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Easter 2012
Millington Column Goes too far for Most
Bartlett Business Expo 2012
Lifeblood Awards 2011
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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
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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
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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
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Veteran's Day Ceremony 2010
Appling Middle School Salutes Veterans
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Home Town News 2

Bartlett honors the fallen


Bartlett's Memorial Day Tribute grows every year in the number of people that come to Veterans Park to honor lost and fallen soldiers. This year was no exception. The service is a reverent ceremony that closes with a wreath laying at the foot of the Lest We Forget monument and the playing of Taps. For more pictures of the morning's event see Memorial Day 2012 page. 


Bartlett High School welcomes Shelby County Olympics for Exceptional Athletes

See page BHS Hosts Exceptional Athletes

Area High Schools pool together for Lifeblood


Lifeblood, along with the Bartlett Area Lifeblood Donor Council, presented Arlington, Bartlett and Bolton High Schools each with a $2,000 check for meeting their blood collection goal during 2011’s Giving Together. Through Giving Together, the schools work to gather as many blood donations as possible through a combination of individual donors at Lifeblood donor centers and blood drives at the high schools. The program, sponsored by Pfizer, Inc., completed its ninth year by collecting 618 units of blood. “We are very pleased to see young donors step up and donate,” said Jason Sykes, senior account executive for Lifeblood. “It’s encouraging to know that our students are forming charitable habits now and will hopefully continue to be lifelong blood donors.”

Bartlett High's DECA does well at State Competition in Nashville


Bartlett DECA Hits Milestone

Giving up their Spring Break paid off for a record number of 17 DECA students from Bartlett High School during the state competition in Nashville.Their hard work made Bartlett the highest winning Shelby County School this year. Members will advance to international competition in Salt Lake City April 27, 2012. Twelve of the 17 have committed to attend and will challenge students from eight countries and all 50 states to win top honors. These DECA students care about the local community and their detailed projects reflect that. While some projects like Shelby County Books from Birth, Putt-Putt Golf & Games and The Panther Bookstore promote current businesses in the community, other like Smiles on the Go: Destination Dentistry and Memphis Music Market promote future ones. Other students attending will take part in Senior Management Institutes and full-service restaurant management role-plays.Students participating are Sierra Beckwith, Zack Bratton, Grace Burgess, Brandon Carter, Amber Dalehite, Lauren Haley, Courtney Lindsey, Mariah Martini, Zach Maupin, Stephanie Pierce, Alanna Warrick, and Ryan Wilcox. The DECA organization is seeking sponsorship for these students.  If you would like to make a tax deductable contribution or see them present their projects at "show day," contact their advisor, Cathy Bishop, at Bartlett High School.  (901)-337-3812 or


Arlington Elementary Math-A-Thon raises $11,000 for St. Jude


A big high-five goes out to students and staff at Arlington Elementary School for surpassing their fundraising goal in this year's Math-A-Thon benefiting St. Jude. The school was hoping to raise $10,000 for the children of St. Jude, but wound up with a grand total of $11,148.81. Jim Stanko's fifth grade class raised $1,272, more than any class at AES. Principal Gina Gore is pictured here with Mr. Stanko and his students. Congratulations to everyone at AES who helped contribute to this great cause.

Exhibit-A wins ADDYs for work on "Quest for the Nail Prints"


Exhibit-A, Inc., the premiere tradeshow exhibit company of the Mid-south took home two coveted awards at the 2012 Advertising Awards Gala at the Cadre Center in downtown Memphis on February 24. Exhibit A's winning designs included a gold Addy for best Tradeshow exhibit, Point of Purchase category as well as taking home a silver Addy in the Point of Purchase, Table Top category as well.

The displays came out of brainstorming various ways to reach readers with Don Furr's novel, Quest for the Nail Prints. "When I wrote Quest, I wanted to create a totally different point of purchase to attract readers' attention," said Furr. "By creating the cross and nail that pierced and supported each book, I believe we did just that!  Then if seeing it published and on the shelf in Barnes and Noble wasn't enough of a thrill, to see the displays recognized and awarded...well, I am very humbled to be a part of all of this."

Exhibit- A's founder and CEO, Don Furr expressed his gratitude to the Memphis Advertising Federation for the awards while giving due credit to his Art Director, Demetria Hazlegrove for her part in the layout and design process.

Exhibit-A, Inc. is a 27 year old tradeshow exhibit company that Furr started with Ted Moyes in January, 1985. Exhibit-A designs and fabricates tradeshow exhibits worldwide from a 67,000 sq. ft. facility based in Arlington.

The Wordsmith Journal names Quest for the Nail Prints Book of the Year



The Wordsmith Journal

Congratulations to our winners of the Book of the Year Contest!
General Fiction: Quest for the Nail Prints by Don Furr
Women's Fiction/Romance: Buried Treasures by Mary Manners
Non-Fiction: Finally Free by Patty Mason

She is only 8 - but she scores a perfect 10!


Tatum Parsons, of the Bartlett area, is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade at Immanuel Lutheran School.  She began taking gymnastics at 4 years old and she fell in love with it.  She trains at Gymstars Gymnastics in Collierville.   This is her second year to compete.  She has won several awards at scored a perfect "10" for this routine on the beam at the Aloha from Memphis gymnastics competition at the Cook Convention Center. In addition to the perfect 10 ,she scored a 9.650 on vault, a 9.725 on bars, and a 9.60 on floor. At this meet she won 1st all around gymnast and her team won 1st place.  Her favorite events are the floor and the beam.

Photo: Coach Shannon Baroni with gymnast Tatum Parsons

Welcome to the 2012 Bartlett Business Expo


(Left to Right) Paula Sedgewick, Laura Roberson, Janice Story and Beth Marczynski were on hand at the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce Booth welcoming folks as they came in the door at the show on Thursday March 8. See pictures of the show and booths on page Bartlett Business Expo 2012.

Vision 20/20 Economic Development Golf Tournament

Friday May 11, 2012, 8:00AM

With annual attendance of 150, which included prominent business leaders, the BACC annual Golf Tournament has already established itself as one of the area's premier networking and business development events.

In 2012, this event will increase its reach and scope by revamping its focus as the VISION 2020 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Golf Tournament. The primary function of this tournament will be to support the economic development efforts of the Bartlett Area Chamber, with emphasis on Life Science initiatives, and the medical device industry in particular. The tournament-played at prestigious Colonial Country Club, will support job creation, capital investment, legislative efforts and education-all geared toward the growth and prosperity of this community.

Your support of this event is an investment in your business, an investment in your community and an investment in your future! Secure your sponsorship TODAY.

$175/Player; $650/Team.  Sponsorships start at $200. Click Here to learn more and to download an application.

Saint Francis-Bartlett new addition offers patients rooms with amenities 



The new 96 room addition, with 56 beds opened immediately, to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett was very much needed and is very much appreciated by the community. The rooms are state of the art and very welcoming. Each room has the feel of home with plenty of storage space. They also include flat screen televisions and sleeper sofas. The ribbon cutting on the new 83,000 square foot expansion was February 29.

"A dedicated orthopedic and spine unit, stroke and chest pain certification and expanded women's services will all be a result of this facility expansion in the future," said Kem Mullins, CEO of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. "It is fitting that we celebrated our expansion with the people of Bartlett and Northeast Shelby County. They have been extremely supportive of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. This facility expansion is a statement that the future is bright, as it will allow us to continue to provide area residents with exceptional care close to home."

Do not forget the



These Girl Scouts were out Saturday trying to sell some cookies - let's not forget what wonderful things The Girl Scouts do for the young ladies in our community and around the world. The sales of cookies help fund many of the projects. And they are also yummy! Stop and buy a box or two or three - your not only helping the Girl Scouts, everybody at the office and at home will love you too!

Bartlett's Best are Pro-active when it comes to safety


The Bartlett Fire Department was on hand alonside the Bartlett Police Department for Krogers Safety Fair. Reminding customers of fire safety the Fire Department also answered questions about kitchen fires, grease fires, etc. And many other things one doesn't think of until they are in the grocery store.


The Bartlett Police Department shared tips on safe shopping and helped with car seats. Most car seats are actually not installed properly. If you are not sure about your safety seat, stop by the Justice Center and let one of Bartlett's Finest check it for you. It is carrying your most precious cargo!

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Imaging Center Now Includes Digital Mammography


(Bartlett, Tenn.) The Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Imaging Center now features digital mammography as one of the diagnostic services offered to patients.  This will provide the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer in a setting dedicated specifically to the needs of outpatients.
A National Cancer Institute study shows that digital mammography may have advantages over film. For instance, digital mammography was shown to provide better images for women under the age of 50 and women with dense breasts.  Digital mammography also uses less radiation than standard film mammograms.
“Digital mammography allows us to view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualizations of the structures within the breast tissue,” said radiologist Ronnie Warner, M.D.  “We can zoom in to specific areas and adjust various settings to assist us in detecting signs of early cancer.”Mammography plays a significant role in the early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 225,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Yet thanks to early detection and treatment, 99 percent of those diagnosed with a localized breast cancer that has not spread reach the five-year survival rate.
In addition to digital mammography, the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Imaging Center also provides magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, digital X-Ray, and CT scan.For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 820-7575.

It was a Red Ribbon week at Bartlett Elementary!

The entire student body formed a giant Red Ribbon on the lawn of the school


It was the end of Red Ribbon week at Bartlett Elementary School. The kids celebrated by forming a giant Red Ribbon on the lawn of the school and had a basketball shootout in the gym. Red Ribbon week is designated to teach children the dangers of drug abuse and educate them about the horrible consequences of using drugs recreationally.

BPD Patrolman Becky Anderson did her part at the RACE for the CURE with courage and strength


She's a survivor. Bartlett police officer Becky Anderson and team members finished the Race for the Cure on Oct. 29 sponsored by family and friends. Anderson said her doctors told her to walk this year, but next year she plans on running! That is Anderson in the bright pink "Survivor" Tshirt on the right - Way to go, Officer Anderson! For more pictures of the Race for the Cure see page RACE for the CURE 2011.

Community Servant of the Year 


Tennessee Baptist Children's Home named Bartlett Police Officer Anthony (Tony) Webb as Community Servant of the Year 2011. Officer Webb is one of Bartlett's finest and is almost always accompanied by his partner, Azi, a Belgian Malinois canine officer. Officer Webb is dedicated to making our community a safer place for everyone to live and work. Webb has served on the force for 14 years and continues the pursuit of pro-active police work.

Visit and help support our military and their families by signing your own code of core values!

The Unveiling of Dedication to Gabriel Maston Bartlett


The Shelby County Historical Society and The Bartlett Historical Society were both represented at the uncovering of the Gabriel Maston Bartlett Memorial located at the annex beside City Hall in Bartlett. Mayor McDonald and Alderman Elliot and Young were present as the unveiling took place on Sept.11 to dedicate the plaque which tells about the man which Bartlett has the honor of carrying on Gabriel Bartlett's name.


Office Of Preparedness Staff Member Headed to TEMA

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness HLS/EMA, under the direction of Bob Nations, Jr., has announced that they will be losing a valuable member of their staff. 

Cheryl Yarbro, Interim Manager of Operations / Training Officer, from Bartlett, has taken a position in the Planning Division of the West Tennessee Emergency Management Agency or TEMA.

During her tenure with the Office of Preparedness, Yarbro wore many hats at the agency.

As Training Officer, she lead the popular Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. She not only coordinated these two-day CERT classes, both at the Emergency Operations Center, and the "on the go" sessions held at schools, businesses, churches and community centers throughout the county, she was also a CERT instructor herself. 

Additionally, Yarbro planned and instructed during the CERT "Train the Trainer" classes to teach new CERT graduates how to start their own CERT programs.

She was also responsible for training other emergency professionals throughout the county in areas of communications, sheltering, and damage assessment.

Yarbro was instrumental in leading the Shelby County Citizen Corps Council.  She chaired this group of Shelby County emergency professionals and citizens whose primary purpose was to promote emergency preparedness volunteerism throughout the region.

On many occasions, Yarbro could be found at businesses, faith-based organizations, schools or neighborhood associations as the keynote speaker talking about the importance of personal disaster preparedness.

When the Office of Preparedness began its innovative project to work closely with faith-based organizations to train them in sheltering  citizens in the case of a disaster, Yarbro helped develop the guidelines and trained the leaders in those organizations.

Yarbro was also the staff member overseeing the Office of Preparedness Reserve Program,  which includes CERT instructors, a speakers' bureau,  and other emergency professionals who assist the agency as needed.

And furthermore, Yarbro served as the Interim Manager of Operations of the agency and was in charge of scheduling and training staff, attending meetings at City Hall, and assisting with budget issues.

Yarbro worked tirelessly in her various roles at the Office of Preparedness and was an invaluable asset to the county during her three years as Interim Manager. She set an example of hard work, creativity, and tenacity that will be hard to follow.

The Office of Preparedness and the Reserves who served under her wish her the best in her new position at TEMA. She will be  missed.

Cheryl Yarbro, center, during the first Spanish CERT class, instructing students

Another Fish Fry at Alderman Bubba Pleasant's House! Lots of Food and Fun!


State Representative Ron Lollar and Bartlett City Alderman Bubba Pleasant have made the catfish fry an annual event for the citizens of Bartlett. A way to show the city how much the residents are appreciated and how much their support means is what the fish fry is all about - that is why Lollar and Pleasant go all out each year to serve up the best catfish around and have everyone over to listen to some great music. This year was no exception. Thanks, Bubba and Ron! You did it again! For more pics from the fishfry go to the Alderman's Fishfry page

Getting into the Spirit of the Fourth of July in Bartlett

The band 240 Loop invited young participants up on stage.

The fireworks were spectacular!

For more pics from the Fourth of July celebration in Bartlett see page - Bartlett Celebrates the Fourth

Replica of Vietnam Wall Memorial visited Bartlett

Each year, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall tours the country, making 10-14 weekend stops in communities served by Dignity Memorial providers. Since its inception in 1990, the traveling monument has been displayed in more than 200 cities across the country, allowing millions of visitors to experience the healing power of the memorial.




To see more pictures from closing ceremonies at the Vietnam Wall Memorial see page Vietnam Wall visits Bartlett

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Car Built locally gets guest spot during Academy Awards!

The Delorean seen in the beginning spin off of "Inception" was built in Arlington and was on loan from Exhibit A, which is located on Airline Road. Having the car, which is the time machine from the movie "Back to the Future", used in the opening of the 83rd Academy Awards was quite a thrill for the company that specializes in custom built booths for trade shows and has branched out to building for film sets and other custom projects. The car was in Los Angeles for another show when the Academy asked if it could be borrowed for the short film.

James Franco and Anne Hathaway make a getaway in the car built by exhibit A.


The South turns out another fine Christian author in Don Furr

By Dawn Boone

When Don Furr published his book “Quest for the Nail Prints” last year, he had accomplished a dream. Check one off the bucket list, right? No, not when it comes to Don Furr. The owner of the wildly successful Exhibit A, located in Arlington, with customers around the globe has a need to make everything better.

That includes his first novel. He had great displays for them. The books have a very unique design with a nail hole driven completely through the read and they hung on a wooden cross, handcrafted by Furr. It was selling. “Maybe,” Furr thought, “it just needed a little more tweaking.” It had only taken him decades to write. What could another year hurt to make it perfect?

So, being Don Furr, that is exactly what he has done; with a new publisher and editor. His first novel, “Quest for the Nail Prints” was re-released March 1, with some changes that surprised readers.   

"Changing a character from male to female – it changes a lot in the book. Dr. Bill Stewart became Dr. Elizabeth Stewart,” said Furr. “It added some things that really needed to be in the book. It changes the dynamic of things. Now it is about two men and a woman back in time. It really is a better book.”

The reviews for the new print have been pouring in from established authors and book critics alike who have had sneak previews.

“Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys endorsed the book! William Paul Young who wrote ‘The Shack’, Ann Graham Lotz (Billy’s daughter), and my favorite Robert Powell is reading it. Robert Powell is the actor who played Jesus of Nazareth in the 1978 mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth”,” said Furr. “I am really excited about that.”

Furr said he found out getting into the bigger stores was going to be harder than he thought when he self-published the first print a little over a year ago. He keeps a framed letter on his wall from Barnes & Noble saying they wanted the book, but that he needed a distributor. Just as a reminder.

So he got online to find a distributor, started at A and proceeded from there. He wound up back at the first place he called, APG Distributors. They were intrigued. He took APG representative Cary Johnson a cross full of books. Johnson liked the book and the uniqueness of the display, but their policy was to only distribute books from publishing houses. He left the display and the books at APG and Johnson set out to find him a Christian publisher.

Johnson contacted Sheaf House Publishers out of Charlotte, TN. ( some negotiations, Furr signed with Sheaf House Publishers in August of 2010. He wouldn’t be publishing himself anymore.

Having a publisher meant a re-write and a new cover. Joan Shoup had been an editor for 20 years before opening Sheaf House Publishers. There was some work to be done. “So we went ahead and moved forward. I went with the re-write and she moved forward with the editing and we worked on it, made it better, and it was ready to re-publish,” said Furr.

Furr said accolades have been coming in each day for the re-work of his time-traveling novel. Some he says are very moving personally. Furr shared one.

Once in awhile a great book comes my way that I not only enjoy reading and reviewing, but desire to promote and share with everyone I know. This is one of those books. I will be pointing bookstore owners that I know your way. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read “Quest for the Nail Prints”. This is the best Christian book I have ever read. Signed, Allen R. Cook / Random Sites Book Review. I received that one yesterday. It means so much to hear reviews like that,” said Furr.

“I want (the book) to be good, I want it to change peoples’ lives. I want it to create a more intimate relationship with Christ. That is the number one purpose,” said Furr.

A sequel to “Quest for the Nail Prints” is underway and should be released sometime next year.

For more information on Quest for the Nail Prints and to read Chapter One visit Furr’s blogspot: 

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His Brother's Keeper

By Sandra Mathias


When you first meet Kenneth Brown his unhurried, joking manner and easy smile paints the picture of a contented person. 

One would be hard pressed to guess how this laid back man spends his time - the many hats he wears professionally and spiritually. 

Kenneth Brown, a true servant leader, lives his life to serve his community  - Shelby County. 

By profession, he is a proud fire fighter. Ken has been saving lives for the Memphis Fire Department for 13 years. He is a state certified fire instructor, and rotates from riding the ambulance, to manning the pumper trucks, to working in the fire station. In 2010, Ken was appointed as the Memphis Fire Department Chaplain.  He is on call 24 / 7 to minister to fellow fire fighters injured on the job or to citizens at a fire scene who may need spiritual comfort.  The Fire Chaplain is an unpaid, volunteer position.  Ken is also the SouthWest Tennessee Crisis Response Team Coordinator, is on the State Fire Chaplain's Ethics Board, and is in the process of becoming an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation instructor.

As some fire fighters do, Ken has a second job. He runs a small business repairing automobiles called, "Brown's Mobile Services"  to bring in extra money to support his family.  When he is not fire fighting or answering the page as the Fire Chaplain,  he might be found with his head under the hood of a vehicle and grease beneath his fingernails.

Add to his full time job, his part time business, and volunteering as the Chaplain, Ken is a also dedicated husband, father, friend, and active church member.  He fills in as substitute pastor for his congregation when needed.

With all of these responsibilities and commitments, most of us would use any down time to rest and relax. Not Ken Brown.

Ken volunteers his talents for public speaking, experience with fire fighting, and knowledge of search and rescue and medical first aid as a Reserve with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness HLS / EMA.  He serves as the Reserve Training Officer for the group.  He spends many of his days off teaching the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes to help citizens from all around Shelby County prepare for disasters.

Stretching his time even further, Ken is a volunteer for the American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter.  He has earned the rank of Disaster Action Team Captain and Disaster Shelter Human Resources Leader.  In times of disaster, if he is not on duty fire fighting, he can be found managing shelters for the American Red Cross when housing must be provided instantly for evacuees.  He also drives the Emergency Response Vehicles to disaster scenes to provide food and water to victims.  Additonally, Ken has become an American Heart Association instructor for basic life saving and medical first aid.

This whirlwind of activity would tire anyone, even a robust fire fighter. 

When asked why he volunteers so much of his free time, Ken replied that he lives this kind of life intentionally so he can help others.

He said, "It's simple, I am my brother's keeper.  One day I might just be the one needing help and encouragement.  Anything I can do to spend my time well here on earth, that's what I'm going to do.  Fortunately, I have an understanding family that supports my volunteer efforts.  I believe God put me here to be used for good."


On one of his days off, Kenneth Brown can be found instructing students during the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) fire suppression module. Here Ken shows the class how to use an ABC fire extinguisher.

Bartlett Police and Fire join forces to help Special Kids Foundation

Bartlett police and firefighters met at Millington to show their strength and compassion and to raise money for the Special Kids Foundation by pulling a FedEx 727 aircraft 12 feet in as little as time possible. While they led for a split second they ended up coming in third. But that is okay, their hard work and kindness is always first place with us!

The team was comprised of firefighters and policemen working together to pull the plane.

Every ounce of strength counted as the plane began to move.

The whole team was under pressure to pull the plane 12 feet.* 5555 Tylertown Avenue * Bartlett, Tennessee 38134 * Phone: (901) 606-3836 Fax: (901) 248-0681 Email

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