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People searched, silenced at public forum; redevelopment questions go unanswered


An opponent of the redevelopment plan gets searched by the Clarksville PD after setting off a metal detector.The Castle Coalition, a national grassroots property rights group working on eminent domain issues, came to Clarksville Thursday to participate in a rally prior to the city’s public forum on the redevelopment plan held in the Burt School cafeteria on Thursday.

The rally featured Christina Walsh , Clarksville Property Rights Coalition Spokesman John Summers, Dan Brown of the Tennessee Preservation Trust and others. They addressed plan opponents and members of the press on the issues they perceive in the current version of Clarksville’s Redevelopment Plan. Summers and Brown have been frequent speakers at CPRC meetings.

After the rally, the public forum began in the Burt School Cafeteria. with Mayor Piper making the first statement. The program continued with a presentation by Knoxville’s KCDC President Alvin Nance, followed by Downtown District Partnership board member and recent appointee to the Clarksville Housing Authority Frank Lott. The presentation given was identical to the KCDC video on the “Our view: The updated redevelopment plan still has major flaws” article; watching that video provided all the same information as last night’s forum.

Laws mean exactly what they say on paper; it does not matter what those who created it intended for it to say. What counts is in the actual letter of the law. Members of the City Council do not see any issues with the plan they approved, even though a common sense reading shows that this plan is faulty, open to major abuse, and was clearly intended to make it easier for developers to take private property from its owner and then profit from it. Mayor Piper and the council have denied that, but that is exactly how the currently plan reads.

Counting heads, the Fire Marshall allowed only 180 people inside the hall for the meeting, with another estimated 150 people turned away. [Editor’s note: At the Train Station meeting in December, more than 300 people turned out to oppose this plan.] CPRC members provided a list of the names and addresses of people who were denied access to this public forum: page after page was full of names and addresses. «Read the rest of this article»


Clarksville Fox 2nd annual Easter egg hunt


trixy003.jpgThe Clarksville Fox would like to invite everyone in the Clarksville and Fort Campbell area community to come to The Clarksville Fox 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Hunt will be held at Northwest High School, 800 Lafayette Rd., in Clarksville on March 22nd at 10:00 AM.

Easter Egg Hunts will be held for several different age groups, with candy and gifts for everyone. There will also be a special area with a special hunt for those special children with special needs.

The team mascot, Trixy (above left), will be there to help hunt for eggs, hand out autographed Trixy mascot cards to the children, and take pictures. Bring your family and friends and join Trixy and the all the Clarksville Fox Women Semi-Pro Full Contact Football Players for this event. «Read the rest of this article»

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City offers yard debris pick-up


yardwork.jpgAre you raking up the dregs of last fall’s foliage?

Or cleaning out the garden for spring planting?

Maybe collecting the small branches and twigs blown down in recent storms?

Or raking the grass clippings from that first bout of lawn mowing?

The City of Clarksville will offer a yard debris pick-up March 24-May 5. Citizens are asked to put the items that they would like to have picked-up close to the road.

Items to be removed must be in biodegradable paper bags or cardboard boxes. Yard debris is defined as normal yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, limbs and etc. Tree limbs must be 4-foot in length or less. Tree limbs left from tree pruning by a commercial company will not be accepted.

If you have yard debris that you would like to have picked up, please call the Clarksville Street Department at 645-7464.

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APSU hosts 40th annual student exhibition


Austin Peay State UniversityThis 40th Annual Student Exhibition is on display now through April 13 at the Trahern Gallery Austin Peay State University.We offer a mere tease of the exhibit, a sampling of what our artists have to offer. Hopefully it will entice you visit.

This annual student exhibition is an inspiration and a source of pride to me. Viewing this show gives me that other kind of food that is as necessary as air to a prosperous nation.

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.~Claus Oldenburg


In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, she says that to recover our own sense of creativity and well-being we need to make “artist’s dates” with ourselves. We need to go out and see what others are doing, what the world is presenting to us in the way of creativity. Doing that is a huge source of food for thought and inspiration to us. «Read the rest of this article»


Head Start registrations continue for 08-09


head-startheader.jpgHead Start registration for the 2008-09 school will be held on March 25-26, according to Annette Presley-DuPree, Family Services Manager.

The CMCCAA-Head Start program is part of a national child development program designed to provide comprehensive services in the areas of health, education, social services, and parent involvement to economically disadvantaged families.

Please complete the attached enrollment pre-application and bring it with you to registration. Also, bring the following documents to registration so that your eligibility status can be determined:
Documentation for the registration process includes the following:

  • Proof of family income (most recent tax return or pay stubs for 12 consecutive months prior to application date)
  • Proof of receipt of Families First and/or Food Stamps, if received within the last 12 months
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • IEP or IFSP if the child has a documented learning disability
  • Health insurance card (Not required at registration, but will speed the registration process)

If your  child is determined eligible and offered a slot in a Head Start classroom, you will be asked to provide the following additional documentation:

  • Child’s health insurance card
  • Child’s Tennessee Immunization Certificate (yellow immunization car which includes the next dose date)
  • Child’s current physical exam with a current date no later than September 2007.
  • Child’s current dental exam with a current date no later than September 2007.
  • Extra points will be given to applicants that turn in current physical, dental and up-to-date immunizations at the time of registration. (10 points per document)

The selection process for the 2008-2009 school year will begin in July. The school year will then begin in August.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Head Start administrative offices at (931) 648-5774.

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Image of the week: High water blocks docks


Fairgrounds boat docks ramps under water
Photograph by: Bill Larson

The recent heavy rains have caused high water levels in local creeks and rivers. This is one of the two boat docks at the fairgrounds near the boat ramp. As you can see the higher than normal water has lifted the docks enough to submerge the access ramps.

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Five years at war doesn’t go unnoticed in Nashville Peace and Justice groups


On March 15th, the sacrifices of those affected by the conflict in Iraq during the past five years was honored at the Ampitheater at Bicentennial Mall in Downtown Nashville. The event include strong expressions of support and sympathy for the members of the U.S. armed forces, their families and the people of Iraq.

Faith and Mary for peace

A carload of Clarksville area people dropped in on the Peace protest in Nashville on Saturday, March 15, noon-3p.m. The event reflected on five years of war in Iraq and offered a large slate of speakers and performers organized by Nashville Peace and Justice Center. The rally was well-attended despite the drizzle that we had until around 2 p.m. when the sky let down its forces on us. «Read the rest of this article»


Join the fight against eminent domain abuse in Clarksville


Hands off my home

Several groups opposing the Clarksville Center Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan will hold a rally prior to the City of Clarksville’s public hearing scheduled on the Plan for this Thursday, March 20th, at 6:00pm. Opponents of the redevelopment plan should plan on wearing red clothing.

blight article headerAt 4:30pm on Thursday, the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition (CPRC) will hold a rally to protest the Redevelopment Plan and the recent new Plan Amendment proposed by Mayor Piper. The rally will be held in the parking lot across from Burt School, 110 Bailey Street, the location of the public hearing.

The Redevelopment Plan authorizes the use of eminent domain over more than 1,000 parcels of private property near downtown Clarksville. Under the Plan, government agencies have the power to condemn homes, businesses and churches then transfer the land to a private developer. The city approved the original ordinance and Plan last year, but failed to follow state law in notifying all affected property owners. A proposed amendment to the Plan has been prepared by Mayor Piper. The Amendment does not remove the condemnation provisions, but instead actually strengthens the eminent domain language. «Read the rest of this article»

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Unlit Eternal Flame dishonors all veterans


Once again the eternal flame is unlitSaturday was the fifth anniversary of the launch of the invasion of Iraq. Since the 2003 invasion America has suffered the grievous loss of some of it’s best, brightest, and most patriotic citizens. As I noted just a few days ago, the casualties of this war had reached 3987; 84 of those were from Tennessee, 4 from Clarksville.

As many of you know, I have in the past written articles strongly disagreeing with the Iraq war. I still oppose it and will continue to protest until it is finally ended, and the last American soldier has safely returned home. Now that we have made that clear, I must make something else clear.

 I have nothing but the highest respect for the dedication and the totality of the sacrifices that the soldiers serving our country make. As someone who has served in the military I understand that those who serve in our military are not granted the privilege of being able to cast a moral judgment about the legitimacy of the wars they are ordered to fight, and they share none of the blame so richly deserved by those who intentionally lied us into this conflict.

So on Saturday around dusk I went to Public Square in downtown Clarksville Tennessee in order to conduct what amounted to a one person vigil honoring those lives which have been lost in this unjust and immoral war in Iraq. I said my silent prayers for the souls of those no longer with us, and my continuing prayer for the safe return of those who are still in harms way.

After I was finished, I went for my camera. It is frequently said that a picture speaks a thousand words, so I will let the picture I took speak loud and clear, “Someone has a lot to answer for!” Fuel the flame; honor our soldiers.


Building foundations: A lifetime process


charles-light-in-trees.jpgInstructions, prescriptions and specifications for a self-satisfying and successful life can be found in numerous sources including psychological books, television programs, charitable organizations, an avalanche of self-help books and in the scriptures of faith and religion in our society.

One pedagogical story credited to Jesus recently the devotional in The Upper Room [2.22.07] from Matthew’s Gospel. Paraphrasing it , Harold, the author, said:

“Jesus tells the story of two men who built their homes on different foundations. When the storms and floods came, the house built on rock stood solid. The other one, built on a foundation of sand, was swept down the river with the flood.”

In the Clarksville/Montgomery County community we see new housing springing up like the flowers in May. The housing market, though slow for the seller, is still on the move. Surprisingly, new houses are the same prices as pre-owned. Whatever the age of the home, I currently wish I had a larger house and yard. It would required to have a foundation that passed rigorous standards for safety and durability. These standards are rigorously enforced, since we rarely hear of a defective foundation, except when there is a sinkhole. «Read the rest of this article»

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