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Clarksville City Council Session Recap of March 7th, 2012 – Part II


Clarksville City Council - Ward 10Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met in its usual first Thursday of the month session on March 7th. It was a long meeting lasting until 11:00pm. Here is Part II on the results of some important decisions.

Ordinance 67 (Ethics): You know the history, the delays and now the moment of truth. This ordinance would create an Ethics Commission that would review ethics complaints. Basically Mayor Kim McMillan wants a 5-member commission she would appoint with council approval. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville City Council Regular Session Report – November 1st, 2012


Clarksville City Council - Ward 10Clarksville, TN – The city council met in its usual first of the month session. It was a long meeting lasting around 2.5 hours. Several items of note were discussed and voted on.

Ordinance 15-2012-13 (Human Relations Commission) – If you recall from my October 12th article, I had several questions and concerns about the commission proposal. I was able to address those issues last night.

As readers will recall, I had concern with the establishment of “ benchmarks” with any recommendations of this commission to the city. I asked Councilwoman Johnson to explain what she meant by the term. She did not have a ready definition as to what it meant and stated she would rely on the commission to determine that. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission debate reveals more unanswered questions

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – The current controversy surrounding the hiring of a new Regional Planning Director has revealed yet another unanswered question.

Just who DOES hire the director?

Like the “conflict of interest” debate, and the Clarksville Department of Electricity power board/city of Clarksville relationship, we’ve now learned that we may not know how to properly hire the regional planning director. «Read the rest of this article»

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Ingram case an insult to us all

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – I remember when the controversial CDE referendum passed.  It was a heated debate.  Should our electric utility get into the cable business?


We hired the guy we thought was going to take us there.  The captain of the ship.

Rick Ingram.

This week, a grand jury indicted Mr Ingram on 36 counts of fraud.  If you read the indictment, it will make your head spin.  This was a busy little beaver.

It makes us aware that while we THINK we’re doing the right thing, and making the right choice, you never know. «Read the rest of this article»

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Former Clarksville Department of Electricity supervisor facing 36 count Indictment

Rick Ingram (S. C. Department of Corrections)

Rick Ingram (S. C. Department of Corrections)

Clarksville, TN – Rick Ingram, the former superindentent of the Clarksville Department of Electricity, is facing a 36 count indictment that alleges he conspired to defraud CDE of thousands of dollars, but using his influence to steer contracts to two companies, without the knowledge of the CDE Power Board.

In the indictment handed down by the United States District Court, it’s alleged that during Ingrams time at CDE, between November 2008 until the time he was fired in July of 2009, he conspired with Tommy Walton Sr to defraud the utility and it’s ratepayers. «Read the rest of this article»

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Conflict of Interest questions still remain

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Questions still remain over recent concerns about “conflict of interest” within city and county government.  As I was first to report in a Clarksville Online exclusive, Conflict of interest questions still unanswered in county government, the question first arose with local architect Jerry Clark who at the time was a board member of the Regional Airport Authority.

In a meeting with County Mayor Carolyn Bowers, City Mayor Kim McMillan, and Montgomery County Accounts and Budgets Director Erinne Hester, Clark was informed that due to the County Purchasing Act of 1957, there could be a potential conflict of interest of him serving on that board, and his firm, Clark and Associates, doing business with the county.

It basically states that anyone doing business with the county, could not serve on any boards or commissions, and while there has been opinions rendered on both sides of the law, Jerry Clark chose to resign from the Airport Authority to prevent any conflct, and the county chose to take the other position.

“Hmmmm.” «Read the rest of this article»

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City Council Special Session Recap


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The city council passed the mayor’s proposed budget in a 7-yes & 6-no vote. I voted no. This was a repeat of last week’s vote. About the only bottomline change was a motion by Councilman Harris to give the Humane Society $15,000.

This was a repeat of the same motion he made last week that was defeated. Some of us on the council did not think this was in accordance with city ordinance on bringing forth issues that had been previously defeated. The mayor ruled that this was different. A vote was taken and the motion passed by 7-yes & 6-no vote. This was the opposite vote count from last week. The mayor voted yes. «Read the rest of this article»

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City Council Sessions and More


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – It looks to be a jammed packed evening at the council with the regular executive council session and a special session of the council to follow.

In the CDE part of the special session, several parts such as changes to the items voted on last week and appointment of a potential new CDE board have not been seen by council members until this evening (Wednesday) and the mayor is asking us to vote an approval at Thursday’s special session. «Read the rest of this article»

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City Council Special Session Recap – March 29th


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The city council met this afternoon in a special session to consider the latest information provided by the state attorney general concerning issues with Clarksville Department of Electricity.  All the information we have received on this issue is listed at the bottom of this article including the Attorney General’s opinion.

After reading all of this the picture is more blurred than ever. The CDE board has been operating in its current setup since 1939. Recent references by both CDE and the city have stated or assumed CDE was built under the guidance of the 1935 state law. However, as you will note in the 1939 city ordinance, there is no mention of forming CDE under the guidelines of the 1935 state law. The language that formed the board in 1939 can be found in city code in the 1960s and in today’s code. It would make a considerable difference if it were or were not in how the city can interact with the board.  It is from that 1939 city ordinance that the board has always had seven members. «Read the rest of this article»

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Mayor Kim McMillan’s comments during the special session of the City Council


Mayor Kim McMillan

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – I have called this Special Session of the Clarksville City Council to address what I believe is a very important and time-sensitive issue that has been brewing for some time now—and that is the relationship between the City of Clarksville and its Department of Electricity. 

Let us all remember that we were elected by the citizens of Clarksville to do the people’s business and not to allow personal feelings or personality conflicts to interfere in our quest to provide the best representation possible.  However, I believe the time has come to take action that involves the judicial system. «Read the rest of this article»

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