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Art professor showcases work in Memphis, Germany and Kentucky


For more than 18 months, Gregg Schlanger, professor of art at Austin Peay State University, has been at the helm of a community-based public art commission in Memphis.

Schlanger was chosen through a rigorous selection process because of his vision for creating brick column entrances to Rugby, a subdivision located in Frayser, a section of north Memphis.

The original brickyards of Memphis were in the Rugby area. “While the brickyards no longer exist, the clay soil is still perfect for brick making. I enjoy the concept of the work being made from the soil it sits upon,” Schlanger said.

Schlanger began this labor-intensive project with 80,000 pounds of Memphis clay. This clay will be made into two large, 4 square feet by 20 square feet tall, brick columns, and 10 smaller, 2 square feet by 20 square feet tall, brick columns. The two large columns will have raised letters, which will read “Rugby.” All columns will have relief images carved into them. These relief images will relate to the history of Rugby. «Read the rest of this article»


APSU wraps up 1st capital campaign


Austin Peay State University capped it’s first capital campaign with an appreciation dinner for campaign donors and the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees on March 31 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. APSU officials  announced that $39,475,943 has been committed during the Changing Minds, Changing Lives Capital Campaign, which kicked off in 2003.

Half of the initial goal of $15 million was surpassed during the silent phase of the campaign—a feat, considering that former President Sherry Hoppe bucked the advice of a consultant who recommended against starting a major fundraising campaign, given the lagging economy of the time, the fiscal uncertainty of Tennessee higher education and the many other local nonprofit organizations already in the midst of fundraising efforts. «Read the rest of this article»


Friends of Dunbar Cave spread the mulch


An Aerial view of Swan Lake and the entrance to Dunbar Cave.On March 29th, Friends of Dunbar Cave and other volunteers spread Christmas tree mulch to areas around the dam, parking lot and picnic tables at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. They started this job at 9 am and were done by noon. The 39 volunteers included members of Den 11, Pack 509, Tiger Den, Pack 565, and many other lovers of the park.

The rain held off in the cool weather. The young worked with the old, all sharing pride in their hard work and accomplishment. The Friends of Dunbar Cave send out a hearty thanks to all who volunteered. «Read the rest of this article»

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Crime prevention seminar for seniors


The Clarksville Police DepartmentOn April 10th, 2008, the District One Community Policing Officers will be hosting a Crime Prevention Seminar, which will focus on senior citizens. This event will be held at the Park Lane Church of The Nazarene, 225 Cunningham Lane, Clarksville, Tennessee and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm. This is a free event and everyone is invited.

For more information, you may contact Officer Brandon Cain or Officer Booker Dailey, District One Community Policing Officers, at 648-0656 ext. 1011.

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APSU Music Department to host jazz combo reunion band


Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will host a performance featuring the APSU Jazz Combo Reunion Band.

The performance, which is part of the 47th Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival, will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Combo includes Bo Clayton, trumpet, Andy Robinson, saxophone, Trevor Reddick, bass, Rick Ball, drums and David Steinquest, professor of music at APSU, on vibraphone. «Read the rest of this article»


First Friday film screens “Century of Self”


A documentary by Adam CurtisThe First Friday Film night will present a viewing of Century of Self this Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clarksville’s meeting hall. Century of Self is a four part documentary by BBC producer Adam Curtis that investigates the role of public relations in influencing public opinion. It shows how the ideas of Sigmund Freud on the unconscious were used by his nephew, Edward Bernays, to develop the field of public relations and how public relations is used by corporations and by governments to manipulate and control the masses.

The first two parts of the documentary will be shown this Friday and will be about 2 hours long. The final two parts of Century of Self will be presented next month. The showing will start promptly at 7:00 PM Friday. The UUFC meeting hall is located on Madison Street, 1.9 miles past the bypass headed toward Nashville, on the left side of the street.  The address is 3053 Highway 41A South (Madison becomes 41A South)  Call 920-5390 with questions.  Bring snacks and drinks to share if you wish.  Free and open to the public.


Sen. Kurita, Legislators to vote on surface coal mining, environmental bill


State Senator Rosalind Kurita, State Senator Doug Jackson, five other senators and four representatives have introduced legislation to protect land and waterways from the damage caused by surface coal mining. This environmental bill will be coming up for a vote On April 2.

Miners whittle down a mountain

HB 3348/SB 3822 would prohibit the Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation from issuing or renewing a permit, certification or variance for:

  • Surface coal operations, or resulting waste, fill or in stream treatment within 100 feet of any water of the state. However, the commissioner could issue or renew a permit, certification, or variance for operations to improve the quality of streams previously disturbed by mining
  • Surface coal mining operations to alter or disturb any ridge line above 2,000 feet elevation above sea level. Joe Schiller, Associate Professor of Biology at Austin Peay State University, has reviewed the bill and states, “This bill certainly deserves strong support and I intend to contact Senator Kurita immediately to thank her for co-sponsoring it and encourage her to try to get it passed.”

During a contentious hearing before the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism committee on March 26, a National Coal Corporation executive and environmentalists clashed over the bill. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Team Obama sets local campaign agenda


Clarksville’s Team Obama, is a local grassroots organization dedicated to supporting Barack Obama in his run for the White House. They have identified the following items as their goals for the 2008 election.

Clarksville Team Obama has the following goals:

  • Team to hold weekly meetings every Thursday evening at The New York Pizza Depot (NYPD) Restaurant, 3297 Fort Campbell Bvld.(across from Gate 3 of Fort Campbell Military Post). Meetings start at 7:00 p.m.
  • Register at least 500 new voters monthly throughout the city, county and Fort Campbell areas. «Read the rest of this article»
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Religion in the News


Papal visits or people such as Mother Theresa with her selfless service are the kinds of “big” and human interest stories stories that make headlines and features, but there are many other items in recent “religious news.” These are just a few of the many topics to be found:

Dorothy Day

Even though woman aren’t ordained Catholic priests,woman can and have made significant contributions to the vitality of their local churches. One such woman was Dorothy Day. Due to her life of self-denial and compassion, she is a candidate for sainthood by the Vatican. Led by the spirit, Day was inspired to live in solidarity with by the gospels, the lives of saints and the teaching of her faith. We hope that Dorothy Day indeed honored with canonization, revered as a saint for a life lived in service to the church and humanity. «Read the rest of this article»


Economic slowdown touching Clarksville?


Del Del Jenkins awaits the CTS Bus while out looking for a job

Photograph By: Bill Larson

This is Del Del Jekins. I took time to speak with him as I made my way down Madison Avenue the other day. Mr. Jenkins works in the construction industry, pouring concrete. With the slowing economy, he came to Clarksville looking for work in our local construction industry, but as he told me, “So far things are not looking too good.” Clarksville has yet to feel the pinch of the national recession as intensely as other areas of our country, but have no doubt that it eventually will. Historically, Clarksville is generally slow entering a recession and even slower getting out of one. This fact does not bode well for the potential success of the redevelopment plans that Clarksville’s city government is dead set on undertaking.

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