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Riding the Natchez Trace Parkway

 

Natchez Trace ParkwayTupelo, MS – The Natchez Trace, also known as “Old Natchez Trace,” is a 440 historic forest trail that links the Cumberland River, Tennessee River and Mississippi River.  The trail was used by Native Americans and later, by European and American Explorers.

Today, the Natchez Trace Parkway and bridge, commemorates the path used by early explorers.

It’s a recreational favorite among bikers, bicyclists, hikers, campers, boaters and just about anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, surrounded by incredible history.

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

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APSU History Students conduct staff ride to historic Fort Donelson Civil War battlefield

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If you can picture a nation as a living body with cities serving as vital organs and transportation paths such as roads, railways and rivers filling the roles of the arteries that provide life-sustaining blood to those major settlements, then it becomes easy to understand the significance of the Battle of Fort Donelson during the American Civil War.

Waged between February 11th-16th, 1862, the Union’s capture of the Confederate fort near the Tennessee-Kentucky border accomplished a number of important tasks for its army.

Austin Peay Students on a tour at Fort Donelson.

Austin Peay Students on a tour at Fort Donelson.

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Austin Peay State University Biology Grad Students continue to excel in their Research

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Since about 1950, the small-scale darter—a tiny fish that lives in tributaries of the Cumberland River—has existed in relative obscurity. Few scientists have heard of the darter or checked to see if the fish is in danger of disappearing.

But for the last year and a half, Joshua Stonecipher, a graduate student with the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, has waded into local streams, trying to get an accurate estimate of the darter’s population size.

APSU Field Biology graduate student Joshua Stonecipher has received three grants to study the darter fish that lives in tributaries of the Cumberland River.

APSU Field Biology graduate student Joshua Stonecipher has received three grants to study the darter fish that lives in tributaries of the Cumberland River.

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American Queen Steamboat docks in Clarksville

 

American Queen Steamboat CompanyClarksville, TN – Sunday afternoon, October 23rd, the American Queen of the American Queen Steamboat Company docked at Clarksville’s McGregor Park along the banks of the Cumberland River.

The American Queen’s stop in Clarksville is part of their 9 day “American Music” themed cruise that started in Nashville on October 23rd and ends in Memphis on October 31st.

The American Queen riverboat docked at Clarksville's McGregor Park.

The American Queen riverboat docked at Clarksville’s McGregor Park.

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Land Between the Lakes with Water Trail Project to get assistance from National Park Service

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program selected 11 new communities and partnerships to receive technical and planning assistance to promote the development of new economic opportunities and natural resource conservation.

The National Park Service selected Land Between the Lakes Region Water Trail as one of these 11 projects for Fiscal Year 2017.

Kayakers enjoying a paddle along the shoreline of Land Between the Lakes. (Forest Service staff)

Kayakers enjoying a paddle along the shoreline of Land Between the Lakes. (Forest Service staff)

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Austin Peay State University students join area historians in exploring Fort Defiance

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Located on a bluff some 200 feet above the meeting point of the Red River and the Cumberland River, Fort Defiance served a significant role in Clarksville’s participation in the Civil War.

Viewed by Confederates as an ideal site to defend the river approach to Clarksville, the fort eventually was captured by Union forces, who occupied the site for the remainder of the war.

Austin Peay Students learning about Fort Defiance from local historians.

Austin Peay Students learning about Fort Defiance from local historians.

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan names Jennifer Byard Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Jennifer Byard, who has distinguished herself as a leader in positions with several city departments, has been named director of the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan announced Friday.

Byard had been Assistant Director since January 2015 and served as interim director of the department after Director Mark Tummons resigned in July to take a position in Texas.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Byard

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Byard

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Clarksville’s Riverfest served up great entertainment and fun for everyone

 

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – On Saturday, September 10th, 2016 the 28th annual Riverfest Celebration wrapped up with all day entertainment, music, games, food and more. Riverfest gives the community a great opportunity to come down to the Cumberland River at McGregor Park and enjoy all the wonderful music with family and friends. Best of all, it’s free.

Saturday got started with the annual Riverfest Regatta at 10:00am at the McGregor Park Boat Ramp. The race consists of boats made out of cardboard or plastic bottles that race down the Cumberland River. This year, nine teams competed in three heats for awards.

Country music singer Brandy Clark at the 2016 Riverfest Festival.

Country music singer Brandy Clark at the 2016 Riverfest Festival.

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Clarksville’s Riverfest Regatta Winners and Awards

 

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – The Riverfest Regatta, presented by U.S. Bank, is not your typical boat race. The boats racing down the Cumberland River Saturday morning, September 10th were made of cardboard or plastic bottles along with a few other approved materials.

Nine teams competed not only for bragging rights, but trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third place teams in each division.

Clarksville's Riverfest Regatta

Clarksville’s Riverfest Regatta

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28th annual Riverfest to be held this weekend, September 8th-10th, 2016

 

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – Join the City of Clarksville and Miller Lite along the banks of the Cumberland River at McGregor Park as we celebrate Clarksville’s river heritage at the 28th annual Riverfest Celebration, September 8th-10th, 2016.

This FREE, three-day music and arts festival features three stages of local and nationally-known and diverse entertainers, cultural groups, delicious food, and fun for the entire family.

Come out to Clarksville's Riverfest this weekend.

Come out to Clarksville’s Riverfest this weekend.

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