Lakeland in the News

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The City of Lakeland has been receiving some good press!

 NerdWalletLakeland in Top Three TN Cities for Young Families!


Lakeland, named number 3, was one of only four communities to receive a perfect 10 from GreatSchools. Lakeland also earned a best risk rating of "most safe," and its 15-year income growth rate of 69.8% was second-highest in the survey (2015). View the article on NerdWallet



Have you seen the Discover Lakeland, TN website?


Lakeland receives Adventure Tourism District Designation!


View our Adventure Tourism District Designation page for more information.

Catch up on what’s been going on with Lakeland economic development, Parks & Rec, Chamber events, and more! 


Lakeland School SystemLakeland School System Named Exemplary District for 2019


Distinction Recognizes Combination of Achievement and Growth The Tennessee Department of Education has named Lakeland School System (LSS) an Exemplary School District for the for the third time in four years of eligibility. Exemplary districts meet state-set requirements for student achievement, and student growth in total student population as well as individual sub-groups of students.

We are particularly proud that this status recognizes the work of our teachers in growing students from all backgrounds. Our goal remains to be sure all of our students reach their maximum potential, said LSS superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell.

The District is also number 1 in the state for grades 3 through 5 achievement; ranked 2nd for grades 6 through 8 achievement.

As of 2019, for the 4th consecutive year:

LSS rated number one in the state for grades 3 through 5 achievement!


State Education Commissioner visits Lakeland Elementary, praises school

(Lakeland Currents story)


United States Department of EducationL
akeland Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School, in 2018!

The U.S. Department of Education announced, on 10/1/18, that Lakeland Elementary School has received the distinction of being named a National Blue Ribbon School!

In a press release, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell stated, This award is essentially the highest honor a school can receive in the United States…

Once nominated, the school goes through a series of comprehensive evaluations to determine if they qualify for the award. Congratulations to Lakeland Elementary School (LES) for this prestigious honor! Full story.

LES was one of only six Tennessee schools that was nominated!

Lakeland Elementary School was named as a Reward School, placing it in the top 5% of schools in the state for academic achievement.

Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell said, These honors are a direct reflection of the hard work and high academic standards of our teachers, staff members, administrators, and school board as well as the commitment of our students and parents to meet those high standards. I could not be more proud of our district.

Lakeland Elementary Receives AdvancedED Accreditation (March 2017)

The external review is a diagnostic process to stimulate and guide continuous improvement with focus on Impact of teaching and learning, capacity of leadership and use of resources. The external review team observed the teachers in the classroom and spoke with stakeholders throughout the review process.

The report said LES has a strong leadership team and that they are teaching students how to be leaders. LES overall score was 323.08 compared to the AdvancedED average 278.94. The accreditation is valid for 5 years.

Lakeland Elementary School rated Number 5 of 100 Memphis Metro Schools (2014)


Lakeland Middle Preparatory School Design Awards!

Take a look at our Lakeland School System page for more information.


WalletHub2017’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Tennessee

...Lakeland made Wallet Hub’s top 10 list!


SmartAssetLakeland Ranks Among Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Tennessee, according to a SmartAsset ranking.

A new study from financial technology company SmartAsset ranks the most affordable places to live in Tennessee. This is SmartAsset’s third annual study on the Most Affordable Places in America. These cities are ranked on an Affordability Index weighing property taxes, homeowners’ insurance fees, and mortgage payments relative to income.


ZippiaLakeland Among "Most Successful Cities in Tennessee"

Zippia, a career and lifestyle website, analyzed TN cities by median household income, unemployment, etc. Lakeland made their top 10 list! (7/16) 


MovotoMovoto named Lakeland number 1 on their list of best Memphis suburbs for families:

Review the Movoto website for more information. (8/15)


Movoto named Lakeland a top ten most affordable city in Tennessee:

Access the Movoto website for more information. (5/14) 

NerdWalletLakeland was named a top ten TN city for home ownership by Nerd Wallet:

Take a look at the NerdWallet website for more information. (3/14) 


Best City 2013

The City of Lakeland rated number 6 on the top ten list
 for BEST cities in Tennessee by Movoto.

Review the Movoto website to view the article. (12/13)


Moody's


...plus, Lakeland has Aa3 rating from Moody’s!


Tree City USALakeland Designated a Tree City USA Award Recipient

...Lakeland has received the Tree City USA Award over 11 times!

The Tree City Award recognizes cities that have made it a priority to plant, preserve, and protect their precious tree resources as well as engage the community in environmental stewardship.



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Shane A. Horn, Lakeland City Manager, expressed that he was pleased that Lakeland has been receiving a number of recognitions lately. This is an affirmation that Lakeland is on the right path.