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Mayor Gives State Of The City Address The Mayor gave his State of the City address on 3/22/17, at Club Windward. Cost is...

Dates Released for Special Election (Board of Commissioners Vacancy) For candidates interested in running for the open slot, the first day to get petitions is Thursday (3/16/17). The final date to turn in petitions is April 13 with early voting May 5-20. Additional Info...

Special Election for Board of Commissioners Vacancy The BOC approved a special election to fill a BOC vacancy. The date will be 5/25/17 with early voting two weeks before that date. Additional Info...

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Ready. Set. Grow! 5K Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Delta Blues Winery, 6585 Stewart Road in Lakeland, Tennessee. Read on...

Sunday, April 9th, 2017: Easter Egg Hunt! From 1 - 3 p.m. Details at LakelandTN.gov/events, Facebook.com/LakelandTN, and Twitter.com/CityofLakeland.

TN Smart Yards Workshop! Friday, 5/5/17, 9 am - 3 pm IH Clubhouse, $25 ($40/couple), includes lunch, handbook, rain gauge, etc. Read on...

Tour de Lakeland and Spring Festival (5/13/17) ...Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Lakeland. IH Park, 4523 Canada Rd. Read on...

Congrats to Keep Lakeland Beautiful! Keep Lakeland Beautiful was recently recognized for standards of excellence by Keep America Beautiful... Read on...

The City of Lakeland to Construct 2 New Gateway Signs! The County Commission approved a $25,000 grant... Read on...

Board of Commissioners Meetings...Livestreamed! Board of Commissioners meetings are livestreamed at Livestream.com/Lakeland. More info at LakelandTN.gov/livestream. Livestream.com/Lakeland...

Focus Report on Canada Road Quadrants Complete Results of the “Lakeland Small Area Plan” have been released and contain development ideas for the approximately 215 acres... Read on...

The City of Lakeland has Tree City USA Status...11 Years and Counting! Lakeland, TN was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Read on...

360° Virtual Tours Now Available! IH Clubhouse, Senior Center, and Delta Blues Winery... Read on...

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Board of Commissioners Meetings...Livestreamed!
Lakeland's Livestream link, here. LakelandTN_Livestream.jpg
  

New photos of I-40
Interchange Project!

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New Ranking!!! 
Lakeland Ranks among Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Tennessee, according to a SmartAsset ranking!
LakelandTN.gov/rankings

Trash Changes, Effective February 6th:
Updated map, details, and recycling schedule.

360° Virtual Tours:
IH Clubhouse, Senior Center, and Delta Blues Winery!

           
Keep Lakeland Beautiful:
Tree Saplings Giveaway
by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator
3.2.17TreeSaplings.jpgKeep Lakeland Beautiful Advisory Board members, Aimee Felker, Sherrye Willis, and City of Lakeland Planning Director, Tom Skehan, branched out to the community, Thursday, March 2, to giveaway a variety of tree saplings at City Hall.

The City of Lakeland recently received 380 trees from the State and the Tennessee Environment Council honoring them for being a “Tree City USA” for 11 years.

A variety of tree saplings were available, including the Easter Red Bud, Red Oak, Virginia Pine, American Plum and Yellow (Tulip) Poplar. Residents and friends of the community were more than happy to take a few trees to plant in their own yards.

Look for details on another tree giveaway event soon. For more information about trees available, call Lakeland City Hall at 901-867-2717.

Save the Date!
4/9/17: Easter Egg Hunt
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How sweet it is!
Copy/Photos, by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator
Nature’sCandyStore_2.18.17.jpgA dozen youth, in grades 1-6, got a lesson in nature’s plants that produce some of the finest ingredients used to make some of their favorite candies during the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department and Memphis Botanic Garden, “Nature’s Candy Store,” workshop held at IH Clubhouse Saturday, Feb. 18. 
 
Memphis Botanic Garden representative, Kristen Zemaitis, led kids on engaging experiments including making their own colonial mint candies and sampling class-made chewing gum.
 
Participants learned about various trees and the plant origins of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and cinnamon, all ingredients in some of our favorite treats. Among the many lessons of nature’s plants, the class learned that the sapodilla tree is the source of the chicle, a sticky sap, which is a component of chewing gum. They got a close up look at how chicle, syrup and a little cherry Kool-Aid come together to form, delicious cherry-flavored chewing gum.

At the end of the presentation on nature’s plant origins, youth put on their smocks and decorated their own candy pizzas with many of the ingredients they had just learned about. Each participant received a pizza crust made of melted chocolate, Rice Krispies cereal, and marshmallows. They were provided a variety of candies to decorate with including M & M’s chocolate candies, gummy bears, gum drops, candy corn, and more. Once all the pizza creations were complete, each youth participant was awarded a Junior Master Chef hat for their creative abilities.
 
Peter Aguilar said of the Nature’s Candy Store workshop, “This is the best day of my life.” The eight-year-old said he was happy to learn so much about the ingredients of some of his favorite candy, and added, “I am happy because I got to make my very own candy pizza.”

Progress on Lakeland Middle Preparatory School!
...Even more progress since this drone video was taken.
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Starbucks & Marco's Pizza Both Open!!!
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Exciting News About the Old Outlet Mall!

A 160+ acre development is in the hopper!
...January 2017 Lake District update, here.

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California-based developer Gilad Development and local design firm A2H recently revealed exciting plans for The Lake District, a mixed-use development at the site of the former Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall off Interstate-40 and Canada Road.

Conceptual plans feature a combination of uses such as luxury retail stores, two hotels, restaurants, a farmer's market, office spaces, residences, green space including parks and an untouched preserve area, and more.

“The Lake District will have a huge impact on the city,” said Lakeland City Manager Jim Atkinson. “It will be, by far, the largest development that Lakeland has seen with 160-plus acres of high-scale residential and commercial development.

Atkinson explains that it's not a 20-year phase project. The plan is to take it all down at one time. It’s all going to be done in one phase. They start the formal process tonight of approval by the city.

Full story with more images: LakelandTN.gov/LakeDistrict
                        


NLakeland in Top Three TN Cities for Young Families!
Lakeland, named #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. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/best-places-young-families-tn-2015/
           
View a list of Lakeland rankings, here: LakelandTN.gov/rankings or LakelandTN.gov/buzz