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Movies and Music in City Parks


The City of Clarksville, TennesseeBack-to-back concerts and are being offered in Clarksville’s parks on Saturday August 18th, followed a week later by an animated movie feature on the 25th.

The latest Concerts in the Park will feature two bands, Shadow, a local rock band, at 6:30 p.m., and the area rhythm and blues group, Eclipse, immediately following at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor Park on Saturday. Both performances are free and open to the public. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the evening’s entertainment. «Read the rest of this article»

Suicides up among troops; Army concedes need for mental health care


Suicide rates among Army personnel have hit a 26-year high, according to a new report just released by the U.S. Army.

soldier20embrace.jpg“It’s not surprising,” said Clarksville Therapist Polly Coe as she heard details of the report stating that suicide rates among Army personnel have hit their highest rate in 26 years, with 25% of those self-inflicted deaths occurring in the Afghanistan and Iraq arenas. Iraq led the numbers with the most reported suicides and suicide attempts, according to a report released by the U.S. Army.

I’ve been hearing about it,” Coe said, while voicing a bit optimism that the Army is acknowledging the program and bolstering its metal health treatment efforts for troops worldwide. “They (Army) have to got to face this. Many of these soldiers are facing overwhelming depression and desperately need treatment.” Mental health issues among troops have reached “disastrous” proportions, Coe said, noting that suicides have been occurring not just among enlisted troops but officers as well. «Read the rest of this article»

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Mountain Meadow Massacre tragedy unfolds on stage and screen


Film & Video

btf-two_headed-tree.jpgIn a lesser known part of American history, in the southwestern Utah landscape of 150 years ago, tragedy unfolded supposedly at the hands of a Mormon militia. The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 occurred when a group of at least 130 Arkansas pioneers — men, women and children — were slaughtered by raiders supposedly with ties to the Mormon Church, a link still debated to this day. The raiders were laboring under the misconception that these new settlers were somehow linked to the persecution of Latter Day Saints in the Midwest years before.

While On The Road In America this summer, I was gifted with the opportunity to see a new Berkshire Theater Festival production, Two-Headed, which has its roots in this historical tragedy. Then I stumbled upon an upcoming film, September Dawn, a Hollywood version that specifically chronicles the massacre with the usual fantasized story lines that will attempt to make the characters real when it hits the silver screen in about a month.

september-dawn.jpgIn the movie version of this tragedy, John Voight stars as a Mormon elder with two sons on opposite sides of the issues of faith and free will: follow doctrine, or follow one’s own spiritual beliefs. To kill or not to kill. And to love, even if one’s love stands on the other side of your theology. Terrence Stamp is featured as Mormon leader Brigham Young in this retelling of murders with religious ties. «Read the rest of this article»

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