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Clarksville City Council Email System Issue


Clarksville City Council - Ward 10Clarksville, TN – A recent issue concerning the city council email system has surfaced and I want to address some issues that were raised. The main issue relates to the request by local attorney Mark Rassas to gain email addresses of constituents and what has resulted since.

You may have already received some emails related to this or read a story in the Sunday “Leaf-Chronicle”, which did not address or fully disclose all the details. «Read the rest of this article»

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Nick Steward answers critics, admits to stealing from Army

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – Embattled Ward 1 Clarksville City Councilman, and state legislative candidate Nick Steward, admitted to stealing from the Army while serving in Afghanistan, and receiving a “general discharge” for his crime.

In an exclusive interview on Clarksville news talk radio station, WJZM, Steward said that he took some computer parts for his personal use while ordering supplies for his unit.  Steward said he was caught “by my chain of command” and eventually discharged from service.  This is the first time that Steward has admitted to his indiscretion publicly. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan appears on WJZM


WJZM, 1400AM Radio StationClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan was interviewed on WJZM 1400am about some of the recent controversies surrounding the recently passed city budget, the charter revision, the new marina, and moving the downtown market.

Appearing on “Clarksville in Review” with host Hank Bonecutter, Mayor McMillan said she was “Proud to have passed a new budget with no new taxes while moving Clarksville forward.”

McMillan said she also intended to seek a second term, if her health continues to improve.  Mayor McMillan has MS. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan holds Press Conference on Charter Revision Plan


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan held a press conference Friday January 24th, 2012 at 11:00am to discuss her plan for addressing the needed revisions to Clarksville Charter.

Some of the topics covered included the need to update and revise the City Charter and the issue of people on boards and commissions who also having dealings with the City as well as appointing a Charter Revision Commission.

Mayor McMillan is sending the Charter Revision back to the Clarksville City Council for another vote.

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Clarksville City Council Executive Agenda for January 3rd, 2012


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Below you will see the agenda for the Executive Session of the council, which is scheduled for tomorrow, January 3rd. There are several items that are of concern. Probably the top issue is the mayor’s version of a new city charter (Resolution 33-2011-12).  In an earlier article, I wrote some of the concerns I saw with the approach the mayor has taken. 

Next in the agenda list is Resolution 28-2011-2012 which has the city entering an agreement with the county to have another committee determine what the city should do in terms of future growth. As you will recall, the city spent several hundred thousand dollars with input from around 200+ citizens and reviewed just about every plan that had ever been developed (and usually sitting in a shelf getting no action) to come up with ideas on where the city should plan its future. «Read the rest of this article»

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City Charter Revision – Runoff Elections


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – As many of you know, the city is embarking upon its third effort to get a revised/updated charter through the state legislature. I am the chairman of this latest effort. We are entering the sections where the last revised charter effort dealt with powers and responsibilities of the council and mayor.

There were four or five areas within these sections that seemed to be the stumbling block for some at the state and local level, even though the State Attorney General had no legal issues with what was proposed. As I did the two previous times, I will come to you for some “brainstorming” on specific areas of the charter. «Read the rest of this article»

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Reform required: Outdated City Charter is Clarksville’s weakness


The Constitution of the City of Clarksville has been identified as as a weakness for the people of this community, but that’s on the brink of change.

Franklin StreetThe City finally has formed a Charter committee to look into and reform the Charter and Codes, the documents that form the Constitution of the City and its laws. But why did it take so long when it was identified years ago that the Charter was indeed a weakness.

It had been reported (LC Sept 27, 04) to the people that one of the many problems in our city government is ineffective communications between city leaders, and this is true. However, this is only a symptom of a greater problem of which was also identified. I am referring to our city constitution which was identified as “an outdated city charter.”

This was identified at a session of the Council’s strategic planning process which was facilitated by a member of U.T. Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). MTAS is the so-called expects in the field of city government, but what exactly do they say about charters, and our abilities to understand and question our charter? «Read the rest of this article»


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