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downtown-logoThe Walt Disney Company entered into the live entertainment business in 1994 with its production of Beauty and the Beast, which we presented here in 2005. We followed it with Aladdin Jr. and Jungle Book. This season we are presenting Disney’s CINDERELLA Jr., performed by forty young Clarksvillians (ages 10 to 18) from our Saturday School for the Arts.

CINDERELLA Jr. runs May 29 until June 13, playing Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters … but with a little help from her mice friends and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love!

Call now and reserve those seats! All tickets are $10.

This month’s Art Walk is Thursday, June 4, which is a good opportunity to visit the Roxy’s Peg Harvill Gallery and view the paintings of Betty Liles. Enjoy wine tasting via the generosity of Horace Heggie from Pal’s Package Store, and stay for the 6pm performance of CINDERELLA Jr. The show runs approximately an hour, so you will still have time to visit the other galleries and businesses participating in the Art Walk.

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Bassmaster’s SpongeTech Tennessee Triumph coming to Paris Landing tomorrow


bassmastersbassmaster_elite“Out-of-control good” is what 2008 Bassmaster Classic champion Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, calls the fishing at Kentucky Lake, where the Bassmaster Elite Series will head to next for the June 3-6 SpongeTech Tennessee Triumph out of Paris, Tenn.

Kentucky Lake has hosted 10 previous BASS events, including the 2008 Bluegrass Brawl, won by reigning Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., who edged Timmy Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., by more than 1 pound. VanDam recently wrapped up another victory – 15th in his BASS career – at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl in April on Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake.

Fishing fans can catch all of the on-the-water action from the Tennessee Triumph on The Bassmasters, which airs Saturday, June 13, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The daily weigh-ins for all regular-season Elite events and the two postseason events will air live on, ESPN’s broadband sports network, while a wealth of unique content will also be available at

Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI fishes on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, SC on Day Two of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic. (ESPNOUTDOORSMEDIA.COM)

Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI fishes on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, SC on Day Two of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic. (ESPNOUTDOORSMEDIA.COM)

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Chandler & Price printing press addition benefits APSU


Austin Peay State University LogoThe Austin Peay State University Department of Art will benefit from the donation of an additional printing press.

The University now has the Chandler and Price printing press, as well as three cabinets of pristine metal type, typesetting equipment and a selection of printed ephemeral works.

The press was donated by Martha Goldsmith, whose late husband, Arthur Goldsmith, is the namesake of the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection, an entity within the APSU Department of Art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

“Arthur enjoyed playing around with the type,” Martha Goldsmith said. “He liked to collect fine print books and study the type.”

A great mini-documentary on the printing process,
and the mindset behind it.

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H.O.P.E. holds Woman’s Health Conference


hopelogoThe Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education sponsored their second annual Women’s Health Conference at the Riverview Inn on Saturday, to close out the National Women’s Health Week.

The primary goal of the conference is to help minority and low income women with self esteem issues, and to instill in women the knowledge that they are not alone, that other people are out there willing to help them.


Denise Thomas giving a presentation on proper dress

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Goodbye, GM


This applies to Clarksville, TN because the Spring Hill, TN  plant that assembles the Chevrolet Traverse will halt production in November laying off 2,447 employees.


Michael Moore

generalmotorsI write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors (06-01-2009). By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM’s birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

It is with sad irony that the company which invented “planned obsolescence” — the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one — has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh — and that wouldn’t start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations. Its executives arrogantly ignored the “inferior” Japanese and German cars, cars which would become the gold standard for automobile buyers. And it was hell-bent on punishing its unionized workforce, lopping off thousands of workers for no good reason other than to “improve” the short-term bottom line of the corporation. Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes. «Read the rest of this article»

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