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Upcoming Elections (Board of Commissioners & School Board)... Early Voting – Friday, August 28, 2015 - Saturday, September 12, 2015. Election Day - Thursday, September 17, 2015. Read on...

Bids Open for Stormwater Pipe Repairs Location: 10210 Mays Glade Drive. Deadline is 8/3/15. Additional Info...

Lakeland Currents August/Sept. Edition is Here! Catch-up on all news Lakeland. General city news, parks & recreation, etc. Click to read...

Youth Fall Tennis Camps A game you can play for life!!! Register by August 29th.... Read on...

2015 Adult Flag Football League Registration is from July 27th–September 3rd. Read on...

Lakeland Weighs Fire Department Options Discussed at the Board of Commissioners Meeting... Read on...

Save the Date! Lakeland Halloween Festival Saturday, October 24th from 2 - 9 p.m. at Lakeland City Hall. Details here, when available...

Shelby Farms Needs Volunteers for Spooky Nights They're looking for volunteer actors as well as general volunteers for training sessions in July, Aug, & Sept. Read on...

Lakeland Chamber's Family Expo this August 15th This is for the entire community: kids, teens, young adults, and seniors! Read on...

Have You Shopped Sprouts Farmer's Market? Keep taxes low by shopping local! Read on...

The View 38002 releases June/July edition, online. City, school, recreation, and business news for the entire 38002 area! Click to read...

New Fire Rating Means Lower Homeowner's Insurance Premiums in Lakeland Residents should contact their homeowner’s insurance to determine the impact of the new rating which went into effect February 2015. Read on...

Lakeland Business
of the Month:
July 2015
Congratulations to our featured business this month: Club Windward  Catering, located at 3740 Canada Road. Delicious food and stunning effects tailored to any budget, always! Phone: 901-386-5870. Website and Facebook. More info on Business of the Month program, here.
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Sprouts Farmer's Market
By Kim Odom

 “Hey Tennessee!” That was the shout out made by Sprouts Farmers Market staff as they gave a friendly wave to a growing crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony early on May 13th, just before the grand opening to the first Sprouts location in the state.

Anticipation was in the air as hundreds of customers were lined up and waiting for the doors to open to the new farmers market offering healthy choices at an affordable rate. Sprouts Farmers Market general manager, Amy LaFaver, gave her staff a pep talk before the opening – reminding them it is an exciting day and their focus would be on great customer service.
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Among those supporting the event were Mayor Wyatt Bunker, commissioners, Gene Torrey and Sherri Gallick, and city manager, Jim Atkinson. Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce president, Ken Lipkowitz, economic development coordinator, Ginny Dunn, and friends of the Chamber were also on hand to welcome store staff and managers of the farmers market to Lakeland. 
Fourth grader, Lyla Scobey, received an invitation to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony – after she won the honors of being “Mayor for a Day,” at Lakeland Elementary School’s recent Auction Day event. The elementary student will also have the honors of visiting Lakeland City Hall to announce an upcoming Board of Commissioner’s meeting. Mayor Bunker spent a few minutes talking to Scobey about her upcoming responsibilities as “Mayor for a Day,” as she joined the mayor and others during a special sneak-peek inside the store.

"Seeing this store open today is a combined effort on the part of so many that worked so hard to make this happen. And today that hard work is realized to the benefit of the residents of Lakeland and the surrounding area. We are so pleased to welcome the Sprouts family to Tennessee," said Ken Lipkowitz, President of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce at the Sprouts ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Outside a long line of anxious customers waiting for the doors to open, were greeted by store staff offering a variety of refreshments, drinks, and gift cards. It was a warm welcome that extended both ways. Sprouts Farmers Market employees were painted with welcoming smiles, and they, in return, received a neighborly welcome from the community. It was southern hospitality at its best.

Sprouts Farmers Market is located at 9050 Highway 64 in Lakeland and open 7 am - 10 pm daily. For more information, visit their Facebook page:

Kim Odom is an employee for the city of Lakeland.

Delta_Blues_Winery.jpgSHOP LOCAL:
Delta Blues Winery

Opened early 2015 with a ribbon-cutting on April 13th, 2015.

Checkout their Facebook page, here, for special events including tastings and concerts.