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Balancing both personal and political life? It can be done!


Clarksville Online author Terry McMoore, politically active citizen, activist, and businessman, speaks out on the balance of personal rights and public responsibilities.

I wear many hats in my life from being a father, husband, civil rights activist, author, music producer, campaign chairman and motivational speaker. With all this activity in my life it is virtually impossible to remain neutral or non-partisan in everything. I often tell my friends in the NAACP who have executive positions that they are being too politically correct on to many issues.

For instances, some will not attend a candidate rally because they might get accused of supporting that person. I tell them you are still a voter who needs to hear where a candidate stands. Just because you hold some position, you do not lose your rights as a concerned voter. «Read the rest of this article»


CTS fares “adjusted”: Elimination of transfers could double cost for many riders


Approve an increase in bus fares, then hold a public hearing. The city’s Transportation Committee has unanimously approved the new CTS rate structure. The Clarksville Transit System has now scheduled a public hearing for August 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarksville Public Library, where it will explain to the public the planned fare structure and proposed route changes and take public input on those changes. Concerned CTS riders and all citizens can also respond to the increases by mail if unable to attend the hearing (legal notice and mailing address at end of story). Currently, the changes will go into effect on September 1.

Clarksville Transit Center, the downtown hub for connecting buses

As it stands, the new fare structure means cost of riding city buses could nearly double for many people who use the Clarksville Transit System. While the actual fare per ride will remain unchanged at $1.00 per ride, the 25 cent transfers will be history. That means riders who need to transfer would pay full fare for that second ride, the second half of their journey. Since it is impossible to go from the western side of town along Fort Campbell Boulevard to the mall area along Wilma Rudolph Boulevard or to Madison Street and the Sango area without a transfer, all of those passengers could see their transit costs nearly double. The elimination of transfers translates to a de facto 75 cent increase in bus fare for riders who need to utilize two buses navigate across town or into adjoining residential neighborhoods. «Read the rest of this article»

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Beauty bubbles up on Public Square!


A sparkling new addition adds charm to downtown landmark!

Public Square's New Water Fountain Flows On

Public Square's new fountain offers a cooling place on a hot summer day

For those who may not have visited Public Square of late, take note! There’s a new addition to ‘The Square’ and it brings added beauty and charm to the vaunted strip of real estate. Plus it has soothing sounds and is well lit at night. Courtesy of Farmers and Merchants Bank, otherwise known as F&M Bank, the City of Clarksville now has a brand new sparkling decorative water fountain gracing Public Square. «Read the rest of this article»


Libel lawsuit against CPRC: It’s not over yet


With the CPRC vindicated just last week, Montgomery Court now says it made “a mistake.” The libel suit against the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition has been resurrected, with motions, discovery on August 4.

Last week the Montgomery County Circuit Court dismissed a libel suit filed against the grassroots Clarksville Property Rights Coalition regarding downtown redevelopment, but late today the Court notified the Institute for Justice of Virginia, CPRC’s legal representatives, that the signing of the order was “a mistake,” that oral arguments and discovery in this case will in fact be heard on Monday, August 4.

The Institute for Justice has just been informed by the clerk’s office of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, that a mistake in that office led to the accidental signing of an order granting IJ’s motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought against members of the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition (CPRC). As a result, that order will be rescinded and Judge Ross Hicks will hear oral argument on IJ’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Monday, August 11. The court will also conduct a discovery hearing on Monday, August 4.

Joyce Vanderbilt, owner of Kelly's on Riverside Drive, displays the controversial ad that resulted in a libel suit against the CPRC.

The case, borne of a highly controversial ordinance passed by the Clarksville City Council in November, 2007, that “blighted” some two square miles of downtown Clarksville, culminated in a libel suit over a newspaper ad taking some city officials to task for their actions in supporting the ordinance that potentially opened the door for taking of properties by eminent domain and for private development. «Read the rest of this article»


Legal Aid Society: Cost-effective legal lifeline for Middle-Tennesseans


Legal Aid Society delivers $2 in benefits for every $1 it receives

Legal Aid Society Newsletter Logo

In 2007, the Legal Aid Society helped more than 7,000 Middle Tennesseans find justice when they had nowhere else to turn. As a result, women were protected from abusive husbands, people still had roofs over their heads and the sick got the medical care they needed, among the many other benefits received by Middle Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens. Like the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the Legal Aid Society was able to make a little go a long way in meeting these needs – basically delivering $2 in benefits for every $1 it received. The $5,761,160 it spent in 2007 generated $11,096,830 in benefits. «Read the rest of this article»


Don’t let our Constitution die


It’s time for us to stand up for our constitutional rights and freedoms. Don’t leave this in someone else’s hands.

Please take a moment to send a message to your senator holding them accountable for their vote on the recent FISA bill. Either thank them for voting against it, or hold them accountable for voting for it. With just your zip code and a couple of clicks, you can send either a pre-filled message or customize it to send your own message.


Violent crimes flare up across Clarksville


The Clarksville Police Department

Police have responded to series of unrelated violent crimes over the past week, including two instances involving guns and a third requiring assistance from the Crisis Negotiations Unit and Tactical Unit.

On July 29, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the Raleigh Drive area in response to a burglary. While in the area, officers observed a vehicle that was known to have been previously operated by the suspects. Officers tracked the suspects to another apartment within the complex.

The Crisis Negotiations Unit and Tactical Unit did respond to the scene. After unsuccessful negotiations, the Tactical Unit deployed Clear Out Gas into the apartment. At approximately 8:00 a.m. Michael Benton and Christopher Williams were taken into custody without incident. The items taken from the original burglary call were located inside the apartment where the suspects were hiding. The Clarksville Police Department was assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept., Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS. «Read the rest of this article»

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Robert Tuke, Senate candidate, brings campaign to Clarksville


Robert (Bob) Tuke is a Marine who served America, a Democratic soldier who has worked hard for others in Tennessee politics. He is now a candidate for the United States Senate is touring Clarksville meeting with voters to discuss his platform and answer their questions

Robert D. Tuke is the former Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, having served from July 1, 2005 through January 13, 2007. In addition, he served as Treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party and Co-Chair of the Kerry/Edwards Campaign in Tennessee in 2004. He headed Veterans for Kerry in the State in 2003 – 2004. Tuke was also a Trustee of the national Kerry/Edwards campaign and served as Delegation Whip of the Tennessee Delegation at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Most recently, Tuke worked as the Tennessee Political Director for Obama for America.


Chris Lugo: Time to re-examine gun control


The shooting spree at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church has resulted in murder charges being filed against Jim D. Adkisson, 58, an out-of-work truck driver charged with the killing of two people and the wounding of six others during a children’s musical at the church Sunday morning. Chris Lugo responds to that news and the issue of crime and gun control.

Many Tennesseans were stunned to hear the news that yesterday morning at 10:18 a.m. a lone gunman walked into a welcoming congregation in Knoxville and opened fire on the congregants who were gathered in anticipation of watching their children perform a scene from the musical “Annie” as part of the morning services, killing two people and shooting several more in the head before being tackled to the ground. That church, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, is a beacon of joy and hope in East Tennessee. Its congregation is made up of some of the most loving, kind and gentle people in the fine city of Knoxville, and the horrific tragedy which was visited upon that church is a wakeup call to good people throughout Tennessee to re-examine our approach to gun control in Tennessee and throughout this nation. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Cooling at the Cave” attracts large crowd for music, games and good company


img_3887.jpg“Cooling at the Cave,” held Saturday at Dunbar Cave, drew dozens of people eager to hear good music in the comfort of the cool air at the mouth of this Clarksville landmark.

Rows of chairs surrounded the mouth of the cave where the Holt Brothers Band played toe tapping music from 3-5 p.m. families and friends clustered around tables, playing everything from dominos to assorted board and trivia games. For others, it was simply a chance for good conversation among friends.

Friends of Dunbar Cave prepared a wide array of snacks — everything from cookies to chocolate nut confections to brownies and fruit bread. In addition to cold sodas, ice cold lemonade was the drink of the day.

Here is a selection of images from this popular summer event (Photos by Christine Anne Piesyk):

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