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Come out Saturday to June Boom over Clarksville


allensfireworksJoin Allen’s Fireworks on Saturday June 6 at 7:30 p.m. for the 2009 product show! Allen’s Fireworks will be highlighting all the new fireworks available this Fourth of July. The fireworks will be shot one at a time to give spectators a chance to see the performance of each item, followed by a fireworks finale! Grab your lawn chairs and bring the family out for a night of music, fun and fireworks! This event is completely FREE and will take place in the parking lot of Governor’s Square Mall next to The Lodge Sports Pub in Clarksville, TN.

eagle_logo-7_mid_sizeThe Eagle 94.3 will be broadcasting live starting at 8 PM with free prizes every 15 minutes. Grand prizes include concert tickets to see Judas Priest and Whitesnake,  concert tickets to see Fleetwood Mac, and a $400 value TNT Fireworks Assortment! «Read the rest of this article»

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Police Department’s Operation Turnaround Olympics opening ceremonies Friday


A Clarksville Police Department CarThe public is invited  to the opening ceremonies for Clarksville Police Department’s Operation Turnaround Olympics on June 5, 2009 between starting at 2:30pm.   The opening will be signified by the carrying of a Police Olympics’ torch from Stateline Rd down Ft Campbell Blvd with the end of the route at McGregor Park on Riverside Drive.  The torch will be carried on the route by a local area Dentist and members of the Northeast Track team under the tutelage of Northeast’s Coach Brewer. The carrying of the torch from Stateline Rd to McGregor Park will commence around, 1:30 p.m. with the opening ceremony to begin around 2:30 p.m.  Afterwards, there will be a barbeque and other activities for the Olympics’ participants, sponsors, mentors, and family members.

The Olympics came about as a natural progression for the Operation Turnaround program which has been operating for over three years.  Operation Turnaround targets troubled youth and gets them involved in life skill activities. Many of the youth in the program have been in some sort of trouble with the law and are mandated to enter the program.  There are others which are referred to the program because they are on a pathway which may lead them into the judicial system. The great part about the program is the money does not come out of the city’s funds; the funding comes from sponsors and a grant.

The Olympics will provide Operation Turnaround participants and other local community young adults, ages 12-17, to participate in team and individual activities.  This also provides an opportunity for family, friends, and community members to  support these young adults as they showcase their talents.  The Olympics will run from June 8-19 and covers a wide spectrum of activities.  The events available are:  trivia, cooking, volleyball, track and field, swimming, basketball,  and fishing.   Teens can still register for the Olympics by calling 931-320-2793.

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First Thursday Art walk tonight


downtown-logoYou’re invited to join the merchants of Historic Downtown Clarksville for The monthly Art Walk, tonight from 5 – 8 p.m. Hodgepodge will be featuring the photography of Susan Tomi Cheek, she will be at Hodgepodge during the Art Walk.

You should also visit the Roxy’s Peg Harvill Gallery and view the paintings of Betty Liles.  Enjoy wine tasting via the generosity of Horace Heggie from Pal’s Package Store, and stay for the 6pm performance of CINDERELLA Jr. The show runs approximately an hour, so you will still have time to visit the other galleries and businesses participating in the Art Walk.

The Downtown Artist Co-op is holding a reception tonight from 5p.m. till 7p.m. for the “Serendipity” Works by Gail Meyer show which is running from June 4th. – June 27th.


Dr. Greg Rabidoux files for U.S. 7th Congressional District


Dr. Greg Rabidoux

Dr. Greg Rabidoux

Dr. Greg Rabidoux has filed his papers with the FEC declaring his intention to run for US Congress in the 7th Congressional District of Tennessee.

Rabidoux is a faculty member at Austin Peay State University teaching law and politics in the political science department. He holds an doctorate (PH.D) in American Politics and Government and a JD (law degree) and is a certified professional mediator. He is a former staff member to a US House of Representatives Member, has worked at the United Nations and while pursuing his doctoral degree he worked full-time as a corporate trainer and manager. He is the author of Hollywood Politicos, Then and Now (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). He, his wife Mara, and son Valentin live in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dr. Rabidoux has declared his candidacy for US Congress and will “bring a moderate, informed, highly skilled and inclusive approach to the job” as he promises if elected to “faithfully represent the people of the 7th District and the values they hold dear”. He cites several factors for his decision to declare his candidacy now, which include the “ineffective, divisive, and increasingly obstructionist approach” of the current incumbent. He also cites the need to “work closely with the current majority in the House and Senate as well as the President to best serve the 7th District” and to “make sure they are not left outside looking in” as key budgetary decisions are made due to partisan animosity. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee welcomes solar jobs Texas snubs, say Senate Democrats


Volunteer State and Bredesen have the foresight to grab clean-energy opportunities

Democratic Party NASHVILLE – Texas may be willing to turn down the jobs that come with solar energy, but Tennessee is more than happy to welcome this 21st century industry and the economic benefits that go with it, members of the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus said Monday.

“Governor Bredesen has sent a strong message: Tennessee is ready, willing and able to be a center for the solar-energy industry,” Senator Lowe Finney of Jackson said. “With our Volunteer State Solar Initiative, West Tennessee will have the top solar energy-generating facility in the region.

“More than 600 Tennesseans will be hired to build the solar farm facility, and others will be hired to operate it.”

The story is altogether different in Texas, where legislators did an about-face over the weekend, voting down millions in incentives to draw solar investment to the state.   «Read the rest of this article»


A Week’s Worth: News from the State Senate


The Senate Chambers

The Senate Chambers

‘A Week’s Worth’ is a feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what State Senator Tim Barnes has been working on this past week, and a preview for the coming week in the Senate.

This week:

  • Summer
  • Protecting hometown car dealers
  • Local Water improvments

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Tennessee in Motion


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

SmartFIX40 Races toward an Early Finish

TDoT commissioner Gearld Nicely

TDoT commissioner Gearld Nicely

Admittedly, it was a radical idea – shut down a major interstate through the heart of a city for 14 months. Other states had done total interstate closures, but none for this duration. In just a few days, we will reopen a safer, more modern and totally redesigned Interstate 40 in downtown Knoxville. SmartFIX40 is racing to an early finish.

Before we talk about the finish, let’s go back to the beginning. SmartFIX is an accelerated construction process. It involves closing a roadway to allow around-the-clock work, uninterrupted by traffic, and can dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete a project. Using the SmartFIX concept saved Knoxville drivers 2 ½-3 years of construction traffic tie-ups. As proof, the new stretch of I-40 will open 18 days ahead of schedule. «Read the rest of this article»


Pending home sales rise 6.7 percent in April


Biggest monthly jump in more than seven years may signal slump is ending

realtor_logo21WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. homebuyers who agreed to purchase a previously occupied home in April posted the largest monthly jump in more than seven years, a sign that sales are finally coming to life after a long and painful slump.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday its seasonally adjusted index of sales contracts signed in April surged 6.7 percent to 90.3, far exceeding analysts’ forecasts. It was the biggest monthly jump since October 2001, when pending sales rose 9.2 percent.

“This is yet another positive indication that the bottoming process is forming,” Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a note to clients. “Now if only prices would stabilize.”

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Ragazza Pizza opens in South Clarksville


ragazzalogoRagazza Pizza is a brand new take out restaurant opening in south Clarksville on June 3rd. They specialize in “take and bake” pizzas and delicious pasta dishes. The restaurant is located at 1206 Highway 48, just south of the Clarksville city fairgrounds. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:30a.m till 8:30p.m. Friday & Saturday from 10:30a.m. till 9:00p.m. Sundays from 12:00p.m till 7:00p.m.

The business is locally owned and operated by cousins Julie Rhoads and Maryellen Katz, which is appropriate because Ragazza means “girl” in Italian. The restaurant employees 12 people, many of them also female.

Co-Owners Julie Rhodes and Maryellen Katz

Co-Owners Julie Rhoads and Maryellen Katz

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Downtown this week


downtown-logoThe Walt Disney Company entered into the live entertainment business in 1994 with its production of Beauty and the Beast, which we presented here in 2005. We followed it with Aladdin Jr. and Jungle Book. This season we are presenting Disney’s CINDERELLA Jr., performed by forty young Clarksvillians (ages 10 to 18) from our Saturday School for the Arts.

CINDERELLA Jr. runs May 29 until June 13, playing Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters … but with a little help from her mice friends and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love!

Call now and reserve those seats! All tickets are $10.

This month’s Art Walk is Thursday, June 4, which is a good opportunity to visit the Roxy’s Peg Harvill Gallery and view the paintings of Betty Liles. Enjoy wine tasting via the generosity of Horace Heggie from Pal’s Package Store, and stay for the 6pm performance of CINDERELLA Jr. The show runs approximately an hour, so you will still have time to visit the other galleries and businesses participating in the Art Walk.

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