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Gateway Medical Center transfers patients to new Dunlop Lane facility

 

On Saturday, June 7, Gateway Medical Center patients will be transferred from the old hospital on Madison Street to the new facility at 651 Dunlop Lane on Saturday, June 7.

Gateway’s new “waiting room”

To provide for a safe and efficient transfer of patients, incoming traffic to the new facility will be kept to a minimum in order to make the patient-move process as smooth as possible. Patient family members will be instructed on how to enter the new hospital property.

Other important changes:

The Emergency Department at the Madison Street location will permanently close at 6 a.m. on June 7.

The new Emergency Department at 651 Dunlop Lane will open at 6 a.m. on June 7. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Eat defensively in the age of ‘fast food’

 

Fortunately I have more choices about what to eat than my parents or grandparents. Their diets were limited by circumstance, poverty and a lack of education. As a teenager, we often had fried bologna for supper; it was cheap and easy to prepare, even though it was deficient nutritionally. In those days, it was survival, not nutrition.

Today at the Clarksville Athletic Club, Melvin, a friend, asked about my diet and pork. Pork is a meat that over the years I eat less of. I don’t remember the last time I ate a pork chop. It’s seldom on my menu.

One point of focus in this narrative is “fast food,” which is so readily available. As one who drives west on Wilma Rudolph from Exit 4, dozens of restaurants solicit my business. There are good reasons for eating what we now call fast food, which never existed in the lifetime of my parents. These eateries haven’t always been present in our community. «Read the rest of this article»

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High temps hit hard

 

This morning as I sat down at my desk, it was already 81 degrees. At the bottom of my monitor the daily forecast called for a high of 94 and displayed bright red thermometer with flames radiating from it. It’s the start of June, I sighed, and already it’s just too darned hot. And it’s going to stay that way.

NOAA forecasters are calling for another week of highs in the low to mid-90s and while the humidity is still in the low to mid-60s, it is high enough to make the air feel “muggy.” Evening temperatures are expected to stay in the 70s.

The culprit is a large area of high pressure that will continue to pour hot and humid air across the South through the weekend. Aside from the spotty thunderstorms, the high will prevent widespread storminess from impacting the South. While the low risk of severe weather is good news, the cooling thunderstorms typically bring, however, would be beneficial. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Disappointed supporter of Hillary Clinton

 

I am a Hillary Clinton supporter. I am sad :-(

I thought she’d somehow pull off the Democratic nomination for President in 2008. Soon I’ll need to embrace the other democratic candidate but today I’m just disappointed that Senator Clinton does not have enough delegates.

The USA has had 43 presidents and it goes without saying that zero were female.

Americans lament that Muslim-majority countries and others treat women badly – which is true. However, my 16-year-old daughter is amazed when I tell her that I remember my maternal grandmother wore ONLY dresses. Pants were for men. I’m 47 years old and my Grandmother Robinson could not vote when she turned 18 because women were not allowed to vote. Women have only been able to vote here is the USA since 1920! This is not ancient history; instead it is people I knew personally.

I know that we’ve never had a African-American President either but statistically speaking HE represents less than 15% of the US population and SHE represents over 50% of us. How much longer will we have to wait for another viable female presidential candidate in the US?

 

Be aware: Summer school zones require caution, reduced speed

 

Due to summer programs from June 2-27, some school zone lights will remain on as particular times during the day. Motorists are expected to follows school zone posted speeds in those areas.

The following is a list of the times and zones where the lights will remain on:

Middle Schools: between 8:15-8:45 a.m. and 11:15- 11:45 a.m.

  • Kenwood on Peachers Mill Road
  • Montgomery Central at 48 & 13
  • Northeast at Trenton Road
  • New Providence at Cunningham Lane
  • Rossview at Rossview Road
  • Richview at Richview Road
  • West Creek at Peachers Mill Road «Read the rest of this article»
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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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