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Dow dips below 8,000 as economic concerns skyrocket


Shopping for a bail-out.

As the holiday shopping and travel season approaches, worries over the economy are having a sobering impact on the retail season that is usually the most profitable time of the year for merchants.

To make matters worse, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below the 8,000 mark, closing at 7,997, a five-year low that is in part a reflection of the newest monetary crisis: the big 3 automakers who are shopping for a multi-million dollar bailout that could avert bankruptcy that could further compound economic woes. Standard and Poor’s slid another 6%,a five-year low. «Read the rest of this article»

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Reflections on an election


David Cutting's election campaign was a family affair

In my recent stand for a seat on the Clarksville City Council, I spent $790, or $1.25 for each vote received, and the winning challenger spent $6,740, or $2.68 for each vote received. He and I both wanted to win, worked hard at it (he much longer than I did), and saw a real need to replace the incumbent.

The defeated incumbent, similarly to me, spent less than $1,000 on his campaign, but unlike me, did not work hard at it. The winner received $4,740 in campaign contributions, and a $2,000 loan from himself to fund his campaign. I neither sought nor received contributions, and if the incumbent did, they totaled less than $1,000, or he would have had to file a report. The local newspaper reports none of this public record data, and it is not on the Internet. «Read the rest of this article»

Wildlife Society named “Chapter of the Year”


Austin Peay State University’s student chapter of the Wildlife Society has been named Best  for the southeastern section.

The student chapter of the Wildlife Society was selected during the Southeastern Wildlife Society Conference held Saturday, Oct. 11 at Corpus Christi, Texas. APSU was selected out of a large pool of universities from 13 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Too Many Strings” concert staged at Grace Lutheran Church


Beverly Fisher, caught up in the music

Playing and singing can be enjoyed for less than a song at Grace Lutheran’s “Music at Grace” concert series.

Beverly Fisher and I were once dubbed “local enthusiasts” by the editor of Clarksville Online and it continues to be apt, thanks to the diversity of arts to celebrate in this community. Our enthusiasm was thoroughly ignited again at the latest concert in the free series so generously provided by Grace Lutheran Church and those of us who wish to donate.

“Too Many Strings” performed“ their intertwining of Bluegrass and Celtic music” (as highlighted in the program).  Two of its members – Tom Saffell on an 8-string, 4 ½ – octave-range banjo of his own design and Travis Johnson, who maintains a joyful beat on the bodhran —  played there at March 30 with “Plaidgrass” violin virtuoso Gretchen Priest-May and her guitarist/songwriter husband, Tim May. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Jazz combo schedules concert


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 jazz combo.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Professor of Music David Steinquest will direct the performance.

For more information, contact the APSU music department, (931) 221-7818.

Institute for Justice representative to meet with Justice Department


Christina Walsh, Director of Community Organization, Institute for Justice

Christina Walsh, Director of Community Organization, Institute for Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will host a fact finding meeting on November 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Providence Outreach Center, 207 Oak Street, in Clarksville. This is a precursor to a larger public forum on downtown redevelopment issues.

The redevelopment plan was first brought to the attention of federal officials this summer, when local NAACP President Jimmie Garland submitted some concerns to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

William Dirl, field office director of the Nashville HUD office, expressed concerns in a letter to Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper that the redevelopment plan did not emphasize providing housing rehabilitation to existing residents.

Elected officials, community leaders and civic organizations have been invited to attend. The meeting is also open to interested members of the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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