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EVENTS 8 HANDBAGS FOR HOPE 12 CHAMBER 27TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP GOLF SCRAMBLE 15 CPD DISTRICT 3 RIBBON CUTTING 20 CLARKSVILLE FIRE RESCUE 9/11 REMEMBERANCE CEREMONY 23 LEADERSHIP CLARKSVILLE CLASS OF 2022 WELCOME RECEPTION 26 COVENANT HOUSE GRAND OPENING 33 CLARKSVILLE CHAMBER WOMEN IN BUSINESS 40 JUDGE GRIMES MEMORIAL GOLF SCRAMBLE 43 HOT RODS & HARLEYS 48 12TH ANNUAL OAK GROVE BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL 55 JOHN CARNEY RETIREMENT RECEPTION 55 LEADERSHIP MIDDLE TENNESSEE CLASS OF 2022 VISITS MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND FT. CAMPBELL 62 2021 FARM TO MARKET DINNER 65 HERO 10K RUN 68 50+ CENTER ALZHEIMER’S FUNDRAISER 71 SEXUAL ASSAULT EMPOWERMENT WALK 74 NASHVILLE SYMPHONY AT DOWNTOWN COMMONS 77 ROXY PRESENTS: ALL SHOOK UP 82 JENKINS FAMILY FIELDHOUSE GRAND OPENING & FORTERA STADIUM GATES UNVEILING 86 REP. MARK GREEN VETERANS TOWN HALL FEATURES 10 WITH RENTS ON THIS RISE, IS NOW TIME TO BUY? 14 CMCSS STUDENT OVERJOYED WHEN HIS BUS DRIVER ATTENDS HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY 36 DONT TACKLE SELLING YOUR HOME ALONE, AN AGENT CAN HELP 38 GIVE | CARE | SHARE: SAFEHOUSE 46 HOME INSURANCE: ARE YOU COVERED? 57 CPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT 58 DON’T WAIT FOR A LOWER MORTGAGE, IT COULD COST YOU 66 RESIDENTIAL CLEANING WITH SERVPRO 84 MEET OUR LOCAL AGENTS 89 SELLERS: YOU’LL LIKELY GET MULTIPLE STRONG OFFERS THIS SEASON

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Handbags For Hope

Aaron Moore & Lauren Imoto

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Christina Wertz & Laura Downey

The Clarksville Association of Realtors (CAR) Young Professionals Network (YPN) recently hosted its seventh annual Handbags for Hope at Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Proceeds from the event will be distributed by CAR’s Spreading Our Support Foundation (SOS) to local charities. In the past, money raised by the Foundation has benefited the Mike Groves Memorial Scholarship, Safehouse for Women, Habitat for Humanity, FUEL, and others. This was a record year for the event, with the top live-auction item fetching $39,500 and a grand total of more than $233,500 being raised.

Danielle & Davis Stack

Ashley Mynatt and Jason Beadnell

Chris Buerck, Ashley Mynatt, Jimmy Terry & Danielle Stack

Annaka Miles & Angie Morales-Link

Amanda Dusenberry & Michael Grise

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Chase Smith & Jackie Harker


Tyler & Kaylee Davis Deanay & Michael Cox

Dan & Chris Buerck

Marcalee & Travis Baxter

Harley May & Meagan Miller

Ellie Dyer & Melanie Wojnarek

Una & Joe Smith

Erin & Eric Yow

Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts

Stacy and Ted West

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With Rents on the Rise, Is Now the Time To Buy? According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose by 8.1% from the same time last year. As it notes:

Monthly Median Rental Prices

“Beyond simply recovering to pre-pandemic levels, rents across the country are surging. Typically, rents fluctuate less than 1% from month to month. In May and June, rents increased by 3.0% and 3.2% from each month to the next.” If you’re a renter concerned about rising prices, now may be the time to consider purchasing a home.

Monthly Rents Are Higher Than Monthly Mortgage Payments When you weigh your options of whether to buy a home or continue renting, how much you’ll pay each month is likely top of mind. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), monthly mortgage payments are rising, but they’re still significantly lower than the typical rental payment. NAR indicates the latest data on homes closed shows the median monthly mortgage payment is $1,204. By contrast, the median national rent is $1,575 according to the most current data provided by realtor.com. In other words, buyers who recently purchased a home locked in a monthly payment that is, on average, $371 lower than what renters pay today (see graph above).

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Rents Are Rising Sharply, and They Continue To Increase The difference in monthly housing costs when comparing renting and home buying today is significant, but many would-be homebuyers wonder about the future of rental prices. If we look to historical Census data as a reference, the median asking rent has risen consistently since 1988 (see graph to the right). The rise in rent over time clearly shows one of the major advantages homeownership has over renting: stable housing costs. Renters face increasing costs every year. When you purchase your home, your mortgage rate is locked in for 30 years, meaning your monthly payment stays the same over time. That gives you welcome peace of mind and predictability for many years ahead. With rents continuing to rise across the country, renters should consider if now is the right time to buy. There are multiple benefits to buying sooner rather than later. Want to chat with a experience real estate agent about the benefits? The Guthrie Group is a local real estate team here in Clarksville with Modern Movement Realty led by Tiffany and Shane Guthrie. Not only was Shane awarded Best Real Estate Agent in the 2021 Best of the Best Awards, they have also helped countless families buy and sell their homes. If you are renting and want to explore the options of purchasing a home, reach out to The Guthrie Group.

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CLARKSVILLE CHAMBER 27 th Annual Membership Golf Scramble

Mark Kelly, Paul Turner & Dustin Wallace Adam Nichols & Ronny Raines.

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Melinda Shepard & Catherine Bertoldi

Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce held its 27th Annual Membership Golf Scramble recently at Swan Lake Golf Course. Chairman Paul Turner said, “This is our annual tournament. I think we had a little more than 100 players signed up today. This is a chance for our members to get together and have some fun,” Players formed their own four-man teams and prizes were awarded for the 1st Place team, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Hole.

Kelley Hudson & Callie Worstall

Russell Harris & Ron Jackson

Linda Rafferty, Jane Brake & Rose Melton

Collin Welker & Brad Wise

John Castleman, Justin Crosby & Grayson Smith

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Leslie Horn & Tina Marshall


Sean Tate, Mark Levin & Skip Cansler Brad Van Kirk & Mike Welker

Tommy Bates & Steve Kemmer.

Woody Cutrell & Brian Glapa

Paul Turner & Doug Englen

Pat Sawyer & Jack Pruitte

Reed Harper & Gary McClure

Shane Gilliam & Eric Hammock

Nick Rossini & Jenna Hunter

Mike Carrigan & Bart Lynn

A.J. Benjamin, Andre Lewis & Pete Solomona

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CMCSS Student Overjoyed His Bus Driver Attends His Birthday Party

Birthdays are a time of excitement for children. When considering how to make his birthday extra special, a CMCSS kindergartener had one wish at the top of his list. Jace Caudill wanted to celebrate with his bus driver, Mr. Mike. Mike Ellis, or ‘Mr. Mike’, has been a CMCSS bus driver for 15 years. After retiring from a business career, he turned to bus driving.

“When we were making the list of who he would like to invite, Mr. Mike was the first person on the list,” Amy Caudill, Jace’s mother, recalled. “I said, ‘Your bus driver?’” Jace often comes home sharing stories of his time spent with Mr. Mike and refers to him as “the kindest man I know.” Amy had met Mr. Mike previously when her son insisted on introducing her during a local cross-country meet. Amy shares her son’s sentiment. “He is just so kind.” The Caudill’s prepared a birthday invitation for their bus driver. Amy made sure to include a note to say she didn’t expect him to come but that she was simply fulfilling her son’s request. Mr. Mike was the first person to RSVP for the birthday. “When I got to school and opened up [the invitation], I thought, ‘I’m going to that birthday party,’” said Mr. Ellis. After checking with his supervisors, making sure it was okay to attend the party, Mr. Ellis reached out to Amy and confirmed.

Ms. Mae Harrison brought his granddaughter a rag doll to care for while riding the bus. “I didn’t have a doll, but I had a book.” “He (Jace) forgets about being sad because Mr. Mike makes him feel important,” Amy said. “His little acts of kindness help distract Jace from leaving mom.” Mr. Mike has a way of making all students feel valued. “I have ten kindergarteners this year. They all have different personalities,” he said. “I can’t just sit up and be a bus driver. I have to greet them in their own way.” Whether it’s giving a high five, encouraging them to be “on green” at school that day, or talking about their favorite activities, Mr. Mike recognizes each student and allows them to feel seen and heard. Amy said even though some mornings are still hard, she knows Mr. Mike will be there to help her son. “My heart is at ease every day knowing that my child is safe,” Amy said. As the year continues, Amy knows her son will continue to grow and find courage. Especially with his friend Mr. Mike supporting him along the way. “I wish Mr. Mike could be with him all day long. He’s just the sweetest man.” “There are two things my father taught me,” Mike explained. “One of them is ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Sometimes that’s hard, but you have to try.” Provided By: Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Once Jace learned Mr. Mike would attend his birthday party, Amy said he could not contain his excitement, “He told everyone.” When Mike arrived at Defy, an indoor trampoline park, he instantly became the party’s highlight. “There were several kids that knew him. They were all over the moon excited Mr. Mike was there,” Amy said, laughing. In true Mr. Mike fashion, he made a point to stop and have an individual conversation with each child. “He just made everybody feel special,” she said. “He was so kind to all the children. I know my child will remember this for the rest of his life.” The friendship between Mr. Mike and Jace began at the beginning of the year. As a Kindergartener, Jace struggled to leave his mom. “He cried every morning,” Amy admitted. “I was very concerned about Jace riding the school bus, but my job didn’t allow for another option. He is tiny, and I was worried about it. But as soon as I met Mr. Mike, all of those worries left.” Mr. Mike knew just what to do to ease Jace’s fears. Patiently, he began to give Jace special tasks. “We have to be on our toes all the time. I had a book sitting there and thought, ‘I’ll give it a shot.’” Mr. Ellis handed the book to Jace and asked for his help. “I said, ‘I need someone to hold this very important book for me. Don’t let anyone take it from you.’ It worked,” Mike said. Jace suddenly had a job to do and forgot about his fears. Mr. Ellis explained he got the idea from a bus driver who was kind to his granddaughter. Nineteen years ago, when his granddaughter was a student at East Montgomery Elementary, she had the same fears about riding the bus. 14 • FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK TO STAY UP TO DATE ON EVENTS IN CLARKSVILLE

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CLARKSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT DISTRICT 3 RIBBON CUTTING

Angela Williams

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Angela Downey & CPD Sergeant Patrick Seay

Clarksville Police Department recently held their ribbon cutting for their new District 3 Precinct off International Blvd. Mayor Joe Pitts said, “The women and men of CPD need this new building and deserve a great place to work. They are succeeding because they are seeking the trust and understanding of our community, and this facility will only help with that mission.”

EMS Chief Bill Webb & Asst. Chief Chris Proctor

Dr. Curtis Glenn & Pastor Franklin

Wes Golden, Sheriff John Fuson & Bill Harpel

CPD Captain Scott Thornton & Captain (Ret.) Larry Cole

Deputy Chief Rick Stalder, Bill Harpel, Captain. Lianne Wilson, Mayor Joe Pitts & Gary Norris

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James Halford & CPD Captain Liane Wilson

CPD Lieutenant Bryan Adams & Lieutenant Robert Miller

CPD Chief David Crockarell & Mayor Joe Pitts

CPD Deputy Chief Ty Burdine

CPD Captain James Smith & Captain (Ret.) Larry Cole

David Boger & Jerry Loftis

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CPD Deputy Chief Rick Stalder & Mayor Joe Pitts


I N D E P E N D E N T L I V I N G | AS S I ST E D L I V I N G | M E M O RY C A R E

Why Choose Arcadia in Clarksville? Arcadia is a new approach to senior living. It’s about enjoying life and connecting with people. Arcadia Senior Living is designed for seniors who want to live maintenance free in an apartment home with access to restaurant style meals, recreational, social and educational activities, laundry services, housekeeping, transportation and other supportive services. We understand that your needs may change over time so we can provide assistance with activities of daily living and basic care in a homelike setting. All our apartments are Assisted Living Certified which means you can move in not needing nursing services but when the need arises, you will not be required to move to a different apartment.

In addition to our caring and well-trained staff, Arcadia offers a unique set of amenities and services intended to support our residents’ desire to live with purpose, dignity, and independence. Our community was designed with many special touches to support the varied lifestyle interests of our residents while also providing a safe and secure environment. Below are just a few of the areas our residents and their families can enjoy that have earned Arcadia Communities several awards and recognitions. We are certified A Great Place to Work, as well as CMC Green Certified. We would love to give you a tour of our beautiful community!

To schedule a tour please contact Amber Malone at 931-919-2668 or email us at amalone@arcadiaclarksville.com.

Our Ammenities Community Baking Kitchen Beauty and Barbor Shop Theatre Room Wellness Clinic Chapel and Prayer Room Happy Hour Pub and Cafe Patriot Library and Lounge Rose Gardens

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I have worked with Ashley since 2015 when I first bought my house. Love her. We listed and sold through her team in 2018. Each time, we have had nothing less than an excellent experience. Fast foward to 2021, we are coming back to the Clarksville area and of course, I looked up this team to meet my needs in finding my family a home. This time I worked with Chelsea. When I tell you I can not say enough good things about her. I MEAN IT. She was God sent. She is so patient and so kind. I never once felt rushed or pressured into buying a house. She would work with us after her normal hours there in Tennessee due to us being in Alaska. She went on multiple showings for us. She wrote up multiple offers. She was our eyes, our ears, and our nose. She was the person you wanted to be there when you couldn’t be. She is very honest and will not steer you in the wrong direction. The best thing is that she was there the entire time to help us along the way and answer all of our questions. If you are looking for a realtor then look no further. You have found her!!

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Ashley has been a realtor for 12 years in Clarksville and is the owner of The Home Network. She is an experienced listing specialist and is sure to have your home sold in no time! 910-603-5049 ashley@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

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Lauren Latham

MEET OUR AGENTS

Ashley Griffith

Chelsea has been with The Home Network Lauren has been a realtor for 2.5 years and for 3 years as a buyer specialist and has has helped numerous families buy and sell been able to help over 100 families. Chelsea their homes. Lauren specializes in residential specializes in first time home buyers and real estate and military relocation. helping military families. 814-482-0602 chelsea@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

Madison Chadwick

Madison is a rock star when it comes to real estate. She is one of our newest agents but hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. She has been able to help so many families buy their new homes! Madison is also finishing her degree in Marketing from APSU and is a member of the Apha Delta Pi sorority. 931-551-6193 madison@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

610-657-5063 lauren@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

Shelby Stewart

Shelby is also one of our newer agents on the team. She is a buyer’s specialist within the residential real estate part of the industry, and has helped countless families buy their next homes! Shelby played soccer at APSU and now coaches Middle School here in Clarksville! 602-733-7985 shelby@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

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CLARKSVILLE FIRE RESCUE 9/11 REMEMBERANCE CEREMONY

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Never Forget was the theme of this year’s 20th anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Clarksville’s Fire Station 1. A crowd that overflowed the bleachers set up in front of the station watched as a Joint Color Guard posted the colors, CFR Chief Freddie Montgomery, Jr. welcomed everyone, and the 101st Airborne Division Band performed the National Anthem. The day was filled with heartfelt remarks and somber moments. A bell ringing and moment of silence led by CFR Honor Guard Engineer Albert Casillas were followed by Taps and then a 3-helicopter flyover by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Andrew & Debbie Kester

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Barney Crockarell & Ivan Adames

Betty Goodowens & Sheriff John Fuson


Susie Yates, Bill Harpel & Brendalyn Player CFR Assistant Chief Daniel Moore

Mayor Jim Durrett & Sheriff John Fuson

Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts

EMS Assistant Chief Chris &

CFR Dupty Fire Cheif Steve Batten & Chief Freddie Montgomery

CFR District Chief Josh Snyder & EMS Willie Sims

Geno Grubbs & Ivan Adames

Chaplains Martha & Ernest Brockman

CPD Chief David & Lori Crockarell

Penny Baldwin, Mia & Marley Rios

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C L A S S O F 2022 W E LCO M E R EC E P T I O N

Brandon Bridges & Jeff Henley

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Brad Averitt & Luke Taylor

A welcome reception was held for the Leadership Clarksville Class of 2022. Class of 2021 lead by Co-Presidents Shanale Allen and Walt Lord, hosted the reception at the Newton Military Family Resource Cener at APSU. Rich Holladay is the Executive Director of the program. “The Class of 2021 came together to put their resources, time and effort into setting up this meet and greet for the next class.”

Chelsey Cole & Haley Davis

Dee Boaz & Darwin Eldridge

Kari Moore & Rose Melton

Angela Whittley & L.T. Whittley

Sheena Dixon & Dee Boaz

Jody Isaacs, Charlie Koon & Nicholas Nicoletta

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Geoff Livingston, Charlie Koon, Rich & Shelly Holladay Wes Cunningham & Jeff Bryant

Eric Yow & Judge Ashleigh Travis

O’Neal Wiggins & Edward Moss

Stephanie & Chris Travis

Jerry Gannaway & O’Neal Wiggins

Julie Tarrents & Darwin Eldridge

Ron Lanfear & Commissioner

Ashley Mynatt & Sheena Dixon

Dr. Karen Meisch, Tanya Johnson & Dan Moore

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Most home buyers and sellers are not aware that they can actually choose where they want to hold the closing of their home. Purchasing a home is a huge investment and you are usually excited to get the keys and officially call it yours! But don’t forget the small details make all the difference. You want to choose a title company that is experienced, knowledgeable and punctual so your closing is as seemless as possible.

Thats where we come in! Every closing is executed by one of our on-staff attorneys. “On staff attorney” holds a whole new meaning here at Concord Title, from contract to close Eric Lehman and William Johnson are not just “on staff ” they are partners/owners of Concord Title. So, when you are shaking hands to close, you are closing a deal with the owners. A guarantee that we have exercised the utmost care with every closing. Rest assured, our Attorneys are always available to review documents and answer questions.

Cookies are for closers! We hope to make every transaction a memorable experience. Each closing, our buyers or sellers will leave here with freshly baked cookies in a custom-made box perfectly wrapped and tied with a white ribbon. At Concord Title, we make a point of employing the most knowledgeable people in the business who are readily available to answer questions. Our staff is always courteous and professional.

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COVENANT HOUSE GRAND OPENING

Anna & Bradley Whitworth, Katie Cohea & Josh Miller

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Cheryl & Drew Barnes

Local ministry, The Way Church, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for The Clarksville Covenant House, a charitable nonprofit that will serve young people in Clarksville, particularly those in foster care who have not been adopted, and are now transitioning into adulthood.

Brad Smith

The outdoor event was packed with supporters who enjoyed food, live music and a celebratory atmosphere, as the doors were officially opened to the new facility at 812 Tiny Town Road. “The facility is a newly-renovated home that will house these young adults in an environment where they will thrive, learn to function in the real world, and transition into a life on their own, doing big things,” Director Dairian Smith said.

Cindy Cleaver & Amy Smith

Eric Hampton & Jayson Rivas

Heather Rivas & Sara Mlynek

Joy Perkins, Dairian Smith, Taylor & Daniel Cothran

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Erin & Eric Yow


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All information was gathered from RealTracs. Data is YTD from Jan 2021 - Oct 2021 For further information on buying or selling a home call Ashley Griffith with The Home Network at 910-603-5049 or ashley@ashleygriffithhomenetwork.com

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CLARKSVILLE CHAMBER

Women In Business

Amber Key, Gail Fielder & Amber Tompkins

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Joy Kraeske & Cheryl Dufrane

Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Women in Business breakfast event at Tanglewood, featuring Nikki Burdine, WKRN’s co-anchor of Good Morning Nashville.

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The event was hosted to ‘bring women together to learn, network and grow.’ Those in attendance at the sold-out event enjoyed stories from the award-winning journalist and Tennessee native. She shared inside perspective of major events she has covered, from presidential elections to hurricanes in the Carolinas and tornadoes in Kentucky. Burdine also spoke on a more personal level about her daughter’s premature birth, her involvement with the Tennessee chapter of March of Dimes, and her passion for animals.

Vonda Gates & Michelle

Cheryl Lankford & Colleen Davis

Christy Batts, Amanda Cherry & Ashley Jackson

Deb Haines-Kulick & Sandra Hester

Kimberly Wiggins, Sara Golden, Erin Yow & Danielle Stack

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Melinda Shepard & LaShae

Kasey Hempel & Betty Burchett

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Meghan Ray & Megan Simpson

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Tiffany Wilton & Cindy Baggett

Vy Cornett & Pam Bongfeldt

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Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own An Agent Can Help If you’re looking to maximize your sale and minimize your effort, you need to work with a real estate professional. In a sellers’ market like today’s, it can be tempting to list your house on your own – known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). But the truth is, a real estate professional can save you time and money by managing every step of the process, from pricing your home to reviewing documents and handling negotiations. Before you decide to sell your house on your own, here are five reasons why working with an agent is your best bet to maximize the sale of your home. 1. First impressions are everything – and an agent knows how to make a great one. Prepping a house for sale requires a significant amount of time and effort, even though it may seem simple at first glance. Doing it right so it stands out takes expertise and an understanding of what buyers are looking for. An agent considers things like: • Should you take down any personal art or pictures? • How much landscaping should you invest in to boost your house’s curb appeal? • What wall colors are most appealing to buyers? An expert real estate advisor relies on their experience to answer these questions and more so you don’t invest in the wrong things. 2. Agents have tools to maximize the number of views your home gets. Put plainly, the more buyers that view your house, the better your return will be. In our

current market, homes are receiving 3.8 offers on average per sale, according to recent data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). While that’s promising for the sale of your home, it’s important to understand your agent’s role in bringing buyers in.

When you FSBO, you’re operating without this expertise. Even with your own research, you may not find the most up-to-date information and could risk setting a price that’s inaccurate or unrealistic. If you price your house too high, you could turn buyers away before they’re even in the Agents have multiple tools at their disposal – front door. This could also cause problems when from social media to agency resources – to ensure it’s time for the appraisal. your home is viewed by more prospective buyers. Leveraging the tools available to your agent and your 5. Your agent will be an expert negotiator. agent’s expertise may help boost your sale price as well. In addition to their experience navigating sales, real estate professionals understand how to 3. An agent won’t miss anything in the fine print. negotiate every aspect of a deal. Your agent can also save you time by taking any guesswork out of navigating the required documentation. Today, more disclosures and regulations are mandatory, meaning the number of legal documents you need to juggle is growing. Because there’s so much to take care of, it can be hard to truly understand all of the requirements and the fine print. That’s where an expert advisor can truly shine. They’ve been through the process before and can be your guide to avoid any costly missteps.

They also know all the parties that will be involved with the sale, including: • The buyer, who wants the best deal possible. • The buyer’s agent, who will use their expertise to advocate for the buyer. • The inspection company, which works for the buyer and will almost always find concerns with the house. • The appraiser, who assesses the property’s value to protect the lender.

An agent relies on their experience and training 4. Expert advisors know the market and how to price to make the right moves during the negotiation. your home. They’ll know what levers to pull, how to address each individual’s concerns, and when you may Another way your agent maximizes the sale of your want to get a second opinion. Selling your house home is by making sure it’s priced right. Real estate as a FSBO means you’ll need to be prepared to professionals have the experience to compare your have these conversations on your own. house to recently sold homes in your area. They also understand the market at large and can factor Selling a house takes time, effort, and expertise in any upgrades you’ve completed to your home. – don’t go at it alone. Let’s connect to make sure Combining these factors is the key to making sure you have an expert on your side to make the most your home is priced to move quickly – and at a of your sale. competitive price.

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Highly recommend! Jenn is very knowledgeable about the local area. While looking for our new home, she listened and understood our requirements and added in others that we had not considered. She also pointed out things to avoid! All of this while remaining within our budget. Through the entire process, she was available and quick to respond from the first phone call through post closing. She walked us through each step and advocated for us. Thank you, Jenn!!

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SafeHouse

Urban Ministries SafeHouse not only helps those affected by domestic violence, but also serves as a resource towards the betterment of those who have nowhere else to turn. Since its inception, SafeHouse has helped countless individuals overcome hardships and start anew. Program Director, Megan Setter explains, “Clarksville Area Urban Ministries started in 1984 to help people experiencing food and housing insecurities in our local community. The ministry saw a need to help individuals facing domestic violence and formed SafeHouse in 1991. SafeHouse is the only domestic violence residential program in our local community.” “I started working at the safe house because I wanted to help survivors of domestic violence find a pathway to freedom. When leaving an abuser, survivors face many obstacles like finding affordable housing, securing stable employment, as well as the hurdle of finding affordable childcare. I want to be able to help break these barriers for our survivors,” Residential Case Manager Alicia Sims stated.

cases. With SafeHouse’s resources dwindling rapidly, they kindly ask for your help. Whether you donate items on their wishlist, or volunteer, any assistance is welcome. “We are in the process of renovating a property to become our new facility for residential and non-residential operations. As Clarksville has rapidly developed and increased in population, unfortunately domestic violence and our requests for services have increased alongside it. We have to routinely turn away an average of 30 survivors and their minor children monthly from entering our programs because we don’t have beds available or we have a very limited number of staff. It is the worst feeling in the world to have to answer a call on our crisis hotline for someone that has finally worked up the courage to flee from their abuser and know that you have to refer them to another program because you don’t have a bed available. We have taken long term sustainable steps over the last year to expand our program and we need our community’s support as we move forward. We are kicking off a capital campaign, “Fearless”, in November to help raise funds for the renovation of our new SafeHouse facility which will triple the amount of beds we have available to house our clients and their children and increase the number of staff we have available to help,” Setter tells VIP. “We are constantly in need of bed sheets, blankets, bus passes, gift cards (grocery, gas, etc.) and items that clients can use once they transition into their new home,” Howard adds.

Shelter Coordinator Amber Howard adds, “I was ready to find a way to give back to our community and was so excited to learn that Clarksville had this resource. There are so many stigmas that surround domestic violence and I love that we can help break those stigmas through our line of work. One of my favorite parts about working in this field is getting to see the community come together to see Domestic violence is a serious offense that shouldn’t be taken lightly. To this day, a common issue and everyone banning together to solve it.” there are still many misconceptions as to what domestic violence truly is, and what steps can be taken to either prevent it, or overcome it after the fact. “When people With the mission of providing crisis intervention, as well as shelter services, to think of domestic violence they associate it with being physical, but it can be verbal, men, women, and children that have been subjected to domestic violence, emotional, financial, or any other tactic used to maintain power. Even if domestic SafeHouse strives to not only help victims survive, but heal as well. “Our vision violence is not happening to you or around you, it still affects you because it affects is to create a community where anyone experiencing domestic violence has society. Each of us has the power to help stop domestic violence,” Sims explains. access to the resources they need to break free,” Setter explains. If you, or anyone you know, suffers from domestic violence feel free to reach out SafeHouse is more than just your standard domestic violence program. They to SafeHouse at any time. They can be reached by their 24-hour Crisis Hotline at provide a wide array of services to effectively ensure that those affected by (931) 552-6900 or by their administrative number at (931) 648-9100 from 8am domestic violence have ample resources to restore their life. Howard explains, to 4pm. “We offer a 24-hour crisis hotline, a residential and non-residential program, child advocacy, court advocacy, financial aid, case management, and support groups.” As Clarksville continues to grow, sadly so does the number of domestic violence

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JUDGE RAY GRIMES memorial golf scramble

Story by Kaitlan McLaughlin Photography by Tony Centonze and submitted The Montgomery County Bar Association’s Judge Ray Grimes Memorial Golf Scramble, presented by DEX Imaging, took place recently at Swan Lake Golf Course. Golfers completed their rounds and returned to the clubhouse where they enjoyed a meal provided by Mission BBQ. Awards were presented, including the coveted Pat McCutchen spittoon, and Judge Sharon Grimes was presented a check by DEX Imaging. The check, representing the proceeds raised at this year’s Scramble, will be given to the Montgomery County Recovery Court, where Judge Sharon Grimes continues the work of the organization founded by her late husband.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Appleton Harley-Davidson recently hosted its annual Hot Rods & Harleys event. A car, truck, and motorcycle show with lots of prizes, cold beer, good food and live music.

Angie & Josh Parker

Participants competed in four categories this year, Old School and New School Motorcycles, Old School and New School Vehicles, and the show was filled with everything from restomods to rat-rods, muscle cars to Harleys of all ages, and the latest Corvettes. “We do this every year, and it’s one of our biggest events,” Appleton’s Tia Suiter said. “It’s called by some the Clarksville Cruise-In, and it draws the Corvette Club, the Memory Lane Cruisers and a really diverse group of car and motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages. Its a great night of fellowship. We have the Travelers performing and we also have food trucks. It’s a little warm, but everyone is having a great time.”

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Frank & Carolann Elrod

Randy & Gina Meyer, Bobby Givens

Hannah Byard & Leah Keese

Jim & Marilyn Garry

Markie Elliot, Abi Abey, Kelly Pinkard & Carly Thornton

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HOME INSURANCE:

ARE YOU COVERED? Purchasing a home is a lengthy and difficult process; especially with Clarksville’s continuously growing population. However, one key step that most people seem to neglect is finding, and implementing, an effective home insurance plan. Determining which insurance plan is right for you might seem like quite the daunting task, but once you find the right agency, and agent, the task at hand becomes less daunting and more exciting. With the constant fluctuations in Clarksville’s current market, you want to ensure that your home is not only protected, but that you also have another person in your corner striving to help you succeed. Most of us don’t know where to start when it comes to implementing a home insurance plan, and that’s okay! It’s always best to start with some research of your own, and that starts with seeing the different coverage options that are available and determining which category best suits your home. Finding the right amount of insurance coverage could save you from problems further down the road. For example, if you have too much coverage, you might be getting scammed, and if you have too little, you might not have enough coverage to keep your home protected. Believe it or not, there are different levels of home insurance coverage. One of the levels is actual cash value. This level is the amout equal to the replacement cost minus any depreciation at the time of loss. This coverage may be more cost effective in yearly premium but less coverage in the event of a claim. Another level of coerage is replacement cost, which covers the actual replacement cost of your home and does no take depreciation into account. This is considered the more “Sturdy” type of coverage because it means your home will return to its orginal value once it’s rebuilt. The ultimate deciding factor truly comes to your financial situation and position in life. If you are planning to live in your home for several years, replacement value level of coverage will be your best option. Once you determine the best coverage option, take it upon yourself to determine which agency best fits your criteria. Currently, most people find themselves looking for a local insurance agent with a personal touch and abundant knowledge of the area where they are buying a home. Because buying home insurance is such a big decision, you want to make sure you find an agent that can give you the personalized attention that you need. One agent that comes to mind is Danielle Stack with Farmers Insurance. She is a Clarksville native who treats each client like family. Not only is she a great Insurance Agent, but she a great person who truly cares about the betterment of those around her. If you have an insurance questions, Danielle would be happy to answer them! Her office is located at 2421 Highway 41A, Suite 300, and her number is (931) 553-1493.

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YOU HEARD IT FROM DANIELLE! Was there a single feature that sold you on your home? Maybe you couldn’t resist stunning downtown views or an open-plan kitchen with all the upgrades. Perhaps you liked its quiet cul-de-sac location or you are rooted across the river like me.

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Whatever you love about the place you call home, it’s not the only reason to choose insurance with care. Your home is more than just a roof over your head. Chances are it’s your most valuable investment, and one you likely can’t afford to replace if disaster strikes. And I can help as you select the coverage you want and protect your investment. Let’s have a conversation. Remember, you heard it from Danielle!

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12th Annual Oak Grove Butterfly Festival

Caitlin & Grace Lilly

Al Trificano, Whitney Wilson, Tyler Hedrick, Karen Wilson &

Cherish Higgs & Angela Richards

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Oak Grove Tourism held its annual award-winning Butterfly Festival at the War Memorial Walking Trail. Attendees enjoyed arts and crafts, balloon artists, face painting and even a zip line experience. The bubble zone is a perennial favorite. There were also food trucks and a variety of vendors on site.

Connie & Viviana Young

“We estimate about 5,000 people out here today. We’re very pleased with the turnout, and we released 1,600 butterflies this year. The motorcycle show was amazing. The dog show was really cool, too. All the crafts were free for the kids, and this year’s butterfly house was presented by Clarksville’s Milkweed & Honey, that was amazing as well.” said Traci Cunningham.

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Chasity & Carter Burns

Inge Grayer, Janice, Sydney & Savannah Turner

Emery & Ann Spencer

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Britnee Ohman, Traci Cunningham & Kadee Luebke Johnny & Jeanette Requejo

Keila & Omar Mascarenas

Smantha, Lucas & Cody Bell

Sylas & Stephany Botero

Loretta Hall & Jodi McQuiddy

Mary Beth Bast & Drew Hansen

Tamikia & Josiah Clawson

Samantha & Amelia Barnes

Tarrence, Autumn, Aubrie &

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RICK REDA - THE BUILDER

The Reda Home Team is an elite group of professionals, specifically selected for their unique strengths, and topnotch dynamics. Truly created from the best of the best, the Reda Home Team is equipped with every tool necessary to take clients through the process from start to finish, flawlessly. Knowledgeable about the community, and passionate about their careers, and each having a heart of service, the Reda Home Team is dedicated to providing exceptional service with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

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ROBERT GARCIA

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TEAM LEADER As the Leader of the Reda Home Team Michael’s philosophies are honesty, integrity and dedication. Applying these principles to his business has allowed him to become a top producing real estate agent. His background serving 12 years in the Marine Corps has given his real estate business a high level of experience, leadership and professionalism.

Robert was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. He has been licensed for six years. In those six years, he has won many awards to include: Top Producing Agent in the Brokerage and three Education of the Year awards from the Clarksville Association of Realtors. With a vast amount of education and experience, new Construction is Robert’s specialty.

Valerie specializes in new construction sales and pre-solds. Without a doubt, Valerie will make your home buying journey or designing your custom home the best, most exciting experience. She is as enthusiastic as she is knowledgeable, and above all Valerie knows the community & the people in it.

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Patricia has called Clarksville home for 18 years and has given back to her community through MCSA for the last 8 years as a coach. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to real estate and our local community as well. One thing that sets Patricia apart from others is her relationships and her willingness to fight for her clients best interest. Patricia is also lisenced in both TN & KY.

Shirley is a seasoned agent who truly loves people. Whether she is working with buyers or sellers, Shirley puts her heart behind everything she does. As both a savvy businesswoman, as well as a welcoming neighbor, Shirley is a market leader. Real Estate is all about relationships, and Shirley is an expert.

Jennifer Murphy’s number one priority is her client. Providing top notch customer service. Her business is built on communication, trust, hard work and pride. As an agent with Reda Home Team and Keller Williams, when working with Jennifer, not only are you guaranteed her dedication but you gain a multitude of extra benefits, resources and knowledge to guide you through the buying/selling process.

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CODY STEWART

MAKEBA WEBB

SHELBY DIAZ

After 13 years in the Military, he decided to put down roots with his wife and son in Clarksville Tennessee. Building his own home inspired his passion for real estate. “My enthusiasm for helping others find that perfect home for their families future helps me connect with clients and provide them with the best service possible.”

Cody was born and raised in Clarksville and surrounding areas of Christian County. Cody has a background in Engineering and attended college at APSU. His father was a contractor on Ft. Campbell and home builder himself. Now a seasoned real estate professional, Cody is licensed in the states of Tennessee & Kentucky.

Originally hailing from a small town in KY, Makeba made Clarksville, TN her home after completing her undergraduate college career in 2000 at Austin Peay State University. With years of experience in assisting people during transitional periods in their lives, along with her Masters Degree in Business Administration, a career in real estate was a natural fit.

Shelby is from sunny south Florida. She has over 7 years of experience in the hospitality industry, which she brings with her in real estate. Shelby prides herself on transparency, communication, and professionalism.

STACY WILLIAMS

SAMANTHA BENGTSON

CARISSA OCKEY

KAREN GRIMES

Stacy’s has well-rounded experience in all aspects of a real estate transaction. Prior to becoming a Realtor® she has 10+ years in the Mortgage Industry, 3+ years as a legal secretary specializing in VA/ FHA foreclosures, and processing mortgage loans. Stacy’s enthusiasm for helping others coupled with her expertise helps her connect with her clients and provide them with the best service possible.

Samantha Bengtson is a military spouse, super mom, and realtor. She has lived all over the US, and because of her PCS journeys, she is passionate about helping other families find the perfect home. She knows how the process goes, understands timelines, language, and feelings about the move.

Carissa brings a unique set of skills to the table, having previously traveled the world as a photographer for a non-profit and later checking off 46 states as a musician and songwriter. Carissa decided to return to her roots in Real Estate and Interior Design. Let Carissa help you design your home today in Reda Homes new selection center.

Karen is always here to go above and beyond for her clients, whether it be gathering video, pictures and documentation for out of town clients or being available to answer any questions and concerns for first time home buyers. She makes sure to stay up to date on the market trends, state regulations, and available education to provide top notch service to her clients.

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At Travis Electrical Service, we pride ourselves on providing Five Star service to our customers. Our dedication to service doesn’t stop there, in fact, it starts by providing Five Star service to our team! We believe in having a company culture that exudes our Core Values of Trust, Excellence, and Service. What does that look like to our team? “What I would say is what anyone else would say that works here- we have camaraderie with our team. You can’t beat the people that work here- they are down to earth, family oriented, and holistic. It’s not just one thing that makes it great, it’s everything,” says electrician Kody Hathcock. “When our team is happy, that usually translates to happy customers. Happy customers often translates back to a happy team! It’s really quite refreshing to work alongside people who care as much as the team here does,” adds Travis Experience Coordinator, Jennifer Heck. Whether it be celebrating birthdays or work anniversaries, bringing in treats for the team, or coming together to help someone in need, you can bet that Team Travis will be getting it done! We would like to thank our team for the endless dedication to each other over the years, and for helping create one of the best places to work in the Clarksville area! If you’re interested in joining the team at Travis Electrical Service, feel free to stop by our office and fill out an application or email your resume to hiring@traviselectricalservice.com!

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Retirement Party for District Attorney John Carney Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Edward’s Steakhouse was packed recently for 19th Judicial District Attorney General John Carney, Jr.’s retirement party. “I think 48 years of service is quite a long time. I’ve given a lot to this community which I love. I was born and raised here, and I just feel very lucky, and blessed,” Carney said. Carney says first on his retirement to-do list will be a visit to Israel. After that, “no definite plans, some reading, research and plenty of time just to relax, I will be keeping an eye on my successor.” Alexa Sata & Keaton Murphy

John Carney & Lance Baker

Chris W. Dotson & Charles

Jared Effler & Julie Carney

Robert Nash, John & Julie Carney

Dan Broillier & Allan Thompson

Sharon Brollier & Helen Young

Stephanie Mize & Terria Blunt

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Teresa McCadams & Melessa Rye

Sarah Sumpter & Kevin Kennedy

Jason Ivey, Hansel McCadams & Sheri Murphy

Katrina Carte, Michelle Kowal, Karla Shelton & Tiffany Garrett

Kristen Lewis & Katie Crutcher

Lance Baker & Judge Rob Bateman

James Bagby, Judge Ken Goble & Eric Yow

John Carney & Larry Watson

Lurene Sanders & Diane Kinslow

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Mayor Joe Pitts & David Smith


CLARKSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

C riminal Investigation is a that term refers

to the process of collecting information about a crime in order to: determine if a crime has been committed, identify the perpetrator, apprehend the perpetrator, and provide evidence to support a conviction in court. The term “Criminal Investigation” may be simple to define, but is much harder to effectively execute. Not only must each officer complete rigorous academic and physical training, but they must also abide by strict rules and regulations routinely to ensure that any ongoing investigation isn’t compromised. Sergeant Cory Coleman explains, “To become a detective, you typically have to be a patrol officer for three years. There are also several schools to attend; Interviewing and Interrogations, Search and Seizure, Basic Investigations, etc. In addition to attending schools, new detectives will continue their training on the job with a veteran detective, so the process can become pretty extensive.” Most people would consider all the requirements it takes to be a member of the Criminal Investigations Unit and be overwhelmed. Some may say that the training and schooling is too extensive, while others try to take into account the sheer mental toughness you must possess to effectively do your job as a detective and deem it “too much.” However, the brave officers within the Criminal Investigations Unit shy away from these fears simply because they love what

they do, and are passionate about the criminal investigation field. “I spent the majority of my career in the narcotics division and when the opportunity came to supervise the District 1 Criminal Investigations, I jumped on it because the detectives in the unit were the top of tier,” Sergeant Lon Chaney shares. Sergeant Coleman adds, “Investigations has been my passion since I began my law enforcement career. I feel like the cases solved are felt throughout the community. For example, if there is an individual continuously burglarizing homes, an arrest on that individual immediately stops those crimes. People feel safer because of that arrest.” Due to the sheer amount of time spent together, and experiences that will stick with them forever, the officers within this unit are more like family than co-workers. Sergeant Chaney tells VIP, “This unit is very successful and it is like a large extended family. Everyone respects each other and assists one another with investigations.” Not only does this type comradery help morale, but it helps the overall efficiency of the unit itself. Sergeant Coleman says, “My favorite part of the job is when the entire office comes together when a major crime has taken place. There are many things that need to be done during an investigation and working together helps apprehend a dangerous individual

quickly and effectively.” Sergeant Coleman continues by adding, “I believe the CPD CI Divisions are efficient and are constantly improving. While other jurisdictions do their best; CPD’s professionalism, knowledge of the law, and tenacity have been superior. We are different because we continue to look for ways to improve and utilize new technology to conduct our investigations better.” Nothing can compare to an officer’s willingness to actively protect their local community. As shown by their continued relentlessness, and passion for what they do, the Clarksville Criminal Investigations Unit truly exemplifies what true bravery and unselfishness is. Sergeant Chaney shares, “I want the citizens of Clarksville to know that Criminal Investigations works hard each day for them, and we hope to make a difference.”

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Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate It Could Cost You Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just yet. If you’re one of the buyers who worry they’ve missed out, rest assured today’s mortgage rates are still worth taking advantage of. Even today, our mortgage rates are below what they’ve been in recent decades. So, while you may not be able to lock in the rate your friend got recently, you’re still in a great position to secure a rate well below what your parents and even grandparents got in years past. The key will be acting sooner rather than later. In late September, mortgage rates ticked above 3% for the first time in months. And according to experts throughout the industry, mortgage rates are projected to continue rising in the months ahead. Here’s where experts say rates are headed (see table to the right). While a projected half percentage point increase may not seem substantial, it does have an impact when you’re buying a home. When rates rise even slightly, it affects how much you’ll pay monthto-month on your home loan. The chart to the left shows how it works. In this example, if rates rise to 3.55%, you’ll pay an extra $100 each month on your monthly mortgage payment if you purchase a home around this time next year. That extra money can really add up over the life of a 15 or 30-year loan. Clearly, today’s mortgage rates are worth taking advantage of before they climb further. The rates we’re seeing right now give you a unique opportunity to afford more home for your money while keeping your monthly payment down. Waiting for a lower mortgage rate could cost you. Experts project rates will continue to rise in the months ahead. Let’s connect so you can seize this opportunity before they increase further.

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LEADERSHIP MIDDLE TENNESSEE Class of 2022 Visits Montgomery County and Fort Campbell

Story and Photography By Kaitlan McLaughlin Leadership Middle Tennessee Class of 2022 spent a few days visiting different areas of Montgomery County and Fort Campbell. In between stops they also got to enjoy some local favorites including a tasting at Old Glory Distillery, a morning snack at Gingham Cafe, breakfast and a tour at Beachaven Winery and a meet and greet with APSU football coach, Scotty Walden.

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Clarksville Parks & Recreation recently hosted its 2021 Farm to Market Dinner at Liberty Park’s Freedom Point. CP&R’s Event Planning Specialist Rebecca Lopez spoke about the evening. “Tonight’s event is very special. We run the Downtown Market, which is a farmer’s market. Our participating farmers donated the products that are being used to create the menu for tonight. We call this a farm-to-market dinner, and we do this every year.

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“We really appreciate our farmers for making this event possible. We have 150 guests signed up for tonight’s outdoor feast. Jay Ammo is singing and playing guitar. North Meets South is the caterer for the evening. The food comes from local farmers, and the flowers and succulents come from some of our other market vendors. I just want to thank everyone for their generosity, and our sponsors Blue Cord Realty and Altra Federal Credit Union. This could not happen without them.”

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HERO RUN 10K Story & Photography by Kaitlan McLaughlin This year Fort Campbell kicked off its remembrance of September 11th by hosting their very own 10k Hero Run at Shaw Physical Fitness Center. The run was a total of 6.2 miles which encompassed a scenic route of Fort Campbell. The Hero Run was an event where those in attendance could dedicate their participation to a family member, friend, or simply to those who lost their lives during the tragedy of 9/11. Many of those who were running dedicated their run to specific loved ones who were called into duty due to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. “I am running for my grandfather, who served in the United States Army, and also my father who served in the Army as well,” participant Joshua Jackson stated. Those who participated shared stories of where they were when the 9/11 attack occurred, as well as fond memories of their loved ones who have fallen.

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Sexual Assault Empowerment Walk Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center hosted a Sexual Assault Empowerment Walk recently at Liberty Park’s Victory Pavilion. The Walk was presented as an opportunity for victims/survivors, their families and the community to bring awareness to the impact of sexual assault, and come together to empower one another to speak up and make a difference. Community partners were on hand to support those impacted by sexual assault and offer information about services and resources that are available in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze After a few months of planning by event-sponsors Kevin Smith of Benefits Inc., and Jack Turner of Turner and Associates, Clarksville’s music fans were treated by the Nashville Symphony at Downtown Commons.

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About forty members of the symphony took the stage under the direction of Enrico Lopez-Yanez to perform a wide range of music from Disney, Broadway and the great composers. Food trucks were on site, and United Way volunteers and staff handled all the beverage sales. Turner praised the energetic crowd, the symphony and the maestro for creating an unforgettable evening. He hinted that there may be more shows like this to come.

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“We had 500 chairs, people on the sidewalks and people on the waterway. If we had to estimate, I would say there were about 1,700 people here. We’ve got to do this again, I loved it.” Downtown Commons’ Elizabeth Quinton said.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Theater fans were beyond excited for the return of live theater in downtown Clarksville, as All Shook Up, a play inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley kicked off Season 39 at the Roxy Regional Theatre. A talented cast, led by Matthew Combs, Stacy Turner, Stephen Shore and Yarissa Millan tell the story of Natalie, a young mechanic in a dreary mid-west town in the 1950’s, who dreams of love and adventure, Chad, a guitar-playing motorcycle-riding rebel, just released from prison, and a cast of interesting characters.

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Season 39 features more than a dozen productions, including Schoolhouse Rock: Live, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Color Purple. Four additional productions are planned for The Other Space (upstairs at the Roxy) this season, including The Vagina Monologues.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Austin Peay State University and Dr. Michael Licari hosted a gathering at Fortera Stadium recently to celebrate the grand opening of the Jenkins Family Fieldhouse and the unveiling of the Fortera Stadium Gates. The six gates and their donors are: Jenkins Gate - Don, Sandy and Casey Jenkins, Maynard Family Gate - Joe and Cathi Maynard. Wendy’s Gate - Mike O’Malley, Harville Gate - Estate of Evans & Peg Harville. Bill Heydel Gate – Rick, Sally & Wes Heydel, and the Beau’Champ’ Gate – Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp.

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“Our former indoor tennis facility is now an indoor practice area for all departments’ student athletes, known as the Jenkins Family Field House,” Gerald Harrison, APSU Athletics Director said. “It provides more than 26,000 sf of practice space. All Governor’s sports teams now have a dedicated indoor space for practice, allowing them to centralize their teams for training and workouts, particularly during inclement weather. The newly named Fortera Stadium gates will add another level of significance to the facility, and show to all who enter that the university has many community members and friends who are dedicated to ensuring a bright future for APSU.”

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Rep. Mark Green held his annual Veterans Town Hall at the William O. Beach Civic Hall recently. The event was open to the public and was focused on veterans, their questions and concerns.

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“It’s an honor to be able to host another Veterans Town Hall in Clarksville, a community full of our nation’s heroes,” Green said. “Having gone to Afghanistan and Iraq alongside many of them, I understand firsthand the challenges our veterans face, and it’s my honor and duty to fight for them in Washington, as they fought for us. It’s crucial that our veterans know their voice is heard. Each time I speak with them, I’m reminded of the reasons why I came to Washington.”

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Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season Are you thinking about selling your house right now, but you’re not sure you’ll have the time to do so as the holidays draw near? If so, consider this: even as the holiday season approaches, there are plenty of buyers out there, and they really want your house. Here’s why selling this winter is a win for you.

If you’re on the fence about when to sell, remember your house is a hot commodity this season. As other sellers take a break for the holidays with plans to re-list their homes in the new year, you can put your house in front of motivated buyers by making your move today. That means your house will be the center of attention, and likely the center of a bidding war too.

Today’s buyers are still dealing with a limited number of homes for sale. Thanks to continued low inventory, those buyers are competing with one another for Selling now gives you even more opportunity to win big as buyers compete their dream home. And when that happens, if your house is one of the few on for your house in today’s market. the market, it will rise to the top of the pool – and it will be worth it. According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average seller received 3.7 offers on their house in September. For a view into what’s happening at the state level, take a look at the map below. The average seller today is getting nearly four offers. That number is significant because it means you’ll likely have multiple offers to pick from if you sell your house this season. To put things into perspective, no matter where your state falls, remember that you really only need one good offer to close the deal. Any offer you receive will likely be from a highly motivated buyer who’s doing everything they can to beat the competition. The stakes for buyers are high. They’ve been looking for a house and they want to lock in their dream home before prices and mortgage rates rise further next year. Chances are, they’ll get creative with the terms of their offer, which could include waiving contingencies and offering over the asking price – both of which are great news for you.

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Made In Clarksville: Hankook Tires Hankook Tire recently announced a $90 million expansion of its Clarksville facility, which will allow the company to double its annual production to 11 million units.

The Dynapro XT also comes equipped with a 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake rating, allowing for excellent performance in severe snow conditions. Additionally, its optimized pattern provides a quiet and comfortable ride using arranged pitch variation The South Korean-owned company, which began technology, chamfered edges that minimize road operating here in 2017, employs more than 1,000 impact, and shoulder block cushions that absorb people in Clarksville, and quickly became one of road noise. middle Tennessee’s crown jewels of manufacturing. The Dynapro AT2 Xtreme, successor to the The facility occupies more than 1.5 million popular Dynapro AT2, has been re-imagined square feet of space on nearly 500 acres in the with a more aggressive shoulder design, enhanced industrial park. This additional spending brings noise reduction, and longer mileage. These tires the company’s total investment in Clarksville- come with a 60k mileage warranty. It’s aggressive Montgomery County to approximately $1 billion. high-depth sidewall blocks and cross-combined shoulder scoops enhance off-road traction and The Clarksville plant is the company’s eighth, help prevent cuts and abrasions. worldwide, and first in the United States. Shortly after opening this facility, Hankook established its The Dynapro AT2 Xtreme is also 3-Peak Mountain corporate headquarters in Nashville, an additional Snowflake rated, built with multi-directional multi-million dollar investment that created grooves and sipes, as well as biting block edges approximately one-hundred more jobs. that provide added traction in wet and severe snow conditions. Recently, a quite-detailed press release was sent out regarding an expansion of its Dynapro product Although more aggressive than its predecessor, line, and the addition of the brand-new Rugged the Dynapro AT2 Xtreme still provides quiet and Terrain Dynapro XT, and next generation Dynapro comfortable on-road performance with its noiseAT2 Xtreme. reducing tie-bars and staged block edges. The Dynapro XT is available now in thirty sizes, while the Dynapro AT2 Xtreme is currently available in thirty-two sizes. Hankook plans to continue adding to the Dynapro AT2 line-up, eventually reaching ninety-eight total sizes by 2022.

“What makes the off-roading and over-landing communities so incredible is their enthusiasm and deep knowledge of every upgrade to their vehicle, and tires are no exception,” said Curtis Brison, Vice President of PCLT Sales for Hankook Tire. “Having the opportunity to further support that As Hankook’s first rugged terrain product, the next adventure and expand our off-road Dynapro Dynapro XT features high-rigidity polygonal offering to include the XT and AT2 Xtreme, along blocks, and wide zig-zag grooves that offer excellent with the heavy-duty MT2, is an exciting moment.” off-road traction in rugged conditions, as well as an aggressive saw-toothed sidewall design that “Built to perform in extreme rugged terrains, the provides protection against punctures. Dynapro XT will provide drivers with functional

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off-road performance, without compromising style, comfort and quietness,” said Kijong Kil, Vice President of RE Development. “The Dynapro AT2 Xtreme has been upgraded from its predecessor to include a more aggressive shoulder and sidewall design to handle off-road terrains, while maintaining its highway performance. “It is built for the driver who is looking for balanced, everyday functionality with added all terrain capabilities.” With the addition of the Dynapro XT and Dynapro AT2 Xtreme, Hankook’s Dynapro family of products now covers on-road, off-road, all-terrain and rugged terrain segments to suit the needs of both Light Truck and SUV/CUV consumers. The Dynapro XT and Dynapro AT2 Xtreme are available now, with the continued release of additional sizes throughout the remainder of 2021 and 2022. Similar to comments we’ve heard from other companies that have recently been attracted to Clarksville-Montgomery County, Hankook’s leadership cites, as motivating factors, this community’s ideal location and access to interstate 24, its young and diverse workforce, and friendly political environment. This latest investment brings them in line with their original phase 2 projections for the Clarksville plant. Those projections also estimated a workforce of nearing 1,800 by this stage in the company’s growth. Hankook has been hailed by local and state leadership since its arrival in Clarksville and Tennessee. This community is happy to share in Hankook’s continued growth and success.


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Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program Winners Announced It was announced recently that Bill Harpel, Military Liaison for the City of Clarksville, had been presented the Ron Smithfield Persistence Award at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Banquet on Sept. 28.

This individual is a champion within the installing water fountains to cut down on the use community for the environment. of plastic bottles.

That same evening, Furniture Connection/ Red Knight Distribution was announced as the first company in the Clarksville-Montgomery The award was presented by the Board of the County Green Certification Program to receive Green Certification Program to Harpel for his its platinum certification. dedication to the Program and his commitment to the environment and the community. Harpel Dani Berggren, Vice President of Furniture has been the longest-serving active member of Connection talked about winning the award and the Green Certification Board since he joined her company’s ongoing ‘Green’ efforts. in 2014 and has been instrumental in guiding and growing the Program. Harpel also serves “Within the program there are four levels, as the City liaison for the newly formed City of Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum,” Berggren Clarksville Sustainability Board and has worked said. “What we’re known for is our recycling diligently to grow recycling within City facilities. of styrofoam, plastics, and cardboard. We have the only styrofoam densifier in the area. That “Bill Harpel is an invaluable part of the Mayor’s machine gets to about 210 degrees and then Office and our City family. He is equal parts melts a 2’ x 6’ x 2’’ piece of styrofoam down to the light and salt in his heart and possesses a desire size of a softball. It’s a really cool process. Once to serve,” said Mayor Joe Pitts. “Bill goes above it’s melted it’s placed into a square form, which and beyond to make impacts in this community allows for easy stacking. From there, we resell it, and has done so his entire life. I’m proud to have which prevents it from going to the landfill.” him on my staff and equally proud to see him receive such a prestigious award from such a great The recycled product is then used in the organization.” production of toys, packing materials and other products. Harpel is the first City employee to receive the award. “We don’t do it for the money, we’re just trying to do our part,” Berggren said. “So far, since we The Ron Smithfield Persistence Award is joined the program in 2012, our efforts have presented to an individual (cannot be an helped prevent about 400 tons of waste going organization) that has shown dedication to into our local landfill.” the Green Certification Program, the local community, and the environment as a whole Berggren’s company has a similar process for over multiple years, a career, or a lifetime. The its cardboard. They bale it, and once they’ve individual has met challenges and risen past those collected a semi-trailer full, it’s sold to a place that can reuse that product as well. So, how did Berggren’s company get into the CMC Green Certification Program?

“We also use a system called Dispatch Track for our deliveries,” Berggren said. “Our favorite thing about that system is that it allows us to import our customer’s information, and route our delivery trucks more efficiently. If we have fifty deliveries, we separate those onto five trucks. Then, we go to our farthest client first, and work back toward the distribution center. That saves on emissions and fuel, makes us more efficient, and better able to designate delivery times for our customers.”

“For us, it started when we built our new Red Knight Distribution Center in 2012,” Berggren said. “We decided to use LED lights, and timers to light the forty-two rows of the warehouse. If you’re not in a particular row, those lights aren’t on. They turn on automatically when someone enters the aisle. That, coupled with the use of LED lights lowered our energy usage, and saved us quite a bit on our bill. Honestly, that got us in the door.”

“They reuse paper. They’ll cut used sheets of paper into smaller pieces and use them like post-it notes, which lowers our office supplies expense. We have dresser boxes out there, where they separate plastic, styrofoam and trash. The guys keep up with it every single day, and it has become part of our normal everyday process.”

Together, the furniture stores and distribution company now employ about one-hundred people.

“We try to do as much as we can,” Berggren said. “In our stores. they do double-sided printing, and recycle paper. They separate cans, bottles, etc. Our distribution center definitely leads the way in our company’s green certification efforts. The distribution center impresses me. They are always coming up with ideas I hadn’t even thought of.

Should other companies get involved with the program? And if so, when?

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Carlye Sommers is in charge of the CMC Green Certification program. She talked about its benefits, not just for the companies involved, but for our local environment as well.

The CMC Green Certification program currently has 141 members, and Sommers says getting started with the program is simpler than it might sound.

“The actions our member companies are taking right now will have important, long-term benefits,” Sommer said. “The more organizations we have that are focused on sustainable practices, reducing energy use, and waste, the less impact we as a community will have on the environment. These reductions directly relate to greenhouse gas emissions. And, reducing the amount of waste Berggren’s company was named Recyclers of the going to the landfill contributes to that facility’s year for 2021. “It means a lot,”Berggren said. longer life.” “And, it’s something we intend to keep up with. There are other businesses within the program, Sommers says one of the great benefits for and to see them win awards makes us proud as participating companies is the tremendous well. It’s great to see what other businesses are networking opportunities that are created. trying to do, and the new ideas they have. “This program helps them meet with other “But, bringing that award back here to the businesses that are utilizing similar practices,” distribution center was nice. I can show the Sommers said. “At the same time, it allows warehouse guys that our efforts aren’t being them to have a place in the community where ignored. It gives us a boost, being recognized their customers can see that they are good for something we do every day. We’re proud of environmental stewards, who are choosing to do this program. We’re not going to stop. We’re the right thing.” continually adding to our business, and always striving to move forward, and do all we can to help Clarksville.”

“It sounds like a lot, but it’s not,” Sommers said. “Organizations begin with a workshop series. I teach it in person or online, or even at their business. I tell them what’s going on, and what the challenges are, and I teach them how to create an environmental plan, and set smart goals. It’s important that they set goals at their workshop that are specific to them, and achievable. “Some of them become certified as soon as they complete the workshop, others might take a couple of months to reach that first level. We have a spreadsheet they can fill out, there are four levels bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Right now, we have four local organizations that have achieved platinum. Red Knight, APSU, City of Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation Department, and Avanti, a manufacturing company in the industrial park.

a new facility, or remodeling their space, should consider switching to LED lights, and recycling paper,” Berggren said. “Simple things like that can save them a lot of money, while at the same time doing something good for the environment.” Berggren says, what, and how they are doing things, makes her feel proud. “I don’t see why local businesses don’t do everything they can. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing we aren’t just putting our styrofoam and cardboard out there. We’re doing something good for Clarksville.”

More information is available on their website at www.mcgtn.org/green.

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CMCSS Teacher Residency Pathways Program The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, like so many systems around the country, is currently experiencing a teacher shortage. One innovative solution that CMCSS has implemented is a Teacher Residency Pathways program, which studies have shown can produce more effective teachers. CMCSS’s Anthony Johnson provided this overview of TRP. The Teacher Residency Program at CMCSS provides a pathway to teaching for those interested in a non-traditional approach to a degree or certification.

all while attending university classes in the afternoons, and completing coursework requirements during evenings and weekends.” The cost is split between the school district and the university. Candidates don’t have to pay anything. Non-degree candidates can receive their bachelors degree in three years. They would start working with CMCSS in August of next year.

“There is a national shortage of teachers,” Casebolt said. “Historically, there was an overabundance, especially of elementary teachers, but the shortage has finally hit CMCSS. We spend a lot of time recruiting, and have Teacher Residents are educational assistants who contribute to excellence decided that investing in our own community can be a great opportunity by providing instructional and non-instructional support to students for us to find the talent that is already here. We give them the opportunity while learning best practices for a career in education from an outstanding to get the required education and training, and we hope they will choose CMCSS educator. to sustain a career with CMCSS. CMCSS has partnered with colleges and universities in the surrounding area, including Austin Peay State University, Nashville State Community College, and Lipscomb University. Residents will incur no expenses for tuition or textbooks. During this time, residents will also serve as full-time Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) employees at a Title I school as teacher residents/ educational assistants. We recently spoke with CMCSS’s TRP team Dr. Phyllis Casebolt, and Education Pipeline Facilitators LaVetta Radford and Traci Koon. “Starting in November/December CMCSS will be holding informational meetings for those who want to earn a degree in three years, with no tuition fees, cost for text books, etc,” Casebolt said. “This is all part of the Teacher Residency Program, which is open to high school students community members and classified employees Teachers ???

“The pandemic hit us in many ways. There is a lot happening with people right now. As a military town, we hire a lot of military spouses. We invest in them, knowing they may leave in a couple of years. There is no way to plan for their departure, as they can receive orders at any time, and that really impacts our district’s hiring needs.” Casebolt says these staffing struggles are occurring while our student population continues to increase. She continues, “some of our programs offer a dual certification, for example k-5, and a special education certificate. The needs of students in special populations continue to grow, and we have to meet their requirements. “We received a diversity innovation planning grant. We did research and found that Fresno Unified School District in CA had one of the nation’s few Grow Your Own programs. We got a $10,000 grant to research it, but there wasn’t much funding.”

Casebolt says this program is available for people with or without a bachelors degree. The program assists candidates in attending university where they’ll earn a certification to teach middle school, or a masters degree to teach elementary school.

The program is currently serving 160 teacher residents. Emphasis with the program is on title 1 schools, which have the highest % of poverty level families.

“They begin their time with CMCSS as an educational assistant,” Casebolt said. “They’ll be paired with a top-notch teacher, so they can learn from the best of the best, and see the bridge from what they are learning in their courses to the daily practice in the classroom. They will get full-time benefits of a CMCSS employee, and the pay of an educational assistant,

“We’re trying to have equity for them,” Casebolt said. “There is a benefit to having additional educational assistants in the classroom, who directly support student learning. We have anecdotal data, and we’re going through a research process. In one of our title 1 schools we had a lot of trouble managing student behaviors, which was a distraction. Extra adults in the classroom helped to transform the culture of the school, because they

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were able to address student needs immediately. Incidents of student discipline decreased, achievement and learning increased.” Residency work began at CMCSS at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. “I’m an Education Pipeline Facilitator,” LaVetta Radford said. “Diversity was the main problem that prompted some of this work. We are trying to get our teaching pool to mimic the diversity in the district. We are trying to have more diversity to connect students to people who look like them, or speak their language. We have some residents in our Spanish immersion program. A lot of research supports the theory that this approach contributes to increased student success.” Traci Koon added, “we also provide wrap-around support for those in the program, which we feel is very instrumental in student success. A lot of these residents are first-time or first-time in a long time college students, and we provide what we call recitation sessions for each of their courses. If they’re in a college math class we’re providing tutoring support for that, and content support outside the classroom. It’s a very important aspect of our program, content support, professional coaching, any help we can provide them.” Radford elaborated, “the US Department of Education states that 50% of new teachers will leave the profession within their first five years. With us providing the residency model, and the wrap-around support, our hope is that we won’t see that loss. We want to be able to retain our teachers. We offer ongoing support, even after they have completed training. Maybe we can decrease the burnout withing the profession.”

Casebolt reiterated that point. “Our goal is to make them long-time members of the CMCSS team. We are looking to expand academic offerings. When we look at the benefit of the West Creek High School Teaching Academy, we see it as a bridge at the high school level that can help us with recruitment down the line for these residency programs. We haven’t opened this opportunity to every high school student, but those academy students have the opportunity to get hands-on, minds-on experiences with elementary school students, as a high school senior. “They get to go to the elementary school and help with small-group reading. That gives students an experiential understanding, as opposed to just learning about the history of Horace Mann.” Radford interjected, “US Census indicated that in 1975 22% of college freshmen declared education as their major, in 2017 only 4.6% declared education as their major.” So, what type of person are they looking for, and with what qualifications? “We’re looking for people with the passion and calling to teach students, people who want to be in the classroom, who see the value of education, and the value of our future,” Koon said. “It’s not just one or two things. Casebolt continued, “And, it’s about work-ethic, and determination. It’s not an easy pathway to earn a degree or a license. It’s demanding, but well worth it to have this opportunity for a free education. But, there is still a cost to a free education.”

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Residential Development: Lawson Mabry Lawson Mabry is a developer in ClarksvilleMontgomery County. A man who generally keeps a low profile and isn’t normally one for the spotlight, he’s modest about what he does. But, when you start looking into it, he and his partners have done a lot over the years to help this area keep pace with the rapid growth, while at the same time incorporating national trends into their development of new subdivisions, or rather, neighborhoods.

and playgrounds in that development,” Mabry said. “We like to provide amenities. We like to develop under the cluster ordinance, which, in exchange for setting aside 15% of the land, allows us to build on smaller lots.”

One of Mabry’s newest projects is on the old Hod Lisenbee farm, located on Dover Road just past Dotsonville Road. Lisenbee was a professional baseball player, a notable contemporary of Babe Ruth.

There are a lot of reasons for that modern approach to building on smaller lots, reasons that appeal to just about everyone, from homeowners to government officials.

“It’s funny, my kids were about fifteen before they could tell anybody what I did for a living,” Mabry said. “They couldn’t really describe it. I have a degree in English from APSU. After college, I went to work with my father at Conroy, Marable & Holleman, where he was a partner.

“These days, most people don’t want big yards,” Mabry said. “The City and County don’t want that either. It means more streets for them to maintain, and less tax revenue, and causes a community to prematurely use up all its farmland. There is only so much land in Montgomery County. We really need to provide higher density, and higher quality amenities for residents.

“We’re really excited,” Mabry said. “We acquired his old house, which, sadly, we had to tear down because it was in such bad shape. We kept the silo, and we’re putting a ball field in the neighborhood, as an homage to Hod. The frontage is commercial on Highway 79. It’s zoned R-4 so there will be condominiums. The houses will be in the back part of the subdivision. We’re also hoping to maintain the silo, it’s really cool. There will be a multipurpose baseball and soccer field for the kids, playgrounds, pavilions, and a basketball court. All this area in the front (Mabry points to a map on his computer screen) is a common area.”

“Early on they let me participate in real estate developments here in town. I learned how to buy land, divide subdivisions,and sell them. Over the years, I got away from real estate sales. I retired from that about ten years ago. Now I’m a full-time developer with my partner Chad Byard of Byard Construction Co.” Mabry and Byard like to do fairly large-scale projects. They just finished up the last section of Easthaven subdivision, about 250 homes on 100 acres in Sango. “There is a swimming pool, a fitness center

“Ideally, we like to locate a number of properties at different price-points within the same development. What we’re moving to, hopefully, are developments where we have a mix of attached and detached housing. We tend to segregate housing by attached and detached. Ideally, we want to create neighborhoods where someone could spend their whole life. As they get older, maybe they can move into a smaller house in the same neighborhood, and have the same neighbors.” “Clarksville is behind the nation-wide trend toward this type of development,” Mabry said. “We now have a fairly progressive planning commission. Jeff Tyndall and his staff are doing a good job of updating our local ordinances.” Mabry joked that no one is from Clarksville. “My family has been here since the early 1800’s,” he said. “We’ve attended the same church since the 1830’s. It seems to be that the perfect time for people in Clarksville is the day they move here. Right after their move, they don’t want anybody else moving here.” He laughed. “I’ve chaired Aspire fundraisers twice, and we’ve raised $7 million for industrial development, and quality of life issues. We spend millions recruiting industry here, but when the workers start arriving, we don’t want them. We want the industry, we just don’t want all those new people living next door to us.”

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A middle school is planned to go next to the elementary school, both of which are within walking distance of this subdivision. “We’ve already talked to the school about a pedestrian entrance, and a vehicle entrance from the neighborhood,” Mabry said.. “These kids will be able to walk, or ride their bikes to school, and that saves Montgomery County from having to buy buses to service this neighborhood. There will be sidewalks, too. I think we’re looking at 230 single family homes, with the higher-end in the $350,000 range, and 150 - 200 town-home units that will be affordable, probably in the $200,000 range.” Mabry says this is a great example of a large tract that will have neighborhood commercial uses, for maybe a restaurant or dry cleaner. The Mary Ireland property is nearby, and it’s also currently being developed. All this is in the urban growth plan that was approved by the County Commission and the City Council. The urban growth boundary currently goes to Liberty Church Road. “They have designated this area for urban growth,” Mabry said. “Growth in this direction has been part of the vision for years. The City and County love to see houses being built close to schools. Also, this is 230 homes that wont


go on frontage lots out in the county. Builders who are putting a house on five acres would use more than 1,000 acres of farmland to build 230 homes. “They’ll need to make changes to the roads and related infrastructure, but they don’t build roads before they need them. There will probably be a stoplight at Dotsonville Road, and maybe one at our entrance.” Construction won’t begin for a couple of years. The additional property Mabry and Byard are looking at may not see construction start for five years or more. “The problem we have right now is runaway housing price increases,” Mabry said. “We’re really struggling. The supply of lots is inelastic. Time is a problem. By the time we do all our surveys and everything, this plan will change. From the time we start until we can sell a lot to a builder, it takes about three years. We have to deal with things like sink holes, creating retention basins, lakes. That’s why you have engineers.” Mabry says he and his partner don’t like to cut down trees, for aesthetics and cost. They typically sell to builders, and they don’t build the houses themselves. “We supply local builders with lots, that’s basically what we do,” Mabry said. “I work with about twenty builders. Currently, we

have a lot of people moving here. We’re landing industry and we have to make sure we have homes for them. Industry will stop coming here if they can’t buy houses. The ‘Dover Road’ side of the city is one of the next booming areas of Montgomery County. Clarksville Gas & Water has recently come to an agreement with Woodlawn Utility District to provide sewer, that’s what is driving so much growth in that area. Once the sewer is there, the area can be developed with density. Without it, it can’t be done. Sewer prevents sprawl.” But, for Mabry, it’s about more than just providing a house. “We provide a neighborhood,” He said. “We set up neighborhood associations that help control fencing and usage, and it makes for a nice safe affordable place for people to live. “We’re doing a development on Dunbar Cave Road right now, called The Oaks. That’s 380 homes with a fitness center, a pool, a dog park, a pavilion and playgrounds. The lots are the same size as the Lisenbee property, but the prices might be slightly higher, based on the area. “Glenwood was built in 1930, and it’s built around a park. This neighborhood proves that you don’t have to have a big house to have a nice neighborhood. Some of the houses in here are only about 1,000 sf. The amenities are what makes it nice, not the size of the house.”

Mabry shares some bits of knowledge; you have to have some density to get the nice amenities. Commercial development usually follows residential growth, etc. He is staying true to his vision. He and Byard don’t rush these projects, and they’re always thinking long-term. What will make these neighborhoods attractive now, but also ten or twenty years from now? “It will probably take five years for us to build out the first section of the Lisenbee property,” Mabry said. “Highway 374 is going to really change things. This is an area in transition, property values are definitely going to go up. We live here, and we take pride in our developments. I challenge you to find one of our developments that’s not nice. We want it to be nice twenty years from now. We set reasonable strong codes that govern how it gets built-out and governed, and provide quality amenities. “We’ve got The Oaks, Easthaven, Lisenbee Farms, Dunbar Bluff, which only has 34 lots, but about 15 of them overlook the river. We designated the bluff as a common area, so the trees will remain, and we’re building a beautiful structure that will overlook the river. Out goal is to improve the quality of life. In larger markets they have these amenities, we’re trying to push the envelope, and bring these ideas to Clarksville.”

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APSU business faculty member advancing women and gender equity with her research at Harvard Dr. Elif Demiral Saglam, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of economics, recently embarked on her second year as a research fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy program. She is the first APSU faculty member to receive this honor, and the fellowship is a continuation of her desire to advance women and gender equity in the workforce. The fellowship enables Saglam to connect with other like-minded researchers at Harvard. She participates in weekly research seminars, actively explores new research ideas with Harvard faculty and fellows, and has already delivered two research presentations. Her work aims to inform policymakers and offer alternative organizational practices to advance women’s presence in all fields and at all levels. “As an Austin Peay faculty member, I incorporate what we know and discover about gender inequalities and the possible solutions into my teaching,” Saglam said. “I am highly motivated to train future leaders who can create a more gender-equal world while also furnishing my female students with the practical skills and tools to navigate in the current system.” In her research, Saglam uses behavioral and experimental methods to recommend evidence-based strategies that promote equal and bias-

free opportunities for women and men. She studies the behavioral differences between the sexes that contribute to widely observed gender gaps in the economy. One stream of her research investigates the willingness of men and women to engage in competitive environments. Along with her co-authors, Saglam confirmed previous research that suggests women shy away from competition. However, Saglam and her team discovered that no gender gap exists when competition is against one’s own performance (self-competition). This finding provides a possible solution to reduce gender gaps in the labor market. Creating opportunities for self-competition in the workplace can make women as equally competitive as men, reducing the gaps in earning and representation. Fostering selfcompetition can be especially important to encourage female participation in more competitive yet lucrative fields, such as technology and finance. Saglam also studies the differences in confidence between men and women and the role these differences play in employment decisions. “We cannot turn our back to half of the population and let gender biases and other barriers restrain women’s aspirations for life,” she said. “We must uncover the reasons why there are gender inequalities in economic opportunities and discover what the successful interventions could be to close such gaps. I am greatly honored and humbled by the opportunity to connect with the Harvard faculty and fellows, whose expertise and global reach influence important decision-makers worldwide. I also feel privileged to be able to share my experiences as a Harvard fellow with my students at APSU!”

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Florim USA Expansion Plans Announcements of new businesses coming to Clarksville-Montgomery County, and of current businesses expanding, are happening at a quick pace of late. Michelle Hueffmeier of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, recently shared this information. On behalf of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB), the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce Florim USA, is expanding at their Clarksville, Tenn facility. The latest expansion will include additional production equipment, along with plans for a showroom in their admin building. Florim will make a capital investment of $35 Million, and create thirty-three new jobs. Florim USA, which rebranded in the American market as Milestone, employs over 300 at their Clarksville facility, is a major leader in the flooring industry, and a committed community partner. The company is also dedicated to environmental sustainability. In January of 2021, the company obtained its B Corp Certification, and in 2020 was awarded the prestigious Business Recycler of the Year award by the Tennessee Recycling Coalition, for its commitment to waste prevention, and recycling. “Congratulations to our friends at Florim on their expansion,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said. “I am thrilled with Florim’s continued growth and prosperity in Montgomery County. They have been a long-time community partner, and impressive steward of the environment, which we greatly appreciate. I wish them the best in the next phase of their expansion as they continue production of their high-quality porcelain tile.”

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts shared these words of praise for Florim. “It’s great to see the growth of our existing industries, even as we continue to add new manufacturers to our local economy. Florim USA has been a mainstay in our local business park, and they have consistently grown jobs and improved their facility with new investments. They also are a leader in making porcelain tile manufacturing as sustainable and environmentally sound as possible, and we are thankful that they are a great corporate citizen.” Florim USA is the American subsidiary of Florim Group, which is based in Italy. Florim USA is recognized as one of the largest and most technologically advanced porcelain tile facilities in North America. In part, the company’s mission statement talks about Florim’s dedication to the environment, “Florim USA is also committed to the environment, observing environmental regulations through certified quality management systems and ecological processes.” The company is also lauded for its innovation. “Business retention and expansion (BR&E), and connecting with local industries on their needs is a key priority for the EDC,” EDC CEO Buck Dellinger said. It is amazing to see a longstanding community industry thriving and growing in Clarksville-Montgomery County, and we look forward to their continued success.” Shea Hopkins, Executive Director of Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB added, “I am thrilled to celebrate an expansion among one of our well-established industries and congratulate Florim USA on their continued growth and success.”

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Planters Bank announces today the kickoff of its annual Season of Giving. 12 area organizations throughout Western Kentucky and Tennessee will be supported through the community giving campaign. The campaign kicks off today and goes through the end of December. Entering its eighth year, the Planters Bank Season of Giving is a community tradition that has a goal of bringing awareness to local non-profit organizations’ missions at the same time as fundraising for the organizations. This year, the focus is on giving back to the children in our communities. “We have so many deserving organizations in our communities that help support children’s needs. It’s important for us to bolster the efforts of these non-profits who shape the futures of our communities,” says Planters Bank CEO Elizabeth McCoy. Based on the popularity of last year’s Season of Giving gift sets, Planters Bank is once again offering a Kentucky gift and a Tennessee gift – this time with a new design and new items included. The custom designed gift tins are filled with a matching flour sack towel and a custom state-shaped ornament. Planters Bank commissioned the items from local branded merchandise agency Williams Advertising. Each set retails for $20 and is available for purchase in every Planters Bank location beginning today. 100% of the purchase price of each gift is donated directly to the organization supported in that branch (see list). In addition to supporting these groups through purchases in each branch, the bank has brought back their tradition of donating $25 for every checking or savings account opened mentioning the Season of Giving when visiting a Planters Bank location. Visit the Planters Bank Facebook , Instagram and Twitter to learn more and participate, visit https://expectgreatthingsbank.com/giving/ to learn more about the non-profits and the campaign gift items, and find out more about Planters Bank’s philanthropic efforts at plantersbankonline.com. ABOUT PLANTERS BANK Planters Bank is headquartered in Hopkinsville, KY and has twelve locations throughout Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Planters Bank is a community bank that is committed to delivering an exceptional banking experience all while giving back to the community. Find out more about Planters Bank by visiting www.plantersbankonline.com.

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Purchase your commemorative gift set for $20 at any Planters Bank location. 100% of the proceeds from purchases are donated to the Season of Giving organizations. Visit www.greatthingsbank.com/season to learn more. The 2021 Season of Giving supports: The Caleb Cares Project Planters Bank - Sango

Dreamchasers

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Boys & Girls Club

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Shinhung Global USA, Inc. Soon Expanding To Clarksville Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Michelle Hueffmeier recently helps us grow and diversify our population, and our job opportunities. We shared the announcement that South Korean logistics company Shinhung wish them great success at their new 42-acre site.” Global USA, Inc. will be expanding its operations to Clarksville’s industrial “Shinhung Global USA, Inc. is another example of our recruitment success park. breeding more success,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “ Shinhung Global On behalf of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development USA, Inc., which is an importer of industrial supplies, is a great addition to Board (IDB) the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development our industrial sector that, in this case, is growing to serve the needs of LG, Council (EDC) is pleased to announce Shinhung Global USA, Inc. has one of the important international companies that have decided to bring major operations to Clarksville. We welcome Shinhung Global USA, Inc. chosen to expand its operations in Clarksville, Tennessee. to our community.” The South Korean logistics company purchased a pad-ready site, owned by the IDB, at Life’s Good Way and Jim Johnson Road near the LG Shinhung Global USA, Inc. is an integrated logistics company. From their manufacturing facility. This will become the company’s sole US location. website - “We pursue the best quality, and make customer value brighter. … we support parts development, transport, supply, and inventory Shinhung Global USA Inc., a major supplier for LG Electronics USA, management, and supply a required amount in consideration of the quality, began construction on a 100,000 square foot warehouse distribution time, and place requested by a customer. Special and professional activity facility in the North Industrial Park this summer. This project brings an and risk management capability are emphasized, therefore, we provide ‘total logistics service’ that fits customers, and helps to improve customers’ investment of $10 million, and 83 new jobs to the local community. competitiveness.” “Welcome to our latest South Korean Company, Shinhung Global USA, Inc.,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said. “Their presence in “The EDC is excited for the growth of Shinhung Global USA, Inc. in the Montgomery County Industrial Park will be an important and added Clarksville-Montgomery County – as a major supplier to international benefit in providing logistics and distribution services to LG as they manufacturer LG, this is a strategic success for both companies and the continue producing the No. 1 consumer rated top-load washers in the community. Shinhung Global USA, Inc. is a prime example of the IDB’s United States. Shinhung Global USA Inc.’s presence in our community successful targeted recruitment efforts to align with existing industries,” said EDC CEO Buck Dellinger.

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People You Should Know: Shea Hopkins Shea Hopkins recently moved from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area of Texas to her new home in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she was named Vice President of Industrial Development for the Economic Development Council and Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board. “I was the Fort Worth Chamber’s Regional Director of Economic Development,” Hopkins said. “The cool thing about that was that I got to know the entire region, basically everything west of Dallas/Fort Worth airport. I learned a lot there, and saw a high volume of projects. When I left, there were about ninety-eight open projects.” Hopkins says that her new job, in ways, is even more complex. “Now, I do every piece. At Fort Worth, we had a very large team, including an economic development team on the city staff. There was a lot of collaboration and a lot of teamwork. ClarksvilleMontgomery County is a very busy market right now.”

“I felt like I had reached my maximum potential at my position in Texas. There were only a few select states I would have considered moving to, and obviously Tennessee was on that list.

great job of setting us up for the future. We’re great with utilities, the city and county have done a great job on resources. These are things that can make or break a community. If you don’t have capacity, in the form of adequate and affordable water and “Upon arrival, I immediately did a deep-dive, a electricity, business isn’t coming.” market study to really see where the opportunities are for this market. I was like, man they’ve done Hopkins points to the fact that the Industrial an amazing job of attracting manufacturing. Development Board owns a lot of property, saying This community is positioned well, it’s an ideal that’s also a huge win. She holds a giant map of situation. the industrial park, with areas marked for potential future growth tagged in yellow. “We have land, and “Now, we can be selective. We don’t have to say land with access to rail, which is becoming scarce,” yes to every company that knocks on our door. We Hopkins said. “A lot of my efforts, now, are to get to look at, are we a good fit for this company? expand our presence. I want the rest of the country Are they a good fit for us? Our average household to know what I’ve found out about Clarksville, Tennessee.

Hopkins used to be in operations, procurement and logistics. In the private sector she worked for a tech company, and an art company, before embarking on her current career. “I was doing the back-end operations stuff, then,” Hopkins said. “I was also a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). My goal was to see how I could marry the two. I wanted to use my business acumen, and at the same time be impactful. I did some research and found that economic development really felt like a role in which someone could effectively change the makeup of a community.

income is around $57,000 which is lower than the national average of $64,000. Right away, that is an opportunity for us, that is a gap that we need to close. I look at the number of people who are commuting outside this community, for work. I think it’s close to 10,000. I know, if someone gave “If there are socioeconomic factors impacting me the opportunity to work closer to home while the quality of an environment, in economic making similar wages, I would take it.” development you can tackle that. If a community really needs higher paying jobs you can focus your “That tells you that this community is attractive, efforts in that direction. You can use business to that people are willing to sit in their car two hours create, from the bottom up, some fixes for some a day to live in Clarksville. Quality of life, cost of of those issues. Hopefully, the end goal is to create living, access to great schools, these are all huge generational change that positively impacts the factors for families. Clarksville has moved ahead in future of a community.” a lot of areas. There are communities begging for manufacturing, retail and restaurants. We already So, how did Hopkins and the City of Clarksville have all that. And, with all that in place, now we find each other? Hopkins is a member of can focus on higher-wage jobs.” International EDC. She had just finished a round of classes and coursework, and saw a posting for Hopkins says we are poised well for the future. the Clarksville job. “The people who came before me have done a

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“We’re reaching out internationally. I’ve been impressed with the investment this city has seen from all over the world. Tennessee has so many advantages, like no state income tax. Logistically, this location is great for distribution. We highlight the fact that our population is a decade younger than the national average, and that education in Montgomery County is doing well. Fort Campbell plays a significant role, too. We’re lucky to have them as a huge source of new employees, about four-hundred per month, and at all different skill levels. Men and women who are proven to be dedicated and hard working. These are exactly the type of workers employers are looking for.” Hopkins feels that though we are in the tightest labor market many of us have ever seen, a national issue, we are as well positioned as anyone to be able to accommodate the workforce needs of new companies coming in. “I see the trend of new people moving to this community continuing,” Hopkins said. “I think COVID-19 sped up some of that. People wanted to move out of the major metropolitan areas and into some of the sub markets, because it was more affordable. When jobs became more flexible, and they were no longer tied to a location, we saw them choosing to work from locations they enjoy. That growth will continue. Also, we currently retain about 40% of the soldiers retiring out of the military. I think there is room for growth in that sector as well. “One of the contributing factors that keep that number low is that the more-tenured in the military


expect and deserve higher paying jobs. Attracting those higher paying jobs will help us keep those soldiers.” Hopkins says that we’ve had, in the last month, five different companies come to our market and do site visits. “And, we’re still in the running for all of them,” she said. “Most communities would hope to get one or two of those a month. That speaks to this market right now, and the growth we’re seeing. We’re not just seeing million-dollar investments, we’re now seeing billion-dollar investments, which is very exciting. “Ford landing in Memphis sort of proved that Tennessee is a good spot for those types of relocations. We’re seeing an uptick in requests for information. A lot of the businesses that supply these companies want to be as close as they can in order to cut down on distribution costs, which makes Clarksville a consideration.” As far as keeping up with the demand for housing, etc, Hopkins says we’re in a better place now than we were just six months ago. She also praises local leadership. “I’m impressed with local leadership,” Hopkins said. “They’ve participated in site visits. I’m impressed with the collaboration I see from local leaders, and state leaders. That support has been really helpful. It makes a big difference. Companies are looking for a political climate that is businessfriendly, and collaborative. They can tell right away, that’s what they are going to get, here.

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Montgomery County Ranks 9th In Tennessee For Tourism Spending In 2020 Though tourism spending decreased 32% in Tennessee and 42% in the nation in 2020, local tourism managed to generate $252.14 million in domestic and international travel spending for the year, only a 28% decline from the previous year. During the recent Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell announced that Tennessee’s leisure and hospitality industry was on a record track the first two months of 2020. COVID-19 was the largest crisis to hit the leisure and hospitality industry in history. In fact, Ezell stated, “Tennessee proved our resiliency by outperforming the nation. During April, May and June [2021] our tax revenue is outperforming pre-COVID numbers. And from April 2020 through January 2021, Tennessee is one of only seven states with a positive percentage change in consumer spending.” Between 2015 and 2019, annual visitor spending in Montgomery County had steadily increased by 25.4%, from $281 million to $352.5 million. During 2020, Visit Clarksville hosted sports competitions in soccer, track & field, baseball and softball that generated $9.3 million in visitor spending. Outdoor events kicked off again in May. In July, Visit Clarksville hosted its first indoor sports competition with the AAU Boys National Basketball Championship. “Fortunately we weren’t completely shut down,” Visit Clarksville Executive Director, Theresa Harrington said. “Competitive sports, especially outdoor events, did still happen. We are blessed to have facilities that can accommodate those, and we worked with event organizers to make sure protocols were in place that kept everyone safe and still provided an excellent guest experience. In most cases, we are seeing fewer teams and attendance, but the good news is that people are traveling again, and that boosts the economy, and benefits everyone.” Buck Dellinger, Director of Clarksville’s Economic Development Council is pleased with our area’s performance through the pandemic so far, and optimistic as we move forward.

We’ll have one in the bowl of the stadium, and one sheet off in its own little area. The projections on those two sheets of ice show they are expected to draw 600,000 people to our community each year. The ice will be open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. 362 days a year. That’s going to create tremendous traffic in our downtown area. “These projections are from the people who manage the Bridgestone Arena and the Ford Center. This is what they have seen with the growth in hockey’s popularity, and expect, based on the lack of competition from other sheets of ice in the area. This is going to be a big attraction. We expect a ton of activity at the arena.” Dellinger says all this comes in addition to the great base of events that we continue to draw to the community. “Now, add hockey events throughout the season,” Dellinger said. “Also, we can host basketball events that are similar to the upcoming football all-star event in December. Events like these will bring the very best players from across the state to play in games that highlight their talents and skills, right here in Clarksville.” He says other big draws for visitors to the community include Fort Campbell, and all the outdoor activities that are available at Dunbar Cave. “Austin Peay is a big draw as well,” Dellinger continues. “When we advertise in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green, our folks at Visit Clarksville know what people are coming from those areas to see. Dellinger says that though we have capacity, we often sell out when we host major youth tournaments. “We would really like to reach into ‘daytime, during the week tourism’ as well,” Dellinger said. “The Riverview Hotel is about to launch a major upgrade, and as the F & M Center becomes fully activated, I project that we’re going to need more hotel rooms in and around downtown. “Those numbers I just gave are just for the first year. There will be much more to come in future years. We’ll have the APSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball, but, we’re also going to become a venue for those acts that draw 5,000 – 6,500 ticketed customers.

“We’ve got a few hotels opening, our hotel portfolio is good, and we are adding to it with new projects coming to the exit 4 area,” Dellinger said. “Our tourism department keeps doing a great job with getting sporting events, AAU events, softball tournaments, etc. We’ve got the Tennessee Middle School Cross Country Championships, High School Track Championships, and the High School All-Star Football Game coming up in a couple of weeks. They are doing a great job.” Dellinger says that from a projection standpoint, the F & M Arena is going to change things tremendously. “It opens in late winter/spring 2022/23, and in its first year we’re expecting fifty ticketed events, and ten to twenty trade conferences, like boat shows, etc,” Dellinger said. “The really interesting thing is the two sheets of ice.

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