The View 38002 September 2016

**************ECRWSS**** PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview September 2016 .com Arlington High Hosts Tennessee Education Commissioner Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Education Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen kicked off a new set of state-wide school visits at Arlington High School on August 30. The “Classroom Chronicles Tour” focuses on students’ perspectives and experiences, especially in the middle and high school grades. McQueen met with AHS administration and hosted roundtables with Arlington High students from a variety of backgrounds to hear about their experiences and ideas. McQueen said it was “encouraging” to come to school systems such as ACS, which she stated has succeeded in “pulling the community together around understanding.” McQueen also commended AHS on its growth in multiple academic areas. Area Mayors Discussing Ambulance Service Options Special to THE VIEW 38002 Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., Millington Mayor Terry Jones, Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman and Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker are looking at three options about how to provide ambulance service to 125,000 residents. American Medical Response (AMR) says it needs $2.8 million more to cover expenses or it will terminate service at the end of the year. AMR contracted with the County in 2013 for $1.7 million. “As discussions continue about how to best provide ambulance service, citizens will not be put at risk. AMR’s contract won’t expire until December 31st. That gives us time to find the most efficient and cost-effective option,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. The mayors, along with Shelby County Fire Chief Alvin Benson, Millington Public Safety Director Gary Graves, and Arlington Fire Chief David Franks, are looking at the three options: renegotiate a new contract with AMR; contract with a new ambulance company ; or start a Shelby County Fire Department ambulance service Shelby County Public Works Director Tom Needham and Shelby County Fire Chief Alvin Benson shared those options on August 24 with the Shelby County Commission. “We will have a final decision before the end of the year,” added Mayor Luttrell. According to Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, the Town has two additional options—to create an inhouse fire-based EMS or bid out a contract solely for Arlington. Wissman said that while the actual cost impact of these options hasn’t been determined, the town and board had already budgeted more money for ambulance service this fiscal year. (Continued on page 4) Inside this edition... Happenings, p.2 Business News, p.4 School News, starts on p. 7 AHS Football, p. 11 View from 38002, p. 12 Photo by Lee Mills