The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (CAHDC) invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.
Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.
A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held in the auditorium of the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3:30pm. While this workshop is not mandatory for applicants, first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,000. Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds. In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project. In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2013, and June 15, 2014. Any organization currently receiving Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2014 is not eligible to apply.
Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30pm (CST) on July 1, 2013. The ABC online application can be accessed beginning at 8:00am (CST) on May 31, 2013, at www.tn.gov/arts. Once there, scroll over “Grants” on the left side of the home page, and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.
A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 9:00am on August 6, at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-August.
The Arts Build Communities grant program was recently reinstated, following a year-long hiatus due to state budget cuts. All events sponsored in part or entirely with ABC funds must be open to the general public. Community involvement is an important component in the planning and implementation of ABC projects. Since ABC awards are not restricted to arts organizations, this grant program brings the arts to a larger segment of the community through arts projects at public schools, libraries, and other service organizations.
For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 email@example.com.
City and county officials, as well as MCVSO staff will give remarks, with the keynote address given by LTC (Retired) Norman “Greg” Lane, US Army Reserve, who currently serves as the Battalion Executive Officer of Austin Peay State University’s ROTC. Musical selections will be presented by Stella McKnight and the 101st Airborne Division Band, with posting of the colors by the Montgomery Central High School JROTC. Area Veterans Service Organizations will conduct a wreath- laying ceremony.
Special tribute will be given as we honor the family of Sgt. Jacob Michael Schwallie, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012, as his name is added to the Montgomery County War Memorial.
Veterans Memorial Park is located at 1300 Madison Street, at the rear of the Montgomery County Health Department, with parking available at Veterans Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the William O. Beach Civic Hall, Veterans Plaza.
For more information, contact the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization at 553-5173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarksville Parks & Recreation is excited for the upcoming 6th Annual Doggie Palooza. This free event will take place June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Heritage Park Bark Park. Bring your 4-legged family members for a day full of demonstrations, contests, prizes and much more!
Any dog-related businesses or organizations who would like to have booth space at Doggie Palooza may reserve space by providing a door prize valued at $25. For more information on booth space, please contact Paula Harrington at 645-7476.
For more details on Doggie Palooza and full schedule of events, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931-645-7476 or visit: www.cityofclarksville.com/events.
The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, located at 120 Duncan Street, will host a Civil War medical display May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit will feature presentations by Mark Britton and include a collection of medical items used during the 19th century to include necessary tools for blood-letting, various surgical procedures and preparation of period medicinal products. The display will include information regarding use of indigenous herbs used in medical practices, based upon the book “Resources in Southern Fields and Forests,” by Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher of the Confederate States of America Surgeon General’s Office.
In addition, visitors can also tour the permanent exhibit which includes the 18-minute film, “Crossroads of Change 1861-1865”.
This one-day exhibit is free and open to the public.
For a more information, please visit www.cityofclarksville.com or call 931-472-3351.
The Greenway is located at 1101 Pollard Road, off of Peachers Mill Road in North Clarksville. The clean-up will be from 8 to 10 a.m.
National Trails Day, organized by the American Hiking Society, is celebrated across the country as a way to inspire the public to discover and learn about our nation’s trail system. Those interested in volunteering can contact Melissa Adkins at 645-7476.
For more details on the Greenway clean-up, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation at (931) 645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com.
In its weekly report for May 12, Clarksville Parks & Recreation notes National Kids in Parks Day events, the return of the Downtown Market and Ft. Defiance’s Civil War Summer Camp. The weekly report calls attention to Parks & Recreation Department activities and events available to the public for outdoor recreation.
National Kids in Parks Day
Saturday is a special outdoors day for kids as May 18 is National Kids in Parks Day! The Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department is celebrating with two events that can get children out of the house and having a ball.
The Spring Family Campout will be held Saturday, May 18 at Billy Dunlop Park, located at 1930 E. Boy Scout Road. Families can camp overnight at the park for only $20 per family, up to six members, or $5 per individual. Dinner and breakfast will be provided and pre-registration is required at recpro.cityofclarksville.com.
Additionally, boys and girls ages 9 to 14 may participate in the local Hershey Track & Field competition, to be held at the Rossview High School Track at 9 a.m. Kids may compete in various track and field events and will be given the opportunity to advance to higher levels of competition, leading up to the national competition in Hershey, PA. This event is free to participate.
Clarksville Downtown Market to Open May 18
The 2013 Clarksville Downtown Market opens Saturday, May 18, with 70 vendors offering local fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, milk, décor, seasonal flowers and more. The Clarksville Downtown Market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 19 on Public Square.
Opening Day of the Market will feature musical performances by Eric Compton & Brio, cooking demonstrations by Kristina Waters, Arts and Crafts for Kids by Cynthia Bellar and Chalk, Paper, Scissors, Market bags to the first 500 in attendance and prizes!
Summer Pool Passes
Did you know that pool passes are on sale year round? If you’re preparing for your summer pool visits, don’t forget your pool pass!
- Create or update your family’s account online at http://RecPro.CityofClarksville.com.
- Email a photo of each family member on your pool pass (with their names) to ParksRec@cityofclarksville.com. We can add them to your account before you arrive.
- Bring your completed form with you. A printable registration form is available at http://RecPro.CityofClarksville.com under the “Links” section.
Civil War Summer Camp
The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, located at 120 Duncan Street, will host the City’s first Civil War Summer Camp for 5th and 6th graders. Students will learn about the people, events, vocabulary, songs, food, drills, clothing and flags associated with the War.
Civil War Summer Camp will be June 17 through 21 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. Cost to participate is $50 per student. Pre-registration is required and available through June 1 at For Defiance, the Parks & Recreation Main Office or online at recpro.cityofclarksville.com. Classes are limited to 12 participants so sign up today!
Bored with the workout tedium? Stressed out over gym routine? Clarksville Parks & Rec has just the answer for you.
Join the Zumba fitness party at the Crow Community Center, located at 211 Richview Road.
Beginning May 29, Crow will once again offer Zumba fitness classes on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
Riders of the Clarksville Transit System (CTS) are facing the end of one of the system’s favorite money-saving features. Currently, CTS is proposing to eliminate transfers as of July 1st. Transfers allow a rider to combine two route rides, reaching the desired final destination, at a reduced price.
The proposal is now in the public comment phase, where the general public and specifically members of CTS’s ridership may submit their comments on the proposal. Affected public members may also request public hearings on the matter.
CTS riders live in all areas of the city and work across the diverse sectors within the city boundaries. The transportation system blankets medical service providers, shopping and entertainment venues and public activity centers as well. Employers as well as their employees have a vested interest in the continuation of this vital community asset. Families will also be impacted by this proposed elimination.
The way it works is, when a rider boards a bus, they pay the regular fare which gets them to the CTS Transfer Point. By buying a transfer, which costs less than half the full fare price, that rider can then board a second bus to complete his/her journey to their final desired destination.
Under this system, a South Madison Street or Tiny Town Road area resident wishing to get to the Social Security Administration Center needs to purchase two fares to do so. One full fare ($1.50) and a transfer fare ($0.25). Such a round trip presently costs $3.50. Under the transfer elimination proposal, that cost rises to $6.00 If the rider wishes to go to other destinations, a day of riding CTS can become quite costly. There are discounts for students and the elderly, and a Day Pass is also offered.
Public transportation systems are crucial in metropolitan areas where many residents do not have their own personal transportation. Additionally, public transportation systems typically are not ‘for profit’ operations. The USDOT and the Federal Hwy Administration offer grants to subsidize public transportation systems in the U.S.
Anyone with questions or comments on the CTS or wishing to request a public hearing may call (931) 553-2430. Additionally, inquiries may be sent to Clarksville Transit System; Attn: Arthur Bing, Deputy Director; 430 Bollin Lane, Clarksville, 37040. Email contact: email@example.com.
On Wednesday afternoon, Austin Peay State University President Tim Hall participated in a special recognition ceremony for a select group of APSU students. In his remarks he said they were one of the main reasons he loves going to work each morning.
“It makes us proud that we get the chance to work with heroes,” he said.
The students, sitting on a stage in the campus’ Mabry Concert Hall, were all either veterans, reservists or active duty military personnel. In less than 48 hours, they would receive degrees from APSU, and the University hosted a special ceremony Wednesday to recognize all their hard work.
As part of the Spring 2013 Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony, each student received one of the University’s special military coins. About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, was created to honor those individuals.
During this year’s ceremony, the University also presented a coin to Joe Winn, a 1963 APSU graduate and a World War II and a Korean War veteran. Winn spent much of his career as a flight engineer on the Navy version of the B-24 bomber. The 94-year-old, dressed in a dark blazer with his medals pinned to his chest, was greeted by a standing ovation as he went on stage to receive his coin. When Wednesday’s ceremony ended, the APSU students made sure to stop and shake Winn’s hand as they processed out to meet with their families and friends.
For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Dr. Bill Cox, executive director of the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excessive rainfall and flooding over the past weekends had resulted in many county roads being closed to drive-thru access due to flooding. As flooding levels recede, roads have been removed from the closure.
Two county roads remain closed.
Those roads are:
- Lylewood Road (at the Stewart County line)
- Sango Road
Notifications will be sent as the remaining roads reopen.
Wednesday afternoon City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan held a press conference to announce the release of the city’s Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget. Mayor McMillan noted that each member of the City Council has been provided a copy of the budget for review and sharing. She also noted that the complete proposed budget would be available to residents on the city website.
Mayor McMillan stated during the press conference that she anticipated residents would have questions about the budget. She was on target with that declaration as traffic to the city’s website has seen an uptick in volume as citizens searched for the budget document.
For those curious about the budget process, the city has uploaded the budget committee hearings of the city departments submissions to the committee. Those hearings are available via this link.
The complete city budget proposal can be viewed now by following this link.
Specifics concerning the FY 2013-2014 Budget include:
- No new taxes are proposed
- The budget proposal is balanced. No drawdown from the city’s Rainy Day Fund.
- All departments are fully funded.
- Funding projections provide for a new fire station and a new park.
- All eligible city employees will receive a 2% pay increase.
- No funding for increase of CPD officers. No new officer request was submitted by the CPD during committee hearings.