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Bartlett carpenter recalls life on Shelby Street

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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. Today’s column reproduces portions of a May 1981 article from The Bartlett Express. When Arthur Perry was a small boy, he lived aboard the steam-billowing trains of the L&N. His daddy repaired the rails, […]

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Back in Bartlett for May 1, 2014

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35 years ago: May 3, 1979 BHS class of 1929 to hold 1st reunion Plans for the 50th reunion of the Bartlett High School class of 1929 are being made now, the first reunion that group has ever had. The event is to be held at 4 p.m. May 19 at the home of Mr. and […]

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Back in Bartlett for April 24, 2014

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35 years ago: April 26, 1979 Bartlett City Park completing construction Construction totaling $75,000 at Bartlett City Park is expected to be finished in about two months, an engineering firm spokesman said. Dean Thomas, park adviser employed by Gregory-Grace and Associates, said fencing around the park has been completed and construction is underway on the restroom facilities […]

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Back in Bartlett for April 17, 2014

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35 years ago: April 19, 1979 Celebration plans are being finalized Officials involved in planning “Stagecoach Days,” Bartlett’s first arts and crafts festival, are anticipating upwards of 20,000 people in Bartlett City Park on Sycamore view May 5 and 6 for an extravaganza they anticipate will be looked forward to annually by people throughout the […]

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35 years ago: April 5, 1979 BHS runs away from Bolton and Auburndale teams The Bartlett High School track teams got their season underway last Thursday with impressive total point victories over Bolton and Auburndale. The boys’ track unit tallied a total of 94 points, easily outscoring Bolton with 26 points and Auburndale with 14. […]

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Back in Bartlett for March 13, 2014

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35 years ago: March 15, 1979 Countrywood incorporation efforts to be discussed at meeting The continuing controversy over the incorporation of Countrywood alone or Cordova as a whole, including Countrywood, will have a new chapter tonight at a special called meeting of the Countrywood Homowners Association at 7:30 p.m. at Colonial Country Club. The meeting […]

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Back in Bartlett for March 6, 2014

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1 year ago: 2013 Bartlett soccer mixes culture and sports For Bartlett High School soccer hopefuls, teamwork includes a lesson in geography with as many as eight languages spoken among the 33 varsity and junior varsity participants. “We do our workouts counting to eight with each number a different language,” second year head coach Robby Midyett […]

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Back in Bartlett for Feb. 20, 2014

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35 years ago (Feb. 22, 1979) Studio called asset to city Preliminary and final approvals were given Tuesday to architectural plans for a photography studio to be constructed at 647 Summer Ave. Design and Review Board chairman John Werner said he believed the nearly 20,000 square foot building would be “an asset to Bartlett, and […]

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Back in Bartlett for Feb. 6, 2014

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35 years ago (Feb. 8, 1979) Cartoon feature begun “T.J. Crowe,” created by Bartlett resident Tom Cavin, today joins the cast of characters featured in The Bartlett Express. The idea for the philosopher bird came to Cavin when his son, Thomas John, was born in 1970. Although the cartoon was copyrighted in 1971, it has […]

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Back in Bartlett for Jan. 30, 2014

35 years ago Petitioners against housing development About 850 Bartlett homeowners signed petitions presented to Mayor Oscar T. Yates this week (Jan. 25, 1979), objecting to a proposed subsidized housing project at Raleigh-LaGrange and Sycamore View just outside the city limits. Over 1,000 names also reportedly appear on similar petitions presented by Shelby County residents […]

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Back in Bartlett for Jan. 23, 2014

35 years ago Teens give joy to local octogenarian About all Joseph Thomas is able to do these days (Jan. 25, 1979) is feed peanuts to the squirrels in his backyard, patiently gaze out his front window, and watch for “his” children who come along twice each weekday. Bent with arthritis and 82 years old, […]

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Back in Bartlett for Jan. 9, 2014

35 years ago Bartlett author’s first book published After 17 years of the author’s waiting through countless refusals by publishers, five different titles, and two months of rewriting love scenes, the novel “Belle Glen” rolled off New York presses during the first week of 1979. It was the first published work for Karen Kimpel-Johns, the […]

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