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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tranquil view for a troubling Easter: Armed visitor diverted from Bellevue service

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[Editor’s note: Corrected to accurately describe the rifle. It was not an assault rifle.] The armed man who visited Bellevue Baptist Church on Easter Sunday remained under a mental health evaluation as of Tuesday. Marcus Donald, 31, entered the church with a loaded .40-caliber Beretta in his pants pocket and a 300 Black Out AR […]

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Tenn. group opposes closing access to police body camera footage

[Editor’s note: After this week’s press deadline, state lawmakers killed the bill about when police body camera video can be publicly accessible.] The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to preserve and promote government transparency, opposes a legislative proposal that would close indefinitely public access to body camera footage related to questions […]

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Farm Bureau in Tennessee raises $350K to fight breast cancer

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The American Cancer Society recently recognized Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee for their 2015 campaign that raised more than $350,000 for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” events in Tennessee. Since partnering with the ACS in 2012, Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee has raised nearly $1.4 million […]

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Orion donates $15K to sickle cell center

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Orion Federal Credit Union recently presented a $15,000 donation to Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley for his charity of choice, Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Conley is a longtime supporter of Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which runs a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’s first dedicated emergency infusion unit for sickle cell […]

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Lakeland cuts ribbon for Carroll’s

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3rd annual charity pickleball tournament set for April 1-2

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Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country is bursting at the seams right here in Bartlett. Organizers say the third annual Bartlett Pickleball Tournament — slated for April 1-2 this year — has grown steadily every year, and the 2016 event has shot past the projected 20 percent growth goal. Pickleball is a racquet […]

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Bartlett carpenter recalls life on Shelby Street

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Today’s column reproduces portions of a May 1981 article from The Bartlett Express. When Arthur Perry was a small boy, he lived aboard the steam-billowing trains of the L&N. His daddy repaired the rails, […]

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Fraud updates for March 31, 2016

MLGW warns of email scam MEMPHIS — Memphis Light, Gas and Water issued an alert after customers started receiving fake emails. According to reports, scammers are sending emails that say they are from executives with the company. Each email instructs the victim to wire money. MLGW says these emails are fake. Customers who receive a similar email are urged to […]

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Bartlett author writes for ‘Chicken Soup’ book

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Local author Jeri McBryde has a story included in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog. Her story is “The Dog that Lives under the Table.” This book includes 101 humorous, touching and true stories about canine companions. McBryde, who is from Bartlett, said she loves sharing her life […]

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Expanding Medicaid in Tenn. can help mental illness care

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that Tennessee can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for its residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In Tennessee, 114,000 uninsured people with a mental illness or substance use disorder had incomes that could qualify them for […]

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Anti-transgender bathroom bill dies

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A bill viewed by transgender students as discriminatory died in committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives on March 23. The bill would have required transgender students to use bathroom’s that match their sex at birth. Instead, the bill died in a House Education Administration and Planning Committee meeting that was packed with transgender youth […]

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Senators urged to back criminal justice reform

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee civil rights and criminal justice advocates held a press call on March 23, urging Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander to support the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. The bill, which would implement reforms to the nation’s criminal justice system, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee more than […]

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