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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Lightning strikes burns home, takes 1 life in Lakeland

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A Lakeland woman reportedly died in a house fire started by lightning today, June 30. The fire was on the 9100 block of Gainsborough Drive, Lakeland. The woman’s name and other details are not currently available. We will update this story when more information is provided.

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Daycare owner heartbroken over bankruptcy, closure

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A Lakeland day care center shocked employees and parents on June 21 when the owner abruptly closed its doors and announced she was filing for bankruptcy. Funtime Learning Center had been operating for 21 years, but owner Lisa Naquin could not hold up under the financial pressures. “Over the course of 21 years, the children […]

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Panther Pom keeps the spirit going

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Memphis car dealer named to national office

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David Andrews, owner of City Auto in Memphis and other automotive enterprises, began his 2017-2018 term as president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) by receiving the President’s Ring during the National Leadership Awards Banquet at the association’s 71st annual convention and expo at The Mirage in Las Vegas. During his address at […]

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Lady Panthers Night

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Trump approves major disaster declaration for TN

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding May 27-28. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private […]

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Calling all volunteers: Girl Scouts needs you

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Girl Scouts Heart of the South, based in Memphis, has many opportunities for people to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of girls in the Mid-South. Volunteers get to be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. The Heart of the South office is […]

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Election Commission certifies 95th House election

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At the regular monthly meeting of the Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC on June 21, commissioners voted unanimously to certify the results of the June 15 election, won by Kevin Vaughn. “Everything balanced perfectly,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections for SCEC. During the meeting, Democratic commissioner Norma Lester recognized Phillips for her smooth and […]

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Bright lights, big advice: Check laws, safety for fireworks use

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Bartlett parents who don’t mind their children waving around a bright sparkler in the July 4 twilight can take heart in the fact that the city doesn’t have a specific ordinance prohibiting minor fireworks. As long as users avoid making enough noise to offend the neighbors and continue to use commonsense fire safety precautions, they […]

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Shelby County jobless rate drops to 3.5%

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Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017, released last week, have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in one, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Shelby County has an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, […]

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New Neighbors group selects board members

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Lakeland youths get help with T-shirt tie-dying

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Wringing some fun out of their summer break is what several youths did on June 9 in Lakeland. They were at the Tie-Dye Naturally Workshop presented by Memphis Botanic Garden and hosted at International Harvester Managerial Park. Youth participants learned how animals and plants play a role in creating a variety of fabrics and dyes […]

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