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About: Sue Freeman Culverhouse

    Sue Freeman CulverhouseAuthor of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing.

    She moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 2003 with her sculptor husband, Bill a retired attorney. Sue has one daughter,  Susan Leigh Miller who teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University.

    Sue teaches music and writing at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop, Tennessee to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She also publishes a literary magazine each year; all work in the magazine is written and illustrated by the students.

    Sue writes "Uncommon Sense," a column in the Robertson County Times, which also appears on Clarksville Online. She is the author of "Seven keys to a sucessful life", which is  available on and; this is a self-help book for all ages.

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    Sue Freeman Culverhouse to Sign Tennessee Literary Luminaries at the Gathering, Springfield Antique Barn


    Sue Culverhouse author of "Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren "Springfield, TN – Sue Freeman Culverhouse, staff writer for, will sign her new book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren, at the annual festival called The Gathering at Springfield Antique Barn in Springfield, Tennessee, on Friday, April 4th, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and all day on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:00am until 6:00pm.

    Tennessee Literary Luminaries features biographies of 11 Tennessee authors—Robert Penn Warren, Alex Haley, Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, Peter Taylor, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Bud Willis, A. Scott Pearson, Alice Randall, Amy Greene, and Marshall Chapman.

    Tennessee Literary Luminaries by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

    Tennessee Literary Luminaries by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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    The Shoppes at Sango: Antiques and Collectible Lovers’ Paradise


    Clarksville, TN – If you haven’t discovered the treasures at The Shoppes at Sango, it’s time. Located on Highway 41A just before the end of the 45-mile-an-hour speed limit (3470 Highway 41A South), The Shoppes at Sango is an antique mall with something for everyone.

    Right now The Shoppes at Sango has 67 booths. There’s a waiting list of more than 80 dealers who want to rent space.

    The Shoppes at Sango

    The Shoppes at Sango

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    Dr. Harold Vann’s Coping with Life Based on Experience-Created Wisdom


    Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – Clarksville resident Dr. Harold Vann served as a pediatrician for 37 years.

    His training began at the University of Tennessee Medical School followed by an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the City of Memphis Hospital followed by another residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.

    He served as president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and he is distinguished for his efforts to establish KidsCare, a pediatric clinic devoted to serving TennCare patients in Montgomery County; Dr. Vann served as Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at Clarksville Memorial Hospital.

    "Coping with Life: Finding Joy in Dealing with Troubles" by Dr. Harold Vann

    “Coping with Life: Finding Joy in Dealing with Troubles” by Dr. Harold Vann

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    Classic Novel: Field of Dead Horses by Nick Allen Brown


    Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – It’s not often that you find an author’s first book and send it to the top of your list of favorite books, but Field of Dead Horses just rose to the top of mine.

    I loved not only the plot but the characters and the style of writing that seems to be Nick Allen Brown’s contribution to the literary stage. This is a book that should become a classic!

    Field of Dead Horses refers to a horse cemetery on the grounds of the farm where Elliott Chapel and his father, Paul, train race horses.

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    Clarksville Native Gary Harmon writes Children’s Book “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off”


    Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – A teacher in the Knox County school system, Gary Harmon is a former student at Montgomery Central High School in Montgomery County. His children’s book, My Daddy Takes His Legs Off, tells the story of a little girl whose father was born with no right hand and only a pinky and a thumb on his left. Because he was born with no feet, he had prostheses from his knees down.

    Children have insatiable curiosity and many are afraid of what they do not understand. As anyone with a disability knows, children will stare at a person who is different. Some will want to touch, some will want to run away, some will ask embarrassing questions, and some will cry.

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    How Not to Cook a Turkey in One Easy Lesson


    Christmas TreeClarksville, TN – It was a ghost of Christmases past that suddenly appeared on my computer screen. One of my eternal disasters in the kitchen had come back to haunt me…..

    This all started last summer. Little did I know it would turn my holiday turkey into just one more kitchen disaster.

    I had a 16-pound turkey in my freezer; it was just the right size for Christmas Eve dinner. Everything seemed to be going on schedule. The bird had thawed for a few days in the garage refrigerator and I was ready for the big cook in.

    Christmas Turkey Dinner.

    Christmas Turkey Dinner.

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    How Much Do You Know about the Origin of “Silent Night”?


    Christmas Gift BagsClarksville, TN – Perhaps the best-loved Christmas carol of all times is “Silent Night.” Somehow the simple words convey the mystery and simplicity of the real Christmas story better than any other hymn, at least in my humble opinion.

    The original carol was entitled, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht; it was written in German at the request of an Austrian priest, Father Josef Mohr.

    According to, “on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem he had written four years before and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass.”

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    Wait to Shop on Christmas Eve? What a Concept!


    Christmas PresentsClarksville, TN – When I returned home late in the afternoon, I collapsed on the couch and announced that I was exhausted from shopping for Christmas.

    “Your problem is that you didn’t wait until Christmas Eve to shop,” my dear husband responded.

    His comment boggled my imagination. I could just see what kind of Christmas we’d have if I waited until Christmas Eve to begin.

    Shopping on Christmas Eve.

    Shopping on Christmas Eve.

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    Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s Hank Hung the Moon is Great Reading

    Rheta Grimsley Johnson

    Rheta Grimsley Johnson

    Clarksville, TN – If you haven’t read Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s books, you’re missing several great reads. Her latest, Hank Hung the Moon (NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama: 2012), is a description of the influence of Hank Williams on Southern life and Southerners in particular

    A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Johnson writes a column that appears in about 50 newspapers throughout the U.S. She has reported for United Press International, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Some of her other awards include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest writing, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary.

    "Hank Hung the Moon" by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

    “Hank Hung the Moon” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

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    Star Power at this Year’s Clarksville Writers’ Conference


    Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – If you weren’t there, you should have been. Clarksville Writers’ Conference attracted not only 70 or so attendees but a dozen or more published writers who brought to the stage star power no where else available in this area.

    Take, for instance, Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Florida and author of more than 20 books, who spoke at the superb gala dinner at The Point, the lovely dining room on the Cumberland River edge, just at sunset on Thursday night.

    Gaillard reminded the hundred or more guests at the dinner that just across the river is Benfolly, the home of Allen Tate and Caroline Gordon, where the Fugitives, including luminaries like Robert Penn Warren, were fond of gathering.

    Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers' Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park's Freedom Point.

    Frye Gaillard was the keynote speaker at the Clarksville Writers’ Conference banquet held June 6th at Liberty Park’s Freedom Point.

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