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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan announces Access Management Ordinance Task Force

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan announces the formation of the Access Management Ordinance Task Force as a result of a public meeting to discuss the proposal to revise Clarksville’s access ordinance.

“Part of what we discussed during the public meeting a couple of weeks ago is that as far back as 2001, at least two committees were formed to draft and review the first access management ordinance. A request was made that I create a similar group to review the revisions being proposed by the Street Department and to make recommendations to the Street Committee and the City Council,” said Mayor McMillan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Cumberland Bank & Trust expands Mortgage Department

 
Dawn Mulloy of the Cumberland Bank & Trust Mortgage Department

Dawn Mulloy of the Cumberland Bank & Trust Mortgage Department

Clarksville, TN  – Cumberland Bank & Trust is proud to announce the expansion of our Mortgage Department to 1780 Madison Street. “Cumberland Bank & Trust has been in the mortgage business for nearly ten years in Clarksville and with the growth of the Hilldale area, we feel the need to expand to that side of town to better serve our customers.” says Dawn Mulloy, Mortgage Originator for Cumberland Bank & Trust.

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Clarksville’s leaders lays out ambitious plan for the future of our city

 

City of Clarksville plans to launch new web site in a few weeks to offer full details on the new master plan.

Aiming to set the course for our city for the next twenty years, Clarksville Leaders laid out a far reaching master plan for the future of our city. The plan development was coordinated by Frank Lott’s  and Jeff Bibb’s  BLF Marketing  with assistance from RKG Associates, Betsch Associates, and Wilbur Smith Associates along with a Master Plan Committee  chaired by Mark Holleman, Jim Durrett (Mayor Piper’s former chief of staff), and Col. Perry Clark from Fort Campbell.

The City of Clarksville budgeted $230,000 for the development of this plan.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper making the case for the Smart Growth 2030 Master Plan

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper making the case for the Smart Growth 2030 Master Plan

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Cumberland Bank & Trust receives Crime Free Business Certification from Clarksville Police Department

 

Cumberland Bank & Trust was recently presented with the Crime Free Business certification by the Clarksville Police Department (CPD). Cumberland Bank & Trust is the second business in Clarksville to receive the certification and the first business with multiple locations throughout Montgomery County to be recognized as a Crime Free Business. Ron Sleigh, President / CEO said “ Cumberland Bank & Trust is excited to be a part of the Crime Free Business program and proud to be the first bank in Clarksville / Montgomery County to complete this program. CPD should be commended for their work with the Clarksville Community to promote safety in the work place.”

Clarksville Chief of Police Al Ansley presenting the Crime Free Certification to Cumberland Bank and Trust's President / CEO Ron Sleigh, and Charlie Koon Vice President of Marketing

Clarksville Chief of Police Al Ansley presenting the Crime Free Certification to Cumberland Bank and Trust's President/CEO Ron Sleigh, and Charlie Koon Vice President of Marketing

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Activists win free speech fight in Clarksville

 

Court dismisses lawsuit filed to silence those who oppose eminent domain abuse

ARLINGTON, VA:  Evidently you can fight city hall—and fight private developers who use city hall’s power, too.

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A CPRC member displays the controversial ad on blight and eminent domain

In an order issued on March 26, 2009, Judge C.L. “Buck” Rogers of the Circuit Court for Sumner County, Tenn., vindicated the right to protest government abuse by dismissing the libel lawsuit brought by Richard Swift, a developer who is a former member of the Clarksville City Council, and Wayne Wilkinson, a member of Clarksville’s Downtown District Partnership, against members of the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition (CPRC). «Read the rest of this article»

 

Clarksville activists ask court to dismiss “frivolous” lawsuit

 
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CPRC member Joyce Vandemeer with the controversial ad

CPRC, Institute for Justice: Thin-skinned politician and developers filed lawsuit to stifle debate over eminent domain

ARLINGTON VA: It is time to throw out the frivolous lawsuit meant to silence the free speech of those who oppose eminent domain abuse.

That is the message members of the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition,  grassroots group formed to fight the abuse of eminent domain in their community, delivered at 8 a.m. today through their attorneys from the Institute for Justice.  A hearing on the coalition’s motion to dismiss the case will be held at the Circuit Court for the 18th Judicial District, 105 Public Square, Sumner County Courthouse in Gallatin, Tenn., in the second-floor courtroom before the Honorable C.L. “Buck” Rogers. «Read the rest of this article»

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Justice Department, HUD, hear citizen concerns on development, urban renewal

 
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CPRC member Don Sharpe speaks out against redevelopment at "fact-finding" community meeting

“Sued for a half million dollars for speaking out…”

“This ordinance is detrimental to the community…”

“The City Council ‘rubber stamped’ the mayor…”

“I don’t think they have a plan…”

“Our Leadership doesn’t want to listen to us….”

“CHA is a shadow, not a voice…”

“Preying on minority communities…”

“I’ve never been to a public forum where the public couldn’t speak…”

This is what representatives from the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Institute for Justice  heard when they came to Clarksville Thursday to listen to community concerns about the about the city’s controversial redevelopment plans. Seventy people participated in a fact-finding meeting at the New Providence Community Center on Oak Street sponsored by the NAACP and the Urban Resource Center.

Walter Atkinson, Senior Conciliation Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (Southeast Region IV), in stating that the meeting was “to hear community concerns,” said his role was in part to try and avert “litigation.”

“I am here to listen and observe,” Atkinson said, noting that it was letters from NAACP Chapter President Jimmie Garland and Terry McMoore of the Urban Resource Center that focused federal attention on this local issue. Atkinson had been “in communication” with Mayor Johnny Piper and with the Downtown District Partnership Board. Piper, DDP members and most sitting City Councilors did not attend this meeting. Jim Doyle, who was not re-elected to his Ward 8 seat, along with newly elected councilors Candy Johnson, David Allen and Jeff Burkhart did attend the meeting and spoke with the Ward 6 constituency. «Read the rest of this article»

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Libel lawsuit against CPRC: It’s not over yet

 

With the CPRC vindicated just last week, Montgomery Court now says it made “a mistake.” The libel suit against the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition has been resurrected, with motions, discovery on August 4.

Last week the Montgomery County Circuit Court dismissed a libel suit filed against the grassroots Clarksville Property Rights Coalition regarding downtown redevelopment, but late today the Court notified the Institute for Justice of Virginia, CPRC’s legal representatives, that the signing of the order was “a mistake,” that oral arguments and discovery in this case will in fact be heard on Monday, August 4.

The Institute for Justice has just been informed by the clerk’s office of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, that a mistake in that office led to the accidental signing of an order granting IJ’s motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought against members of the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition (CPRC). As a result, that order will be rescinded and Judge Ross Hicks will hear oral argument on IJ’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Monday, August 11. The court will also conduct a discovery hearing on Monday, August 4.

Joyce Vanderbilt, owner of Kelly's on Riverside Drive, displays the controversial ad that resulted in a libel suit against the CPRC.

The case, borne of a highly controversial ordinance passed by the Clarksville City Council in November, 2007, that “blighted” some two square miles of downtown Clarksville, culminated in a libel suit over a newspaper ad taking some city officials to task for their actions in supporting the ordinance that potentially opened the door for taking of properties by eminent domain and for private development. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Property Rights group slapped with $500k libel suit; CPRC vows “vigorous” defense

 
  • Property Rights group faces $500,000 libel suit
  • Controversial development plan under fire
  • Councilor Richard Swift, DDP member Wayne Wilkinson claim harm to public image and integrity
  • Is this a SLAPP suit?
  • CPRC will “vigorously defend” against “frivolous” suit

Another punch has been thrown in the ongoing battle between the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition and both city officials and the Downtown District Partnership: the CPRC has been slapped with a lawsuit over a dissenting advertisement on the issue of redevelopment.

The suit was filed by Wilkinson and Swift on Friday in the 19th Judicial District, Circuit Court of Montgomery County against the CPRC as an organization and, Pam Vandeveer, individually as CPRC treasurer. You can read the complete text of the lawsuit here at Clarksville Online.

CCRP member Joyce Vanderbilt with the CPRC ad

At issue is the veracity of an ad which ran in the Leaf Chronicle on May 3, prior to the May 8 City Council special session at which the final reading and approval of the highly controversial Downtown Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan occurred. The ad stated that Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper, Councilman Richard Swift and DDP member Wayne Wilkinson as developers who worked for passage of the comprehensive redevelopment plan that would cover roughly two square miles of down town Clarksville and which designated the area as blighted.

The lawsuit charges that the CPRC ad made “libelous” statements against plaintiffs Wilkinson and Swift when the CPRC ad implied that [the plaintiffs] placed their “development interests” above the wishes of the community and their constituency. «Read the rest of this article»

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