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Opinion

BACC president reflects on Bartlett’s economic development

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With a population of 60,000 citizens, Bartlett is listed among the 10 largest cities in Tennessee and is consistently classified as one of the best places to live in the State as well as the nation. Most recently, Bartlett was graded as the 15th best suburban community in America by a national rating service. As […]

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Letters to the Editor for April 30, 2015

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The following letters to the editor were submitted for April 30 publication. Readers are encouraged to submit their own views. For guidelines, see the Bartlett Express policy for letters to the editor. Obsession with testing damages school system Editor’s note: Jennifer Proseus delivered the following remarks during the public commentary section of the April 14 […]

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Dramatic headline juices up pickle jar product

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Every morning I have a routine. I pour my orange juice. I drink it to wake up and wash down a bunch of vitamins and supplements. I then mosey over to my computer and see what headlines AOL has before clicking on Facebook. A few mornings ago I read a headline that really stood out. […]

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Acts to prevent racial profiling and help terminal patients await approval

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Terminally ill patients may get better chance to join clinical trials NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A law to give terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves has passed the state House and Senate on a unanimous vote. Governor Bill Haslam has […]

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Sen. Corker: Restrict Obama on Iran deal

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Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said enactment of his legislation would restrict President Obama’s “free hand” to implement a final nuclear agreement with Iran, if one is reached. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review […]

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Lakeland must move on to other issues

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The Lakeland $50 million dollar bond referendum election is over. The people have voted, and a 60 percent majority have spoke. The 2015/2016 annual city budget is coming up shortly to be passed by the mayor and commissioners between now and June 1, 2015. As a Lakeland former mayor, I respectfully suggest all Lakeland citizens […]

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Bipartisan bill to fix ‘No Child Left Behind’

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The Senate education committee unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to fix No Child Left Behind on April 16. Three of the key things the bill does for Tennessee are: On Common Core: Affirms that states decide what academic standards they will adopt, without interference from Washington. The federal government may not mandate or incentivize states to adopt or […]

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Part 3: Drunk driver weighs guilt, preps for jail

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Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on the costs of drinking and driving. Pseudonyms were used. Also see Part 1 and Part 2. This is part three of an interview I had with a young man serving a four-and-a-half month sentence for vehicular homicide. We left off last week with […]

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Reset retirement plans after divorce

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Retirement planning can face derailment after a divorce. Married, two-income couples have the advantage of splitting living expenses and pooling all their investment assets, including retirement accounts. Once the marriage is over, costs for separate households may limit the ability of ex-spouses to keep retirement on track. After a divorce, individuals generally walk away with […]

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Sen. Norris honored for support, leadership

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senator Mark Norris has received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts, which assist with regional issues, including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer […]

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