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Dodging the Roadkill: A Visit To The Military Memorial Museum

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyCrossville, TN – On a beautiful day in May, I joined several other bikers for a day trip to Crossville, Tennessee. We were going to visit the Military Memorial Museum.

And of course, ride the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.

In all of my years, I had never known that this museum existed, much less, that Tennessee was the home to four POW Camps during the war.

“Camp Crossville” along with Camp Forrest in Tullahoma, Camp Campbell in Clarksville, and Camp Tyson in Henry County is where German POW’s were sent. There isn’t much evidence of the other camps today, but in Crossville, what remains of the actual camp is now a 4-H camp. The Military Memorial Museum houses the memories of the war.

Military Memorial Museum in Crossville Tennessee

Military Memorial Museum in Crossville Tennessee

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Dodging the Roadkill: Tuckessee H.O.G Chapter holds first annual Motorcycle Rodeo

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – The Tuckessee Harley Owner’s Group, H.O.G, held their first annual Motorcycle Rodeo this past weekend and as they say, a good time was had by all.

The H.O.G chapter is for Harley Davidson owners who enjoy riding and fellowship with other riders.  They support charitable causes in the community but more importantly, they promote riding their motorcycles and riding safe.

Held on May 6th at Appleton’s Harley Davidson, the participants were asked to perform feats of balance and motorcycle skills as they competed.

Tuckessee Harley Owner's Group first annual Motorcycle Rodeo. (Kayla Blackmon and Anthony Roberson)

Tuckessee Harley Owner’s Group first annual Motorcycle Rodeo. (Kayla Blackmon and Anthony Roberson)

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Dodging The Roadkill: Riding the Natchez Trace Parkway

 

Clarksville, TN I had heard so much about riding the Natchez Trace Parkway that when the day came, I was like a kid in a candy store.

As you know, I love to travel alone and everything I had heard about “riding the Trace” indicated that if you want to be “one” with your bike, and enjoy some solitude, then the Trace is where you go.

It was November 8th, 2016, Election Day.  We would FINALLY  be at the end of this national nightmare of a Presidential Election.  I was so sick of it all that taking this trip was the perfect way to turn off all the damn “noise.”

Riding the Natchez Trace Parkway

Riding the Natchez Trace Parkway

 

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Hilltop Supermarket’s 2nd annual Dwayne Byard Memorial BBQ Cook Off better than ever

 

Hilltop SupermarketClarksville, TN – On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, Hilltop Supermarket held the 2nd annual Dwayne Byard Memorial BBQ Cook Off. The weather was cool, with a slight breeze. It was just a wonderful day for the event.

Upon arriving at Hilltop, your senses were bombarded with the smell of great BBQ cooking.

The cook off was held in honor of Dwayne Byard who past away two years ago. Proceeds from the event went towards a scholarship fund for Dwayne’s grandchildren.

Perry Pratt with The Big Orange Smokers won Grand Champion at Hilltop Supermarket's 2nd annual Dwayne Byard Memorial BBQ Cook Off that was held Saturday.

Perry Pratt with The Big Orange Smokers won Grand Champion at Hilltop Supermarket’s 2nd annual Dwayne Byard Memorial BBQ Cook Off that was held Saturday.

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City of Clarksville opens two new B-Cycle stations

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan cut a ribbon Monday to open one of Clarksville’s two new bike share stations.

The ceremony, at the Pollard Road trailhead on the Clarksville Greenway,  included Clarksville Academy students, Community Health Foundation board members and Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department leaders.

A second new station, at Public Square and Franklin Street in Downtown Clarksville, also opened Monday.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan celebrates growing bike-share service.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan celebrates growing bike-share service.

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Customs House Museum receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to support Art by African Americans

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support a project entitled “Celebrating the Legacy and Future of African American Arts.”

Central to the project is the opportunity for the Clarksville community to visit one of the most comprehensive exhibitions ever organized featuring works on paper by African American artists over the last three centuries.

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Fort Jackson National Cemetery

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyColumbia, SC – On a recent trip to South Carolina, my first, I was rolling down the interstate when I noticed a road sign for the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

I had to visit.

I’m not a history buff, in fact it wasn’t one of my favorite courses in school, but there’s just something about being able to be among those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for me. To be able to look out across the field at all the headstones and try to just think about what they went through. To think about how they laid down their life.

Fort Jackson National Cemetery

Fort Jackson National Cemetery

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Dodging the Roadkill: Visiting the Ghost of Alice Flagg

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyPawleys Island, SC – While on a trip to visit friends in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, my hosts kept asking me if I had ever heard of the “Ghost of Alice Flagg.”

Uh, nope.

Apparently, dear old Alice is buried here, and I MUST pay her a visit.

Ok.

Alice Flagg was the younger sister of Dr. Allard Flagg. Dr. Flagg is believed to have built The Hermitage, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The home was built in 1848. It was originally the summer home of Methodist minister James Belin.

The Grave of Alice Flagg.

The Grave of Alice Flagg.

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Newberry Opera House

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyNewberry, SC – On a recent trip to South Carolina, a friend suggested to me that I pay a visit to Newberry South Carolina, just to see the Newberry Opera House.

Huh?  Me?  Opera?

The thing about traveling on a motorcycle, is that not only do you travel the “road less traveled,” but you will invariably see people and places that you would otherwise miss.  That’s the whole point of being a biker.  It’s not just the thrill of the motorcycle, it’s the doors it will open in your life.  To see things you wouldn’t normally see, or to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t meet.

The Newberry Opera House

The Newberry Opera House

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Rivers and Spires’ Quilts of the Cumberland 2017 Winners

 

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – On April 20th-22nd, 2017, the Rivers and Spires Festival held their annual Quilts of the Cumberland Quilt show at the Madison Street United Methodist Church. There was 42 quilts that ranged from traditional quilts to one of a kind art quilts.

This event showed how talented quilters in the area are. The quilts on display were gorgeous.

The quilt show was free and open to the public.

Kathern Parker & Sandra Fusco won Best of Show at the 2017 Quilts of the Cumberland Show with her entry "Christmas Cactus".

Kathern Parker & Sandra Fusco won Best of Show at the 2017 Quilts of the Cumberland Show with her entry “Christmas Cactus”.

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