Bartlett ups its BBQ profile

BBQFestLogoThe Bartlett BBQ Fest is now a Memphis Barbeque Network-sanctioned event, and amateurs and pros alike are welcome to compete. The event will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 as part of the Bartlett Festival at W.J. Freeman Park.

Alderman David Parsons, the city’s Bartlett BBQ Fest chairman, said at the city board’s Aug. 23 meeting that team applications are now being accepted and should be snapped up quickly. Cooks will compete for who makes the best pulled pork and ribs. Entry is $135 for one category or $185 to enter both.

Winners will receive trophies and cash awards from first place through fifth. The grand champion will also take home $500 for cumulative points in both categories.

Ancillary cooking competitions will award $100 cash prizes in the categories of chicken, beef, fish/seafood, dessert and BBQ side dish. Entry fees are $20 per dish.

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In other business at the latest city board meeting, Bartlett’s leaders approved a site plan for a corporate expansion, set a public hearing date for amendments to a planned development, approved right-of-way purchases and conducted other business. Vice mayor Jack Young presided. Mayor Keith McDonald and aldermen Bobby Simmons and Paula Sedgwick were absent.

A Public hearing is set for Sept. 27 to approve amendments to the planned development for Brunswick Village at Wolfchase, Phase 2.

The board approved the site plan contract for the Brimhall Foods expansion. The developer, TBLN Investments LLC, will pay $38,946.18 in city fees, and the bond is set at $175,803.89.
For details on the planned development, the Brimhall expansion and other agenda items, see CityBd082516.

The board also authorized the purchase of two right-of-way tracts for $62,173 to widen Old Brownsville Road between Austin Peay Highway and Kirby Whitten Road.

The board passed a routine resolution to open a deposit account with First Citizens National Bank and to authorize transactions relating to proceeds from 2016 Series General Obligation Bonds.

At the meeting, the city’s reserve firefighters presented a check of $4,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The donation was amassed from funds gathered during the “Fill the Boot” fundraiser. The organization’s primary fundraiser for charitable donations is also coming up again soon: The annual Firefighters Pancake Breakfast will be Oct. 8.

In other business, the board approved:

  • A special event permit for a festival and car show fundraiser for the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home. The event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the facility. The address for the Bartlett campus is 6896 U.S. 70.
  • A special event permit for the Hunters Walk Neighborhood Sale. The event will be 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Hunters Walk Neighborhood.
  • The lowest bid to buy two knuckleboom trash loaders for the city. Tag Truck Center won the bid at a cost of $129,687.08 per truck, or a total cost of $259,374.16. 
  • The lowest bid for buying an automated side-loader refuse truck for the city. Sansom won the bid at a cost of $234,500.
  • The bid for two trucks, a Ford F-150 and a Dodge Ram 1500, for the city. Country Ford won the bid to provide the F-150 at a cost of $23,997, and Premier Automotive won the bid to provide the Dodge Ram 1500 for $20,895.36.

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to