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Jack Oliver with a blue-ribbon winner. Photo courtesy of Oliver family.

Lakeland resident Jack Oliver is not your typical businessman, but he has a lifetime of experience growing and selling prize-winning pumpkins. Of course, he is also 12 years old and a 6th grader at Briarcrest Christian School.


Pictured:  The cast of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., left to right, are Breonna Jackson “Shulie”; Tim Pope, “George”; Nick Behymer, “Tom”; Parker Chase, “Josephine:; and Matthew Newsom, “Joe.” Staff Photo.

The cast of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., left to right, are Breonna Jackson “Shulie”; Tim Pope, “George”; Nick Behymer, “Tom”; Parker Chase, “Josephine:; and Matthew Newsom, “Joe.” Staff Photo.

Looking for some family-friendly fun this weekend? October 23 through 26, the Mark E. Collins Theatre will present Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr. for area audiences.

Telling the story of Tom, a nervous teacher on the first day of school, the production features many of the educational songs that the performers’ parents grew up listening to on Saturday mornings.  And AHS  introduced these songs to a new generation with two school matinee performances for local elementary and home school students earlier this week.

AHS Drama Teacher Saralyn Archibald explains that in addition to the audience learning about nouns, conjunctions, and the Preamble to the Constitution, the play is a learning experience for the high school students as well. The cast and crew are also connected to their curriculum during their preparations for the production from building sets (geometry) to researching 1973, the year of the play’s setting (history).

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 & under; buy one adult ticket, receive one child ticket free. Showtimes are Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights at 7:00 pm; Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.

Men's and Women's Winners David Haskins and Chloe Biggs. Staff Photo.

Men’s and Women’s Winners David Haskins and Chloe Biggs. Staff Photo.

Overcast skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the Arlington 5K, presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Arlington Education Foundation.

Men’s Overall: David Haskins – 18’57 68

Women’s Overall: Chloe Biggs – 22’18 31

Best Time with a Stroller: Jessica Covert – 37’54 90

Best Costume: Mason Bussell – “Elmo”

Complete list of finishers by time is posted here. Arlington 5K_place, time, runners_13 Sep 14

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Tennessee Tax-Free holiday_2013This weekend, shoppers in Tennessee they will save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers as they can buy certain items without paying sales tax from August 1 through August 3.


Yep, it’s almost the 4th of July and the celebrations are starting in Arlington and Lakeland.  Doesn’t get much more All-American than this

1) “Stars and Stripes” Seniors 55+ BBQ Dinner, Friday, June 27th at 6 p.m., IH Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road, Lakeland.  Seniors 55+ are invited to celebrate our freedom and friendship at the “Stars and Stripes” BBQ Dinner. Bring a friend, make a friend and spend a wonderful evening eating great BBQ, enjoying conversation and a laugh or two with fellow seniors, and the special program planned by Bertha Payne. Make your reservation today by contacting Rhonda Fink at 867-2717 or email

2) Head out to Arlington or Bolton HS for some baseball in action as both sites host early rounds of the 2014 Keith Hagan Memorial All American Tournament.  Click here for a full schedule; games run from June 27-July1.

fireworks event_logo_20143) UPDATE: Arlington’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is a celebration of America’s birthday featuring fun, food, live music, and amazing fireworks. The 2nd annual celebration will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Arlington Sports Complex on Memphis-Arlington Road. Festivities begin at 7:00 pm, featuring a live DJ, with fireworks starting at approximately 9:15pm.

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