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Legislative Report regarding post office closures


Joe Pitts

There has been considerable talk in recent weeks about potential post office closings in Clarksville and around the nation. I’ve heard from many in District 67 asking how they can get involved by registering their opposition to any attempt to close a post office in a growing community like Clarksville. After a bit of research I have learned that there are two ways, at least, to express your thoughts on the matter.

If you are so inclined, you can write a letter to the contact below and/or call the consumer affairs division at the number below to register your feelings about the issue. «Read the rest of this article»


A Piece of Forever is collecting donations for Toys for Tots


apieceofforeverA Piece of Forever, an upscale photo studio located in Historic Downtown Clarksville has a special feel about it. It could be the beautiful photos of their clientèle on display, the lovely Christmas Decorations, or perhaps it is the box of toys sitting near the door. I think it’s a combination of all three.

The store is participating as a collection point in the U.S. Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots Program. The program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December months each year, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.


toysfortotsYou can drop off your donation for Toys for Tots at A Piece of Forever and know that it will safely find its way to a needy child in our community. «Read the rest of this article»

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WKAG reports antenna installed – Charter calls picture/sound “Good”


wkagOn Tuesday, December 1, WKAG officials met with Charter Cable technicians as a new antenna was installed on the Charter Head End Tower on Ford Road in Clarksville. Antenna was installed at proper height (approximately 140 ft) and tuned accordingly.

Upon completion, a very strong signal was picked up at the antenna, and when converted to a television signal on the ground the picture was clear and sharp. Charter technicians responded that both the picture and sound quality were “good”.

To our eye, the signal looked as good as the signals we see in our lobby that are fed directly from either local cable or directly from our distribution equipment in the control room.

A Charter Technican climbs the antenna tower to install the antenna for the WKAG signal test

A Charter Technican climbs the antenna tower to install the antenna for the WKAG signal test

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Red Shirts, Red Ribbons… Empty Actions


Soldier's arriving homeLately, I have received several versions of an email. The email tells of a soldier that has fallen, and being brought back home. After an emotional story, the writer then asks you to show your support by wearing a red T-shirt this Friday. If you like poorly written prose, the latest email I received, is at the bottom of the article.

I truly do not wish to offend anyone that has sent me the emails. But I find these emails offensive. On some level, the emails represent people’s need to feel like they are doing something. But is it appropriate to show your support for fallen troops via the equivalent of ‘Hawaiian shirt fridays’ at work?

Instead of reading the email, forwarding it to dozen people, and then forgetting to wear red on Friday (its unlikely anyone would even know why I was wearing red)… I thought I would do something productive… put pen to paper. «Read the rest of this article»


New program works to identify and address potential rockfall sites


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

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

The video of a Tennessee mountainside crashing down onto U.S. 64 in Polk County on November 10th was indeed spectacular and made national news. A rockslide that closed I-40 in North Carolina has also garnered its share of headlines and impacted thousands of motorists. With clean-up at both sites expected to take months, these events show the impact rockslides in mountainous areas can have on our transportation system, local economies and the commuters who rely on these routes.

Given Tennessee’s terrain and the vagaries of weather and other factors, the threat of such rockslides is ever present. Several years ago, TDOT began implementing a Rockfall Mitigation Program to address these transportation pitfalls. The program first identifies potential rockfall sites, and then assigns a hazard rating to each location. The hazard rating is based on the potential for a rockfall event and the impacts to travelers and surrounding communities. «Read the rest of this article»

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CGW website service restored


CGWThe Clarksville Department of Gas and Water website has been restored, and is now fully accessible. The department apologizes for the temporary inconvenience and appreciates your patience and understanding.

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FHA and Ginnie Mae take action against Lend America


FHA-approved lender faulted for poor underwriting and false certifications

hudlogoWASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today withdrew the FHA approval of Ideal Mortgage Bankers, doing business as Lend America and Lending Key (“Ideal”). The action is effective immediately and prevents Ideal from originating and underwriting new FHA-insured mortgages or from participating in the FHA single family insurance program. In addition, the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) defaulted Lend America. Effective immediately, Lend America will no longer be able to issue Ginnie Mae securities.

FHA also imposed civil money penalties against Ideal in the amount of $512,500. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) took the action based upon two notices of violation issued to the Company last month. The MRB cited Ideal for numerous violations of FHA origination and underwriting requirements, including failing to document borrowers’ income and creditworthiness, and for submitting false certifications to the Department.

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Five Govs score in double figure as APSU defeats Freed-Hardeman, 99-61


apsugovernorsSenior Wesley Channels broke a season-long shooting slump by scoring 21 points to lead Austin Peay State University to a 99-61 decision against Freed-Hardeman, Monday night, in a non-conference basketball game played at Dave Aaron Arena.

The victory improved the Govs to 3-4 overall while Freed-Hardeman, the 18th-ranked NAIA team, fell to 7-3.  It also was APSU head coach Dave Loos’ 399th career victory in his 24th head-coaching season.

Channels, a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection who entered the game averaging 10.7 ppg while shooting less than 30 percent from the floor, scored 21 points in just 19 minutes.  He had 16 of his 21 points in the first half as APSU built a 53-29 halftime lead—it was APSU’s first halftime advantage this season. Channels connected on six-of-eight field-goal attempts on the night, including four-of-five from three-point range.

Wes Channels (Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

Wes Channels (Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

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Charm and Delight in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s Adaptation of the Engelbert Humperdinck Opera Hansel and Gretel


hanselandgretelLost siblings come across a sumptuous candy house, occupied by an old woman who has her own reasons for fattening up little children, in John McDonald’s enchanting adaptation of the Engelbert Humperdinck opera Hansel and Gretel, playing December 4 through 19 at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Directed by John McDonald, Hansel and Gretel stars Drew Torkelson as Hansel, Alicia Kelly as Gretel, Brendan Cataldo as Father, Reischa Feuerbacher as Mother and Dr. Thomas King as Rosina Dainty-mouth. Dr. Vicki King provides piano accompaniment. «Read the rest of this article»


Newcomer Orientation scheduled at Fort Campbell


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell agencies will host a newcomer orientation for Soldiers and families Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 1501 William C. Lee Road on post.

This interactive family orientation is designed to welcome and inform newly arrived Soldiers and family members by introducing them to various agencies across post. Representatives from Army Community Service; Morale, Welfare, and Recreation; Tricare; schools; Exceptional Family Member Program; housing; Army Family Team Building; Child, Youth, and School Services; Staff Judge Advocate; Family Readiness groups; Red Cross; and many more.

Lunch and a bus tour of the installation are included in the orientation. Childcare will be available.

Fort more information, call 270-798-9516.

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