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Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey


turkey_baked I’ve been brining turkey for Thanksgiving each year for the past five years.  It makes a delicious, tender, juicy bird. And its not difficult to do! Here are instructions and some brine recipes for you to use this year.

To brine a turkey you will need a large pot that will hold the whole bird in the brine and a space in the frig large enough to store it for a day. You can improvise if your frig isn’t big enough. I have used buckets of ice and placed another bucket full of turkey and brine in it. For the last two years though, I have used a large, new trash bag to put the bird and brine in. I sit the bag with brine and turkey into a large cooler and surround the bag with ice. When the ice melts, I take the cooler to the back steps and let it drain, then fill it up with ice again.  You want to make sure the bird stays at or below 40*F.

I always start my turkey out defrosting on Saturday. By Wednesday it is usually thawed and ready for a 24 hour stint in the brine. «Read the rest of this article»

Lane Kiffin’s Mouth of the South


universityoftennesseeLane Kiffin, University of Tennessee Head CoachLane Kiffin is famous for his mouth. Not only does he have a tendency to run it, the edges are always turned down into a perma-smirk, if not downright scowl. No matter how close the expected loss or how great the win, the world will be treated to the frown that says, “We’ve got work to do.”

That changed one Saturday in November. It appeared the Vols would sneak by hapless Vandy with a 24-16 win. Not only had the defense played poorly, the refs had called two huge penalties so blatantly not supported by video evidence even the commentators expressed puzzlement; Kiffin’s feelings regard poor officiating are all ready on record. The game would go down in the victory column, but no one in Neyland Stadium was feeling victorious, least of all dour Coach Kiffin. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community Centers Hours during Thanksgiving holiday


parksandrecThe City of Clarksville’s three community centers will be open Wednesday, November 25 from noon-7p.m.  and closed November 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The community centers will be open again during regular operating hours beginning November 28.

For a complete list of Clarksville community centers and their normal hours of operation, visit


3rd annual Downtown for the Holidays


downtownfortheholidaysCelebrate the holiday season at the 3rd annual Downtown for the Holidays celebration in Downtown Clarksville. The family friendly Downtown for the Holidays event is set to take place Saturday, December 5.

The day begins at 9a.m. with the 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jog sponsored by the City of Clarksville and R3. Family activities hosted by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Government will begin at city hall and in front of the court house at 4p.m. followed by the much anticipated 50th annual Clarksville Christmas Parade presented by the City of Clarksville and the Clarksville Jaycees.

New to Downtown for the Holidays this year is the Christmas Cookie Bake-off sponsored by the City of Clarksville and Ingredients. Participants are required to bring two dozen of their favorite cookies and five extra for the judges to try. The two dozen cookies will go to the local the Salvation Army’s James D. Amos Shelter. Entries must be submitted at Ingredients between 4-5p.m. that evening. «Read the rest of this article»

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