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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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Bartlett ornament marks city’s 150th

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One thing common among Bartlett residents at the holidays hangs bright and shiny and right in front of them on their Christmas trees: The city’s collectible ornaments. This year’s version is a deep blue glass globe with the red “150 Years” emblem, designed to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial. They cost $10, and this year they […]

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The advantages of last-minute holiday shopping

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Tackling tasks well in advance has many advantages, and often it is in one’s best interest to be ahead of the game, including when the game at hand is holiday shopping. But men and women who simply can’t get a head start on their holiday shopping need not fear, as waiting until the eleventh hour […]

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How to manage shopping trips with tots in tow

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Holiday shopping has changed considerably since the dawn of the Information Age. Whereas holiday shopping once required shoppers to spend hours perusing stores at the local mall, nowadays many shoppers get the bulk of their shopping done online. Shopping online may be convenient, but more traditional holiday shopping still affords shoppers the chance to find […]

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Families harvest tradition, trees, pumpkins at Priddy Farms

Stepping out of the car at Priddy Farms in Bartlett, customers inhale deeply and say it already smells like Christmas before their shoes crunch on the gravel. The scent of cedar and pine fills the air, already laced with smoke from the campfire where children are roasting marshmallows. The occasional chainsaw growls, and machinery whirs […]

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Gnome Home: Bartlett woodworker gives in to whimsy

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Bartlett retiree Ray Bills saw something no one else did in the Y-shaped stump of a grand old elm, and today his gnome home is bringing smiles to neighbors and others who pass his home at 2506 Elmore Park. “At one time it was just a beautiful spreading elm tree, and it covered up half […]

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Prayer, support help Kim Griffin traverse breast cancer

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Editor’s note: We apologize for not having a photo of Kim to accompany this article as we did for the other survivors in our breast cancer special section. She was lovely in a pair of slacks, bright pink blouse and matching pink lipstick at the interview. For some reason, the office camera’s brand-new memory card glitched, and her images […]

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Pet rescuers

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