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About: Beth Robinson

    Beth RobinsonTennessee native. Computer Systems Analyst - 30+ year career in computer industry. B.S. Computer Science, 1983 TTU. M.A. Instructional Technology, 1999 APSU.

    She is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave,  Tennessee Tree Steward,  The Climate Project, Audubon,  Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, League of Conservation Voters, an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clarksville (UUFC), UU Service Committee, and UUFC Social Action chairperson / Green Sanctuary chairperson / Youth group advisor.


Beth Robinson's Articles:

    The Fine Print & Deceptive Ads


    I am annoyed with Belk in particular but also other stores for using deceptive advertising especially during the holidays. In LARGE print Belk’s ad says ‘Great’ $20 off a $100 purchase applies to ‘regular and sale priced merchandise’. However, the fine print excludes about half the stuff in their store.

    I went there and without my magnifying glass – wasn’t able to read their huge list of exclusions. One of the exclusions is a rather generic term ‘Gifts’.  The exclusion that knocked them off my list was ‘Small Electrics’ – which excludes basically the whole kitchen appliance area. «Read the rest of this article»


    The Yellow Pages scam


    I was sorry to learn that the little ‘walking fingers’ logo is not copyrighted and neither is the term  ‘yellow pages’.  I received what looks like an invoice for the Real Yellow Pages from AT&T.  Instead it was from a bogus company that tries to impersonate them, but is actually another business.  If you read the fine print it does say it is instead a solicitation but using the color yellow, those little walking fingers, and the name yellow pages tricks many people. «Read the rest of this article»


    Do you want Foreign Nuclear Waste in TN?

    Marsha Blackburn

    Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

    Marsha Blackburn voted to allow foreign countries to dump their nuclear waste in TN! I don’t think any Tennesseans would agree with that vote. Specifically a company was trying to import 20,000 tons of low level radioactive waste from Italian nuclear facilities for processing. The bill in question banned the importation of nuclear waste.

    Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill 34-12 on a mostly party-line vote, with Democrats voting yes and Republicans voting no. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, the only other Tennessee member of the committee, voted against the bill.

    Her explanation “Blackburn is confident that the  foreign waste would have a minimal impact and that processing the material would create jobs in Tennessee”. Blackburn is my representative and I am very unhappy that someone supposedly representing me voted for importing toxic waste into my state. «Read the rest of this article»

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    St. Bethlehem neighborhood gets together for Great Chili Cook Off


    greatchilicookoffOn Saturday neighbors around Bluff Drive near Dunbar Cave Road were hosted again by Ivan & Denise Adames and his extended family, to a Great Chili Cook Off. This is my 3rd year to attend this yearly Fall neighborhood party. After dinner, brave karaoke singers volunteer to entertain.

    I think it is a great service to my local community that the Adames family hosts this yearly tradition.  I made some vegetarian chili to enter in the friendly competition. It isn’t about the chili, it is about saying more than just hello, and giving a brief wave to people living on our street. «Read the rest of this article»


    My visit to Clarksville’s Farmers Market


    farmertrainLocal farmers sell their fresh garden produce on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at the historic L&N Train Station located at Commerce and 10th Street.

    You’ll see nice people, pay fair prices, and enjoy eating fresh healthy food.  I bought a watermelon, cantaloupe and tomatoes from Mr. & Mrs. Heflin. From other vendors, I also bought a dozen ears of corn, cucumbers and a fresh baked chocolate pie. «Read the rest of this article»


    Shareholders seek to prevent Fidelity Investments from indirectly contributing to genocide


    fidelity-investmentsI tend to ignore voting on issues where I receive proxy materials in the mail for my 401k retirement accounts. However, Fidelity Investments has a proposal pending to prohibit fund managers from investing in companies contributing to genocide, or crimes against humanity. Obviously, I am not in favor of contributing to genocide in Sudan, or any place else.

    This is valiant attempt by some shareholders to influence a huge corporation’s policies. This is not a theoretical proposal, you see Fidelity was one of the largest holders of PetroChina, which through its parent company, the China National Petroleum Company, is providing funding that the Sudanese government uses to conduct its genocide in Darfur.

    darfurgenocide «Read the rest of this article»

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    Sign up for Clarksville community supported agriculture


    produce-basketWould you like to sign up for the Garden of Hope CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program?  CSA boxes will cost $20/week for 12 weeks. You will receive a box full of fresh, seasonal vegetables throughout the growing season.  The CSA boxes will be available for pick-up on the farm [860 Hornbuckle Road] each Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm from July 3rd through September 18th.  Boxes can be paid for on-site weekly or full payment can be made in advance.

    Your support will benefit Clarksville’s F.U.E.L and Loaves and Fishes programs as well as provide fresh, home-grown veggies for your family.

    The Garden of Hope is a local community outreach program sponsored in part by the City of Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development, UT/TSU Cooperative Extension program in Montgomery County, other organizations and businesses. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Clarksville Association of Realtors hosts second annnual F.U.E.L. fundraiser


    clarksvillerealtorsPlease join the Clarksville Association of Realtors for their second annual F.U.E.L Fundraiser in the Hilldale Baptist Church Gym (2001 Madison Street) on Saturday, May, 2, 2009 from 10:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m. There will be food, vendors, crafts, and outside inflatables for the children (if the weather permits).

    F.U.E.L. is a food subsidization program designed to feed children whose only food source may be the food they are receiving at school.  They are currently sponsoring 17  elementary schools, one middle school and one high school and we are looking for more churches to sponsor children.  If your church is interested please contact Denise M. Skidmore, President F.U.E.L. Ministry at 931-624-3181

    For more information about this fundraiser contact the Clarksville Association of Realtors at 931-552-3567.  

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    Garden of Hope project seeks Volunteers


    produce-basketThe Garden of HOPE needs your help and support. The project will help raise funds and awareness regarding the hungry citizens in our community. Garden of Hope volunteers will plant, care for and harvest produce that will be sold to raise funds for local food programs including F.U.E.L, Loaves and Fishes and other groups feeding the hungry.See attached flier about the project. An organizational meeting is being held on May 5, 2009 at 9:30 am in the conference room of the City’s Housing and Community Development Office.

    The Garden of Hope is a local community outreach program sponsored in part by the City of Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development, UT/TSU Cooperative Extension program in Montgomery County, other organizations and businesses. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Clarksville Downtown Market offers access to local wares


    marketThe City of Clarksville, Office of Housing and Community Development, University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension, the Downtown Development Partnership and the Tennessee Small Business Center have come together in a collaborative effort to create a Downtown Market for the citizens of Clarksville and surrounding counties.

    Beginning June 6, the Downtown Market will be open on Saturdays at One Public Square from 8:00am to 1:00pm each Saturday during market season. «Read the rest of this article»

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