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Johnny Piper vs. Clarksville Department of Electricity Lawsuit Settlement reached

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Online has learned that a settlement has been reached to pay legal fees for the lawsuit involving former mayor Johnny Piper and Clarksville Department of Electricity.

Roger Maness, attorney for Piper, confirmed that he will be paid $33,000 in legal fees for his work relating to the lawsuit filed by Piper.  Maness told Clarksville Online “I’m satisfied with the financial settlement, but disappointed at the outcome of the lawsuit.  We’re still convinced that the action undertaken by the District Attorney and City of Clarksville was unwarranted and unfair.” «Read the rest of this article»

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City Charter to be sent home for referendum


I have posted two articles regarding the city charter, which got some readers and local officials attention.   On Feb. 24th, the State and Local Government Committee revisited the controversial revisions to Clarksville charter. This time Clarksville officials attended the meeting, but that didn’t seem to help; some might say it made it worse.

Despite some folks being confident that the legislature would approve the charter, they did not.  I am not going to rehash the contents of the video; it speaks for itself.  If you thought the last video was “interesting”, please take a moment to watch the video from this meeting.  After this meeting, one lobbyist was overheard in an elevator (neither Terry McMoore nor Bill Larson caught her name) saying, “That was textbook on how not to get your legislation passed.”

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A Lon-n-ng night filled with confusion and a $32m development proposal!


The November 6 City Council meeting proved to be an endurance marathon for council members and the attending public. Motions were offered, then amended, only to be immediately reconsidered and called back. Unfamiliarity and uncertainty over parliamentary procedure weighed down the proceeding, dragging the meeting into one of longest sessions in council’s history.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper (file photo by Bill Larson)

There are no pictures to illustrate the drama that was the city council’s meeting last night. Those who attended (expecting a fairly normal session) and stayed the long course, including the council members themselves, were exhausted at the end of this marathon session. It felt as if we all had been in the Boston marathon, our energies totally drained. The meeting finally adjourned at close to 11 p.m., with a surprise proposal that upped the price of the marina and related redevelopment plans to $32 million dollars.

In chronological order, this is how the evening played out: «Read the rest of this article»


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