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Out again! Eternal flame extinguished on apathetic election day


The darkened flame mirrors both voter ambivalence and the loss of a sense of honor.

The flame is out -- again!

Light’s out. Again.

Just when we thought the Eternal Flame was finally going to remain lit, its blaze was doused again — on election day.

Apart from being completely irritated and totally digusted with a city that can’t seem to get its collective act together long enough to keep one itty-bitty little thing ablaze (such as a monument that honors all American soldiers), there is another irony, one that I, as an American citizen, find disgusting.

The city seems to have no problem lighting the flame for commercial events. The flame blazed when the new downtown fountain was lit. It blazed during the last three Riverfests and Rivers and Spires festivals. It blazed when nothing was going on downtown but city government as usual. Because we (Clarksville Online) check every single day, we know when the flame is lit. And when it isn’t.

It was off on the fourth of July, even as the Vietnam Vets staged a striking ceremony honoring their fallen. It was re-lit after the 4th of July passed, and blazed right up until the eve of primary election day. It has been lit while the Legion Street-turned-Strawberry Alley construction is underway. Now the city managed to keep the new streetlights ablaze throughout the daytime hours this entire week. Water continues to flow through the lovely new fountain on Public Square. Only the flame, the best and brightest of our symbols, seems eratic. «Read the rest of this article»

R3 plans 5K Run and Fitness Walk


R3 Running, Racing, Relaxing will host their anniversary 5K fitness walk and fun run on August 16 at 7:30 a.m., before the heat of the day sets in. The run kicks off from 2535 Madison Street Suite H, behind R3’s Madison Street shop in Clarksville. A physical therapist from Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance will be on hand to assist runners and a health nutritionist will answer questions and make suggestions for a healthy balanced diet .

Guest speaker for this event will represent Soles 4 Souls, a charitable organization dedicated to donating shoes to the poor via shoe drive, shoe, drop, giving shoes to children, disaster relief, and providing assistance in obtaining good footwear. Participants are encouraged to bring in old pairs of shoes (one pair or as many as you want to donate), with the individual donating the greatest number of shoes winning a free pair of new shoes from R3. «Read the rest of this article»

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