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Torrential rains trigger street flooding, accidents and rising rivers


Torrential rains are falling across Western and Middle Tennessee today, periodic downpours alternating with brief glimpses of blue sky, with in essence only a moment’s breathing room. The effects of the rain are already being felt, not the least of which is a car accident that may or may not be attributable to insufficient or ineffecient storm drain problems at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Thomas Street.

A disgusted Doyle Rust, the owner C&S Auto Repair shortly after the accident in front of his business C&S Auto repair

As he watched the water rise, Doyle Rust (above), proprietor of C&S Auto Repair, said the intersection with its propensity to flood, has been a source of aggravation for the past 15 years, with high water repeatedly flooding the street and access to his place of business. «Read the rest of this article»


Online enrollment keeps climbing at APSU


With 13 fully online degree programs and scores of online classes, Austin Peay State University’s online enrollment continues to soar.

Prior to Fall 2000, APSU offered no online courses. As of Spring 2008, online enrollment has reached 3,430, compared with 2,936 for Spring 2007—a 17 percent increase in one year.

Julia McGee, interim director of the Center for Extended and Distance Education, said, “In addition to those students pursuing an online degree, many main campus and Fort Campbell students supplement their courses with online offerings.” «Read the rest of this article»


Denver, Colorado, caught exploiting short yellow lights


Redlight CamerasDenver, Colorado was caught this week attempting to add red light cameras at intersections with short yellow times. Rocky Mountain News reporters videotaped the city’s four proposed ticketing locations and discovered that each had a yellow signal time set at 3.0 seconds — a figure below recommended standards.

A 2005 Texas Transportation Institute study confirmed that yellows shorter than the bare minimum recommended amount cause an increase in both accidents and red light violations. A confidential memorandum obtained from a 2001 court trial in San Diego, California showed that the private vendor in charge of the photo ticketing program take advantage of that increase in the number of violations, as most companies are compensated on a per-ticket basis. For this reason, the company chose to install cameras only at intersections with high volume and Amber (yellow) phase less than four seconds.” «Read the rest of this article»

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‘Anomaly’ showcased at Don Jenkins Gallery


Anomaly, an exibition by Sam Matthews, will be shown at Austin Peay State University Department of Art in the the Don Jenkins Gallery at the Morgan University Center.

Anomaly will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7 in the Don Jenkins Gallery, located on the third floor of the Morgan University Center with a reception on opening night. The exhibition will remain on display until Wednesday, April 10 and is is free and open to the public. Matthews is an art major on track to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture in May.

A resident of Clarksville, Matthews’s exhibition will consist of several large wood sculptures, which he describes as, “large ambiguous forms meant to entertain the eyes and create visual significance by arousing curiosity in the viewer.” «Read the rest of this article»


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.

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