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IRS warns of fraud with Homebuyer Credit


irsWashington — The Internal Revenue Service today announced its first successful prosecution related to fraud involving the first-time homebuyer credit and warned taxpayers to beware of this type of scheme.

On Thursday July 23, 2009, a Jacksonville, Fla.-tax preparer, James Otto Price III, pled guilty to falsely claiming the first-time homebuyer credit on a client’s federal tax return. Price faces the possibility of up to three years in jail, a fine of as much as $250,000, or both.

To date, the IRS has executed seven search warrants and currently has 24 open criminal investigations in pursuit of potential instances of fraud involving the credit. The agency has a number of sophisticated computer screening tools to quickly identify returns that may contain fraudulent claims for the first-time homebuyer credit. «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Airborne Division changes command on Friday


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFORT CAMPBELL – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will receive a new commander Friday during a ceremony at 9 a.m. on the division parade field when Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell.

Schloesser has been commander of the Screaming Eagles since 2006. During his tenure, the division deployed units to both Iraq and Afghanistan simultaneously. The division headquarters, under Schloesser’s command, also served as the headquarters for U.S. and NATO operations in Regional Command-East Afghanistan from April 2008 to June 2009. «Read the rest of this article»

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AFS needs local host families for foreign exchange high school students


afsThe AFS volunteers in our area are looking for great families of all kinds who are interested in hosting a high school exchange student in the short term (6-8 weeks) or for the academic year. AFS is a worldwide nonprofit organization that has been leading international high school exchange for more than 60 years with the mission of helping to build a more just and peaceful world. Most families who host with AFS have no idea how much this experience will change their lives!

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The Leaf Chronicle takes City Councilwoman’s statement out of context

Candy Johnson, City Council Ward 5

Candy Johnson, City Council Ward 5

There seems to be a statement made in the Leaf Chronicle about me saying $81,000 is not a significant amount of money. I personally feel it was taken out of the context in which I intended it to be. Here is the reality of the statement I made.

The Ward 2 city councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin said that the purpose of her beer ordinance was so that we can create a new revenue stream and to ease the burden for those who want to buy beer before the Titans game or going fishing. I feel there may have been selfish motives behind this ordinance, and so did not buy into the “creating additional stream of revenue response.” So I made the statement that $81,000 was not a significant amount of money to be proposing this ordinance in regards to a city budget of  $71 million. To me personally it is a large amount of money; however I did not base this on my personal finances, I was looking at the city’s finances. «Read the rest of this article»

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Statement from Senate Democrats on the resignation of Paul Stanley of Memphis


Democratic Party Senators Jim Kyle of Memphis and Lowe Finney of Jackson, leader and chairman respectively of the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of Senator Paul Stanley of Memphis:

“We have learned that Paul Stanley has tendered his resignation as the Senator from the 31st  District. We hope this puts an end to this terrible situation. We hate that it has happened to this family with young children, who continue to be in our prayers.

“The Tennessee State Senate is an honorable institution, and the people of this state must know that it is their struggles that are most important to us as public servants.

“We are sorry that the good work of the legislature has been overshadowed by this tragedy.”

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CPD identifies body recovered at West Fork Bridge


clarksvillepolicelogoThe Clarksville Police Department has identified the body that was found in the water near the West Fork Bridge on the evening of June 25th. The deceased individual was Francisco Rojo Trejo, a hispanic male. He was born on 1/29/64.  The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time.

Anyone with any information on this matter should contact Detective Tim Finley, 931-648-0656, ext 4008 or the TIPSLINE at 931-645-8477.

On June 25, 2009 at approximately 7:32 p.m., a fisherman found a deceased person in the water near the West Fork Bridge off of the 101st Parkway.  The person is believed to be male.  Clarksville Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating the death as a homicide; this is normal procedure in the case of an unattended death.

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F&M Bank on Madison robbed


clarksvillepolicelogoOn July 29, 2009 about 2:32 p.m., officers responded to The F&M Bank at 1891 Madison Street in reference to a bank robbery. The suspect entered the bank and demanded money; there was no weapon openly displayed. He took the money (we do not reveal the amount of money) and fled out the front of the building toward the back of the bank. As he was fleeing on foot, he dropped the money bag. There was money recovered, but we will not know if all of it was recovered until a later time. Officers were in the area in approximately 3 minutes, but the suspect was able to evade responding officers. The suspect’s description is: White male, approximately 5ft 3 inches, Khaki work pants, Light brown work boots, and dark long sleeve shirt.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Daniel Lane, 931-648-0656, ext 3011, Detective Kevin Rushing, 931-648-0656, ext 3010, or anonymously to the TIPSLINE, 931-645-8477.

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HUD pledges faster loan modifications for struggling homeowners


Administration, Servicers Commit to Faster Relief for Struggling Homeowners through Loan Modifications

hudlogoWashington, D.C. – Senior Obama Administration officials met today with top executives from servicers participating in the Making Home Affordable loan modification program to discuss ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the program. The meeting – led by Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael S. Barr, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability Herb Allison, FHA Commissioner David Stevens and HUD Senior Advisor to the Secretary William Apgar – addressed challenges to modifications, strategies for improvement, and collective goals that the servicers and Administration are committed to reaching.

“With over 200,000 trial loan modifications already under way, we are on track to meet our goals,” said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. “Still, too many homeowners are at risk of foreclosure right now. Today’s meeting was an opportunity to identify ways to accelerate the program and bring relief faster.”

Servicers in attendance committed to significantly increasing the rate at which they are performing loan modifications. The Administration has established a goal of reaching half a million trial modifications begun by November 1, 2009.

“I am confident that the best practices shared today, combined with more transparent reporting methods, better communication among all parties, and a strong commitment from servicers, will ensure that we can ramp up the MHA program’s pace to meet these ambitious goals,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Breastfeeding an urgent need in emergencies


World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2009

breastfeedingweek2009NASHVILLE – Emergency preparedness for families involves stocking supplies and making plans for coping with a crisis situation. Those plans should also include breastfeeding for infants. The Tennessee Department of Health is working to raise awareness of breastfeeding as a crucial practice during emergencies as part of the observance of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2009.

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2009 is “Breastfeeding – A Vital Emergency Response. Are You Ready?” This theme highlights the need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in emergencies for the survival, health and development of infants and young children.

“Children are among the most vulnerable groups during emergencies, and small children are the most vulnerable of all due to increased risk of death due to diarrhea and pneumonia,” said Glenda King, breastfeeding coordinator for the Tennessee Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.” «Read the rest of this article»

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CGW schedules two water outages


CGWThe Clarksville Gas & Water Department has released information for  water outages which have been scheduled over the next two days. One will be on Creekside Drive on July 30th, and the other will be at Cinderella Lane and Storybook Drive on July 31st.

Creekside Drive
Thursday, July 30, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m.

Water will be disrupted on Creekside Drive located off Tobacco Road on Thursday, July 30th, from 10:00 a. m. to approximately 12:00 p.m. Gas and Water construction workers will replace a fire hydrant on Creekside Drive.

Cinderella Lane and Storybook Drive
Friday, July 31, 2009, 12:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.

Water will be disrupted on Cinderella Lane and Storybook Drive on Friday, July 31st, from 12:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. Gas and Water construction crews will replace fire hydrants on both Cinderella Lane and Storybook Drive.

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