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2009 City Council committee assignments announced


clr-clrksvl-city-council-logoMayor John E. Piper has announced the 2009 City Council Committee assignments, including the formation of a new Community Development and and Housing Committee charged with overseeing management and dispersal of  federal grant money.

Community Development/Housing Committee: (new)

Chairman:  Bill Summers. Serving on this committee are  Barbara Johnson,  Candy Johnson,  David Allen,  and Joel Wallace. «Read the rest of this article»

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MLK March 2009 honors advocate for civil, human rights


On the eve of the inauguration of the nation’s first African American president, Barack Obama, Clarksvillian’s today celebrated and honored one of the country’s foremost civil rights leaders, the late Martin Luther King Jr.


The March after leaving Public Square

Today, Martin Luther King’s fight for equality and justice was commemorated with a a parade that culminated with  formal ceremonies at Public Square in downtown Clarksville, and in front of the Criminal Justice Complex. «Read the rest of this article»

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J.R. Tate’s to tell Appalachian stories


walkin-with-ghost-whisperersA man who has written extensively about the Appalachian Trail – and hiked the trail’s entire 2,175 miles four times – will be at Austin Peay State University to speak on his experiences and help kick off the Spring 2009 book series of The Peay Read.

J.R. Tate, a retired Marine Corps officer who completed Appalachian Trail thru-hikes in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2006, will speak at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 and at noon, Friday, Jan. 23. Both sessions, free and open to the public, will be in the Morgan University Center, Room 308.

He will be on hand to announce The Peay Read 2009 book selection, “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” by Bill Bryson. Bryson tells of his encounters while hiking the trail.     «Read the rest of this article»

APSU Wellness Expo offers ways to stay fit


The 2009 Wellness Expo will be held in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center on the campus of Austin Peay from 11:00am to 3:00pm and is free to the general public.


A representative from Star Physical Therapy Group shares some information with an Austin Peay Student

One of the biggest obstacles Americans face today in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not knowing where to begin. If a family is new to our community, they may not be familiar with what businesses are here in Clarksville and what services or products they may offer for an individual or family to maintain healthy living for their entire family. Also, if an individual is looking to begin a diet or workout program, they might not be aware of avenues that  may or may not be available to them as well.

In this rapidly growing  city, many people may not know of the services that can offer recreation or nutrition assistance for their family. However, on February 19, the 2009 Austin Peay University Recreation Wellness Expo will not only showcase these local companies, but will make the Expo absolutely free for anyone in the Clarksville community who is interested in finding out more ways to maintain or, in some cases, change their personal wellness. «Read the rest of this article»

When are WE going to get over it?



For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?

Now I want to ask:  “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?

opinion-081Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.”  «Read the rest of this article»

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Crack Cocaine: Guest speakers at Alternative School share their experience and recovery


Tough talk at 8 a.m.

“You don’t know my mind.  Who are you to tell me what to do?”  That’s what Anna Monroe said to people trying to get her to stop doing drugs.  I heard Anna talk at the Alternative School in Clarksville to a large group of high school students.  “I was just like you,” she says to the audience as she rests the side of her head on her hand, frowns, hair in face.  “I used to hear motivational speakers in my school too.  I was thinking, why don’t they just shut-up so I can leave?”  Anna was one of three guest speakers to talk as part of the Character Education Program.

Regina Moore, Alea White, Anna Monroe

Regina Moore, Alea White, Anna Monroe, guest speakers at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Alternative School

“You want to know cool?  I was cool,” says Anna.  In the days when they didn’t have white-out she took another piece of paper, wet it, and glued it over the ink on report cards to forge it.  Instead of going to school Anna was going to Disco Fever, the place where rap started in the Bronx.  She was the first girlfriend of Grand Master Flash.  She hung with school mates the Furious Five and the Sugar Hill Gang.  She enjoyed making rap rhymes.  She was in a group called the B Girls, B for Break dancing.  She stayed out dancing at night and was too tired to go to school.  When she was old enough, she dropped out of school. «Read the rest of this article»

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