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Department of Justice to Hold Meeting with Minority Leaders in Clarksville


US Department of Justice SealA representative from the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will give a presentation on the functions and duties of the Department of Justice and the (CRS). This agency is known for its proactive approach and promotion of the principles and ideals of non-discrimination to all people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.

When: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library,
350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville, TN.
Moderator: Pastor Tommy Vallejos
Admission: FREE and the event is OPEN to the public!

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Update on Campaign advertising: Signs and Vehicles


Yard SignsLast week, I wrote a report about the issue of campaign signs, both the yard signs and vehicles used as signs. I went out in the last few days with a cameraman and took some photographs in order to illustrate the issue for my readers. See if you agree or disagree with my perception of the problem and how serious it is.

I am extremely pro-free speech and so I have a good understanding of the implications which come from placing restrictions on the right of free speech. However, reasonable limitations on signage have been adjudged by our court system as not to be an imposition on first amendment rights.

I see this as comprising two main issues, quality of life, and safety. I will attempt to present examples of both. «Read the rest of this article»


Our review of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story


The Roxy Regional TheatreThe Roxy Regional Theatre is now showing Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. I attended the opening nights show and here is my review of the production.

I walked into the theatre and was immediately transported through time to the late 1950’s by this incredible Amber Wallace set. I have never been disappointed with any Roxy set, but my favorites are all Amber Wallace’s creations. Her best work in my opinion, was the sets that she did for last years Miss Saigon and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

This show covers Buddy Holly’s life from his rise to success in 1957 to his death in the 1959 plane crash which also took the lives of Rock and Roll legends Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson who was also know as the Big Bopper. This plane crash was immortalized in the Don Mclean song American Pie. «Read the rest of this article»


TAP Statewide Progressive Network Meeting on July 22


Tennessee Alliance for ProgressTAP will hold a statewide progressive network meeting on Saturday, July 22nd, from 10 am to 4 pm, to take place at the Hendersonville home of Herman and Patsy Lawson.  This meeting is a follow-up to the day-long conversation that took place at the Compass III Conference. The goal of the meeting is build a powerful progressive majority based on the idea that “we’re all in this together”.

All progressive individuals and organizations are urged to attend. Details and a registration form are at «Read the rest of this article»

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TAP Circle of Harmony House Concert/Salon with Roy Futureman Wooten of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones


Circle of HarmonyTennessee Alliance for Progress and Interplay-TN are co-sponsoring a Circle of Harmony House Concert/Salon this Saturday night, July 15, from 6:00pm to 10:30 pm featuring Roy “Futureman” Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

This cutting-edge event melding art and activism will take place at Futureman’s studio in Bellevue. «Read the rest of this article»

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State-Wide Early Voting Conference Call with Governor Phil Bredesen!


Democratic Party LogoWhen: Friday, July 14th at Noon – 12:00 p.m.
Where:  534 Madison Street, The green building on the corner of University Blvd. and Madison St.

Everyone will participate in an Early Voting Conference Call with Gov. Bredesen, after the conference call, we will all caravan to early vote at the Election Commission. «Read the rest of this article»

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RJ Corman Railroad should pay to refurbish their bridge


RJ Corman train and logoThe State of Tennessee has been asked in the name of the residents of Clarksville, Montgomery County and Stewart County Tennessee to issue a grant for the refurbishment of the RJ Corman Railroad bridge. This bridge passes over Riverside Drive in Clarksville before it crosses the Cumberland River on it’s journey to the TVA’s Cumberland City Power Plant in Stewart County. Both the railroad and the bridge are privately owned and operated by the RJ Corman Railroad Group LLC, a for profit company. «Read the rest of this article»


The UPtown Artists’ Swap


Ice House CafeThe UPtown Artists’ Swap is held at The Icehouse Cafe, 118 University ave on the last Saturday evening of every month at 7PM. This event is free, all ages, and open to the public. All artists are encouraged to bring arts and crafts to buy, sell, and trade! The cafe provides tables, which are available to the artists on a first come, first serve basis. The next Swap will be held on July 29th.

For more information, please contact Brandt at (931) 220-4532. The Swap also seeks to book acoustic musicians to perform at these events (also contact Brandt to get booked).


‘We the People’ group art exhibition


Ice House Cafe‘We the People’ is currently occupying The Icehouse Cafe at 118 University Ave. Please stop in during their summertime hours of 11AM-3PM Mon-Sat to view the exhibit which includes social and political art from fourteen regional artists! While the show has no specific political agenda, it is an open forum in which the artists are free to express themselves.

The opening reception for ‘We the People’ was held at on Thursday evening, July 6th. Chris Lugo, Green Party candidate for Senate (see more at, was on hand to speak to the audience. Of his many motivations for running, Chris’s main objective, as he told the audience, was ‘to run for peace.’ A voter registration drive was also held at the event.


Letter to Editor about recent Op-Ed on Estate Tax


IRS logoLetter to the Leaf Chronicle sent Sunday July 9, 2006:

In “Estate Tax Hurts Black Americans” (Leaf Chronicle July 9), Mr. Deroy Murdock quotes a study that showed that 90% of black business owners “believed” the estate tax hindered long term growth prospects. What people ‘believe’ is irrelevant in the tax code, however, it is a convenient way to spin the issue. «Read the rest of this article»

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