Arlington

DSC_0164After 122 years, S.Y. Wilson and Company, for so many emblematic of Arlington’s Historic Depot Square, is leaving the Wilson family.

In May 2015, the Winstead family, Bobby, Kim and their children Robert and Shelby, purchased the iconic red brick building and name from Susan Wilson Hoggard.

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With the qualifying deadline for returning petitions to the Shelby County Elections Commission fast approaching, several races in the September 17 municipal elections for Arlington and Lakeland will be decided at noon on June 18 unless last-minute candidates appear.

At press time. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Arlington School Board Chair Kay Williams, and Arlington School Board Member Barbara Fletcher are all unopposed.

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Pell City Exterior

Exterior View of Pell City, Alabama Veterans Home. The Arlington Veterans Home is planned to be a very similar design. Photo courtesy of West Tennessee Veterans Home, Inc.

Memphis-based Plough Foundation has announced the awarding of a $2 million dollar challenge grant to West Tennessee Veterans Home, Inc., (WTVH) for the construction of a local state veterans home. In announcing the grant, Diane Rudner, Chair of the Plough Board Trustees, noted that veterans have special needs when it comes to receiving the long-term care and rehabilitation therapy that this skilled nursing facility will provide.

“So many of our veterans have put their lives on the line in places around the world only to come home with few options for rehabilitation and high-quality long-term care,” said Rudner. “It is our hope that this challenge will urge others in the business and philanthropic community to join with local, state and federal governments to build a facility worthy of our veterans’ sacrifices.”

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Town of Arlington Projects

Forrest Street Park

According to Arlington Public Works, the Forrest Street Park is running behind schedule due to weather and muddy conditions.  The new projected finish date for it is August 1, 2015, weather permitting.

The Town of Arlington recently opened bids on an additional parking lot to be constructed on the west side of the Forrest Street property. This lot will add 36 parking spaces to the historical downtown area and new soccer fields. 

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Pell City Exterior

Exterior View of Pell City, Alabama Veterans Home. The Arlington Veterans Home is planned to be a very similar design. Photo courtesy of West Tennessee Veterans Home, Inc.

wtvh-logo-HiResHolly Swogger is a woman on a mission to help vets. Since 2008 she has been part of a group working tirelessly to  build a Veterans Home in West Tennessee.

Currently, Swogger explains, the closest Veterans Home  to the Memphis metro area is located 100 miles away in Humboldt, Tennessee. That means  a Shelby, Tipton, or Fayette County vet living there would be over an hour and a half away from family and friends.

Plus, the numbers indicate that West Tennessee needs another facility, Swogger says. There are over 71,000 veterans living in the three-county area, and more could be eligible due to Tennessee ties.

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