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The Night Before Christmas

 

Father ChristmasIt’s Christmas Eve when familes, friends and children come together with anticipation of gifts and delights that will be had the following morning. Children lay awaken listening for the gentle sound of hoofs on the roof and maybe, just maybe this time, a glimpse of Santa Claus himself.

With cookies and milk layed out on the coffee table for good old Saint Nick, it’s the perfect time to read the poem “T’was the Night before Christmas” by Clement Moore.

William Goldstein created a video version of Moore’s poem set to Orchestra and Chorus with a Narrator.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas - Drawing by F.O.C. Darley

A Visit from Saint Nicholas - Drawing by F.O.C. Darley

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Austin Peay State University VA counselor receives Patriot Award

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – As a Veterans Affairs financial aid counselor at Austin Peay State University, Elizabeth Stonerock was told she had a disgruntled student waiting to see her.

Walking out of her office in the Ellington Building to the lobby to meet with the student, Stonerock immediately was greeted with applause and cheers.

Jasmin Linares (left) places a lapel pin on Elizabeth Stonerock, recipient of the Patriot Award, presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, during a presentation Dec. 19th at Austin Peay State University. APSU President Tim Hall (left) and retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carl E. Lambert, chair of ESGR’s Tennessee division, watch. (Photo by Beth Liggett, University photographer)

Jasmin Linares (left) places a lapel pin on Elizabeth Stonerock, recipient of the Patriot Award, presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, during a presentation Dec. 19th at Austin Peay State University. APSU President Tim Hall (left) and retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carl E. Lambert, chair of ESGR’s Tennessee division, watch. (Photo by Beth Liggett, University photographer)

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Army Corps of Engineers approves Clarksville Marina Lease Agreement

 
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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has received notification that the Army Corps of Engineers has approved the lease agreement between the City of Clarksville and Cumberland River, LLC. The lease was approved by the city council at a special called session earlier this week.

“Corps approval is a critical step in moving forward with development”, explained Mayor McMillan. “Once the City Council approved the agreement on Tuesday night, we immediately moved forward to sign and forward it to the Corps for review. To receive approval within 48 hours is a direct result of our hard work and commitment to completing this project.”

There was much debate at Tuesday’s called session of the city council over the lease.  Some council members objected to having to vote so soon after receiving the final lease agreement from city hall. Councilwoman Kaye Jones and councilman Bill Summers were the most vocal. «Read the rest of this article»

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NORAD Poised to Track Santa’s Flight

 

Written by Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service

NORAD Santa TrackerWashington, D.C. – As children go to bed tonight with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, the staff at North American Aerospace Defense Command will be busy tracking Santa Claus’ global flight.

For the 56th year running, NORAD will add the job of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve to its mission of North American aerospace warning and control.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., will again track Santa Claus on his annual Christmas Eve flight to deliver presents to children around the globe. (Courtesy graphic)

The North American Aerospace Defense Command based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., will again track Santa Claus on his annual Christmas Eve flight to deliver presents to children around the globe. (Courtesy graphic)

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Santa will not be at Christmas on the Cumberland Tonight

 

Christmas on the CumberlandClarksville, TN – Due to the number of good children in the area, Santa had to leave early for the North Pole to ready for his big night and will not be at the Riverwalk this evening for photos.

Christmas on the Cumberland is open nightly from 5:00pm-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday,and from 5:00pm-11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays through January 1st, 2012. Admission to the event is free.

Bring the family down tonight for a walk through the holiday display that features over 1,000,000 individual Lights and spans the entire length of McGregor Park in Downtown Clarksville.

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Another Step Closer for the Clarksville Marina

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Mayor Kim McMillan received notification that the Army Corps of Engineers has approved the lease agreement between the City of Clarksville and Cumberland River, LLC.

“Corps approval is a critical step in moving forward with development,” explained Mayor McMillan. “Once the City Council approved the agreement on Tuesday night, we immediately moved forward to sign and forward it to the Corps for review. To receive approval within 48 hours is a direct result of our hard work and commitment to completing this project. We are very appreciative of the wonderful working relationship we have with the Corps and their enthusiasm for the project and we look forward to working with them to bring it to completion.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Alternative School Students get a dose of reality

 

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – On December 19th, 2011 marked the last day of school for students of the Greenwood Alternative School and the first dose of reality for some. The LEAP Organization facilitated the acclaimed Reality Check program that was sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.

Volunteers were asked to sit behind a table that represented different aspects of life such as banks, car dealerships, day cares, college, clothing store, grocery store, and real estate offices.

Students from the Greenwood Alternative School experience the Reality Check program sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.

Students from the Greenwood Alternative School experience the Reality Check program sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.

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November 2011 Tennessee County Unemployment Rates

 

Rate Decreases in 79 counties, Increases in 12, and remains the same in Four

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2011, released today, show that the rate decreased in 79 counties, increased in 12 counties, and four counties remained the same.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November fell to 9.1 percent, down from the October revised rate of 9.5. The national unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the October rate.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Labor Force Estimates for November 2011

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges fire safety for Christmas trees

 

Video shows hazard posed by the holiday fixture if left to dry out

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes to take care to keep them in water, because of the fire risk posed when they are allowed to dry out.

“The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 240 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree’s moisture content of more than 100 percent by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and pose a fire hazard.”

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NASA’s Cassini Delivers Holiday Treats From Saturn

 

Written by Jia-Rui Cook – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and Joe Mason – Space Science Institute

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – No team of reindeer, but radio signals flying clear across the solar system from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have delivered a holiday package of glorious images. The pictures, from Cassini’s imaging team, show Saturn’s largest, most colorful ornament, Titan, and other icy baubles in orbit around this splendid planet.

The release includes images of satellite conjunctions in which one moon passes in front of or behind another. Cassini scientists regularly make these observations to study the ever-changing orbits of the planet’s moons. But even in these routine images, the Saturnian system shines. A few of Saturn’s stark, airless, icy moons appear to dangle next to the orange orb of Titan, the only moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere. Titan’s atmosphere is of great interest because of its similarities to the atmosphere believed to exist long ago on the early Earth.

Titan and Dione - Saturn's third-largest moon Dione can be seen through the haze of its largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

Titan and Dione - Saturn's third-largest moon Dione can be seen through the haze of its largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

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