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AARP disappointed by Senate’s vote to block protection of access to Medicare doctors


S. 1776 would have preserved access by replacing flawed payment system

medicaredoctorToday the U.S. Senate blocked critical  legislation to protect access to doctors for the 44 million Americans who rely on Medicare.  The Medicare Physician Fairness Act (S. 1776) would have replaced today’s broken doctor payment system, which calls for a 21.5 percent cut in physician pay in January.  The bill failed to pass a key procedural vote in the Senate today.

“While we are disappointed by today’s outcome, we applaud those senators casting a yes vote for voting to preserve access to doctors in Medicare and bring this bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote,” said AARP Tennessee Advocacy Director Patrick Willard.  “This critical legislation would have helped the millions of older Americans in Medicare have access to the doctor of their choice by replacing the flawed doctor payment system.  We look forward to continuing to work with Senators Alexander and Corker and their colleagues to pass health care reform that protects Medicare and ensures older Americans can afford quality health care.” «Read the rest of this article»


State Funding Board approves major reforms for municipal financing


tngovThe Tennessee State Funding Board has approved a sweeping set of changes implementing enhanced requirements to the guidelines that govern cities and counties that propose to enter into interest rate swaps and other exotic financial transactions.

The revised guidelines are aimed at eliminating potential conflicts of interest by prohibiting individuals or companies from representing more than one side in derivative transactions. These revisions require greater transparency in the way information is reported and communicated about the transactions and require comprehensive disclosure of fees paid.

Cities and counties will have to demonstrate that they employ people with sufficient expertise to understand these complex transactions, including a chief financial officer and an accountant. Cities and counties must also meet minimum outstanding debt requirements and have an audit committee and a capital improvement plan. «Read the rest of this article»

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How listening to music can change your outlook on the world

King David with his harp

King David with his harp

Music therapy has been used throughout the ages to help people rise from despair. Greek philosophers used music therapy in ancient times. In Biblical times, King Saul was comforted by David’s playing the harp. Music therapy is taught in universities throughout the world in modern times.

The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. states that music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, help express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

You don’t have to be a certified musical therapist to see the effects of music on other people. Children in a school setting at times become overly excited or have trouble calming down. All I have to do in the classroom is to play Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and the children settle down immediately. The music puts them into a totally different emotional state. «Read the rest of this article»

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DoD announces 1st BCT deployment


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellThe Department of Defense announced today the deployment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as part of the scheduled spring rotation of major units in Afghanistan.

Approximately 3,700 Soldiers will deploy as part of the United States’ commitment to maintain the level of forces necessary to provide sufficient military capability for the NATO-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to further improve security and stability operations. «Read the rest of this article»

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DIY Wallpaper Remover


JulesIf you have ever tried to remove wallpaper, you know how tedious it can be. The large number of commercial wallpaper remover solutions is a testament to this fact. But the truth is, you do not have to buy an expensive chemical solution to remove that old wallpaper from your walls.

Our home was built in 1991, when floral wallpaper was all the rage, and our walls were certainly fashionable then. The master vanity was complete with bronze light fixtures and bright whole wall floral wallpaper. But what worked in 1991 did not work in 2008, so one of the first things we did was remove that red and green catastrophe.

Good Bye Flowers!

Good Bye Flowers!

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Draughons Junior College hosting Fall Festival, Vendors needed for Dec. Craft Fair


draughonsDraughons Junior College will be hosting it’s forth annual Fall Festival on Friday October 30th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Activities include:  Safe trick or treating, mad scientist lab, haunted house, spooky story time, finger printing, refreshments, costume and pumpkin decorating contest.  The first 300 children will receive a hard backed book and pumpkin to take home with them.  This event is sponsored by:  Clarksville Police Department, Verizon, Cheeseburger Charley’s, Governor’s Square Mall, L & L Pizza, Guadalajara Mexican Grill, Beach Oil Company, TN National Guard, Ace Pipe & Supply, Dairy Queen, Food Lion, Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and Planet Smoothie. «Read the rest of this article»

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3BCT Spur Ride


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – More than 200 Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, will conduct a Spur Ride Tuesday and Wednesday at Fort Campbell.

A Cavalry tradition, the spur ride will include a variety of events aimed at testing the abilities of cavalry Soldiers to “earn their spurs,” including weapons ranges, ruck marches and an obstacle course. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two Award Winning Poets to Read at APSU


Austin Peay State University LogoOn Oct. 29, two nationally recognized and award-winning poets intend to share their work with the Clarksville community.

Phillis Levin, of New York, and Kate Gleason, of New Hampshire, will visit Austin Peay State University that day for a 7 p.m. poetry reading at the Morgan University Center.

Both women share a talent for the written word, but they recently forged a new connection. Levin, in her role as contest judge, selected Gleason’s poetry collection, “Measuring the Dark,” as the winner of the First Book Award at Zone 3 Press.

Zone 3 Press is a nonprofit literary press supported by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University. «Read the rest of this article»


Retiree Appreciation Day Planned


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – The Fort Campbell Retirement Services Office plans to hold a Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Passenger Processing Center (Building 7162, Campbell Army Airfield). Registration begins at 7 a.m.

This event is designed to provide information and updates regarding Retiree benefits and to thank Retirees for their service to the nation. Representatives from more than 20 organizations that support Retirees will be available for one-on-one assistance. Additionally, all military Retirees attending will receive a special Retiree Commendation Package upon registration. Refreshments will be provided.

Retirees with military identification cards or a post decal may enter post at any gate. Visitors to the installation with neither must obtain a one-day pass at Gate 4. Valid driver license, registration and proof
of insurance is required for all vehicles to receive a pass.

For more information call 270-798-5280/3310.

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Recovery Act Funds to Aid Area Food Banks


Logo of TN Dept. of AgricultureNashville – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the allocation of more than $572,000 to help five area food banks with the cost of providing food to the needy. The funds were provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Food banks can be a real a lifeline to some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “These Recovery Act funds will help put food on the table for Tennesseans in need.”

“At a time when more and more people are turning to food banks for help, I am pleased that Second Harvest Nashville will receive these funds to help continue providing necessary services to our community,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville. «Read the rest of this article»

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