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159th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldier dies in Afghanistan


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – A Fort Campbell Soldier died Thursday at Combat Outpost Garda in the Nerkh District of Afghanistan from injuries sustained from insurgent small-arms fire.

Specialist Russell S. Hercules Jr., 22, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was an infantryman assigned to F Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. He joined the Army in June 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2008. «Read the rest of this article»

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Duncan & Duncan and Singletary Construction invite volunteers to an Extreme Makeover pep rally


emhecontractorsVolunteers for the local Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build are invited to a pep rally to be held at 8:00am on Friday, October 9th, at the First Baptist Church Laida Fellowship Hall in downtown Clarksville.

Don Duncan of Duncan & Duncan Construction and Bert Singletary of Singletary Construction, the selected partners for the build, invite volunteers to join in the pep rally.

The building project is an opportunity to give back to the community, Duncan and Singletary agree. “This community has given much to me in times when I needed it the most.” Duncan said. “It is time for me to give back what little I can.” Duncan said that many people helped his family in the long years of recovery after his seven-year-old son, Warren, had a stroke. Warren is now 24 and involved in the construction business.

Singletary said this is a special opportunity to change a life for a family that is different from building a house for sale. “I’ve been blessed with skill and ability and now I can use that to change someone’s life,” he said.

Conrad Rickettes, executive producer of the popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will be present for the pep rally to personally thank volunteers for their willingness to participate in this life-changing event for a family in this area that will be selected on October 17 for the build. «Read the rest of this article»

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Soldier Ride Nashville 2009 – In honor of MSG James ‘Tre’ Ponder


soldierrideThis past Saturday I had the honor of participating in Soldier Ride Nashville 2009. After a week that saw flooding of many areas in the Southeast including Nashville, approximately 20 Night Stalkers linked up at the Park and Ride just off Exit 11 ready to participate as part of “Team Tre” in honor of our Fallen Comrade MSG Tre Ponder.  It was an early morning, not an uncommon time for the men of that group (I can’t speak for the young lady in attendance).  It was also a wet morning, but nothing like what awaited us as we departed for Nashville.

As our convoy departed Clarksville heading East down I-24, the rain slowly intensified.  By the time we reached Edwin Warner Park, we were met with a steady rain that showed no signs of stopping.  My first thought was that our participation in the Soldier Ride was going to be cut short due to the rain,  which would be disappointing to say the least.  As we staged our bikes and gear in a dry spot under a nearby pavilion, the vehicles just kept coming.  Walking to the registration area I quickly realized that we were not alone;  the rain had not dampened the spirits of the hundreds who turned out to ride with some of our Wounded Heroes. «Read the rest of this article»


The Bread and Puppet Theatre comes to Clarksville


Austin Peay State University LogoIn a program featuring their world renown 13 Dirt Floor Cathedral Dances  three full-time members of the Lubberland National Dance Company molded APSU students into Bread and Puppet performers for one day. Starting at around noon a group of 16 Students gathered on the Trahern lawn to learn how to be a Bread and Puppet performer.

The Cathedral Dances originated in the paper mache cathedral located at the Bread and Puppet theatre’s home in Glover, VT, but can be performed anywhere, provided a sprinkle of dirt from the floor of their home Cathedral blesses the venue.

The 13 dances include: a forest admiration dance, danced by a NYC rush-hour crowd; a deforestation dance, danced by the deforestors to make a place to park their cars; the dance of the foolish woman, who tries to bring back to life the victims of the bombardments on Gaza; a sermon dance danced by the deeply superstitious practitioners of the paper mache religion; and seven 7-second dances, danced to the sounds of the We-Do-As-Good-As-We-Can Orchestra.

The sleeper being mourned

The sleeper being mourned

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Paul Rusesabagina’s keynote address inspired APSU freshmen and the public


Paul Rusesabagina

Austin Peay State University LogoPaul Rusesabagina’s keynote address on Thursday evening closes out the first selection of the newly inaugurated Peay Read program. Designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshmen students, the reading program also offers opportunities for sophomore, junior and senior students.

His story inspired the production of the film, “Hotel Rwanda,” a riveting account of a man finding strength within him to save others in the midst of his country’s darkest moment.

Rusesabagina addresses the packed house

Rusesabagina addresses the packed house

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Sacrificial Pooh


005resizeThe imaginary stage of a young child’s life should be a fun one for parents, not make them uncomfortable. The Elle-Girl has taken to a frequent event of what appears to be a sacrificial display of her beloved Pooh Bear. The scene begins like this: First Pooh is retrieved from his post on her bed to an open area on the floor. He is laid on his side, as if he is sleeping. Nothing strange about this. Typical even. Pooh could just be resting, it could be nap time, he could even just be laying on his side to get a different view of the room, or to search for dust bunnies under the couch. What happens next is the slightly odd part.

Next, Tigger is added to the scene, Mamma Pooh (the classic Winnie the Pooh) then Rabbit, Eeyore, and other motley collections of friends posing as characters from her bedtime book ‘The Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. They are carefully seated in somewhat of a semi-circle around the displayed Pooh bear. The players all have conversation with each other, but Pooh bear never speaks. «Read the rest of this article»

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TDOS & TWRA Urge Motorist to Be on the Lookout for Deer


Autumn months worst time for deer-related crashes

TennesseeDepartmentofSafetytwraNASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) caution motorists to watch out for deer, especially during the months of October through December, which is deer mating season, also referred to as “the rut”.  Deer are on the move during this period, meaning an increase in deer-related crashes is more likely.

“Every year hundreds of Tennessee motorists are involved in property damage crashes and some suffer injuries after striking a deer.  Deer pose a danger to drivers throughout the year, but especially in the fall,” stated THP Colonel Mike Walker.  “In areas were deer are populated, it is important that drivers always slow down, pay attention and stay alert.”

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Fight breast cancer with early detection


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville – This October, the Department of Health is urging all Tennessee women over the age of 40 to get a clinical breast exam and mammogram as part of the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These tests are the best method for finding cancer early and offering protection against the disease by leading women to get treatment before the cancer is in advanced stages. The survival rate is greater than 95 percent for women whose breast cancer is found at an early stage.

breast-cancer-ribbon“Breast cancer may be detected at an early stage if women do monthly breast self exams beginning at age 20 and clinical breast exams at least every three years beginning at that age,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “After age 40 a clinical breast exam should be part of every woman’s annual examination along with a screening mammogram.”

The early signs of breast cancer may include skin irritation, dimpling, swelling, a breast lump, tenderness, nipple changes or pain or an abnormality that is detected on a mammogram. Women should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms appear, and should follow guidelines for yearly breast health screenings. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union breaks ground on their 10th branch


fcfulogoFort Campbell Federal Credit Union broke ground Monday on their newest branch, set to open in the summer of 2010 on Dover Crossing in Clarksville. The 8,500 square foot branch will be the credit union’s tenth branch overall and its third new location to open since the beginning of 2009. The state-of-the-art branch will be located on Dover Crossing just off of Fort Campbell Boulevard and will create approximately 15 new jobs in the area.

“Since opening our charter in 2004 to allow us to serve anyone who lives, works or attends school in the counties of Montgomery and Stewart in Tennessee and Christian, Trigg, and Todd in Kentucky, we have steadily added locations to accommodate our growing membership.” says Stewart Ramsey, President and CEO of Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union.

Stewart Ramsey, President/CEO and several members of the Board of Directors of Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union break ground on the newest branch for the Credit Union.

Stewart Ramsey, President/CEO and several members of the Board of Directors of Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union break ground on the newest branch for the Credit Union.

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“Band of Brothers” war dead memorial to be dedicated in November


A final $48,000 needs to be raised to complete the engraving of the names of the war dead on the back of the stones. Donation information included.

curraheeA long-anticipated memorial to fallen American soldiers is fast becoming a reality. The famed 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the US Army will hold a formal dedication for its new memorial to soldiers of the regiment killed in action in four wars.

According to LTC David Womack, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Regiment, “The memorial has come to symbolize the strong bonds that unite the Currahees across generations and wars.” He said, “Those bonds – founded in pride, commitment and shared experience – explain the esprit de corps that is legendary in the 506th, and which is demonstrated in the success of this project.”

The dedication ceremony will take place on November 12, 2009 – the day after Veteran’s Day — in the 506th regimental area at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is the home of the renowned 101st Airborne Division, parent unit of the 506th for much of its history.


A Panorama of the Memorial

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