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Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce announces New Board

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Chamber Board of Directors.

The Chamber elects new leadership each fiscal year, with the fiscal year running from July 1st, 2014 to June 30th, 2015.

Chamber Chairman, Jeff Truitt.

Chamber Chairman, Jeff Truitt.

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Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce announces New Board of Directors

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Chamber Board of Directors. The Chamber elects new leadership each fiscal year, with the fiscal year running from July 1st, 2013 to June 30th, 2014.

The Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Ex-Officio members of the Board attend quarterly meetings, provide direction for Chamber staff and volunteers, and manage the finances of the Chamber. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Chamber of Commerce announces New Board of Directors

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Chamber Board of Directors. The Chamber elects new leadership each fiscal year, with the fiscal year running from July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2013. «Read the rest of this article»

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Lesson #5 from the cat on the deck

 

Frank White

As abruptly as he had returned, the cat on the deck disappeared again.  What first appeared to be the beginning of a routine of lounging on the deck has turned out to be a much less predictable lifestyle for this cat.

Let me see if I can reconstruct this.  He appeared on the deck scrawny and in need.  He finally got sympathy that was mobilized into action in the form of daily rations.hello

A Cat on a Deck

A Cat on a Deck

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Lesson #4 from the cat on the deck

 
Frank White

Frank White

The cat on the deck began to roam.  He soon realized he could roam far away from the deck and the essentials would still be there when he returned.His brief excursions away from the deck perhaps were tests for him to try for more.  Each time he went away, the food and water bowls were still there on his return.  Surely, that added confidence to his sense of security.

The cat on the deck learned that his new found security gave him a confidence that allowed for greater boldness.

Master of His Domain

Master of His Domain

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Lesson #2 from the cat on the deck

 
Frank White

Frank White

Once the fur ball on the deck got fed, he set up camp.  He had a bowls of food and water on a small deck table.  He had a cushioned bed in the form of a deck bar-level stool.

With the food close by, the cat realized he had a kingdom.  His kingdom was a small corner of the deck.  But, it included all he needed.  He had food.  He had water.  He had a cushioned bed.  He was sheltered from the rain and other adverse weather.

I observed that his universe had quickly become an area of about a three-foot radius.  I never saw him move farther than the deck stool to the small deck table.  He didn’t even have to go as for as jumping down on the deck.  He could jump from stool to table and back again.  And, he frequently did.

Master of His Domain

Master of His Domain

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Lesson #1 from the Cat on the Deck

 

Clarksville, TN – Back in early March, a scruffy, long-haired cat started showing up on our deck.  He appeared only occasionally at first and then became a constant resident.

We made a commitment to not feed him.  (At least I did.)  He watched the three resident cats parade in and out the deck door.  Surely he noted their apparent enjoyment of the indoor comforts.  He made frequent attempts to fall in line with them hoping to be undetected in the cat parade through the deck door.

A Cat on a Deck

A Cat on a Deck

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Weeds will be a part of life

 

When we moved last December, I was leaving yard work behind. No more big yard. No more landscaping.

The small yard would not require mowing. I spend the fall moving plants into small landscaping areas. Weeds were not to be an element in this new paradise.

A snowier than usual winter gave way to a wetter than normal spring to be followed by a record heat summer. The small patch of clover I had planted grew taller than I anticipated. Worse yet, the weeds that infiltrated the lush clover gave it a much more unruly appearance.

And, the nominal landscaping areas grew weeds as well. I was quiet sure they would not. How could they? This was the perfectly planned yard – no mowing, no weeding. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Council keeps priorities in focus

 

A Thursday evening (September 30th) Clarksville City Council special session was urgent business indeed–approving $270,000 in new purchases including new greens for Swan Lake Golf Course.

Three months ago, I commented on the same city council’s unwillingness to spend money to renovate Edith Pettus Park. At the time, I commented on a particular council member’s observation that the renovations were a good idea, but expensive. I observed that he then retreated to his upper-class neighborhood not far from a city-operated golf course – this golf course in such dire need of new greens. «Read the rest of this article»

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Going the distance in small business

 

Managing to go the long haul in small business may be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. The number of small business start-ups that don’t make it past the first five years is astounding.

In the last few weeks, I have noted the retail and manufacturing locations of a small start-up for lease indicating they didn’t make it. That’s unfortunate.

This particular start-up was like many others. A guy had an idea. He saw a niche that he didn’t think was being filled and he thought he could make it work. «Read the rest of this article»

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