Election Featured PhotoLast month, The View 38002 contacted the candidates running in contested races for municipal office in Arlington and Lakeland. In each race, each candidate was sent the same questions and instructions. The election will be held on Thursday, September 17.

School Board Member Kay Williams is running unopposed for Position 4 (Williams serves as Chair of the Arlington Community Schools Boards, but that position is elected by the members of the school board, not the general public). One candidate, Robert Elliott, Sr. did not respond to multiple invitations to participate.

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 6:30 p.m. at Arlington High School. This event is hosted by the Northeast Shelby County Republicans.


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.


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


38002-area High School athletes competed this week at the TSSAA State Track & Field Championships in Murfreesboro. Arlington and Bolton girls each brought home a state title, with AHS’s Celine Rone winning the 800 Meter Run and Dionna Warner winning the High Jump for BHS. Senior Wildcat standout Jamara Washington finished second in the Girls Pentathlon, one of four events in which she competed.

Women – D-1 AAA – Team Rankings

8th Bolton (30 pts)

20th  Arlington (10 pts)

 Girls 800 Meter Run

1st  Celine Rone (12 Arlington) 2:16.35

Girls High Jump D-1 AAA

1st Dionna Warner (11 Bolton) 5-02.00 (1.57m)

Girls Outdoor Pentathlon

2nd Jamara Washington (12 Bolton) 3024 pts (2nd  100 Meter Hurdles, 15.07 sec; 2nd  High Jump, 1.47m; 5th  Shot Put, 7.98m; 2nd  Long Jump,5.20m; 5th 800 Meter Dash, 2:38.38 min)

Girls Triple Jump

4th  Jamara Washington (12 Bolton) 36-08.00   1.2    11.17m

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

5th  Jamara Washington (12 Bolton) 46.61

Girls Long Jump

6th  Jamara Washington (12 Bolton) 17-01.25   2.1     5.21m

Girls Pole vault

10th  Hannah Leatherwood (12 Arlington) 8-00.00 (2.43m); 11th Laurel Hansen (11 Arlington) 8-00.00 (2.43m); 15th  Madison Roberts (10 Bolton)  7-00.00


Men – D-1 AAA – Team Rankings – 19 Events Scored

41st    Bolton  4 pts

Boys High Jump

5th Latarius Lloyd (12 Bolton)  6-06.00 (1.98m)

Boys Discus Throw

10th Lawrence Guyot (12 Bolton)  130-02 (39.67m)

Boys Pole Vault

13th  Brody Myers (11 Bolton)10-00.00 (3.04m)

Boys 1600 Meter Run

13th  Sena Murray (10 Arlington) 4:37.27



AHS_Girls Basketball 1. The AHS Lady Tigers Basketball players, coach, and parents were recognized for their achievement in their first-ever trip to the state tournament. Next year’s team will return 11 of 13 players.

2. Superintendent Mason reported that “joint conversation has begun with planner Nedra Jones & Lakeland School System Superintendent Ted Horrell” as the trio met yesterday. ACS will revisit its Five-Year Facilities Plan this fall.

3. Selection of the new AES principal will be made by end of the week, according to Mason.

4. Upon the approval of the 2015-16 Budget tonight, ACS Chief of Staff Jeff Mayo announced the posting of new positions, including social worker, instruction tech. specialist, school nurse, interim assistant principal at AMS, and teachers.

5. ACS Budget approved represents $1.2M increase over 2014-15 budget. Click link to view:

6. Board approved $770,000 in CIP projects (from 2014-15 Shelby Co. Funds), including roof and HVAC work at AES & AHS, painting at AHS.

7. Financial report: the general fund budget expenditures are under budget with 75% of year completed.

8. The 1st class of ACS teachers was approved for tenure (3 teachers not present).

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