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Local healthcare reform group to rally at Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s office


organizing-for-healthcareClarksville Community organizers will meet with Marsha Blackburn on August 28th 2009. The meeting will coincide with a healthcare reform rally from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m outside her “Clarksville District Office” (1850 Memorial Drive).

Clarksville Community Organizers is local grassroots group, and is part of the “Organizing for America” movement.

The group sent a letter to Congresswoman Blackburn expressing the importance of her representing the diverse local viewpoints on healthcare reform. Spokesperson Terry McMoore told Clarksville Online, “Clarksville Community Organizers looks forward to meeting with Congresswoman Blackburn, and educating her on this very important public health issue” He also wanted to encourage the public to attend the rally and show Congresswoman Blackburn that the community supports  the enactment of a healthcare reform plan.

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When You Rescue an Animal from a Shelter,

A boxer

A boxer

One afternoon my husband Bill and I went to the Animal Shelter. One little puppy captured our hearts and we took her home with us.

Fawn, named because she is the color of a deer, has big brown eyes, huge paws, and the sculptured body of a boxer. The animal control officer, believed she would eventually weigh about 55 pounds. She now weighs 96 pounds (our fault, we are assured by her vet), and she is, unfortunately, somewhat obsessive-compulsive.

Fawn believes that order should reign in this world. When any object in our house is moved to a new location, Fawn is disturbed. When she was a puppy, she would stand and bark at the object until she finally decided that we weren’t going to move it again. She now just avoids that area for several weeks at a time.

Fawn does not believe that life’s activities are flexible. She has a routine and you are supposed to adhere to it. The minute I return from school in the afternoon, Fawn is to receive treats—numerous ones if she can convince me that starvation is imminent. She does not expect this service from Bill. «Read the rest of this article»

Jim Durrett to retire from City Government


clarksville-logo-rgbAfter 32 years with the City of Clarksville, Chief of Staff Jim Durrett has decided to retire from city government.

“Jim’s dedication and hard work over his 32 years with the city will be seen for many years to come.” Mayor Johnny Piper said. “Jim has worked as a team player to serve the public and give a better quality of life for the citizens of Clarksville.”

Jim Durrett

Jim Durrett

Durrett began his career in public service in 1977 with Clarksville’s Street Department. He has since worked in several other city departments and has served in a number of management positions. Shortly after beginning his first term in 1998, a tornado devastated parts of Clarksville. Mayor Piper called on Durrett and the Street Department to be the main point of contact for tornado recovery. The effort was very successful because of strong leadership. That’s when the two formed a bond that went on to accomplish the many goals of the mayor and the city council. «Read the rest of this article»

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Night time training prepares 101st Airborne Division unit for real world situations


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFor the soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard), training is a never ending proposition. How well they learn these lessons here at home, can become a matter of life or death during their time in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The exercise they were presented with this evening comes straight from the Poppy fields of Afghanistan.

We were to meet up with the units participating in the exercise out in the field. When we arrived, the soldiers who had arrived before us had already spread out and conducted their security sweeps. Listening and observation posts were established covering the various approaches to the pickup zone. The units to be transported were in a waiting state known as PZ posture. As you might guess PZ stands for Pickup Zone.

Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard)

Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3-187 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Battlehard)

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