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Tennessee Historical Commission gives City of Clarksville grant to restore historic Smith-Trahern Mansion


The Tennessee Historical CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Historical Commission has awarded 31 grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund to community and civic organizations for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources.

“Tennessee’s treasured historic places make our state unique and contribute to our quality of life,” said Patrick McIntyre, state historic preservation officer and executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. “These grants will help protect the sites for future generations to study and enjoy.”

City of Clarksville receives $24,600 grant from Tennessee Historical Commission for restoration of Smith-Trahern Mansion.

City of Clarksville receives $24,600 grant from Tennessee Historical Commission for restoration of Smith-Trahern Mansion.

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Ag Extension Office to hold tour of historic Cairo Rosenwald School


utextensionThe Warfield Family and Community Education Organization will coordinate a tour of the Cairo Rosenwald School in Gallatin, TN. The tour will leave from Smith Trahern Mansion at 9:15 A.M and return at 4:15 P.M. and South Guthrie Community Center, 5025 Guthrie Road at 10:00 A.M. and return on 3:30 P.M. on September 3. Please RVSP Delinia Storr at 485-2724 or Stacy Goodwin at 648-5732. The tour is sponsored in partnership of Warfield Family and Community Education Organization, University of Tennessee of Montgomery County Extension and Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department.

The historic Cairo Rosenwald School in Gallatin, TN

The historic Cairo Rosenwald School in Gallatin, TN

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Property Rights Coalition, Councilor Harris seek “blight” ordinance repeal


blight article header“It’s all just a big mess.”

Those words summed up the state of the city, City Council, and the Downtown District Partnership regarding the now infamous “blight” ordinance.

The Clarksville Property Rights Coalition met tonight at Austin Peay State University to review the status of a redevelopment ordinance put on hold by Mayor Johnny Piper when it was found to be in violation of state law.

blightville-sign.jpgOriginally, the Downtown District Partnership had scheduled an informational meeting to explain what were termed “misconceptions” about the ordinance, which declares two square miles and 1823 properties in downtown Clarksville, with the solitary exception of Austin Peay State University, were declared blighted as part of an ambiguous redevelopment plan.

The DDP had suggested that the property in that area were “misinformed” about this legislation. As it turns out, the DDP “failed to use due diligence” and violated state law.

The mayor’s findings and the cancelled meeting brought satisfaction to the citizen’s group who felt their concerns about the ordinance have been substantiated. «Read the rest of this article»

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Piper denies Property Rights group “air time” in “blight” hearing at APSU


blight article headerThe issue is redevelopment, but the word that triggers the wrath of downtown property owners is “blight.” To shed light on this controversial issue the city will hold a public meeting and present its take on the redevelopment plan on Thursday.

However, Mayor Johnny Piper has denied a request by the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition for equal time to air their view of the “blight bill” during a hearing to be held at Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium Thursday at 6 p.m.

Atty. John Summers requested a time equal to the that of the city’s presenters to offer the concerns of the affected residents. Since the Downtown District Partnership is presenting a 15-minute program, that would have given property owners their own 15-minute voice on the issue before the question and answer session begins.

Ordinance 73-2005-06, passed in November, 2007, designates two square miles and 1800 homes and businesses in downtown Clarksville as “blighted” and potentially subject to eminent domain as the Downtown District Partnership’s Clarksville Redevelopment Plan and Land Use Master Plan are implemented over the next several years. «Read the rest of this article»

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