Lakeland

A year to the day after the Lakeland School Board voted on June 3, 2014 to proceed with a Capital Improvement Plan for a new middle school, they did it again.

Forced to re-group after the April 16 defeat of  a resolution to issue municipal bonds, Lakeland Superintendent presented a revised CIP request at the June 1 work session.

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Story and Photos by Kim Odom, City of Lakeland

“Hey Tennessee!” That was the shout-out made by Sprouts Farmers Market staff as they gave a friendly wave to a growing crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony early on May 13, 2015, just before the grand opening to the first Sprouts location in the state.

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Please note that we are currently offering our free Summer Camp/VBS Roundup as a community service only for activities that are physically located within the communities of Arlington, Lakeland, and unincorporated northeast Shelby County. To add a VBS or camp, click on www.theview38002.com/summer

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Amy Lafaver, Sprouts-Lakeland GM

Amy Lafaver, Sprouts-Lakeland GM

How long have you been with Sprouts Farmers Market?

I started my grocery career when I was 19 years old and enjoyed the atmosphere so much, I made it my career. I’ve been with Sprouts since January 2010. I started as a grocery clerk and moved my way up to store manager.

Are you from the Memphis area or new to this market?

I relocated to the southeast from my Colorado home because I was excited to bring Sprouts to the Southeast region. I’m loving calling Memphis home.

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Benjamin Cheng. Staff Photo

At 13 years old, Briarcrest Christian School seventh-grader Benjamin Cheng  has  pretty big goals. “I really want to go on Broadway,” he explained, “and become famous there.”

While Cheng plans to get a college education first — to get his bearings and build a stable foundation in case Broadway doesn’t work out — he already has a very impressive resume for someone who has only been performing for a few years.

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