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SPRING IS ALMOST HERE, & BEFORE YOU KNOW IT IT’LL BE TIME TO MAKE A SPLASH IN YOUR POOL! Pools and spas come in every shape and size, and most require some electrical equipment to maintain water quality, power lights, run pumps, and more. These electrical installations must be done according to the electrical code and must be installed by a licensed electrician. Here are a few things to consider as you search for your new pool! A SWIMMING POOL INSTALLATION MUST FOLLOW A COUPLE OF GUIDELINES WHEN IT COMES TO OVERHEAD ELECTRICAL LINES: • Utility power lines that run over a pool or spa must be at least 22.5 feet above the water level or base of a diving platform. • Communications cable must be at least 10 feet above the water level or diving platform. ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: The rules for electrical outlets are aimed at preventing the possibility of shock. Outlets for pumps and motors must be located between 6 and 10 feet from the pool walls, and they must be GFCI-protected. Outlets for general use, known as convenience outlets must be within 20 feet of the edge of the pool and must be GFCI protected. Both grounding and bonding together prevent shock-related injuries and electrocution. Grounding prevents shock through faults in an electrical system, while bonding prevents shock through differential currents running through the pool’s metallic components. Both are needed to provide safety for anyone entering your pool. When you have everything tied together to equalize the voltage with a copper wire, you now have what’s called a bonding grid. Here is a list of common items (but not limited to) that should be bonded together in the bonding grid to equalize voltage: Structure of the Pool (bonded by 4 equal cross-sections), Ladder, Handrails, Pool Pump, Pool Motor, Water, Slides, and Pool Lights.

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CREDITS PUBLISHER ASHLEY MYNATT GRAPHIC DESIGN KAYLA GELLINGER BRANDY HAM BUSNIESS DEVELOPMENT KAYLA GELLINGER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS TONY CENTONZE KAITLAN MCLAUGHLIN KAYLA GELLINGER JOSHUA PELTZ JESSICA TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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8 YAIPAK OUTREACH BE THE HOPE BANQUET 12 APSU MILITARY AND VETERAN GRADUATE RECEPTION CEREMONY 15 KOREAN SENIOR DINNER 20 WENDY DAVIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCH 24 JOE SMITH RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 26 MONTGOMERY COUNTY VETERANS COALITION VETERAN SPOTLIGHT EVENT 28 CLARKSVILLE-MONTGOMERY COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS PRESS CONFERENCE 39 SHERIFF JOHN FUSON RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 44 APPLETON HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S ANNUAL MEN’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST 46 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT TALLEY HALL EVENT CENTER 52 CALEDONIA FOREST WINTER WOODLAND 57 LEADERSHIP CLARKSVILLE ALUMNI HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER 63 KIMBERLY WIGGINS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 68 CLARKSVILLE-MONTGOMERY COUNTY NON-PROFIT QUARTERLY COORDINATION MEETING 70 2022 MAYORS POWER BREAKFAST 72 MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING COMPLEX OPEN HOUSE 77 NATE THE TRAIN CELEBRATION 81 JUDGE ROBERT BATEMAN CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 83 REDA HOME TEAM GRAND OPENING 89 ERIC YOW FOR JUDGE CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 92 TIP-A-COP AT O’CHARLEYS

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KENADEE AND WADE WATSON KATIE AND JUSTIN CAPPS THE PERFECT HONEYMOON GUIDE PREPARING FOR YOUR GOWN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE ANNA AND DAVID EDWARDS THE PERFECT PROPOSAL: JESSICA AND JONATHAN JORDAN AND ANDREW SHIPMAN PAIGE AND AUSTIN ANDERSON DESTINY AND CODY RUMBLE JESSICA TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

FEATURES 18 VIP GOES RED 36 SALUTE TO SERVICE: JOE SHAKEENAB MILITARY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT 50 GIVE | CARE | SHARE : VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS CLARKSVILLE 56 SOLES4SOULS 60 CLARKSVILLE POLICE DEPT. CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM 65 VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: FREEDOM CLEAN

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Sherry Pickering & Sherry Nicholson

Chris & Stephanie Travis

Elaine Reed & Gene Lawson

Chelsea & Jeff Bryant

YAIPAK OUTREACH

Be The Hope Banquet Story & Photography by Tony Centonze YAIPak Outreach’s Be the Hope Banquet was recently held at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel where guests enjoyed dinner, dessert and encouraging words from former Attorney General of the United States, Alberto Gonzales.

Ashley Mynatt, Una & Joe Smith

Sherry Nicholson, CEO & Founder of YAIPak, spoke about the accomplishments over the past year as well as the organization’s future. YAIPak Outreach works tirelessly to meet the needs of the homeless, supplying them with survival necessities, resources, and most of all, hope. For more information, visit www.yaioutreach.org.

Bethanne McLain, Jena Proctor & Alicia Foster

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Daniel Bryant & Judge Adrienne Fry

Danielle & Davis Stack

Crystal Burchette & Ashley Brown


Ellen & Gary McGillvary

Eric Yow & Josh Peltz

Sara Golden, Fred & Beverly Haro

Jim & Lori Austin, Glen & Florence Truman

Jeremy & Michelle Ellis

Caleb Nicoletta & Alexis Horner

Glen & Florence Truman

Jeff & Jennie Davidson

Kacie Bryant & Gail Ramirez

Lianne & Barry Rollins

Karen Richards, Larissa & John Crespo, Ilona Rivera & Belinda Martinez

John & Candace Wilson

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They say if a couple is meant to be they will find their way back to each other. This coudn’t be more true when it comes to Kenadee and Wade’s story. The two first met in college where they resided in the same apartment complex, however, the timing was not in their favor. Wade was careeroritented and at that time establishing his career was his top priority. After graduation Kenadee moved back home to Jackson, TN and Wade made his way back to Clarksville. In October of 2019 they found their way back to each other thanks to Kenadee’s persistence! A year later, on October 17, 2020, Wade asked Kenadee to marry him while at her grandparents’ lake in Mercer, TN. The theme of the big day was traditional elegance and was everything they both envisioned it would be. They then spent their honeymoon at Atelier Playa Mujeres in Cancun and came back to their residence in Clarksville as husband and wife.

Venue | R.E. Womack Chapel on Univ. of Memphis-Lambuth Campus Reception Venue | Jackson Country Club Event Planner | Southern Sparkle Weddings – Krisy Thomas Catering | Jackson Country Club Florals | Sands Florist Gown | My Best Friend Jenna Bridal & Formal Wear Bridal Hair | Kelsey Hendrickson from Hunter Paige Salon Bridal Makeup | Lauren Hamilton Photographer | Amber Ridge Productions Photo & Video Wedding Cake | Dumplins Entertainment | Kimberlie Helton Band

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Eric Norman & Rich Holladay

Andrew Kester & Chris Adamson

Chelsea Grant, Gabi Sauceda & Shannon Turner

Lanetta Maples & Antaezha Hardy

Mayor Joe Pitts & Rep. Curtis Johnson

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Austin Peay’s Military Student Center was the host organization of this year’s Military & Veteran Graduates Recognition Ceremony. Each year the program honors graduating active-duty and military veteran students during its “All Hail to Those Who Serve” ceremony, presenting graduates with a special military coin and military cords. About fifty graduates were honored at this year’s ceremony, which was held at the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

Shawn & Harley Hatcher

Sherry Pickering & Marshall Hayes

Robert Torres & Jessica Cortes

Mike & Christian Taliento

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Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts

Catherine Bertoldi & Phil Harpel


Edgar Maldonado & Riley Walsh

Walt Lord & Rep. Curtis Johnson

Christian & Tami Taliento

Andrew Kester & Bill Harpel

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Bill Persinger & Eric Norman

Josiah Baker & Trevor Varner

Carol Clark & Rep. Curtis Johnson

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Korean Seniors Dinner Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Members of the Korean-American Association and some special guests were invited to attend a Korean Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner at Bulgogi House on 41-A near Fort Campbell’s Gate 3. Guests enjoyed a feast of traditional Korean food and entertainment.

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Katie and Justin met and quickly found out they were a match made in heaven. After a few amazing months Justin knew it was time to ask Katie’s father for his permission to have her hand in marriage while at a family cookout and he proposed in the same night. He had been carrying the ring around with him in his pocket and knew this was the perfect time. There was no planning and no fanfare, just friends and family gathered around them. It was perfect in every way. The wedding day was no different. It was elegant, beautiful and simply stunning. Justin has a daughter that Katie has adopted that they wrote adoption vows for and included in their wedding ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye as they shared this special moment. After their wedding day, Katie and Justin headed west where they began their honeymoon in Wyoming followed by visits to several states through Yellowstone National Park.

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The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative aims to bring awareness to women’s heart health, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their likelihood to develop heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women. Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is the number one leading cause of death among women and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red for Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so

By wearing red and donating to the American Heart Association, you can join the fight and bring awareness to the leading cause of death among women in our nation, heart disease, as well as stroke, the fifth leading cause of death among the same population. Your donation helps fund lifesaving research, advocate for better health, improve patient care and reach at-risk populations.

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Funds donated to Go Red for Women have impacted women across the nation. More than 2 million women have learned their personal risk of developing heart disease by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp. More than 200,000 healthcare provider offices have received critical patient information on women and heart disease. More than 900,000 women have joined the fight. Women who join Go Red for Women receive important information that allows them to take action to improve their health: • Women involved in Go Red For Women eat a healthy diet. • Go Red women are more likely to follow their doctors’ advice from losing weight to taking medications. • 91 percent of women involved in Go Red For Women visited their doctor in the last 12 months (compared to 73 percent of all U.S. women). • 64 percent follow a regular exercise routine. • 84 percent have talked to friends about their heart health. • 90 percent have had their blood pressure checked in the last year. • 75 percent have had their cholesterol checked in the last year.

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the AHA and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The NHBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the AHA adopted this symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause. By working together to advance this important cause, the AHA, NHLBI and other women’s health groups will have a greater impact than any one group could have alone.

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Debbie LaPointe, Wendy Davis & Melissa Senseney

Alexa Spata & Keaton Murphy

Sheriff John Fuson & Mongtomery County Mayor Jim Durrett

Lisa McClain & Judge Ashleigh Travis

Judge Adrienne Fry & Daniel Bryant

Re-Election Campaign Launch Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Circuit Court Clerk Wendy Davis recently hosted a gathering at Strawberry Alley Ale Works’ Pilsner Room where she announced her re-election bid and campaign for the upcoming 2022 election. The room was packed with family, friends, co-workers and supporters as Davis addressed the crowd, offering words of thanks for their continued support in the coming election.

Mike Edmondson & Robert Allen

Josh & Jamie Peltz

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CPD Captain Liane Wilson, Wes Golden & James Bagby


Wendy Davis & Judge Sharon Grimes

Connor Noe & Alex Conley

Judges Ashleigh Travis, Adrienne Fry & Sharon Grimes

Wes Golden & James Bagby

Jamie Peltz & Willi Frank

Mary & Billy Batson

Judge Robert & Kim Bateman

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February 19th THE STAR SPANGLED BREWING CO. GRAND OPENING DOWNTOWN Noon - 10 pm @ 614 N. Spring St. Clarksville TN The Star Spangled Brewing Co. is opening their second location in Downtown Clarksville! Be sure to stop by to enjoy the most unique taproom around and their delicious pints! For more information, visit fb.com/StarSpangledBrewingCo

February 20th - February 26th EMPTY BOWLS CLARKSVILLE Multiple days and multiple sites, please check their website Empty Bowls Clarksville is a grassroots effort to fight hunger locally. Proceeds raised from the event benefit Loaves And Fishes, Urban Ministries Clarksville, and The Food Initiative in Clarksville, TN. For more information please visit FB.com/ClarksvilleEmptyBowls/

February 22nd

AMERICAN MOBILITY PROJECT 3RD ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER 6 - 8:00 pm @ The Madison Room Join American Mobility Project for their annual fundraiser for a fun and inspirational evening. All will enjoy a good meal, hear how their new equipment is enhancing some of their recipients’ lives and experiences. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the mission and work of American Mobility Project in the community and nationwide.

March 6th

LIFESTYLE & BRIDAL EXPO Noon - 4pm @ The Bruce Convention Center The Lifestyle & Bridal Expo will showcase vendors from a variety of categories including homemade items, health and beauty products, home decor and so much more!

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F E AT U R E D LO C A L E V E N T S F O R F E B R U A RY & M A R C H March 12th APSU 38th ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT BALL At The Omni Hotel In Nashvillle, TN By supporting the Candlelight Ball, you are providing assistance for deserving APSU students, through the Candlelight Ball Scholarship Fund. To RSVP, visit alumni.apsu.edu/candlelight2022 or call 931-221-7979.

Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Home Show!

March 12th

13TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW

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MARCH 12 & 13 Wilma Rudolph Event Center 1188 Cumberland Drive

SATURDAY 9AM-5PM SUNDAY 12PM-5PM Don’t miss your chance to WIN door prizes! While it may feel like winter has just begun, it is time to start thinking about all those spring home improvement projects! Vendors throughout the industry will be on hand to tell you about new kitchen and bath designs, new home decor, or show you what is new and fashionable for your home.

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9-5pm on Saturday & Noon-5pm on Sunday This two-day Home Show connects home-owners and aspiring home-owners to a variety of services and goods for the home. Attendees can expect to discover new local resources, enjoy a variety of food trucks, and potentially win items through multiple giveaways. Entry is $5 at the door. For more information pease visit the Facebook event page

March 17th

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS PRESENTED BY SERVPRO 5pm @ 1880 Ashland City Road. Clarksville TN Business After Hours is a free event for business leaders to enjoy food, drinks, and build a network with others in the local community presented by the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.. March’s Business After Hours is hosted by Servpro of Montgomery County.

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Re-Election Campaign Kickoff District 3 County Comissioner Joe Smith announced his re-election and celebrated with a campaign kickoff party at The Ruby Cora. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres catered by Nicoletta’s Catering and Joe gave a small speech thanking everyone in attendance for their continued support in his efforts of being re-elected.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY VETERANS COALITION

Veteran Spotlight Event

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Sherry Pickering, Madeline Sullivan & Ashley Mynatt

Montgomery County Veterans Coalition recently hosted a get together at Randy Heath’s The Flip’N Axe. “Events like this help us capitalize on how our organizations can work together,” Heath said. “We have similar background and values. We refer customers to each other, and share ideas.” The Star Spangled Brewing Co.’s Josh Romaker said, “we get together and try to find different ways to support each other.” MCVC’s Sherry Pickering added, “We’re so excited to be able to spotlight veteran-owned businesses in the community. These guys along with the folks from Caprigio’s Pizza, who are here tonight, are already collaborating with each other. MCVC fosters collaboration within our community. It’s wonderful to see these veteran-owned businesses doing it so well.”

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Nortis Walker & Robert Blackwell

Sherry Pickering & CC Wheeler

Josh Romaker & Aaron Hand

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CPD Captain Scott Thornton & Neil Stauffer

CPD Captain Liane Wilson & MCSO Sgt. Brian DeRose

PRESS CONFERENCE Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Captain Scott Thornton & Sgt. Nick Newman

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Deanna McLaughlin, chairman of Clarksville-Montgomery County Crime Stoppers held a press conference recently to announce the group’s decision to increase the reward offered to $5,000, for tips that help solve homicide cold cases. The announcement came after a recent unanimous vote by the Crime Stoppers Board. The reward amount was increased from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be paid for anonymous tips that lead to an arrest or conviction related to unsolved homicides prior to 2018. To submit a tip and help solve a case, contact montgomery county crime stoppers anonymously at (931) 645-TIPS or visit www.P3tips.Com

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Now that the big day has come and gone it’s time for the bride and groom to bid farewell to their loved ones and set off on their next adventure: the honeymoon. Whether you prefer a closer to home getaway or a week at a luxurious resort - we have put together a few places that would be perfect for your honeymoon!

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Gatlinburg is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains and is a top tourism destination in Tennessee. Newlyweds from all over the world travel to stay in the incredible cabins tucked away in the foothills of the Smokies and enjoy all the romantic things to do in the area. In addition to its magnificent natural beauty, Gatlinburg also boasts hundreds of fun attractions, shops, and restaurants that are great for couples. Here are a few local recommendations for newlyweds visiting Gatlinburg.

incredible dining experience in downtown Gatlinburg. From their fresh salad bar and custom cut steaks to views of the Little Pigeon River, visitors get to enjoy a meal that’s like no other. Visit Sugarlands Distilling Company Sugarlands Distilling Company is conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg. Visitors who come to the barn-style distillery can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the still house and learn firsthand how they make their authentic Sugarlands spirits. Adults over the age of 21 can take a guided tasting flight of the spirits at the Sippin’ Posts. Their Back Porch stage hosts free shows covering many genres, open to guests of all ages.

Couples Massage at Fox Place Spa There is nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa! Fox Place Spa offers a handful of couples massages but we recommend The Fox Place Experience. It includes a brisk, dry exfoliation to stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells, followed by the One Hour Signature Massage. Take A Ride Through Cades Cove Cades Cove is a broad valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It is not uncommon for visitors to see black bears, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and pileated woodpeckers. All of the major landmarks in the valley are accessible via an 11-mile, one-way loop road, so couples can enjoy a scenic drive through this little slice of paradise. Enjoy Dinner At The Peddler Steakhouse One word: tradition. That’s what makes this Gatlinburg restaurant so special. Year after year, families return to The Peddler to enjoy an

Spend The Day At Anakeesta Sitting on 70-acre forested lands, this theme park is perfect for anyone looking for exciting places to go in Gatlinburg. Although it’s relatively new, this theme park has become one of the famous tourist places in Gatlinburg. At this theme park, visitors may enjoy an assortment of exciting activities, including ziplines and 60-foot-high canopy walks. VIP VOWS: THE WEDDING ISSUE • 31


Branson, Missouri Branson is jam-packed with good food and fun. No matter where you turn you are bound to find something to do! Experience world-famous live entertainment, thrilling attractions, outdoor beauty, delicious food and genuine Ozarks hospitality that will make you feel right at home. Here are some of our top picks to make your time well spent in Branson. Have Lunch At Gettin’ Basted At Gettin’ Basted, you are invited to indulge in an emerging style of barbecue found only in the Ozarks. Gettin’ Basted’s award-winning chefs specialize in cooking hot and fast, which provides world-class, unique meats in a fraction of the time. Taste the Ozarks area difference for yourself.

incredible country-style food. You even get to be a part of some friendly competition as each side of the arena cheers for their competitors to steal the show. Before and after the show, you can visit the outdoor Horse Walk and meet the four-legged stars of the show.

Tuscany, Italy Tuscany is one of Italy’s top vacation destinations thanks to their spectacular towns and beautiful views. In addition to delicious, mouthwatering food and a variety of wines sure to please your palete, Tuscany is also home to historic cities, art-filled museums and breathtaking churches. Each part of Tuscany has its own personality that is sure to wow you. Although it is nearly impossible to share all the amazing things to do in Tuscany, here are a few of our top picks! Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Campo dei Miracoli An icon of Italy, the famed leaning tower stands slightly off beside the cathedral and baptistery in the field of miracles. The buildings are indeed a miraculous combination of artistic talents, and the delicate marble arcades of Pisa’s 12th-century bell tower would have made it one of Italy’s great landmarks even if it stood perfectly straight. Ride A Vespa Through The Countryside If you are looking to go on a romantic adventure through the countryside then you need to book a vespa! You can either go explore solo or join a guided tour and taste local Tuscan products, enjoy a light lunch, and soak up the character of the Chianti countryside.

Spend The Day At Silver Dollar City Silver Dollar City, one of America’s great theme parks, is an 1880’s themed experience that puts the words “family” and “fun” at the heart of everything they do. Experience Time Traveler, the only rollercoaster of its kind, that goes speeds up to 50 mph while you make a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop, or be amazed by the artisan demonstrations before your eyes. Fill your belly with good Ozark Mountain cookin’ from one of many tasty restaurants and booths, or become a volunteer for the day at Fireman’s Landing. Once you leave, you’ll be counting down the days until you come back! Visit The Aquarium At The Boardwalk Aquarium at the Boardwalk is one of the newest things to do in Branson, Missouri, and is unlike any other aquarium you’ve ever visited. Some features that visitors can expect to enjoy are more than 250 different animal species, a 5D submarine adventure to the bottom of the sea, sharks, a 24-foot high Kelp Forest climbing structure for kids, stingrays, a gorgeous 16-foot view of a coral reef, two mirrored art installations that give the sense of infinite ocean lifelionfish, and more than 7,200 individual sea animals! Guests will also meet the Aquarium’s characters Aquarius, the wise and helpful Giant Pacific Octopus and Finn, the adventurous Golden Puffer. WonderWorks Branson’s newest attraction, WonderWorks, has quickly become a crowd favorite. Found in the heart of Branson’s Entertainment District, you can’t miss the iconic exterior of WonderWorks, a huge upsidedown house. Once inside, you can discover four stories of interactive and intriguing activities, experiments and mysteries sure to entertain, educate and inspire. Dinner At Dolly Parton’s Stampede Be amazed by 32 horses, a large cast of talented trick riders and 32 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Book A Food Tour Food from the Tuscan region really is the crème de la crème of Italian cuisine. Pizza! Pasta! Gelato! What more could you want? Wine aside, one of the most famous food and drink exports from Tuscany is that of world-class olive oil. As a result, a favorite among the locals is fettunta, which is a bruschetta rubbed in creamy garlic and drizzled in local olive oil. Explore The Castles Much like the rest of Europe, there are plenty of castles in the Tuscany region. While some of the castles have been turned into luxurious hotels, others remained family homes and are still occupied to this day. Some of the castles have been transformed into museums in which the public can visit. A few to name are Castle of Brolio and the 13th century Castle of Poppi.


Saint Lucia Saint Lucia captivates anyone who sets foot on her coastline. She welcomes visitors with her soothing waves, warm beaches, and hospitable people. Being the only nation to be named for a woman, the island personifies adventure and inspiration. Her visitors invariably find themselves reluctant to leave and eager to return. Snorkeling and Diving in Anse Chastanet Marine National Park Anse Chastanet coral reef is home to gorgeous and diverse sea life. Divers can see colored sponges, soft corals, boulder coral, and brain corals. Frogfish inhabit a large nearby cavern, and divers may spot many varieties of fish in the coral gardens, to include parrotfish, goatfish, wrasse, chromis, barracudas and many more. The edge of the plateau is a wall that drops 46 meters to a lace coral ecosystem inhabited by lobsters, crabs, and eels. While above the surface, Anse Chastanet is a breathtaking beach with beautiful views of the Pitons. About a 10-minute walk from here, Anse Mamin is less crowded, with a lovely secluded feel and great snorkeling. Visit The Pitons Standing tall and covered in green vegetation, The Pitons are the most iconic sight in all of Saint Lucia. Sitting between the two towns of Soufriere and Choiseul, these volcanic plugs are easy to spot from pretty much anywhere. Hiking through the trails of the twin peaks is breathtaking once you reach the top according to the locals. However they advise you admire the beauty from the ground if you’re not a pro-climber as the trails are extremely steep. There are guides you can book though for the hike if you dare! Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens If you’re tired of laying on the beach but not up for a hike through The Pitons, then spending a few hours at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is sure to be a relaxing, and eye-catching option. This 6-acre attraction is filled with vibrant greenery, including hibiscus, ixora and heliconia, along with many others. The Diamond Falls waterfall is also a gorgeous view to see, changing colors throughout the year due to the mixture of rainwater and volcanic minerals that flow down the falls. Here, you can also take a dip in the on-site mineral baths, dine at the Old Mill & Waterwheel Restaurant, or explore the Soufrière Estate. Rainforest Adventures St Lucia Aerial Tram and Zipline Tour Explore St Lucia’s rainforest via aerial tram and zipline. During this outdoor eco-adventure, enjoy a guided tour that allows a bird’s eye view of the lush tropical forest. Then clip into a harness to zoom through a 10-zipline canopy tour and enjoy a hike through the rainforest accompanied by an expert adventure guide.

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Lavender Park Bridal is not your average wedding gown shop. We offer a boutique style wedding gown shopping experience that is 100% focused on you, which means we only allow two brides in at a time.

“We pride ourselves in making the dress shopping experience all about the bride and what she wants. This moment is all about you! You should feel comfortable and supported by your consultant. If you want a modest gown, a good consultant doesn’t pull a dress that is has a deep V down

to the navel. We listen to you and want you to feel your absolute best,” says owner Kayla Eaton. You’ll notice when you first enter Lavender Park that we sit down with you and get to know you, your style, your vision, and your squad before heading straight to the racks. This is important to fully support you in finding your dream gown.

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ONE Book your appointment!! Saturdays can book up a couple weeks in advance. Due to the nature of our private bridal suites we only allow two brides in the store at one time. This is to ensure our brides have the best possible experience. Could you imagine trying on wedding gowns while 5 other brides, their families, and prom girls look on?!? Neither can we. That’s why we are an appointment based boutique offering a one-on-one experience just for you.

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Prepare. Look up different styles on our pinterest page to know going in what you might like to try on. Be sure to keep an open mind though because you never know until you put it on! Bring only your closest most supportive friends/family with you. We love groups of 3 or less BUT our bridal suites can accommodate up to five comfortably (not including the bride) If you would like to bring more folks with you, you can! Just give us a heads up so we can prepare!

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You’ll want to arrive to your bridal appointment 5-10 minutes early to get checked in. Wedding gowns are cut long so if you are 5’3” or under you may want to bring heels with you. In addition to that, any shape wear you plan on wearing on the big day can be beneficial as well. Once you’re checked in you’ll be greeted by your consultant where you will retreat to our sofas and discuss your big day! After that you and your squad will get to walk through the racks lovingly picking any gowns you’d like to try on!

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After saying “yes” you’ll want to go celebrate!! First and foremost you just checked off a big to-do on your wedding checklist! Your next step will be to get your wedding shoes. You’ll need these before your first alterations appointment. Lastly be patient. We know it’s hard, trust us but you’ll be thankful you waited when that dress comes in straight from the designer just for you!


SALUTE TO SERVICE JOE SHAKEENAB Military Scholarship Endowment For years, Austin Peay State University has been proud of its status as Tennessee’s leading provider of higher education to military-affiliated students. About 25 percent of our enrolled students have a military connection, and the University continues to embrace its support of this important community through the APSU Military Alumni Chapter (MAC) and its scholarships Austin Peay State University alumnus Joe Shakeenab (’04, ’14) made a generous gift to establish the Joe Shakeenab Achievers and Scholars Endowed Scholarship for APSU students. “Many have facilitated my education, amazing experiences and colorful achievements,” Shakeenab said. “Today, I’m simply honored to help achievers and scholars through this endeavor.” The scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate member of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (WNDAACC) Achievers and Scholars Program each year. The scholarship will also be awarded to one undergraduate assistant of the WNDAACC each year. To qualify, applicants must be full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be members of an underrepresented population on the APSU campus. This scholarship will be awarded only during spring semesters. Shakeenab grew up in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and went on to have a colorful career in Special Operations, where he served as an Army Ranger and in Special Forces (Green Beret). Shakeenab retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4). He has immeasurable experience in planning, directing and advising in support of military and civilian organizations, at the international, national and community levels. He is active in APSU alumni activities and in the Clarksville community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public management in 2004 and a master’s degree in strategic leadership in 2014, both from Austin Peay.

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Shakeenab is vice president of the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition Board of Directors. He is also president of the APSU Military Alumni Chapter and the APSU National Alumni Association, and he is on the Advisory Committee for the WNDAACC. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Clarksville. Shakeenab has participated in programs including Leadership Clarksville and Leadership CMCSS. He has received many community honors, such as the Governors Extended Community Service Award from APSU Student Affairs, the NAACP Award for Lifetime of Leadership and Community Service, the Outstanding Leader Award from the APSU Military Alumni Chapter and the 2017 APSU Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Service. He was also the Montgomery County honoree for the 2018 Tennessee Governor’s Volunteer of the Year. During the recent APSU Military Alumni Chapter Dinner on Oct. 8, Shakeenab was presented the 2021 APSU Govs Who Lead Through Military Service Award by APSU Board of Trustees Chair Billy Atkins. Austin Peay established this annual award to show appreciation for an individual or organization who demonstrates support of the University through leadership, service and advocacy. The efforts of this group or person have brought both honor and distinction to APSU. The selected individual or organization also exhibits exceptional civic responsibility and integrity. To align with the award criteria, the recipient must currently be a veteran, activeduty military, or they must provide significant support to the APSU military community. “Joe is one of our most dedicated alumni,” APSU Vice President for University Advancement Kris Phillips said. “He supports his alma mater in a variety of meaningful ways, and we are honored that he has expanded his commitment to the University through this scholarship.”. To support this endowment, visit givetoapsu.com/CW4Shakeenab


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Sara Golden & Wendy Davis

Jeff Bryant & Paul Rhodes

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Sheriff John Fuson & Tommy Valejos

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Sheriff John Fuson recently welcomed friends and supporters to his reelection campaign event at The Ruby Cora. “I want to thank Nathan and Marcia Clark for hosting,” Fuson said. “Also, Ray Neighbors for providing the music, and Nicoletta’s Catering for their wonderful food. “Tonight kicks off another campaign for Sheriff. I’ve been honored to serve as Sheriff for nine years now, and we’ve done an extreme amount of lifting to get our county public safety to where it needs to be. I’m proud of what our team at MCSO has done so far. We’re hopeful that we’ll get another four years in office, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.” Jennifer Fuson & Kelly Boone

Sheriff John Fuson & Senator Bill Powers

Robert Dufrane & Melinda Smith

Madison Barger & Morgan Jones

Jacob Myers & Sarah Fuson

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Judge Robert & Kim Bateman

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Deveraux & Melinda Rawlings

Chelsea & Jeff Bryant

Autumn Simmons & Flora Awuku

Kaley Wright & Sarah Fuson

Jennifer & Sheriff John Fuson

Nathan Clark & Neil Stauffer

Gabriele & Carl Eisemann

Joan Farmer & Martha Barry

Seantor Bill Powers & Camie Green

Tommy Valejos & Rep. Jay Reedy

London Cariani & Daniel Law

James Bagby & Darren Baxter

Wes Golden & Rep. Jay Reedy

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Anna was a single mom who initially thought no one would be interested in a relationship with her and her two girls, until David came into the picture and blew every expectation she had out of the water. What started as a potential set up turned into a wedding date when Anna found herself needing a plus one. “He was a complete gentleman and picked me up for our date, opened doors for me, asked me questions to really get to know me, and dropped me off at home at a decent hour for me to get home to my girls. I was thouroughly impressed after that date, and to my surprise we had so much in common,” Anna said. In 2017 Anna and David made the move to Clarksville and also welcomed a son. In January, David called their family and friends and surprised Anna in front of them with a proposal to marry him. Even through their untraditional ways and blended family he still asked Anna’s dad’s permission, and that really meant everything to her.

Venue | The River House at Southern Light Catering | Brenda West Florals | Kelly Flick Gown | Lavender Park Bridal Photographer | The Hardcastles, Travis and Leah Hardcastle Wedding Cake | Callie Foster Desert Design Hair Stylist | Randah Gresham Entertainment | Daniel Lockwood “We Bring the Party Events”

Their magical day was at The River House at Southern Light here in Clarksville. “I simply wanted to choose each different part with the mindset it fit for me and David, and compile it all together to show it was truly unique to ourselves,” said Anna.

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Mary Bryant & Carlie Moseley

Dave Collins & Larry Lyle

Dallas Harmon & Kelly Pinkard

Jackie Woody & Ali Abey

APPLETON HARLEY - DAVIDSON Annual Men’s Pancake Breakfast Zach & Amanda Ceremelli

Paul Bonnell & Chip Turner

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Appleton Harley-Davidson hosted their annual Men’s pancake breakfast. The owners, Tia and Danny Suiter, host events year round which are much anticipated and highly attended and this one was no exception. Appleton Harley-Davidson is a key example of a community driven, locally owned small business. They provide exciting and fun events open to the public to come and have fun. To view their upcoming events, please visit FB.com/appletonhd/events/

Steve Appleton, Tia Suiter & Jason Altenburg

Randy Nelson & Mick Husband

Gabriel Wadsworth & John Massey

Zach Ceremelli, John Holmes & Mike Hitzges

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Chip Turner, Glynnis Warren & Pastor Ron Bailey

Mark Hoffman & Larry Lyle


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Alexis Goines & Kenny Pryor

Lisa Drury & Christine Clements

Melinda Shepard & Traci Koon

Jessica Goldberg & Tyler Lambert

Business After Hours At Talley Hall Event Center

Deuce Morris & Uwe Schneehagen

Deanna & Kaitlan Mclaughlin

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze More than one hundred members of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce enjoyed December’s Business after Hours at Talley Hall Event Center. Talley Hall owner Rose McRae invited everyone for an evening of networking, music, fellowship and food. Vendors were set up to highlight local businesses, including cigars and portraits. A grazing table was designed by LaCita Mason of Miss Pete’s Catering. Talley Hall Event Center is located at 200 Harnett Court.

Norman Quirion & LaCita Mason

Sylvester Jenkins & Zoyie Jackson

Sierra Allison & Frank Luppe

Shannon Kitchen & Karen Richards

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Dr. Duanna Hall, Vashti Wells & Rose McRae


Andy Laughlin & Sylvester Jenkins

Alfonso Mattison & Matt Doss

Tiffany Perkins & Rebecca Lopez

Lindsey Adler

Cindy Hancock, Rose McRae & Marie Eppes

Tyler Mayes, Mia Lindsey & Ashley Olsen

Catherine Bertoldi, Pete Miraldi & Melissa Schaffner

Candace Wilson & Anthonie Vaughn

Senator Bill Powers & Brad O’Shoney

Charlie & Traci Koon

Shannon Kitchen & Jessica Goldberg

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The Perfect Proposal JESSICA AND JONATHAN Jonathan and I both worked at a local car wash in town in our younger years, not talking much or hanging out outside of work hours. Jonathan ended up leaving the car wash for another job opportunity where he unfortunately got injured on the job. After hearing what happened I decided to reach out on a whim through Facebook to see how he was doing. He had no clue who I was at first but quickly remembered me from working together. Jonathan invited me over and that’s when we discovered how much we had in common, we talked for hours on end. Every day after that I wanted to spend with him and getting to know him better. We discovered we both have a love for Christ, music, and photography. We started dating soon after his injury and became a power couple almost immediately. We started a photography business here in Clarksville and the community backed us so much that Jonathan was able to quit his full time job and help us achieve our dreams. Fast forward to 2022 and thats when the best night of my life happened, the proposal. The evening of Feb. 2, 2022 Jonathan told me to get dressed up so I assumed we were going on a date. We headed to Nashville and arrived at John C. Tune Airport. Early in our relationship I took Jonathan skydiving and he joked that we were going again. He had me dressed in all white and it was raining so I knew we weren’t actually skydiving but he kept driving past the hangers further into the airport. We finally stopped at one hanger and walked inside. There waiting was a helicopter inside and Jonathan took my hand and walked me over in front of it. He then got down on his knee and asked for my hand in marriage. Of course I said yes. He is such a romantic and planned a lovely evening. He even hired photographers to capture the moment. We took photos for a while and then got to go on a ride over Nashville. Jonathan really outdid himself and went above and beyond. February 2, 2022 easily became one of the most special days in my life that I will always remember. Location: John C. Tune Airport, Nashville, TN Photography: Teale Photography

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GIVE | CARE | SHARE

Veterans United Home Loans Clarksville Clarksville, Montgomery County has grown as one of the “premier” destinations to live and has proven to hold true to its title. A foundation of strong community values, mixed with a willingness to give back, have truly shown why Clarksville is such an extraordinary city. For years, Clarksville has continued to add to its already impressive list of local non-profits; so much so, that one organization, in particular, has taken notice of their positive impacts and decided to take it upon themselves to reach out their hands in support. Since the organization’s inception in 2002, the Veterans United Foundation, the charitable arm of Veterans United Home Loans, has recognized the importance of showcasing unwavering commitment in order to enhance lives every day. They have a long history of giving back to their local communities, and the Clarksville branch is no exception. Within the last year, the Clarksville Veterans United Foundation has donated $288.5 thousand to local charities and non-profit organizations and aims to increase that number in the coming year. Veterans United branch manager, Amanda Dusenberry shared, “Our employees at Veterans United Home Loans have the opportunity to donate 1% of their income to the foundation if they choose to do so, and our owners match their donations dollar for dollar. All money donated was from our locally funded Veterans United Foundation. We gave each employee here at Veterans United Home Loans the opportunity to suggest a non-profit to donate to, which would be 30 different charities! As you can see below, there are only 21 listed so we still have at least 9 more to go!”

Montgomery County Angel Fund ($1,500)

Founders David and Tracie Hogan started the Angel Fund in the hopes to benefit the animals at local animal control centers. Their goal is to assist animals with injuries and/or special needs with vetting or other services. They do this to prepare animals for rescue or adoption.

F.U.E.L. ($10,000)

F.U.E.L. ministry is a local food subsidization program designed to feed children whose food sources are limited. They relieve hunger in schoolaged children, specifically, to enhance their spiritual, physical, and emotional health; ultimately leading to increased academic performance, ce, and ultimately higher graduation rates.

Assisting Communities Together (ACT) ($25,000)

ACT works with community partners to spread awareness of a need for foster families within the community. They hold an annual event to assist in recruiting local foster parents, as well as provide resources to help agencies within our community. Working closely with the Tennessee Department of Children Services in Montgomery County, ACT provides food, clothing, housing, bedding, and any other identified needs of children within our community, particularly those at risk of entering state care.

Humane Society ($10,000)

The Humane Society has been an intricate part of Clarksville’s community since 1968. Their main focus is to be proactive by providing programs and services to better serve the animals within the local community.

Dusenberry added, “We hope that these donations will help the charities and the people that receive help from them; while also bringing local awareness of charities and organizations that people may not be aware of yet. Clarksville is such a tight-knit, supportive community, and once they are aware of a need or mission people tend to jump in to help and support.”

Meet The Non-Profits They Were Able To Help Fort Campbell Fisher House ($10,000)

Located just two minutes from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fisher House provides lodging to families of patients receiving care from the hospital. Their goal is to make their guests feel comfortable, secure, at home, and like part of the family during their stay.

American Mobility Project ($5,000)

The American Mobility Project was founded in 2019 with the purpose to provide mobility and adaptive equipment, and resources, to those living with disabilities. They believe it is their duty to provide this equipment to a community that deserves as much independence and dignity as the resources in bountiful America can provide.

American Cancer Society ($10,000)

The American Cancer Society is the all-stop shop for cancer information and resources. They do everything from hosting local fundraising events to providing local cancer support programs. 50 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Reboot Recovery ($5,000)

Co-Founders Evan and Jenny Owens built Reboot Recovery after meeting with soldiers at Fort Campbell and saw the need for trauma healing and guidance. Their programs include a blend of clinical insight and Christian faith-based support, for those struggling from traumatic experiences to heal

United Way of Greater Clarksville ($25,000)

United Way mobilizes partners from throughout Houston, Montgomery, and Stewart Counties and the Fort Campbell area in a “united” effort to identify and respond to our community’s most critical needs. UWGCR advocates for the education, health and financial stability of citizens in our community.

Make-A-Wish ($40,000)

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been an intricate part of


the lives of children strugling with terminal illnesses. They are inspired to grant life-changing wishes for children due to their one core belief, “A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.”

Operation Stand Down ($10,000)

Operation Stand Down Tennessee provides and connects Veterans and their families with comprehensive resources focused on transition, employment, housing, benefits, peer engagement, volunteerism and connection to the community. OSDTN’s mission is to Engage. Equip. Empower

Operation Home Front ($10,000)

Operation Home Front is a national non-profit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families that thrive in the communities they worked so hard to protect. They offer financial assistance, transitional housing programs, and many more wonderful services.

Meals On Wheels ($10,000)

Officially founded in 1974, Meals on Wheels was introduced to aid senior individuals in becoming more self-sufficient. They provide services that work toward improving the health, well-being, and economic opportunities of people who may need critical support and/or an immediate need.

Hope Pregnancy Center ($10,000)

Hope Pregnancy Center is a local resource committed to providing accurate information and quality services to women, and couples, facing an unexpected pregnancy. They understand that there are several options one can make under the circumstances, and they desire to give information and space for those who need to make a comfortable long-term decision.

Judy’s Hope Foundation ($40,000)

Judy’s Hope assists women and children who have left an abusive environment and are ready to heal and grow. They do so by following the five-phase program that Judy’s Hope has implemented; Regroup, Renew, Rebuild, Rejoice, Reinvest. Each of the phases is designed to tackle individual struggles through the development of healthy emotional and spiritual habits.

YAIPak Outreach ($20,000)

YAIPak Outreach was formed to provide aid and support for the local

under-resourced community through acts of kindness. They aim to meet those that are neglected, hurting, or afflicted where they are to provide support, comfort, and resources to promote positive life changes and remind them that they are loved and important.

Radical Mission ($10,000)

Radical Mission is an organization in Clarksville Tennessee that seeks to address the root causes of poverty, injustice, and broken relationships by working to train and mobilize the community into lifechanging relationships. They do this by partnering with other non-profit organizations and hosting various events showcasing the services and resources they provide. They strive to change the lives of those in our society and create a ripple effect in our area that drives others to live compassionately and help their fellow man.

Working Dogs for Vets ($12,000)

Founded in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Working Dogs for Vets is the nation’s largest service dog provider. Their mission is to provide service dogs and training to disabled heroes in need, empowering them as they return to civilian life with newfound independence.

Butterfly Moments Inc ($10,000)

Butterfly Moments Inc is a local women’s addiction recovery home. They are a faith-based recovery facility that provides transitional housing and an addiction recovery program, while also assisting in finding permanent homes for the women who are ready to venture on a new journey.

Haven 12:10 Animal Sanctuary ($5,000)

Haven 12:10 Animal Sanctuary Inc is a nonprofit animal welfare, rescue, and educational organization that specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, and residency of animals. Their goal is to increase societal awareness of the animal neglect and abuse that pervades our area and increase knowledge of what is involved in caring for a pet in reference to time, environmental and financial commitments.

Manna Café ($10,000)

Manna Café found its way to Clarksville to provide flood disaster relief in 2010. What started as a simple outdoor meal of 35 guests, blossomed into a 4 meal per-week service, with peak attendance at 200+people. Their goal is to continue expansion to eliminate food insecurity within Montgomery County.

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Nicole Turner & Romeo

Beth & McKenzie Beckner

Armando & Alex Cordero, Thelma Garibay, Nelly & Olivia Cordero

CALEDONIA Forest Winter Woodland

Rory & Brittany Bristol

Darryl & Gina Johnson

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Hundreds came out for the grand opening of Caledonia Forest, which celebrated its big day with a Winter Woodland theme. Owner Linda Blackmoor describes Caledonia Forest as a conservation & home goods store. Visitors were entertained inside and outside the store, enjoying food trucks, portraits with a pair of reindeer, Olive the fox and much more. Everyone is invited to check out the store’s unique inventory, and learn more about the wildlife conservation park planned for a 2025 opening in Dover, Tennessee.

Dawson, Emily & Trace Johnson

Madilyn, Ben & Aleisha Cole

Emery & Christina Adams

Emily Bailor & Erica Briley

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Shannon, Jace, Meredith, Evelyn & Jasper Russell

Emily, Zander, Zayla & Wezton Teague, Justin Adams


Lu, Arabella & Rodney Nance

Valerie & Mila Polder

Mackenzie, Jennifer, Wyatt & Rylan Sprayberry

Rowyn & Kristy Higbee

Rich & Shelly Holladay

Lyneise & Lathan Williams

Kari, Ellie & Adrian Holiday

Hilary & Cullen Boyd

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A Modern Space In A Quiet Place The Ruby Cora is not a barn, she is a newly designed, clean lined, industrial, studio space, flooded in natural light. The Ruby Cora sits in the midst of a manicured Century Farm located 40 minutes from Nashville, 5 minutes from Clarksville. Our guests tell us that a feeling of total tranquility occurs when they pull into our property. Our architect was determined to craft a space that 60 people would not feel lost in, but could accomodate 250 guests. You are welcome to invite up to 250 friends and family to join your celebration. For weddings during cold/rainy weather, the climate controlled venue provides a

comfortable setting in which to exchange vows. Our modern space with full view doors ‘brings the outdoor beauty into the Grand Hall’. To add a romantic touch to your wedding, you can request to have the Lula Belle Tower’s wedding bell rung after you say your vows. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony, we have several outside ceremony sites; overlooking acres and acres of croplands, a wooded area and a waterfront area. Receptions can then be continued inside in the climate controlled Ruby Cora with the ability to open it up to the lanai and patio overlooking sunsets over the lake.

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L E ADE R SH IP MID DLE TENNES S E E NE W S HOE COMPETITION BEN E F ITING

People living in poverty want a better life, but many lack opportunity. At Soles4Souls, they turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Most of us can’t fathom what it would be like to lack something as basic as a pair of shoes, but for millions of people around the world, that’s an everyday reality. Specifically here in Middle Tennessee, of the 319,111 total students enrolled in public schools - 8,264 students are experiencing homelessness. The race between the ten Middle Tennessee counties below will help get brand new shoes on the feet of those who need it the most. The average person in North America throws away 70 pounds of textiles every year. That’s 21 billion pounds of extra waste dumped in our landfills every year! And the EPA estimates only 15% is donated or recycled. Since 2006, supporters of Soles4Souls have diverted 71 million pounds of shoes and clothing from landfills. Soles4Souls partners with women’s shelters, veterans’ organizations, children’s programs and schools to get shoes and clothing to those who need it most. Leadership Middle Tennesse needs your help in bridging the gap and helping those in our commuity get the basic necessities they need, like shoes. If you are interested in donating please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leadershipmt Be sure to mention Montgomery County in your donation notes!

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Chris & Dan Buerck

Charles Smith & Cindy Chambers

Matt & Chelsey Cole

Heather Campbell & Sheena Dixon

Brett & Dusty Jackson

Brad Averitt, Dr. Karen Meisch & Senator Bill Powers

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Leadership Clarksville recently hosted an Alumni Holiday Get-Together at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Clarksville. The event featured live music in the main gallery, food catered by Nicoletta’s, and an evening of socializing for LC’s current class, as well as graduates from previous years of the program. Executive Director Rich Holladay praised the efforts of all those responsible for organizing this and other events which help LC’s members connect, build relationships, and “use their knowledge and skills for the long-term benefit of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.” Darwin Eldridge & Robert Nash

Jeff Bibb & Rich Holladay

David & Wanda Allen

Erin Yow & Stephanie Travis

Ashley Mynatt & Robert Nash

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Betty Burchett & Melinda Schwallie

Antonio & Dava Murgas

Neil & Tiffanie Stauffer

Ashley Mynatt, Luke Tyler & O’Neal Wiggins

Chris & Stephanie Travis

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walt Lord & Charlie Koon

Eric Yow & Robert Nash

Jamie Durrett & Dee Colburn

Marcie Nelson, Darwin Eldridge & Catherine Wilson

Laquvia Garrett & Tanya Johnson

Jeff Harris & Sam Jones

Lisa McLain & Erin Yow

Ron Lanfear & Dr. Curtis Glenn

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Jack Turner & Brad Martin

Danielle Stack & Dottie Mann

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M E E T T H E C L A R K SV I L L E P O L I C E D E PA RT M E N T

CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM

When one hears the word Crisis, a certain flight-or-fight response seems to kick in without warning. Many automatically assume the worst, and in most cases they’re not entirely wrong. However, it is when the stress associated with the word ensues, that one tends to panic, and their demeanor changes completely. This uncommon occurrence to most, is very common to local first responders that seldom work a shift without experiencing situations where words aren’t enough to completely grasp the scenario. Because of this, the City of Clarksville has recognized the need for a designated team to handle some of toughest of situations; and that team is the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). The Crisis Intervention Team was officially launched this past December; making it the first established CIT in the city. CIT includes members from the Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery Country Sherriff’s Office, and also partners alongside Clarksville Fire Rescue and Centerstone in the hopes to widen its range. The team’s model is designed to improve the outcomes of interactions between law enforcement personnel and individuals facing mental health crisis. Clarksville Fire Rescue District Chief Kevin Finch explains, “CIT is a network of community resources with members dedicated to helping individuals and family members receive appropriate intervention, treatment and/ or assistance as it relates to mental health. Our goal is to address a person in crisis and refer individuals to proper care with dignity and respect.” The need for a program like the Crisis Intervention Team offers has always existed but with the growth and expansion of Clarksville-Montgomery County that need has drastically escalated. However, that need has since drastically escalated over the years due to the increase in Clarksville’s population growth and expansion.

Many may wonder why these men and women would take it upon themselves to join a team that is not only challenging, but rigorous, and in some cases extremely taxing mentally. However, to these brave and selfless officers, it is their duty to help and protect their community in any way that they can. Lieutenant and CIT Coordinator Eric Ewing explained his willingness to join CIT by sharing, “I enjoy helping people. Much of my life and career has placed me in situations, or allowed me to gain knowledge and understanding of all different types of people. People living with mental illness or in an emotional crisis can be vulnerable, misunderstood, or sometimes a danger to themselves or others. I want to help change the system in place that deals with these types of situations in our community, and work towards getting systems in place that get people real help, and not just into the criminal justice system if it can be avoided.” With the already established CIT, and with future plans to grow and expand its force, there is no doubt that the CIT will help benefit that Clarksville community as it tries to address ways to assist those struggling with mental health issues. “Hopefully we can assist people receive the proper resources and aid to make it so they do not have to interact with us as much. It’s no surprise that the general population would prefer to not have an encounter with the police, and if we get people the help they need so they don’t have to see us anymore, then I would call that a success,” Patrol Officer Isabella Hofinga expressed.

“The Crisis Intervention Team is a group of strong-minded, empathetic, and compassionate people who wish to make a positive impact in someone’s time of need.” – Patrol Officer Nicholas DeJesus

Patrol Officer Randy Cox explains, “Our team was created in response to the growing need of mental health advocates on the front lines of our city. As police officers, all too often we are called to situations where someone feels they have lost control. These situations most often involve our loved ones who are not criminals, but vulnerable and in need of guidance. Unfortunately, in the past police officers have served as an escalation point in these situations. As CIT officers our goal is deescalation of both our citizens in crisis as well as our fellow officers on scene. I feel this will produce better outcomes for both our citizens and my fellow officers.“ Before the members of the CIT were officially sworn in, they had to complete an extensive 40 hour training course. Patrol Officer Zach Goodall describes the course in detail, “Some of the training required to complete CIT training was education on various mental illnesses and how their symptoms may present themselves. Training also included a simulation of experiencing auditory hallucinations and trying to complete tasks while experiencing the simulated hallucinations. Practical exercises based on real situations were also used to allow officers training in crisis

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intervention to use their education in a manner similar to how they may be used on patrol.”

CIT strives to reach its own set of goals for the betterment of the community. They aim to address an individual’s struggles with an empathetic viewpoint. “I feel the goal of CIT is to bring awareness to the community that as law enforcement, we are here to provide resources to individuals in crisis that might not otherwise have access to them. Our goal is to make the community aware that we are not just here to take people in crisis to jail, but to give them opportunities to get help that they need,” Patrol Officer Benjamin Tribbett discussed. In regards to CIT’s future endeavors, Patrol Officer Jeremy Chisenhall reiterates the main goal they strive to achieve, “We will attempt to deescalate situations where people are in a crisis. The goal is to open the community’s mind to what we are trying to accomplish, and just exactly how we want to accomplish it. We are a team designed to offer a supporting hand, and we want to make that known.” Centerstone Clinical Supervisor Kara Merriam continues, “I believe that the CIT unit will bring awareness to the resources that we do have in our community, and will help build relationships between our law enforcement and mental health providers. These relationships will hopefully help to facilitate easier collaboration, and enhance our community’s ability to help our citizens who are in need of mental health services.”


V I P C L A R K SV I L L E M AGA Z INE RE ADE RS CHO ICE AWARDS

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Adonia & Kevin Kennedy, Jr.

Andrea & Sal Herrera

Frank Washington & Kathleen Evans

Betty & Bubba Burchett

Brad Hart & Davis Stack

Betty & Bubba Burchett

Ca mpa i g n K ic kof f Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins was joined by friends, family and supporters at The City Forum’s Madison Room recently as she officially launched her campaign for re-election in 2022. Stefanie Miller emceed the event, which featured live music and hors d’oeuvres. Following complimentary words from both Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett for her service and good stewardship of the county’s money, O’Neal Wiggins had the honor of introducing his wife, who thanked her supporters and enthusiastically announced her candidacy for re-election.

Bridget Childs, Kendall & Shannon Kitchen

Chris, Amelia & Dan Buerck

Cindy & Sammy Stuard

Clarksville Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts

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Frank Saunders, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts & Representative Johnny Shaw

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LaDonna & Mike Dowdy, Robert Huffman & Michaela Dowdy

Judge Sharon Grimes & Sammy Stuard

Roberta & Aaron Morton

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Dottie Mann & Nancye Britton

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VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Freedom Clean Due to its close proximity to Fort Campbell, Clarksville is home to numerous businesses that are owned, and operated by military veterans. After retirement, many veterans chose to make Clarksville their permanent home; appreciating a community that values its military population. Freedom Clean is an example of one of those businesses. Co-founders Kyle and Brittany Hart stumbled upon the idea to open Freedom Clean once they figured out there was no laundry delivery service in Clarksville. They discussed opening a service of their own, and the rest was history! Officially opened in February of 2020, amongst the beginning of the pandemic, business was slow to pick up. However, through their perseverance and dedication to provide for their 5 children, Kyle and Brittany decided to stick it out- and luckily they did. The local response for their business has been phenomenal! Over 750 people are following Freedom Clean on Facebook, and servicing requests are through the roof! “Our top priority is your satisfaction. We place a high value on reliable, professional, and quality service that meets your needs. We love our customers, we love our city, and we look forward to continuing to serve Clarksville.”

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Jordan and Andrew both shared a passion for theatre in high school and that’s where it all started right here in Claksville. “We had plenty of excuses to hang out. We started dating my senior year of high school (his junior year), and have been together ever since,” said Jordan.. When Jordan left for college it wasn’t a question of if their relationship could handle it, it was how they were going to make it work, and thats’ when they knew they were meant for each other. They always said they would get married after they both had graduated college, so when Andrew went to one of Jordan’s appointments with her in Nashville and had both of their families waiting at the brunch location for them, Jordan was shocked to say the least! They had the most magical day at The Ruby Cora on October 8th. “The vision was always for everything to just feel warm and inviting. A little boho, a little elegant, a little whimsical — I just wanted everything to seem very natural, but coordinated. The Ruby Cora offered such a beautiful blank slate to bring this vision to life,” explained Jordan.

Event Planner | Cheryl Ward with It Takes Two Event Planning Photographer | Randi Vasquez Photography Catering | The Grilled Cheeserie and Grey Smoke BBQ Florals | Flourish Flowers and Something Borrowed Blooms Gown | Wedding Belles Venue | The Ruby Cora Hair Stylist | Carly Linza at KnowBull Beauty

After the big day the couple spent a relaxing week at a resort in Belize before returning back to their home in Chatanooga.

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C LAR KSV ILLE - M O N TG O M E RY CO UNT Y

non-profit quarterly coordination meeting

As the fifth fastest growing city in the United States, it is no surprise that Clarksville has witnessed a population increase at such an unprecedented rate. People from all over the country have flocked to Clarksville due to the booming economy, affordable living, and military influence. However, once adapted, and settled down, the new Clarksvillians will soon come to realize that this city is even better than what was originally perceived. Many cities with populations nearing 155,000 occupants can seldom say that no matter how much it grows, it will always have its small-town charisma, southern charm, and tight-knit community values. That’s what makes Clarksville such a great place to live. What defines Clarksville isn’t the number of stores you can shop at, or the dinner dates you can go on, but the people that make up the community. The people truly make Clarksville special, and one group does it for no gain other than helping those in need- that being our local non-profit organizations. A city that thrives on their sense of community is no stranger to local outreach programs. Clarksville’s list of local non-profits is not only impressive, but extensive. It includes assistance for just about every need within the community, whether it be for school-aged children, young men, and women, or even animals, these local organizations have got you covered- but they’re not stopping there. The additions to Clarksville’s non-profit list continue to grow weekly, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Brandon Bridges, Toni Chambers, Ashley Mynatt, Stephanie Travis & Tammy Johnson

Even though the possibilities for the non-profit community involvement seems endless, that is no longer the case. Due to the rising number of organizations filling up the calendar, many scheduling conflicts have risen; leaving many non-profits out of the already busy local calendar. Recognizing the need to address the problems faced by local non-profits, Leadership Clarksville took it upon themselves to establish the new “Clarksville- Montgomery County Non-Profit Quarterly Coordination Meeting”; which is open to any non-profit organization that wishes to attend. The one-hour meeting is aimed to address, and solve, coordination conflicts within the non-profit community, as well as give the organizations the chance to collaborate and share ideas for future betterment. During this past month, the first meeting was held, and it had a great turnout. Not only did each non-profit in attendance feel welcomed, but they felt that their concerns were heard, and taken into consideration. Ideas were bounced from one organization to another, and everyone gathered, learned more about what specific criteria needed to be met in the coming months and started brainstorming ways to implement change. Looking towards the future, Leadership Clarksville hopes the quarterly meeting will beneficially serve the current, and future, non-profit organizations. Each non-profit, no matter how big or small, is an intricate piece to Clarksville’s puzzle. Because of that, making sure each organization receives fair and just treatment is priority. If you would like to attend the next Non-Profit Quarterly Coordination Meeting, email Leadership Clarksville Director, Rich Holladay at: director@leadershipclarksville.com 68 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Kris Phillips, Nikki Peterson & Cole Langford


Curtis Driver & Chris Lancia

Alecia & Jon Vaughn

Brandi King & Dr. Lorneth Peters

Brandon Bridges & Chris Buerck

Andrew Kester & Sherry Pickering

Amanda Blount & Danielle Stack

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2022 MAYORS

POWER BREAKFAST Hosted by the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mayors Breakfast allows both the city and county mayor to report on the current state of affairs in Clarksville-Montgomery County as well as to share their visions for the future. Mayor Durrett gave an emotionall farewell to the community thanking everyone for all the support given to him during his time in office.

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Come support our local downtown businesses! Food trucks + distilleries + live music, giveaways and vendors will be in attendance! May 7th, 2022 @ The Downtown Commons P R E S E N T E D B Y:

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING COMPLEX

open house

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office welcomed the community to an open house at their new safety training complex. “Today we’re just really showing the public what it is that we’ve got going on out here so they’re familiar with things they may see or hear, especially the neighbors,” said Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson. The recently completed $3.6 million facility houses both a 50-yard pistol range and a 100-yard rifle range, as well as a classroom for activities like safety briefings. “This property here that we’re standing on belonged to a former sheriff of Montgomery County, Billy Smith,” said Fuson. “We’re going to dedicate this property and this project to him for his service.”

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As a child the owner, Lisa, dreamed of weddings. She helped plan friends and family weddings for decades. Despite her love of all things bridal, she went off to her 9-5 jobs every day. In 2013 her niece, Tracey, was shopping for a bridal gown. Tracey, a plus sized bride, was treated terribly at a shop in Nashville based on her size. They knew no bride should ever feel this way.

have seemed to do in this story, the new Wedding Belles home is a renovated clothing store from the 60’s & 70’s. As a child, Lisa and her beloved mother Gladys spent endless afternoon shopping in this very location. Her childhood dreams and fond memories of her mother are uniting at this new location. She now has the room to showcase more styles and sizes to help even more brides find the gown of their dreams.

Soon after Lisa walked into her bank and there were several dozen bridal gowns hanging in the lobby; The bank told her to make an offer. Her husband, Robert, said do it and see what happens. The bank accepted. She thought, was this a sign? Was God telling her this is what she needed to do? Lisa saw a chance to build a family owned and operated bridal boutique in Clarksville.

The vision of bringing fashionable style to brides in Northern Middle Tennessee and beyond is now her reality. Lisa’s mission with Wedding Belles is to ensure each bride receives a personalized, exciting, and happy experience. As a bride you are already in the mindset of knowing what you want, whether you realize it or not. You’ve said yes to the person of your dreams, now it’s time to find the dress to match. Wedding Belles is just the store to help you to be able to say, “I’ve Found My Gown!”

After some consideration, prayer, and encouragement, she realized it was time to make her lifelong dream a reality. The search for a location began. She knew the heart of downtown was her dream, but in 2013 a downtown location was not a possibility. She settled on a Madison Street building that was perfect at the time. With the opening of doors and amazing opportunities, God allowed all things to align in a whirlwind for them to begin their Wedding Belles adventure. In the fall of 2013, the store opened carrying the small number of bridal and formal gowns and just like that everything began to fall into place. Since then her small store on Madison Street has grown beyond Lisa’s wildest imagination allowing her to service brides from multiple states and even various countries. Before Lisa knew it, Wedding Belles was outgrowing its original location. What to do now? The store which seemed far too large in the beginning was suddenly feeling way too small. She began her search for a new location in the summer of 2019. After deciding on another location which wasn’t exactly what she wanted, but was larger than the current location, Lisa headed off to market with a lot to think about. She prayed and again asked God, “What do I do? You’ve shown me once this is where I’m meant to be, so show me where to go from here.” She returned from market deciding to settle once again on a location which wasn’t exactly what she had dreamt of but would work for the needs she had. When she walked into the store for work, there was a card from a lady with a location on Franklin Street she wanted to move a bridal boutique into. One more time, God sent her in the direction she was meant to follow. With the expansion of the store, her dream of a downtown location has finally come true. A relocation to 123 Franklin Street in January of 2020 is the final step in creating the overall effect she desired. As all things 74 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE


At Wedding Belles we strive to make your shopping experience as special as you are. We specialize in wedding dresses from size 0 to 32 with affordable prices and exceptional styles. We want to be your bridal shop of choice in Clarksville, Tennessee. We offer designer wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl outfits, mother of the bride gowns and accessories. We also have a full line for boys and men including ring bearer suits and tuxedos and grooms or groomsmen tuxedo rentals and sales. We also carry a full line of invitations, wedding party gifts, veils, jewelry, shoes, cake toppers & serving sets, garters, guest books and many other wedding accessories for Northern Middle Tennessee weddings and events. We are a full service Wedding Dress Boutique offering event planning, alterations, and gown steaming. It is the goal of our staff to make your wedding, military ball, or special occasion as stress free as possible. We also offer a full line of evening gowns. Whether you need a homecoming, prom, military ball, beauty pageant or Greek formal gown our experienced staff will help you to find the perfect dress for any budget. We also keep a registry of gowns that have been purchased for the function you will be attending to ensure that you know your dress will be a unique as you are.

“Today was an absolute dream come true and I have to say that Wedding Belles helped make that happen for me! I said Yes to the dress LOL! Cliché I know but gosh today was such an excellent experience! I had so many wonderful ladies lift me up (even the owner), give me honest feedback, and helped me truly feel like a beautiful bride! Thanks so much Wedding Belles! Definitely check them out!” - Bailey C. | Clarksville TN VIP VOWS: THE WEDDING ISSUE • 75


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Shana Parker, Michael Grise & Amanda Dusenberry

Randy & Betty Spradlin

Grace & Walt Lord

Nate & Robin Landwehr

Daniel Geary & Joe Landwehr

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze “Nate the Train” Landwehr recently celebrated his UFC Fight Night win at River’s Edge Grill located at the River Club Golf & Learning Center. Landwehr won the Las Vegas, Nevada UFC fight by submission in the third round, and earned the Performance of the Night award. Friends and family gathered to celebrate the victory with food, fun and fellowship.

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Davis & Danielle Stack

Christian, Rhyan, Cyrus & Jack Nielsen

Brandi Davis & Edward Massey

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Austin and Paige met through mutual friends. She had a handful of family and friends that he graduated high school with, so by the time Austin was home from college they found themselves around one another more and more. Finally, one of Paige’s best friends married Austin’s cousin in which they were both a part of the wedding- it was all history from there. Fast forward to four years later and Austin proposed to Paige Christmas night. November 6th 2021 they got married at Anderson Ranch in Cedar Hill, TN. Anderson Ranch is the home of Austin’s family and cattle operation. “We knew that’s where we wanted to have our wedding, so we prayed for good weather, and built a wedding from the ground up,” Paige said. The vision for the wedding was a twist of modern western, boho, moody. The colors used for the flowers were shades of green, and dark red and maroons. For decorations they used Amber glass wear, lanterns, rust colored table runners, and various candle sticks that were Paige’s grandmothers.

Venue | Anderson Ranch Catering | Santa Fe Cattle Co. Florals | Flowers By Rachael Gown | Wedding Belles Bridal Hair | Kendyl Unger Bridal Makeup | Shawna Vassallo Photographer | Jessica Travis Photography Wedding Cake | Beth’s Pastries

Following the reception, the couple said farewell to friends and family and headed off to honeymoon at the RIU Resort in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. Austin and Paige are currently building their dream home in Cedar Hill where they are patiently awaiting the arrival of their first beautiful baby.

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JUDGE ROBERT BATEMAN

Campaign Kickoff

Story By Tony Centonze, Photography By Joshua Peltz Judge Robert Bateman recently held a campaign kickoff party at The Ruby Cora where he announced his candidacy for the Republican Nomination for Circuit Court Judge, Division IV. Judge Bateman was appointed by Governor Bill Lee to fill the Circuit Court, Division IV vacancy created when Judge Jill Ayers was appointed to the State Court of Criminal Appeals. He hosted a campaign kickoff party at The Ruby Cora is Adams TN where guests enjoyed good food, great drinks and even better company.

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Michael Easton, Michael Langley & Beth Lee

Mike Turnbaugh & Shirley Black

Miranda Sommers & Emily Leonard

Chris Holderman & Adam Davis

REDA HOME TEAM grand opening

Mia Lindsey, Chyvonne Velasquez & Patricia Shipley

Danielle Stack & Erin Yow

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze A Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony was recently held at the new Memorial Drive office of the Reda Home Team. During the ceremony, Michael Langley thanked the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce as well as friends, family and supporters who were on hand for the event. Langley went on to talk about the great year the Reda Home Team had and the bright future that lies ahead for the team. Reda Home Team is a full-service, client-focused real estate group. Reach them at (931) 551-7045 or www.redahometeam.com.

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Cody and Destiny have known each other since they were in elementary school, always hanging around each other growing up. It wasnt until their senior year of high school when Destiny saw him in a new light. Cody was always making her smile and laugh and that’s when she realized she was falling for him. After many moves together across the United States they knew that no matter where life took them, they were always each other’s home. Fast forward to May 22, 2021, they rented a cabin at Double Head, which was near their hometown. Destiny thought a proposal may be coming since it was their 6 year anniversary but Cody had other plans. While that night was simply dinner and enjoying each other’s comany at the cabin, Destiny had no idea what tomorrow was going to bring. After a day with her sisters they came back to the cabin where he was awaiting for her on the pier ready to ask her to be his wife. Their wedding was beautiful in every sense. It was modern and classic with an added touch of greenery. Nothing short of spectacular.

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They then said farewell to friends and family and jetsetted off to Montego Bay, Jamaica where they enjoyed their time as husband and wife.

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Campaign Kickoff Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Eric Yow recently hosted a campaign event at The Ruby Cora, an evening that featured music, food, and a chance to meet and greet the candidate who announced in May his run for Montgomery County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge, Division II in the upcoming 2022 election. Yow graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2003, and subsequently, the University of Memphis School of Law. He has been practicing law since 2007, and is currently a senior partner at Goble & Yow. Dawn & Josh Bristle

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TIP-A-COP

AT O’CHARLEYS Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Police Department held its annual Tip-A-Cop event at O’Charleys off Riverside in support of Special Olympics Tennessee. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Clarksville Police Department and help raise awareness along with some money for these great athletes,” said Amy Parker, Special Olympics VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Clarksville Police Department supports Special Olympics Tennessee throughout the year by participating in the Clarksville Polar Plunge, Music City Blitz, and the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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

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Jessica Travis Photography If you’re looking for a photographer who shows up just to shoot and leaves, then I’m probably not the one for you. But if you’re looking for a photographer who will go all in for you then you’re at the right place! I’m so much more than just a “girl with a camera” when it comes to your wedding day and your experience! I’m your personal hype girl, best friend and more. Why? Because I’m wholeheartedly in this for you! Whatever you need, no matter what, I’ve got you. I’m the photographer who wants to be with you every step of the way because you deserve someone who will go all out for you and your love. I am so passionate about what I do and the love I get to capture, and I am definitely passionate about you. I’m not going to just be a person that stands there and clicks a button on your wedding day. My couples really have a special place in my heart! You bet I’m going to invest my whole heart into you, your family, and your love to create your album of memories that will make you look back, smile, and remember just how special those times were.

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SATURDAY 9AM-5PM SUNDAY 12PM-5PM Don’t miss your chance to WIN door prizes! While it may feel like winter has just begun, it is time to start thinking about all those spring home improvement projects! Vendors throughout the industry will be on hand to tell you about new kitchen and bath designs, new home decor, or show you what is new and fashionable for your home.

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