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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System names Melody Nix Burt Elementary School Principal

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has named Melody Nix as the new principal of Burt Elementary School beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

She will replace Diana Hara, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Melody Nix named Principal for Burt Elementary School.

Melody Nix named Principal for Burt Elementary School.

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Tennessee House of Representatives Welcomes Japan’s Consul-General

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House of Representatives was pleased to welcome Mr. Masami Kinefuchi to attend Wednesday’s session of the House and to present him with a House Joint Resolution recognizing the great contribution he has made to the economy of Tennessee.

The consul-general’s job is to facilitate economic and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. He has jurisdiction over five states—Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In these five states, there are more than 400 Japanese companies.

In Tennessee there are over 180 Japanese-based business employing more than 46,000 individuals with the largest company being Nissan with an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Other Japanese companies in Tennessee are Denso, Bridgestone, Calsonic, and Yorozu.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

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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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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite measures Southern United States Heavy Rainfall

 

Written by Harold F. Pierce / Rob Gutro
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Extremely heavy rain fell over the southern United States during the past week and data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission core satellite and others in the GPM constellation provided a look at areas with heaviest rainfall. The data showed the largest amounts of rain fell from north central Louisiana to southern Arkansas.

A slow moving area of low pressure pumped moisture from the Gulf of Mexico causing torrential rain that resulted in widespread flooding in states from Texas to Tennessee over the last week.

This image shows the distribution of rainfall from March 7th through 14th, 2016 over the south central U.S. Purple indicates highest rainfall amounts. (NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)

This image shows the distribution of rainfall from March 7th through 14th, 2016 over the south central U.S. Purple indicates highest rainfall amounts. (NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)

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Peyton Manning after 18 years in the NFL, retires

 

Denver Broncos

Denver BroncosDenver, CO – On Monday, March 7th, 2016, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. Manning talked about his retirement during the press conference.

“In my very first NFL game, I completed my first pass to Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. I threw a touchdown in that same game to Marvin Harrison, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this August. The quarterback for our opponent, the Miami Dolphins, was, after my dad, my favorite player – Hall of Famer Dan Marino – who on the first third down of the game completed a 25-yard skinny post and it was the damndest throw I’d ever seen. Later, I completed a pass to tight end Marcus Pollard down the middle and somebody hit me really hard and after I got up I told myself, ‘I know I can play in this league.’

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement press conference at the UCHealth Training Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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Austin Peay State University professor Dr. Tony Morris elected to SECAC Board of Directors

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Dr. Tony Morris, Associate Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University, has been elected to a three-year term on the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Board of Directors.

Morris earned his Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. With an interest in the expression of queer masculinities and artwork that challenges conventional social values, his research focuses on gender and queer identity in 20th century American art.

Dr. Tony Morris

Dr. Tony Morris

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Fort Campbell’s 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion opens Task Force Engineer Academy

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Engineers from 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), opened their doors up to the first ever Task Force Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, January 7th-14th.

The academy is the first of its kind in Strike brigade, and the thought of starting an academy began during the brigade’s last rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center, Louisiana, in the fall of 2015.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires selected “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism Society

 

Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The Southeast Tourism Society has named Clarksville’s Rivers & Spires Festival one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for April 2016.

This year’s Rivers and Spires Festival is scheduled for April 14th-16th, 2016.  The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Rivers and Spires Festival

Rivers and Spires Festival

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Texas Guardsmen stand battle ready after Warfighter at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Elizabeth Peña
Joint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Army National GuardJoint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)Fort Campbell, KY – Texas Guardsmen from the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based out of Round Rock, Texas, exercised their combat readiness skills during a three-week Warfighter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, just in time to get home for Thanksgiving.

The 136th MEB went to Fort Campbell November 5th-22nd in support of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for the real-time scenario spanning three fictional countries in the Middle East. The purpose of Warfighter is to test a unit’s battle skills and ensure it is fit for overseas combat.

“This is our available year, so generally that is when you are going to see a brigade assigned to a warfighter exercise,” said Col. Scott Mac Leod, commander of the 136th MEB. “It’s part of the [Army Force Generation] cycle, which means, theoretically, that if an overseas contingency requirement occurred, it’s possible that the 136th MEB could be assigned to deploy in support of that assignment.”

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards' 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards’ 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

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Fort Campbell area officials, Fort Polk Progress launch national coalition of Army communities in opposition to defense cuts

 

Fort Polk ProgressLeesville, LA – A community organization that opposes budget cuts to Fort Campbell announced that they would unite with Fort Polk Progress during a recent visit to Central Louisiana.

Officials with the Friends of Fort Campbell said they hope that the 30 other Army defense communities recently studied for force structure reductions would join with them and Fort Polk Progress to create a unified opposition against budget-driven reductions to active-duty Army.

(From Left: Jim Durrett, county mayor, Montgomery County, Tenn; Katie Lopez, Christian County's Director of Military and Governmental Affairs; Lisa Adams, executive director Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Truitt, chief of staff for Mayor Durrett; Jeffery L. Solinsky, alderman, Town of Rosepine and incoming president of the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Misty Clanton, community services director, DeRidder; Michael Reese, chairman, Fort Polk Progress; Traci Weaver, of Leesville; Leesville Mayor Rick Allen; Anacoco Mayor Keith Lewing; Rhonda Plummer, Vernon Parish Police Jury Administrator; Jim Tuck, President of the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe; Leroy Cooley, Fort Polk Progress; Chris Goode, Roosevelt Group; Rich Liebe, Christian County Magistrate, Hopkinsville, Ken.; and John C. Mahre, special assistant to Chiristian County Judge Executive.)

(From Left: Jim Durrett, county mayor, Montgomery County, Tenn; Katie Lopez, Christian County’s Director of Military and Governmental Affairs; Lisa Adams, executive director Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Truitt, chief of staff for Mayor Durrett; Jeffery L. Solinsky, alderman, Town of Rosepine and incoming president of the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce; Misty Clanton, community services director, DeRidder; Michael Reese, chairman, Fort Polk Progress; Traci Weaver, of Leesville; Leesville Mayor Rick Allen; Anacoco Mayor Keith Lewing; Rhonda Plummer, Vernon Parish Police Jury Administrator; Jim Tuck, President of the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe; Leroy Cooley, Fort Polk Progress; Chris Goode, Roosevelt Group; Rich Liebe, Christian County Magistrate, Hopkinsville, Ken.; and John C. Mahre, special assistant to Chiristian County Judge Executive.)

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