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The History of Independence Day

 

Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – The Second Continental Congress announced the colonies’ separation from Great Britain by unanimously adopting the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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Tennessee Ranks in Top Five as Retirement Destination

 

Tennessee Department of TourismNashville, TN – Tennessee has been named No. 4 in a recent analysis of the 10 Best States for Retirement 2016 by Kiplinger.com, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The report rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to retirees.

Affordability, especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs, was a key factor in the research. The economic health of the state, as well as the overall health of the population, was also taken into account. States with prosperous populations of residents age 65 were also important in the comprehensive analysis.

Kiplinger Report Rates 10 Best States for Retirement 2016

Kiplinger Report Rates 10 Best States for Retirement 2016

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AAA says Gas Prices Drop for Nine Straight Days

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have fallen for nine consecutive days, reaching today’s average of $2.33 per gallon.

Gasoline demand remains on track to set a new all-time high for the 2016 summer driving season, however, crude oil remains relatively less expensive than recent years which is contributing to direct savings at the pump.

Drivers are saving a nickel per gallon on the week, but are paying five cents per gallon more on the month.

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AAA reports Average U.S. Gas Prices Climb to 2016 High

 

AAATampa, FL – The national average price of gas reached a new 2016 high over the weekend, and today’s average of $2.38 per gallon is the most expensive average since September 2015.

Gas prices have moved higher by two cents per gallon on the week and 16 cents per gallon on the month.

Although pump prices have increased for 28 of the past 33 days, consumers continue to benefit from yearly savings and prices are down 42 cents per gallon compared to a year ago.

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Memorial Day’s Beginnings

 

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U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – The head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), On May 5th, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Major General 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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Registration for 12th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference going on now

 

Clarksville Writers ConferenceClarksville, TN – The Twelfth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference will be held June 2nd and 3rd, 2016, on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The conference is put on by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker Jim Squires, former Tennessean reporter, former Chicago Tribune editor and author of much-buzzed-about political Roman a clef West End, published under the pen name Crockett White.

Jim Squires

Jim Squires

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APSU Governors Golf finishes regular season at Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational

 

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APSU Men's Golf - Austin Peay State UniversitySpartanburg, SC – With the Ohio Valley Conference tournament just around the corner, Austin Peay State University men’s golf team will play one final regular-season event when it returns to The Country Club of Spartanburg to participate in the 28th Annual Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, Monday and Tuesday.

This is the second straight year the Govs have participated in the Wofford-hosted event. They tied for sixth last year.

Austin Peay Men's Golf plays in Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational before heading to the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Golf plays in Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational before heading to the OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

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12th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference to be held June 2nd – 3rd, 2016

 

Former Chicago Tribune Editor and Tennessean Reporter Jim Squires to Keynote 12th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference

Clarksville Writers ConferenceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Twelfth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 2nd and 3rd, 2016, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker Jim Squires, former Tennessean reporter, former Chicago Tribune editor and author of much-buzzed-about political Roman a clef West End, published under the pen name Crockett White.

Jim Squires

Jim Squires

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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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APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics places second in MAA Math Jeopardy competition

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – APSU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently recorded another strong showing as its Math Jeopardy team placed second in a 24-school field during the 2016 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Jeopardy championship.

(L to R) Dr. Nick Kirby, Anthony Thai, Paul Watkins, Scott Howard, Thomas Clayborne and Dr. Ben Ntatin.

(L to R) Dr. Nick Kirby, Anthony Thai, Paul Watkins, Scott Howard, Thomas Clayborne and Dr. Ben Ntatin.

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