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Homeowner Surprises Burglar


CPD LogoA 39 old woman, living at Christy Court, got quite a surprise when she returned home from the store.  She walked through the front door into the kitchen and there was a strange man standing inside of the room. 

He had jewelry from her residence in his hands.  She grabbed the stranger by his collar, at which time, he punched her in the mouth and chipped a tooth.  He dropped the jewelry and fled the scene. 

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Tennessee General Assembly passes law targeting unscrupulous contractors


Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and House Budget Subcommittee Chairman Harry Tindell (D-Knoxville) held a press conference in Knoxville today to discuss House Bill 2625, which aims to protect homeowners against unscrupulous contractors.

Prior to passage of the bill, contractors that left homeowners high and dry by taking payment but not completing work was only a civil offense, meaning that victims could only attempt to recoup losses through a lawsuit. The new law passed championed by Dunn and Tindell, however, treats the offense as theft, making it a criminal charge punishable by jail time. Targeted homeowner Mike Townsend joined the State Representatives in a press conference Wednesday to share his story. «Read the rest of this article»

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Former Lady Gov Grayson returns as assistant women’s basketball coach


Former Austin Peay State University forward Jessica Grayson will return to the women’s basketball program as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 campaign, head coach Carrie Daniels announced, Tuesday. She replaces former assistant coach Marcus Payne, who resigned in April after four seasons.

“I am very excited to be able to bring Jessica back to Austin Peay and have her be part of this program,” said Daniels.  “It was a long process and there was a tremendous amount of interest in this job, but after going through the resumes and interviews it was very clear the passion that Jessica has for Austin Peay clearly made her the right person for this job. The experience she brings will be very valuable.”

“Austin Peay meant so much to me as a student-athlete,” said Grayson. “And now to be given the opportunity to return is a tremendous honor. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity.  I have no doubt that I’m in the right place at suitable time for this position. «Read the rest of this article»

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Petraeus Shares a word with 101st Airborne Division Commander


Former 101st Airborne Division commander Gen. David H. Petraeus and current 101st Airborne Division commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell share a quick conversation at the reception following Petraeus’ assumption of command ceremony at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 4th, 2010.

Petraeus was confirmed by Congress as the new commander of the ISAF Afghanistan mission. Both commanders share the common bond of leading the Fort Campbell, KY -based 101st Airborne Division during major combat operation.

Petraeus shares a word with 101st Airborne Division commander Campbell.

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APSU, HCC will be holding a press conference to sign dual admissions agreement


Students at Hopkinsville (KY) Community College who wish to enroll at Austin Peay State University after earning their associate degree will be able to transfer with ease, in large part due to a new dual admissions agreement between the two postsecondary institutions.

Leaders from both APSU and HCC will sign the dual admissions agreement, known as the Austin Peay Guarantee, during a press conference at 3:00pm, Wednesday, July 21st in the HCC Administration Building. The agreement signing is open to the public.

“Over the years, HCC has sent us great students, and I’m happy to see our two institutions take this new step, which will pave the way for other students in the future,” APSU President Tim Hall said.

HCC President Dr. James Selbe also expressed excitement in the new agreement. «Read the rest of this article»


The Clarksville Parks and Rec Report


 The weekly Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Report provides Clarksvillians with a look at the upcoming activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family.

Events this week include: Pools, Downtown Market, Movies in the Park, Youth and Adult Leagues, and the Fall Adult CoEd Kickball League. «Read the rest of this article»

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TN Department of Safety releases July 4th Holiday Weekend Statistics


Preliminary Figures Show Decline in Fatal Crashes

Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Department of Safety announced today that preliminary figures indicate nine people were killed in traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 78-hour Fourth of July holiday period, which ran from 6:00pm, Friday, July 2nd through 11:59pm, Monday, July 5th.

The nine fatalities is a drop from the 16 deaths that occurred during last year’s July 4th weekend. Of the nine fatalities this year, six were vehicle occupants; two were motorcyclists; and one was a pedestrian.  One of the fatalities was alcohol-related compared to two alcohol-related fatalities in 2009.

“While the preliminary numbers have declined, it is important to also point out that five of the people who died over the Fourth of July weekend were not wearing seat belts,” stated Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker.  “We always stress the importance of wearing safety restraints. It could make a difference between life and death.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Three Lady Govs named NGCA All-America Scholars


APSU Governors LogoCoral Springs, FL – Three Austin Peay State University women’s golfers, Catie Tucker, Ashley Wathen and Catherine Smith, have been named to the  2010 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team for NCAA Division I.

A total of 494 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized from Division I, II and III. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are a cumulative 3.50 grade-point average or better and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II & III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

Catie Tucker has been named to the All-America Scholar Team for a third straight year. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Catie Tucker has been named to the All-America Scholar Team for a third straight year. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Task Force Rakkasan puts new ‘Eye in the sky’


Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Brent C. Powell 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan – Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Actually, it’s a multi-million dollar helium-filled aerostat (balloon) equipped with the most advanced surveillance technology and it’s the latest tool added to Task Force Rakkasan’s arsenal.

The large, odd-shaped, blimp-like white balloon was launched for the first time here July 1st. Since then it has been hovering high in the sky raising a few eyebrows and expectations.

“We have not had a persistent (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) capability before now, and I think an asset like this is going to be a game changer,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Viet Luong, commander,

3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. “I’m a big advocate for these platforms and I’ve used them very effectively in Iraq.”

A crew of civilian contractors work to control the ascent of an aerostat during a launch at Forward Operating Base Salerno July 1st.

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Sounds-RedHawks Doubleheader Washed Out


Teams Will Complete Series With Wednesday Twinbill

Oklahoma City, OK – Tuesday evening’s doubleheader between the Nashville Sounds and Oklahoma City RedHawks at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark was postponed due to heavy rainstorms.

One of the contests will be made up as part of a 5:05pm doubleheader on Wednesday. The other game will be made up as part of a 5:05pm twinbill on Tuesday, August 31st, during the Sounds’ second series in Oklahoma City from August 30th to September 2nd.

Left-hander Chris Waters (5-4, 3.31) will start Wednesday’s first contest for the Sounds against RedHawks right-hander Tanner Scheppers (1-0, 2.86).

Right-hander Marty McLeary (2-6, 10.38) will man the bump for Nashville in the nightcap to face Oklahoma City right-hander Elizardo Ramirez (4-3, 5.53).

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