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An update on my case against CG&W for breach of contracts


This is an update to David Cutting’s previous letter “Theft by City Hall

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

Many readers requested updates to my article about theft by city hall, in which I wrote how I am battling to get the City’s Gas and Water Department (CG&W) to honor contracts and return customer deposits.

Yesterday, September 14, 2009, we suffered a minor defeat when Judge Grimes denied my motion for evidence, due to technical legal errors. He admonished me that although I am without counsel, he will cut me no slack for not having an attorney. I understand this, as it would be unfair to attorneys to hold them to higher standards. However, he should not have given Lance Baker, the city attorney, free legal advice by telling him he can “quash” my future subpoenas. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Office of Homeland Security recognized 23 first responders on 9/11


tnohsNashville – The Tennessee Office of Homeland Security (OHS)  on 9/11 honored the commitment and sacrifice of 23 Tennessee first responders from the state’s 11 Homeland Security Districts at a unique recognition ceremony held at the State Capitol in Nashville. The second annual event recognized first responders from all areas within the emergency services discipline.

“Every day, Tennessee’s first responders selflessly come to the aid of their fellow man without hesitation,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “The anniversary of 9/11 provides the State with the perfect opportunity to celebrate the courageous spirit and heroic efforts of all of Tennessee’s first responders. The 23 individuals honored today represent the many diverse ways in which first responders protect and safeguard our citizens, communities and State.”

9/11/09 Tennessee First Responders Appreciation Event

9/11/09 Tennessee First Responders Appreciation Event

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County To Save $10 million With Bond Application Approval


CMCSSClarksville-Montgomery County School System was selected as one of 28 school districts across Tennessee to receive $20 million in interest free bonds to pay for the renovation of Montgomery Central High School.

The full request was granted to CMCSS, thus saving Montgomery County taxpayers $10 million in interest payments. Of the 28 school districts that applied for the Qualified School Construction Bond Program, 11 were were granted stimulus funding to share in the $120 million available to districts outside Nashville and Memphis.


Montgomery Central High School after the renovations

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Soldier shot, transported to Vanderbilt


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – A Fort Campbell Soldier was flown to Vanderbilt this afternoon after a training incident on Fort Campbell.

The Soldier was undergoing weapons training on a range when he was shot this morning. He was treated at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and then transported to Vanderbilt for further care.

Fort Campbell does not release the names of injured Soldiers. The incident is under investigation.

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Bravo and Brava for Paris Between the Wars 1918-1939 at APSU


Austin Peay State University LogoWhen you think about Paris, you can’t help but to think of the arts. In addition to the wonderful paintings from that period, Paris was also the center of what amounts to a perfect storm in music. The rise of Jazz in America had reached Paris with the influx of Americans musicians, after the end of the first World War. That was what was showcased during the Dimension’s New Music Series a free concert hosted by the Austin Peay Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The evenings program delved into the wonderful music that came out of the city of Paris Between the Wars: 1918-1939.


Patricia Halbeck playing the Noble and Sentimental Waltzes by Maurice Ravel

The first set featured Maurice Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes, which were a look back at a France that could no longer exist after that city passed through the maelstrom of the first world war.

Patricia Halbeck takes her seat and The piano starts to play a series of almost harsh and somewhat discordant notes with an upbeat refrain hinting at that innocence that was lost never to be found again.


Stanley Yates playing the Twelve Études for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos

She was followed by Stanley Yates who played a selection from Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, his Twelve Études for Guitar which was written in 1928. In his playing You could hear the intertwining of European and Latin sounds and rhythms.

“To some degree, his guitar works also pay homage to Chopin, whose piano etudes were clearly the model for Villa-Lobos’s Estudos for Guitar. These are true concert Études for the guitar and, like the Chopin works, are meant for the stage; they are not limited to the status of mere pedagogical tools. Villa-Lobos’s Estudos also represent an attempt, consciously or subconsciously, to legitimatize the guitar as a concert instrument and raise it to the level of the piano…”

Choro: a social history by Tamara Elena Livingston-Isenhour and Thomas George Caracas Garcia

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