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Math and art in education


math-and-artI cannot remember a time when people were not decrying the state of mathematics education in America. Or a time when there weren’t occasional stories in the newspaper or on television about how American kids are falling behind their peers in Japan, Europe, and recently China in math education.

I cannot remember a time when school districts across the nation were not cutting back on their arts curricula, because shrinking school budgets and increasing focus on standardized testing were forcing them to focus only on “core subjects.”

Lately I have been thinking that these phenomena are related by more than just money and America’s bizarre lack of focus on school funding. With the stimulus bill now signed into law and the mathematics education in America promising to bring our schools into the twenty-first century, this has been on my mind lately. «Read the rest of this article»

Two adults, two teens charged in “false report” case


Christy Danielle Cluckey

On February 19, Christy Danielle Cluckey (W/F), 21,  of 130 W. Concord Drive, Apt N, Clarksville, and Katrina Lashae Miles  (B/F), 19 of  1804 Palomino Dr., Clarksville,  were charged with False Report with a bond of $1000. A 17-year-old was charged with Theft  and another 17-year-old juvenile was charged with accessory after the fact . All charges  stemmed from one incident.


Katrina Lashae Miles

A 17-year-old was charged with Theft  and another 17-year-old Juvenile was charged with Accessory after the Fact . All charges  stemmed from one incident.

According to Clarksville Police, on February 18,  officers responded to a call in reference to an Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary on Concord Drive.  Upon arrival,  officers made contact with Miles and Cluckey. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Murder in the First” for Clarksville man changed in triple homicide


Gerrard Exeter Robinson

A Clarksville man who is also a registered sex offender, has confessed to the killing of a Clarksville woman and her two young children, and is being held at Montgomery County Jail without bond  on a charge of First Degree Murder.

Gerrard Exeter Robinson (B/M), 31, whose address according to  the Montgomery County Sex Offender Registry is listed as 205 Hermitage Road in Clarksville, will face 1st degree murder charges for the strangulation death of  his former girlfriend, Natalie A. Vullo, 30, of 901 Cal Court in Clarksville  late wednesday (2/18/09). Charges relating to the murders of her two children, Diamin Lynette Shanklin, 8, a third grade student at Minglewood Elementary School, and  Paul Zacharius Vullo-Nelloms, 3, are being readied for presentation to the Grand Jury. Cause of death for the two children was withheld. «Read the rest of this article»

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Visions Metaphysical hosts Flower of Life workshop


Shari Billger, International Teacher/Healer

A Flower of Life Workshop will be offered at Visions Metaphysical Boutique, 101 Franklin Street, in downtown Clarksville on March 27, 28, and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  A free introductory lecture will be offered Thursday, March 26  (contact Hector A. Jusino at 931-552-3850 for details).  The cost of  advance booking of the Energy Exchange is $288, ($333 after March 11). A $100  deposit required to reserve space.

The Flower of Life, MER*KA*BA and Sacred Geometry is found in ancient sacred sites all over the world. The Flower of Life is considered to be the basic unit necessary for the creation of all material substance; one can experience profound changes at every level of life. The workshop is presented by Shari Billger, certified facilitator for Flower of Life workshops as taught by Drunvalo Melchizedek. «Read the rest of this article»

Paul Guest to read at APSU


Paul Guest

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU invites you to the Paul Guest Poetry Reading on Tuesday, February 24th, at 4:00 pm, in the Morgan University Center, room 303.  A reception will follow the reading.

Paul Guest is the author of three collections of poems, most recently, My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge (Ecco, Nov 2008). He is also the author of The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, winner of the 2002 New Issues Prize, and Notes for My Body Double, winner of the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize.

Guest was awarded the Whiting Writers’ Award in 2007 for his first book of poems. In 2010, Ecco (an imprint of HarperCollins) will publish his memoir, One More Theory About Happiness. He is a visiting professor of English at the University of West Georgia.

TDOT crews repairs roads, bridges from winter weather damage


tdot-logo-lgTennessee Department of Transportation crews are taking advantage of the break from snow and ice removal to patch and repair potholes across the state.  TDOT is reminding motorists to keep an eye out for these mobile maintenance crews.  Winter weather extremes lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges.  Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, then freezes and thaws causing the cracks to expand.  The constant pounding of traffic loosens the pavement which causes it to crumble creating the pothole. «Read the rest of this article»

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No leads in triple homicide; family history of domestic violence


crime-scene-tapeClarksville Police, with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, are continuing to investigate the murders of a woman and two children whose bodies were found during a “welfare check” late Thursday night.

Responding to a call from an individual concerned with the family’s wellbeing, police, having no response to their knocking, entered the home at 901 Cal Court, where they found the bodies of Natalie Ann Vullo, 30, and her two children, Diamin Lynette Shanklin, 8, a third grade student at Minglewood Elementary School, and  Paul Zacharius Vullo-Nelloms, 3. According to reports, there are no suspects at this time. Investigators are checking a back window of the home and some fingerprints were taken from the scene. «Read the rest of this article»

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Altar Boyz now performing at the Roxy Regional Theatre


Altar Boyz

Roxy Theatre's "Altar Boyz"

Suddenly I felt a presence

Ending my deep dark fears

There was this heavenly sound

Of something ringing in my ears

Jesus called me on my cell phone

He beeped me!

He faxed me!

He emailed my soul!

~The Calling

The (Altar Boyz) show is presented as a concert, the last concert of their national “Raise the Praise” tour, by the five member group the Altar Boyz and their band. Altar Boyz runs through February 28 at the Roxy Regional Theatre. «Read the rest of this article»

Dunbar Cave premieres documentary of cave history


David Boen (right) welcomes an SRO crowd to view the new Dunbar Cave documentary

In a reception held Thursday evening at the Dunbar Cave Visitor’s Center, the Friends of Dunbar Cave premiered a new 15-minute documentary on the history of the cave. The film will run on days when the center is open.

Clean Cut Productions used four of 25 people filmed in this short introductory film. Cathy Lee and Jason Bagget were on hand  to meet those attending this event.  Following is the film by Clean Cut Productions of APSU. 

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down. «Read the rest of this article»

CPD investigates deaths of woman, two children


The Clarksville Police Department

BREAKING NEWS: On February 19, 2009, at 11:02 p.m,  Officers went to 901 Cal Court to do a welfare check.  The officers knocked at the door multiple times without response.

When there was no response, officers made entry into the residence.  They found one female adult and two children deceased.  The victims names are:  1) Natalie Ann Vullo, 30, ; Diamin Lynette Shanklin, age 8; and Paul Zacharius Vullo-Nellons, age 3.

The Homicide investigation is ongoing.   The lead investigator is Detective Tim Finley, 931-648-0656, ext 4008 or contact the TIPSLINE, 931-645-8477.

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