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As spring arrives, let us find personal and political renewal

 

god-bless-americaAs we move into spring and the substance of 2009, the year will continue to bring renewal. Changes in power, approaches,  and results  will impact Clarksville, the State of Tennessee and the nation.  For when we pray “God Bless America,” there is the opportunity for renewal for us personally as well as nationally throughout this year.

opinion-081In 2009,  we have a favorable wind of renewal available to re-establish virtues, moral principles, and moral quality to our government at all levels. In foreign policy let us be done with torture, rendition and the deliberate misleading of the public in the guise of justifying action that leads to placing our men and women in uniform unnecessarily in harm’s way and demolishing governments of other nations. Let this year be the year to bury the order of pre-emptive military intervention against what we perceive as nefarious nations. «Read the rest of this article»

 

HUD approves $731m for neighborhood stabilization

 

Funding aimed at neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosure

2009 Budget Summary.inddWASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today approved nearly $731 million in funding for 48 States and local communities seeking to recover from the effects of high foreclosures and declining home values. Funded under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), these plans will target emergency assistance to particular neighborhoods by acquiring and redeveloping foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight (see attached chart).

The neighborhood stabilization plans approved today include a $145 million plan submitted by the State of California, a program President Barack Obama recognized during a town hall meeting today in Los Angeles. «Read the rest of this article»

 

House of Representatives Republican Caucus

 
  • Firearm legislation close to a floor vote
  • Legislation to prohibit firearm “roster” passes House floor
  • House Republicans pursue conservative measures

gun-lawsThe House Judiciary Committee once again discussed several pieces of gun legislation, but only one bill was approved by the committee and advanced through the Calendar and Rules Committee to be scheduled for a floor vote. House Bill 959 will exempt the handgun carry permit list from the Open Records Act, but a proposed $2,500 penalty for publishing the list was removed by an amendment. The legislation is expected to be up for a floor vote, possibly next week. «Read the rest of this article»

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Lighthouse Missions needs a helping hand

 

lighthouseThe Lighthouse Missions on Kraft Street is still needing help with supply material to repair their roof.  They are doing all the labor but are in need of 12 Cans of Fire Red Roof Coating which sells for $34.36 (Unit # 12023) at Lowes.  Currently some churches have provide help with the first 12 cans that have already been used.

If you are able to help or know someone that is able to extend a hand and need further information contact Pastor Gary Kenney at Lighthouse Missions 931-503-2000 or Mike Williams 931-216-0004.

 

Capitol Hill Week: Firearms “carry” law tops agenda

 

tn-state-capitolPace quickens on Capitol Hill with approval of wide variety of bills. Second Amendment Rights legislation begins to move in Senate Judiciary’s Firearms and Ammunition Subcommittee

NASHVILLE, TN:  The pace quickened on Capitol Hill this week as the State Senate acted on a wide variety of bills, including key environmental legislation and several bills protecting our citizens’ second amendment rights. Meanwhile, the General Assembly awaits details of the governor’s budget, which will be presented to a joint session of the House and Senate on Monday night. «Read the rest of this article»

 

NEHS choral students take on Broadway

 

"One" from "A Chorus Line"

NEHS Exit One, Concert and SSA Women’s Choir chosen to open for The Haywood Family Show in Branson, Missouri.

After two months of intensive rehearsals in both voice and choreography, to say nothing of the memorization involved, Broadway came to Clarksville Thursday evening as the Northeast High School Choral Department presented its Spring Show 2009 in the NEHS auditorium.

The show will also be presented Tonight at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22, at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per student.

It’s a show that has something extra this year when the Exit One Show  Choir, the Concert Choir  and the SSA Women’s Choir travel to Branson, Missouri in April to perform as the opening act for the Haywood Family Show, with a selection of routines from the current show to be performed and taped “on tour.” «Read the rest of this article»

 


HUD, DOT announce interagency partnership to promote sustainable communities

 

hudWASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a new partnership to help American families gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs.  The average working American family spends nearly 60 percent of its budget on housing and transportation costs, making these two areas the largest expenses for American families.  Donovan and LaHood want to seek ways to cut these costs by focusing their efforts on creating affordable, sustainable communities. «Read the rest of this article»

 

APSU opens new Fort Campbell facility

 

Austin Peay State University today celebrated the grand opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell facility with a brief ceremony.

APSU President Tim Hall explores the new facility

A crowd of state and local dignitaries, members of the Fort Campbell, Ky., command group and APSU officials were on hand for the event. Dr. Sherry Hoppe, former APSU president, and Dr. Gerald Beavers, former executive director of the Fort Campbell Center, were among those attending. Both were involved in the initial planning stage of the building project. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Vietnam Vets urged to be tested for Agent Orange exposure

 

agent-orangeVeterans who served in Vietnam are urged to be tested for possible damage caused by the defoliant Agent Orange.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces. Exposure to Agent Orange has caused 11 different diseases to develop among veterans who served in Vietnam.

It has also been concluded that exposure to Agent Orange could also affect the offspring of these veterans. Please contact the nearest VA medical center for an examination. Visit http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1 to find a center near you.

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Rails-To-Trails pilot project about to take flight

 

rails-to-trailsWork is underway on the Rails-To-Trails project that has long been a dream of city officials and community leaders in Clarksville.

The pilot phase of Rails-To-Trails will include walking, jogging and biking trails that span 3.6 miles from Riverfront Park to Pollard Road. Eventually, the trails will extend four to five miles, all the way to Peachers Mill Road at 101st Parkway. «Read the rest of this article»

 
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