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Never judge a person by appearances


facesOur culture has become fixated on what a person appears to be. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject; numerous television shows now describe this; scores of people now make their living by telling people what to wear. We believe that youth is the crowning age of life and everyone must work daily to present a youthful, attractive appearance.

Both women and men are advised on how to succeed in their professions by wearing certain types of clothing, using the latest age-defying make-up, choosing the right hair style, buying that certain briefcase that shows you to be executive material, and having every blemish—from body language to teeth—corrected to fit the ideal presentation.

Over the years I’ve learned of some rather interesting misconceptions formed by judging people on their appearances. «Read the rest of this article»

Partial street closure on College Street


CGWThe outer eastbound lane on College Street from Drane Street to University Avenue will be closed today until approximately 4:30 p.m. A contractor will be repaving sections of College Street.

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4BCT soldier dies


Pfc. Marshall G. Montelus

101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFORT CAMPBELL, Ky., August 5, 2009 – A Fort Campbell Soldier died Monday after finishing an Army Physical Fitness Test with his unit. Pfc. Marshall G. Montelus, 24, of Rochester, N.Y., was an automated logistical specialist assigned to B Company, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. He originally entered the Army in March 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in November 2004

Montelus’ awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver – Wheeled Vehicles; and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

Montelus is survived by his mother, Irma Hilaire, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The incident is under investigation.

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The Impact of Reform: Undeniable benefits from the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act” in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional district


Chris and Becky Link, Imagination Branding, Nashville, Tennessee

Chris and Becky Link, Imagination Branding, Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville – In the aftermath of Rep. Jim Cooper’s statements on July 26 in The Tennessean and on Face the Nation that he would not vote in favor of the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (also known as “H.R. 3200”) to bring quality, affordable healthcare to all residents of his district, constituents in Cooper’s district who would benefit from the bill’s passage responded.

“As a small business owner who knows I need to offer quality, affordable healthcare to all my employees in order to attract the best workers and to compete with larger businesses, I support H.R. 3200 and so should Rep. Cooper,” said Chris Link of Imagination Branding, which is based in Nashville. “I want to know why Rep. Cooper is standing in the way of sensible legislation that will help small business owners like me.” In the Fifth Congressional District, 16,000 small businesses could receive tax credits to provide coverage to their employees, according to a recent report from the House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU librarians give free books to campers


Austin Peay State University LogoWhen the Junior Govs Summer Camp ended last Friday, the 75 children campers who spent their summer at APSU each went home with a brand new book.

The Junior Govs is a recreational-based summer camp that gets kids active in sports and games, but on several occasions, campers found their way into the APSU Woodward Library. That’s where they met instruction team librarians Christina Chester-Fangman, Philenese Slaughter, Inga Filippo, Nancy Gibson and Sharon Johnson. Over the last few weeks, the professors conducted enrichment activities for the campers, such as story times and lessons on research with the “age-appropriate” database Kids InfoBits, provided by Tennessee Electronic Library or TEL.

When the camp ended last Friday, the librarians decided to offer a special farewell to the children they’d come to know. That’s why they contacted the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts about providing free books to each camper. «Read the rest of this article»

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