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About: Blayne Clements


    Blayne ClementsI am a 30 something graduate from Austin Peay State University, where I graduated in 1997 with two majors (Accounting and Finance). I am a very happily married man, with one beautiful daughter. I enjoy a professional life of public service and a personal life of travel, reading, music, and always trying to learn from others.

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    Fort Campbell’s 744th Ordnance Company Lends a Helping Hand to Friends of Dunbar Cave

     

    Dunbar Cave State ParkClarksville, TN – In March, the 744th Ordnance Company (EOD) part of the 52 Ordnance Group (EOD) from Fort Campbell, along with members of the Tennessee Trails Association, volunteered over 50 man hours and removed 400 lbs. of cinder blocks, 300 lbs. of tires, 200 lbs. of metal and over 50 lbs. of trash.  Platoon leader, Lt. Chris Weber stated, “We worked our butts off.”  He added “Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves.”

    Friends Group President, Lionel Senseney is grateful for the community’s effort to help the Friends Group and expand our park.  “What an effort!” Lionel said, “Many thanks to everyone that is helping.”

    A soldier from the 744th Ordnance Company lends a hand cleaning up the "Rather property"

    A soldier from the 744th Ordnance Company lends a hand cleaning up the “Rather property”

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    Friends of Dunbar Cave Annual Fall Hike at Dunbar Cave State Park October 18th-19th

     

    Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Starcatcher Initiative would like to invite you to “Animal Tales:  The Tale of Hansel and Gretel.”

    Join Barty the Bat, Roxy Raccoon, Ophelia the Owl and Park Ranger Skip as they share tales of Dunbar Cave history and the adventures of Hansel and Gretel while touring Clarksville’s only state park at night.

    The Dunbar Cave State Natural Area's Visitors Center

    The Dunbar Cave State Natural Area’s Visitors Center

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    Book Review: “Grace Among the Leavings” by Beverly Fisher

     

    Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – “Ms. Grace, you ask hard questions.”

    The little girl living on a farm in rural Sumner County, Tennessee does ask hard questions.  Innocent and inquisitive, Grace lives in a world where the Civil War has just ended and the devastated South is entering Reconstruction.  Grace directly questions why she is surrounded by death and suffering.

    Her grandmother tells Grace, “I want you to not think of the evil in this world, honey, because there is plenty of that. You don’t have to look too hard or far for that.  Look for the good.  Be the good.”

    “Grace Among the Leavings” by Beverly Fisher

    “Grace Among the Leavings” by Beverly Fisher

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    Friends of Dunbar Cave to hold Cooling at the Cave this Saturday

     

    Dunbar Cave State Park's Cooling at the Cave in Clarksville, TN Clarksville, TN – On Saturday, July 27th, come out to the annual Cooling at the Cave event at Dunbar Cave State Park from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Join the Friends of Dunbar Cave Cave at the cave’s entrance for music, games and refreshments.

    Prior to air conditioning being widely available, locals would gather at Dunbar Cave to enjoy the cool air gently blowing from the mouth of the cave. Many concerts were held there as people would fellowship and beat the heat of summer.

    Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville.

    Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville.

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    Dunbar Cave State Park’s Cooling at the Cave Saturday, July 27th

     

    Dunbar Cave State Park's Cooling at the Cave in Clarksville, TN Clarksville, TN – Come out to the annual Cooling at the Cave event at Dunbar Cave State Park   from 3:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday, July 27th, and join the Friends of Dunbar Cave Cave with music, games and refreshments at the cool cave entrance.

    Prior to air conditioning being widely available, locals would gather at Dunbar Cave to enjoy the cool air gently blowing from the mouth of the cave.  Many concerts were held there as people would fellowship and beat the heat of summer.

    Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville.

    Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville.

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    Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling Schedule Announced

     

    Dunbar Cave State Natural AreaClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave have finalized the schedule for this year’s Spring Fling slated to take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 4th.

    Come out and enjoy a day of free, family fun.  A bird hikes with the Warioto Audubon  Society, wild flower hike led by APSU botanist Rob Shepard and a trail hike led by Suva Batsin from our local chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association.

    Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave's Spring Fling

    Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling

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    Friends of Dunbar Cave seeks Additional Land for Dunbar Cave State Natural Area

     

    Dunbar Cave State Natural AreaClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave are pursuing a purchase of 30 acres adjacent to Clarksville’s only state park, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area (DCSNA).  The 30 acres, known as the Ritter-Caroland property, is the only remaining property contiguous to the park that is undeveloped.

    The current park consists of 110 acres.  This additional 30 acres would greatly expand the size of the park, as well as protect the environment of the area which includes the Red River Watershed (the drainage system for the park.)

    Dudley Griffin, Alan Groves, Kenny Hogan of the Jaycees Foundation Board; Jerry Clark, FODC; Amy Wallace, DCSNA Staff; Lionel Senseney, President FODC; Dr. Sally Schiller – FODC; and Ron Hunter, FODC.

    Dudley Griffin, Alan Groves, Kenny Hogan of the Jaycees Foundation Board; Jerry Clark, FODC; Amy Wallace, DCSNA Staff; Lionel Senseney, President FODC; Dr. Sally Schiller – FODC; and Ron Hunter, FODC.

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    Trail Mulching Day at Dunbar Cave Coming Up Soon

     

    Trees to Trails at Dunbar CaveClarksville, TN – Do you enjoy Clarksville’s only state park, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area?  Do you run the trails for exercise or walk them for some peace and quiet?  Want to make them even better? Then you will likely want to help us to maintain the trails you use and enjoy.

    The Friends of Dunbar Cave, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the park,  will have their annual trail mulching day on March 23rd.

    Spreading mulch on the Dam

    Spreading mulch on the Dam

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    Dunbar Cave State Park Recycling Your Christmas Trees

     

    Clarksville, TN – The staff and Friends of Dunbar Cave State Park are asking for your family to drop off your Christmas tree so it can be recycled into mulch for the parks trails.

    Please drop off your tree, free of all decorations and tinsel, at the park’s parking lot anytime between now and 11:00am, January 5th. «Read the rest of this article»

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    A Sleep Hollow Bonfire and Night Hike at Dunbar Cave State Park

     

    Clarksville, TN – The familiar sights and sounds of Fall are here.  The leaves are changing and rustling in the cool breeze, jack-o-lanterns abound, and mums decorate front porches.

    As your family gets ready to enjoy this beautiful season, be sure to attend what is quickly becoming the must attend event of the Fall – A Sleepy Hollow Bonfire and Night Hike at Clarksville only state park, Dunbar Cave. «Read the rest of this article»

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