Lakeland Lions Club members Cecil Tompkins and Ron Brandon help stack 1200 cases of pecans for the civic groups annual sale. Staff Photo.

Lakeland Lions Club members Cecil Tompkins and Ron Brandon help stack 1200 cases of pecans for the civic group’s annual sale. Staff Photo.

A light rain did little to dampen the spirits of members of the Lakeland Lions Club while they unloaded a tractor-trailer load of fresh “new-crop” Georgia pecans for the club’s annual fundraiser. Through their 33 years, the Lakeland club has raised roughly 1.2 million dollars to fund their Lion sponsored programs primarily through the sale of holiday pecans at many


Veteran signingVeteran’s Display at Historic Post Office

The Historic Post Office in Arlington’s Depot Square will be open on Sunday, November 9, from  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, with displays honoring veterans.  One display will be the boards with signatures of veterans.

These boards were first signed by veterans at the Memorial Day Service (sponsored by the Arlington Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities) at Arlington Cemetery in May 2012.  Since then, other veterans have signed the boards, including at the Memorial Day Service last May (photo, above).  Additional boards will be present on Nov. 9 for other veterans to sign.

Veterans poster-2014Veteran’s Day Ceremony

The Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Arlington’s Historic Depot Square begins at 3:00 pm and features speakers, recognition of servicemen and women, and a performance by the Arlington Middle School 8th grade band.

Stonebridge Golf Club Honors Veterans

On Tuesday, November 11, Stonebridge Golf Course in Lakeland is offering veterans a round of golf and enjoy a complimentary lunch for only $24.

In the event there is a Veteran would like to play golf but can not afford to pay, Stonebridge will cover their round fees for them.

For more information, contact the Stonebridge Golf Shop at 901-382-1886.

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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.


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.

In Lakeland and Arlington, the focus is on families this Fourth of July. Planned celebrations in both communities feature fireworks, picnics, and children’s parades, among other activities.

fireworks event_logo_2014The Town of Arlington will present the Second Annual Star Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28 at the Arlington Sports Complex on Memphis-Arlington Road between Gerber Road and Milton Wilson. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with live music from Super 5.


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