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Honoring 5 slain: Flags at half-staff

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Arlington residents rock to Music on the Square

Arlington residents broke out their lawn chairs Saturday for the popular Music on the Square. The summer event features music and food to satisfy the crowds. The monthly musical performance fill those summertime Saturday nights with a little community spirit. The event is monthly on the third Saturday, 7-10 p.m. at the town’s historic Depot […]

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At a Glance for July 23, 2015

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You’ll rule for back to school See this week’s special section for all the information you need to be ready when school (gasp) starts up again next month. Just tell us one thing: Where has the summer gone? CANCELLED: July training set up for Bartlett Kids Triathlon The Bartlett Recreation Center (BRC) is hosting a […]

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Bartlett man denounces 2012 annexation, demands to be de-annexed

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After Bartlett’s leaders approved routine business at the city’s July 14 city board meeting, an irate citizen took his turn at the podium and gave the mayor and board a piece of his mind. Murphy Farley is fed up with how the city’s annexation of his neighborhood is affecting him, and he’s quite serious when […]

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Lakeland group petitions state to deny school funding method

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A vocal group of Lakelanders who worry about the city’s finances still oppose the compromise choice of building a middle school for $20 million. They are making their feelings known with a petition to the state comptroller. They are digging in their heels because of the funding burden on a small population, not the concept […]

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Youth Chorus invites ages 9-15 to tryouts

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A rare combination of talented musicians here in the Mid-South has won the hearts of U.S. presidents, dignitaries, and international and local audiences. The West TN Youth Chorus (WTYC) is now celebrating 20 years of operation since its founding in 1996 by director Martha Wrightas a program for vocally and musically gifted children. This afterschool program includes […]

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Mud Camp unites Memphis-area kids of different races, religions in fun

“That was so awesome! I can’t wait to do it again!” Jocelyn said as she scampered off towards the black tubular slide. The slide, one of two, sits atop a sloped embankment and deposits children, like Jocelyn, into the caramel brown waters of the Mud Hole (or Mud Pit, depending on your preference) — the […]

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Opinions across Tennessee for July 23, 2015

Obama sends Iran deal to UN prematurely CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, denounced the Obama administration’s decision to endorse the Iran nuclear deal at the United Nations (UN) Security Council before a vote in Congress. “The administration’s decision … is contrary to the spirit of […]

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Me and the mayor? Yeah, we’re tight. Got his cell number

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My status in the Bartlett community has been redefined. Devastatingly so. Short version: I’m not nearly as influential as I once thought. For years I’ve been writing that I am one of the few who were privy to Mayor Keith McDonald’s personal cell phone number. “I could share it with you,” I would say, “but […]

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Lakeland’s new planning director describes vision, priorities

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Tom Skehan is the new planning pirector for the City of Lakeland. He took time this week to speak with the Bartlett Express about his background and what he sees as the direction for Lakeland’s future. Where are you from? Well my dad was in the Air Force, so we transferred quite a bit. All […]

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