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Birthday girl in Bartlett

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Former Bartlett author debuts novel, ‘Rooted’

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Idabel Allen’s fresh voice in in literary fiction is bringing a new, vivid novel to Amazon.com and other online booksellers on May 2. “Rooted” will be available in trade paperback and in both Kindle and Nook formats. The former Bartlett resident has two other works under her belt and another currently being considered by a […]

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Viola Street marks 100 years as family’s beloved queen bee

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One hundred years look good on Viola Street. The Robinwood Retirement Community resident was relaxed and smiling last Wednesday in a pink, silver and white pantsuit when she welcomed family and friends to her centennial birthday. Her daughter, Barbara Linder, looked on indulgently as her mom greeted guest after guest. “She’s still the queen and […]

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Lakeland cowgirl has barrels of fun

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A blanket of sun warms the snow-saturated air, and steam blows from the horse’s lips. Hailey Green walks around her horse, Pistol, as she reaches under his blanket to check his body temperature; he is warm, and she buries her hands under the blanket. She smiles as the feeling returns to her fingers and then […]

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Couple hits the road for open-ended travel

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[Editor’s note: With the exception of the blog link at the bottom of this story, external links in this article are to related topics; these links were not provided by the interview subjects.] Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry are young professionals who could work almost anywhere, so they poured their dreams into a mobile lifestyle. […]

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Solutions for feral cats take work, patience, and networking

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Animal lovers who have compassion for feral cats are using social media to help protect the free-ranging cats that they enjoy. That includes Facebook groups, websites and more. Their goal is to compassionately care for and control a growing cat population, and one key action is to participate in a trap-neuter-release (TNR) program. This can […]

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How to keep working out when New Year’s resolutions fade

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Health and fitness goals are perennial chart-toppers on most people’s New Year’s resolutions list, and it’s around this time each year that good intentions falter. According to StatisticBrain.com, nearly three-fourths of people surveyed said they typically make it through just the first week with their resolutions. Compliance drops off to 58.4 percent after one month. […]

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Traffic stops: Stay smart, calm and safe

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Blue lights are no one’s favorite vision in a rearview mirror. Tickets are expensive and embarrassing. Red-faced drivers may dread confessing that they forgot their ID. And officers and citizens all know that any simple encounter can turn deadly in the wrong circumstances. So what’s a driver to do? Being calm and respectful will go […]

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A spirit of charity helps single mom through the holiday

Many people find that the charitable urge tugs at their hearts a little stronger around Christmas. Because of a death in the family, one Bartlett police officer wasn’t available to participate this year in the Fraternal Order of Police’s usual Christmas shopping trip for children in need or other charitable works of the season. But […]

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2016 Letters to Santa

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Every year it warms hearts at The Bartlett Express to read children’s letters to Santa. For Christmas 2016, we are sharing these first-graders’ letters provided by Bartlett’s elementary schools, along with some of the students’ drawings and colored pictures for the jolly old elf. Bartlett Elementary Dear Santa, I hop you don’t get tired. I […]

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Local author writes Memphis ‘must-do’ bucket list book

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People who live in the Memphis area sometimes overlook its charms, and Samantha Crespo is luring natives and visitors alike with what the city and its surrounds have to offer. A seasoned travel writer, Crespo this year published the updated version of her popular book, “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die,” 2nd […]

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Things to consider when hosting for the holidays

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Holiday hosts have a lot on their plates. The work of holiday hosting does not begin when the first guest arrives. It starts weeks before, when homeowners begin preparing their homes for overnight guests. Because the holiday season can be so busy, it’s easy for hosts to overlook certain things as the day their first […]

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