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Safety Precautions Can Sometimes Create Other Problems


From the first time some nut case tampered with food by inserting poison in a package in the grocery store, manufacturers have become increasingly aware of packaging their products so that no tampering can occur.

That’s great for keeping us all safe and I applaud their efforts—but I have a problem. Over the years, my hands have become increasingly weaker and I don’t have the strength to break your codes!

I worked as the office manager for the music department at the University of Virginia for several years. The woman who had that job before me was quite tall and I’m quite short. The desk and computer equipment that fit her was a disaster for me. Because I was reaching up to type at a height for a taller person, I began to have difficulty with my hands and arms. Something resembling carpal tunnel syndrome resulted. I had to wear braces on my arms, go to physical therapy and take pain medication. Amazingly, after I was given a new desk and ergonomically sound computer equipment, I found that my hands and arms were getting better.

Unfortunately, the process had begun and has resulted in my having problems years later. My hands sometimes lose their grip and I drop things. I also have difficulty opening jars. «Read the rest of this article»


School closings for Friday January 29th 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County. A determination about extracurricular events and activities will be made at 11 a.m. on Friday.

On Friday, Jan. 29 – Fort Campbell will operate on a 2-hour delay. Inclement weather and mission-essential personnel should report at normal time, all others are authorized a two-hour delay from normal reporting time. Fort Campbell schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 29. Updates will be provided as necessary.

Austin Peay State University LogoAPSU’s Main campus is open, Ft. Campbell will open at 9:30am. University officials are closely monitoring weather conditions and predictions for the Montgomery County area and Austin Peay Campuses. Currently, plans are for the University’s main campus to remain open and operating on a normal schedule on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. They will post updates on the University home page as conditions change. If University officials decide a delay or closing is necessary, such decisions will be posted to the web and distributed through text and email alerts immediately. Information will also be recorded on the main phone line, (931) 221-7011, and disseminated through local media. However, there are often delays in getting this information to area media. Please check the APSU website for the most current information.

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Elementary school students can design a logo for the county science fair


The Montgomery County School System is currently holding a “Design a Logo for our Science Fair Art Contest” at the local elementary schools. All local elementary school students can compete, and everyone should. The overall prize for which is $100.00 from Rosalind Kurtia. She has been sponsoring this event for many years. The winning design will become the logo for this year’s science fair and will be used on the T-shirts donated by CDE that are given to the participants of the County science fair. The deadline for entries is Monday! «Read the rest of this article»


Snow and Ice in Clarksville, TN


According to the weather channel we are in the “Winter’s Triple Threat”. Are you ready for this storm? As of 8:30 pm Thursday night, Nashville is supposed to get over a foot by the time it is all finished on Sunday! Clarksville is north of Nashville, so we are probably looking in the range of possibly 12-18 inches. Hopkinsville, KY which is only 20 minutes away from Exit 1 in Clarksville is said to have approximately 18 inches! (I cannot believe these numbers have been broadcast!)

Clarksville has been gearing up for this storm that is 1700 miles long since wednesday by putting down the salt or brine. The roads will be dangerous, so please stay off of them. There has even been concerns of power outages. As I was in Wal-Mart this afternoon, I ran into a lot of my friends who were getting ready for the storm that will keep us indoors. They even mentioned the fact that we might lose our electric. There is always a possibility. Those without a fireplace, do you know how you would stay warm if the electric is to go out? «Read the rest of this article»


TOSHA is planning the 2010 spring seminars


35 safety and health seminars to be offered throughout the state

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNASHVILLE – The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has 35 upcoming safety and health training seminars at several locations throughout the state. The courses will be offered through Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, University of Tennessee, Vol State Community College, Northeast State Community College and Walters State Community College.

“Our goal is to keep employers and employees safe from as many workplace safety and health hazards as possible,” Sandra Bennett, TOSHA Training Manager. “TOSHA has excellent trainers who know the requirements in TOSHA standards and regulations, and can help you apply them to prevent injuries/illnesses and save lives.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Don’t forget to get a second dose of H1N1 vaccine for children under age 10


Parents reminded that children under age 10 need two doses

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents that children under the age of 10 require two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in order to be fully immunized against the virus. H1N1 flu vaccine is plentiful in Tennessee and widely available through county health departments and other providers across the state. Tennessee’s county health departments are providing this vaccine at no charge to patients.

“We urge parents not to put off getting their child’s second dose of H1N1 flu vaccine,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “H1N1 flu activity could continue for months, and this is also the time of year when seasonal flu viruses appear. It’s not too late to get these important vaccinations to be sure your child is protected throughout the flu season.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Human Rights Commission listens to complaints of local residents


People concerned with issues of discrimination when it comes to employment, Title VI, public accommodations and housing had an opportunity to bring their complaints before the Tennessee Human Rights Commission during a forum hosted by the Hispanic Organization for Progress & Education H.O.P.E.

The TN Human Rights Commission works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in an effort to help eradicate complaints of discrimination across the state of Tennessee.

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City Charter revisions going down in flames at the State Legislature


With the city charter being in the news for the past few months, I found a short video of a state committee meeting that I thought should be shared.   The video is of the  meeting where the committee killed the bill which would have revised Clarksville’s city charter.

The committee members comments are insightful.   No representatives from Clarksville’s administration attended this meeting – not the Mayor, not the Council Members that are for the revisions, and not the Council Members that are against the revisions.  Representative Curtis Johnson presents the bill alone…and gets hammered with questions.

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12th Annual NSA Bass Fishing Tournament


On April 24th 2010, the Night Stalker Association we will be having their 12th Annual NSA Bass Fishing Tournament. All the money raised in this tournament goes directly to the Nightstalker Association Fund for Children with Terminally Ill Diseases and the Night Stalker Foundation for Children of Fallen Night Stalkers Scholarship Fund.

The tournament is run solely by volunteers and is supported by numerous donations by individuals and companies. This event started in 1998 when a Soldier in the 160th Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) shop with a terminally ill child had a financial need during an unimaginably trying time in his Family’s life.

Last year’s event saw over 160 registered teams and over 800 people who gathered either to fish or to support the Night Stalker Association and the Tournament. It is their hope that this year’s event will far surpass that of last year in both participation and donations. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Athletics & Clarksville Sunrise Rotary Club team up for “Hoops For Haiti”


Make a donation to assist Visitation Hospital in Haiti and get a free ticket to the men’s or women’s basketball game on Thursday January 28th, or Saturday January 30th! The Lady Govs begin play at 5:15 p.m. on both nights, and the Govs begin play at 7:30 p.m.

Rotarians from the Clarksville Sunrise Rotary Club will be stationed near the entrances to the Dunn Center to accept the donations and provide the  tickets.  The Clarksville Sunrise Rotary Club and APSU Athletics are coordinating this effort as part of the larger “Clarksville Responds” efforts.

Please come support the Govs basketball teams, make a donation, and make a difference for those suffering from the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th.

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