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Lakeland Elementary nominated for national honor

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Lakeland Elementary School (LES) is in the running for a national honor. On Feb. 9, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell announced that LES is one of six Tennessee schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon School designation. LES was nominated as an “Exemplary High Performing School.” indicating that its scores were at least in the top […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Colleges and universities have the following announcements about Mid-South students. Honors Taylor Mallett of Arlington was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. Eligible students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Britney Bost of Bartlett […]

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Higher court denies Lakeland’s appeal in bond lawsuit

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Lakeland lost an appeal last Wednesday and now faces a handful of its citizens in court. The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tenn., announced Jan. 30 that the court denied an interlocutory appeal filed by the City of Lakeland in the lawsuit, Melton vs. Lakeland. (According to uslegal.com, an interlocutory appeal is “an appeal […]

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No criminal charges warranted in 2017 fatal shooting of Lakeland woman

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LAKELAND — Circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a Lakeland woman last year do not support the filing of criminal charges against the two deputies who shot her, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said on Feb. 1. The case involved the March 17, 2017, shooting death of 59-year-old Nancy Jane Lewellyn, who had said […]

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Woman robbed at gunpoint in Kroger parking lot

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Law enforcement is investigating an armed robbery at Kroger in the 9000 block of Highway 64 in Lakeland. Officers arrived on the scene and spoke with victim who said she was robbed at gunpoint. According to the report, the victim was loading her groceries into her car when she was approached by a man. The man […]

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Authorities investigating attempted carjacking at Sonic

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Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a carjacking that just doesn’t make sense. It happened at the Sonic in Lakeland in midnight. The Sheriff’s Office says two brothers and two of their friends were sitting in the car when armed men stole their watches and the car. At least, that’s how the brothers described it. […]

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Lakeland criticizes big drop in Republic’s trash service

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Lakeland’s city leaders discussed taking a tougher stance with the city’s trash service provider, heard details about the latest audit and contemplated several other resolutions at the city board’s Jan. 4 work session. Republic Services has been giving the city below-average service on trash and recycling pickups for several months, reaching a new low right […]

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Lakeland bond lawsuit heads to appeals court

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Lakeland’s plans to issue a bond and build a new high school remain on hold, pending an appeal that’s the latest part of an ongoing lawsuit. The city missed its end-of-2017 goal for issuing the bond before tax changes go into effect, and city manager Jim Atkinson said it’s estimated this will cost the city […]

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Collegiate Corner

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Universities and colleges have announced news about students from Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland. Universities announce dean’s and president’s lists Melanie Sevilla, a junior English major from Lakeland, was among approximately 890 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2017 dean’s list. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during […]

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Area recycling options for live Christmas trees

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That dried-out live Christmas tree that once looked so crisp and smelled so wonderful has to go out the door when the strings of lights come down and the ornaments are packed away for another year. Shelby County and local suburban governments are clear about how they can help with disposals. In Bartlett, residents can […]

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Who’s closing for New Year’s Day?

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The Bartlett Express office at 2850 Stage Village Cove, Suite 5, will be closed on Monday in honor of New Year’s Day. Area municipalities also have announced their remaining holiday closures. Bartlett Bartlett City Offices, the senior center, library and animal shelter will be closed on Jan. 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day. Trash pickup […]

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Lakeland named as Adventure Tourism District

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In 2017, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development designated Lakeland as an Adventure Tourism District. This designation allows qualified new businesses in the district to earn job tax credits to offset a portion of the businesses’ Tennessee franchise and excise tax liability. Qualified businesses include restaurants, hotels, or other tourist-related attractions. The certification must be […]

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