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Memorial Day’s Beginnings

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – The head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), On May 5th, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Major General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th.

It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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APSU to host Free Photo Shoot by Professional Photographers for Military-Affiliated Individuals, Families

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On June 15th, a group of professional university photographers will take over the Austin Peay State University Red Barn and convert the building’s old basketball court into a temporary photo studio.

From 2:00pm-5:00pm that afternoon, these photographers—known for creating official and iconic images for institutions across the country like the University of Wisconsin, Baylor University and Wake Forest University —will take free portraits of any local individual with a direct military connection—including active duty soldiers, veterans and their families.

Austin Peay State University's Memorial Health Building - Red Barn. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Memorial Health Building – Red Barn. (APSU)

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Tennessee Titans take Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the 45th overall pick in the NFL Draft

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is 6’3″ and weighs 247 pounds. At the NFL Combine, Henry ran a 4.54 second 40 yard dash, had a 37″ vertical jump, a 130.0″ broad jump and run the 40 yard shuttle in 11.50 seconds.

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 45th overall pick of the NFL Draft. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 45th overall pick of the NFL Draft. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans announce Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan to stop in Clarksville, May 2nd

 

Tennessee Titans release schedule for Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan

16 players highlight the team’s tour through the Mid-South which starts on April 30th

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans have announced the complete itinerary for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan, a regional series of free, public autograph signings. The Caravan will make 20 total stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi from April 30th through May 7th.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan public stops are free events that allow fans to meet players, T-Rac and the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith. Posters are provided at no cost to all Caravan attendees for autographs, and photos are encouraged. Public stops generally last one hour.

Tennessee Titans' Jurrell Casey, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas with Academy Sports + Outdoors representatives at Titans Caravan schedule announcement. (Tennessee Titans)

Tennessee Titans’ Jurrell Casey, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas with Academy Sports + Outdoors representatives at Titans Caravan schedule announcement. (Tennessee Titans)

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Tennessee Titans will host 2nd annual High School Football Recruiting Fair at Nissan Stadium, Tuesday

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association will host their 2nd Annual High School Football Recruiting Fair in the West Club at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday, April 26th from 8:00am – 12:30pm.

More than 90 high schools across Tennessee are currently scheduled to attend, drawing representatives from more than 40 NCAA and NAIA schools across 15 states.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office searches for Missing Teen Ashley Suiter

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the community’s assistance in locating a teen runaway.

Ashley Faith Suiter, 16, was last seen on Tuesday, April 5th at approximately 5:30am at her home on Hand Drive. Shortly thereafter she left her residence and has not been seen since.

Suiter is 5 foot 8 inches tall, 130 pounds, with long light brown hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing black capris pants, a camo and red shirt with a deer on it.

Missing Teen Ashley Suiter

Missing Teen Ashley Suiter

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Tennessee Department of Health says Rabies Vaccinations crucial in preventing Deaths

 

Health, Agriculture & TWRA Leaders Ask Tennesseans to Help Fight Deadly Disease

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – In the first three months of this year, the Tennessee Department of Health State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed rabies in three wild animals and five pet dogs and cats.

The deadly disease is causing concern for officials with the departments of Health and Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, who believe some may have forgotten or are not aware of the impact of rabies.

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Rabies

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APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics places second in MAA Math Jeopardy competition

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – APSU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently recorded another strong showing as its Math Jeopardy team placed second in a 24-school field during the 2016 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Jeopardy championship.

(L to R) Dr. Nick Kirby, Anthony Thai, Paul Watkins, Scott Howard, Thomas Clayborne and Dr. Ben Ntatin.

(L to R) Dr. Nick Kirby, Anthony Thai, Paul Watkins, Scott Howard, Thomas Clayborne and Dr. Ben Ntatin.

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Clarksville author Michael Shoulders debuted his new novel “Crossing the Dead Line” at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

 

Fort Defiance Interpretive CenterClarksville, TN – On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, Clarksville author Michael Shoulders launched his new book “Crossing the Dead Line” at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center.

He was there from 1:00pm until 3:00pm reading from his book, signing copies and answering questions from those in attendance. One couple came all the way from Knoxville Tennessee to attend the event.

Author Michael Shoulders signing books at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center.

Author Michael Shoulders signing books at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center.

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American Heart Association reports U.S. Heart Disease Rates decline overall; some Southern areas see less progress

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – While heart disease death rates have declined overall in the United States, there are dramatic differences in those rates among U.S. counties, including weaker declines found south of the Mason-Dixon Line, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

The findings reveal a notable geographic shift in death rates from heart disease since the early 1970s, emphasizing the importance of geography for heart disease prevention and treatment, according to Michele Casper, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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