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.
City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the release of the proposed Fiscal 2013-2014 budget for city government. Members of the media and city department heads filled the City Conference Room for the 2 p.m. presentation.
Mayor McMillan noted specific highlights of the budget. First, the budget does not call for a tax increase. Second, all departments are fully funded. Third, the budget includes a pay increase for city employees of two percent. This increase complies with the recent pay rate comparison analysis. Fourth, this is a balanced budget. There is no drawdown of the city’s Rainy Day Fund.
Mayor McMillan noted that the complete budget proposal has been provided to each member of the City Council. She also noted that the budget will be available to residents on the city’s website for viewing and/or downloading. Mayor McMillan stated she expects citizens to have questions about the budget and anticipates her office will receive some calls of inquiry.
Other aspects of the budget proposal include a land purchase for developing a park in the Sango area, while the actual purchase of a new radio system for the police department has not been finalized, it does advance towards actualization. As there was no request to increase the number of police officers, the budget contains no funding for additional CPD personnel.
The city is seeking funding sources to provision a new fire station. There is no funding plank in the budget for a new fire station, as such. However, the budget proposes funding preparations to pursue major funding sources for the new fire station.
Mayor McMillan additionally noted that there is no current proposal to utilize city-owned property to establish a city-owned facility to serve as the home for the North Clarksville Precinct. This does not preclude development of a potential site in the future.
This is a developing story and more details are expected to be discussed in the future. Coverage will be published as information becomes available. City departments budget proposal videos are available at this locate.
Find the Fiscal 2013-2014 City of Clarksville Budget module here.
Montgomery County Government Public Affairs has issued an update report of closed roads in the county. Two roads previously reported as closed have been reopened. Updates are expected as conditions improve.
The Montgomery County Highway Department has reopened Palmyra Road at Hematite Road and Dog Hollow Road. The list of roads below remain closed due to flooding and damage.
The continuing closed roads include:
- Powers Place Road
- Hematite Road
- Lock B Road North (in the river bottoms)
- Lock B Road South (in the river bottoms)
- Chapel Hill Road at Hurricane Creek
- C B Road
- Lylewood Road
- Kirkland Road (the lower end of this road only)
- Levi Road
- Shelton Ferry Road (in the river bottoms)
- Southside Road (in the river bottoms)
- Locust Grove Church Road
For your safely, please do not go around barricades or drive through water, as roadways can quickly erode with the presence of water. Notifications will be sent as water recedes and roads reopen.
Council representatives Geno Grubs (Ward 7), and Joel Wallace (Ward 9), will available to discuss constituents concerns and answer questions regarding city business. The town hall is free and open to the public.
For more information or to share concerns or questions, contact Council Representative Geno Grubs at (931) 320-0774.
Both westbound lanes of Purple Heart Parkway between Ft. Campbell Blvd. and Jordan Road are closed because of a 20 foot by 20 foot sink hole.
All citizens are advised to find an alternate route and advised to avoid the location until the Clarksville Police Department and Tennessee Department of Transportation can set-up detours.
Further information is expected to be made available later in the day.
State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville), on April 24, announced Montgomery County is set to receive several important appropriations through the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget passed by the Tennessee General Assembly late last week. News of the appropriations came after Rep. Johnson offered several key amendments to Governor Haslam’s official budget. Johnson’s amendments included these important funding recommendations.
The first project allocates $4.3 million for the new Clarksville Veterans’ Nursing Home. Once complete, the veterans’ home is expected to create nearly 100 jobs and have an economic impact of around $6.6 million. Similar facilities are located in Murfreesboro, Humboldt, and Knox County. According to state officials, there are 22,389 veterans in Montgomery County. Of those, 3,313 are over the age of 65.
The second appropriation, also secured by Representative Johnson, includes $400,000 to be used for upgrades to the Austin Peay State University Animal Sciences Building. This funding will be used to continue construction on the school’s Animal Science Facility, which will include a new animal husbandry laboratory classroom and a livestock handling area. The building will provide a practical working and learning space for faculty, staff, and students.
In addition to these important projects, the budget details an additional $250,000 for Veterans Courts (only two exist in the state, Montgomery County and Shelby County), an increase in funding for the drug court in Clarksville from $50,000 to $70,000, and the funding to provide for an additional support employee for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I’m extremely appreciative to Governor Haslam for making these projects a priority for Montgomery County. “This is another great moment for our community and I am especially pleased to provide my assistance to help the veterans of our state as well as our area’s flagship university, Austin Peay,” stated Representative Johnson.
Curtis Johnson lives in Clarksville and serves as House Speaker Pro Tempore in the Tennessee General Assembly. He represents District 68, which includes a portion of Montgomery County.
Finally, it’s beginning to feel like Spring! And just in time as Saturday night was near perfect for the Nashville Art Crawl and the opening of the new housing of the Tennessee Art League. 5th Avenue North was busy with people roaming and moving along through the many art houses what with the Bernie Taupin exhibit at Rymer Gallery four doors down from the T. A. L. gala at 219 5th Avenue North. Kress Gallery had live music on the sidewalk and The Arcade was its own entertainment with its distinct attractions.
While the Tennessee Art League is the new kid on the block, 5th Avenue-wise, they were by no means the novice in attracting guests. The new venue is spacious, with a bright, open and welcoming feel that saw visitors flowing through the doors the entire night. The atmosphere was cheery and conversation was lively and brisk. New member-artists provided more than a little stimulation for the impulse to become a supporter of the arts as guests became enamoured of diverse works and made purchases as the night moved along. Smiles and the joy of ownership were readily visible on many faces that filled The Gift Shop.
Newcomer artist-member Bernie Wilson has several motion statuettes on display in The Gift Shop. Though modest in scale, the motion sculptures are captivating in concept and form. Each piece is indeed a working piece of art reflecting culture, simplicity and elegance in approach. Wilson himself is a warm and affable man with lively eyes, a ready smile and easy personality. He is eager to share his art and most appreciative of compliments.
The exhibit hall arena was awash in visual stimulation of every type. Paintings, photography, woodturning, sculpture, 3-D paintings, mixed media, it is all there, in delightful numbers and wondrous style. Some familiar names from the T.A.L.’s more senior members mixed easily alongside the newer kids just come to the block, so to speak. Clarksville artist Tess Lankovich eagerly pointed out her two works of water color paintings.
Jazz Music artist Ev Niewoehner was on hand to witness the gala crowds and has several of his colorful music infused panels displayed throughout the gallery hall. Neiwoehner is also the featured exhibition artist of the month as the T.A.L. celebrates its new digs. Born in rural Iowa, at age ten, his family moved to Colorado where he graduated from Fort Collins High School. He earned history degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He also studied art at several universities. After teaching at the high school level, he owned and operated an art gallery in Los Angeles. Teaching opportunities brought him to Tennessee, where he taught for 21 years. Retiring from teaching 1999 has allowed him to commit to his first love, oil painting, full time. Although he has painted in several genres, the theme of music has dominated the bulk of his work, with quite impressive results. These works evoke an undeniable sense of jazz and the atmosphere in which one enjoys that uniquely American music art form. From Cuban drums to alto trumpets, to a small combo group bathed in cinnamon lights, the viewer is made part and parcel of the work.
Bob Jones has some of his astounding pen and ink hand drawings on the walls and it must be noted that the detail he achieves by hand is breathtaking. His, “Lost in Thought” is one such example. Those who were fortunate to see his “Miles Davis” will attest to the unbelievable skill and effect this artist can produce. Noriko Register was also spotted in the gallery hall with smiles for the new visitors. Barry Werner has another woodturning piece on display this month as well. While he gives Mother Nature credit for doing the really hard work, his skill at bringing out the beauty hidden within the wood pieces is beguiling.
Nashville newcomer John Cranshaw has found himself a comfortable base with The T.A.L. Music City has indeed influenced his artistic perspective. From his evocative beach and waterfront vistas of late 2012, Nashville’s music scene has taken hold of his most prolific brush strokes and rendered him a avid portraitist of his new muse, the music of Nashville. This new skin fits him well. Vibrant, lively and evocative, he and his new muse are a good match.
Clarksville has another artist included in this exhibition. The Customs House Cultural Museum’s own Terri Jordan features works from her ‘Spanish Lady’ series of paintings. Sculpture has a place and plenty of it to shine at 219 5th Avenue North. There modest clay creations as well as near full-scale human form works throughout the gallery. “African Boy” and “Torso # 2 are examples of the variety displayed within the gallery.
A treasured carryover from the Broadway location is the T.A.L.’s Poston Gallery. This gallery space, now known as ‘The Poston’ is given over to Open Arms Care Corporation’s unique art program- Artistic Realization Technologies A.R.T), and the YMCA’s artEmbrace program.
Open Arms is an organization that provides intermediate care facility services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Nashville. Its A.R.T. program allows clients, many of whom are unable to speak, walk or hold a paint brush, to control the creative process via a laser pointer that is secured to their head. The pointer allows the client to direct a tracker, (the person painting) as to how they would like their canvas to look. The tracker works directly with a client, asking an infinite series of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions. Trackers use a board of colors and a canvas. They continue asking questions until the painting is exactly how the client wants it. A variety of different sized frames and artists are presented in this month’s exhibition.
artEMBRACE is a comprehensive multi-cultural arts education after-school art program in the YMCA’s line-up of after-school programs in five counties throughout Middle Tennessee. Currently in its seventh year, local professional teaching artists travel to over 100 after-school programs each semester to share their talents in a wide variety of visual and performing arts with hundreds of kids all over Middle Tennessee. The mission of artEMBRACE is to use art education to positively affect the lives of students, improving their chances to lead successful lives by developing creativity, improving learning skills and building self-confidence.
The artEMBRACE after School Artwork Exhibit consists of matted and framed prints from workshops taught by local artist and T.A.L. vice-president Maylynd Augelli and hand sculpted clay creations from workshops taught by local artist Sophia Stevenson. All of these works are original creations, made by the students. There is no computer generated design among these works. These are the students own creations. The images are impressive.
While The Nashville Scene rightly tauted the Bernie Taupin exhibit at The Rymer Gallery, the grand unveiling of The Tennessee Art League’s new digs on 5th Avenue North was no less a spectacular success. Well attended with a steady flow of eager viewers, warm and friendly conversation, good vibes and ready refreshment, and more than a few pieces moved off the walls.
Here’s wishing them a long and happy residence on 5th.
[Photos by Turner McCullough Jr./JazzWaves Imaging Solutions]
The annual Asanbe Diversity Symposium of Austin Peay State University hosted a lecture presentation by author J. Todd Moye which examined the role of the Tuskegee Airmen as ‘Freedom Flyers.’ Moye is a civil rights historian and director of the Oral History Program at the University of North Texas.
Using recordings of oral history interviews, Moye focused on the societal impact the struggles faced by the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II wrought upon the nation’s attitudes and practices. African American were not allowed to train to be pilots, much less fighter pilots, at the outset of World War IIr but persistence and practical application of resources during the war forced a re-evaluation and abandonment of that policy.
Moye’s research into the people affected by the Tuskegee Airmen struggle showed the impact went beyond just the pilots themselves. The popular figure of ‘Rosie the Riveter’ had another side to it.Women saw employment opportunities opened to them that prior to the war were not available.Not just white women were given these new opportunities. Black women trained as mechanics and machinists who manufactured planes and engines and tested those planes for readiness. This testing included actual flying of the planes to vouchsafe the work. This was new territory for the United States as it opened doors of opportunity for African Americans that had previously been solidly locked shut.
The African American community took special note of and pride in the Tuskegee Airmen. Their were afforded respect and recognition for fostering a positive image of a people held in low regard by the majority population. They were the role models for young children of color inspiring them to believe that they could become anything they wanted to, achieve any success if they set their mind to the task. Particularly in the South, this was radical thinking, systemically opposed by the White Power Structure. Yet the development and growth of Tuskegee around the Tuskegee Airmen and their training complex broke through the wall of segregation and second-class citizenship which prevailed across the South.
This societal change was not however, uppermost in the minds of the Tuskegee Airmen. They were predominantly focused on learning to fly and serving their country. Their goal, their dream was to show America what value and treasure they could bring to the war effort. Racial injustice was just another barrier they had to overcome to get in the cockpit.
Hearing the voices of these early pioneers brought home the reality of the struggles portrayed in Moye’s book, “Freedom Flyers.” The personalities contained within its pages tell of the remaking of American society in a poignant manner that evidences sincerity, earnestness and somber reflection that only the passage of time can impart.
Questions raised during the Q&A session revealed members of the Clarksville-Montgomery County who either shared memories of the benefits of these early pioneers struggles or offered reflections on the vast array of social changes that on the heels of early civil rights movement. One audience member, Dan Patrick, was a former World War II bomber flight crew member who recalled being escorted by the Flying Tigers. He gave testimony that the pilots preferred to have the Flying Tigers as their escorts because they were aggressive in protecting their bombers and assisting any plane that became disabled. Their selflessness was prized by these bomber pilots because they knew they could count of the Black pilots to stick with them and keep enemy fighters away.
The lecture presentation was followed by a community forum which questioned the role of the military as a testing ground for and an agent of societal change.
Moye was treated to reception at the Pace Alumni Center where he received gifts of recognition and appreciation from the university and the Asanbe Symposium.
[Photos by Turner McCullough Jr./JazzWaves Imaging Solutions]