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Springfield NAACP branch reorganization forges ahead


On the evening of April 10th, the Springfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) held a reorganization rally. The reorganization effort is being led by Rev. Garner.

Jimmie Garland, 3rd vice-president of the Tennessee State Conference of Branches and president of the Clarksville Branch, addressed the gathering of some sixty residents and citizens. He noted that their mayor had issued a press statement declaring “that as long as the branch had the right kind of leaders and membership, the NAACP was welcome in Springfield!” Garland thanked the mayor for his warm endorsement. He stressed that Rev. Garner was just the kind of strong leader needed to helm the resurgent branch. He continued that people often fear the presence of the NAACP because they always see it as a threat to their comfortable ways. However, he said that is not, and need not, always be the case.

The NAACP believes in advocating for everyone’s civil rights. Membership is not restricted to just Blacks. Hispanics and Latinos, Native Americans, Jews, Caucasians, legal immigrant,or illegal immigrant, men , women and children, heterosexual, gay, young or old. The NAACP is a civil rights advocacy organization that cares for everyone’s civil rights.

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Legislators visit Native Cultural Circle; Tennessee tribes seek state recognition


Dr. James Cossingham, Philenese Slaughter-Treasurer, Sen. Kurita, Virgina Moore-Secretary, Doug Kirby-President. Not Shown- Turner McCullough Jr., member/photographer

Members of the Clarksville Native Cultural Circle sat down with members of the Montgomery County State Legislative Delegation to urge their support for state recognition of Tennessee Native American tribes. In separate occasions, state Senator Rosalind Kurita and state Rep. Joe Pitts each visited with Native Cultural Circle members to learn of their concerns with efforts to achieve state recognition of Tennessee-based Native American Indian tribes and groups. (Additional photo following jump) «Read the rest of this article»

2008 Queen City Road Race


LogoThe 30th annual Queen City Road Race was held Sunday. More than 1000 racers took part, with hundreds of spectators watching the event. The annual race featured racing opportunities for runners of all ages. The schedule included a 5K Race for individual runners, a 5K Wheelchair Cycle Race, a 1-Mile Wheelchair Race, a 1-Mile Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run. New events this year included the Wilma Rudolph 5K Relay and the Cumberland Bank & Trust Corporate Challenge.

The 5k individual race winners were Rodney Dycus age 40 for the men, and Meredith Thompson age 30 for the women.

The 1st Annual Wilma Rudolph 5K Relay Race was also held at this year’s event. Businesses, non-profit organizations, school teams, and church groups participated by forming 4-person running teams to race for the very first Wilma Rudolph Gold Cup! The winning team was the Meat Puppets with Zeek Woojubkomie, 19; Justin Williams, 20; Rex Greenwood, 21; and Matt Jones, 21 racing. Matt Jones was also the first runner to cross the finish line. «Read the rest of this article»

Simple measures could make big difference in gas consumption


Gasoline prices have hit a record high, which has prompted a public outcry for the government to “do something.” Federal and state officials can do much to reduce gasoline consumption, and in turn, the price of gas, by implementing existing regulations and enforcing laws already on the books.

The key to success is to work with, rather than against, motorists. With this in mind, there are several opportunities to reduce gasoline consumption, without resorting to rationing schemes or heavy-handed price controls:

  • Synchronize Traffic Signals – In 2003, the City of San Jose, California started to coordinate its traffic light system. By altering the timing on just a third of the city’s stoplights, traffic delays were reduced 33 percent and average travel time was reduced 16 percent. The city also estimated that this project significantly reduced fuel usage – saving approximately 471,000 gallons of gasoline each year. «Read the rest of this article»
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