn’t broken.”  Click HERE for story from Action News 5. 

Jerred advocates for Mud Island Amphitheater; City Approves $4mil for the Project

April 8th, 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mud Island River Park will get $4 million in improvements recently approved by the city council.v But some are asking the question, is that enough?

“It’s just disheartening to see the condition and that the priorities were not there to fix what was broken,” said Jerred Price, the President Emeritus of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Click HERE for story from News Channel 3. 

Jerred chats with ABC 24 about the bringing back "Dumpster Days" (Free Dumpsters/Dumping for Residents) for the City of Memphis - Launching first date in Whitehaven!

April 8th, 2022

As a Memphian, it disappoints me to see the illegal dumping, the trash, the tires," said Jerred Price, Memphis City Beautiful Commissioner.  Click HERE for story from News Channel 3. 

Jerred partners with Councilman JB Smiley to Honor BarKay's Member James Alexander with a street renaming

April 4th, 2022

Jerred helps honor music legend James Alexander with an honorary street renaming.  Host ceremony for the music legend on his childhood street in Soulsville.  Jerred was joined by special guest Congressman Steve Cohen and Memphis Tourism Kevin Kane.  Click HERE for story from ABC 24.

Board of Adjustments Votes "NO" on St. Jude Proposed Garage; Jerred & Community Look Forward to Working More Closely with St. Jude to Find Parking Solutions for Growth

January 26th, 2022

Jerred talks to News Channel 3 about Board of Adjustment decision to vote "NO" on proposed massive parking garage in residential uptown.  "We look forward to working closely with St. Jude to find alternative parking plans that will benefit the community and St. Jude" says Price.  Click HERE for story from News Channel 3. 

Community Meeting with St. Jude on Parking Garage; St. Jude Announces 30-day hold with Board of Adjusters based on Community Feedback

December 17, 2021

Jerred joins community once again to work together with St. Jude to ask for them to build massive parking garage on original site away from single family homes in Uptown.  “So you’re talking about a one year difference (between timeline for this site & original site),” Price said. “One year can make or break a community for the rest of its life.” Click HERE for story via Daily Memphian.  

Concerns Grow as New Tom Lee Park Changes Take Shape; Jerred Price & Concerned Citizens Speak Out - News Channel 3 Reports

December 15, 2021

Community is concerned about the mounds of dirt he thinks will be transformed into hills, blocking parts of the view of the Mississippi River from Riverside Drive. “The rolling hills, that topography changing, it really strips the view that Memphians and visitors have come to love over the years when driving down Riverside Drive,” Price said. “I think it was part of the iconic character of the street.”  Click HERE for story via News Channel 3.

New Christmas Lights Coming to Whitehaven; Jerred Helps Lead Project with Community Leaders

November 26, 2021

“They’re so beautiful, and they will just bring so much to the community to break what they’re going through,” Moore said. “That’s why we were getting these lights, because that will just bring cheer to the community.” Moore, who is considered by many as the unofficial mayor of Whitehaven, approached Jerred Price, a commissioner for Memphis City Beautiful, about this project over the summer at a community picnic.  

Click HERE for story via Action News 5.

More Coverage on Uptown 7-Story Parking Garage Proposed by St. Jude - Jerred Speaks to Board of Adjustments via Press Conference

November 16, 2021

The group -- Parks Not Parking 901 -- spoke on behalf of the Greenlaw and Uptown neighborhoods and shared results of a recent community survey regarding the parking garage planned for A.W. Willis between North 3rd and North 4th streets. Results show that 90% of nearly 100 residents surveyed say they do not approve of the parking garage.  Click HERE for story via Action News 5.

News Channel 3 Covers Community Pushback of 7-Story Parking Garage Proposed by St. Jude - Jerred Stands With Community Members

November 15, 2021

The Uptown community spoke up against the proposed 7-story parking garage in residential uptown community.  Community leaders are speaking up asking for St. Jude to build the garage in the originally planned location for the garage at I-40 and Danny Thomas that is owed by the City of Memphis.  The city was suppose to prepare the site for St. Jude to build the garage on this site.  Click HERE for story via News 3.

Jerred Joins Uptown Community Leaders to Stand Against Proposed 7-Story St. Jude Garage

November 15, 2021

The Uptown community spoke up against the proposed 7-story parking garage in residential uptown community.  Community leaders are speaking up asking for St. Jude to build the garage in the originally planned location for the garage at I-40 and Danny Thomas that is owed by the City of Memphis.  The city was suppose to prepare the site for St. Jude to build the garage on this site.  Click HERE for press conference.

Jerred Spearheads New Christmas Ornaments Project for Whitehaven 

October 12, 2021

“It is with great pleasure I am happy to announce that the community of Whitehaven will be receiving brand new, upgraded Christmas ornaments for their street post for the 2021 Holiday season! Through the hard work and vision of community leader Mrs. Hazel Moore, Commissioner for the City of Memphis’ City Beautiful Commission, Jerred Price, County Commissioner Eddie Jones, Commissioner Ed Ford Jr., and GWERC’s Michael Harris, we have engaged the public for opinions, secured the funding, ordered these new lights, and worked with the city to ensure they can and will be installed along Elvis Presley Blvd this season”.  Click HERE for article.

Drag Racing & Donuts Downtown: Holding People Accountable

September 7, 2021

Downtown residents reached out to DNA President Jerred Price about the concerning lack of response to drag racing & donuts by a downtown officer responding to a call.  Jerred was quick to contact MDP leadership and report this concern.  The MPD assured this was not acceptable and would address it with the officer accordingly.  See News Channel 3 story HERE.

State Approves Bill Increasing Fines for Drag Racing

August 22, 2021

In case you missed it recently, Tennessee passed a bill that increases the penalty for drag racing. | “I was very happy to participate in discussions and provide feedback to help get this bill pushed through at the state level. The safety of Memphians and Downtowners should be one of our top priorities” says DNA President Jerred Price

Free Parking Restored in Tom Lee Park; Tom Lee Park Renovation Breaks Ground - The Fight For "Enough" Parking Continues.

July 14th, 2021

Action News 5 talks reports on the ground breaking of Tom Lee Park and how metered parking is no longer planned for the 68 spaces in/next to the park. The Fight for "enough" parking per mediation agreement between Memphis in May & Memphis River Parks continues.  Read more: CLICK HERE

The Plea For More Parking Continues for New TLP Design; Jerred Talks to Action News 5 & Joined By Councilman Martavius Jones

July 14th, 2021

Action News 5 talks to Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.'s Jerred Price about how MRPP is cutting parking lots by more than 50% in the new Tom Lee Park Redesign and making these spots "pay to play"; No more free parking in the public park.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Fighting for Equitable Access to Our Downtown Parks; Jerred Speaks Up

July 7th, 2021

Action News 5 talks to Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.'s Jerred Price about advocating for new enough parking in the new Tom Lee Park Redesign; Current plans cut out free, park side equitable parking.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Downtown Stakeholders Advocate for Speed Bumps; City Helps By Changing Policy

June 25, 2021

News Channel 3 talks to Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.'s Jerred Price about advocating for new speed bumps and helping to address downtown safety concerns.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Jerred Price to Play His "Almost Elton John" Show Live At The Garden: Locals Live! 

April 19, 2021

Action News 5 Reports: End the month with a live musical performance at Locals Live: Memphis Music at the Garden presented by Regions Bank with Almost Elton John. Almost Elton John, Memphis’s #1 Elton John tribute show featuring Jerred Price as Elton John, hits the stage June 26 at the Radians Amphitheater.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Downtown Neighborhood Assoc. Working With MPD On Downtown Safety

April 19, 2021

News Channel 3 Reports: DNA President, Jerred Price, speaks about the recent increase in crime downtown and how MPD and DNA are working closely to help counteract and push back against it.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Music Returning to the Mud Island Amphitheater | Community Engagement Event with Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.

March 18, 2021

News Channel 3 Reports: Nearly two dozen people gathered at the Carolina Watershed bar and restaurant on East Carolina to discuss what the city should do with millions it has set aside to renovate the nearly 40-year-old amphitheater.  The event was lead by DNA President Jerred Price.  Read more: CLICK HERE

Jerred advocates and rallies community members to get tax-payer paid for historic street reopened in downtown after 6 month closure.  

March 20, 2021

News Channel 3 Reports: Nearly two dozen people gathered at the Carolina Watershed bar and restaurant on East Carolina to discuss what the city should do with millions it has set aside to renovate the nearly 40-year-old amphitheater.  The event was lead by DNA President Jerred Price.  Read Fox13 story here: CLICK HERE

Revamped: Mud Island Amphitheater will be restored to live concert venue

March 18, 2021

Fox 13 Reports: Finding a unified purpose for the facility is the reason behind Downtown Neighborhood Association President Jerred Price forming a committee last year to develop plans for the venue. “After a lot of advocacy and a lot of conversation we are excited to see Mayor Strickland is allocating four million [to save this venue],” Price said. Read more: CLICK HERE

Focus Mid-South Magazine: Keeping HIV/AIDS Funding Local (Feat. Jerred Price)

December 30, 2020

Thanks to Memphis LGBT+ advocate Jerred Price, The Elton John AIDS Foundation is the recipient of the Focus Awards 2020 People’s Choice prize. The $2500 cash donation and a $5000 advertising spend were awarded by Price to the group to support local work in the Mid-South.  Read more: CLICK HERE

#SaveOurRestaurants: Memphis Protest

December 21, 2020

The Commercial Appeal reports: The protest, called Save Our Restaurants, is being planned in part by Jerred Price.  "With less than 5% of tracked clusters coming from restaurants, the data just doesn't back up shutting down one of Memphis' largest industries - those operating safely deserve to stay open". Read more: CLICK HERE

"Fight The Blight" Helping Clean Up Downtown

December 10, 2020

The Commercial Appeal front page news story: “Help as many as you can as much as you can for as long as you can.”  Read More: CLICK HERE


Effort Underway to Save Mud Island Amphitheater

August 5, 2020

Local Memphis (ABC 24) talks to Downtown Neighborhood Association, Jerred Price, about their plan to save the Mud Island Amphitheater. Click HERE to watch!

WATCH: Out of work restaurant service workers help clean up blight in Memphis - DNA's "Fight The Blight" Program 

August 4, 2020

FOX 13 catches up with Two Broke Bartenders & DNA President Jerred Price for a story about their new partnership to fight blight in downtown. Click HERE to watch!

Downtown Neighborhood Assocation Partners with Two Broke Bartenders to Clean Up Blight

August 3, 2020

Michael Donahue of The Memphis Flyer covers DNA's new "Fight The Blight" Program created by DNA President, Jerred Price. Click HERE to read more!

Group Aims to Revive Mud Island Amphitheater

July 21, 2020

Toby Sells of The Memphis Flyer interviews DNA President Jerred Price about new committee and plans to bring back the beloved Mud Island Amphitheater.

Click HERE!

Jerred Talks to ABC 24 about Riverside Drive Closure

Riverside Drive closure frustrating several in downtown.

July 16, 2020

Jerred Price, City of Memphis City Beautiful Commissioner & DNA President, opens up about frustrations with the closure of Riverside Drive and how it is frustrating several downtowners.  Click HERE!

Frank Talk on Human Rights with ABC24 Memphis

LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter continuing the fight for equality.

June 26, 2020

Continuing the fight on equality with Jerred Price, City of Memphis / Memphis City Beautiful Commissioner and Anchor, John Paul. Join in on the discussion.   Click HERE!

Community Leaders Speak About Social Change & Racism on ABC 24

June 18, 2020

Jerred joins his friend Aubrey Ombre to have a difficult discussion on racism & trans rights. Aubrey made Memphis history by being the first trans woman to be interviewed on air about trans rights. Click HERE!

Jerred featured in Daily Memphian in Opinion Article - MRPP needs to polish the ‘jewel’ on our front porch: Mud Island River Park

June 9, 2020

Jerred writes opinion piece for The Daily Memphian regarding plans to renovate Tom Lee Park & the abandoned state of Mud Island River Park. Click HERE!

Rainbow Crosswalk To Be Installed In Cooper-Young This Weekend

October 31, 2019

Action News 5 covers the story of the state's first rainbow crosswalk being installed on Nov 2, 2019!  The projects curator/founder, Jerred Price, is excited to make state history with the Cooper Young Association! See more HERE!

Jerred Advocates for Free MATA Passes for Students

July 30, 2019

Free bus passes for students? He first brought this idea to Mayor Lee Harris and SCS Board Member Stephanie Love back in early 2019 at a town hall meeting held by Commissioner Mickell Lowery at the National Civil Rights Museum. Soon after, the school board acted on his idea and approved expanding their partnership with MATA to provide bus passes for students and their families. Nearly 3,000 Shelby County Schools students can now rely on MATA as another form of transportation to get to and from school.

Jerred Price: Human Race Advocate

March 6, 2019

Focus Magazine's Kevin Shaw does a story on Jerred and his contagious passion for Memphis, music, and people! See more HERE!

The Memphis Flyer:  We Recommend "Almost Elton John"

March 3, 2016

Chris Davis at the Memphis Flyer wrote a review and recommendation for Jerred's hit show "Almost Elton John" which started at Hard Rock Cafe Memphis.  Now, the residency has moved to Lafayette's of Memphis.  See more HERE!

Choose 901:   36 Reasons to Move To Memphis by Jerred Price

March 24th, 2016

Jerred wrote his second article for the well known "Choose901" Memphis advocacy organization!  See just some of the reasons Jerred is excited about Memphis! See more HERE!

Choose 901:   New Addition Coming to Victorian Village by Jerred Price

Dec 8, 2015

Jerred wrote his first ever article as a guest at the well known "Choose901" Memphis advocacy organization!  He was very proud to share the news of growth and development in his new neighborhood: Victorian Village! See more HERE!