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Brew A Pot Of Tea


Clarksville weather is cold and damp and many of you probably enjoy a hot cup of tea every day. I enjoy my hot tea very much on these chilly evenings.  Have you ever wondered if the tea you are making is the best you can get here in Clarksville?  You might expect a restaurant somewhere to have better tea that you could make at home, but let me show you how to make an excellent pot of tea to enjoy right there in your warm, comfy home.

As an aside, I am an avid teapot collector, too.  I have  had the bug since about 2000. I have given a lot of them away, been given a lot more and bought several.  My favorite remains the sturdy, squat and striped Brown Betty my Mother brought from England in 1993.  I don’t know why but I know its true that certain coffee cups make coffee taste better and certain tea pots make tea all the better as well. I don’t know how many I have, but let’s just say… I have pots that I put out for every season. «Read the rest of this article»


Lane closure on Madison Street


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The southbound lane on Madison Street will be closed to traffic from Maplemere Drive to 12th Street for a couple of hours. Gas and Water construction workers are repairing an 8-inch water main on Madison. Motorists may use pass using the inside lane.

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School Board Votes to Make Up First of Missed Days on Presidents Day


The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board tonight voted to make up one of its missed snow days on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, which was scheduled as a day out of school.

The School System has missed six days so far this year, with three of those days automatically forgiven because they were built in to the calendar. After Monday is used as a makeup day, School System administrators will continue reviewing options for the remaining two days and present those to the School Board.

“Every day of student instruction is critical,” according to Schools Director Mike Harris. “With higher standards and more challenging assessments this year, we do not take any missed time lightly.”

“This is shorter notice than we would have liked, and we apologize for any inconvenience. However, as we continue to miss school and have few options to reclaim the days, we believe this decision is in our students’ best interest,” Harris added.


Kentucky Novelist Babcock to Read at APSU tomorrow

Squire Babcock

Squire Babcock

Squire Babcock admits that for much of his early life, he was an aimless, drifting soul. The low point came after an arrest for possession of heroin, but for years afterward, he moved from job to job, working as a ballroom dance instructor, a farm hand, a hunting guide, a pool table repair mechanic, carpenter, a free-lance journalist, a small business owner and blues drummer.

But throughout all the struggles and new starts, there always lingered that memory of being a 9-year-old boy in Kentucky, reading the novel “My Side of the Mountain,” by Jean Craighead George.

“It was a transforming experience,” Babcock said. “I identified so strongly with the character, his predicament, and his ultimate triumph, and I so loved the words and the power that the narrative had on me, that somewhere in my child’s mind I said, ‘I want to do that; I want to write books like that; I want to live inside books like that.’”

At 8 p.m. on Feb. 11, Babcock, director of the low-residence Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Murray State University, will read from his debut novel, “The King of Gaheena,” in room 303 of the Morgan University Center. «Read the rest of this article»

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Mission Help Haiti: community relief effort at APSU


Join the community for a relief effort to help the nation of Haiti that has been hit with two devastating earthquakes that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and has left millions without shelter, food, medical aid and clothing.

The Mission Help Haiti relief effort will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the Austin Peay State University Sunquist Science Complex (SSC) room E 106 – A starting at 5:30 p.m. «Read the rest of this article»

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School Closings for Wednesday, February 10th 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County.

At APSU, The University’s main campus will be open and operating on a normal schedule Wednesday, Feb. 10. Classes in Dickson will be on schedule. APSU@Fort Campbell will open at 9 a.m. due to base delays.

Clarksville Christian School is closed. Clarksville Academy and Clarksville 1st Nazarene CDC, are opening 2 hours late.

Stewart County Schools, Houston County Schools, Robertson County Schools, and Cheatham County Schools are closed as well.

In Kentucky, Christian County Schools are closed.

For Fort Campbell, On 10 Feb 2010 Inclement Weather personnel report at normal time; all other personnel are authorized up to a two hour delay from normal report time. Dependent Schools and school bus operations will operate on a two hour delay. Morning Pre-K and PSCD classes are closed. Unit commanders have flexibility to set work calls based on conditions in unit areas and varied off-post conditions.

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TN Proclaims February National Career and Technical Education Month


Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce students and faculty in 3,400 career and technical education programs of study in the state will celebrate February as National Career and Technical Education month. The theme of this month’s celebration, “CTE: Invest in Your Future,” highlights the importance of career and technical education in providing the essential skills necessary for future success.

“Career and technical education provides students with a real-world career connection,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “CTE programs in turn foster a well-educated, college- and career-ready student body, ready to contribute to our workforce.” «Read the rest of this article»


Efforts to Save Teen Lives Are Making a Difference


Tennessee in Motion is a monthly column by Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

It can be one of the most frightening moments for a parent, watching your newly licensed teen drive away on their own for the first time.  It remains a fact that nationwide, a teenager is killed or injured in a traffic crash every three days.  Teen drivers have higher rates of fatal crash involvement than any other age group.  Studies show teens are more likely to take risks, be distracted or be nervous while driving.  That’s why the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and other partners are working to give teens the tools they need to become safer drivers.

In 2006, TDOT launched “Between the Barrels,” our first ever teen safe driving program with a goal of saving lives through education.  Each year, Between the Barrels representatives and Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers travel to high schools across the state and talk with teens about making smart decisions behind the wheel and what can happen if they don’t.  More than 100,000 have participated in the program to date and teens themselves tell us the program is working.  We’ve heard from students like Spencer Thomas Scott from Waverly Central High School who attended a Between the Barrels presentation and decided to begin wearing his seatbelt.  Spencer clicked his belt into place and moments later, his car left the roadway and flipped several times.  Spencer lived through the crash likely because he made the decision to wear his safety belt.  He’s just one of dozens of teens who’ve told us they are better drivers because of what they learned from our program. «Read the rest of this article»


TWRA requests public input on its 2010-11 hunting regulations


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is soliciting comments for its 2010-11 hunting seasons’ regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff.

Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2010-11 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to . Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

The comment period concerning the 2010-11 hunting season regulations will be open until Feb. 22, 2010.


School closings for Tuesday February 9th, 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the public schools will be closed today in Montgomery County.

Due to inclement weather, APSU main campus, Center @ Ft. Campbell and APSU at the Renaissance Center will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Clarksville Christian School is closed. Giving Tree Child Care & Miss Patsy’s Daycare are opening 2 hours late. No word yet on Clarksville Academy

Stewart County Schools, Houston County Schools, Robertson County Schools, and Cheatham County Schools are closed as well.

In Kentucky, Christian County Schools are closed. While Fort Campbell Schools and the Post will be opening 2 hours late.

Editor’s Note: The headline should have read Tuesday, sorry for any inconvenience!

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