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Is the Fairgrounds Marina a failure to plan or a plan for failure?


Dave Ramsey has an adage, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.”

opinion-081The ongoing saga of the city of Clarksville efforts to construct a marina on the Cumberland River at Fairgrounds Park continues to astound. Having secured funds well in excess of the specified required amount, laying an enormous debt on the taxpayers in the process, the city is apparently stumbling along in baby steps to compile the paperwork needed to gain the federal and state permits to allow the construction to take place at all. All the while the public is being told these are great strides in advancing the dream of a marina into a reality.

The New Clarksville City Council

2009 Clarksville City Council

Recently, the City of Clarksville announced that excavation bids would be sought by May, 2009, for some excavation to begin at the fairgrounds in July of this year, with Marina construction to be completed by October, 2010.

On February 18, 2009, CO Author Turner McCullough Jr. received the following communication from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conservation Biologist Tadd Potter in response to six questions asked of the USACOE: «Read the rest of this article»


CPD sergeant honored for apprehension of robbery suspect


Sgt. Maurice Hobbs of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was recognized by Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley at Police Headquarters for his actions in apprehending a suspect who was charged with committing two robberies within hours of each other.

police-logoOn February 4,  at approximately 3:06 a.m, Sgt. Hobbs was passing by the Mapco Express store located at 640 Providence Blvd. As Sgt. Hobbs passed by the store, he noticed a person standing at the register with a hooded jacket pulled over their head.  Sgt. Hobbs then turned his vehicle around and as he pulled onto the lot of the Mapco, the suspect quickly exited the store and the clerk ran out of the store telling Sgt.  Hobbs that she had just been robbed. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two men charged in Old Russellville Road burglary


The Clarksville Police Department

Two men face burglary charges for theft of copper wiring. On February 16, Angelo Javon Byars (B/M), 38, of 572 Nelson Rd, Guthrie, KY,  was charged with burglary with bond of $5,000 and Jonathan Lee Wiiliams (B/M),  25, of  503 Edlin St., Guthrie, KY, was charged with burglary and had a theft warrant  served when he was taken into custody and has a bond of $10,000. «Read the rest of this article»

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Silke’s Night with the Artists welcomes photography exhibit

Good conversation aplenty at photo exhibit

Wanda and Terry McMoore chat with Judge Charles Smith and Cindy Chambers during the new exhibit opening at Silke's

Saturday was Valentine’s Day and many a panicked male dashed around town looking for some way to demonstrate his affection for his lady love. If they had thought of an art exhibit opening, they would have been home on Easy Street … especially if the art opening was the new photography exhibit featuring Alan Goldstein at Silke’s Old World Bakery and Cafe. For the lucky souls who planned for this event, the evening was magical.

Sweethearts of all stripes gathered at Silke’s to marvel and view the latest additions to the walls of artwork on display at this wonderful little hide-a-way jewel in Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

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Dunbar Cave film makes February 19 debut at Visitor’s Center

Dunbar Cave seen from across Swan Lake

Dunbar Cave seen from across Swan Lake

On Thursday, February 19, the Friends of Dunbar Cave along with Clean Cut Productions will present to the public a completed film on the history of Dunbar Cave and its resources. The film will screen at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, in the Visitor Center (white building), beginning at 6 p.m. with the film repeating every 15 minutes though 7 p.m.

Over 25 people were filmed and interviewed by the Friends group, but Clean Cut is using only four of them in this short introductory film. Cathy Lee and Jason Bagget will be on hand to thank for this incredible gift to our town and state. «Read the rest of this article»

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Meeting slated for former civilian “Birdcage” workers


tyler-fieldA meeting for former civilian workers at Clarksville Base, TN, locally known as “The Birdcage,” will be held on Monday, February 23,  at 4 p.m. in the children’s library theater of  the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library at 350 Pageant Lane.

Mr. Johnnie Golden, a technical assistant, for the  Energy Employees Compensation Program in the Jacksonville district office of the U.S. Department of Labor will be the guest speaker.  Mr. Golden will explain how workers may apply to be considered as employees under a Special Exposure Cohort in accordance with guidelines of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Program Act (EEOIPA). «Read the rest of this article»

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NWS: Severe weather headed for Middle Tennessee


nws-logoA cold front is  expected take aim at Tennessee’s  mid-state region tonight and is expected to trigger back-to-back bouts of severe weather including thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds as the primary threats.

According to the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Statement for the region, including Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

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Woman charged with vehicular assault, DUI after car-bus collision


Maria Elise Carrington, 28, of 1205 Vine Street, faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular assault in the aftermath of a car-CTA bus accident in which a 7-year-old girl was seriously injured. Carrington was arrested Friday and booked into Montgomery County Jail on a $50,500 bond.


Police, fire and EMS personnel at the accident scene on Feb. 13

Carrington’s vehicle struck a Clarksville Transit Authority bus (route 2 on its last run of the night) at Plum Street and Providence Boulevard at approximately 8:45 p.m. The injured girl, who remains unidentified,  was a passenger in Carrington’s car. She was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Police reports indicate no one on the bus was seriously injured. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governor addresses joint session to start 106th General Assembly


Committees begin adjustment to new bipartisan makeup

tn-state-capitolNASHVILLE – On Monday, State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and members of the House and Senate were presented with Governor Phil Bredesen’s seventh State of the State Address.

“These economic times are tough on everyone, especially working families,” said Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Governor Bredesen made it clear in his speech that while we need to make some tough cuts to our budget, laying off workers and cutting education funding is not the way to bring us through this financial crisis.”

During his speech, Governor Bredesen announced his desire to maintain our education funding for K-12 and Pre-K classrooms, as well as challenged the Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to “step outside the box” in trying to find ways to make higher education more affordable.

“Now, more than ever, is the time that Tennesseans need to be able to afford a college education, said Pitts. “When the economy begins to turn around, our citizens need to have the skills and resources necessary to earn those new jobs that will be created.”

Finally, the governor spoke about working to make Tennessee the home of green technology research, specifically in the area of solar energy. With the recent announcement of Hemlock Semiconductor investing over $1.2 billion into a new solar panel plant in Clarksville, as well as the continuing development of cellulosic ethanol plants throughout the state, Tennessee has the potential to become the national leader in green technology. «Read the rest of this article»


Obama Inauguration was first person experience for some Rossview High students


Timothy Wisdom,Christina Bechardl, Michael Oliver

Timothy Wisdom, Christina Bechard, Michael Oliver

The difference between watching the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on TV and actually being in Washington D.C. for that historic event was not lost on several Rossview High School students. Witnessing history firsthand and discovering the wonders of our nation’s capital held special awe and meaning for local students participating in the WorldStrides Educational Student Travel Program.

While some CMCSS students missed out on witnessing history in the making in real time, for several Rossview High School seniors, January 20th will always stand out as a momentous day in their lives. While the inauguration caps the culmination of a two year journey through our national presidency election process, it also marked the culmination of thirteen months of planning, budgeting and sacrifice for students of Rossview Coach Russell Mang’s History and Advanced Placement Government classes. «Read the rest of this article»

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