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Lakeland wades through city hall flood


By CAROLYN BAHM Express Editor Lakeland lived up to its name with a burst water heater flooding City Hall last weekend, doing $50,000 in damages. One to two inches of water seeped throughout much of the building, city manager Chris Thomas said. The flooding soaked carpets, fried computers that were housed under desks, damaged boxes […]

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Jan. 16 Legals

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE REALTY LAWSUIT As County Trustee, I am required by law to publish the following statement: You are advised that after March 28, 2014, additional penalties and cost will be imposed in consequence of suits to be filed for enforcement of the lien for taxes against real property; until the filing […]

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Arlington, Lakeland approve superintendents’ contracts

By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor Arlington unanimously approved Supt. Tammy Mason’s contract with an annual salary of $143,000, a business vehicle, health insurance, and other benefits. No performance bonus is included. Lakeland approved Supt. Ted Horrell’s contract with an annual salary of $132,600, a $200 monthly car allowance, mileage reimbursement for business-related travel beyond 60 […]

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Lakeland plans Jan. 6 contract vote

By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor The Lakeland School Board is targeting Jan. 6 to approve a proposed contract with Dr. William Edward “Ted” Horrell III as the new school district’s first superintendent. Board members unanimously voted for Horrell at a Dec. 23 meeting, and the salary and benefits negotiations are progressing. An official start date […]

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Lakeland, Arlington share candidates for school superintendent

By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor Lakeland and Arlington school boards separately interviewed the same four candidates for superintendent on Jan. 20. Although the leading candidate was not yet chosen at press time on Monday, one or more job offers may soon be on the table. The boards planned to meet separately Monday afternoon to compare […]

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Lakeland native among USM’s grads

Paul Robert West of Lakeland was among the graduates at the University of Southern Mississippi’s fall commencement exercises on Dec. 13 in Hattiesburg, Miss. He earned a bachelor of science degree. The event was held at Reed Green Coliseum. Mississippi Supreme Court Justices James Kitchens and Randy Pierce served as commencement speakers.

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Commissioners support Lakeland outlet mall project

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution declaring support for the redevelopment of the Lakeland Outlet Mall. The resolution expressed a desire for Lakeland to assist the Lakeland Mall in opening as soon as possible including appropriate and feasible incentives. City staff and consultants are rapidly working on a package of incentives to […]

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Lakeland seeks input on Internet demand

Lakeland is launching a campaign to collect information on the demand for broadband Internet accessibility in the city. In cooperation with Connected Tennessee, city officials are working to encourage broadband Internet providers to expand high-speed Internet services to unserved parts of the city. “Lakeland’s continued growth and success as a place to live and do […]

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