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Hudson & Formichella draw focus to “A murder most foul, but cold!”


A ‘Cold Case’ murder in the Alabama backwoods draws authors investigation! Fiction and non-fiction treatment seek to get at the truth of ‘an unfortunate incident.’

Authors Hudson and Formichella are introduced to attendees

Authors Hudson and Formichella are introduced to attendees

The second morning session of the Clarksville Writers’ Conference on July 12th was spent with the authors Suzanne Hudson and Joe Formichella, both from Fairhope, Alabama. The town of Fairhope proved to be a most fertile resource for this year’s conference. Ms Hudson is the author of In a Temple of Trees, a fictional accounting of an actual unsolved death. Mr. Formichella authored Murder Creek: The Unfortunate Incident of Annie Jean Barnes, an investigative non-fiction accounting of facts as they could be ascertained about this same death. These two authors shared their experiences in researching the details of the mysterious and unresolved death of Annie Jean Barnes. «Read the rest of this article»


Karen S. Zacharias leads off at the Clarksville Writers Conference


Fourth annual writers conference opens with exciting author from the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts

Karen S. Zacharias at the Clarksville Writers Conference

July 11th was the first day of presentations at the 2008 Clarksville Writers Conference. With registration completed and name tags attached, attendees moved onto their choices of the various author presentations of the morning. Karen Spears Zacharias, current author-in-residence for the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, in Fairhope, Alabama, proved a most intriguing introduction to the conference. She told of not starting her own writing career until age 40 as a way of allaying the fear that anyone is too old to become a writer. Karen titled her presentation after her book, “Mama, Mayhem and Memories.” A breakdown of the primary elements showed her admiration for her mother as she struggled to sustain her family, the mayhem that struggle incorporated and the memories that grew out of their collective struggles.

Having been reared in a military family setting for the first half of her young life, she chronicles the upheaval that followed her father’s death as the family struggles to adjust to this new reality. Everything from having to vacate on-post housing to the sudden lack of structure and support the family faced when they could no longer utilize the military family support system. «Read the rest of this article»


Prominent Tennessee State Senator to speak at Tim Barnes event


Tennessee State Senator Thelma Harper

Tennessee State Senator Thelma Harper will be the featured guest speaker at a fund raising and organizational event for Tim Barnes, Democratic candidate for State Senate, District 22.

The event is scheduled for this Thursday July 17, 2008 at the First Missionary Baptist Church Immanuel Family Life Center 303 Fairview Lane Clarksville, Tennessee starting at 6:00 pm.

Senator Harper is considered one of the most powerful senators to represent the state of TN. State Senator Thelma Harper, has for many years been a prominent and highly influential figure in the political, social, and civic lives of many.

She has served in the Tennessee State Senate for fourteen years and is the first African American female ever elected to the Tennessee State Senate. «Read the rest of this article»


Singer-Songwriter Marshall Chapman to visit APSU


A singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by myriad artists will be at Austin Peay State University this week to read from her first book.

Marshall Chapman, author of “Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller,” will read from that book at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kimbrough Building, Gentry Auditorium. The reading is part of the Tennessee Young Writers Workshop.

At the event, Chapman will perform one of her songs. A reception and book and CD signing will follow the reading. «Read the rest of this article»


Clarksville Fox moves to Championship Game


The Clarksville Fox, Clarksville’s women’s full contact semi-pro football team, will host a fundraising day of golf at Swan Lake Golf Course on Saturday, July 19.

The team defeated the New England Intensity 32-0 in the IWFL Tier Two Conference Wildcard Game. The Fox had a great offensive game accompanied with a defense that was “Off the Chain” only allowing 12 total yards of offense by the Intensity WOW. The Fox will work hard during the break before traveling to Chicago to play in the IWFL Tier Two Championship Game July 26th at 3:00 PM. «Read the rest of this article»


AAU Girls Basketball Championships coming to Clarksville


The AAU 14U Girls National Basketball Championship will be hosted in Clarksville on July 21-27. This event will bring over 1,000 basketball players to the community for a total economic impact of over $1 million, according to the Economic Development Council.

This year during AAU, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will also host a college referees’ camp that will take place simultaneously. This event will help officials qualify to referee at the NCAA level.

The Council urges sports enthusiasts to make plans to attend a basketball game during this week-long event. Games will be held at APSU Dunn Center, Kenwood Middle School, Kenwood, Northeast, Northwest, Rossview, and Clarksville High Schools starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. July 22-24. Championship and consolation bracket play will take place July 25-27 at selected gym sites.


A new twist on fruit salad: a bouquet of the best of summer’s bounty


On the Road in America is an occasional column born of occasional travel. Every trip is a new experience or a meeting with other friends. This is a look into one small facet of my current journey.

A country wedding. Low key, informal. Good friends and neighbors invited. Held at home with sprawling lawns edged with Green Mountain forest and a wonderful view.

Though my friend Robin has known the bride, Nettie, for a lifetime, I met Nettie as a undergraduate at Goddard College in the 1990s. She’s the kind of woman whose beauty is not just external but radiates from within; her spirit is radiant, warm, loving. The kind of person everyone should have for a friend. We all wanted her wedding to be special.

So, even as we faced the challenge and choices of what to bring to this pot luck country wedding, Robin spotted a TV ad for a bouquet of fresh fruits. Clever. Cute. Little sculpted flowers and such.

“We can do that,” Robin said.

“Of course we can,” I echoed. «Read the rest of this article»


Headin’ South, Goin’ North


The second event of the 4th annual Clarksville’s Writers Conference was a play at the Roxy Regional Theater. Headin’ South Goin’ North written by John McDonald mixes local historical sites and personages into a fictional story to give an engaging account of the Civil War era.

The story is of Charlie Lurton, a Clarksville boy.  The play follows Charlie (Brad Vile) and his companion Peter (Humberto Figueroa) through their escape from a Union prison camp, to their fate when they arrive back home. The story also follows Mrs. Lurton (Jill Whittinghill) as she makes her way to secure authorization for the release of another son, Horace (Joe Sonenshein) who was suffering from tuberculous. «Read the rest of this article»


Bus tour of historic Clarksville launched the 4th annual Writers conference


On Thursday morning the 4th annual Clarksville’s Writers Conference began. The first event was a bus tour of historic locations throughout our city. Included in this years tour was Riverview Cemetery, Trinity Episcopal Church, The United Methodist Church, The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and the historic Tip Top mansion owned by Elwyn and Rubye Patch.

The tour was organized by Dr Minoa Uffelman, a history professor at Austin Peay State University; and guided by Taylor Emery and Dr. Ellen Kanervo, who both did an excellent job keeping the group on plot and on schedule. As the tour progressed they read aloud excerpts from the diary of Nannie Haskins Smith about her life in Clarksville during the Civil War era.

Monday Morning February 16th `63
Again I have commenced a journal. I used to keep one but two years ago when the war broke out, I ceased to write in it just when I ought to have continued. Yes! Our country was then perfectly distracted; To arms! To arms! was echoed from every side; volunteer companies were being gotten up all over the country to fly to her rescue; and of course Clarksville did her part….

Haskins goes on in this to describe the mustering of two Clarksville regiments, the fall of Fort Donelson, Clarksville’s occupation, it’s brief reprieve from Woodward’s raid, and Col. S. D. Bruce’s recapture of the city.

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The legacy of Yves Saint Laurent


When I read of the death of legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent at the age of 71, I felt a generation of masterful design slipping away. He was among the last on a list of greats that include Coco Chanel, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga and Christian Dior.

That hallowed group spearheaded an era of glamour evidenced in romantic and elegant couture, offered unparalleled, unequaled garments that now grace fashion institutes and museums. [At left, First Tuxedo: 1966 Fall/Winter Collection No 76, Nap and satin silk jacket and trousers, madarin Tuxedo shirt. Tie, Cumberbund and satin silk ankle boots, metal cufflinks with fancy pearls. Foundation Pierre Berge — Yves Saint Laurent, Photo Foundation Foundation Pierre Berge — Yves Saint Laurent]

The creations of these master craftsmen of fashion were emulated, a source of inspiration to ensuing generations of fashion designers. They were trendsetters too, shaping fashion to match the shape-shifting of global cultures. Nowhere was that more evident than in Saint Laurent’s transformation of the pantsuit for the world of working women. His adaptation and softening of the suits men wear to fit the emerging world of women in business was groundbreaking, changing the face of fashion in the workplace.

Actress Katherine Hepburn years earlier broke through boundaries with her confident stylish wearing of women’s trousers in the 30s, but it wasn’t until Yves Saint Laurent introduce pantsuits for the professional women in the 70s that the change took hold. «Read the rest of this article»

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