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Clarksville Academy hosts Tailgate ’08


The public is invited to Clarksville Academy Tailgate ’08, a pre-game celebration before the CA vs. Cascade game on September 12. The Tailgate Party is held in conjunction with the Canady Field House Ribbon Cutting  ceremony. The Tailgate begins a 5:30 p.m. at the sports complex with the ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m. Participants can bring their own tailgate picnic or purchase food from the concessions. Concession items including hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, drinks and dessert) will be sold either individually or as “plates.”

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Pools to close as the summer heat revs up


When I read the following notice regarding city pools, I couldn’t help but shake my head in amazement.

“The final days for pools are upon us this week. The pools will officially close for the summer season on August 3.” As the August heat — those unbearable ‘dog days’ – descend, the pools close up and our children head back to school. Insanity. The calendar runs summer through September 23rd. «Read the rest of this article»


AARP: A resource for seniors, ‘boomers


AARP (American Association of retired Persons) is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior citizens. Clarksville has a dynamic AARP chapter where an enthusiastic groups of people age 50 and meet socially and serve the community with a variety of social actions.

AARP is political but non-partisan, and wields considerable influence on state and federal legislation, serving as the voice of their demographics. They do so without endorsing specific candidates and they remain issue oriented.

To educate and inform their membership. AARP publishes a monthly magazine with the largest circulation in America. the March/April edition got my attention with the cover photo of a smiling Jack Nicholson, one of the outstanding actors of our generation.

Besides an insightful article on him, the magazine from cover to cover offers articles with practical information. Two articles in particular that apply to many of us involve dealing with stress: “Riding Out a Recession” and “Finding Faith” (a search for spiritual peace). «Read the rest of this article»


CHS H.O.P.E. Club to make 1200 mile ride for Catie Summers Scholarship fund


All too often the news is filled with negative images and information about what goes on in our city and county. Often that dark news seems to focus on our students and young adults. For the next few days I will be sending information on a group of Clarksville High School students and parents that are off on a great adventure to represent our city and county and to raise money for two causes.

These young adults are members of the Clarksville High School H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Everyday) club. The causes they are raising money for are the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Catie Summers Memorial Scholarship. «Read the rest of this article»

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Where the elk and the bison roam …


Daytrips and Weekenders. As the summer months and the vacation/travel season approaches, we offer you, our readers, ideas for day trips and weekend excursions to places and events that can be done in a day, or maxed out over a weekend. Time and the high cost of gas fuel our efforts to find local entertainment and activities. This column will appear each Thursday through Labor Day.

Land Between the Lakes has a lot to offer, not the least of which a free roaming bison that, topping the scales at a ton (a very solid 2,000 pounds), leave no doubt as to who has the right of way on the roads in the prairie compound.

At up to 2000 pounds, adult bison can have the right of way ...

Discounting its paved road, the Elk and Bison Prairie is a step back in time to an age when these magnificent animals roamed free across the American landscape, the midwestern prairies. Though modern living and urban expansion has come perilously close to decimating native prairie landscape, many groups across the midwest are laboring intensively to save and/or restore these landscapes. It’s enviromentally sound and historically smart. «Read the rest of this article»


Wingmen plan benefit ‘Poker Run’


The Wingmen Motorcycle Club will sponsor a Poker Run On May 31 to benefit the Veterans Temporary Emergency Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to active and retired servicemen and their dependents. Assistance is provided for basic needs including housing costs, food, utilities and medicine. VTEAP operates solely on donations and money raised through events such as this.

The run will be launched between noon and 2 p.m. from Buddies on the by-pass at Appleton’s HD, with the run ending at 6 p.m. at the Wingman Motorcycle Clubhouse at 3437 Pembroke in Oak Grove, KY. Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at the clubhouse. Card games and prizes are also offered. For more information, call Robert Warren at 905-0366.


Black Tie Dinner Dance marks 5th anniversary


Guests regaled as local couple’s anniversary and birthday celebration advances to new level

Clarksville guests enjoy prime rib dinnerMay 16th and 17th marked the fifth anniversary of Family Properties’ Black Tie Dinner Dance. The annual combination celebration highlights the wedding anniversary of Doris and James Witherspoon and James’ birthday. What distinguishes this celebration is that the feted couple actually produce the annual weekend-long celebration, staging the affair and entertainment. The two-day gala features two sumptuous sit-down dinners and live entertainment provided by The Blues Doctor- “Dr. J. W. Feelgood” and the BCOL (Better Choice Of Living) Band. «Read the rest of this article»


The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail: Retreat to the natural world


Daytrips and Weekenders. As the summer months and the vacation/travel season approaches, we offer you, our readers, ideas for day trips and weekend excursions to places and events that can be done in a day, or maxed out over a weekend. Time and the high cost of gas fuel our efforts to find local entertainment and activities. This column will appear each Thursday through Labor Day.

Does it get any better than this?

Looking for a scenic bike trail, horse riding trail, or a walking trail? What once was a railroad bed running between Nashville and Clarksville was turned into a beautiful, fairly level and almost completely paved trail. It is perfect for biking, hiking, power walking or a leisurely stroll with the intent of observing nature’s best offerings. You can find it all on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail. «Read the rest of this article»


Radiant hummers, bluebirds, return


April is the season of bluebirds. We watch streaks of blue dart across the sky as the bluebirds seek a nesting site for the summer. These colorful birds need our attention and care; we can help them to flourish by setting out bluebird houses, available at many local outlets. If you are handy, mechanically inclined, you can build a bluebird house.

Bluebirds raise two or three broods, beginning in May. After each brood has left the nest, clean out the old nest; it’s also okay to lift the top of the house and take a peek at the baby birds or the nest filled with eggs. Just don’t put any food directy into the bluebird house.

Bluebirds are perfectly capable of caring for themselves and their babies. After taking your weekly peek at the little ones, be sure to secure the lid. You need not be afraid of frightening away the parent birds; they will return. «Read the rest of this article»


Vincent Visits Drive-In Saturday Night


Vincent Price. His face and the concept of the black and white horror story were synonymous;  his name and that of author Edgar Allen Poe irrevocable intertwined in the minds of movie-goers in the 50s and 60s. Price = Horror.

vincent-price-13020.jpegIn Fall of the House of Usher,Vincent Price as Roderick, the head of the Usher house, who believes his family to be cursed. He and his sister Madeline are the end of their bloodline, and ERRoderick wants to keep it that way. Hypersensitive, he requires quiet, soft lights, bland food — otherwise he feels pain intensely. But Madeline has a lover, a fiancee would take her away for all of this madness. Usher crosses the line away from sanity and decides that everyone must die and the house burned to the ground, destroying the curse forever. It’s a spine-tingling race to the and one of the faithful adaptations of a Poe novel for the screen. It’s a movie and a role Price was born to do. (1960) «Read the rest of this article»


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