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School Closings for Wednesday, February 10th 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County.

At APSU, The University’s main campus will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday, Feb. 10. Classes in Dickson will be on schedule. APSU@Fort Campbell will open at 9 a.m. due to base delays.

Clarksville Christian School is closed. Clarksville Academy and Clarksville 1st Nazarene CDC, are opening 2 hours late.

Stewart County Schools, Houston County Schools, Robertson County Schools, and Cheatham County Schools are closed as well.

In Kentucky, Christian County Schools are closed.

For Fort Campbell, On 10 Feb 2010 Inclement Weather personnel report at normal time; all other personnel are authorized up to a two hour delay from normal report time. Dependent Schools and school bus operations will operate on a two hour delay. Morning Pre-K and PSCD classes are closed. Unit commanders have flexibility to set work calls based on conditions in unit areas and varied off-post conditions.

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TN Proclaims February National Career and Technical Education Month


Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce students and faculty in 3,400 career and technical education programs of study in the state will celebrate February as National Career and Technical Education month. The theme of this month’s celebration, “CTE: Invest in Your Future,” highlights the importance of career and technical education in providing the essential skills necessary for future success.

“Career and technical education provides students with a real-world career connection,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “CTE programs in turn foster a well-educated, college- and career-ready student body, ready to contribute to our workforce.” «Read the rest of this article»


Efforts to Save Teen Lives Are Making a Difference


Tennessee in Motion is a monthly column by Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

It can be one of the most frightening moments for a parent, watching your newly licensed teen drive away on their own for the first time.  It remains a fact that nationwide, a teenager is killed or injured in a traffic crash every three days.  Teen drivers have higher rates of fatal crash involvement than any other age group.  Studies show teens are more likely to take risks, be distracted or be nervous while driving.  That’s why the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and other partners are working to give teens the tools they need to become safer drivers.

In 2006, TDOT launched “Between the Barrels,” our first ever teen safe driving program with a goal of saving lives through education.  Each year, Between the Barrels representatives and Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers travel to high schools across the state and talk with teens about making smart decisions behind the wheel and what can happen if they don’t.  More than 100,000 have participated in the program to date and teens themselves tell us the program is working.  We’ve heard from students like Spencer Thomas Scott from Waverly Central High School who attended a Between the Barrels presentation and decided to begin wearing his seatbelt.  Spencer clicked his belt into place and moments later, his car left the roadway and flipped several times.  Spencer lived through the crash likely because he made the decision to wear his safety belt.  He’s just one of dozens of teens who’ve told us they are better drivers because of what they learned from our program. «Read the rest of this article»


TWRA requests public input on its 2010-11 hunting regulations


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is soliciting comments for its 2010-11 hunting seasons’ regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff.

Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2010-11 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

The comment period concerning the 2010-11 hunting season regulations will be open until Feb. 22, 2010.


School closings for Tuesday February 9th, 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County.

Due to inclement weather, APSU main campus, Center @ Ft. Campbell and APSU at the Renaissance Center will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Clarksville Christian School is closed. Giving Tree Child Care & Miss Patsy’s Daycare are opening 2 hours late. No word yet on Clarksville Academy

Stewart County Schools, Houston County Schools, Robertson County Schools, and Cheatham County Schools are closed as well.

In Kentucky, Christian County Schools are closed. While Fort Campbell Schools and the Post will be opening 2 hours late.

Editor’s Note: The headline should have read Tuesday, sorry for any inconvenience!

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Peer support network for area mothers created


New web forum provides Clarksville mothers with a much needed peer support resource.

Blythe Belenky

Clarksville Mommies LogoBlythe Belenky was a member of while living in Raleigh, NC,and felt completely lost without it when she moved to Tennessee.  She did not know how to find the answers to simple questions, such as what preschool is the best, where to get a haircut, which park will be the most fun, or where to buy the best produce.  In September 2009, she started to share her experiences and to offer other moms the advantages of a Mommies Network site and the ability to make friends.  It is wonderful resource for finding out about the area and finding friends, many of whom she knows will be life-long.

Members chat online in a private forum – discussing everything from the best photographers to the worst temper tantrums and all that lies between – and meet-up regularly at member-driven events around town.  Whether it’s a late night commiseration on a crying baby (there are 4AM posts to prove it), or a Mom’s Night Out, ClarksvilleMommies provides what local moms need, when and how they need it. «Read the rest of this article»

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Daymar Institute Launches Physical Therapist Assistant Program


The Daymar Institute has gained approval to begin offering the high-demand Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) associate degree program to the Clarksville community, through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE). PTA classes are slated to begin in April 2010.

Draughons Campus Director Katharine Purnell

Draughons Campus Director Katharine Purnell

Katharine Purnell, Campus Director, announced that the application process is now in progress. “We encourage people interested in this specialized healthcare career to visit our campus at 1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., or call us at 931-552-7600 to set an appointment and submit their application,” said Purnell. Purnell also revealed that a Physical Therapist Assistant Program Information Session is planned for Thursday, February 11, with a 5:30 PM reception, followed by a 6:00 PM Information Session. The public is cordially invited to attend. «Read the rest of this article»


APSU sports psychology professor has 6th best-seller in nation on The Washington Post list

Dr. Gregg Steinberg

Dr. Gregg Steinberg

Austin Peay State University LogoA noted sports psychologist and faculty member at Austin Peay State University now has the sixth national best-selling nonfiction book, according to The Washington Post.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg, an associate professor of health and human performance, is the author of “Full Throttle: 122 Strategies to Supercharge Your Performance at Work,” which made the national newspaper’s best-sellers list for the first time.

The book, released last summer, discusses how to build emotional toughness for business and life through entertaining and informative stories.

The Washington Post rankings published Jan. 24, 2010, reflect sales for the week ending Jan. 17, 2010. «Read the rest of this article»


The Clarksville Parks and Rec Report


parksandrecThe Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department’s weekly recreation report provides Clarksvillians with a glimpse at the activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family. This weeks highlights include:

  • Facility rental
  • Youth League meetings
  • Following Parks and Recreation on Social Networks

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Contemporary kinetic sculpture of Korean artist U-Ram Choe opening at the Frist Center


Works in U-Ram Choe: New Urban Species exhibition mimics living organisms

NASHVILLE – The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will feature seven works by Korean kinetic artist U-Ram Choe in an exhibition opening to the public Feb. 19, 2010. U-Ram Choe: New Urban Species will be on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery through February 19th-May 16, 2010.

U-Ram Choe’s kinetic sculptures are made of delicately curved sections of wrought metal, joined together in movable parts that are driven by motors to expand, contract, or otherwise suggest the autonomic motions—such as breathing or swimming—of such primitive life forms as plants and single-celled aquatic creatures. The intricate workmanship and graceful movements of these mechanical sculptures offer viewers an unparalleled visual delight.

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