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My Two Cents: Demetria Kalodimos celebrating thirty years in Nashville

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN - When Demetria Kalodimos arrived in Nashville in 1984, little did she know that she had just landed her dream job.

This bright-eyed 23 year old, with a proud Greek heritage, from the suburbs of Chicago, was about to join one of the most storied news organizations in the business, in Nashville, Tennessee,  WSMV, Channel 4.

Now, after thirty years as one of Nashville’s most decorated journalists, she has no intention of slowing down.

Demetria Kalodimos

Demetria Kalodimos

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Clarksville based Hand Family Companies purchase stake in Chicago based Beer Distributorship

 

Budweiser of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Hand Family Companies (“Hand”), a family-owned beer distributor based in Tennessee, today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Anheuser-Busch’s 30-percent interest in CITY Beverage–Illinois LLC (“CITY”) and partner alongside BDT Capital Partners (“BDT”) in its acquisition of 100-percent of River North Sales and Service LLC (“River North”) in two separate transactions, creating the largest distributor in Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area market selling approximately 23.5 million annual case equivalents.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

J.R.Hand

J.R.Hand

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Healthcare Providers encouraged to aggressively treat unhealthy lifestyles

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX - Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.

“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers — physical indicators of a person’s risk for heart disease — to helping people change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, unhealthy body weight, poor diet quality and lack of physical activity,” said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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Highlighting Some of Tennessee’s Music Businesses for ‘Melody Month’

 

From Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Corporate team building exercises have evolved beyond obstacle courses and paintball fights.

At The Sound Kitchen, co-workers can bond during a day of composing and performing original songs in a professional recording studio.

“It’s important to note, our corporate team building exercises don’t require the participants to have any musical experience to participate,” said Ira Blonder, a managing general partner at The Sound Kitchen. «Read the rest of this article»

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Roxy Regional Theatre brings “South Pacific” to Clarksville this Summer, July 12th – August 17th

 

Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – Set sail for “South Pacific” this summer with the Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville’s oldest live theatre and only professional theatre.

Starring powerhouse vocalists John Boehr and Alicia Kelly as Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic will close out the Roxy’s 30th Anniversary Season, beginning Friday, July 12th, at 8:00pm.

Recently off runs as Velma in Chicago with Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and as Marty in the national tour of Grease, Kelly is a veteran of the Roxy stage, having previously appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), RENT (Maureen) and CATS (Grizabella), among others.

Roxy Regional Theatre presents "South Pacific" July 12th - August 17th.

Roxy Regional Theatre presents “South Pacific” July 12th – August 17th.

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Austin Peay State University Football announces Recruiting Success

 

Austin Peay State University Governors SportsClarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University football’s “mini-recruiting class” will feature much-needed skill position help as well as offensive line depth.

APSU National Signing Day - Governors Football

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura: Part 2

 

George NishimuraClarksville, TN – George Nishimura joined the United States Army at a time when America was at war.  This teenager did what thousands of Japanese-American men did at the time, to show their patriotism to the country that had been their home all of their lives.

George was at home when he heard all of the noise and commotion going on in the neighborhood.  He soon learned that guys coming home from Honolulu saw planes, Japanese planes, bombing Pearl Harbor.  When he turned on the radio he heard the announcer shouting, “Pearl Harbor is under attack!  This is not a drill!” «Read the rest of this article»

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Northeast Graduate to join the Gaza Freedom March

 

Joins more than 1,000 delegates from 42 countries, including Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein

Joshua Brollier, a Northeast High school graduate now living in Chicago, will spend his Christmas vacation in the Gaza Strip, participating in the Gaza Freedom March along with Alice Walker and score of other notables.

Departing from Cairo, Egypt, Brollier and more than 1,000 international activists will caravan into Gaza to witness the devastation from last year’s Israeli invasion. On Dec. 31, they will join a projected 50,000 Palestinians in a non-violent march from Northern Gaza to the Erez/Israeli border to call for the border to open. “We are moved by the tremendous response to this march and are heartened that the global community has not forgotten us,” said Haidar Eid, a member of the Organizing Committee inside Gaza.

On the Israeli side of the Erez border Palestinians and Israelis will also be rallying to urge the Israeli government to open the border. “As a believer in the shared dignity and common humanity of all people, I cannot sit idly by while my government sends $3.5 billion a year in military aid to support Israeli policies that lead to the needless suffering, death and displacement of innocent children in Gaza” says Brollier. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville man on TBI most wanted list in custody in Chicago

 

tbiNashville – A Clarksville man who was placed on the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list in August of 2009 was taken into custody today in Chicago, IL.

Dominick Shon Dre Hodges, 21, last known address 942 Vanleer Drive, Clarksville, TN was wanted by the Clarksville Police Department for First Degree Murder. The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force picked him up at an apartment on South Langley in Chicago, IL without incident. He was involved in a murder that occurred on July 22, 2009 at the A&W Motel on Madison Street. Hodges and an accomplice entered a motel room intending to rob the victim. The victim was shot during the robbery and died.

Dominick Shon Dre Hodges

Dominick Shon Dre Hodges

Hodges has a criminal history in Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois including Rape of a Child and drug charges. He’s being held in the Cook County Jail awaiting extradition.

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Chicago Impressions: The city of broad shoulders beckons!

 

Business trip unveils an American big city and a wondrous experience!

The Sears TowerAn unexpected business trip resulted in this writer traveling to the famed ‘City of Broad Shoulders!’ Chicago was our destination and The Sears Tower, our business epicenter. Chicago truly is ‘An American Big City.’ Make no mistake, the city center is absolutely impressive with skyscrapers aplenty, social amenities, commercial ventures and a swift hustle and bustle everywhere. The people of Chicago are as diverse their city’s business environs.

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