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School Board Candidate Q&A — pg. A Look at Local Artists — pg. 2 inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview theview Election Results: Clean Sweep in Lakeland; Arlington Returns Incumbents By Terry Louderback Residents of Lakeland overwhelmingly voted for change on September 19 as Wyatt Bunker defeated incumbent Scott Carmichael with 62% of the vote. Political newcomer Sherri Gallick and former Commissioner Clark Plunk received the most votes in the commissioner race, outpacing incumbents Cecil Tompkins and Don Barber. “The citizens of Lakeland were ready for a change,” commented Clark Plunk, who also credited his hard work on the campaign trail for his success at the polls. Wyatt Bunker attributes his victory to residents’ interest in reviving economic development; he states that during his campaign, he continually found voters concerned about paying October/November 2013 WAY TO GO! Local Elementary Schools Recognized as Tops in Tenn. Special to THE VIEW 38002 Arlington and Lakeland Elementaries Named to List of Reward Schools Bunker, Gallick, Plunk to be sworn in Thursday, October 3 at Lakeland City Hall for a top-quality school system. Bunker also cites examples of businesses leaving Lakeland and faults City Hall as being “standoffish” with economic development. While he believes in using rules to hold businesses accountable, Bunker believes that sometimes they go too far. “Silly rules are why they Also Inside this Issue: Meet Your Neighbor: CWO Annie Grimes, USMC, Ret., pg. 7 38002 Under Construction, pg. 18 Competitive BBQ: Behind the Scenes, pg. 22 [businesses] opt to go across the street.” For a community that has seen a major hit to sales tax revenue after the closing of the Kroger store on Hwy 64 and the initiation of a first-ever property tax, Bunker’s comments hit close to home. Bunker identified two tasks that he would like to concentrate on after taking office. First, establishing term limits for the mayor and commissioners in order to ensure a future influx of “new blood” and “fresh ideas.” And to make sure that the budget is “in tune” with the new mayor and board of commissioners, an immediate review of the operational and capital budgets passed last June. “A personal connection” is what Sherri Gallick places at the heart of her success, explaining that she knocked on over 2200 doors during her campaign. She believes that listening to residents and perContinued on page 8 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 169 schools as the 2012-13 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement. The Reward Schools span 52 districts across the state. “Tennessee continues to set the standard in education reform as we maintain our focus on high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said. “Our Reward Schools have proven that all students can learn and grow even though their starting lines may be different, a critical part of our effort to prepare our students for the jobs available in the marketplace now and in the future. We are incredibly grateful for the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf Continued on page 8 Photo by Jerry Borwick Photography How do you photograph a school full of kids? From way up high. Students at Arlington Elementary School enjoyed a “Fun Day” on September 19 in honor of their recognition by the Tennessee Department of Education as having TCAP scores in the top 5% of schools statewide.