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Department of Justice unveils exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum


Editor’s Note: Clarksville Online apologizes for the delay in the publication of this story.

CRS LogoOn On April 3, 2009, an exhibit commemorating the work done by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) to reduce racial tension and violence during the civil rights movement was unveiled at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibit features a video presentation that explains the mission of the Community Relations Service and provides a first-hand account of the challenges faced by retired staff members who mediated many of the well known marches and demonstrations of that era.

The Community Relations Service is the Department’s “peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.

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Fort Donelson: ‘Sankofa Soldiers” Civil War drama at Stewart County Annex


Fort Donelson Battery facing Up River

Fort Donelson Battery facing Up River

Sankofa Soldiers to tell of war’s strife as seen from the eyes of African American soldiers and their families.

Life at Fort Donelson for African American soldiers and their families will come alive Saturday April 4 in a historic retelling of this part of history. In a one day staging, offered in two presentations, actors will present a dramatic  presentation of the history and lives of Tennessee’s Civil War participants. The event is free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»

Clarksville Academy filmed for Channel 5


Clarksville Academy’s school year is off to a brisk start, with new programs, activities and announcements for families and the community. The school mission is to promote academic excellence, moral integrity, and physical and social growth.

News Channel 5 films Clarksville Academy classes

Photojournalist Charlie Woodward and an intern from News Channel 5 visited our campus last week to shoot a feature story for “School Patrol” which airs each Wednesday evening on the 6:00 P.M. news.  Two classrooms, Mrs. Frost’s fourth grade and Mrs. Huggins’ Honors Algebra II, were the focus of the filming.  These reporters were extremely impressed with our school, faculty, and students.  They commented off camera that from their observations while visiting schools across the state, Clarksville Academy is on the leading edge of blending technology with student learning. The scheduled times for airing are:  September 3 at 6:00 P.M. and September 4 at 9:00 A.M. In addition, the story may air on one of the Saturday newscasts.  Please note:  These are scheduled times and are subject to change. «Read the rest of this article»

IV: Are you ready for disaster? Gear, supplies and training


Editors Note: This is Chapter 4 in a reprint of this five-part series, published on Daily Kos and originally published online by AlphaGeek {9.9.05}. From the diaries — Plutonium Page. The series offers a practical way to assess risk and prepare a variety of disaster scenarios. The series will appear chapter by chapter at 3 p.m. through Friday.

In a great many ways, we live safer lives today than our parents and grandparents ever did. Western civilization’s emphasis on science and engineering has driven incredible progress in our understanding of the world. Because our understanding of the world is imperfect, and our social systems fractious and chaotic, we still make mistakes.

The result of this progress, unfortunately, is that much of Western civilization teeters precariously at the top of a technological pyramid. Remove the non-stop infusions of energy and goods, add a little natural or man-made disaster, and that balancing act rapidly devolves into chaos.

In this, the fourth installment of this series, we will discuss the material preparations required to support your emergency plans.

Yes, people, that means it’s time to talk about MREs, radios, and guns. (Actually, guns will be covered in part 5, but you get the idea.)

This is the fourth installment out of five in a multi-part series on personal disaster preparedness. Your humble correspondent is a Silicon Valley technical executive with both professional and personal experience in risk assessment and disaster-readiness planning. «Read the rest of this article»

II. Are you ready for disaster? Plan to survive!


Editors Note: This is Chapter 2 in a reprint of this five-part series, published on Daily Kos and originally published online by AlphaGeek {9.9.05}. From the diaries — Plutonium Page. The series offers a practical way to assess risk and prepare a variety of disaster scenarios. The series will appear chapter by chapter at 3 p.m. through Friday.

Chance favors the prepared mind. – Louis Pasteur

In any given disaster situation, you will find a group of people who maximize their chances for survival by making the correct choices before, during, and after the crisis. These folks have a few things in common:

  • Each of them personally decided that he/she was going to survive
  • They accurately assessed their immediate and near-term risks and needs
  • They made the best plan they could based on available resources
  • They executed that plan in a flexible, adaptive manner
  • They kept going until they had reached safety, and did not give up

The single most important thing you can do to survive a disaster is to be mentally prepared.

Being prepared for disaster does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. In this multi-part series of DailyKos Diaries, I will share with you, dear reader, many of the lessons I’ve learned regarding the most effective ways to prepare for an emergency.

This is the second installment in a multi-part series on personal disaster preparedness. Your humble correspondent is a Silicon Valley technical executive with both professional and personal experience in risk assessment and disaster-readiness planning. «Read the rest of this article»

Where the elk and the bison roam …


Daytrips and Weekenders. As the summer months and the vacation/travel season approaches, we offer you, our readers, ideas for day trips and weekend excursions to places and events that can be done in a day, or maxed out over a weekend. Time and the high cost of gas fuel our efforts to find local entertainment and activities. This column will appear each Thursday through Labor Day.

Land Between the Lakes has a lot to offer, not the least of which a free roaming bison that, topping the scales at a ton (a very solid 2,000 pounds), leave no doubt as to who has the right of way on the roads in the prairie compound.

At up to 2000 pounds, adult bison can have the right of way ...

Discounting its paved road, the Elk and Bison Prairie is a step back in time to an age when these magnificent animals roamed free across the American landscape, the midwestern prairies. Though modern living and urban expansion has come perilously close to decimating native prairie landscape, many groups across the midwest are laboring intensively to save and/or restore these landscapes. It’s enviromentally sound and historically smart. «Read the rest of this article»

Tennessee Trails: Volunteers clean trails, remove litter from walking trails


Not far from Clarksville are walking trails in parks and at nearby Land Between the Lakes. A great way to walk them is with the Tennessee Trails Association.

This last weekend our local Tennessee Trails Association did a litter pickup and debris removal in Rotary Park and on a north-south trail at Land Between the Lakes (LBL). The group removed several bag fulls of trash and moved many wind blown tree limbs off the trail. They left tired, but with a feeling of pride in knowing that they had left the trails in better shape than they found it.

James Arthur Neblett participated in the litter pickup hike this year and last year. He said that it beat staying inside no matter what the weather was, and he is anxious to participate in this endeavor in the future.

J. R. Tate

One of the local Tennessee Trails members is J. R. Tate (at left). Among other trails, he has walked the Appalachian Trail four times. It took him six months each time. During his 2006 walk, we got a glimpse of his adventure through diary passages he sent to the Leaf Chronicle. When I asked him his secret to success he said, “Hiking is a matter of moving your right foot, then your left foot. Repeat until you get from where you started to where you end up”. He found that the mental part of hiking is a lot more important than the physical part. He kept himself going sometimes on the simple thought of a warm sleeping bag or a great meal ahead. «Read the rest of this article»

3500 and counting; it’s not just an American tragedy …


How many more is it going to take to get YOU to start speaking out!

“… killed by a bomb while on patrol … had only been stationed in Iraq for a little more than a month …”

“… the vehicle he was in ran over an explosive device …”

“… killed when a roadside bomb detonated during combat operations …”


With each such statement, somewhere in America hearts are broken, dreams shattered, lives forever changed. On Wednesday at noon, the Iraq casualty count hovered at 3498. By 4 p.m. it crosses another line in the sand: 3500. To be specific: 3503.

Just over a week ago, as veterans and patriots across American marked Memorial Day with grief and honor, the number of American casualties in the sands of Iraq stood at 3,452. Each day thereafter added to that count, and here we stand.

One can spin the numbers in all kinds of ways, but the fact is we are losing husbands, wives, fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and sons at an average of 4-5 per day. Just in Iraq. Then there is Afghanistan. And losses incurred in both countries by coalition forces. Add the Iraq military body count. And the horrendous toll of Iraqi civilian casualties. It’s not just an American tragedy. It never was. «Read the rest of this article»

From the ashes, a first hand account…


House on fire“Do you have a copy of …” the Red Cross worker asked.

“Oh yes, I have that … oh no I don’t; mine’s a bit charred.” I replied.

A second later, I thought to myself: “I can’t believe I am joking about this one small thing in my radically altered life.

Yes, my services handbook was toast — crisp, charred, blackened like a Cajun style catfish fresh off the grill. My family’s entire house was char-broiled, crispy, crunchy and most definitely blackened. We had a fire. «Read the rest of this article»

Clarksville Online author’s home damaged in a fire, donations needed!


House on fireThere’s a man living across from Christine Piesyk who, every morning, sits outside on his porch taking in the new day. This morning Wednesday August 30th 2006, he heard frantic screaming from Christine’s house at a little before 7 a.m.. Then Christine’s front  window exploded and smoke started pouring out of the house. He jumped up and ran for the phone.

When I got to Christine’s house at around 1 pm., the front two windows were black gaping holes. A heap of melted and blackened furniture and other debris was stacked up in the front yard. «Read the rest of this article»

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