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“Since history has no properly scientific value, its only purpose is educative. And if historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is valueless except in so far as it educates themselves.” G. M. Trevelyan.

The Port Royal Covered Bridge has finally been dismantled and hauled away to reinvent itself as a sturdy barn for a local farmer. The actual removal process on both sides of the river took about three weeks total, but the effect will have on the park could take years to overcome. I did not grow up here in Clarksville, nor did any of my family, so for me it has been hard to find sympathy for the dedicated supporters of the remains of the bridge.

The bridge was first built in 1903, then fell during construction, killing one young boy; it was rebuilt and then fell again in the 1970’s due to a storm and was rebuilt again and fell in the mid 1990’s to flooding, where it remained until recently. The original bridge was much larger than its later versions and only served the community of Port Royal for a short time in its history. However, there were many fond times there, weddings, schoolboy mischief, stolen kisses and family outings. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two in custody following stabbing incident


Brandon Jerome Amos

Clarksville Police have taken into custody two individuals charged in a stabbing that occurred November 13 around 6:26 p.m.

According to a CPD statement, the individuals in custody are Brandon Jerome Amos, a black male, 19, (DOB: 12/21/88), of  602 Cory Drive Apt D, Clarksville, who is charged with aggravated assault with a bond of $100,000, and Marvel Robinson,  a black male, 17 ( 11/17/90, of 2630 Del Ray Drive, Clarksville, who is charged with criminal responsibility for conduct of another with a bond of $100,000.

On November 13, around 6:25 p.m., officers responded to a stabbing call at Pin Oak Apartments on Pin Oak Drive.

Marvel Robinson

Officers arrived and found that the victim, Baron Bell, a black male, 20 years old, of Clarksville, had been stabbed.

Detective Reyes responded to the scene and his investigation developed Amos and Robinson as suspects in the stabbing. His investigation also revealed the stabbing may have resulted from an encounter which occurred about a week ago after a RAP battle.  Robinson is believed to have knocked on the victim’s door and ask him to come outside to fight an unidentified male in an effort to lure the victim outside of the residence. «Read the rest of this article»

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J.D. Howell endows APSU scholarship


Howell (right) presents endowment check to President Hall (left) in recent meeting at APSU. Photograph taken by Bill Persinger, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing Director

Austin Peay State University has established a scholarship for Trigg County, Ky., residents after receiving a gift of $25,000 from APSU alumnus James D. Howell.  In honor of the donor, the scholarship will be named the James D. Howell Scholarship.

Howell said he is the product of a one-room schoolhouse and grew up during a time when college was a privilege only a select few could afford. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend APSU.

Since graduating from APSU in 1961, Howell has worked in public education, the Department of Atomic Energy and as an entrepreneur began a variety of industry-related business. «Read the rest of this article»


CPD “Saturation patrols” yield results


The Clarksville Police Department’s saturation patrols (partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office) to detect DUI/Impaired drivers, November 7 and November 8, 2008 between 2200 hours and 0400 hours yielded the following results:

There were 108 vehicles stopped during the saturation patrols which yielded 119 charges, listed here. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU flutists team with high school musicians for concert


The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts are pleased to present a joint concert by the APSU flute choir and the Community School of the Arts High School flute choir. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Professor of Music Lisa Vanarsdel will direct the APSU flute choir and JoAnn McIntosh will direct the High School flute choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the APSU music department, (931) 221-7818.


Mayor Piper to appear on Channel 5+ Open Line


Mayor Johnny Piper will appear on the live broadcast Channel 5+ Open Line on Thursday, November 13, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Channel 5+ is Charter Cable channel 50.  He will discuss items of interest to the Clarksville area. Questions and comments may be phoned in to Channel 5+ at 615-737- PLUS (7587).  Mayor Piper will be featured quarterly on Open Line.

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Project Homeless Connect seeks volunteers for Dec. 5 program


“Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.”

Project Homeless Connect 2008 will be our fourth year of working together to engage the general public towards innovative solutions to homelessness. Our goal is consolidate available services and connect individuals to benefits, medical care, substance abuse and mental health counseling and a variety of social services which can help lead to pathways to housing and self sufficiency.

Clarksville is one more than 170 cities across the country taking part in Homeless Connect by hosting an event to link  will hold an organizational meeting Nov. 21at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Office of Housing and Community Development in Clarksville. This meeting will be the final planning session for the 4th annual Project Homeless Connect update  to be held on December 5, 2008 from 12:00 Noon-4:00 p.m. at the Clarksville Montgomery County Library, 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

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AU: Litigate Ten Commandments suit on church/state issue, not free speech


Church-State watchdog group urges justices to require government neutrality toward religion

A Ten Commandments lawsuit to be heard this week by the U.S. Supreme Court inappropriately focuses on free-speech rights rather than church-state separation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The justices will hear oral arguments Wednesday in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.

The case tests whether Pleasant Grove City, Utah, can accept a Commandments monument for permanent display in a local park while turning down a monument showing the tenets of another faith. The Summum religion sued the local government after its display was rejected.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Summum had a free-speech right to display its monument next to the Commandments monument. «Read the rest of this article»

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Counterfeit bills popping up in Clarksville


According to the Clarksville Police Department, There have been several incidents of Clarksville businesses and individuals receiving counterfeit currency.  The holiday season offers individuals trying to pass counterfeit money more opportunities due to the sheer volume of money changing hands.

We offer the following hints to reduce your chances of being a victim of counterfeiters:

Detecting counterfeit currency*

You can help guard against the threat from counterfeiters by becoming more familiar with United States money. Look at the money you receive. Compare a suspect note with a genuine note of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not similarities. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Make A Difference” Day celebrates Children’s Victory Garden Harvest


The Mount Olive Historic Cemetery Preservation Society, along with several other civic groups, marked “Make a Difference” Day with a celebration fair at the Brandon Hill Community Youth Garden. During the spring and summer, local youth were engaged in creating, planting, tending and harvesting a bountiful crop grown by their hands. Saturday was the culmination of recognition for their efforts. The harvest celebration meal consisted of the bounty of their garden, and it was plentiful.

The Youth Victory Garden is located in the Brandon Hill Community of the city, bound by Franklin, Commerce, Cedar and Duncan(?) Streets. The land consists of lots that were either donated or brought out right for this project. The young volunteers, C-MCSS students from diverse backgrounds, labored to clear the ground and prepare it for its new purpose — growing a vegetable crop to be harvested for the October celebration. Adult volunteers supervised and assisted the young people as they gained firsthand experience in what many of their forebears had done decades before and came to know an appreciation for an agrarian work ethic. The garden included corn, turnip, mustard and collard greens, spinach, tomatoes, green beans, yellow squash and even a small flower bed. «Read the rest of this article»

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