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CPD checkpoints yield results


The Clarksville Police Department’s Sobriety Checkpoint and saturation patrols (partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office) October 31 and November 1, 2008 between 2200 hours and 0400 hours yielded the following results:

There were 547 vehicles which passed through the Sobriety Checkpoint.  The Sobriety Checkpoint and saturation patrols yielded 104 charges: «Read the rest of this article»

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A Lon-n-ng night filled with confusion and a $32m development proposal!


The November 6 City Council meeting proved to be an endurance marathon for council members and the attending public. Motions were offered, then amended, only to be immediately reconsidered and called back. Unfamiliarity and uncertainty over parliamentary procedure weighed down the proceeding, dragging the meeting into one of longest sessions in council’s history.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper (file photo by Bill Larson)

There are no pictures to illustrate the drama that was the city council’s meeting last night. Those who attended (expecting a fairly normal session) and stayed the long course, including the council members themselves, were exhausted at the end of this marathon session. It felt as if we all had been in the Boston marathon, our energies totally drained. The meeting finally adjourned at close to 11 p.m., with a surprise proposal that upped the price of the marina and related redevelopment plans to $32 million dollars.

In chronological order, this is how the evening played out: «Read the rest of this article»

Roxy: The Crucible “bewitches” audience


Black, white and shades of gray. Stark angular staging, flat wood beams piercing upward like stakes. The costuming, puritan black and white, faded browns and tans. The only curves, the only gentle shaping are those on the bed frame of a child in a trance.

It’s the perfect setting for this staging of The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s literary classic of God and Satan twisted around the infamous Salem Witch trials. John McDonald’s masterful hand works it magic in creating a taunt, suspenseful rendering of the mindset and fear that permeated an American colony in those early days of North American settlement.

As the story opens, we learn through conversations of alleged “occult” and “bewitching” activity in the forest, activity that young girls of the village have taken part in. Activities of witchcraft. The audience learns that these girls, including Abigail and Betty, were engaged in occultist activities — dancing naked, flying, casting spells — in the forest, lead by Tituba (Michelle Dykes), Parris’ slave from Barbados. «Read the rest of this article»

Winter programs come into play at Clarksville community centers


Director Eduardo Martorony, his staff, and volunteers at the Kleeman Community Center Director hosted the Kleeman Haunted Mansion on October 25th. An estimated 155 youths toured the facility that was filled with loads of creepy crawlers, scary characters and an elaborate cemetery. It was a huge success and visitors seemed to enjoy being scared to death enough to re-enter the house for a second or third tour.

In other news, the Eagles of War won the Sunday Night Men’s Softball Tournament at Heritage Park. Lisenbee Lawn Service took second. The Tuesday Night Co-Ed League first place winner went to the Long Shots while the Misfits took second for the season. The tournament championship game will be played by the Long Shots and the Misfits November 4, at Heritage Park. Tuesday night’s Co-Ed League tournament will wrap up the Adult Fall Softball Leagues for this season. Mark your calendars for February 8th, 2009, when the first meeting for the Spring Softball Leagues will be held. «Read the rest of this article»

Designated handicapped parking remains an issue in the downtown district


ArtWalk. It’s a great event designed to bring people downtown not just a single showcase (Downtown Artist’s Cooperative) but to many of the shops and restaurants that have integrated art into their stores, creating a mix of gallery and merchandise. The warmth and atmosphere of a Main Street with old-fashioned hospitality and style. The ArtWalk’s usually include an artist’s reception with a variety of appetizers, punch, and wine tastings: the perfect accompaniment to art. Too bad I missed it.

Oh, I made it downtown. I’d planned to write about this event, take pictures of it.

But all the sloping curb cuts in the world won’t help if you can’t park your car due to the glaring absence of designated handicapped parking spaces. So through the window of the car I looked at the crowd gathered inside DAC, a bit wistfully I might add, and went back home. Sans art. Sans conversation that I would otherwise have enjoyed. Sans story and photos they might have appreciated. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fox Women’s Football Champions schedules 2009 season try-outs


The Clarksville Fox Women’s Football Team will hold a final sign-up for the 2009 Fox football season on November 15 at 3 p.m. at the Northwest High School Cafeteria. Try-outs will take place on December 13 at 1 p.m. at the Northwest High School Football Field and gym. All athletes must 18 years of age by April 1, 2009.

The Fox took the IWFL Tier II Mid-South Championship in 2008. They are the youngest team ever to play in the Independent Women’s Football League. For more information, visit the Fox Football website or call 931-329-2976.

Clean Air – Cool Planet’s recommendations on climate change action for Obama


Clean Air — Cool Planet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming, has offered recommendations on climate change action for President-Elect Obama’s consideration.

Clean Air — Cool Action notes that as president, Barack Obama “will have the opportunity and responsibility of establishing American leadership on climate change with a robust new strategy.” The organization cited the scale and complexity of the climate issue as unprecedented and one that will require a renewed focus on the interconnection between the economy, national security and the environment. This report outlines 25 early-action recommendations through which the new administration can lay the foundations for success in addressing climate change at both the domestic and international levels.” «Read the rest of this article»

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