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Economic Recovery Bill and the African-American community



Over the next 5 years a half a billion dollars in job training money will be coming to Clarksville. Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) will open a new plant in Clarksville that will hire over 1,000 construction workers to build, and provide over 800 permanent high paying jobs when they open. HSC will be one of the richest employers in Clarksville’s history since the arrival of Fort Campbell in the 1940s.

Under the President’s Economic Recovery Bill, states and counties are poised to receive significant federal funding to stimulate the economy and put people back to work.

To learn more about the coming opportunities, join in a Community Discussion titled  “How Will President Obama’s Economic Recovery Bill Affect the African American Community?” to be held on  March 5 at the Montgomery County Public Library, 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville, from 6-8 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Urban Resource Center and its director,   Terry McMoore, in partnership with the Center for Community Change. «Read the rest of this article»

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Senator Barnes, Rep. Pitts praise Building Commission for APSU project approval


apsu-logoSenator Tim Barnes and Representative Joe Pitts today praised the Tennessee State Building Commission for granting approval of the early design phase of a project for the Chemical Engineering Technology Facility at Austin Peay State University.

Senator Barnes and Representative Pitts have been working diligently with members of the State Building Commission to gain approval for the project.

“This project is a very good thing for Austin Peay and Montgomery County,” stated Sen. Barnes.  “I appreciate the excellent work of the members of the State Building Commission and I look forward to working with them on other projects.” «Read the rest of this article»


Police seek public help to ID McDonald’s robber


Robbery Suspect

The Clarksville Police Department is requesting your help to locate an individual responsible for the two robberies of McDonald’s at 1921 Madison Street, Clarksville.  The same individual may have committed both Robberies.

On January 19, at approximately 10:30 p.m, a male subject entered McDonald’s, walked behind the counter, pointed a handgun at the employees, and demanded money.  Once he received the money, he fled from the business. «Read the rest of this article»

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Native Cultural Circle completes annual election of officers

NCC mbrs meet w/Rep. Pitts

NCC members meet with State Rep.Joe Pitts

Clarksville’s Native Culture Circle held its annual election of officers at its February 4th meeting. The results are reported as follows: Running unopposed and retained in office- Douglas Kirby, President; Virginia Moore, Secretary; Philenese Slaughter, Treasurer; and Wendell Clark, Sergeant-at-Arms.

Two candidates were nominated for the new office of vice-president. The result of the balloting was Robbie Wildbear, First Vice-President and Turner McCullough Jr., Second vice-President for Public Relations and Coordination.

Fancy Men's Dancer performs at NCC Powwow

Men's Fancy Dancer performs at NCC Port Royal Powwow

Clarksville Native Culture Circle is a local Native American history and culture awareness and education advocacy group. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which stages the annual Native Cultural Circle Port Royal Powwow at the Port Royal Historic State Park. Proceeds from the powwows fund the purchase of books on Native American history and culture, which are ,in turn, donated to regional school libraries.


Tennessee House Speaker responds to GOP booting


Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams issued a response to the announcement that the state’s Republican Party Chair has expelled from the party. Williams has maintained he is a Republican. He remains Speaker of the House, a position the Republican Party has not controlled for over 140 years until this past November. But now, no longer, by their own hand.

The Tennessee Republican Party LogoSpeaker Williams’ response to the TNGOP’s stripping him of his Republican bonafides:

“Robin Smith has determined that I am not a Robin Smith Republican—that is a Republican in her mold.

“I have hoped for some time that my party would work to build a bigger tent, a more inclusive tent. My hopes may have been in vain. The tent Robin Smith wants is a small tent. A narrow-minded tent. A tent with no room for alternative ideas.

“No matter what type tent she wants for the State Republican Party it is clearly not the tent of the Carter County Republican Party. I remain a Carter County Republican with the same principles that brought me to the General Assembly in the 2006 elections. «Read the rest of this article»


New House Speaker supporters address Tennessee GOP


The uproar within the Tennessee Republican Party over Rep. Kent Williams winning the Tennessee House Speaker position continues unabated. Williams has been maligned by the state GOP leadership for not adhering to the Party agenda. Within his home district, Carter County, Williams enjoys strong support. Some of that support has written to the local media to express its sentiment on the issue.

From the Elizabethton Star:

“Republican Party Is Bigger Than One Person

Robin Smith, TN Repblcn Party Chairman

“Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, has called a press conference Monday to announce her decision regarding House Speaker Kent Williams’s membership in the Republican Party. The decision rests solely with Smith, and perhaps nothing would delight her more than to kick the Carter County lawmaker out of the party.

Williams’ re-election last November helped give the Republicans a majority in the state House. Williams, who claims to be a Republican, who was elected as a Republican, and we do believe has Republican values, was elected Speaker with his vote and that of the 49 Democrats in the House. He defeated the GOP’s hand-picked candidate for Speaker, Jason Mumpower, who, too, voted for himself. He received all the Republican votes in the House except for Williams’.

Should the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party have that much power? Power to decide who has membership in the party, who can be a Republican and who can not? Rep. Williams has said that he will leave the party voluntarily, Ms. Smith only has to ask. «Read the rest of this article»


Clarksville real estate market “bouncing back”


Clarksville Realty Market Report:

Here in our local market, Clarksville seems to be bouncing back, according to our January numbers. As you can see from the graph below, there seems to be a bit of a pattern for the month of January that started in 2005.


This pattern seems to be following the previous years. In 2006 and 2008 our numbers were in the $190’s. In 2005, 2007 and 2009 our numbers are in the $200’s. We do show the numbers for 2009 are lower range of $200’s whereas 2005 and 2007 are in the $280-290 range. Still it is a sign of movement! «Read the rest of this article»


Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell schedules opening celebration


Austin Peay State University will celebrate the opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell education facility next month.


Architectural rendering of new Education Center

APSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the grand opening at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 18 at the new classroom/office building across the street from the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Army Education Center, Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell, Ky. «Read the rest of this article»


Wicked winds, torrential rain batter Clarksville; downed trees, structural damage, power outages reported


A line of severe weather  slammed into Clarksville Wednesday with a mix of brief but torrential rain and winds in excess of 60 mph, causing widely scattered power outages, downed tree limbs and some structural damage.


Street Department crew works to clear debris from College Street

In downtown Clarksville, Street Department crews in wet weather gear worked to clear a fallen tree from College Street even as winds continued to howl and rip roofing shingles off the “Biscuit Company” building. Throughout the downtown area smaller branches were riding the winds, and traffic lights and street signs were battered and bent. In some areas, roofing shingles were fluttering like flags and being ripped from rooftops. Several globes on some of the city’s ornate street lamps off College Street were shattered. A stockade fence was partially blown down.  At the Goble Law Firm,  awnings on both sides of the building were shredded. «Read the rest of this article»

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Finance Committee to hear offer on site for marina wetland mitigation


The Finance and Administration Committee will meet February 12 at 3 p.m. at the City Hall Conference Room at City Hall, 1 Public Square in downtown Clarksville to hear the following agenda:

I.         CALL TO ORDER


III.    Discussion and possible action on counter offer for property on Southside Road for marina wetland mitigation   (Councilwoman McLaughlin)


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