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No lane closures on Tennessee Highways during the Thanksgiving Holiday


Rockslide Detours Remain in Place for I-40 in North Carolina & U.S. 64 near Chattanooga

tdot-logo-lgNASHVILLE – Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the busy travel holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

Construction crews will pack up their tool belts and all lane closures will be removed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25 until 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 30.

“As more than a million people travel by car to visit family and friends this holiday, we want to ensure that their trips are not interrupted by road construction,” said Nicely. “By halting all lane closure activity between Wednesday and Monday, we’re providing travelers with maximum roadway capacity during this busy travel holiday.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Parks Announce Middle TN Events


Tennessee State ParksThe holidays are upon us and there’s no better place to get into the spirit of the season than at a Tennessee State Park!  Below are several upcoming events in your area – celebrating the holidays with a variety of fun, family opportunities.  In addition to a reminder about the traditional Thanksgiving meal our state park restaurants will be serving, we also are including an upcoming natural areas hike / volunteer effort – be sure to RSVP for this great outing! «Read the rest of this article»


Visual Artist Linder to Give Lecture at APSU tonight


Austin Peay State University LogoJoan Linder’s tools seem almost archaic. When the New York-based visual artist sits down to draw her large-scale images, she takes a quill pen and dips it in a bottle of ink.

While her contemporaries draft and create via computer, she patiently lets her pen guide each stroke in the formation of a work.

“The sleight or sloppiness of hand creates an awkward and intimate surface, which is compounded by the definitive and energized process of cross hatching,” she said in an artist’s statement. «Read the rest of this article»

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Celebrating 50 Years of Holiday Traditions: 2009 Christmas Parade Entry Forms Available


downtownfortheholidaysThe City of Clarksville and Clarksville Jaycees are celebrating 50 Years of Holiday Traditions with the Clarksville Christmas Parade on December 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. in Downtown Clarksville. Organizations and businesses interested in entering this year’s parade can find parade rules and entry forms at the Downtown for the Holidays Web Site or at the City of Clarksville’s Web Site.

The 50th Annual Clarksville Christmas Parade is a nighttime parade and therefore all floats require a minimum of 1,000 lights.  Vehicles must have 250 lights, horses and motorcycles must have 100 lights each and walkers must have 25 lights.

Awards will be presented to 1st-3rd Place in each division: Civic/Church, Corporate and Commercial.  Judging will be conducted from 3:30-4:15pm at Austin Peay State University in the parking lot between the Music/Mass Communications Building and Burt School. Winners will be acknowledged as they pass the judges’ stand on Public Square and will also be submitted to the newspaper. «Read the rest of this article»

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Don’t Be a Turkey This Thanksgiving


“State Troopers step up Click it or Ticket Campaign”


thpcar2NASHVILLE – Highway travel during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday week is expected to be heavy in the State of Tennessee as families pile into their cars and head off for holiday destinations. But there’s one sure recipe that can turn a joyful holiday into a tragedy– failure to buckle up. State Troopers will be patrolling Tennessee Interstates and highways looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing their seat belt. The message to travelers: “Click it or Ticket”. The 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25th and runs through midnight Sunday, November 29th.

“Seat belts are the single most important safety device in your vehicle and they have saved countless lives and prevented untold numbers of injuries over the years,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “TDOS urges everyone driving on our state’s roads this holiday to drive carefully, don’t drive impaired and, most important, buckle up each and every trip, night and day.” «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU art exhibit Submerged offers a unique perspective of human form tonight


Austin Peay State University LogoAustin Peay State University presents Submerged, an exhibition of paintings by senior art student Lindsey Davis Ward, which opens from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Trahern Student Gallery.

“This collection of paintings embodies my true love of paint and the freedom it gives me to expose myself in a very intimate and intentional way,” says Ward about the playful vivid color and use of medium in her oil on canvas work. She uses a variety of textures from extremely thin layers of paint to buttery thick swatches with every fluid brush stroke intended to keep the viewer involved. «Read the rest of this article»

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Holiday safety tips from the Clarksville Police Department


The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for mirth and merriment, but unfortunately, it is also offers many opportunities for criminal activities. The Clarksville Police Department would like to provide some safety tips for the holiday season, whether you’re at home or out and about.

christmas-gift-bagsAWARENESS, AWARENESS, AWARENESS! Know what is going on around you.

Dress casually and comfortably. Pay special attention to your wallets and purses. Keep the wallet in your front pant or jacket pocket. Purses should be kept close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Do not leave your purses unattended at any time. Also, try to avoid hanging purses on hooks or door handles in the restrooms.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use credit cards and checks whenever possible. Make sure only one credit slip is printed with your charge card and, carbons if used, are returned. Also, since many stores use electronic withdrawal for checks, safeguard the returned check since there is valuable data on it.

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Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey


turkey_baked I’ve been brining turkey for Thanksgiving each year for the past five years.  It makes a delicious, tender, juicy bird. And its not difficult to do! Here are instructions and some brine recipes for you to use this year.

To brine a turkey you will need a large pot that will hold the whole bird in the brine and a space in the frig large enough to store it for a day. You can improvise if your frig isn’t big enough. I have used buckets of ice and placed another bucket full of turkey and brine in it. For the last two years though, I have used a large, new trash bag to put the bird and brine in. I sit the bag with brine and turkey into a large cooler and surround the bag with ice. When the ice melts, I take the cooler to the back steps and let it drain, then fill it up with ice again.  You want to make sure the bird stays at or below 40*F.

I always start my turkey out defrosting on Saturday. By Wednesday it is usually thawed and ready for a 24 hour stint in the brine. «Read the rest of this article»


Lane Kiffin’s Mouth of the South


universityoftennesseeLane Kiffin, University of Tennessee Head CoachLane Kiffin is famous for his mouth. Not only does he have a tendency to run it, the edges are always turned down into a perma-smirk, if not downright scowl. No matter how close the expected loss or how great the win, the world will be treated to the frown that says, “We’ve got work to do.”

That changed one Saturday in November. It appeared the Vols would sneak by hapless Vandy with a 24-16 win. Not only had the defense played poorly, the refs had called two huge penalties so blatantly not supported by video evidence even the commentators expressed puzzlement; Kiffin’s feelings regard poor officiating are all ready on record. The game would go down in the victory column, but no one in Neyland Stadium was feeling victorious, least of all dour Coach Kiffin. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community Centers Hours during Thanksgiving holiday


parksandrecThe City of Clarksville’s three community centers will be open Wednesday, November 25 from noon-7p.m.  and closed November 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The community centers will be open again during regular operating hours beginning November 28.

For a complete list of Clarksville community centers and their normal hours of operation, visit


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