Election Featured PhotoLast month, The View 38002 contacted the six candidates running for Arlington’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

On September 17, voters will choose from candidates for Board of Aldermen positions 1, 2, and 3. Only the top vote-getter in each position will be elected to a four-year term.

Participating candidates were given a 350-word limit for their responses. The responses printed here are unedited, except for formatting that does not change the content or intent of the answer.

The responses are grouped alphabetically by position and separated by municipality, as that is the way that they will appear on the ballot.

An Electoral Candidate Forum for the Alderman and School Board Candidates will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 6:30pm at Arlington High School. This event is hosted by the Northeast Shelby County Republicans.

Position 1: Brian Elder and Larry Harmon, Jr. ; Position 2: Gerald McGee and Lee Mills; Position 3: Jeff McKee and Harry Spore


Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Photo courtesy of Courtney Barnes.

For Arlington couple Mike and Courtney Barnes, the story of their Boston Marathon run began over five years before when Mike told friends that he would wait to enter until Courtney could join him. We spoke with Courtney and asked her to share her journey.

A real estate agent and insurance investigator by day, Courtney and Mike are both experienced runners and Road Race Club of America certified coaches. In addition to private clients, Courtney coaches Arlington’s LiveFit Running Group. Mike coaches as T3 Running, and also holds a United States of America Track & Field (USATF) level I coaching certification.


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.


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.


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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