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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Montgomery County Flag Day Retirement Ceremony Friday, June 14th

 

Montgomery County Veterans Service OrganizationMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization, in conjunction with Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 and VFW Post 4895, will be conducting the annual Flag Day ceremony beginning at 10:00am, June 14th, at VFW Post 4895, 1701 Haynes Street, Clarksville.

The public is invited to attend.

Flag Day Retirement Ceremony

Flag Day Retirement Ceremony

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Independence Day, a Holiday made for the Stars and Stripes

 

Frazier Allen

Clarksville, TN – There are a lot of great stories about Independence Day. But one of my favorites involves a high school student from Lancaster, Ohio and the interesting agreement he made with his teacher.

Back in 1958, as Hawaii was coming into the Union, more than 1,000 people sent President Eisenhower their ideas for both a 49 and a 50-starred U.S. flag. A number of those designs came from high-school teacher Stanley Pratt’s students.

Happy Independence Day
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Flag Day Retirement Ceremony to be held at VFW Post 4895 June 14th

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization, in conjunction with Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 457 and VFW Post 4895, will be conducting the annual Flag Day ceremony beginning at 10:00am, June 14th, at VFW Post 4895, 1701 Haynes Street, Clarksville, TN.

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Army Veteran Hubert Thomas to be Honored by House of Heroes

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – House of Heroes, Inc., a community-focused 501(c)(3) program, is coming to Clarksville on April 4th and 5th, 2012, to honor Sergeant Major (Ret.) Hubert Thomas and his wife, Mary Elizabeth.

The House of Heroes program honors military and public safety veterans and/or their spouses by repairing and improving their homes at no cost.  Since its inception in 1999, the program has repaired over 450 homes nationwide. The Thomas’ house will be the program’s first project in Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Flying the U. S. Flag at half-staff is no grandstanding gesture

 

City and County Mayors’ Proposal, while noble, oversteps the authority of their office. The U. S. Flag Code delegates half-staff order authority to the president.

CHS Honor Guard Post Colors at Memorial Day Candelight Vigil

Clarksville High School Color Guard post The Colors during Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil

Recently our city and county mayors announced plans to fly the national flag at half-staff on a monthly basis. They proposed to do this in honor of our fallen soldiers. The gesture certainly strikes an undeniably appealing accord. It is, without a doubt, noble in its initiative.

It would unquestionably be a notable, emotional salute to our military personnel, especially in light of the fact that soldiers from Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division are facing daily peril in the Iraq and Afghanistan war theaters.

However, upon closer review, there is cause for reconsideration of this action. The flying of our nation’s flag is governed by specific and strict protocols that must be observed. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Unlit flame on July 4th a symptom, could it be Clarksville just does not care?

 

Eternal Flame Memorial unlitThe Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire  aka the Eternal Flame was conspicuously AWOL on July 4th! Our Eternal Flame seems to spend most of its time unlit. What does this signify about our dedication to “Supporting Our Troops!”

As the Independence Day weekend moves on, the smoke from fireworks has dissipated and the residue from our recent fireworks show have been cleared away. The traffic jams cleared up, and we each go on our merry way. Yes, the city’s celebration was quite a sight. And as noted in previous coverage here, the Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire Eternal Flame Memorial was burning bright and strong at 11:30PM on July 3rd. The flags at City Hall were still sadly un-illuminated but the eternal flame did shine for that night. Hallelujah!!!

The Pillar of Clouds, Pillar of Fire MemorialAlas, it was too good to last. It was not burning during the daylight hours on our nation’s birthday, and when the evening of July 4th dawned upon us the flame was still NOWHERE TO BE SEEN. It was AWOL again! We took date stamped photographs to verify this.

Are our public officials really committed to keeping our pledge to light the flame, and in doing so honoring our fallen military personnel? Or is this just a “showpiece” there only to be utilized during special promotions and city events? «Read the rest of this article»

 


On Flag Day, Honor our Flag!

 

As the holiday created to pay homage to our national icon arrives, it’s time to review the responsibilities attached to displaying the national emblem.

June 14 is Flag Day. This day celebrates the 1777 adoption of the official U.S. flag. Many people and businesses display the flag as a gesture of respect, patriotism, devotion and community spirit. All admirable attributes to be sure. To be sure your display is within guidelines, here are a few helpful excerpts from the Flag Code, United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1:

 



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