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17 Year Old In Custody for Shooting in Lincoln Homes

 

clarksvillepolicelogoOn August 18, 2009, around 1:15 a.m. a 17 year old male juvenile was taken in custody for the shooting of Roderick Duan Self.  He will be charged with CRIMINAL HOMICIDE and transported to a juvenile holding facility.  The Homicide occurred during a drug transaction.

The scene on Summer Street shortly after the shooting

The scene on Summer Street shortly after the shooting

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Art and Technology combine for new exhibit at APSU’s Trahern Gallery

 

Austin Peay State University LogoIn this technological age, art doesn’t have to take a back seat. In fact, the Internet and new forms of digital media are providing more opportunities for artists to create in the 21st century.

A new exhibit opening Aug. 31 at Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery will highlight some groundbreaking work in this young artistic medium. The show, “Upgrade! Tennessee: New Media from Across the State,” will feature artists working with technology from across Tennessee.

Product Placement by Jessica Westbrook, motion graphics, sound design, 2009

Product Placement by Jessica Westbrook, motion graphics, sound design, 2009

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Partial Road Closure at Cumberland and Sycamore Drives

 

CGWClarksville Gas and Water construction crews will be working on Cumberland and Sycamore drives this week to replace a two-inch water main with a new six-inch line. Work will commence at 8:30 a.m. this morning when the westbound lane of Cumberland Drive will be closed to traffic at the intersection of Sycamore and Cumberland until approximately 1:00 p.m. A flagman will monitor and guide traffic around the construction site during the partial road closure.

Weather permitting; work will continue on Sycamore through Thursday. Workers will also replace the water main lines along Eastland and Sunset next week. Area residents make expect brief water outages when service lines are connected to the new main line.

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“Salute to the Troops” Concert at Fort Campbell all about giving back to our soldiers

 

WOEbutton2Soldiers give everything for our country, but seldom do we find any meaningful way to give something back to them. That was not the case with Friday and Saturday night’s Budweiser’s Salute to the Troops concert which was presented by Fort Campbell MWR. The two day event is part of the ongoing Week of the Eagles. The  star-studded concert featured Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr, Jake Owen, John Rich, Rodney Atkins, and SGT Rodney Watts, all giving something back to the troops.

The organizers were expecting approximately 30,000 people to attend the free concert Friday evening, over 75,000 showed up.

Over 75,000 people showed up for the free concert on Friday evening

Over 75,000 people showed up for the free concert on Friday evening

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New credit union branch first of its kind in Clarksville

 

fcfulogoThe Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch on Madison Street that introduces an entirely new way to do your banking in the Clarksville and Fort Campbell areas.

The dialogue branch at 2193 Madison Street is Fort Campbell Federal’s eighth branch and one of three of its kind to be completed by the Credit Union by the end of 2010.  A branch at Tiny Town and Heritage Pointe will open by the end of 2009 and a third branch in the Dover Crossing area is in the works.

With new technology and an open floor plan, Fort Campbell Federal will bring back the basics with a greeting at the door, fresh coffee and one on one service.  The Madison branch replaces traditional teller lines with circular towers where the member and credit union employee stand side by side to complete the transaction.  “Both parties will be able to view the same computer screen, which allows the entire process to be open, creating a true dialogue between credit union staff  and members”, says Stewart Ramsey, President and CEO of Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union.

Branch Manager Joshua Wooley and Assistant Manager Joy Daniels demonstrate the open desk set up of the new dialogue branch at 2193 Madison Street

Branch Manager Joshua Wooley and Assistant Manager Joy Daniels demonstrate the open desk set up of the new dialogue branch at 2193 Madison Street

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DoDEA Educational Partnership awards grant to CMCSS

 

dodeaARLINGTON, VA – The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $2 million grant to Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) in Clarksville, Tennessee through the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes FY 09 Competitive Grant Program. The Clarksville-Montgomery School District supports students whose families are stationed at Fort Campbell.

The DoDEA grants focus on enhancing student learning opportunities, student achievement, and educator professional development at military-connected schools with projected military student growth between 2007 and 2009 due to force structure changes. This data is based on a Report to Congress on Assistance to Local Educational Agencies for Defense Dependents Education published in March 2008. School districts serving 22 military installations identified through that report were invited to submit a grant proposal.

“The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System plays a vital role in assisting Fort Campbell and its Soldiers and Families attain distinction as a world class Army community,” said Charles A. Munson, Deputy to the Fort Campbell Garrison Commander. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Clarksville industrial firms garner annual Governor and Commissioner safety awards

 

Local industry firms garner Governor’s Safety Awards

TLWD_dept_logo148James Neeley, Commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development, announced that U.S. Zinc, Trane and Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc.  have been awarded State Safety Awards. U.S.Zinc and The Trane Company received the Governor’s Safety Award. Bridegstone Metalpha received the Commissioner’s Safety Award. The awards were presented at the 32nd Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

Commissioner Neeley attested to the fact that each of these companies have demonstrated a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace when the presentations were made to each company. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging”  Each of these companies, by their efforts, has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.

In its press release, TDL&WD noted that the Governor’s Safety Award honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict normal job activities. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Fort Campbell’s Super Saturday Air Show made the Screaming Eagles roar

 

101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFor many people the highlight of the Week of the Eagles has got to be the Super Saturday Air show powered by Tyson Foods. This extravaganza event was expected to draw a crowd of 65,000 people, but most likely far exceeded that.  Comprised of a series of simultaneous events including:

A Community Fair featuring local organizations that offer their services to soldiers and their families.

The Community Health Fair gave a people a quick medical checkup, and with the harsh sun and high temperatures the sound advice to keep hydrated.

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundations Sky Soldiers Cobra Demonstration Team

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundations Sky Soldiers Cobra Demonstration Team

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Shooting victim Roderick Duan Self dies of injuries

 

clarksvillepolicelogoOn August 16th, 2009, around 5:25 p.m., officers responded to the area of Summer Street in reference to a shooting which already occurred.  When officers arrived they found a male gunshot victim laying on the ground.  Medic units responded and the male was transported to Gateway Hospital.

The victim, Roderick Duan Self, B/M, DOB: 1/2/83, of Clarksville, TN died later as a result of his injuries.

The scene on Summer Street shortly after the shooting

The scene on Summer Street shortly after the shooting

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The Tennessee Convict War

 
The logo of the Correctional Corporation of America

The logo of the Correctional Corporation of America

In 1997 the Tennessee branch of the AFL-CIO made an agreement with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to support the privatization of Tennessee’s state prison system. This opened the door for Tennessee’s prison labor being used to compete with private industry.  Currently the highest-paying prisoner in Tennessee earns 50 cents an hour to produce jeans for K Mart and JC Penney, among other things.

Of all the states, Tennessee unions should have been the last ones to support prison labor. The reason lies more than a century in the past, in the days following the end of slavery. «Read the rest of this article»

 
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