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CLARKSVILLE

AUGUST 2019

PREPPED FOR SUCCESS CMCSS + The United Way help students kickoff the school year right

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Clarksville Chamber Annual Dinner & Gala Q Realty & The Apsire Clarksville Foundation Food Trucks @ The Clarksville Downtown Market Clarksville Annual Rotary Metric (CRAM) Ft. Campbell Change of Command MCVC @ TN Valley Brewing Co. Commanding General’s Golf Tournament About Faces & Braces Military Appreciation Day USS Indianapolis Survivor Event Farwell Dinner: Col. Joseph Kuchan MWR Color Run Ft. Campbell’s Independence Week Carnival June Business After Hours July Business After Hours Flying High Stroll, Sip & Shop 50+ Activity Center Annual Dinner & Show Manna Cafe Golf Scramble AseraCare Hospice Buttery Release Urgent Team Family & Urgent Care Grand Opening Walk to End Alzheimers Kickoff Jubilee House Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Relay for Life After Party Lehman Advanced Dermatology Birthday Party Christian County Chamber Annual Dinner & Meeting Naimoli Estate Wine Tasting Room Ribbon Cutting Thistle Sweets Grand Opening Big Fish Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament Star Wars @ Governor’s Square Mall Clarksville Rotary Club District Governor Installation Hop with a Cop Manners Matter Grand Opening of Romber Room @ Title Boxing NIA Association Luncheon Tobacco Stick Softball Game Vivid Gallery TanyaLyn Opening Altrusa Chrsitmas in July Clarksville Regional Airport Runway Ribbon Cutting

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just a thought... Happy August, readers! We may still be enjoying the warm summer days, but the anticipation of the first day of school has us all altering our regularly scheduled programs to get back on track when it comes to our health! This issue will introduce you to a few of the most talented medical + wellness professionals that our community has to offer. While you’re reading, be sure to stop by page 18 where you will learn about the American Red Cross’ emergency request for blood and when and where you can help them to give the gift of life! As always, thank you for your dedicated readership! Exciting events are always popping up around town, so be on the lookout for our VIP photographer... and don’t forget to say, “cheese!”

credits PUBLISHER ASHLEY MYNATT CREATIVE DIRECTOR KELLIE GUNDERMAN STAFF WRITER LIESEL SCHMIDT

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American Red Cross Emergency Request for Blood Blanchfield Army Community Hospital ASL Classes Prepped for Success: CMCSS & United Way A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Ring Why Kids Should Play Multiple Sports MTSU Dietetics Q&A Making History at The Germantown Inn CYP Spotlight: Thomasa Ross

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on the cover Charlie & Margo Keene attending Flying High Photography by Tony Centonze

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS/ PHOTOGRAPHERS TONY CENTONZE LYDA KAY FERREE LAWRENCE GUNNELLS SHONA LEAH

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’? CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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CLARKSVILLE AREA 114TH ANNUAL DINNER & GALA Story & Photography by Tony Centonze More than 200 local business and community leaders came out for the recent Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce's 114th Annual Dinner & Gala. Billy Atkins & J.C. Matthews

The usual business-like appearance of the Wilma Rudolph Bob Upton & Jeff Truitt Event Center was softened by simple, elegant decorations that set a more casual tone for the Italian-themed evening, where awards were presented and new leadership was recognized. In addition to the announcement of Heritage Bank's Keith Bennett being appointed next Board Chairman. Current Chairman Jay Albertia recognized several Chamber members for their outstanding service during his term.

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5 Star Media Group's Stephen Hofmeister was named Chamber Ambassador of the Year. J.C. Matthews was named Clarksville Young Professional of the Year. Maria Jimenez received the Ted A. Crozier, Sr. Community Commitment Award. Troy McNalley was presented with this year's Boots to Suits Award. And, James Holleman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Steffany & Stephen Hofmeister

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About 20 members of the Q Realty team recently attended a presentation by Jeff Truitt, Clarksville-Montgomery County's Economic Development Council CEO, during which he discussed the ongoing work of the Aspire Clarksville Foundation. “In addition to my other duties, I am also the Director of the Aspire Clarksville Foundation, which has been around for about 30 years. It is one of the reasons our community has been so unbelievably successful in our industrial recruitment as well as a lot of our retail recruitment,” Truitt said. “I'm glad you're here today. This is a presentation that I'm happy to share with anyone who is interested.”

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Truitt explained that the 501 (c) (3) Charitable Foundation was organized by community leaders who came together realizing that some funds were needed that were somewhat free of limitations, not tied to governmental red tape, and not earmarked for specific projects. Erin Gile & Kim Hines “The Foundation has just begun its 6th 5-year campaign,” Truitt said. “There were about 60 local investors for Aspire 5, which raised about $4 million. The goal for Aspire 6 is $4.5 million. The Foundation is governed by its board of directors and a steering committee, which are made up of the investors.” Truitt went on to explain how the Foundation's flexibility allows them to respond very quickly to real-world business and industry recruitment opportunities. He also said that much of the work that is done occurs outside Clarksville and Montgomery County.

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“You don't see a lot of the work that's done promoting our community because it's done in other communities,” Truitt said. “Those are Aspire-funded efforts designed to keep driving Clarksville-Montgomery County's outstanding growth.”

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This year's event drew about 450 riders. Event Director Ron Struble commented, “This was a highly successful day, and a lot of people played some really important parts. We hope that everybody had fun and stayed safe.”

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“This 26-year-old event is one of our big events of the year,” Rotary Club President, Jim Jay said. “We have some great sponsors like Publix, who always step up for us, and lots of volunteers. So, thanks to all of the Rotarians and others who helped us with this. There are lots of moving parts and we couldn't do it without everyone's support.” The event is not timed. There are rest stops along the route in Guthrie, Trenton, Elkton and Allentown, and one on Webb Road in Port Royal. The course is marked with color-coded arrows that are freshened for each year's ride.

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Money raised throughout the year goes back to the community. “We participate in a wide variety of projects,” Jay said. “This year, all three local Rotary Clubs teamed up to give $10,000 to Dolly Parton's Literacy Campaign. We do many other things as well, like our projects for the Field of Dreams, an all-abilities ball park. All our projects are for the community, Heather Mayweather especially for the kids.” & Steve Kemmer

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hether you realize it or not, you have the potential to give life to someone. You, an ordinary person going about your ordinary day. Every beat of your heart is the chance to do something that will mean everything to someone who needs what you probably don’t even give thought to—the blood pumping through your veins at this very moment. According to data provided by the American Red Cross, someone, somewhere in the U.S. is in need of blood every two seconds. Every 30 seconds, someone needs platelets. Unfortunately, there’s an extreme shortage of the needed blood supply across the nation, and we’re currently facing an emergency situation that puts surviving a medical crisis in danger. “Blood transfusion is the fourth most common inpatient hospital procedure in the U.S., and these blood products can only come from volunteer donors,” says Tiffany Taylor, External Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Despite that fact, only three out of 100 people in the U.S.

give blood. Hospitals need blood to perform transfusions for patients experiencing blood loss during surgery or due to trauma as well as to those undergoing organ transplants. They also need blood to treat patients with medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia and cancer.”

in their efforts to meet whatever emergency needs arise. At present, the focus lies on the blood shortage and replenishing the diminished supply. There are, of course, requirements for being able to donate. Potential donors must be a minimum of 17 years of age in most states—though some states allow 16 year-olds to donate with parental consent— weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. Donors 18 years of age and younger must also meet certain height and weight requirements before being eligible. Unfortunately, even if someone meets all these requirements, various other factors might affect their ability to donate. Not feeling well on the day of donation or being sick with a cold, the flu, or other type of illness; the use of certain medications; iron deficiencies; and international travel within the last year or to a country known for malaria risk in the past three years may delay an individual’s ability to donate, which also feeds into the current lack of blood supply.

Another great challenge often lies with raising awareness of the need for blood donations and to drive traffic to donation centers, which is why actual blood drives located in high-traffic areas are so important. Throughout the year, various establishments within the community

While all blood types are needed to help ensure that a sufficient blood supply is available for patients who need transfusions, type O negative and positive are in especially high demand. As a universal blood type that can be used in situations of high emergency when time does not allow testing to determine a patient’s blood type, type O negative is especially crucial to have in ready supply. Similarly, type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. “Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, and less than a two-day supply of type O blood,” Taylor goes on. “Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, so more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that would require significant volumes of donated blood products.” The reason for that shortage? “The long Fourth of July weekend is typically a time when fewer people donate blood, and whenever there is a decline in donations, a shortage can quickly develop,” explains Pamela Holz, who was recently named Executive Director for the Tennessee River Chapter of the American Red Cross. In her new position, Holz will oversee volunteer development, fundraising, relationship management, stewarding the board of directors, and leading the local Red Cross team from the Clarksville chapter office

show their own support for the cause by hosting these crucial events, which is extremely beneficial in being able to attract the attention of anyone and everyone who might be able to donate in a way that is both convenient and more approachable. Recently showing their own support of the Red Cross, Governor’s Square Mall hosted a blood drive on July 5th, collecting 25 units of blood donated by 26 previously registered donors and registering four first-time donors to the program. www.vipclarksville.com • 19


chemotherapy. These drives help me feel as if I am contributing to help patients and their families through an often difficult time.” It’s a good feeling, knowing that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life, that even the seemingly smallest of acts could change the future. Every second that you’re hooked up to those tubes, every pint that passes from your veins, means that one more person is given a chance at survival. And that’s a gift worth more than all the money in the world.

Want to Donate? Visit redcrossblood.org, download their app, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a blood donation appointment. Donors must present one primary form of identification such as a Red Cross donor ID, a driver’s license or other state- or governmentissued ID with photo, or a student ID with photo. With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help alleviate the blood shortage by coming to donate July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.

Meet Pamela Holz Recently named Executive Director for the Tennessee River Chapter of the American Red Cross, Holz brings her passion for serving and her professional expertise to the position, a strong combination that will serve as an asset to the organization in its efforts to provide emergency relief.

“The efforts of Governor’s Square Mall has always been greatly appreciated, and their support of the community blood program will go a long way toward replenishing blood supplies and ultimately saving lives,” says Carolyn Petty, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative, Tennessee Valley Region. “We strive to be more of a community destination and outreach center and welcome charitable opportunities such as hosting the Red Cross blood drives. As someone who understands the numerous ways that individuals benefit from the donations, I encourage the Red Cross to schedule as many drives as possible here throughout the year,” says Governor’s Square Mall Marketing Director Andra Ruffier. “My father is currently battling cancer, so I know that patients often need transfusions for platelets and red cell replenishments, especially during

“We are thrilled to have Pamela join the Red Cross leadership team in Tennessee,” says Joel Sullivan, Regional Executive for the Tennessee Region. “Her passion for serving the community and her commitment to getting the Red Cross mission out in the public really excites us, and we look forward to supporting her in her new career.” As the former Center Operations and Program Manager for the USO Fort Campbell and Nashville—the world’s largest USO facility—Holz gained invaluable experience in managing the needs of large volumes of people as she oversaw more than 17,000 military guests a month. It was, for her, a way to serve the community; and in her new role, she looks forward to the opportunity to make an even greater impact.

“I am happiest when I am serving. I love helping people and taking care of people. The role I was in with the USO was very fulfilling, but I wanted to do more. When the opportunity came with the Red Cross, I knew that it was a perfect fit. I feel the job was written for me, and I’m so excited to have been selected to this position.”

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Pickering says, this type of event gives MCVC members an opportunity to network, that they don't normally get at regular meetings. “At our meetings, we are so focused on the business at hand, we don't really get the chance to network with each other, there is just never enough time,” Pickering said. “We want to have quarterly events, and each one will have a theme. This time, we gave out a list of retreats that veterans and their families can go on together. “I think we had 25 people this time, a good crowd, but we were competing with graduations and Memorial Day weekend. As we go forward we will use these events to spotlight veteran-owned businesses, by allowing those business owners to be our hosts.”

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When you’re dealing with any kind of medical issue—whether as a patient in the hospital or as one simply there for a doctor’s appointment—it’s important to be able to communicate with everyone handling your care. It’s already stressful enough just being there, so walking in and wondering whether or not someone will know how to speak your language, even at the most basic level, is an added anxiety that no one should have to face. And while many people reading this would automatically assume that the language barrier might present itself in the form of a spoken language like Spanish or French or Italian, it’s the unspoken—and the unheard—language of sign that is recently being given a focus that has so long been missing in hospitals throughout the U.S. Granted, the law requires that an interpreter certified in healthcare interpreting is available for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, but a majority of hospitals and health organizations traditionally use an outside provider for video remote interpreting (VRI) when those services are needed. It serves the need, but what about all those other moments that happen before it actually gets to that point—the initial moments of the visit when you’re being greeted or checking in or even being asked what might be wrong?

For those moments, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital has begun doing something that many other hospitals should take note of and emulate: they’re offering free classes in American Sign Language to educate beneficiaries and staff members so that they can better communicate with deaf and hearing impaired patients when they come in for care. “We initially started it with the staff to improve communication with our deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and the staff members we have here, but we also wanted the opportunity for our patients to join us, as well,” says BACH employee Nicole Fitzwater, who generously volunteers her time to organize the group and teach classes. For Fitzwater, the mission is a personal one, due to the fact that she is hearing impaired herself and uses a hearing aid. In college, she studied sign language and later used it to communicate with her son, who was hearing impaired as a child but underwent corrective surgery. While she might no longer need it for communication with her son, Fitzwater still appreciates the need for sign language in her work, so she teamed up with two fellow Blanchfield employees—nurse Kelly Money and medical record technician Wendyann Deasis- Duboise—to

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offer the classes on a bi-monthly basis to those who wish to learn, in addition to using her time spent teaching as a way to maintain her own aptitude for the language. “It’s one of those skills that if you don’t use it, you lose it. I wanted to stay current with ASL and bring that here to our patients,” Fitzwater explains. Deasis-Duboise has a personal connection to the need for ASL education in healthcare, as well, as she was born with a severe hearing impairment after her mother contracted Rubella during the course of her pregnancy. “I first learned how to sign when I was a baby, but I mostly read lips,” Deasis-Duboise says. Overcoming her disability and communicating more easily with the hearing world also meant taking speech therapy in school to help clarify her speech, and Deasis-Duboise sees the opportunity to teach ASL classes at the hospital as a way to help bridge the gap between patients who struggle the way she has and the staff who are there to help them during their time in care. “The three of us love to teach ASL class at the hospital,” she says. “The people are great, and the environment is friendly and open to teaching.”

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Unlike Fitzwater and Deasis-Duboise, Money didn’t have a personal need for ASL but took it as a college course to complete her credit requirements. After learning it, it became a passion that deepened further during her time on staff at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colorado, where she befriended three deaf coworkers and began practicing and improving her ASL.

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“They were extremely welcoming and grateful that I was even attempting to learn to sign to communicate with them,” Money says. From there, her love for the language became something that she carried through in teaching it to her son, and offering the classes at Blanchfield has given her a way to use her knowledge on a wider level to make a difference in some of the very moments when communicating can matter most. “What we’re doing here is teaching the basic communication because we want our staff to be comfortable speaking with patients who are deaf and hard of hearing and to be able to say hello, to tell them their name, to tell them that it’s nice to meet them and welcome them to our facility,” Fitzwater explains. “We also want to be able to tell our patients through sign that we have the VRI and will be using it so they can get the video interpreting.” Even the most basic words can hold so much comfort, so much reassurance that their care is in the hands of people with heart; and for the deaf and hearing impaired, these three women are doing something that means more than any spoken words could ever express. ASL classes at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital meets at noon on the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, follow www.facebook.com/BACH.Fort.Campbell/. 28 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019

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Hosted by General Brian E. Winksi Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Major General Brian E. Winski hosted this year's Commanding General's Golf Tournament, a 2-day event at Fort Campbell's Cole Park Golf Club. After a 3-day window for players to get in a practice round, golfers were ready to compete on a course that was described as, “ … in superb condition,” with this promise, “ ... will test your every shot.” They also found themselves tested by severe storms. We signed up a full roster,” Cole Park General Manager, Dave Normand said. “We're excited for the great turnout. The rain created some issues, but we got the entire field finished on Saturday. The last golfers didn't finish until 8:15 p.m. But, everybody came back on Sunday for the final round, and the weather was great.”

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The event was limited to 124 golfers. Entry fees covered two rounds of golf, complimentary range balls, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and a tournament gift pack. The field was broken into three open flights, and three senior flights, with prizes being awarded to the top five places in each flight. This much-anticipated annual event was a thirty-six hole stroke play tournament, with all divisions playing scratch. This year's Open Division Champion is Brian Balthrop, this year's Senior Division Champion is Joe Hodge. “I want to give a special shout out to Fortera Credit Union,” Normand said. “A special thanks to all the players for being patient with all the weather issues, and to the Food/Beverage, Golf Shop, and Turf/Grass staff. Carol Remini and the entire team did a fabulous job.”

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze About Faces and Braces recently hosted a Military Appreciation Day at its Fort Campbell Blvd. location, a way of saying thanks to military members and their families for all they do. The weather was perfect as the About Faces and Braces team greeted guests under a canopy outside the office, signing them up for a chance to win some nice prizes and pointing them in the direction of the Legends BBQ, and KONA shaved ice trucks where they would be treated to a free lunch and/or treats.

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“We hosted a military appreciation day so we could give our thanks to all of our military patients and their families,” Coleman said. “We gave them free food and shaved ice treats and an opportunity, if they are interested in braces treatment, to let us take a peek at them and do a consultation. “We have three locations, and a fourth opening in Nashville this July. Our Rudolphtown location cares for people from all over Clarksville. We have an office in Springfield as well. But our Fort Campbell location is a big part of our business, and being right across the street from Gate 1 we see tons of military folks. Our main goal today is to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Stewart Sykes and his team at Sykes Funeral Home held a special event recently, welcoming more than 100 guests for dinner and a presentation by featured speaker Edgar Harrell, one of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Larry & Margie Johnson

“Recently we had Edgar Harrell with us,” Sykes said. “We enjoyed dinner, catered by Mission BBQ, and then Mr. Harrell shared his amazing story. He's a busy man, so we've been talking with him for the last seven or eight months trying to secure him as a speaker. Once we had a date, we put out the invites, and within 72 hours we reached our capacity.”

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Harrell is the author of two books, including “Out Of The Depths,” which tells his story of survival at sea after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945. Harrell, now in his nineties, greeted guests at the door and posed for pictures with them. “It's a privilege to tell my story,” he said. “I speak all over the United States and Canada. In fact, I have six more states to visit this year.”

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“At the end of tonight's event, we are going to have a drawing and give away 30 autographed copies of his book,” Sykes said. “We were pleased to have him here.”

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Honoring Colonel Joseph Kuchan Story & Photography by Tony Centonze A farewell dinner was held recently at Cole Park Commons for Colonel Joseph Kuchan, who is leaving his post after a 2-year stint as Fort Campbell's Garrison Commander. The Garrison Commander oversees a team of approximately 2,000, mostly civilian employees, who work hard each day to make sure that the “city” of Beverly Rucker & Pat Appelman Christina & John Watson Fort Campbell functions as it should. Colonel Kuchan made quite an impact during his time in that position. Deputy Garrison Commander, Jon Hunter took a moment to share his thoughts. “This farewell dinner was a wonderful opportunity for us to bring together the community partners that Col. Kuchan has worked closely with over the last two years,” Hunter said. “It was a great event at which we recognized these important partnerships that exist between the garrison and the community that surrounds us.” About 70 people were in attendance. The guest list was a who's who of local city and county leaders from Kentucky and Tennessee. “During his leadership, Colonel Kuchan did a great job of building on the strong bonds we have established with our surrounding communities,” Hunter said. “We are certainly going to miss him and Sarah.” Valerie Hunter-Kelly & Mark Kelly

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Ryan Noble and his team at Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare & Recreation Sanchez & (MWR) would not be defeated by bad weather as they braved the elements to Anyssa Michael Matthews stage the recent MWR Color Run, which drew nearly 500 runners. Noble is MWR's Acting Chief of Sports Fitness and Aquatics. More than 300 people participated in this year’s run, according to Noble. Noble said they decided this year to do a Fun Run Series. “We have 12 runs planned throughout the course of the year. Each run is completely different in theme and concept. We had a Superhero Sprint, a Storybook Sprint with everyone dressed as Disney characters, and we have a Glow Run coming up. It will be like an 80s rave.” Noble praised his team, whom he referred to as a bunch of “creative individuals,” for coming up with all of these fun ideas. All of the upcoming events in the series are open to members of the military and their families as well as civilians.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Fort Campbell's Independence Week Carnival was back and better than ever, a 5-day event with rides, music, food and a fantastic July 4th fireworks display. Arianna & Nathaniel Grey

Belle City Amusements has been part of Fort Campbell's Independence Week celebration for more than 15 years. The Florida-based company always sets up an amazing selection of rides, vendors and games adjacent to the Parade Field. This year was no exception.

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The July 4th festivities began with canons firing a salute to all fifty states. The 101st Airborne Division Band performed, followed by Clayton Quisenberry and this year's headline act--The Downtown Band from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Thousands of guests enjoyed this year's high-energy show. After some closing comments from Major General Brian E. Winski, Commanding General. 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the crowd turned their attention away from the stage to watch an amazing fireworks show that was accompanied by a 22-minute patriotic soundtrack.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS HOSTED BY CLARKSVILLE PARKS & RECREATION Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville Parks & Recreation was the host of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours in June, and they took the opportunity to show off one of their premiere venues-- the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. “This was the first time we've hosted the event at the WREC,” said Parks & Recreation's Rob Laurie Grekousis & Lynita Ridgeway Rayburn. “We wanted to showcase all that Parks & Recreation does. A lot of people didn't know the WREC is one of our venues, so it gave us an opportunity to let people see the building and learn more about all that we have to offer.” Every division of Parks & Recreation was showcased at the event with tables set up around the facility. About 160 guests were offered a variety of sweets and desserts like My Oh My's fried pies, cotton candy and popcorn as well as assorted beverages. “This year, we will continue to make our events bigger and better,” Rayburn said. “We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Downtown Market, and we're adding more activities to events like Movies in the Park.” Rayburn wants everyone to be aware that Riverfest is coming up in September, and he announced a new event to be held on December 14, a Fun Run that will help raise money to purchase new lights for the Christmas on the Cumberland exhibit. Lizz Ringsage & Josh Kelley

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Story & Photography by Shona Leah Clarksville Chamber of Commerce’s monthly event, Business After Hours, was hosted this July by solutions21, a business consulting firm, located in the lavender-colored 19th century villa on Madison Street.  Guests were greeted with catered refreshments along the foyers, outdoor misting fans under gazebo-style tents, and live music on the Ruta Young & Latisha Proctor front porch.   Director of Strategy and Leadership Development, Rob Salome, said, “We’re excited to be part of Clarksville at solutions21.  Our company has been working across the country for twenty-five years, but now we are here in Clarksville, and we are growing and we’re helping grow next generation leaders across Clarksville and middle Tennessee.  We’d love to do that for more people across this great area.”   You can find out more about solutions21 at their online blog, where they share weekly insights in leadership and business strategy.    www.solutions21.com/blog/  Rob Salome & Kris Phillips

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Story by Liesel Schmidt Photography Courtesy of United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region & Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Research shows that more than 10,000 students in the ClarksvilleMontgomery County School System fall into the classification of being disadvantaged when it comes to economic status. To put it into percentages, that’s about 30 percent of the 35,500-plus students in the local area. Percentages are a skill we learn in school—right along with reading, writing, history, and science. And while we might not realize that the economic disadvantages that children in our communities face at home could ever impact their level of achievement in school, the simple fact remains that having the means to buy everything a student needs for their education can mean all the difference in setting them up for a brighter, more successful future. Even the simplest things matter—the basic school supplies, the books, the funds to pay for extras like equipment and field trips. It all adds up, like the most elementary of addition problems. And it IS a problem, one that shouldn’t go unaddressed, which is why United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region recently held Prepped for Success, a massive, community-wide initiative whose sole mission was to provide students with the school supplies they will need for the 2019-2020 school year and give them an equal opportunity for achieving the same successes as peers who do not come from economically depressed homes. 44 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019

Partnering with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation and CMCSS, United Way organized the event on June 21st and 22nd, working alongside community volunteers to pack bags of school supplies to distribute to students in need. In addition, local residents, churches, and businesses went above and beyond to donate needed supplies or raised funds needed for those supplies, ensuring that every student is packed and ready to go for the year ahead and that they don’t have to worry that money will keep them from making the grade. “We want every student to start the school year off on the same sheet of music as their peers. In order to meet such a huge need, we knew we had to partner with the community,” says Anthony Johnson, Director of Community Relations and Continuous Improvement for Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools. Kicking off the event on the 21st, volunteers met at CMCSS Central Services South and dug into a hearty breakfast before starting their two-hour packing shifts. Every pencil, notebook, calculator, and ruler was one more gift to give, one more tool to provide the students receiving the filled bags with hope and confidence. It seems small in our minds, but there are many students who lack even these. “Some students don’t even have a pencil to do their homework,” says James O’Bryant, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation. “It’s hard to imagine not having a pencil at home; but for some of our students, that is their reality.”


allowed us the opportunity to purchase the additional supplies we needed. Between the financial contributions, in-kind gifts, and supply donations, the community raised over $50,000 for local students,” she goes on. “During the event itself, 300 volunteers came out and packed 10,000 bags filled with basic school supplies and wrote over 2,000 encouraging letters to teachers.”

“We were blown away by the community support behind this project. There was tons of excitement generated behind Prepped for Success, and it shows that our community cares about education and opportunity for all of its students.” - Valerie Guzman, United Way CEO

Imagine that. Just think about how much that pencil means to the student going without it, when so many of his peers have countless pencils at their disposal and even computers on which to work. For the students doing without, these are disadvantages that follow them down the halls of their schools, into their classrooms, and back to their homes. They carry it with them each day, strapped into the burden of that disadvantage like a backpack loaded with books. It’s a challenge to overcome that only adds to the already weighty task of keeping their grades up in school, which is why unloading that burden is so key to setting them up for success. “The community rallied together to generously support this initiative,” says Sarah Wood, Community Engagement Director at United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. “We received corporate and individual financial contributions and in-kind gifts as well as donations of school supplies. Between the City and County government employees, thousands of crayons and colored pencils were given to support the project. We also received a significant in-kind gift from Staples, which

“Although a small bag with school supplies may not seem like a lot, this initiative speaks volumes to the students in our community,” Wood asserts. “Prepped for Success shows them that the community supports their academic achievements and desires to prepare them for an incredible year ahead. The community-wide project also allows students to have the necessary supplies to begin the school year; and by giving a student a pencil, our community is giving the student opportunity.”  While the backpacks might have been filled with supplies, they were also filled with so much more: the opportunity to succeed and a reminder that their community believes that they have potential that needs to be given the chance to thrive. 

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Flying High Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Mad For The Arts was the theme OF this year's Flying High, the annual highly-anticipated fundraising event that benefits Clarksville's Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. The evening felt like a scene from Mad Men, thanks to the creative work of The Museum Guild, led this year by Chairwoman Laila Griffin. Activities began with a cocktail hour/silent auction. Dinner was served at 7 p.m., after which guests were treated to a live auction with auctioneer Phillip Traylor, then dancing to some great live music performed by Nashville's Pink Cadillac.

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Tina Brown, Custom House Museum's Interim Executive Director, has been serving since the departure of former Director Jim Zimmer. She is working with the museum board to assist in the selection process of the new Director. “This is my first Flying High event, and it's wonderful,” Brown said. “It's the 36th annual Flying High, which means this fundraiser started in advance of the opening of the museum itself. Event organizers expected 350 – 400 people, and the theme was Mad Men: Mad For The Arts. Guests dressed in 60s-style outfits and there was a beautiful 1958 Oldsmobile at the event for ambiance. Brown praised the Museum Guilda nd everyone who made the fundraiser possible with their sponsorships and the great support they gave us.”

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Stroll, Sip & Shop Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Hopkinsville residents and visitors alike had the opportunity recently to Stroll, Sip & Shop through the streets of downtown, enjoy some cool beverages, catch a Andrea Loucks performance by the Malpass Brothers, and see what's being offered by their favorite merchants.

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Holly Boggess, Director of the Downtown Renaissance District, oversees the program. “We do these on a quarterly basis,” Boggess said. “This is our 2nd year. We try to engage downtown businesses and make them an integral part of the event so they might capture new customers or see existing customers who can't get there during the normal workday.” The businesses stay open late and offer special discounts and prizes. The DRD provides canvas totes that are stuffed with coupons and special deals offered by the merchants. “We put additional promotional materials on upcoming events and the Downtown Farmers’ Market in the bags to let people know whats going on during the summer months as well,” Boggess said. “ It's a great opportunity to take advantage of the deals at our great local shops.” DRD partnered this time with Pennyroyal Arts Council, who washosting a Malpass Brothers performance at the Alhambra Theatre. “There was already a built-in audience downtown that day, and we wanted to build on that,” Boggess said. “We gave people a little something extra to do prior to the show. We had lots of folks from out of town and we wanted to make sure they were welcomed Ashley Chewning

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Put A Ring On It A GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography by Liz Courtney Photography

One of the most important things when it’s time to get engaged is, of course, the ring. They say that a diamond is forever, and that marketing campaign has made millions for a reason: It’s true. Women tend to keep those diamond engagement rings forever, so what is chosen now will essentially be one of the investments of a lifetime. For that reason, the diamond selection process is key; but most people don’t have the expertise to navigate the ring displays without the proper guidance. Enter the experts. The age-old advice is to focus on the three C’s: color, cut, and clarity. Crucial to determining that is the grading system established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which rates color and clarity as well as cut guidelines for round brilliant diamonds. “We like to go over grading with our customers so that they’re informed about their buying decisions and feel confident about their selections,” says India Earheart of McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers in Clarksville. Generally, the more colorless the diamond and the higher the clarity, the more expensive it will be. Fewer flaws and inclusions make it a more rare gem, so the price tag often reflects the rating. Carat size is also undeniably high on the list when it comes to discussion points, and Earheart says, “In my experience, many ladies would rather come down a bit in diamond quality in order to increase

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size.” That said, the shape of the diamond also plays into how big it appears. “Elongated shapes like ovals and marquises tend to ‘face up’ larger than some of the other shapes. We also carry specialty cuts which are actually designed to feature more diamond surface, thereby making the diamond appear to have a higher carat weight.” Diamonds are indeed forever, but even they experience trends. So what cuts are trending now? According to Earheart, pear-shaped diamonds are making a strong comeback, while ovals also top wish lists. For those women who like a softer take on a square or rectangular shape, cushion cut diamonds are their perfect match. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is, of course, the sentiment behind it. “First impressions are extremely important when selecting a diamond,” says Earheart. “If it doesn’t immediately call your attention with its shape, faceting, brilliance and fire, then continue looking! We have many GIA certified diamonds available, but none of those details will matter as much as the diamond’s own inherent liveliness and beauty. Shape and faceting achieved by the diamond cutter will determine the finished diamond’s liveliness; but in the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And while the three C’s are crucial in the value of a diamond, nothing is more crucial than the three words that come after: “She said yes!”


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Norma Deal, Jan Holleman, Robert Thompson & Elizabeth Harmon

Kimberly & Oneal Wiggins

Annual Dinner & Show Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville 50+ Activity Center recently hosted its annual Dinner and a Show Fundraiser at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The evening, hosted by emcee Karl Jensen, included dinner catered by The Choppin' Block, and a special performance was provided by Yankee Girl Entertainment. “We are having our biggest fundraising event of the year for the Ajax Senior Center,” Marketing Coordinator Jan Holleman said. “All of the proceeds went to help with our costs at the center. We provide low-cost meals for our seniors. We also have an Adult Day Center that we offer at an affordable cost, and we just need a little help with our budget.”

Beth & Justis Wilkins

Kayla Smith & Jon Pennington

Seats filled quickly, with more than 200 guests expected to come out for an evening of food, entertainment and fellowship, all in support of a worthy cause. “We had a big turnout this year,” Holleman said. “We had a line-dancing demonstration for everyone to enjoy. Choppin' Block always serves a delicious meal, and our featured entertainer was a fabulous Dolly Parton impersonator. There was also a silent auction. We were very excited to share this night with so many of our supporters.”

Annie Mazumdar & Shelby Pendergrast

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Alison Hurt & Elaine Tucker

Chong Velasquez, Rosa Whitens, Susan Oliver, Sigi Labarbera, Phayne Freeman, Jean Artis, Kay Baggett, Robin & Howard Welch

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Chris Baggett & Pat Powers

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Shawn Daley & Randy Spergin

Manna Cafe

GOLF SCRAMBLE Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The recent Manna Cafe Golf Scramble at Swan Lake Golf Course began for more than 120 golfers with an 8:30 AM shotgun start. Dave Allen & Todd York

Kenny York was on hand to kick things off. “We've had a couple of smaller golf events before,” York said. “But this is the biggest one we've ever done. I'm not a golfer, so I can't tell you much about the technical aspects, but we have a beautiful day and they tell me it's shaping up to be a great tournament.”

Terri Higdon & Cindy Reed

Manna Cafe's Justin Waack took a break from his duties inside the clubhouse to share some information on the day. “We have 31 teams signed up for this year's Manna Cafe Golf Scramble,” Waack said. “Everyone seems ready to play, and we're loving it. Hopefully, all of the players are loving it as well and having fun while we raise some money for a great cause.”

Don & Carrie Sutton

“This is a time of year when the number of people we serve goes up a little. We are still working on the new Manna Village, but all of the money we raised at the golf scramble will go to operations.”

Mike Camp & Terry Huff

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Mike & Matthew Rucker

Stephanie Gottschalk & Michael Pendleton

Kevin Carter & Travis Combs


Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Tennessee AseraCare Hospice Lehman Advanced Dermatology Hopkinsville Hearing Center Amity Salon About Faces & Braces Orthodontics MTSU Dietetics Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry

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MITCHELL D. KAYE, M.D. ADVANCED COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER

“I have found that cosmetic surgery of the face and body can transform a person's self-image and dramatically improve their quality of life. This is very gratifying for both the patient and me.” - Dr. Kaye

A graduate of Tufts University, Dr. Kaye completed his residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Moreover, he has the distinction of scoring #1 in both the oral and written components of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery exam and is only one of two surgeons in the world to have done so. Dr. Kaye is triple-board certified: • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery • American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

As the old saying goes, when you look good, you feel good, and that has been one of the cornerstones of what keeps the field of Cosmetic Surgery so successful. Leading the way in this field in the Western Kentucky and Northern Tennessee areas is Dr. Mitchell Kaye. He established the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Kentucky in 2003, offering a wide variety of both surgical and non-surgical services. Since opening his practice, he has gained a reputation throughout the region for facial rejuvenation as well as breast reshaping. In 2015 Dr. Kaye expanded to the Clarksville area, opening the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Tennessee and broadening his ability to treat even more clients. Since 2003, Dr. Kaye has provided thousands of people in the area with tasteful, beautiful results that last and achieve their goals for self-improvement. The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Centers of Kentucky and Tennessee have continued to add a variety of advanced treatments. Now Dr. Kaye offers NeoGraft, an innovative, minimally invasive hair loss solution that leaves no visible scar and requires minimal downtime. The procedure leaves the patient with renewed confidence and successful hair restoration.

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Dr. Kaye is also: • Fellow, American College of Surgeons • Fellow, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery • Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery • Member, American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery • Trustee, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery • Chairman of the Written Exam Committee, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Moreover, he has the distinction of scoring #1 in both the oral and written components of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery exam and is only one of two surgeons in the world to do so. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Tennessee 919 Tiny Town Road, Clarksville, TN 37042 www.MDKayeTN.com Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Kentucky 1011 South Main Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 www.MDKaye.com For more information, call (866) 234-0470


HELP FOR the weary— REST ASSURED. For optimal health, productivity and daytime alertness, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep. One-third of U.S. adults, however, say they regularly get inadequate sleep.* That’s a lot of sleepy, underachieving and grumpy people. If you’re among this group, the Sleep Disorders Center at Jennie Stuart Health can diagnose and treat the source of your sleepiness, whether it’s insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy or one of 90 other types of sleep disorders. To learn more about our Sleep Disorders Center, and to find out your score on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, visit JennieStuartHealth.org/Sleep or call 270-887-6883.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Donny & Glenda Long

Rhonda Davis & Cindy Martin

Susan Thompson & Sheila Bradstreet

ASERACARE HOSPICE

butterfly release Story & Photography by Shona Leah Tears fell from the sky during a morning memorial and luncheon at Freedom Point in Liberty Park, hosted by AseraCare Hospice of Clarksville. Director of Hospice Operations, Christy Clark, gave a warm welcome to family and friends there to celebrate the memory of loved ones. Patient Care Manager, Nicole Ely, says that the theme, “A Butterfly to Remember,” represents hope and new life when the patient passes.”

Tonya & Bonnie Batts

The poem, “If Tears could Build a Stairway” was read by Shelley Horn Bereavement Coordinator, Henry Moore Jr. Saxophonist, David Autman played “Taps,” and a special acknowledgement was made to Veterans. Each family was given a butterfly to release, symbolic not only of life transformed but also of the beautiful spirit and shared love that will endure.

Dave Harlin, Haley Phillips & Annette Harlin

Francis Paulk & Puddles

David Autman

Henry Moore Jr

Stacy Knight

Kathleen Newman

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ASERACARE HOSPICE

Dr. Ellis and Dr. DeLaurentis enjoying a health drink after a workout.

Dr. Jennifer Ellis National Medical Director

A native of Clarksville, Dr. Ellis attended Clarksville High School and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt Medical School, completing her residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She earned a Masters of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill and is a board certified Hospice Medical Director. In her work serving now as a National Medical Director for Aseracare Hospice, she oversees AseraCare’s physicians in the eastern United States and is actively involved in training new medical directors and hospice teams for AseraCare. More than just an administrator, she is truly passionate about the work that she does and fostering the team approach to patient care offered by hospice. Providing patients and their families with excellent and holistic medical care focused on offering comfort and maintaining their dignity at the end of life is her greatest goal, and she is dedicated to giving the best experience possible.

Favorite Quote

“A few conclusions become clear when we understand this: that our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.”—Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Dr. Nikkalynn DeLaurentis Medical Director

Originally from the Chicago area, Dr. DeLaurentis attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Practice. Her work in Family Practice gave her a great awarenss of the need for better end of life care and inspired her to become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care in 2009. She now serves as one of Aseracare Clarksville’s Medical Directors and started her practice, Goals of Care, in an effort to better serve her patients with options and provide open communication about healthcare goals. Driven by her passion for hospice and palliative care, she loves to educate patients, families, nurses, and other members of the Clarksville community about the benefits offered by hospice and better inform them about the ways that it provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to patients as well as their family and friends.

Favorite Quote

“The person who chooses hospice does not choose death, rather they choose to lay down the burden of disproportionate medical intervention.”—Ira Byock

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LEHMAN ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY

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The desire to look and feel good has significantly increased the number of individuals seeking body sculpting procedures. When diet and exercise are not enough, people are turning to non-invasive body contouring procedures to eliminate stubborn, unwanted fat. “I wanted to add the best technology to our practice to confidently give my patients a great option to treat those stubborn areas,” says Dr. Lehman, BoardCertified Dermatologist and founder of Lehman Advanced Dermatology, PLC. Lehman Advanced Dermatology offers the Cutera truSculpt® iD, a device that is FDA approved for lipolysis, or fat breakdown, through a powerful, non-invasive radiofrequency platform. truSculpt® iD delivers heat to the entire fat layer while maintaining a comfortable skin temperature – optimizing clinical efficacy while maintaining safety and comfort. “Because of the unique handpieces and placement location versatility, we can create a customized 15-minute treatment

for the abdomen, back, arms or legs, with some areas treated simultaneously. There is no downtime, so our patients can go on with their busy lives immediately after treatment. We are seeing great results in as little as 6-12 weeks, with an overall average of 24% fat reduction. Most goals are achieved in 1-2 treatments.” There are several ways to destroy fat cells permanently. Here are several reasons why Lehman Advanced Dermatology offers the truSculpt® iD instead of other contouring treatments on the market: • • • • •

Faster- It takes as little as 15 minutes to treat one body part. Safer- No extended recovery time. Comfortable- Feels like a hot stone massage. Fat reduction- Clinical studies have shown an average of 24% fat reduction. Versatile- Best of all, it can be used to treat a wide range of patients who may not be a candidate for other procedures. It can treat many body areas, skin types, and fat densities.

In order to ensure truSculpt® iD is a good fit for you, a consultation is required before treatment can begin. Dr. Lehman notes, “We are having a truSculpt® iD event on Thursday, September 26th from 6-8 PM at our clinic on Weatherly Drive. If you’ve been considering body contouring treatment, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what we can offer. This will also be the best pricing event of the year. We look forward to seeing you!”

781-C Weatherly Dr, Clarksville, TN 37043 • (931) 444-5040 • www.lehmanadvancedderm.com

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HOPKINSVILLE HEARING CENTER hearing aid fitting as well as free cleanings and adjustments for the life of your hearing aids. Staying on the cutting edge of technology, they offer lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids that stream phone calls, music, and TV to hearing aids.

Hearing is a crucial part of daily life, but age and various medical complications can all impair our ability to hear. Since 1958, Hopkinsville Hearing Center has been offering their care and service to clients struggling with hearing issues. Carrying on a tradition of excellence that the center is known for, the caring team of licensed hearing instrument specialists, Ron Yonts and Carrie Barrett, do their utmost to ease the burden of stress that comes with impaired hearing and work with patients to find the best solutions for their particular needs. HHC provides free comprehensive hearing exams, which include an otoscopic examination, an audiometric evaluation, and private consultations with the specialist. Additional services include a personalized 122B Skyline Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 • (270) 881-1070 • www.hopkinsvillehearingcenter.com

Carrie Hughes Hair Stylist

It takes a special understanding of hair to achieve the perfect pixie cut, and that’s just what Carrie Hughes brings to Amity Salon. Now on staff for six months, Carrie has quickly gained a following of pixies that trust her deft hand and skillset. A Clarksville local who graduated from the Aveda Institute, she has been in the industry for two years. “I love my job at Amity because I love the friendships I get to make and getting to know my community. I get to work with an incredible team and do what I love.” - Carrie

Emily Ricks Aesthetician

Care for the face and body requires a great deal of expertise and the right touch, and as an aesthetician with eight years of experience, Emily Ricks was the perfect choice to join the team at Amity Salon. Originally from Alabama, Emily graduated from the Aveda Institute before beginning her career and now offers her services to the clientele at Amity. “I love my job because I’m getting to help build up another side to Amity. I believe that adding body waxing and spa services will take the salon to the next level!” - Emily Amity Salon is located at 55 North 1st Street, Suite 200, Clarksville, TN 37040. For more information, call (931) 368-3033 or visit www.amitysalon.net. www.vipclarksville.com • 63


Lindsay Hardy & Tonya Reynolds

Jena Phillips & Dominique Underwood

Kathy Vaughn & Alyssa Fisher

Story & Photography by Shona Leah Urgent Team, Family and Urgent Care Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new location on 1466 Tiny Town Road. Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were there in support as well as friendly staff ready to provide quality care in their new facility. In addition to urgent care, the clinic offers everyday medical and wellness needs, school physicals, women’s health and occupational therapy. Patients may walk-in or register through their website. The “My Health Portal” is also available online for convenient access to health records and lab results. “It’s important to us that every patient have an exceptional experience every time,” said Division Vice President Nancy Becker. “So that is what we strive to do and that’s what we want to offer to the Clarksville community.”

Jena Phillips, Lindsay Hardy, Alyssa Fisher, Shannon Spain, Tonya Renolds & Dominique Underwood

Shannon Spain APN

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Sharon Pryor & Alyssa Fisher

Nancy Becker & Alyssa Fisher


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Walk to End Alzheimers

KICKOFF

Story & Photography by Shona Leah Alan Toliver and Cindy Hancock, co-chairs for this year's Hopkinsville Walk to End Alzheimer's, hosted an event recently to kick off the 2019 campaign. Alan Toliver & Rachel Barner

“Our event was really an opportunity to welcome our returning team captains,” Hancock said. “They were invited to come in and pick up their new kit for the year. It gave us an opportunity to talk about ideas for fundraising, and see what kind of assistance we can offer them so that they might reach this year's goals.”

Betty Lingenfelter & Lisa Schaefer

Hancock say, this year's event will take place on September 29. “That's a break from tradition, being on a Sunday. We are trying something a little different this time. We cover the Pennyrile area, so it's not just for Hopkinsville. It's for Christian and the surrounding counties. Our goal this year is $85,000.” Last year's event had more than 400 walkers. Fundraising events will be taking place throughout the year.

Landan Hancock & Scott Lueckel

Lisa Grise & Donna Bryan

“We want to make sure people understand that the Alzheimer's Association has so many free programs to educate people. We can meet with people one-on-one, and we do educational segments all the time on recognizing the 10 signs of Alzheimer's, and how to deal with difficult behaviors. The association is a wealth of information for people, and we want everyone to know how they can access that information.”

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Dr. Anil & Divya Patel

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts

The official Jubilee House grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting took place recently on Warfield Boulevard with dozens coming out to celebrate the impressive new facility that offers assisted living for seniors as well as a Theresa Harrington & Debbie Wilson memory care unit. Dr. Anil Patel and his wife, Divya, were on hand to welcome everyone to the property, inviting them to enjoy food and music as well as a tour. “Anil and I have been in Clarksville for 27 years,” Divya Patel said. “This is our children's hometown, and this city has been very very good to us. We feel like we owe Clarksville something--something that will stand the test of time, something that will be our legacy, so people can remember that the Patels were here.”

David & Robin Hayes

The two-year Jubilee House project, a labor of love, can now house approximately 115 residents. Phase 1, Assisted Living, and the Memory Care unit are complete. Phase 2 will include apartments for independent senior living. Dr. Terri Everett & Russell Robertson Patel talked about his long-term plans at the ribbon cutting. He spoke about being at a stage in his practice where he now treats the children of some of his earlier patients. He talked about the construction of the building and emphasized that Jubilee House's commitment to its patients and to this community is “as solid as the walls of this building.” “We have always cared dearly about the people at Anil's medical practice and those who have helped us raise our children in this wonderful small town,” Divya Patel said. The Patels plan to offer amenities that will be available to non-residents as well like Sunday Brunch. “It's important to have the community participate in elder care,” Divya Patel said. “We need to connect to these people. There is so much we can all learn from them.”

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SPORTS

Why Kids Should Play Multiple Sports Photo Submitted by Devyn Bender

Story by Lawrence Gunnells I love everything about amateur sports, from the competition, to the lessons in teamwork, to the personal growth I see in kids. But there is a trend in youth sports that carries with it risks that threaten the very participants for whom the sports have been created and organized. “Specialization,” or focusing on one sport all year long, can create problems that kids—and more specifically parents and coaches—need to be aware of. For all the benefits that specialization would appear to present, the risks far outweigh the perceived benefits. The risk of serious injury One of the rationalizations I hear for focusing on one sport is that playing another sport (other than the one the kid, parent or coach thinks is their “best” sport) is that they could be injured seriously. The fear, of course, is that an injury might prevent them from playing the sport that is their “ticket” to the next level. (More on that golden “ticket” later). According to several credible sources, there is a greater risk of serious injuries from “overuse” of muscle, tendon and joint groups when you specialize. Pick your sport (most commonly baseball, basketball, and soccer) and the risks are there for all of them. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine says that 46% of kids who specialize in a sport suffer serious injuries that require reconstructive surgeries, as compared to 24% of kids who play multiple sports. Dr. James Andrews, a renowned sports surgeon, is a loud proponent of kids playing multiple sports. Andrews, who has gained notoriety for “repairing” athletes like Bo Jackson and Drew Brees, saw an 68 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019

alarming trend in youth sports injuries, starting in 2000, particularly in baseball. In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Andrews stated that “almost half of sports injuries in adolescents stem from overuse.” “The deal is, as sports physicians, we've all been amiss for years worrying about putting people back together and fixing things and new techniques. But we've largely ignored the real problem: prevention of injuries. Everybody now agrees that the time is right to keep these kids from getting hurt so often.” - Dr. James Andrews Dr. Michael Cain with the Clarksville office of Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance said the risk of overuse is much higher in younger athletes. “Adolescent and pre-adolescent athletes are at risk for overuse injuries as their bones are still developing,” Cain said.” In particular, baseball players are at risk for shoulder and elbow injuries. Tendons are susceptible to overuse injuries in anyone, but young athletes in particular as they need rest to continue to grow and recover. I would recommend to parents if they are considering specializing their child in one sport to include 3-4 months during the year of rest or general conditioning as the young athlete is not designed for constant yearround play in the same activity.” Top athletes play multiple sports If you think specialization gives you a greater chance of making it to the next level, you may want to look at the facts. Mayo Clinic surveyed NCAA Division I athletes and found that 88% played multiple sports as kids. Not coincidental is the fact that several successful college sports coaches, including Nick Saban of Alabama


"43% of NCAA players said they wished they had spent more time in other sports growing up." -Mayo Clinic and Urban Meyer (formerly) of Ohio State, have said that they look for athletes who played multiple sports in high school because that versatility speaks volumes about their overall athleticism. In the 2017 NFL Draft, 30 of the 32 first round draft picks (including all seven of Ohio State’s first round picks) said that they played multiple sports in high school. Even in Clarksville, there is plenty of evidence that this is true. One of the most impressive high school athletes last school year was Devyn Bender from Clarksville High. Bender played three sports, and he didn’t just make the starting lineup; he was named All-Region in football, and All-District in basketball and baseball. As a sophomore Bender made a “temporary” decision to focus most of his time on basketball, and during that time he suffered two knee injuries and an elbow injury. During his senior year, when he played three sports, he suffered one injury—a jammed finger in football (he was a receiver). After playing all those sports, he decided to play football in college, and is currently preparing for his first fall season at Austin Peay State University.

Fewer regrets This is as important to me now as an “older” adult as any of the other reasons not to specialize. I talk to kids all of the time—particularly those in smaller schools and communities—about the memories they are making as high school athletes. Their participation is important to the community at large. A kid with great capacity for athletic achievement can be the difference between his school’s team being competitive and having a losing record. In that same Mayo Clinic study, 43% of NCAA players said they wished they had spent more time in other sports growing up. In addition to Bender, there are many other stories of kids making the decision to play other sports even when it might appear to be a risk. In Pleasant View, Daniel Saylor is entering his senior year at Sycamore High School. Saylor is 6’10”—so yes, he is a basketball star. His “next level” sport is certain to be basketball, but his “favorite” sport growing up was soccer, so Saylor is on the Sycamore soccer team. His father, Dan Saylor, is a physical therapist with Star Physical Therapy, so he knows a little about sports injuries. “We (he and wife, Ann) have always encouraged Daniel to play multiple sports, and have not discouraged him from playing soccer,” Saylor said. “He has had some minor injuries, which were easily treatable, but the benefits of developing other skills besides those specific to basketball have made a tremendous difference is his overall development.” Less burnout Kids need to be allowed to be kids, and specialization turns the sport into more of a job—something they are not prepared to handle at a young age. Studies show that high specialization at a young age promotes higher stress and anxiety, social isolation, and burnout, which can ultimately lead to a kid leaving the sport before they reach their full potential. So, what should kids and parents focus on to avoid these pitfalls? • Don’t specialize before age 14. This will give the young athlete a better chance at being able to handle the physical demands of specialization and will lower the chance of burnout. • Get enough sleep every night. Rest and recovery are crucial to avoiding injury. Kids 7-11 should get 10-12 hours a night, and 12 and older need about 8-9 hours a night. • Take time off. Take significant breaks between seasons in the same sport, and limit the number of games and practices based on the athlete’s age. Kids 7-9 years old should not have more than one practice and one game a week. • Talk to an expert. Parents often have challenging expectations for their kids based on what they perceive others are doing. Talking to a youth sports expert can offer perspective.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR—Lawrence Gunnells is the president of Boom Sports Media TN, Inc., a Clarksville-based company focused on covering high school sports in Montgomery, Cheatham and Stewart Counties. You can find out more about the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting their website at www.boomsportstn.com. www.vipclarksville.com • 69


ABOUT FACES AND BRACES ORTHODONTICS

A key aspect of a healthy, confident, beautiful smile is straight teeth, but many people struggle with the issue of crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. As one of the best solutions for these dental conditions, braces have long been in use to correct teeth and create smiles that people are proud to show off with newfound confidence. Over recent years, invisible aligners have become a great alternative to traditional braces, adding to the options available for correcting misaligned teeth and malocclusion.

“What I love most about being an orthodontist is the ability to get to know my patients in a meaningful way. There are very few vocations that allow you to see someone on a regular basis for two to three years and develop a true relationship. The longer I have been in practice, the more important it has become for me to influence younger patients into making positive life decisions.” - Dr. Shawn Lehman-Grimes

Offering customized orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages including early treatment, comprehensive treatment with traditional braces, ceramic braces, clear aligners (Invisalign), adult comprehensive treatment, and retainers, Dr. Shawn LehmanGrimes has been correcting the smiles of the Clarksville area since 2005 and was joined by Dr. Candice Coleman five years ago. With four offices, their practice at About Faces and Braces is known for their expertise and dedication to providing the very best orthodontic solutions available. As board certified orthodontists, both Dr. Candice and Dr. Shawn understand every aspect of treatment and take pride in delivering quality, customized orthodontic care. To determine the best options, patients are given a complimentary exam during which they receive their personalized treatment plan. The doctors see every patient at every visit and tailor their treatment to accommodate their specific needs and goals for their smiles. As a way to put younger patients at ease, parents are invited into the clinic to be a part of their children’s treatment. From the initial consult to the very last appointment, the team at About Faces and Braces builds relationships with patients and their families and works together to achieve the best possible results.  

The smile is one of the most important, impactful parts of a person’s face and personality. Giving someone a smile they are proud of and excited to show-off is the best part of what we do, and I love seeing those smiles in the community and getting hugs and hellos from patients that we’ve treated. The personal connections that continue long after the braces come off are the greatest reward!” - Dr. Candice Coleman

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Tonya Sherman & Carolyn Green

Patsy Shaner & Melanie Mosier

Camille Santora & Julia Lovins

Relay for Life After Party Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Montgomery County's Relay for Life is an annual event that benefits the local chapter of The American Cancer Society. The year-long campaign wrapped up in May, and to recognize the achievements of this year's participants, Melissa Hogan and her team gathered everyone for an after party at Old Glory Distilling Co. “This is our wrap-up party for Relay for Life 2019,” Hogan said. “We are still raising money until the end of August, but we have already started planning next year's event, which will once again be hosted at Governor's Square Mall.” Hogan says they will be moving next year's event from May to June.

Christina Cunningham, Madonna Joseph & Morgan Santana

“Maybe we can avoid the rain next year,” Hogan said laughingly. “I think we've been rained on for eight consecutive years. This campaign has already raised about $63,000., and donations are still coming in. We have some new ACS leadership in our market, so we are excited about new initiatives and ideas. It's going to be a good year.” Kristina Krawchuk is this area's new ACS Community Development Manager. “I support the committees in Montgomery, Sumner, Wilson, and Robertson Counties,” Krawchuk said.”This community is very engaged, and this is a really exciting time right now. There is so much research being done, especially here in the state of Tennessee. “That's a big reason why you're seeing so many people who've been diagnosed with cancer living longer. New treatments are being introduced, and we're just going to keep fighting the fight, so we can keep celebrating more and more birthdays.” Blake Monroe, Halee Henson & Sabrina Johnson

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Tanner Parrent, MD, FAAD

AN experienced dermatologist MAKES the DIFFERENCE. Dr. Parrent is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and specializes in medical and surgical dermatology. The field of Dermatology helps identify and treat various types of skin diseases and cancer. Regular visits to a dermatologist can often spot serious problems, lead to the early diagnosis of cancer, and relieve chronic and painful skin conditions. Healthy skin is part of living a healthy lifestyle and being the best that you can be. Dr. Parrent is dedicated to building patient relationships that facilitate trust and understanding. He treats patients of all ages with the goal of improving the health and appearance of his patients’ skin, hair and nails. His expertise can help patients diminish wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging, reduce visibility of acne scarring, and provide recommendations to keep and maintain healthy skin. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Parrent, call 270-887-5640.

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Tarek Toubia, MD, MSCR

WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN experienced OB/GYN MAKES. A member of the Jennie Stuart Health team since 2016, Dr. Tarek Toubia specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He uses the advanced da Vinci® surgical technology to perform robotic-assisted surgery—allowing him to complete his procedures via small incisions. Typical results include shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, fewer complications, and less pain for his patients. He is also trained to perform Single-site procedures that can minimize scarring and offers the same advantages with great cosmetic results. He performs a wide variety of surgical procedures, including hysterectomy, myomectomy, resection of endometriosis, ovarian cystectomy, oophorectomy, hysteroscopy, prolapse surgery, sterilization, C-sections and more. Dr. Toubia is passionate about providing quality gynecologic and obstetrical care to his patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Toubia, please call 270-887-9058.

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RELIEF STARTS HERE. Sports injuries, osteoarthritis and other orthopaedic problems not only cause physical pain but also disrupt your lifestyle and routines. If bone or joint problems interfere with your quality of life, count on Jennie Stuart Health Orthopaedics to get you back in motion. Our team consists of three dedicated and accomplished surgeons who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Our surgeons are passionate about providing patients with the highest quality of care, and offer uncommon experience and expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and total knee, hip, and shoulder replacement.

Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Rudy Robbe proudly served as an orthopaedic surgeon in both Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to working with the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams, and Blues. He now treats patients in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Whether you want to get back to your morning run, walk 18 holes on the golf course or simply navigate stairs with greater ease, the skilled care you need is right here, close to home.

Dr. David Bealle is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, and devotes time to community youth as a director of sports medicine, serving high school athletics in Trigg, Todd, and Christian Counties. After volunteering for a humanitarian mission to Honduras to care for people with congenital deformities, burns, and traumatic injuries, Dr. Timothy Chang went on to complete his residency training at Brook Army Medical Center. He later served as General Medical Officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas.

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dietetics Story by Freya Cartwright

Nutrition may be a science, but healthy living is an art form. Lisa Sheehan-Smith, director of MTSU’s accredited Dietetics program, prepares her students to face every demand of the dietetics field. From managing a loved one’s disease to educating grocery store consumers, SheehanSmith explains how dietetics changes lives with empathy, information, and communication.

What drew you to the study of diet and nutrition? I was an athlete growing up, a competitive gymnast and baton twirler, so I was always very interested in how food and nutrition could support my training. In my last year of high school during a career fair, I actually met a registered dietitian and had the best conversation with her. I thought, this is something I could do! Then a month or two after I met her, my dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Guess which dietitian was on his health care team? It was her! After my dad’s diagnosis, I learned a lot about how eating properly could make such a difference in managing a disease. It literally added years to my dad’s life. I saw what an impact his dietitian made, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. Are many dietetics students drawn to nutrition through disease management? Yes, we get a lot of students who may have been diagnosed with a chronic disease or who might have a loved one with health issues, and they’re here to learn how nutrition can make a difference. I think that’s one of the most common reasons that students become interested in dietetics. But sometimes, our students are just very passionate about food health. Think about how popular food is in the media right now—all the food channels, food blogs, everything! Cooking is such a hot topic. Our students get to learn how to make food more healthy and how it can make a difference in someone’s well-being. They also learn how to sift through all the nutrition information—and misinformation!—that you see these days. What are some “health fads” that dietetics students explore? For one thing, they learn to scrutinize all the different dietary supplements that are out there. Dietary supplements are technically neither a food nor a drug, so they’re not regulated in the same way that food and drugs are. Companies that sell products like supplements, herbs, or CBD don’t have to prove that their product works—or even that it’s safe. It’s just allowed to be sold as is. We try to teach our students where to find reliable information on such products, but I think a lot of people come to rely too much on supplements. Weight-loss diets are another “health fad.” There’s just so many out there, and where’s the science behind them? In dietetics, there’s no such thing as one diet that fits all, because it’s about looking at the 74 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019

individual’s health needs. Actually, I hate the word “diet”; we don’t practice diets here—we practice nutritious and enjoyable eating! But those are two categories of misinformation that our students have to wade through. I tell them that it’s going to continue throughout their career, because there’s always a new fad coming around. What are some of the most popular careers for dieticians? A growing area—there’s not too many dietitians doing it yet, especially in Tennessee—is working as a grocery store dietitian. One of our recent graduates is a dietitian for Kroger. She takes clients on grocery store tours and does individual counseling and cooking demonstrations. I think that field is really going to grow. Your nutrition journey starts at the grocery store, and many consumers want professional help to navigate all the different products on the market today. In addition to the “standard” dietitian careers, like family dietitians and child nutritionists, there are always ways to integrate dietetics with other fields of study. Media students, for example, can integrate their knowledge of food and nutrition with a media career, whether that’s by food blogging, a career in food television, or working in nutrition communications, where you craft the nutrition science into a message that the consumer will understand. That’s one thing that dietitians have to be really good at: turning our science into accessible information that everybody can use. It sounds like dietetics requires communication skills as much as scientific ones. Yes, our students learn a lot about communication throughout their curriculum. We do nutrition education classes as well as peer and community education. In their senior year, they take a nutrition coaching and counseling class, where they learn what we call “motivational interviewing.” This teaches them how to determine what stage a client’s at in terms of being ready to make a lifestyle change. This is very important, because again, you can’t make the change for them. Then our students actually get to coach clients themselves! I always tell them that it’s not just about what you know, but rather it’s about how you can communicate that to somebody else. That’s how you get people to change their own lives. In that respect, dietetics is both a science and an art.


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area of Sango. With an “unapologetically fun” atmosphere and an amazing team of friendly faces, Dr. Kennedy and his practice have served numerous families from all over Clarksville in just a few months, providing traditional comprehensive pediatric dental services as well as offering assistance to infants struggling with breastfeeding through his expertise in performing tongue-tie and lip-tie releases. Outside of his practice at Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry, he serves the community in which his family has been rooted for multiple generations through his involvement with various non-profit organizations. He is the current President of the local Eighth District Dental Society and an active member of the Tennessee Dental Association.

AS A FELLOW PARENT MYSELF, I ALWAYS ENJOY CONNECTING WITH PATIENTS’ PARENTS AND GIVING THEM PRACTICAL ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE BUILDING BLOCKS TO A HEALTHY SMILE FOR THEIR CHILD FOR A LIFETIME.

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LEHMAN ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY

BIRTHDAY PARTY Story & Photography by Tony Centonze

Dr. Kimberly Lehman and her team at Lehman Advanced Dermatology celebrated two years of service to the Clarksville area with a birthday party that included live music, food trucks, giveaways and much more. Ashley McDowell & Christy Denote

Two hundred fifty or more guests came out for the event, which overflowed from Lehman's offices to the sidewalk, where prize registration was taking place and refreshments were being served, to a large tent with filled with tables and chairs, to the two food trucks in the parking lot where guests were lined up for some delicious food.

Thomas Lattimer & Kailey Farmer

“Today we're celebrating our 2nd birthday,” Lehman said. “It's hard to believe that Advanced Dermatology has been open for two years. Our success is owed to our wonderful and loyal patients who have stayed with us, and to my amazing staff. We could not do all the things that we do without all of these talented people and the support we get from this community.”

Barbara Haffner & A.J. Pindroh

Lehman also expressed her appreciation for Clarksville's bustling business community. “There are so many local businesses with whom we work and partner, who have been a big part of our story,” Lehman said. “We are growing by leaps and bounds. We are almost to the point of running out of space. Hopefully, in time, we can expand not only in space, but also in our services. We are so excited to be growing with this community.”

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Christian County Chamber of Commerce Story & Photography by Tony Centonze More than 600 guests recently came out for the annual Christian County Chamber of Commerce dinner and meeting. A very busy Kirstie Darnall, Christian County Chamber's Director of Events and Marketing, took a moment to share her thoughts on the evening's festivities. “We held our 131st annual dinner and meeting at the recentlyrenamed Bruce Convention Center,” Darnall said. “This was our end-of-the-year celebration of everything the Chamber has accomplished, and all of the things we look forward to in the coming year.”

John Peck & Adam Murphy Allen & Tabitha Amos

Darnall says this year is one of the Chamber's biggest years yet. “About 630 people joined us at our event. Following dinner several awards such as Young Professional of the Year and Ambassador of the Year were presented along with awards to outgoing Chairs. “We had some great guest speakers at our event including Scott Jennings of RunSwitch PR and Matt Jones from Kentucky Sports Radio,” aid Darnall.. “Our moderator was Elizabeth McCoy from Planter's Bank. It was a great evening!” Slone & Nick Cansler

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WINE TASTING ROOM RIBBON CUTTING Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Young and Wendy Park recently welcomed dozens of friends and fellow wine enthusiasts to Naimoli Estate as they unveiled their latest addition to the ever-changing property, a winetasting room and gift shop. Kirstie Darnall, Robin Tabor, and others from the Christian County Chamber of Commerce were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony. As always, great food was provided by the Parks, and samples of the Naimoli Estate wines were flowing. Aryelle Anthony & Aaliyah Anthony “We've been working hard to open this wine tasting room, and gift shop,” Young Park said, then laughed, “even though you don't see any gifts yet. But all those items are coming in very soon.” The new building will give the Parks more flexibility and allow them to offer even more services to their customers. “We've been selling our wine for about three months,” Young Park said. “We will now use the large barn exclusively for weddings and special events. This room will be open daily or at least five to six days a week. This will be easier to manage. We will also begin scheduling some light music out here once a week. Our goal is to create a place where people may relax in the evenings in a friendly place with a little music and a little wine.” Park said that Naimoli Estate is currently offering six wines. He describes two as dry and four “on the sweeter side. We hope to add more wines this coming year. We are always growing and changing. We are always working to offer more.”

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THE GERMANTOWN INN Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photos Courtesy of The Germantown Inn

Though hailed as one of Nashville’s newest boutique inns, the Germantown Inn isn’t exactly new. In fact, it’s pretty old. So old, in fact, that it qualifies as a historic site, having been built in the mid 1800s, when the country—and the South—was in such turmoil and the future seemed uncertain. That fact, in itself, makes the inn remarkable, a site to see on the tour routes of guides walking their charges through the streets of the city while they spout data and cite stories that seem so far in the past that we can hardly imagine them being real. But real they are, and this converted two-story Federal-style home that now lives its life as the Germantown Inn is undeniable proof of that, a palpable, brick-and-mortar reminder of what once was balanced with the possibility of what is to come. One of the oldest buildings in the historic Nashville neighborhood of Germantown, the residence once belonged to H. H. Wallman, a prominent shoemaker for the city's elite citizens. As such, it became known in the neighborhood as The Wallman House. After being purchased in December 2015, renovations to convert 84 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019


the property began in April of 2016. Eight months later, the doors were open and Germantown Inn welcomed its first guests. The vision was clear from the outset, and it has served them well in remaining successful. “Our superior level of service is something that many hotels don’t offer, and our luxury accommodations are exceptional,” says General Manager J.P. Dansereau. In this day and age of so much sameness, where one can wake up in a hotel that bears no uniqueness or distinction from another—regardless of where it might be in the world—that’s something that people appreciate and seek out. And uniqeness is something that Germantown Inn has in spades. Now in its new role as a luxury boutique inn, the property’s charming red brick exterior; lush outdoor courtyard; carriage house; and chic, private rooftop terrace with magnificent views of the neighborhood and surrounding downtown area create the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy their stay in one of the inn’s ten suites. Each bearing the name of a US president, the www.vipclarksville.com • 85


Jackson, Monroe, Jefferson, Madison, Polk, and Buchanan suites in the main house are part of a bespoke experience not often found in modern hotels, each designed with pieces of vintage and custom furniture that reflect the beauty and original charm of the property at the same time as they offer a distinct degree of elegance, sophistication, and luxury that give guests a truly unique experience. Continuing that dedication to refinement, suites in the Carriage House bear the same attention to detail and design, though their namesakes are prominent women of history including Adams, Parks, Roosevelt, and Anthony. Guests receive complimentary parking, breakfast, and a welcome reception, ensuring the highest level of convenience and consideration. All rooms feature en-suite private baths, high ceilings, massive windows, and—of course—something that no floor plan or building design can convey: personal service of a caliber that harkens to days gone by. And the amenities? A few things you certainly wouldn’t find in the early years

FROM CHECK-IN TO CHECK-OUT, THE GERMANTOWN INN OFFERS EVERYTHING ONE COULD HOPE TO SEE IN AN HISTORIC INN, COMPLETE WITH A LEVEL OF SERVICE FROM DAYS GONE BY.

of the building’s existence, among them flat-screen TVs, Frette linens, Turkish towels, hairdryers, and LATHER skincare and hair care products. The rooms are even “smart,” powered by Alexa. Down to the last detail, the staff at Germantown Inn ensures that every moment of your stay is as comfortable and unforgettable as possible, even going so far as to provide two plush Chadsworth & Hag bathrobes and slippers to wear while you relax in your personal historic haven. Granted, that history has a few question marks about when exactly the home was built. But whether you believe that it was built pre-Civil War or just as the war was coming to an end, there is still an undeniable appeal about the history every brick holds, with stories echoed in every corner and whispered from every wall. It’s that very thing that makes it so special and draws guests in, giving it timeless appeal in the midst of the many luxury hotels that hold a monopoly on the market. So, too, does that distinctive romanticism make it such a highly sought venue for hosting an event. Weddings, corporate retreats and meetings, and various celebrations are all brought to another level when hosted in one of the inn’s four unique areas, from the sunlit seating of the Parlor or the beautiful intimacy of the green space offered by the Courtyard Terrace to the backdrop of the exposed brick walls in the Solarium and breathtaking views afforded by the Rooftop Veranda. Regardless of which option best suits your event, the Germantown offers their special touches of service, elegance, luxury, and one-of-a-kind historic charm that make every moment seem all the more special. From check-in to check-out, the Germantown Inn offers everything one could hope to see in an historic inn, complete with a level of service from days gone by. The Germantown Inn is located at 1218 6th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208. For more information, call (615) 581-1218 or visit www.germantowninn.com. 86 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019


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Thistle Sweets Story & Photography by Tony Centonze What started as a hobby for APSU Business/ Management student Alie Laumb has become a fulltime bakery, and in Woodlawn, Tennessee of all places, with the recent grand opening of Thistle Sweets.

Anastasia Bonilla, Chaney & Nadalia Hatcher, Jaliz Bonilla

People were literally lined up around the tiny A-frame building to purchase some of Laumb's famous macaroons, which were offered in an assortment of bright colors and decadent flavors. “We estimate that about 600 people came out for our grand opening,” Laumb said. “I'm super-grateful. We weren't expecting that. Despite the heat, everyone was wonderful, and all of the comments were so positive.” Preparation for the opening took a few months. Laumb spent a week baking 3,000 of the French delicacies for the opening party. “It's just me doing all the baking, and I currently only have one commercial oven,” Laumb said. “It takes about 2 hours to make 60 shells and another hour to fill them. Our plan is to be open one day a week--Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.”

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Morgan Knight & Brittany Weller

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Good news! Laumb is still making her sweet treats for weddings and other events. She will also continue to be at Clarksville's Downtown Market two Saturdays each month. “Customers may visit our website thistlesweetstn.com, send an email to me at thistlesweets@gmail.com, or come by the shop at 1880 Woodlawn Road,” Laumb said. “We are also considering holding some events with music and vendors, something for folks to do in Woodlawn.”

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BIG FISH MICKEY FISHER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze This year marks a milestone for the Big Fish Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament, ten years of raising money for an APSU scholarship in the name of the beloved Coach Fisher. “This is the 10th anniversary of this event,” Eric Ellis said. “Our main objective is to raise money for a $20,000 scholarship that we give away. We present the recipient with $5,000 a year for four (4) years. We gave away our eighth scholarship this year.”

Walton & Marty Smith

Riley Cooper & Vicki Moncrief

Anna, Mickey, Katie & Brett Fisher

Debi Winters & Lucy Gentry

The annual celebration of Coach Fisher's life has turned into a 2-day event. Almost 200 people come out every year for a BBQ and auction which is held on Friday night prior to the golf tournament on Saturday. “We are really excited,” Mary Fisher said. “This is our 10th annual Big Fish tournament, and it keeps growing. Our scholarship is awarded each year to children of our military men and women. All our recipients have come from Fort Campbell. “This year, we have 176 golfers consisting of 22 4-man teams in the morning session and 22 teams in the afternoon. That's as many as we can have, and this is the first time we have sold out this event. Mickey left a lasting legacy, and we are excited to keep it going.”

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Drew Bennett & Melissa Jones

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STAR WARS

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AT GOVERNOR'S SQUARE MALL COURTESY OF THE 501ST LEGION Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Mid-South Garrison of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that brings the characters of the Star Wars Universe to life, was once again at Governor's Square Mall to entertain some kids and lend a helping hand to others. Kylie Whitmer & Michael Trowbridge

“This is our annual Father's Day 501st Legion Meet and Greet,” said Governor's Square Mall's Andra Ruffier. “Donations are being taken today for Dreams & Wishes of Tennessee. The 501st Legion travels all over the country to help raise money for various charities, and we're happy to have them back this year.

Joey Dugle

“Last year, all the money we raised at this event went to a little girl. Her family took her on her dream vacation, which was wonderful. Sadly, that little girl passed away just six weeks later. This is about fulfilling kids' dreams. This is a local group that helps a lot of terminally ill children, right here in middle Tennessee.” Turnout for the event was good. As soon as the 501st took the stage, kids of all ages rushed to center court to see what was going on.

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Glenda & Ledger Lockwood

Dreams & Wishes of Tennessee's Tanya Sturm shared her thoughts on the event. “This is our 6th year working with the 501st. They have helped us raise over $5,000 to help make wishes come true. We grant wishes to kids who have relapsed with cancer and to young adults 18 - 21 who have received a new cancer diagnosis.”

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DISTRICT GOVERNOR INSTALLATION Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Members of the Clarksville Rotary Club recently gathered at F & M Bank's Franklin Room to honor one of their own, Robert Huffman, who just became a District Governor for the organization. Dr. Candice Coleman & Lisa Baggett

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve as a District Governor of Rotary. I joined Rotary in 2008 when I retired from the military. And now, I will Donna Huffman & Jennifer Hurt be the District Governor for District 6760, which is comprised of 63 clubs spread from east of Nashville to west of Memphis and down to the southern border, essentially the western half of middle Tennessee.” Rotary International has been in existence for more than 110 years with local clubs addressing challenges in their communities. The organization now boasts more than 1.2 million members world-wide. “Rotary has done a lot for Clarksville these last few years,” Huffman said. “We've put a million dollars into this community with projects like the Rotary all-inclusive playgrounds and the splash pad at Heritage Park. In August or September, we will have a groundbreaking at Civitan Park for the Rotary Field of Dreams. It's a joint project with Montgomery County Parks, the Community Health Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. The Field of Dreams project, the first of its kind in our area, will be an accessible play area for children of all abilities.” Petra & Marco Medici

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HOSTED BY CLARKSVILLE'S CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville's Citizen Police Academy Alumni (CPAA) recently teamed with the Clarksville Police Department for a day of fun and fund-raising at Planet 3 Extreme Air Park. CPD Patrol officer Samantha Kellett was one of the event organizers. “We partnered with Planet 3 to do a fundraiser for CPAA,” Kellett said. “The event is called Hop With a Cop. Families paid normal ticket prices, and now their kids got to jump with us, hang out on the various obstacles, and just have fun. 20% of each ticket sold goes to CPAA, and that organization is really vital to our department.”

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Kellett and many other officers could be seen interacting with the kids. The dodge ball area was popular as well as the jousting pit. Kellett wasn't the only officer to admit that HE WAS getting quite a workout as the officers attempted to keep up with the highenergy kids. “We'll definitely sleep well tonight,” Kellett said. “This is fun and important. Any funds that CPD lacks, CPAA helps provide to us. They also are the ones who purchase the ballistic vests for our K-9s. We were at the event for four hours. In the first hour we SAW A huge turnout. We are really happy to see that.” The Citizens Police Academy is a 12-week course that covers all aspects of Police Department activities including administration, tactical operations, vehicle operations, firearms instruction and much more. For information, contact Officer Gregory Granderson at (931) 648-0656 ext. 5239.

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Manners Matter Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Samantha Abraham of Manners Matter does a lot of work with Clarksville's youth. She recently hosted an afternoon event for about 15 people at Clarksville's Total Obstacle Fitness Center.

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“I'm an etiquette consultant,” Abraham said to everyone gathered in the lounge area. “I teach people about good manners. It's important to remember that your manners do matter, and your presence matters. Anytime you walk into a room, people can tell what kind of person you are. You make a first impression, and that is something that goes beyond how you dress. It's about your smile and how you carry yourself.” “My business is about teaching you how to let your heart shine through and making sure that you allow your presence to be known.”

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“This is the Manners Matter event,” Total Obstacle Fitness Center partner Joe Shakeenab said. “Samantha talks about etiquette, discipline and anti-bullying. But the first part of our event was about fun and fitness. We focused on some Parkour and Ninja Warriortype drills. Hopefully, everyone had fun and tried something new.” You may contact Samantha Abraham at mannersmatterproject@ gmail.com. Total Obstacle Fitness Center is located at 1030 Progress Drive, Suite A. (931) 933-7957.

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grand opening ROMPER ROOM @ TITLE BOXING Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Michelle and Donnie Bowen recently hosted an event to celebrate the grand opening of Romper Room, their new drop-off and enrolled care service, which is attached to their existing business--Clarksville's Title Boxing Club.

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“We are celebrating the opening of our Romper Room,” Michelle Bowen said. “It's a casual care facility. It's a drop-off care facility for families who might need some time to run errands or attend a class at APSU, or just have Alexis & Kelsey Henderson a date-night. “Parents may drop off their kids here for supervised care, and we have lots of fun things for them to do. We have pre-school learning that starts in August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 12 NOON. We have preschool enrollment for the semester, so parents can try it out and see how the kids do.” Bowen said the idea for the care facility came from community feedback. “We heard that there is a need in the community for this type of service because of time overlaps, and long waiting lists everywhere,” Bowen said. So, we decided to offer an alternative. In addition to our pre-school learning, we will have programs for other ages as well. We're also putting together a program that will cater to the needs of autistic students.” Title Boxing Club is located at 1719 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. For more information, call (931) 245-2820 or go to www.titleboxingclub.com.

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CLARKSVILLE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS August 2019 Spotlight It is the mission of Clarksville Young Professionals to create a platform for Young Professionals to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community. Clarksville Young Professionals is dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development and networking opportunities for the emerging business and community leaders ages 21-45. For more information, visit www.clarksvillechamber.com

Story by Liesel Schmidt Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Coming from a military background, Thomasa Ross understands what it takes to successfully complete a mission. And while she may no longer be wearing the uniform, this former Army officer is still engaged in a mission of sorts, working hands-on as a DOD educator currently teaching on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As an elementary school teacher, hers is the mission of molding young minds to realize their full potential and to encourage them that all things are possible and that dreams can turn into reality. And for Ross, that is what keeps her passionate about unlocking the future for the children in her charge. “Each day, I have the most wonderful opportunity to make a difference in a child's life—both in and out of the classroom—and to collaborate with caring colleagues and invested stakeholders,” says 42 year-old Ross, who stays active in her own 12 year-old daughter’s education by volunteering at her school. “Each day, I have the privilege to create a safe, loving, and nurturing environment in order to achieve student success and build strong children. I've seen my passion for education come to fruition through my students successfully matriculating to college and volunteering within their communities,” she continues. “Nothing makes my heart warmer than seeing a student succeed.” An APSU alumni who lived in Clarksville during college but was taken all over the world during the course of her active duty military career, Ross returned to the area in 2011. Much like she is actively invested in her students, she actively invests in her community, believing that only by doing so is she truly able to make a difference. “It's important to me that I do my part in helping Clarksville continue to grow and be a great place to raise a family. It's such a great community, and I'm

proud to call it our home,” says Ross, an active board member with a number of community organizations and volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop Leader as well as with the Fort Campbell USO and the Fort Campbell American Red Cross in addition to being an active member of the Military Officer's Association of America, Junior Auxiliary of Clarksville, Junior League of Nashville, and Clarksville Young Professionals. “Being a member of CYP has allowed me to grow as a leader and learn more about the community. I look forward to the brainstorming sessions, teamwork, professional development speakers, networking, and hearing the ideas of other members,” she says. “I would encourage and recommend other young professionals within the community to make it a priority to join, as it's a nurturing and respectful environment to cultivate professional relationships with other members who have the same professional ambitions.”

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THE NIA ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON Story & Photography by Shona Leah The Nia Association hosted a luncheon to commemorate 20 years of community service and to present The Daniel L. Stevens Memorial Scholarship. Nia Association was founded by Sergeant Major Daniel Stevens and Carol Stevens in 1997 with the purpose of providing care and opportunities to people with disabilities and their family members. It is a place to promote their belief that “everyone should have a purpose for living.” Treva Gordon, Tamara Persinger, and Kristen Davis welcomed guests. The invocation was given by Rev. Lawrence Laremore, and Juanita Charles delivered a motivational speech. Carol Stevens, daughter OF Sherri Stevens-Mack and family attended. Mayor Joe Pitts showed his support with first lady Cynthia Pitts and gave a Mayoral Proclamation. The scholarship was awarded to Tevin Gordon, a senior at West Creek High School. Tevin will be running crosscountry and attending Austin Peay in the fall. He said he, “was speechless and [felt] blessed” upon finding out he was the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship. Kristen Davis, Nia disability service officer, said the award was going to “an outstanding young man.” 98 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | August 2019

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Story & Photography by Shona Leah Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts worked together to field a team that could compete with Fort Campbell at this year's Tobacco Stick Softball Game. Mayor Joe Pitts

Durrett came off the field after making it to first base and then being replaced with a substitute runner. He jokingly stated, “I just over-exerted myself,” before making a few comments. “I think it's awesome,” Durrett said. “Getting the community together with the folks from Fort Campbell is all about fun. There is some competitiveness, but we have a good time and we get to show our support for these amazing military families.”

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The Clarksville Chapter of Altrusa International held its first Christmas in July at the Riverview Inn recently, a 2-day event where folks could buy beautifully decorated trees, ornaments, and other items, all while supporting a good cause.

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We have a variety of themes from US Army to Candy Land to Mardi Gras and in different sizes,” said Altrusa's Lisa Boyd. “There are some skinny trees, some tall, some short. All the decorating was done by Altrusa members. We shopped for the trees, bought all of the ornaments and decorations, and did all the decorating. So now, we hope people will bid on them and help us raise lots of money to support the Clarksville community.” Altrusa International, a women’s civic organization founded in Nashville, Tennessee, has been around for more than 100 years. The group's focus is on community service. Altrusa has specific service projects,” Boyd said. “If we're focusing on literacy we might put dictionaries in elementary schools or children's books in a pre-school or daycare center. We do a variety of projects.”

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Runway Ribbon Cutting Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Regional Airport recently celebrated the opening of a new larger runway with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 100 local business and community leaders. And, thanks to the good people of JetRight Nashville, a beautiful Lear 75 became everyone's favorite photo backdrop for the day. Airport Manager John Patterson was joined by Sammy Stuard, Chairman of the Regional Airport Authority, as well as City Mayor Joe Pitts, County Mayor Jim Durrett and several members of the City Council and County Commission.

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“I'm proud to be able to facilitate a project that's been in the planning stage for more than eight years,” Patterson said. “It took more than a year to complete this runway. We are thankful for TDOT Aeronautics and the FAA for their contributions.” Patterson told the crowd. “We had a dip in the runway, which created a safety hazard for the landing of larger aircraft,” Patterson said. “So we built that up and put more support underneath. We can now support a landing aircraft of 90,000-plus pounds. We can safely taxi and park the same weight aircraft. That's the first time we've been able to do that in our 80-year history.” Patterson says the target aircraft is a G5. They are in the process of building a hangar specifically for that type of aircraft, which he describes as “large, transcontinental capable airplanes that are very practical.” Bill Persinger & Stacey Streetman

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