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Nashville Sounds announce 2013 Promotional Schedule


Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – With less than a month until the start of the regular season, the Nashville Sounds are excited to announce their 2013 promotional calendar, which includes numerous fireworks extravaganzas, four bobblehead giveaways, BURGER KING Throwback Thursdays, six Trevecca Nazarene University FAITH NIGHTS® concerts, the addition of Military Sundays, and much more!

Single-game tickets for the 2013 Sounds regular season go on sale at 9:00am on Monday, March 11 via the team’s online purchase system at, over the phone at 615.690.HITS (4487), or in person at the Greer Stadium box office at 534 Chestnut Street.

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

Nashville Sounds Baseball. (Mike Strasinger)

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One Man’s Medal: The story of George Nishimura

George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Kazuo Nishimura was an 18 year old teenager on December 7th, 1941.  He sat and watched the Japanese bombing of Wheeler Field during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  He had no idea what was going on until he read it in the paper.

He wondered, “Why?”

He would volunteer to serve in the United States Army like so many other Japanese American men, in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

George Nishimura lives in Clarksville, and this week, he’ll be presented his bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to honor the 90 year old veteran. «Read the rest of this article»

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Salute Our Military: Armed Forces Day Is May 19th, 2012


Armed Forces Day 2012Washington, D.C. – On August 31st, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.

Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too. «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Soldiers receive awards in Culinary Arts Competition


Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The first time at any competition makes for a nervous and trying outing.  Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Wisniewski remembers the emotions well as he remembers his first competition.

“I thought it was cool to be at a culinary competition,” said the 12-year Soldier, “yet I was a little nervous about my skills and whether I was going to be able to compete at that level.”

That’s what the first time contestants from Fort Campbell felt at the Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, VA. The CAC, held for the 36th time, is hosted by the U.S. Army Quartermaster School’s Joint Culinary Center of Excellence.  It attracts more than 200 military members from all branches of the Armed Forces, aiming to increase culinary skills and ultimately, military food service.

Spc. Orlando Nixon during Chef cook off.

Spc. Orlando Nixon during Chef cook off.

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Blue Star Memorial marker dedication Monday


bluestarmemorialBeachaven Garden Club, Clarksville Garden Club, and Les Candides Garden Club, members of The Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., District II, invite the public to join us for the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Marker on Monday, November 9, 2009. The Blue Star Memorial Marker (BSMM) honors all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 A.M. at the Montgomery County Courthouse, 1 Millennium Plaza, in Clarksville TN. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the dedication free of charge.

The project was made possible by donations from the members of Beachaven Garden Club, Sandra Watson, President; Clarksville Garden Club, Pat Arendt, President; and Les Candides Garden Club, Edith Hudson, President. We want to show our deep support and appreciation of those who have defended our freedom in the past, those who are at great risk in defending us today, and those who may do so in the future. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tanner announces retroactive pay for ‘Stop Loss’ troops


tannerheaderWASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Tanner said some military personnel can now apply for special retroactive payments to compensate for stop-loss orders that extended their enlistments. Approved by Congress in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, the program will provide $500 for each month that a service member served under stop loss since Sept. 11, 2001.

“Our service members and their families have made great sacrifices to serve our country,” said Congressman Tanner, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Tennessee National Guard. “Many times, their enlistments were extended involuntarily or their retirements were put on hold because of the strain that was placed on the Armed Forces. With these special payments, we are sending the message that we recognize their sacrifices and greatly appreciate their service.”

The Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay is available to service members who had their enlistments extended or retirement suspended due to stop loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. «Read the rest of this article»

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Memorial Day: Remember, honor the fallen


Though summer is a month away, Memorial Day has become the traditional launch date for the summer season, with all the accompanying hype about barbecues, picnics, the end of school for many, the start of vacation season for many others.

And while all of that is true, we need to take the time to remember and honor the reason we have this holiday: our veterans and our soldiers on active duty.

War has littered America’s historical landscape, beginning with the Revolutionary War that forged the democracy we live in. The Civil War bloodied our own soil in a way that World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam, did not, though those wars took an enormous toll on American soldiers and their families. There have been other battles along the way, inclduing the much more recent and controversial Gulf Wars I and II (a.k.a the Iraq war). «Read the rest of this article»


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