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At a Glance for Nov. 3, 2016

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Early balloting ends today for Nov. 8 vote Early voting ends at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 3, in Shelby County for those who want to avoid the last-minute rush on Nov. 8. See shelbyvote.com for locations. As of Saturday, 161,239 Shelby Countians had already cast their votes in the general election. In Bartlett, three aldermen […]

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Bartlett invested in 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 week’s look at Bartlett’s schools will begin with the oldest elementary schools and return to the high school next week. Bartlett Elementary Both the Courthouse School (established in 1885) and its successor, Nicholas […]

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Bartlett expanded from Courthouse School to Nicholas Blackwell High School

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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.  Last week’s column talked about the private schools in Bartlett in the 1860s and 1870s. At that time there was no public school system, but in 1873 the Tennessee Legislature passed an act “to […]

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Bartlett history: Home education shifted to part-time classes, private schools

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Life in the mid-1800s, 150 years ago, was very different from today. Bartlett was a small community of about 100 people. There were many large tracts of land surrounding Bartlett that grew cotton and soybeans. Most residents of Bartlett also had gardens where they grew vegetables and fruits that they enjoyed during the spring and […]

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True friends comprise Bartlett library support group

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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 in a group of articles about the Bartlett Library. For decades a group of citizens has existed in some form to ensure the growth and welfare of the Bartlett Library […]

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Civil War re-enactors in Bartlett

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Toss the razor, buy a button & celebrate city’s birthday!

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Join Bartlett residents in celebrating the city’s 150 years by growing a beard. Yes that’s right, a beard just like the men did 150 years ago. Judging will be at the Bartlett Festival at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Winners will be announced at 10:30 am on the stage. Trophies and prizes will be […]

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Bartlett’s thrifty librarians and volunteers cared for city’s new library

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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 in a group of articles about the Bartlett Library. The beautiful new Bartlett Branch Library at 6398 Stage Road opened in 1980, but with the continued rapid growth of Bartlett […]

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A growing Bartlett continued to expand its library

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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. 1With heavy library usage and phenomenal population growth in Bartlett and Raleigh in the 1960s, it became apparent that citizens needed expanded library facilities. The County Court began working to build a branch library […]

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Bartlett-area readers took the first steps toward a local library in 1954

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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 first article in a series on Bartlett’s library history. See the Sept. 1 issue for the second article. Bartlett’s library history began with rural readers traveling to downtown Memphis to go […]

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Peer into city records for Bartlett milestones

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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. Public records can provide a window into the past, like these 1919-1973 highlights from meetings of the Bartlett mayor and city board. They are part of the Jonathan K. T. Smith Special Collection at […]

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Orphans inspired Rock family to donate their home, farm

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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. John and Mamie Rock were married in 1897 and lived the rest of their lives on their farm just east of Stage Road at Shelby Center. They had no children of their own, but loved […]

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