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UFC legend to appear at MTSU Mix Martial Arts extravaganza


The Mixed Martial Arts Association (MMA) of Middle Tennessee State University, along with Guardian Mixed Martial Arts, will be bringing organized ultimate fighting to the MTSU Murphy Center Arena, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. First bout starting at 7:00 p.m.

Ken Shamrock Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer

“The evening will showcase the talents of MMA artists from around the country,” said Anthony Gomez, MTSU Mixed Martial Arts Association club president. “We are proud to welcome as our special guest, veteran Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Ken Shamrock that evening to meet and greet the public and sign autographs.”

During his MMA career and his participation in the UFC and Pride Fighting Championship. Shamrock emerged as one of the biggest stars in the history of mixed martial arts, headlining over 14 main events and set numerous pay per view records with his drawing power.

Shamrock will be available to sign autographs when the doors open at 5 p.m. Fans will also be treated to a special appearance by the The National Hooter Girls. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU’s African American Cultural Center to host events celebrating civil rights


Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (WNDAACC)The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (WNDAACC) at Austin Peay State University will host two events next week to celebrate the achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Clement Auditorium, a documentary, titled “Dare Not Walk Alone,” will be shown, with a panel discussion to follow. The film discusses how the citizen reaction in St. Augustine, Fla., to the demonstration may have contributed to the signing into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. «Read the rest of this article»


New assistant Principal at West Creek Elementary announced


Mason Bellamy will be the assistant principal at West Creek Elementary beginning Feb. 16. He will be filling the position held by Lynne Rains who was named principal of the school effective the same date. Currently, Bellamy teaches fourth grade at Sango Elementary School.

He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Kentucky. He received his M.A. in teaching at Trevecca Nazarene University as well as his administration endorsement; and, he is working toward his doctorate in educational leadership, which is to be completed by May.

Beth Unfried will be taking the principalship at Norman Smith on Feb. 24 at which time Maribeth Sisk will become assistant principal at Sango Elementary.


If You Want to Buy a Piano, Be Sure to Do Your Homework


Buying a piano is an exciting time in the life of any person or family. A piano can last as long as 40 years and can be as expensive a purchase as an automobile if you buy top quality.

Most people buy their first piano in order for a child to take piano lessons. Many parents realize the importance of early training if a child is to become an accomplished musician. On the other hand, most parents, unless they are pianists themselves, rarely understand the complexity of buying a piano.

Pianos come in several sizes. Grand pianos range in size from five to nine feet. Very few children start out practicing at home on a grand piano unless there is already one in the family. Most grand pianos cost thousands of dollars. «Read the rest of this article»


Local student selected to represent TN at the National Young Leaders Conference

Cordarius "Dario" Williams

Cordarius "Dario" Williams

Cordarius “Dario” Williams a Kenwood High School student has been selected to represent the state of Tennessee as a National Scholar at the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) to be held in Washington, D.C. this Spring. He will have the opportunity to meet with high ranking government officials, members of Congress, and media figures.  He is very excited have been nominated.

The 6-day Conference cost $1700.00 and must be paid by January 27, 2010. The family can not afford the cost  on their own due to Ms. NinaCasse` Williams, his mother being a disabled veteran. They need help to send Cordarius to Washington, D.C. to be a part of the National Young Leaders Conference, to represent the State of Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community march Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Celebrating 100 Years of Social Justice

The 16th Annual Commemorative March to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, will take place on this Monday January 18, 2010 starting at 12 noon.

The march hosted by the Clarksville Branch of the National Association for The Advancement of Colored People NAACP will assemble at Burt School, follow on to Eight Street, continue down College Street to Second Street then pass City Hall continue on Public Square Street and go to Commerce Street on to University Avenue and back to Eighth Street.

The 2008 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marchers

The 2008 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marchers

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Five Facts about Dependents and Exemptions


With tax season fast approaching the IRS would like to ensure you have the best information available to make informed decisions on tax matters as you prepare your 2010 income tax returns.

Claiming exemptions for yourself and your dependents can help reduce your total tax liabilities. A dependent is a person other than the taxpayer or spouse who entitles the taxpayer to claim a dependency exemption. Each dependency exemption decreases income subject to tax by the exemption amount. There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents. The exemption amount for 2009 is $3,650. «Read the rest of this article»

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Rayner, Jamen post double-doubles in Lady Govs victory


APSU Governors LogoFor the second consecutive game, Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team used a big finishing kick to post a victory, extending their winning streak to three games with a 77-66 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Tennessee State, Thursday night at the Dunn Center.

Sophomore Jasmine Rayner scoring two of her 21 points during APSU vs Tennessee State game Thursday night

Austin Peay (6-12, 5-2 OVC) closed the contest with an 18-6 run over the final five minutes. The Lady Govs converted 5-of-7 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws during the closing stretch. Sophomore Jasmine Rayner made the biggest impact down the stretch making both her field goals, converting three-of-four at the free-throw line and grabbing five rebounds in the final five minutes.

Tennessee State (6-10, 3-4) grabbed its final lead with 5:22 remaining on Jasmine Shuler’s three-point basket. Austin Peay’s Ashley Herring tied the game, 59-59, on the next possession with a pair of free throws – the game’s 10th tie. TSU’s LaDona Pierce made one of her two free throws to break the deadlock, but Herring responded with a layup to take the lead – the game’s 19th lead change – and APSU was on its way.

The Lady Tigers controlled most of a frantic first half – there were eight ties and 12 lead changes in the frame – and held a four-point, 36-32, lead at the break. TSU’s Oby Okafor posted a double-double in the opening half, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. «Read the rest of this article»

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Justice Department sues Clarksville man, asks Federal Courts to bar nationwide frivolous lawsuit scheme


Clarksville Man Allegedly Helped Customers File More Than 200 Lawsuits  against the United States in District of Columbia Federal Court

WASHINGTON –  The Justice Department announced today it has sued George K. Pragovich of Clarksville, Tenn., to stop him from promoting an alleged nationwide scheme involving hundreds of frivolous lawsuits filed against the United States.  According to the civil injunction lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville, Tenn., Pragovich sells services and materials that help customers, many of whom have substantial federal income tax liabilities, to file frivolous lawsuits against the United States in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Customers from at least 35 different states have allegedly used Pragovich’s scheme to file over 200 of the frivolous lawsuits.

The government complaint alleges that Pragovich falsely tells customers that he can fix their tax problems and, in addition, help them get thousands of dollars from the government in damages, by helping them file the lawsuits.  Pragovich also allegedly falsely tells customers that if their lawsuit is successful, they will never have to file a federal income tax return or pay federal income taxes again and that all of the lawsuits will eliminate the Internal Revue Service (IRS). «Read the rest of this article»

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Roland Woodworth earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification


Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR® Expertise in Distressed Sales

Roland Woodworth

Roland Woodworth

Roland Woodworth with EXiT Realty Clarksville has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.  For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction.  REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. «Read the rest of this article»

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