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Local activists have concerns about the Clarksville Smart Growth 2030 Plan


Tennessee Urban Resource CenterThe Tennessee Urban Resource Center held a press conference to  announce that legal teams that will be involved in helping to insure that the residents of the Lincoln Homes Public Housing Projects gets a fair shake when it comes to the implementation of the City of Clarksville’s Smart Growth 2030 Master Plan which calls for the demolition of the Lincoln Homes Public Housing Projects, and the relocation of its current residents.

Many residents fear that their homes will be taken away from them under this plan and that they will then be placed in housing units that are not going to be affordable to low income people.

Tennessee Urban Resource Center Director Terry McMoore, and Mrs. Rosella Griffin a long term resident of Lincoln Homes.

Tennessee Urban Resource Center Director Terry McMoore, and Mrs. Rosella Griffin a long term resident of Lincoln Homes.

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City of Clarksville to hold Second Meeting with Home and Business Owners


Mayor Johnny Piper will hold a second meeting tomorrow with homeowners and business owners who have been affected by this historic flood. Mayor Piper and other City officials will address questions and concerns regarding the next steps in the recovery of this flooding crisis.

The meeting begins tomorrow, May 7th,  at 2:00 pm at Riverview Inn at 50 College Street near Public Square.

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Doughboy re-dedication kicks off the 2010 Rivers and Spires Festival


The Rivers and Spires FestivalThe 8th Annual Rivers and Spires kicked off today with the unveiling the refurbished Doughboy statue honoring World War vets. The Statue was rededicated in a ceremony in front of the Clarksville Transit Station on Legion Street where the statue will remain on display.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle led the drive to raise the funds needed to renovate the badly damaged statue. Current publisher Andrew Oppmann welcomed the crowd to the ceremony, then after the posting of the colors and the playing of the national anthem, former publisher Gene Washer took over at the podium.

Washer said “I made the initial inquiries about restoring the statue, and that was the quickest way to be given the job.” to which the crowd laughed.

The Doughboy Statue after the unveiling

The Doughboy Statue after the unveiling

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Rain can’t dampen spirits at the kickoff of the 2009 Christmas on the Cumberland

After weeks of dedicated work by Clarksville Department Parks and Recreation staff, Christmas on the Cumberland shines brightly

After weeks of dedicated work by Clarksville Department Parks and Recreation staff, Christmas on the Cumberland shines brightly

With a light drizzle that turned to a steady rain, the kickoff of the 2009 Christmas on the Cumberland still managed to draw a crowd. Several hundred people came to see Mayor Johnny Piper, Santa Claus, Miss Tennessee International, Mrs. Fort Campbell, Charlie Brown, & News Channel 4’s Snowbird flip the switch lighting of over 1 million lights lining both sides of Riverside Drive, and the Riverwalk.  Christmas carolers from Austin Peay State University provided the pre-ceremony entertainment.

Santa Claus was on hand to pose for pictures with attendees. For those who were unable to make it to the grand opening.

Christmas on the Cumberland officially opened November 24th and runs through January 1st. It will be open to the public nightly from 5-10p.m. and 5-11p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the event is free.

The official lighting of Christmas on the Cumberland

The official lighting of Christmas on the Cumberland

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The Mayor’s anti-Islamic email is a major embarrassment


The stamp in question

Clarksville Tennessee’s Mayor, Johnny Piper has sent an inflammatory anti-Islamic email to employees of the city, encouraging them to boycott a stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the stamp in question commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other “Eid mubarak,” the phrase featured in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. “Eid mubarak” translates literally as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased as “May your religious holiday be blessed.” This phrase can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

The email in question is the equivalent of a chain letter, which according to the Snopes Urban Legends web site was first seen in 2002. The letter was modified in August 2009 to falsely accuse President Barack Obama of ordering the U.S. Postal Service to issue a 42 cent first class stamp in honor of these Islamic holidays. In fact the stamp was first issued on September 1st 2001, and has been re-release several times since then. Mayor Piper’s email painted everyone of the Islamic faith with the same brush as those who carried out the various terrorist bombings over the years.

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Keith Lampkin named as Director of Housing and Community Development


top-spot-logoThe City of Clarksville has named Keith Lampkin as the new Director of Housing and Community Development. Beginning June 1, he will oversee the development and execution of strategy to create, maintain and expand decent housing, suitable living environments and economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons in the City.

Mr. Lampkin has been a senior planner with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission since 2004. The basic function of the Planning Commission is to create and adopt a plan for achieving coordinated, adjusted, efficient and economic development of the physical region.

“I have worked hand-in-hand with Keith on short and long-range Planning Commission projects, and his knowledge and skills will be of great benefit in this new role,” said Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper. “He has an excellent work ethic and will contribute greatly to Clarksville’s housing and community development.”

Mr. Lampkin has a degree in public management from Austin Peay State University and has worked in community development and city planning since 1992.

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Upcoming summit to focus on regional transportation system


Prince survey finds overwhelming public support for regional collaboration to address challenges

crtNashville – Business, governmental and community leaders including Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers will gather in Nashville on May 27th for the annual “Convening the Region” Summit focusing on regional transportation system development in the ten-county Middle Tennessee area.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT), in partnership with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville Area MPO and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will co-host the event as leaders work to gain collaboration and consensus on the development, funding and operations of a Regional Transit System.

“Ask any citizen in the middle Tennessee area what our top challenges are and I can assure you that traffic, congestion and gridlock will be right at the top of their list,” said Pat Emery, co-chair of CRT. “But this issue is about more than inconvenience; it’s a matter of economic competitiveness, quality growth and development and working to maintain our quality of life here in middle Tennessee. The only way we’re going to solve it is by working together – all ten counties – in a collaborative manner to turn these challenges into opportunities.” «Read the rest of this article»

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City Councilors, Judge Smith to take oath of office on New Year’s Day


clr-clrksvl-city-council-logoThe Clarksville City Council will meet in special session on January 1 at 10 a.m. at City Council Chambers, 108 Public Square, to administered the oath of office to the city’s recently elected city council members and a city judge.

Mayor Johnny Piper will swear in the following: James Lewis, Ward 3; Wallace Redd, Ward 4; Candy C. Johnson, Ward 5; David Allen, Ward 8; Joel Wallace, Ward 9; and Jeff Burkhart, Ward 12. City Judge Charles W. Smith will also be sworn in. The election of a Mayor Pro Tem will follow. «Read the rest of this article»

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Councils okays $32 million in marina debt


In a special session Monday night, the City Council approved an amendment to the city’s capital project budget, giving the okay to $32 million in new debt and $39 million in re-structured debt for development of Mayor Johnny Piper’s proposed marina, water park and other Fairgrounds “development.” The debt package would extend loans through 2027.

In fact, the “done deal” marina has spurred boats sales, or the illusion and suggestion of boat sales, including the collage of watercraft already on display in a Riverside Drive dealer’s lot and another boat display/storage area strategically poised on the concrete slab that once housed the Fairground Pavilion. «Read the rest of this article»


Lighting up “Christmas on the Cumberland”


Christmas on the Cumberland is not just a city event but a regional attraction that is now open and free to the public.

Touring the lights.

Walking through a garden of holiday lights...

The City of Clarksville unwrapped its Christmas gift to the city Tuesday evening with the lighting of Christmas on the Cumberland, a holiday light display that is a top attraction not just to local residents but the region.

The eyes and nose are all that peeks out a clear sign of the cold.

Bundled up and braving the cold at Christmas on the Cumberland

On a brisk and cold eve, a substantial crowd gathered, bundled in coats, scarfs, hats and mittens — a far cry from the 2007 event and its exceptionally temperatures that could have given Santa heat stroke under all that velvet suiting and flowing cape.

Hot chocolate and spice cider were in demand as two tables served up beverages to help revelers beat the chill in the air. Frances Sykes donned a Victorian gown to set the holiday spirit as she handed out programs for the evenings event.

J.T. Daniels of Eagle 94.3 FM emcee’d the event, with Pastor Scott Evans of the Grace Church of the Nazarene offering the invocation. Mayor Johnny Piper took time to acknowledge the city employees who have spent hundreds of hours installing this years holiday display. «Read the rest of this article»


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