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Classical guitar workshop offered


APSU Professor of Music and world-renowned classical guitarist Dr. Stanley Yates will conduct a workshop on classical guitar. The workshop will take place at 7p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 at Mary’s Music Store at 305 N. Riverside Drive. The event is open to the public; however, there is a $20 fee to attend. APSU students can receive a $5 discount if they present a student I.D.

The workshop includes demonstrations in classical guitar techniques, ways to incorporate classical guitar into other styles of music, a question-and-answer segment and light refreshments. «Read the rest of this article»


Hurricane Ike blows gas prices over $4 mark


Hurricane Ike is hovering on the high side of a category 2 storm, and may reach Cat 3 as it slams Texas in the next few hours, with current winds pushing a storm surge deep into the shoreline of Galveston and other Texas communities. The storm reportedly has winds up to a Cat 4 level several hundred feet above the surface and a storm surge of 20+ feet, enough to inundate 100 miles pf the Texas Coastline.

Customers at one station were limited to 10 gallons per purchase

Ike is also blowing gas prices through the roof as Texas refineries shut down operations for the duration of the storm, and possibly through the clean-up period that follows. Meanwhile, gas stations are cleaning out the wallets of drivers who will find a minute-by-minute escalation of gas prices that seem more like price gouging.

On Friday morning at 9 a.m., Clarksville Online Publisher Bill Larson paid $3.61 a gallon for gas just prior to a trip to Nashville. At the time, his gas station of choice was also limiting customer purchases to 10 gallons per visit, which felt a bit like wartime rationing. Larson and this author, all too familiar with storms, tried valiantly not to think what the day and “Ike” would bring; the reality was culture shock.

102.01 for 25 gallons of regular unleaded

102.01 for 25 gallons of regular unleaded at 10 p.m. at the Madison St. K-Mart

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41-A Bypass water main ruptures


Drivers on the 41-A Bypass in Clarksville had to deal with slow moving traffic as they passed through the area between Seven Mile Ferry Road and Glendale Drive Thursday afternoon. The cause was a  15 X 30 foot section of pavement which collapsed after a 12″ water main ruptured.

41-A Bypass pipelineThe leak disrupted water service to several hundred homes in the neighborhood. A Clarksville Gas and Water work crew, including supervisor Dean Fain, Dustin Jeckson, Brandon Forrest, Drew Stenle, and Russell Allen, responded and proceeded to close off two valves isolating the section of pipeline from the city water system. Then, using several pumps, they evacuated the water from the hole and with a backhoe cleared out enough room on either side of the pipe to get a chain cutter underneath.

Once the five feet of the pipe was cut away, the crew was able to place a patch on the pipe which, when bolted down, would seal the breach in the pipeline. Crews then used hydrants to flush contaminants from the line. After  verifying that there were no leaks, they reburied the pipe. A crew from Dan Meadows Construction then took over the repaving of that section of the street.

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Introducing Benjamin Jealous, the new President of the NAACP‏

New NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

New NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

Benjamin Todd Jealous is president-elect of the NAACP, the nations oldest civil rights organization. When he assumes office in September 2008, the former news executive, activist and Rhodes scholar will be the youngest president and CEO in the organization’s 99-year history.

Currently, Jealous is President of the Rosenberg Foundation, a private independent institution that supports advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s working families. Under his leadership, the Foundation has significantly expanded its support of groups working to expand employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people, as well as those that work to make economic development in the Bay Area more accountable to local residents’ needs.

Previously, Jealous served as Director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International. While at Amnesty, he led its efforts to pass federal legislation against prison rape, rebuild public consensus against racial profiling in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and expose the widespread sentencing of children to life without the possibility of parole. «Read the rest of this article»

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A Candidate speaks: On Democracy


David Cutting is a candidate for Ward 8 City Council. This is his second position paper.

Ward 8 City Council Candidate David Cutting

City Code Section 1-204(c), as copied below, is anti-democracy, and the new members, hopefully including this writer, must vote to repeal it.

A public comment period is conducted prior to each regular session of the city council from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Any person wishing to address the council shall make such request to the city clerk by noon on Wednesday prior to the regular session and shall submit their name and the topic of said comments. Each person shall be allowed a maximum of five minutes to speak during the comment period. No public comments concerning any zoning amendment to be considered by the city council at such regular session shall be received during this period.

We must encourage, not restrict, resident participation in our city government. It should suffice for persons to sign up for comments between 7:15 and 7:30, as they enter the meeting, and to do so without stating a topic. The council should hear the five-minute comments, in the order in which people signed in, at the end of the regular session. This will help ensure that the public will have the opportunity to address items of current concern, rather than stale issues that may already be resolved. «Read the rest of this article»


Bredesen, Teamsters, endorse Bob Tuke


U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Tuke

Governor Phil Bredesen endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke this week in an email message to Tennessee Democrats encouraging them to donate to the Tuke for Tennessee campaign.

“I have endorsed Bob’s candidacy for many reasons, but chief among them is Bob’s capability to address the critical problems confronting Tennesseans today: bringing down high fuel prices, creating more jobs, jump-starting our slowing economy and better managing our war against terror. He is armed with a profound knowledge of today’s most important issues and a willingness to quickly and effectively achieve bipartisan solutions to help Tennesseans. I join a growing list of Bob Tuke endorsers including Former Vice President Al Gore.” ~~ Gov. Phil Bredesen

In June this year, Governor Bredesen and Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser held a Unity breakfast with Democratic National Committee member Inez Crutchfield endorsing Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president. «Read the rest of this article»


Cry Out America 9-11 rally draws large crowd to downtown Clarksville


More than 100 Christians from across Montgomery County gathered at the old Montgomery County Courthouse Thursday at noon for a revival-style interdenominational Cry Out America ceremony linked to 9-11 memorials.

The hour-long ceremony was coordinated by Beverly Blackard of Little Hope Baptist Church, who became involved with the nationwide program while recently attending the Tennessee Baptist Convention, when participants were told of the need for a coordinator for Montgomery County. Blackard responded to that call, and  said “the Lord sent me here.”

A cry for 9/11

A view from the courthouse stairs

“God appreciates you being here in this public space,” Blackard told the crowd.”Terrorists tried to take over our country and they failed. We have all been affected by what we have witnessed.” «Read the rest of this article»


Americans: Victims of 9-11 polarization


We suffer in our remembrance of 9/11, because of the terrible loss of innocent lives on that grim day. We also suffer because 9/11 was seized as an opportunity to run a political agenda… It is not simply 9/11 that needs to be remembered. We also need to remember the politicization of 9/11 and the polarizing narrative which followed… As we were all victims of 9/11, so we have become victims of the interpretation of 9/11. ~~ Dennis J Kucinich, 9.11.08

This is a reprint of Mr. Kucinich’s Op/Ed statement:

America must move from the errant, retributive justice of 9/11 to a healing, restorative process of truth and reconciliation.

Before the Congress adjourns, I will bring forth a new proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, which will have the power to compel testimony and gather official documents to reveal to the American people not only the underlying deception which has divided us, but in that process of truth seeking set our nation on a path of reconciliation.

We suffer in our remembrance of 9/11, because of the terrible loss of innocent lives on that grim day. We also suffer because 9/11 was seized as an opportunity to run a political agenda, which has set America on a course of the destruction of another nation and the destruction of our own Constitution. And we have become less secure as a result of the warped practice of pursing peace through the exercise of pre-emptive military strength. «Read the rest of this article»


Great Blue Herons: wild creatures, not pets


The Great Blue Heron (andrea herodias)
Length: 36-54 inches; Weight: 4.8-8lbs
Wingspan: as much as 6 feet at times

Wounded Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is common in North America and can be found along water habitats such as fresh and salt-water marshes, rivers, swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, and shorelines. Their diet consists of small fish, which they spear with their long sharp beak. They are amazing creatures, able to fly at great speed from the air to the water to spear fish with powerful force.

The first time I saw one of them was beside a small creek. When it flew out in front of me up in the air screeching with its hoarse croaking squawk, I thought I had seen a long lost prehistoric pterodactyl! This bird looks tiny but is very large when in flight.

Walden’s Puddle is a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center in Joelton,Tennessee, that takes in wildlife creatures that have been injured and helps them heal and be safely re-released into the wild. As interesting as this was to see, it was very sad to see such a magnificent creature slightly askew inside this box. However, even though it was still in the box, Elle-girl and I kept our distance. For this is a wild creature that does not understand the situation that it has been placed in. «Read the rest of this article»


Democrats to host major fundraiser, campaign rally for Obama


The Montgomery County Democratic Party in Partnership with Clarksville For Obama will host a Campaign Fundraiser and Rally for Barack Obama w on Thursday, September 18th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Trane Union Hall Building, 121 Union Hall Road, in Clarksville (behind the Wyatt Johnson dealershiip off Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

Special guests include Kim McMillan, former Majority Leader, Tennessee House of Representatives; Joe Pitts, Tennessee State Representative (District 67); Wade Mundy, Communications Director, Tennessee State Democratic Party; and Jerry Lee, Tennessee AFL-CIO Union President.

This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 and up. RSVP at the local Clarksville for Obama website.

For additional information, call 931-378-1999.

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