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Nashville News vs Local News on Real Estate


istock_000000813107xsmall1Recently on the local news I heard that the real estate market is taking a turn for the worse once again.  As a REALTOR®, I feel you should know that what you hear on the TV news is geared toward their market.  The news on channel 2, 4, and 5 is geared toward Nashville.  It is not about Clarksville, unless otherwise noted.

As anyone who watches the local real estate market would know, Clarksville is unique.  We have frequent turn overs due to military and other support personnel moving in and out.  As a result our market is never stagnant. Yes there have been some tough times, but the we are getting through them. Our city was recently ranked the 2nd in the nation as a Safe Haven in real estate.  So, if you find that you need to sell your home,  you find yourself upside down on a loan due to not owning it long enough, or the neighborhood has deteriorated and so appraisals are now coming in lower than the value of your home, ask a realtor to help. There tools available to them which may be of assistance to you in your individual situation.

So, how is the local market faring?  Let’s take a look.  We will be comparing in Nashville (Davidson County)  vs. Clarksville (Montgomery County)  for the months of January, February and March of 2008 and 2009. «Read the rest of this article»


Governor Phil Bredesen Breaks Ground on State’s First Recovery Act Project in Gibson County


Gibson County bridges replaced with 100% Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds

tdot-logo-lgNASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined Congressman John Tanner, TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, State Senator Lowe Finney, State Representative Curtis Halford and officials from Gibson County on April 16th to break ground on Tennessee’s first transportation project funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.  The Gibson County project will replace three aging timber bridges along McMurry Road in Trenton.

“The McMurry Road bridges have served the citizens of Gibson County well for more than 37 years, but are clearly in need of replacement,” said Bredesen.  “This project will save the county government close to $200,000 in matching funds, will employ more than 150 Tennessee workers and, most importantly, will give the residents of Gibson County peace of mind as they travel this roadway.”

TDOT Recovery Act Groundbreaking

Gibson County officials join Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely (3rd from right), Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Congressman John Tanner, State senator Lowe Finney, and State Representative Curtis Halford to break ground on Tennessee's first Recovery Act funded project.

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Second Annual Women’s Health Conference coming in May


Clarksville Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E.) to host local annual women’s health conference for second year running.

clrksvl header-1The second Annual Women’s Health Conference has been slated for May 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at the Riverview Inn (50 College Street). «Read the rest of this article»

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The “Secret Ballot” Myth and the Employee Free Choice Act


employee_free_choice_actWith an economy in chaos, massive layoffs, and the skyrocketing cost of health insurance, one has to wonder… How can we save the American Way of Life? One that ensures peace, prosperity, and economic security in the post-Bush era? The answer to that question is the same now as it was when America was struggling to come out of the Great Depression: empower workers by giving them the right to form unions. There is a unique opportunity now to do just that as debate begins over one of the most important pieces of labor legislation to come through Washington in decades, the Employee Free Choice Act. This law, which some refer to as “EFCA”, would ensure that workers have a free choice to form a union and bargain with their employers for higher wages, benefits, and better working conditions. It would crack down on employers who routinely intimidate, bribe, and often fire pro-union workers as they try to form a union by addressing weaknesses in current U.S. labor law.

What you need to know right now, while the debate unfolds in Congress on the Employee Free Choice Act, is how right-wing conservatives, funded by corporate America, are lying to you about it. The big problem with EFCA, the Right tells us, is that it “takes away secret ballot elections” when a group of workers is deciding whether or not to form a union. Despite their hatred for secret ballot elections in their own boardrooms and shareholder meetings, America’s CEO’s now suddenly have a new appreciation for the democratic process when it comes to this law and are demanding that the “secret ballot” be preserved in union organizing drives. «Read the rest of this article»


Rainbows over Clarksville


The recent rains have left many Clarksvillians wishing for a little sunshine. The weather appears to be cooperating. Today is going to be clear with a high of 69°. There is a small chance of rain on Thursday, however it is only a 30% chance. The rest of the weekend is expected to be sunny and warm, with temperatures ranging from lows in 50’s at night, to daytime highs of up to 80°.

Rainbows were visible over the city on April 20th.

Rainbows were visible over the city on April 20th. (Debbie Boen)

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APSU art student to display ceramics at senior exhibition


Austin Peay State University LogoRecently named Outstanding Senior from the Austin Peay State University Department of Art, Caroline Tuzeneu will showcase selected ceramics artwork for her senior exhibition, titled “Where Form Meets Function.”

Caroline Tuzeneu

“Balance is a huge part of making pottery,” she said. “I am constantly working toward achieving visual and physical balance in my pieces.”

Tuzeneu’s exhibit, featuring ceramic vessels, opened  April 20 in Trahern Gallery, Room 108. The exhibit will remain on display from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 21-Friday, April 24. Also, her work can be viewed from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday April 23.

In addition to preparing her work for the senior exhibit, Tuzeneu recently had four pieces of ceramics work juried into the 41st Annual Student Show at APSU. «Read the rest of this article»


Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center to expand Clarksville Clinic Services


Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.

With the receipt of targeted stimulus funding, Matthew Walker’s Clarksville Clinic will increase staff, care offerings and hours. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding allows for expansion of medical care services available at the local clinic which serves four counties. Community outreach programs may grow as well.

(Nashville, TN)  Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC) was recently awarded $711,163 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) of 2009 by the U.S. Department of Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA).  This AARA funding is a mechanism of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Pink Blanket


Baby Elle-Girl with her new blanket
I still remember the first night I used the pink blanket. Elle-Girl was just a bit of a thing, barely two months old and was all wrinkly and fresh smelling from a nightly sponge bath. I laid her out on her changing table and rubbed her down with smooth lavender lotion. Next, I dressed her in new cotton pajamas and was ready to settle her down to sleep. On my way out of her bedroom, I picked a blanket off of the top of the neatly folded collection of baby blankets all given to us by family and friends before Elle-Girl was born.

This particular blanket was given to us by her Great-Grandmother.

The blanket was trimmed in pink satin and the blanket itself was of the softest flannel. It smelled of Ivory baby detergent and was so supple and flowy from never haven been used that it just enveloped our small little girl wrapping her in warmth and comfort. After nursing that night Elle-Girl drifted off into the deepest of sleep, (However, still not deep enough to sleep through the night) I decided that a child must have a blankie all their own to offer them years of comfort and I gave that particular blanket official “blankie rights”. «Read the rest of this article»


Tennessee House passes bond bill to help Volkswagen and Hemlock.


Companies expected to bring thousands of jobs to state over the next decade.

TN House Chambers

Tennessee House of Representatives Chambers

NASHVILLE –The House has voted to bring thousands of new jobs to Tennessee with the passage of a bill that guarantees incentive grants for Volkswagen and Hemlock, two companies scheduled to build new manufacturing facilities in Chattanooga and Clarksville.

“As many states in our nation struggle to survive this current financial crisis, we in Tennessee continue to lure new job opportunities to our state and provide a light at the end of this dark economic tunnel,” said State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Art Student shares silent voice


Austin Peay State University LogoAustin Peay State University senior drawing major Katy Whitfield is daring to scream, shout, cry, and unleash anger like never before – but only silently.

“I believe there is so much more to be said through our human expression,” Whitfield said. “So many of our emotions are not successfully recorded verbally.”

With a simple charcoal stick and a few other raw materials, she is carving the lines and shapes of the human face to render the unspoken.

Sharing this silent voice with the public, Whitfield’s senior show, titled, “Physiognomy,” will be unmasked with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 27 in the Trahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University.

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