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Barteau-Dickey House closer to historic status

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The Bartlett city board took another step toward designating the Barteau-Dickey House at 2943 Sycamore View Road as a historic landmark at the June 27 meeting. It was the second reading of the ordinance, and the public hearing is set for July 11. Terry Emerick, Bartlett director of planning and economic development, explained previously at […]

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State Library and Archives can’t afford more funding delays

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As the legislative session winds down, I am cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will include funding for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building in the next state budget. I am optimistic because I have heard from many House and Senate members who support funding for the new building. But I am also […]

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Marker to commemorate MLK’s final flight

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A historical marker commemorating the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be dedicated at Memphis International Airport on April 3. Former congressman and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, King’s chief aide and confidante, will speak at the event. Young was with the civil rights leader on that final flight […]

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American Legion Post 249 encourages Bartlett’s honoring of veterans

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. In the mid-1980s a group of concerned and proud veterans would meet in various places in the Bartlett area to discuss their military experiences and issues facing veterans. Veterans like Stanley Hushen Jr., William […]

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Brooks family traces history through widow’s pension

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. My first knowledge of my family’s long history in the Bartlett area came from knowing that we lived on a street named after my great-great grandfather, Joseph Brooks. Growing up, I was told that […]

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Bartlett ornament marks city’s 150th

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One thing common among Bartlett residents at the holidays hangs bright and shiny and right in front of them on their Christmas trees: The city’s collectible ornaments. This year’s version is a deep blue glass globe with the red “150 Years” emblem, designed to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial. They cost $10, and this year they […]

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Bartlett schools focus on excellence, respect

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. In 2014-2015 the Tennessee Department of Education named Bartlett City Schools an Exemplary District. This column completes a series focusing on the city’s schools. Previously, columns on Bartlett schools published on Nov. 3, 17 […]

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FFA and Brother Industries pooled resources to construct Bartlett’s stagecoach

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. For those who do not know, Bartlett began as a stagecoach stop about 1829 on the route from Memphis to Nashville, and it was known as Jessamine. In 1991 the Bartlett Area Chamber of […]

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Distinctive character emerges for Bartlett elementary schools

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the third column on Bartlett schools. The previous columns on Bartlett schools published on Nov. 3 and 17. In 2014-2015 the Tennessee Department of Education named Bartlett City Schools an Exemplary District. […]

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Gotten House holiday event

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Bartlett’s educators continue spurring growth at schools

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the second column on Bartlett schools. The previous column on Bartlett schools published on Nov. 3. In 1955 John D. Barnes became principal of Bartlett High School, and his wife, Hazel, was […]

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Battle of Bartlett revisited

The Rebs and Yanks brought their historic warfare into the modern era for two days last weekend to reenact the 1864 battles in Bartlett on Nov. 5-6. The two sides clashed at W.J. Freeman Park (2629 Bartlett Blvd.) during each day and enjoyed a Grand Civil War Ball Saturday night. The weekend included night cannon […]

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