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Opinion

I predict…

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager   As we look in our rear view window at 2012, we keep one eye looking ahead to the promises and pitfalls of the new year. And while my prognostications are about as accurate as the compass on my Cracker Jacks whistle ring I unabashedly venture forth because, well, I […]

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I resolve…

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face […]

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All I want is….

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager What an extraordinary confluence of thought this week as I went from reading and typing hundreds of elementary children’s letters to Santa with the horror that hit us all in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. There are no words to describe the pain and anguish that […]

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No more complaints – After Friday

By Cheri Thacker I recently complained that the crumb snatchers have reached the age where they aren’t fun to buy Christmas for anymore.  You know how teenagers are—I need the latest, greatest. This, for our household, means that’s about all you get.  But after Friday, I’m thankful that I still have them to buy for. […]

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End of the world

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager With apologies to REM, and for that matter, the Mayan Dynasty, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Try to get that tune out of your head now. The apocalypse is upon us, according to apocalypse observers – do they really put that on their business cards? […]

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The Incredible Invisible Holiday

By: Cheri Thacker “Back off Fat Man.  I still get my holiday!”  That’s what Chief said to me the other day when he caught me singing Christmas tunes while cleaning the house like my ex in-laws were coming for a critique session.  I began vocalizing the melodious sounds of the holidays because the television was […]

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Practice safety at Bartlett parade

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By: Captain David Cupp Bartlett PD Bartlett’s Christmas Parade this year will commence Saturday December 8, 2012 at 4:00pm. I can tell you that all city services have been working on this project for the past few weeks. A lot of planning and man-hours are spent to make this event a safe and memorable part […]

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Time to heal

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By Brian Bloom Regional Manager Only now are their cries being recognized. Only now are we beginning to understand the true devastation of Sandy. Experts believe it will go down as the third most destructive hurricane in our nation’s history. One hundred ten have died along the east coast, 67 more in the Caribbean, two […]

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The swing state

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By Brian Bloom As a native Iowan I learned to love election season. That time of year when leaflets fill your mailbox, door hangers clog the screen and television commercials forecast the doom that will be if we, as voters, fail to support one particular candidate over another. This year the Hawkeye State, home to […]

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Dear Bartlett Express,

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As of late, I have observed a disturbing trend throughout the city. I am not sure what can be done about it but I feel something must be done.  Petty and vindictive birds have been steeling from the elderly.  This is not confined to one part of the city but is occurring downtown, midtown, as […]

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This and that

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By Brian Bloom His voice was Midwest reedy. Not monotone but lacking depth and power of great orators. His appearance lacked pretention, like the solitary guest at a cocktail party, silently leaning against the wall. George McGovern didn’t so much run for President of these United States as he walked for it. His was the […]

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School Editorial

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It should come as no surprise that Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton changed his mind about his support of the county-wide half cent sales tax increase. Wharton, after all, is ever the politician and when he was told the wind was blowing toward a popular vote in favor of the tax initiative from city voters, he […]

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