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Mayor Bowers explains James Chavez controversey

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

When Hemlock Semi-Conductor company decided to invest over two billion dollars in Clarksville/Montgomery County to build a new facility, the President and CEO of the Economic Development Council, James Chavez, was a major player.  He led a team of recruiters and staff to land the single most important economic partner this community has ever had.  Mayor Carolyn Bowers, though, feels Chavez needs to get back to work, “not rest on your laurels” and run the Economic Development Council “as it was originally created.”

Tension in recent weeks has been running high as rumor and unfounded claims about behavior have dominated the discussion. Mayor Bowers was interviewed on Wjzm’s “Clarksville in Review” and talked at length about the situation.

You can hear the entire interview here:   Clarksville In Review 12/17/11

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EDC dispute threatens momentum

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

The executive committee of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council met again this week, in a special called session, to discuss the contract of EDC President James Chavez.  Some want him gone.

Why, specifically, we don’t know, but the street talk has been intense.  Rumors of his possible firing have been “hot and heavy” for the last couple of months, but have intensified in the last week.

The meeting this week was a total waste of time, causing a lot of anxiety on both sides of the issue, and was adjourned until board members could get clarification about discussing personnel matters in public.  We may never know “on the record” what the problem is, but this dispute could not come at a worse time. «Read the rest of this article»

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Senator Barnes, Rep. Pitts praise Building Commission for APSU project approval


apsu-logoSenator Tim Barnes and Representative Joe Pitts today praised the Tennessee State Building Commission for granting approval of the early design phase of a project for the Chemical Engineering Technology Facility at Austin Peay State University.

Senator Barnes and Representative Pitts have been working diligently with members of the State Building Commission to gain approval for the project.

“This project is a very good thing for Austin Peay and Montgomery County,” stated Sen. Barnes.  “I appreciate the excellent work of the members of the State Building Commission and I look forward to working with them on other projects.” «Read the rest of this article»

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