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Think Cajun, think spices, for Louisiana night at Loaves and Fishes


Loaves and Fishes, which serves free meals to 150-200 people a day, six days a week, held its annual fundraiser Saturday evening, offering the community a Louisiana Cajun meal that included Cajun rice, gumbo, beans, jambalaya  and breads, with pecan prawlines for dessert. Admission was $10 per person for the event, which ran from 4-7 p.m.


Volunteers prepare trays of bread for heating and serving

Volunteers garbed in bright purple Loaves and Fishes T-Shirts, decorated the hall on Third Street, and were ready to serve the food that had been “in preparation” for hours.

Susan Chapman, director of the non-profit Loaves and Fishes, said the event “gets better and better each year.” Raising funds is critical to the organization’s success, since “we have had over 200 people to feed on some days,” Chapman added.  The group exists on a mix of grants, public donations and support from local churches and other organizations. «Read the rest of this article»


Earth’s Best Organics: Commercialism at its best via Sesame Street


Elle-girl and Elmo

Earlier this week while at Kroger I noticed some baby lotion in the clearance bend from Earth’s Best Organics. Since this was already a brand I use with Elle-girl’s foods, I thought I would try it. I’ve loved it! It’s true lavender, and smells yummy, and it goes on so smooth, unlike other thick lotions. Elle-girl, who has always hated getting rubbed down with lotion, also seemed to love it. She lays very still while I apply the lotion before bed, then she carries the bottle around the house during the day. I started to notice as she carried it around she would sing the Elmo song that she learns on Sesame St.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we love Sesame Street and Elle-girl loves Elmo! National Public Television offers many great programs for Adults as well as children 24hrs a day. NPR boasts of being viewer sponsored and therefore they do not buy into selling lots of products through commercials on their station. As a parent, I appreciate that. «Read the rest of this article»


Primary Senate vote overturned; tri-county convention to decide Senate candidacy


Atty. Tim Barnes

Senator Rosalind Kurita

It’s not over ’til it’s over. And the controversial Kurita/Barnes campaign for a seat in the Tennessee Senate is definitely not over.

Incumbent Senator Rosalind Kurita defeated challenger Atty. Tim Barnes by a mere 19 votes in the August primary, a win that was almost immediately contested by Barnes and his supporters. That win came on the heels of a controversial eleventh hour campaign play that put bold over-sized color postcards depicting Barnes, whose practice focuses on family law and adoption, as an attorney who defends drunk drivers and abusers.

The eleventh hour negative ad campaign incurred the wrath of 38 area attorneys who countered with their own election day ad and strong statement in defense of Barnes and of the right of every American to a defense, and about the “true” nature of Barnes’ legal practice. «Read the rest of this article»


TSU summer stock ‘Romeo and Juliet’ sparkled with stage setting shift


The recent Tennessee State University’s Summer Stock Theatre staging of the Shakespeare classic further reinforces the timeless appeal of this classic love tragedy. The classic young love tragedy, given an urban setting, reflects strongly upon the reality of the modern day urban upheaval.

The tenderness and angst of a love forbidden is the central focus of William Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. The 2008 summer stock production staged at Tennessee State University was a brilliant jewel of a production. Directed by Barry Scott, a renowned stage performer in his own right, the staging gives the play a new flesh to fill. The young cast of newcomers and unknowns acquaints itself well in a production that keeps Shakespeare’s original language and feel alive and vibrant. The dynamics of the play flow evenly and smoothly through out the performance.

But this production did offer something different. This time, the locale was not the standard Elizabethan Italian village setting. Director Scott, in a daring move, chose to transpose the setting to one of Nashville’s older troubled public housing communities. Additionally, daggers and swords were replaced with stage versions of handguns and automatic rifles. Costuming reflected urban street fashion instead of flowing gowns and bustiers. Strumming minstrels were replaced with modern day music. These changes, however, do not distract from the central focus of the play. Quite to the contrary, they serve to enhance the performance. «Read the rest of this article»


ACLU: In defense of Constitutional rights


The ACLU is well-known throughout the nation but is frequently denounced by people who do not understand their mission. This organization is dedicated to the Constitution of the United States. For the ACLU, the Constitution is sacred, hallowed, and consecrated.

The ACLU focus is protecting the rights of individuals, whether they be in the minority or the majority. The ACLU shields citizens from abuse directed to minority groups. The are dedicated to defending, speaking up, and representing groups and individuals in court when said groups or individuals are threatened with loss of their constitutional rights.

An example of this singular purpose can be found in the neighboring state of Kentucky, as reported by the Associated Press. One recent headline, “ACLU to defend Amish on buggy light charges,” demonstrates ACLU involvement. In that article, distributed by Associated Press, the ACLU “will defend a group of Amish men in Kentucky charged with not displaying slow moving emblems on their horse-drawn buggies.” «Read the rest of this article»


NAACP to host 62nd State Convention and Civil Rights Conference in Clarksville


Austin Peay State University will host a portion of the 62nd Annual NAACP State Convention and Civil Rights Conference on September 27 at the APSU Morgan University Center. The entire conference will run from September 25-27.

NAACP Hosts 62nd Annual State Convention in Clarksville, TN

NAACP Hosts 62nd Annual State Convention in Clarksville, TN

The Saturday session of the conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast for W. I. N. (Women in the NAACP) and the youth. After breakfast, the conference continues with a variety of workshops for both adults and youth. At noon there will be an awards luncheon followed by more workshops. The evening concludes with the Freedom Awards Banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. «Read the rest of this article»

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County Ad Hoc Committee hears citizens redevelopment ordinance concerns


“Listening to Montgomery County citizens is the purpose of county government.” – County Mayor Carolyn Bowers

The county’s Redevelopment Ad Hoc Committee met with community spokespersons recently to address concerns about the city’s redevelopment and urban renewal ordinance.

County Mayor Bowers, center, opens ad hoc cmte meeting with concerned minority citizens

County Mayor Carolyn Bowers, County Commissioners Ron Sokol, Martha Brockman and Mark Banasiak, comprise the ad hoc committee on the redevelopment plan at the county level.

The ad hoc group met with a group of citizens representing minority community concerns. Attending were the meeting organizer, Terry McMoore, executive director of the Urban Resource Center; his wife Wanda McMoore; Turner McCullough Jr., a local community affairs and grassroots activist; Jimmy M. Garland Sr., Clarksville NAACP branch president and 3rd Vice President of the Tennessee State Conference NAACP; Candy Johnson, candidate for City Council Ward 5, and Pastor Timothy Grant, Deliverance Outreach Temple.

Mayor Bowers expressed appreciation for the group meeting with the committee to give input of citizens concerns with the redevelopment initiative underway.Listening to Montgomery County citizens is the purpose of county government,” said County Mayor Bowers. «Read the rest of this article»


Classical guitar workshop offered


APSU Professor of Music and world-renowned classical guitarist Dr. Stanley Yates will conduct a workshop on classical guitar. The workshop will take place at 7p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 at Mary’s Music Store at 305 N. Riverside Drive. The event is open to the public; however, there is a $20 fee to attend. APSU students can receive a $5 discount if they present a student I.D.

The workshop includes demonstrations in classical guitar techniques, ways to incorporate classical guitar into other styles of music, a question-and-answer segment and light refreshments. «Read the rest of this article»


Hurricane Ike blows gas prices over $4 mark


Hurricane Ike is hovering on the high side of a category 2 storm, and may reach Cat 3 as it slams Texas in the next few hours, with current winds pushing a storm surge deep into the shoreline of Galveston and other Texas communities. The storm reportedly has winds up to a Cat 4 level several hundred feet above the surface and a storm surge of 20+ feet, enough to inundate 100 miles pf the Texas Coastline.

Customers at one station were limited to 10 gallons per purchase

Ike is also blowing gas prices through the roof as Texas refineries shut down operations for the duration of the storm, and possibly through the clean-up period that follows. Meanwhile, gas stations are cleaning out the wallets of drivers who will find a minute-by-minute escalation of gas prices that seem more like price gouging.

On Friday morning at 9 a.m., Clarksville Online Publisher Bill Larson paid $3.61 a gallon for gas just prior to a trip to Nashville. At the time, his gas station of choice was also limiting customer purchases to 10 gallons per visit, which felt a bit like wartime rationing. Larson and this author, all too familiar with storms, tried valiantly not to think what the day and “Ike” would bring; the reality was culture shock.

102.01 for 25 gallons of regular unleaded

102.01 for 25 gallons of regular unleaded at 10 p.m. at the Madison St. K-Mart

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41-A Bypass water main ruptures


Drivers on the 41-A Bypass in Clarksville had to deal with slow moving traffic as they passed through the area between Seven Mile Ferry Road and Glendale Drive Thursday afternoon. The cause was a  15 X 30 foot section of pavement which collapsed after a 12″ water main ruptured.

41-A Bypass pipelineThe leak disrupted water service to several hundred homes in the neighborhood. A Clarksville Gas and Water work crew, including supervisor Dean Fain, Dustin Jeckson, Brandon Forrest, Drew Stenle, and Russell Allen, responded and proceeded to close off two valves isolating the section of pipeline from the city water system. Then, using several pumps, they evacuated the water from the hole and with a backhoe cleared out enough room on either side of the pipe to get a chain cutter underneath.

Once the five feet of the pipe was cut away, the crew was able to place a patch on the pipe which, when bolted down, would seal the breach in the pipeline. Crews then used hydrants to flush contaminants from the line. After  verifying that there were no leaks, they reburied the pipe. A crew from Dan Meadows Construction then took over the repaving of that section of the street.

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