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A look at the History of Memorial Day

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – On May 5th, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. 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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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum announces Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Winners

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum hosted the awards reception for the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Juried Exhibition on May 16th. The show features eighty-seven paintings. This year’s juror Kathleen Conover awarded 32 artists cash or merchandise prices.

The Best in Show was awarded to Z.L. Feng for In the Wood. Feng is an artist-signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Pastel Society of America (as master pastelist).

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

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AAA says Drivers paying Highest Gas Prices of the Year

 

AAAClarksville, TN – Thursday’s national average price for gas was $2.58 per gallon – the highest average so far this year. Average U.S. gas prices are up 55 cents per gallon since reaching a low of $2.03 per gallon in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in gas prices since 2012.

“Gas prices have climbed to the highest levels of the year due largely to rising crude oil costs,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As prices keep climbing, it getting more difficult to believe that gas was below $2.00 per gallon at the majority of stations earlier this year.”

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

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Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls all of it’s products due to possible Health Risk

 

Blue Bell Ice CreamBrenham, TX – Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Blue Bell enhanced sampling program revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17th, 2015, and March 27th, 2015, contained the bacteria.

Blue Bell enhanced sampling program revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17th, 2015, and March 27th, 2015, contained the bacteria.

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to host Southern Watercolor Society’s Its Juried Exhibition

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum is pleased to host the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Juried Exhibition this May. The show features eighty-seven paintings, eleven coming from Tennessee artists.

Exhibits Curator, Terri Jordan, states “I am honored to have the Southern Watercolor Society (SWS) present its 38th Annual Juried Exhibition here at the Customs House Museum. We have featured the talents of some of the best artists living in the South and I am happy to add the SWS to that list.”

Bill Bailey - Fly Creek

Bill Bailey – Fly Creek

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APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics places first in MAA Math Jeopardy Competition

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If the answer is “The best in the southeast,” then the question is “What is Austin Peay State University?”

The APSU Math Jeopardy team recently bested 27 other schools to take home the 2015 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Jeopardy championship at the MAA Southeastern Section meeting, held March 12th-14th on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Montgomery County School System earns National Recognition for Oasis Café program

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) will be among a small handful of districts nationwide to receive an honorable mention at the National School Boards Association Magna Awards ceremony this week.

CMCSS joined four other districts in Georgia, California, South Carolina and Louisiana in being honored for “taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.”

Two students participating in the Oasis Café program met with State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and CMC School Board Chairman Jimmie Garland. (CMCSS)

Two students participating in the Oasis Café program met with State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and CMC School Board Chairman Jimmie Garland. (CMCSS)

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AAA says Orlando Florida Tops List of Spring Travel Destinations in United States

 

Sun destinations are travelers’ top getaways following harsh winter

AAATampa, FL – Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season. Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at number one.

Sunny, beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Men’s Golf opens Spring Season at Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

Robbie Wilson Era to unfold in South Carolina.

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUHilton Head, SC – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team will open the 2015 Spring season, Monday and Tuesday, as it plays in the 10th Annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate on Hilton Head Island.

The 54-hole tournament (36 holes, Monday, and 18 holes, Tuesday) will be played on the 6,828-yard, par-72 Wexford Plantation course.

Austin Peay junior Austin Kramer will help the Govs tee off the spring season Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay junior Austin Kramer will help the Govs tee off the spring season Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

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NASA’s Super Guppy lands, refuels at Fort Campbell Army Airfield

 

Written by Megan Locke Simpson
Fort Campbell Courier staff

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Super Guppy landed at Fort Campbell Army Airfield, December 11th, to refuel on a cross-country mission.

The mission of the crew aboard the NASA aircraft was to transport a 30-foot, 10,000-pound composite, multi-bay box from Long Beach, California, to Langley Research Center in Virginia. Along for the ride was the “Mighty Planes” television crew, filming an entire episode on the aircraft set to air in 2016.

NASA’s Super Guppy looks much like its name and is an oversized cargo aircraft. A successor to the Pregnant Guppy, only a handful of such planes have been built since its introduction in the 1960s.

NASA Super Guppy crew member James Isley, performs routine maintenance checks while the plane refueled at Fort Campbell, Dec. 11th. A crew from the television show “Mighty Planes” flew aboard the Super Guppy on its mission from Long Beach, CA, to Langley Research Center in Virginia, to film an hourlong episode on the unique cargo plane. (Megan Locke Simpson | Fort Campbell Courier)

NASA Super Guppy crew member James Isley, performs routine maintenance checks while the plane refueled at Fort Campbell, Dec. 11th. A crew from the television show “Mighty Planes” flew aboard the Super Guppy on its mission from Long Beach, CA, to Langley Research Center in Virginia, to film an hourlong episode on the unique cargo plane. (Megan Locke Simpson | Fort Campbell Courier)

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