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Monthly Archives: December 2014

At a Glance for Jan. 1, 2015

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Tenn. residents eligible for free flowering trees Residents of Tennessee can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. The 6- to 12-inch trees will be shipped at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31. To join, send $10 […]

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Recycling program makes mulch out of holiday discards

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Now in its 16th year, the Shelby County recycling program for discarded holiday greenery is already welcoming piles of the county’s Christmas cast-offs at an Agricenter recycling center. Christmas trees and other greenery (free of lights and decorations) can be dropped off near Showplace Arena at 105 South Germantown Road, anytime through Jan. 10. Mulch […]

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Lakeland fire destroys 1 home, damages 2

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The day after Christmas was a frightening experience for a Lakeland couple, who watched their home and all its contents go up in flames. Reva and Don Brown were home when a fire broke out at their house at 9036 Breckenridge Cove, but they only suffered smoke inhalation. The Shelby County Fire Department sent multiple […]

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Bartlett Police reports for Dec. 22-28, 2014

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The Bartlett Police Department (BPD) reported the following incidents for Dec. 22-28, 2014. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. These are brief summaries of detailed BPD reports. Dec. 22 Germantown Road (business burglary) Responded at 9:44 a.m. […]

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Major property crimes, domestic violence drop in Shelby County, Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN — The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission has released the countywide and city of Memphis crime statistics for January-November 2014. The reported major property crime rate for Jan-November 2014 YTD was down 3.7 percent countywide and 3.3 percent in the City of Memphis, compared to the same period in 2013. The reported major property crime […]

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‘BUILD NOW’

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Bond issue supporters want to build Lakeland Prep now. They say: Interest rates are low, Property costs are low, Arlington has capacity issues, and Schools are needed for Lakeland to compete with other cities for residential and business growth. Bond supporters say the capacity issues are Arlington Middle School and, to a lesser extent, at […]

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‘BUILD LATER’

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Bond issue opponents want to wait on building and adding to the city’s debt. These four points are the most comment arguments: Arlington schools can handle the Lakeland students while providing a good education, Lakeland Prep isn’t immediately needed to attract residents to the city, The city can’t afford to build Lakeland Prep without multiple […]

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School, bond issues divide Lakeland

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NEXT MEETINGS 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Lakeland school board work session, Lakeland City Hall 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Lakeland Board of Commissioners work session, Lakeland City Hall 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Lakeland school board business meeting, Lakeland City Hall 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Lakeland Board of Comissioners business meeting, Lakeland City Hall Two Lakeland groups […]

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Legals for Dec. 25, 2014

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City of Bartlett LEGAL NOTICE Pursuant to the requirements of Ordinance 8-307 of the City of Bartlett, TN, the following information is made known to all interested persons: Mohammad A. Ullah, has applied for an OFF-Premises permit to sell beer at Quail Ridge One Stop, located at 4230 Altruria Rd., Bartlett, TN 38135. The Bartlett […]

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Election Commission: petition guidelines

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Upon request, the Shelby County Election Commission has provided general information on the petition process for a general obligation bond referendum, such as the one a group of Lakeland citizens are pursuing for the city’s $50 million school bond issuance. The number of signatures required is 10 percent of a municipality’s registered voters at the […]

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600+ signatures and counting

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Locals aim to force a vote on Lakeland’s $50M bond. HOW TO GET INVOLVED Concerned Citizens of Lakeland: Ask to be added to this Facebook group to participate in discussions. Petition for a referendum: Contact community activist Stephanie Lefler of Lakeland via email at stephlefler@gmail.com about the petition or come by her house at 9606 Oak […]

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Arlington superintendent’s perspective

School capacity issues in Arlington will not affect the district’s willingness to educate Lakeland’s children, according to Arlington school superintendent Tammy Mason. The high school has room, the crowded middle school can adapt, and Lakeland’s parents will always have a voice in their children’s education in Arlington. Arlington High School has a capacity of just […]

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