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W. Va.’s Sen. Byrd to relinquish powerful committee chairmanship

U.S. Robert C. Byrd, WVa-D

U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, W.Va-D

As the tumult of the general elections continues to unfold, there are also small moments of change taking place. Small, that is, in the attention they have garnered in our local political scene. However, one such event must be given proper notice. The most senior member of the senate has announced he will relinquish his position as appropriations committee chairman on January 6, 2009. I speak of the 90-year old senator from West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd,He the most senior member of the senate, having served in that august deliberative body for 50 years.

There has been concern that his frailty has compromised the effective exercise of that position in carrying out the Democratic Party’s agenda in the senate. Byrd has been a stalwart advocate and defender of his party, adherence to The Constitution and its civil liberty protections and a generous benefactor to West Virginia. He will continue to serve in The U.S. Senate and on the Appropriations Committee itself. His past is not without some dark shadows, but his long senate career has been one more of illumination than disdain. The senator’s statement is presented below. «Read the rest of this article»

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MIR gallery hosts Miranda Herrick’s “Works and Days”


If you haven’t seen Miranda Herrick’s “Works and Days” exhibition at the newly opened MIR Gallery, you must schedule it into the remaining November calendar!  Amazing for a number of reasons and on many levels – not the least sheer beauty – the show is a visual tour de force that should not be missed.

The exhibition of 365 pen and ink drawings, a different design completed for each day in 2007, is entirely unique in design and color and a delight by any visual standard.  Each piece stands alone by its attention to detail, precision in execution, and impressive imaginative variety of geometrical play.  Hung together as a body of work, however, the impact is striking to any viewer stepping into this newly opened gallery in downtown Nashville’s Arcade Building.  The 7-by-7 inch drawings completely cover the walls of the upper balcony space in a tightly hung color-wheel representation of the year; the impact on the visual senses upon entering is awe-inspiring.  «Read the rest of this article»

Guitarists take center stage at APSU


The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts are pleased to present a concert by the APSU guitar ensemble.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Professor of Music Dr. Stanley Yates will direct the performance. A native of Liverpool, England, Yates was playing gigs in clubs when he was 15 years old. He has won several awards and competitions and makes regular contributions to the field of classical guitar. «Read the rest of this article»

Govs Football Team featured on Yellow Pages cover


The Austin Peay State University Governors football team will be featured on the cover of the 2008-09 AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory serving Clarksville. An unveiling of the new cover will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17 in the Morgan University Center, Iris Room. The public is invited to attend.

The Austin Peay State University Governors football team will be featured on the cover of the 2008-09 AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory serving Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

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