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Port Royal Historic Park offers tours by Lantern light


Have you ever wondered what John Montgomery thought as he sat out on a long hunters journey? Or perhaps you have always wanted to know how early settlers’ wives made a Fort into a home? Just how mysterious was that historic night when Dr. Hopson tended to the Bell Family and their spirit troubles?

On a moonlit Lantern tour of Historic Port Royal, you can find the answers to these questions and more, including a first hand account of the Cherokee traveling the Trail of Tears, what really happened during the Tobacco Wars, and the theories surrounding the end of the Silk Mill.

On Thursday, October 23, at  6 p.m., tours will step into Port Royal’s past, with groups leaving the Port Royal State Historic Park Interpretive Center every twenty minuets until 9 p.m. Each stop along the way will be 8-10 minutes long, for a total of an hour long tour. The tours are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»


APSU presents Alumni Awards


Six alumni from Austin Peay State University will be honored next weekend during the Alumni Awards Brunch, held as part of the University’s Homecoming 2008 festivities.

The brunch will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. Cost is $25 per person, and advance reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct. 22. The event is open to the public.
For more information or reservations, call the Alumni Relations Office, (931) 221-7979 or 1-800-264-2586.

The following individuals, with information about each provided, will be presented with outstanding alumni awards: «Read the rest of this article»


Meet Joe, the real plumber


Sen. John McCain, meet Joe the plumber. Unlike Samuel Wurzelbacher, Joe’s given name is…Joe.

And, unlike Wurzelbacher, he’s a licensed plumber.

Joe Moenck, a plumber in Zumbrota, Minn., is a member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 6—which, like all building and construction trades unions, has high professional standards for its members—such as making sure they hold a license to practice their craft. «Read the rest of this article»

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Good health care, community involvement, enrich our senior years


In the United Methodist parishes I served near Fort Leonard Hood, Missouri, we had congregations of good people where the majority were over 65 years of age.

I still cherish and remember fondly these dedicated people. They included Luther and Beth, retired medical doctors from South Africa; and  Mary, the 30-year church treasurer and retired school teacher who chose to remain single but assisted nieces and nephews with college expenses. They include Ida, who lived in HUD housing and at the age of 80 passed on. She was a source of sunshine though “as poor as Job’s turkey.” Upon her demise, she deeded to the church her one source of passing the time: a record player and a set of 78 rpm records. «Read the rest of this article»

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Technology: A powerful tool in Obama’s presidential campaign

Your vote is your voice

Your vote is your voice

I know you’ve all been volunteering tons of time for a long, long time now.  But, I just read something from Barack Obama that I think we should all take to heart!

“Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory …  I want everybody running scared. Over the next 18 days, other than your family and your job, I want you to make a decision that there is nothing more important than bringing about this change that we need.” — Barack Obama «Read the rest of this article»


Jammin’ in the Alley with the Beagles


Dancing’ in the Streets. Rock and roll all night…

That was downtown Clarksville Friday evening as The Beagles took to the stage  for a rousing outdoor concert at Strawberry Alley. With the road  closed to traffic, downtown eateries were able to set tables in the roadway and serve food and beverages as the music played. The concert, which began at 6 p.m., initially attracted a very small crowd, but as the music revved up, it drew in more and more people until “Jammin in the Alley” became a packed house.

Jammin' in the Alley

The Beagles

The Beagles, with their covers of everything from the Beatles to Dion to Janis Joplin, were spectacular, a perfect fit for this outdoors venue, which was test run of a 2009 Jammin’ in the Alley concert series to be held on the third Friday of each month, starting in May and ending in September. It is a create way to breathe new life into the downtown area. «Read the rest of this article»


APSU kicks off Homecoming week


Austin Peay State University will kick off Homecoming 2008 with the announcement of the Homecoming Court at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20 in the Morgan University Center plaza. In case of inclement weather, the announcement will take place in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center. «Read the rest of this article»


After primary apathy, long but fast moving voters lines are “a breath of fresh air”


Kudos to the Election Commission staff for keeping the lines flowing smoothing during these first days of early voting.

As I have for nearly 40 years, I cast my vote today, though having seen the crowds, which includes hundred of new voters, waiting to exercise the privilege and right to vote, I was wondering just how long it would take. Less than 15 minutes. With at least 50 people ahead of me.

Approximately 100 people stand in line waiting to vote.Six stations have trained staff ready and waiting to check your credentials, verify your ID, and move you on to a hallway where the ballot is posted for you to review (if you haven’t already). From there, it’s a few steps to the machines, and a few buttons to push. «Read the rest of this article»


Bizet’s “Carmen” dazzled viewers


Anna Caterina Antonacci as Carmen

A little-heralded screening of a great opera, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, played Clarksville Thursday evening, the first of four British productions that will air in the next three weeks. Carmen was, in a word, “stunning.”

The Carmike 10 at Governor’s Square Mall did little advertising of this show, staged at Covent Garden with the London Symphony. Every one in the sparsely filled theater had the same comment: “We didn’t find out about this until (Wednesday).” Or “If I known about this sooner several friends would have come with me.”

For the most part, seeing any classical performance, with the periodic exception of something at APSU, classical music is nonexistent; Clarksville residents usually have to leave town to soothe that particular thirst, and that means a trip to Nashville of Louisville for a symphonic concert, a ballet or an opera. The Met: Live in HD offers a global broadcast series of 11 operas from its New York Stage. That series plays two stadium theaters in Nashville, often with standing room only crowds that include large contingent of Clarksville classical fans. The Met series is highly publicized; I hope that the Carmike 10 (or the city’s  Great Escape 16) would do the same. «Read the rest of this article»


State Senators Harper, Marrero to attend early voting rally

Montgomery County Democratic Party

Montgomery County Democratic Party

The Montgomery County Democratic Party will host a “get out the vote” rally Saturday at 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Plaza. State legislators  and local candidates will join the event in an effort to energize and encourage early voting, which if the first day of early voting is any indicator, will be encouragement falling on willing ears.

After the rally, the group plans to enter the Election Commission as a group and vote for the candidates of their choice.

On Wednesday, the early voting line extended out the door and down the covered walkway, with as many as 60-80 people in line at any given time.

For more information on this MCDP event, call  931-552-5523

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