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Madison Street accident shears pole, halts traffic


At approximately 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, a small truck ran into a telephone pole at the Kroger parking lot on Madison Street, breaking the base of the pole and almost knocking it onto the busy street. Rescue and repair crews arrived within minutes of the crash. Photo by Debbie Boen.

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HUD finds flaws in Redevelopment Plan


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to a complaint filed by the Clarksville NAACP found numerous flaws in the Clarksville Center Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan voted into law by the City Council with full support of Mayor Johnny Piper.

HUD authorities could not find any proposed objectives that would provide protection for low to moderate income residents and their property mentioned in the voted on ordinance.

The Clarksville NAACP first bought these issues to the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice and HUD after feeling that the civil rights and the federally protected rights of the Majority Minority Voting Ward was in jeopardy of being dismantled under this voted on redevelopment plan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Barack Obama on track for Democratic nod


Now that Barack Obama has won the democratic nomination what does this mean for the country? For Clarksville-Montgomery County? Well, our city is only the home of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne division.

Have we forgotten that we are still at war in two foreign countries Iraq and Afghanistan? And that over 4,000 troops have died so far and over 21,000 injured in a war that has been proven to be over nothing more than oil, greed and power? While the rich get richer through billion dollar government contract deals in both of these countries the rest of us have to suffer through an economic crisis under yet another president Bush.

And in case you haven’t noticed but our local economy is suffering double jeopardy due to the deployment of over 3,000 troops from Fort Campbell to these countries, not to mention how it is affecting military family members — and the list goes on. «Read the rest of this article»


‘Pedal power’ ignored in city development


Walking through the downtown area Saturday, on my way to the Roxy Theater to review Tuesdays with Morrie, I took a first hand view of Legion Street in progress, its roads and sidewalk tumbled bits of dirt and broken asphalt. Such things always look worse before they look better.

I couldn’t help trying to imagine a refurbished Legion Street, with a fountain, perhaps some trees and shrubs, a cascade of flowers somewhere. Not bad. Then I wondered, who’s going to use it? Festivals a few times a year?

A block away, Franklin Street holds some if the most interesting shops and building facades in Clarksville. Their back doors and loading zones open to Legion Street. Somehow, it is hard to picture a Budweiser truck unloading beer or a panel truck dropping of carton of clothes or a load of antiques on a street ahead of its time, though I hope its time will come — soon.

I think a lot about downtowns. And downtown development. And community development as a whole. Studied it. Lobbied for user-friendly communities. Found user-friendly communities all over the country, communities that mixed heritage with progress to the benefit of its citizenry. «Read the rest of this article»

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Americans United at work


Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is dedicated to preserving the rights of individuals under the U.S. Constitution. They are committed to focusing especially on the matter of individual religious expression.

AU is sometimes criticized for representing and supporting individuals whose constitutional rights are being violated. Their mission is to protect Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhist Americans and others from civil and religious leaders who restrict the rights of others based on religious belief or disbelief.

Recently the AU defied tradition in two South Carolina school districts where school were allowing religious proselytizing in their schools.

How the AU responded at the request of parents demonstrates their commitment and understanding that the Constitution applies to everyone. This story illustrates their mission in protecting the rights of children regarding proselytizing.

A baptist minister began with merit to help schoolchildren by supplying shoes to the most needy. Such a project up to this point is in keeping with the teachings of Jesus and other faith founders. That’s a positive action deserving of praise. Such a distribution is a holy and sacred act. It is sacrificial compassion.

So you may ask, where is the rub? What is there to object to since good is being done? «Read the rest of this article»

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DAC to host membership exhibit


Do you like your art in bunches like grapes? If you do, then the Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC), located at 96 Franklin St. in downtown Clarksville is the place to be this Thursday, June 5th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

The Seventh Annual DAC Membership Exhibit opens at that time with “bunches” of art from many of the area’s most accomplished artists. This will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy food and drink at the DAC opening reception, mingle with fellow art lovers and talk with many of the artists who will be present.

At left, The Peacock, a48x30 inch oil on canvas by Betty Liles (copyright protected) is one of the featured works in this exhibit.

The Downtown Artists Co-op is proud to claim many of the area’s best know artists as members. Several of these members have earned recognition on the state, regional and national level. Some are members of the Tennessee Art League and/or The Tennessee Watercolor Society. At least two DAC members are spouses of soldiers.

Twenty of these DAC artists will be exhibiting more than 40 of their current works of all types of painting, mixed media, photography and collage.

Artists participating in the 7th Annual DAC Membership Exhibit include new members Reisa Peters, Melanie Dennis, and Judy Lewis, and existing members Billy Renkl; Susan Bryant; Monica Quattrochio; Barbara Beach Seip; Gail Meyer; Becky Keene; Cyndi McGrail; Becky Hall; Betty Liles; Mark Griggs; Nada Fuqua; Beverly Parker; Connie Livingston-Dunn; Claudia Balthrop; Cliff Whittaker; Maijaliisa Burkert; and Doug Halloran.

This exhibit will open on June 5th and run through July 12th. Normal gallery hours are noon – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors are welcome and there is no admission fee. For more information you may call the gallery at (931)552-4747 or call Cliff Whittaker at (931)980-2041.

Wind Behind Our Sails – acrylic on canvas by Gail Meyer
(copyright protected).


Chicago Public Radio’s Ira Glass on ‘This American Life’


“Stories make us sane. I feel less crazy when I understand something about people. I’m not about news analysis but connection to people.”

— Ira Glass

We had tickets to see radio personality, Ira Glass, in Nashville on May 31st. I expected to see a man with red to blonde hair, freckles, pimples and a general non-threatening appearance; otherwise, how would all those people talk to him, tell him their inner-most thoughts and stories?

When my son Randall (seen here with Ira Glass) said, “And there’s Ira Glass crossing the road,” I was shocked. Dark hair, skinny and tall; not the mouse I had pictured. I am used to seeing people who have empathy as chubby. In my experience, if you get mixed up with caring about others, your body has to put on weight to give you some distance from people, some of your own “space” from giving others too much. «Read the rest of this article»

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Whirlwind of activity for city youth


The Eighth Annual TWRA and City of Clarksville Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held at the Fairgrounds Park pond on Saturday, June 7. This event is free and open to the public, and does not require a fishing license. Pre-registration forms are available at most sporting goods stores in the area. Registration starts at 7:15 a.m. The pond gets crowded quick so come early to claim your spot. The first round of fishing starts at 8:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 a.m. for ages 9 and under. Ages 10 to 16 get to fish from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Youth Program begins June 9 with the opening of gymnasiums and the program ends on July 17. The Summer Youth Program is a fun day-camp offered to children ages 6-16 for six weeks each summer. Gyms are staffed with Directors and Assistants five days a week starting June 9 through July 17 to offer leadership and assistance in play activities and free lessons in dance and karate. «Read the rest of this article»

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Our children need us


Reading the daily papers, including USA Today, is one of my daily rituals. The locals inform me of currents events and abbreviated versions of national and international news. My goal of perusing these papers prepares me to intelligently join in discussions among retirees while exercising at the Athletic Club.

I was recently shocked by a headline that read Federal Funding Changes Hit DCS. As I read each paragraph of this story, I got more and upset that our needy children will be tortured emotionally by budget cuts that precipitate the loss of 160 employees of the Department of Children and Youth Services. A budget cut by the federal government, namely the Bush administration, of $73 million dollars in unconscionable.

Governor Bredesen described this financial tragedy as “visible and painful kinds of cuts” and said budget cuts will have to be made in other areas “to keep the case management system intact.”

Our values are distorted: the pressing needs of our children must be given priority. «Read the rest of this article»


‘Serious discord’ on ‘flawed’ development plan could jeopardize future HUD funds


Jimmie M. Garland, President, NAACP #5582, responds to correspondence from HUD regarding the Downtown Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan. Mr. Garland directed numerous questions about the plan to both HUD and the Justice Department in May.

In response to correspondence received from the Nashville, Tennessee Office of Housing and Urban Development dated May 20, 2008, the Clarksville Tennessee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) would like to thank the Nashville HUD office for its prompt response.

Although several of our concerns were addressed in their response, we feel there is still serious discord between the intent of the Ordinance as approved by the City Council and the understanding the residents have concerning the impact the redevelopment plan will have on their communities.

It is factual that Section 13 of the Tennessee Code Annotated clearly states that certain and deliberate steps must be taken to establish a redevelopment district. In developing the local development plan, the Clarksville City Council has apparently ignored the code, cherry picking areas that meet their objectives. It is troubling to know that the redevelopment plan, as written, does not meet all the objectives of the City of Clarksville five-year consolidated plan. «Read the rest of this article»

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