At a Glance for Sept. 1, 2016

Golfers ask for support to raise education dollars

The Bartlett Education Foundation has teamed up with First Tennessee Bank, Brother Industries and area companies and restaurants for its first Golfathon. About 40 golfers will attempt to play 100 holes of golf on Sept. 20 at Quail Ridge Golf Course.

These golfers will be asking for donation support at Funds will go to the Bartlett Education Foundation Grant Program for teachers with Bartlett City Schools.

These grants are used to carry out innovative projects that enrich the standard curriculum in ways that directly affect students’ day-to-day classroom experiences as well as improve the education system as a whole.

The grant program has grown year over year awarding over $150,000 in grants to the Bartlett area public schools since 1998. Grants are awarded each fall, with the main criteria of enhancing the classroom experiences that directly involve students, motivational learning, hands-on learning, and the number of students served by the grant.

Co-chairs are Mayor Keith McDonald, BCS Superintendent David Stephens and Joel Smith senior vice president of Commercial Banking with First Tennessee Bank.

For more information about the BEF, visit their web page or call (901) 372-9457.

First Responders Monument opens donation page

Dollar amounts are in thousands.

A Bartlett committee is working to raise an estimated $200,000 to erect a monument to the first responders who serve citizens in emergencies.

The group will be selling a calendar of firefighters and police for $10 at the upcoming Bartlett Festival and also has opened a donation page that citizens are invited to visit at

The GoFundMe page currently has $400 in donations, but there have been other donations before that page was created.

To date, the group has raised almost $14,000, according to Bartlett alderman Emily Elliott, who is chairing the project’s ad hoc committee.

Major donors so far have been First South Financial Credit Union, First Tennessee and Herbi-Systems.

Clubs and other organizations are encouraged to dream up their own fundraisers for this cause. For example, last weekend the Lawful Sons Motorcycle Club held a “poker run” with proceeds donated to the monument.

See this video for a look at the monument’s design.



City seeks Bartlett’s lifelong residents and oldest citizen

Bartlett-Sesq-logo-SMALL-WEIn honor of Bartlett’s 150th anniversary, the Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for the oldest citizen in Bartlett. Is this you? Or do you know someone who fits the bill? The honoree will be recognized during the Sesquicentennial program at the Bartlett Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, and will also be in the Christmas Parade.

The Sesquicentennial Committee is also looking for citizens 60 years old and older who have lived their entire lives in Bartlett (college and military service excluded). These people will be recognized during the Sesquicentennial Program at the Bartlett Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1. Depending on the number of people, they also will be in the Christmas Parade.

For either case, people are asked to contact Sue Griffith Coleman by phone at (901) 336-8595 or by e-mail at, or go to the City of Bartlett’s Facebook page to leave your name, e-mail address and phone number. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.