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Two-Thirds of Americans Can’t Name Any U.S. Supreme Court Justices

 

EAGAN, MN — Nearly two-thirds of Americans cannot name any members of the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com (http://www.findlaw.com/), the most popular legal information website. Even as Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan awaits Senate confirmation hearings to replace retiring justice John Paul Stevens, only 35 percent of Americans can name even one member of the nation’s highest court.

Clarence Thomas is the most well known justice but could be named by only 19 percent of Americans. Chief Justice John Roberts was named by 16 percent of people. Sonia Sotomayor, the newest justice, could be named by only 15 percent of Americans following a highly visible nomination and confirmation process last year.

U.S. Supreme Court Members

U.S. Supreme Court Members

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Coffee with candidates forum

 

The Coffee Party of Clarksville, TN will host a “Coffee with Candidates Forum”

These series of forums will give the public the opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on some of the very important issues that are affecting our community.

The “Coffee with Candidates Forums” will take place on June 12th & 19th at the Getsome Coffee Shop – 3862 Trenton Road, (near the Great Escape Movie Theather) Clarksville, TN from 12:00 noon – 2:00pm. «Read the rest of this article»

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TN Department of Safety releases Memorial Weekend statistics

 

Preliminary Figures Show Decline in Fatal Crashes

Nashville, TN — Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Safety show seven people were killed in traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period.  This would be a drop from the 16 fatalities that occurred during the 2009 Memorial Day holiday weekend and 13 deaths in 2008.

During the 2010 Memorial Day holiday, which ran from 6:00pm, Friday, May 28th through midnight Monday, May 31st, there were seven fatal crashes that resulted in seven fatalities.  Six of the people killed were vehicle occupants and three, or half of them, were not wearing safety restraints.  One pedestrian was also killed.

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SMOKE: A Ballad of the Night Riders opens this weekend.

 

Director, David Alford

What would cause a close knit community of friends and farmers to pull their curtains tight and lock their doors at sunset? What could turn brother against brother in an act of hatred and deceit?  It all goes back to a single tobacco leaf that caused a fiery uproar that affected everyone in town and spanned state lines. It is said that the details surrounding this event have been so hidden and suppressed through the years that family Patriarch’s have had to die before this story could be told. Starting this weekend, David Alford is telling that story in the form of a drama based musical called SMOKE: A Ballad of the Night Riders.

David Alford, writer and director of the well known play SPIRIT: The Authentic story of the Bell Witch is bringing to the stage in Adams, TN SMOKE:A Ballad of the Night Riders, as well as writing the lyrics to this musicals original score. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Survey: 30,000 Readers Reveal the Best Stores to Shop for Practically Anything

 

Costco on top while Walmart, Kmart score lower than most chains
YONKERS, NY — More than 30,000 shoppers found Costco to be top notch among 11 of America’s most popular chain stores, according a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

Fifty percent of readers who shopped at Costco rated the value as Excellent; for all the stores in Consumer Reports survey as a whole, that figure was 30 percent. Walmart and Kmart scored notably lower than the other chains, but Costco stood tall. In addition to citing the warehouse club’s rock-bottom prices, survey respondents praised its bang for the buck: It was the only store judged much better than average for value. For more information on which stores are the best to shop visit www.ConsumerReports.org.

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Structure fire reported at the KFC on Madison Street

 

Around noon yesterday Clarksville Fire Rescue (CFD) responded to a reports of an structure fire at the Kentucky Fried Chicken location at 1879 Madison Street. The problem is reported to have involved the businesses water heater.

The fire was extinguished before CFD personnel arrived on scene. However, as a precaution restaurant management closed the location until it can be inspected by an electrician.

Clarksville Fire Rescue responding to a report of a structure fire at KFC.

Clarksville Fire Rescue responding to a report of a structure fire at KFC.

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Memorial Day

 

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and it took me a while to digest all that I saw and heard at the three Memorial Day remembrances and ceremonies I attended this weekend.

Fort Donelson National Cemetery

Fort Donelson National Cemetery

People enter military service for many reasons, some are looking for a job or career, some working towards their education, and some join up out of a pure and unadulterated love for their country. No matter the reason they joined, they all may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.

When the unthinkable happens the family of the service member are left paying a price of their own. Mothers have lost their sons, wives their husbands, children have lost one of their parents. This leaves a hole in each of their lives that takes a long time to fill; eventually the love that remains will expand to moderate their grief, as it is with the death of any loved one. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Mosquitoes swarm to Neighborhoods following Flood

 

As expected, the City is receiving calls regarding an increase in mosquitoes.  After flooding or heavy rains there is often an increase in mosquito populations.  Heat combined with small amounts of standing water, like in the base of a flower pot, is a recipe for a very active and potentially dangerous mosquito season. 

A mosquito bites a person.

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Strength of U.S. Economic rebound will depend on Small Business

 

Cherry Hill, NJ and Portland, ME — America’s small businesses have experienced a “greater” Great Recession than other business segments, and the nation’s prospects for economic recovery depend importantly on the prospects for those small businesses, according to a new report published today by TD Economics, in partnership with TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.

Titled, “Small and Medium Sized Businesses Key to U.S. Economic Recovery,” and authored by TD Economist James Marple, the report outlines the characteristics of the recent recession that have been particularly hard on small businesses, namely acute job losses, the tightening of the credit markets, and the industrial composition of the economic correction. It also contends that small and medium-sized businesses are at the forefront of the creative process of powering the economy out of the downturn.

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John Deere to establish Tractor History Museum in Waterloo

 

Waterloo, IA — Deere & Company will expand its John Deere-branded properties to include a tourist attraction in Waterloo focused on the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing.

Construction on the John Deere Waterloo Tractor and Engine History Museum will begin in late 2010 with opening of the facility scheduled for late 2011. The museum will be an addition to John Deere attractions in Iowa, Illinois and Germany as well as visitor centers at John Deere factories around the world.

“The public is interested in learning more about the company’s past, present and future,” said Bill Becker, director, global brand management. “This new museum will complement other John Deere-branded properties by amplifying the tractor and engine history of the company and enabling visitors to explore the development and capabilities of these products more in-depth.”

John Deere Tractor

An old John Deere Tractor

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