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Easter 2012
Millington Column Goes too far for Most
Bartlett Business Expo 2012
Lifeblood Awards 2011
Shop with a Cop - BPA
They Served With Honor 2011 / Veterans Day
A Christmas to Remember - Bartlett Christmas Parade 2011
Christmas Tree Lighting 2011
Miss Bartlett Beauty Review
RACE for the CURE 2011
Race for Education 2011
Better Bartlett Schools
Board of Mayor and Alderman Meeting Oct. 25
Bartlett Coins and Collectibles
Singleton Halloween Carnival 2011
Bartlett Lady Panther Volleyball
Doll Show at Gotten House cont. pg. 2
Doll Show at Gotten House continued
Doll Show at Gotten House
A Great Car Show in Bartlett
Cain Visits Bartlett
A Beautiful Garden
Paint Bolton Pink
Be Greek For A Day
Ashley Scott 5K Fifth Year Anniversary
Pancake Breakfast
Java House Domestic Violence Awareness Lunch
Car Show on Thursdays
The Grizzlies visit Bartlett
Bartlett Night Out 2011
Bartlett Festival 2011
Bartlett 2011 Homecoming
Oak Elementary Stunt Pilot
FOP Golf Tournament
POW/MIA Remembrance 2011
In Remembrance of September 11, 2001
The Case for Rage and Retribution
Delta Fair 2011
First Panther Home Game
Alderman's Fishfry
Bartlett Celebrates the Fourth
Vietnam Wall Memorial
BACC Ribbon Cuttings
Our State/Our Representatives
News fron Shelby County
BPACC Presents
DUI PSA Shot in Bartlett
Education and Creative Thinking
Living on the Fault
John "Bad Dog" McCormack
Shelby County Schools get all A's
Let it Snow!
Veteran's Day Ceremony 2010
Appling Middle School Salutes Veterans
Real Science at BES
Scary Bartlett
Bartlett Politics

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Bartlett celebrates Veterans with a special reverance
The City of Bartlett holds its Veterans very close to its heart. For additional pictures of Veterans Day 2013, click here.

Please Help Our Veterans - Say "Thank You" while we still can


You don't know this man. Neither did I. But he was my grandfather. Private First Class Alonzo Bell was Killed In Action in Italy on August 12, 1943. He is buried in Sicily. Sadly, no one from my family has ever been to his gravesite. But thanks to Diane Hight he was memorialized by his Veteran brothers in arms at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC on the Veterans first trip to their memorial. They said his name aloud and lay a flower in his memory. It was the first time anyone had ever paid tribute to the fallen soldier that was my grandfather, who died fighting for his country in a foreign land. So many lost friends, family and loved ones in World War II - so many came home with scars - emotional and physical. Now they are leaving us more peacefully; but they have wishes to be filled. They want to go back to where they fought so those scars may heal before they leave this Earth. To where they lost a friend to pay tribute to someone like my grandfather. Lets not deny them that - Please help Diane make the trips to Pearl Harbor and Eurpope with these Veterans.  If I can do it, anyone can. Anything is appreciated. I don't make a dime from this website - In fact it costs me money every month to run it, so if you enjoy it, take pictures from it, whatever, send Diane a few bucks - because it all adds up. Anything is appreciated! Her address is at the bottom of the letter I received below,or make your donation through the website at the bottom of the letter. Please help our Veterans before it is too late to say "Thank You!"

During the recent government shut down Diane carried on with a scheduled trip to Washington, D.C. refusing to let politics stand in the way of granting the dreams of our country's Veterans! 

Anything you can do is a blessing for our elderly vets.  We have changed our mission to
granting dreams for senior Veterans, since this is where my heart is. As you know, we grant wishes/dreams for Veterans, 65 or older.
We have taken World War II Vets back to Normandy, Belgium, Luxembourg, and a cruise down the Rhine River.
We never dreamed so many World War II Vets would want to return to the Pacific.

Here’s some info:

Our organization is working extremely hard to honor our World War II Vets while we still have the opportunity. Here are a few recent examples:
  • We have taken trips to Washington DC to see the World War II Memorial, taking over 200 World War II Vets (a few Korean & Vietnam Vets too)  
  • We arranged for B-17 turret gunner Hulan Roberts, 91, to fly in a B-17 once again in December 2011.
  • We arranged for 95 year old Navy World War II Vet, Don Ballard, to throw out the first pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals in August 2011
  • We helped 90 year old Carl Coker, from Bartlett, return a Japanese flag he attained in Guam in 1944, back to Japan. They are looking for the family of the soldier who owned the flag.
We are a 501©(3) all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.   All donations are tax deductible. No one receives a salary, including me.  
This organization is a “thank you” to our Veterans for our freedom.



Diane Hight
Founder & President

Forever Young Senior Wish Organization
Forever Young, Inc.
PO Box 1381
Collierville, TN 38027
“Honoring Our Senior Veterans”

Memorial Day 2013



David Horne led the speakers at the podium, Memorial Day, 2013.  Horne, who comes from a family of Marine Corps Veterans, spoke of how important it is to remember those that had served and those that are still willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. For more pictures from Memorial Day 2013 see that page.

Meet The BPD's Motorcycle Patrol



Messing with Meth? Look Out - BPD may be looking for you

Meth, crystal, crank, ice - call it what you want. It’s bad stuff. The Bartlett Police Department’s Narcotics Division is going to make sure Bartlett doesn’t turn into another “meth town” or “crystal city”.

It is happening all around West Tennessee, North Mississippi and Northeast Arkansas. Towns completely taken over by the powerful drug. If not for people using it; residents cooking the highly explosive drug have worked smaller police departments to the breaking point.

It won’t happen here. The Bartlett Police Department, from patrolman to narcotics, is in touch with the meth problem around the country and Bartlett is off limits.

The average age of a meth user is 25-45. Adults that should know better. The chances of rehabilitation from meth addiction is only about 10 percent. The lowest of any other drug. It makes your hair and teeth fall out and causes permanent brain damage. It is made from batteries, drain cleaner, ammonia and cold medicine. Can you imagine eating batteries to get high? Or injecting drain cleaner to get a buzz? What about snorting ammonia? But the  most important ingredient is the cold medicine.

To make meth one must have pseudoephedrine, the cold medicine from products like Sudafed.

“Smurfing”, buying products that contain pseudoephedrine for methamphetamine cookers, is the number one cause of arrest related to the drug in Bartlett. Since 2006 there have been 62 arrests for promotion and manufacturing of meth, most of those were “smurfers.” People who have purchased Sudafed, and other drugs that contain pseudoephedrine, in quantities above which the law allows. 

“This has increased recently. Arkansas has made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only. In Tennessee you have to sign for it and show ID, but you don’t have to have a prescription. It is all registered and we know who bought how much and when,” said Detective Halford with Bartlett Narcotics. “Our patrol officers have done an excellent job with the smurfers coming in from Arkansas and other places, buying Sudafed and attempting to take it back to cookers. They have done a real good job catching those guys. I can’t speak highly enough of them, they have done a great job.“

Halford doesn’t believe the smurfers know they have driven into Bartlett and that they are still in Memphis. Unfortunately, they soon find out they have driven into another municipality. One that frowns on drug manufacturing, no matter where it is taking place.

“Eighty five to ninety percent of the people coming in to buy the pseudoephedrine are from out of state,” said Halford. “I wish I could say these people are just coming from West Memphis or Marion; but we had a couple of girls that drove up from Southern Arkansas at the Louisiana border.”

Since 2006 Bartlett has only busted three in home meth labs. In a city of 54,000 people that is an impressive number. You maybe thinking ‘Well a lot of people are getting away with it.’ Don’t be fooled even for a second. The number of in home labs has shrunk because many cookers have gone on the road. Eight mobile labs have been busted since 2006. Seven of those were what are referred to as shake-and-bake labs. Everything is placed into a two liter plastic drink container and mixed. Highly dangerous and highly explosive.

“So easy to make – everything to make meth is readily available at a drug store or grocery store or hardware store,” said Halford. “They’ve gotten sneaky, there is no safe way to make it. Absolutely no safe way. Even these little one pot methods are dangerous. The gases,  how flammable the materials are – they are just fools.”

Halford said fortunately the mobile lab cookers were often not from Bartlett, but just passing through. Until they were stopped by the BPD, they didn’t realize just how much trouble they had gotten into.

People get desperate for their drugs and smurfing is one way to get meth. Unless you make the mistake of trying to buy pseudoephedrine too many times in Bartlett.

“We have always taken what we consider as a proactive stance. If you come into this city specifically to buy precursors to make drugs – we are gonna get you; we are gonna charge you. If we don’t get you this time, we’ll get you the next time,” said Halford. 



Run for fun...But Race for Education!


The Race for Education was held Sunday, November 6, at Freeman Park in Bartlett at 2 p.m. with hundreds participating in the event that benefited Shelby County Schools. If you weren't a runner (or walker) Source: there was plenty of things to do in the park to make it a fun afternoon. For more pictures of the event see page Race for Education 


Crystal Springs Baptist Church gives us something to think about!

ICE Your Cellphone 
Emergency Contacts Aid Rescuers
Adding ICE ("In Case of Emergency") contacts to your cellphone is a clever means by which emergency personnel can locate your next of kin during emergencies. This simple idea, developed by British paramedic, Bob Brotchie, recognizes the need for speed when emergency personnel are trying to locate your loved ones quickly. Contacts can include ICE Mom, ICE Dad, ICE Son. Inform your ICE contacts ahead of time that their phone number will be programmed into your cellphone. ICE contacts should be 18 years or older. Discuss with them important information about your health, medications, and insurance so they can relay this information to medical professionals. 

Getting to know Alexander "Ham" Hilliard - Volunteer Disaster Coordinator

By Sandra Mathias

For the past 39 years, Alexander Hilliard, from Bartlett, has offered his time, talent, and considerable expertise to his community by sharing his knowledge of radios and emergency communications.  

An active amateur "ham" radio operator with an Extra Class License, Hilliard also has a commercial license, is a radio instructor, and a volunteer test examiner.  

Knowing radios "like the back of his hand" as well as the ancillary equipment that makes them work, Hilliard has built five ham radio repeaters during his career, with three still in operation.  Repeaters, electronic devices that receives a weak or low-level signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power, are essential for radio communications over long distances.   The W4GMM 147.090 MHz HamTronics repeater Hilliard built in 1994 for himself and the local ARES ham radio club is still in operation.  It is on loan to the Shelby County Office of Preparedness Reserve Program.  

When asked how he got started in ham radios, Hilliard said, "My dad was a ham and I have been around radios since I was able to understand them.   I built my first radio in the tenth grade, but didn't get my license immediately.....girls became more important!  During the Army I was in the Signal Corps as a Radio Relay and Carrier Team Chief rank of Sgt E-5. After service, I was hired by South Central Bell as an installer-repairman and attended Bell and Howell Schools. I earned my Novice License in 1972, passed the General License in 1974, then got the Advanced License and began teaching ham radio.   I followed up with obtaining my commercial radio license.   In 1983 I took over the Radio Shop at Bell South installing two-way radios, repairing personal pagers, and maintaining transmitters.  After 1989, I was a Special Services Tech working on high speed data which included video and T1.  And finally, before retirement,  I worked on fiber optic equipment with speeds up to 1 GB." 

Even before retirement, Hillard gave freely of his time with such organizations as Civil Defense, the Shelby County Health Department, and the American Red Cross.  He is currently a volunteer for Air Force MARS (United States Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System) and holds the position of Tennessee State Training Officer and South East Area / Region Four Emergency Coordinator.  He is also an active Reserve with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness and holds Thursday evening ham radio training sessions in the Emergency Operations Center.

To sum up Hilliard's motivation for staying active in emergency communications, building repeaters,  and training citizens to become ham radio operators, he said, "I am involved with Air Force Mars and the Office of Preparedness as a volunteer because I realized if the time came, I could best serve my community by helping to provide emergency communications.  I build repeaters for the express use of the local ARES group for their exercises and if needed, during an emergency." 

Never one to rest on his success and accomplishments, Hilliard is now working on a new system that will utilize a digital voice and data program developed by the Japan Amateur Radio League called DStar. 

Hilliard's friends and colleagues know and respect him as "Ham" Hillard, call sign W4GMM. 


Future Amateur Radio "Hams" during their Thursday evening class at the Emergency Operations Center. Here they are learning about antenna systems.  Center is their instructor, Alexander "Ham" Hilliard

Bartlet Night Out has a great turn out


The Surrey Wood neighbors always come out for Bartlett Night Out to discuss ways to keep their little part of town safe and to find ways to make sure all of Bartlett is a great place to raise a family or retire. Bartlett Police Chief Gary Rikard was at Surrey Wood to answer any questions alongside Fire Chief Terry Wiggins. To see more pictures of Bartlett Night Out around town see page Bartlett Night Out 

Bartlett holds another Great Festival

The Scrambler is one of the greatest rides ever!

The Bartlett Festival was a huge hit again this year. The weather was fantastic, although a little too windy for the hot-air balloons, the temps stayed in the high 70s and it felt great. Everyone was fittingly festive from vendors to the crowd. Music filled the air constantly from talented bands and performers. Everything from Bluegrass to Rock-n-Roll was offered. The kids loved the rides as parents got a chance to check out local businesses, while the BPD and BFD were on hand to councel parents and children alike about safety and community service. For more fun pictures from the festival go to Bartlett Festival pages

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The Delta Fair was Back and Bigger and Better than ever

One of the two midways at the Delta Fair shows one of the huge Ferris Wheels


This is the fifth year for the Delta Fair (or DeltaFest); full of fun and music and a crowd pleaser for all who attended. Much different than the last few years of the Mid-South fair, it was a safe place to take your family. I even let my 15 year old daughter run around without me clinging to her every move. That is one difference that I love about the Delta Fair and the Mid-South Fair - safety. If you remember a few years ago I wrote a TPA award winning column about the Mid-South Fair and how dangerous it had become and how the fair was supposed to be a family outing. The Delta Fair had brought that family feeling back
"It's been wonderful," said Mark Lovell, owner of the Delta Fair. We had great shows all week long. We had something for everyone." 
I am glad to see the Delta Fair take on the responsibility of providing a safe, fun, relaxing place to take the kids and have a good time. For more information the winning crafts at the fair and pictures of the award winning entries see the Delta Fair 2011 page. See you next year at the Delta Fair!  

Bartlett's first home football game shows team spirit!


The Bartlett Panthers played the Central Warriors on August 19 at the first home game of the season. Panther fans turned out in full regalia to cheer their team on to victory. For more pictures see page First Panther Home Game

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