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ACS pursues strong legislative agenda

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Arlington’s school board is asking the legislature for full state funding and opposing the use of student test data in teachers’ and principals’ evaluations. Resolutions on both topics passed at the Jan. 26 Arlington Community Schools (ACS) board meeting. Funding needs The Basic Education Program (BEP) is the funding formula through which state education dollars […]

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Legislative updates for Feb. 4, 2016

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3 already plan campaigns to fill Fincher’s seat After serving three terms, U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher announced Monday he will not seek re-election to the 8th Congressional District. In a statement, he said, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of West Tennessee, but I never intended to become a career politician. The […]

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Arlington defeats Bartlett 66-62

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The Bartlett Panthers fell 66-62 to Arlington Friday night despite having the lead at halftime. After a 19-17 run in the first quarter, the Panthers held on to a 38-37 lead at halftime. However, Arlington used a 16-10 run to open the second quarter and gain the lead. Both teams traded baskets in the final […]

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Lakeland approves $2.8 million school site work, $644K LES re-roofing

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The Lakeland school board unanimously approved two construction agreements Monday night — one for site work on the middle school project and another for the elementary school’s re-roofing project. Pro Site Construction LLC was the lowest qualified bidder for the school site development work at $2,578,453.68. Adding another $250,000 for construction contingencies (a routine step […]

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Saint Francis nurse earns national honor

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David McWhirter, a registered nurse at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, has been honored with the DAISY Award for Extra-ordinary Nurses. This national award recognizes nurses for the excellent care they provide to patients. (The award’s name is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) McWhirter joined Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett in March 2015. He has been […]

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Bartlett Police reports for Jan. 24-31, 2016

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The Bartlett Police Department (BPD) handled the following incidents for Jan. 24-31. This listing includes the most notable incidents for the reporting period and does not necessarily reflect all police activity. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. […]

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Sen. Alexander: Generic drug approvals remain too slow

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slowed down its pace of approving generic drugs, threatening the program’s ability to increase competition and lower the price of drugs for patients, according to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health Committee. On Thursday, he noted that this slowdown has occurred […]

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Lakeland shoots for August 2017 middle school opening

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Lakeland will open its new middle school in August 2017, an entire year earlier than originally planned, if all parts of the building project continue to line up correctly. Dr. Ted Horrell, Lakeland School System’s superintendent, proposed the timeline change at the Feb. 1 school board work session, saying that the project to date has been […]

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At-a-Glance for Feb. 4, 2016

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Astronomical Society invites all on Feb. 5 Starry-eyed skygazers have an opportunity to meet with likeminded friends this week to discuss their shared interests. The Memphis Astronomical Society will meet at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in the Assisi Hall Science Auditorium on the campus of Christian Brothers University at East Parkway South and Central Avenue. […]

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Olympus pops cork on $12M deal

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Shelby County was abuzz last week when news broke that Olympus plans to construct a new $12 million East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park and add 280 jobs. But the project has been in the works for about a year, according to Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce President John Threadgill. […]

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