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The Clarksville Parks and Rec Report


parksandrecThe Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department’s weekly recreation report provides Clarksvillians with a glimpse at the activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family. This weeks highlights include:

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • R&B Step Class
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Kleeman Community Center closed for Maintance
  • Adult Softball Leagues
  • Youth Baseball
  • Youth Softball

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Clarksville Snow ~ 2010


Here are a few pictures of the snow at our house.  Hope you are staying warm and comfy in your home this weekend! It used to snow like this frequently in Clarksville, years ago.  I think this is the last time we had several inches of snow since about 2005.  Does anyone remember the winter of 1978? APSU shut down for a week and Clarksville schools were closed the whole month of February. It snowed every day the whole month.

I was attending APSU at the time, living in Harvill Hall.  We would go to the cafeteria and steal trays after we ate, then take the trays to the hill at the Dunn Center to sled all night. I’m not suggesting that by the way.  I had a hard time getting to work at St. Bethlehem Drugs, but between friends with trucks and lots of effort, I made it.  Good times.  Pictures below! «Read the rest of this article»

Know your options, when comprehensive health insurance isn’t available


Limited-benefit plans, high-deductible plans, health-savings plans

NASHVILLE – If you watch late-night television, you may have seen the ads – health insurance at a low, affordable price. If you or your family is living without insurance, you may wonder if these offers are right for you.

Often these ads are for limited-benefit plans – bare-bones policies that cover specific expenses and have many more limitations than a comprehensive medical plan. These plans might not be your only option, though. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself before purchasing a policy.

The following information from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) will help you evaluate whether limited-benefit health insurance plans or a High-Deductible Health plan can provide the health insurance protection you and your family need. «Read the rest of this article»

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House begins first full week of regular session


General Assembly to Hear Governor Bredesen’s State of the State Address Monday

NASHVILLE – On Thursday State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and members of the House ended their first full week of the 106th General Assembly’s second session following the end of this year’s special session on education.

“We proved, during the special session, that we have the ability to work together as an elected body to improve Tennessee education system,” Pitts said. “It is time to put people ahead of politics to tackle some of the tough issues we face this year.”

This year the Legislature is set to face another tough fiscal challenge in balancing the budget. With another year of projected revenue shortfalls, the Legislature will have to once again look for fiscally conservative alternatives to close the gap. «Read the rest of this article»

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Celebrating Black History Month at the Customs House Museum


The Customs House Museum celebrates Black History Month with exhibits of both art and history. Featured artists are Ross Jordan and Ludie Amos. Heritage Hall, located in the 1898 building of the museum will feature exhibits on Dr. Burt and the African American Regiments of Tennessee.

Ross Jordan exhibits a variety of oil paintings created throughout his life.

Jordan was always interested in creating but did not start to focus on his art until he had been in the army and raised a family. The subjects are personal to Ross. Whether a landscape of the Nashville skyline or a father gently fixing his daughter’s hair, each painting reveals a part of Jordan’s life. The exhibit is displayed in the Orgain Gallery through February 28th. «Read the rest of this article»

Snowfall – Jan 30th 2010


Images from the Jan 30th snowfall

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THP continues to use enforcement campaigns to improve safety


Traffic Fatalities Declined Again in 2009

NASHVILLE — Preliminary figures indicate the number of traffic fatalities on Tennessee roadways declined sharply again in 2009. The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) are dedicated to continuing that trend in 2010.  This year, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will once again participate in several enforcement initiatives aimed at saving lives in Tennessee.

Preliminary figures show that traffic fatalities declined from 1,043 in 2008 to 962 in 2009.

“We are confident our safety campaigns, which focus on rigorous enforcement and education, are clearly making an impact in saving lives, but we can’t afford to become complacent,” said Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “Governor Phil Bredesen has made it clear that safe communities are one of his top priorities, and that includes safer highways.  Every life counts and the only acceptable number of deaths on our roads is zero.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Safety Precautions Can Sometimes Create Other Problems


From the first time some nut case tampered with food by inserting poison in a package in the grocery store, manufacturers have become increasingly aware of packaging their products so that no tampering can occur.

That’s great for keeping us all safe and I applaud their efforts—but I have a problem. Over the years, my hands have become increasingly weaker and I don’t have the strength to break your codes!

I worked as the office manager for the music department at the University of Virginia for several years. The woman who had that job before me was quite tall and I’m quite short. The desk and computer equipment that fit her was a disaster for me. Because I was reaching up to type at a height for a taller person, I began to have difficulty with my hands and arms. Something resembling carpal tunnel syndrome resulted. I had to wear braces on my arms, go to physical therapy and take pain medication. Amazingly, after I was given a new desk and ergonomically sound computer equipment, I found that my hands and arms were getting better.

Unfortunately, the process had begun and has resulted in my having problems years later. My hands sometimes lose their grip and I drop things. I also have difficulty opening jars. «Read the rest of this article»

School closings for Friday January 29th 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County. A determination about extracurricular events and activities will be made at 11 a.m. on Friday.

On Friday, Jan. 29 – Fort Campbell will operate on a 2-hour delay. Inclement weather and mission-essential personnel should report at normal time, all others are authorized a two-hour delay from normal reporting time. Fort Campbell schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 29. Updates will be provided as necessary.

Austin Peay State University LogoAPSU’s Main campus is open, Ft. Campbell will open at 9:30am. University officials are closely monitoring weather conditions and predictions for the Montgomery County area and Austin Peay Campuses. Currently, plans are for the University’s main campus to remain open and operating on a normal schedule on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. They will post updates on the University home page as conditions change. If University officials decide a delay or closing is necessary, such decisions will be posted to the web and distributed through text and email alerts immediately. Information will also be recorded on the main phone line, (931) 221-7011, and disseminated through local media. However, there are often delays in getting this information to area media. Please check the APSU website for the most current information.

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Elementary school students can design a logo for the county science fair


The Montgomery County School System is currently holding a “Design a Logo for our Science Fair Art Contest” at the local elementary schools. All local elementary school students can compete, and everyone should. The overall prize for which is $100.00 from Rosalind Kurtia. She has been sponsoring this event for many years. The winning design will become the logo for this year’s science fair and will be used on the T-shirts donated by CDE that are given to the participants of the County science fair. The deadline for entries is Monday! «Read the rest of this article»

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