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Lakeland Motel 6 drug ust nabs 22 teens from Arlington, Oakland

A March 29 drug bust at a Lakeland motel room is sending a roomful of teens – some as young as 14 – to juvenile court. Five older youths from Arlington and Oakland are facing felony charges. On a tip, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives began watching Room 213 at Motel 6, located at […]

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Lakeland seeks historic items for county exhibit

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On Monday, Lakeland began collecting historical memorabilia for an exhibit that opens in downtown Memphis this spring. The display will be visible around May 15 through August in three large glass cases in the lobby of the Vasco A. Smith Jr. County Administration building at 160 N. Main St., Memphis. The building is open 8 […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Colleges and universities have released the following information about area students. Honors Rebecca Elliott of Arlington has been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, for earning a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Elliott is majoring in English. The following University of Memphis students were recently […]

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Bartlett club keeps Lakeland ‘Going Green’ party lively

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Folks went green to the annual Seniors 55+ Going Green Dinner, hosted at IH Clubhouse on March 9 in Lakeland. Decked out in green attire, seniors fit right in with the decorations honoring St. Patty’s Day and the upcoming arrival of spring. Bartlett Choral and Drama Club brought some New York City scenery to the […]

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Lawsuit filed in 2017 fatal shooting of Lakeland woman

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An attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in the case of Nancy Jane Lewellyn, a Lakeland woman shot to death in 2017 as she held a BB gun in her driveway. Daniel A. Seward filed the lawsuit for a total of $20 million on behalf of the victim’s […]

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Different bond for Lakeland High fails to get vote

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Politically active Lakeland residents demanding a vote on a high school bond were crestfallen Thursday night when a resolution on this was not put to a vote. Commissioner Clark Plunk had proposed a resolution to have a referendum (public vote) on whether to issue general obligation bonds of up to $60 million. Of that amount, […]

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Sewer capacity issues could cripple local development

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Memphis is collecting data and working on solutions for a looming problem that could cripple development for several years. A sanitary sewer capacity issue could force a commercial and residential development freeze for most of Bartlett and Cordova, part of Lakeland and all of Wolfchase. On Monday, Robert Knecht, Memphis Public Works director, explained the […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Colleges and universities have the following announcements about local students. Scholarships Several Shelby County students have been awarded scholarships to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 2018-2019 academic year: Dakota R. Long of Memphis, daughter of April Long and Joe Long, will be a freshman. She received the Chancellor Scholarship. Daniel B. […]

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LSS reviews, tightens security for greater student safety

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The Lakeland school board reviewed the district’s safety and security measures at the March 1 business meeting. Like many school districts across the U.S., Lakeland School System has once again scrutinized ways to keep students safer in the wake of the tragic Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell said LSS […]

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Sewer capacity issues could freeze area development

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A sewer system that is near its capacity could soon force Memphis and Shelby County to freeze development for Wolfchase, most of Cordova and Bartlett, and part of Lakeland, according to news that broke on Monday. Capacity issues with the 35-square-mile Fletcher Creek drainage basin could suspend commercial or residential developments for a long time. […]

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LSS revokes old resolution for financing high school construction

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At Monday night’s meeting, the Lakeland School System board rescinded the highly contested resolution for refinancing the middle school and issuing a special type of bond to build a high school. This rescinding is just an acknowledgement that those documents are now outdated, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell said after the board meeting. He said it […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Colleges and universities have released the following information about area students. Academic honorees Ciara S. Johnson of Arlington and Annie Ouyang of Lakeland have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Rhodes College. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled in at least 16 credit hours of academic work […]

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