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AMERICAN MOBILITY PROJECT 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER • 12 LOCAL GIRL GANG • 17 FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON POLAR PLUNGE • 26 MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: SHERLOCK HOLMES CASE OF CUPID’S BOW • 39 THE BLUE CORD AWARDS • 42 NATIONAL ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY•48 CRUNCH FITNESS GRAND OPENING PARTY • 52 BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION • 58 FLIP ‘N AXE SIP & PAINT • 60 BREAK CLAYS NOT HEARTS • 66 MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT CHILI & HOTDOG FUNDRAISER • 70 EAT, DRINK & BE SOCIAL • 73
MANAGING EDITOR BETHANY SIGLER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LINDSEY SIMS CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS TONY CENTONZE LINDSEY SIMS MARTINA JEFFERSON LORNETH PETERS MICHAEL C. NORMAN DISTRIBUTION CHRISTIE MCKINNEY
CHEERS TO 5 YEARS OF VIP • 11 GIVE | CARE | SHARE : THE KINSLEY LYNCH FOUNDATION • 15 HILLDALE CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE CENTER • 18 TOP 5 MOST OBSCURE PLACES IN CLARKSVILLE & SURROUNDING AREAS • 23 OUT OF THE MOUTH OF FIVE YEAR OLDS • 24 THE CLARKSVILLE CHRISTIAN CENTURIONS • 28 PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW | CLARKSVILLE EDUCATORS • 29 BROOKDALE CLARKSVILLE: CARE WORTH COMING HOME TO & RANKED # 1 • 34 BEST OF THE BEST NOMINATION CATEGORIES • 36 FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE STUDENT: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW • 44 SALUTE TO SERVICE | OPTION RIGHT ATHLETICS • 47 POWER & GRACE PREPARATORY ACADEMY • 50 5 COMMON ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES • 55 ENTREPRENEURSHIP | IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY • 57 5 VIP FAVES | DELICIOUS & DELIGHTFUL DRINKS • 62 TROY UNIVERSITY • 64 AMARE MONTESSORI • 69
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VIP Readers & Cherished Friends, VIP Clarksville Magazine is 5 years-old this year! We have had the distinct pleasure of being actively and intimately involved in our community for the last five years. We have enjoyed our area’s growth, lauded progress, and seen unparalleled strides happen seamlessly time and time again. Clarksville is a community unlike any other, and every single thing we have been able to accomplish over the last 5 years is because of you. The magazine is full of your stories, your compassionate hearts and nonprofits, your events, and your lives. To thank our readers, and business community, we are launching our readers' choice awards. We are thrilled to announce VIP Clarksville Magazine’s Best of the Best Awards. This issue has all of our 2021 categories, as well as information about nominations. We cannot wait to celebrate with all of our nominees in an extra special way. We think our Kids & Family, Senior Living & Academics issue is the perfect time to celebrate our birthday and announce the best of the Best of the Best because Clarksville is the very best family to be part of. Thank you for all of your love, support and incredible friendships. We are immensely proud to be part of Clarksville, and we are simply over the moon about our 5th anniversary! Cheers, to you, cheers to Clarksville, and cheers to 5 years of VIP! With all of our love, appreciation & excitement, VIP Clarksville Magazine
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the publishing team
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Gary Linfoot & Pastor Mike Burnette
AMERICAN MOBILITY PROJECT 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER Photography by Tony Centonze The Madison Room was a full house for the recently held 2nd Annual American Mobility Project Fundraising Dinner. “I’m one of the founders, along with my wife Mari, and our good friend Bob Hyde,” CW5 Gary Linfoot, U.S. Army (Ret.) said. “We provide mobility equipment, adaptations, and resources to enhance independent living for those with disabilities.” Grace & Walt Lord
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“We’re excited to be doing this for the second time. We’ll have some speakers come up and talk a little about what we do, as well as some of our recipients from this past year. There will be great food and a few surprises this evening. There will also be a silent and live auction.” Linfoot was seated in an iBot Chair, a state-of-the-art machine. “This is high tech,” Linfoot said. “It serves as a regular power chair, but it also goes up and down stairs, and has limited off-road capability. As you can see, right now it’s standing up and balancing on two wheels, which brings me to a seated height of about six feet. So far, we’ve funded eight of these chairs just this past year.” The evening included stories from AMP beneficiaries; the work AMP does truly and fundamentally changes lives. They give people the gift of freedom, and that is priceless. The dinner culminated in an emotional surprise. AMP had three applicants for iBot Chairs present. Each applicant was invited to the stage, and surprised with the news that they have been selected as the newest recipients. One of the newly named recipients was a young mother, and when she cried tears of joy, there was not a dry eye in sight.
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Ashley Mynatt, Lindsey Sims & Bethany Sigler
Andrea Herrera & Cheryl Crowley
Jason & Misty Norris
Angie Lee, Mary Cooper & Carol Duffin
Marcia & Michael Hunt
Joe Maynard & Sammy Stuard
Taira Massey & Heather Flynn
Zach Eaton & Kylie Linfoot
Brian & Jennifer Bryant
Valerie Coffee & Bethany Sigler
Bret & Sherry Pickering
Sherry & Mike Eaton
Cindy Stuard & Danielle Stack
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Clarksville Clarksville Child Child Clarksville Child Safety Safety Fair Fair Safety Fair Saturday, Saturday, March March 20 20 Governor’s Square Mall Governor’s Saturday,Square MarchMall 20 Free Admission Governor’s Mall FreeSquare Admission Open to Public Open to Public Free Admission Open to Public Join us for this family friendly outdoor event Join us for this family friendly outdoor event on March 20, from 10am to the Join for this family friendly on us March 20, 2021 2021 from 10amoutdoor to 3pm 3pm at atevent the Governor’s Square on March 20, 2021 fromMall 10amparking to 3pm lot! at the Governor’s Square Mall parking lot! Governor’s Square Mall parking lot! This free event will be packed full This free event will be packed full of of child safety and demonstrations, freeinformation event will be packed full of childThis safety information and demonstrations, to include car seat checks, water child safety information demonstrations, to include car seat safety safetyand checks, water safety, safety, lots of and to include plus car seat checks, water safety, plus lots safety of food, food, and fun! fun! plus lots of food, and fun!
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THE KINSLEY LYNCH FOUNDATION By Lindsey Sims The Kinsley Lynch Foundation was forged from a tragedy that shook two families to their core. In July 2018, the Lynch family visited the Heim family, here in Clarksville, TN, and on the 28th of July, the families went to Pennyrile State Park Beach to celebrate a birthday. Melanie Heim remembers that day too well; she recalls how many smiles and laughs everyone was enjoying that day. Then, within a threeminute time span, little Kinsley Lynch removed her life vest and entered the water. Despite everyone’s best efforts to save sweet Kinsley, she passed away at just four years old. The grief of mourning a child is all-consuming, and incomprehensible. The Kinsley Lynch Foundation was established as a way to remember their sweet girl, and as a way to pull the families through the dark period after Kinsley’s death. The Lynch and Heim families are on a mission to bring a spotlight to child safety, so no family will endure what took place that day. With the help of local Infant Self Rescue Instructor Brooke Keil, the Kinsley Lynch foundation provides scholarships to families who cannot afford ISR swim instruction. ISR focuses on teaching children to navigate the water independently with confidence and competence; truly learning to respect the water before enjoying it. In addition, the foundation aims to raise awareness of childhood drowning and allow a safe space for those affected to connect with one another. On March 20th, The Child Safety Fair will take place at Governor’s Square Mall. This event will host vendors from all different backgrounds but with the same goal – child safety awareness. #NotOneMoreChildDrowns
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Carrie & Caroline Britt, Laura & Ali Greene
Ashton St. Amant, Alaina Workman & Luci Armitstead
Local Girl Gang Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The popular Local Girl Gang pop-up shop relocated from Miss Lucille’s to The Madison Room, a larger space inside The City Forum, and the extra space was filled with eager shoppers. “We are hosting our Local Girl Gang event in The Madison Room tonight,” Luci Armitstead said. “We switched venues to safely accommodate a bigger turnout. We have taken a different approach to marketing tonight’s event, and we’re very pleased with the results. Our vendors helped us reach out to a lot of people.”
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Cheyenne Day & Kortni Cottrell
Emily Dyce & Hailey Barnett
Aubre Rios & Ashley Wolfe
Wine, cocktails and other refreshments were available. Admission was free, and guests were asked to bring a coat to donate to an organization that assists our homeless friends. “There are 26 vendors here,” Armitstead said. “Tutti Frutti Charcuterie sold out in 15 minutes. We have hand-made pottery, clay earrings, artisans who make their own clothes, several local boutiques, lots of sweets, and flowers too. We’re doing this for Valentine’s Day, so girls can come in and shop for themselves. It’s Galentine’s Day-themed.”
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HILLDALE CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE CENTER Serving children from 6 weeks- age 12, Hilldale Christian Child Care Center is the premier child care center in Clarksville and has been for more than 20 years. Executive Director Erin Yow tells VIP, “Our teacher to student ratios provide opportunities for positive peer interaction and one-on-one learning. The concepts taught in our morning gathering and learning stations encourages learning in a way that honors and glorifies God. Our faith-based team is dedicated to providing an enriched learning environment that promotes independent learning and Christ like character.” Academically, HCCCC has high expectations of students, staff and teachers. Erin explains, “Our teachers are all extremely qualified and hold degrees in the field of Early Childhood Education. Our PreK teacher are all licensed, certified teachers.” PreK prepares children to enter primary school, and HCCCC PreK alumni are well equipped for success. The HCCCC Kindergarten Readiness Program includes the following goals and objectives: • Recognition of all 26 letters and sounds • Count and recognize numbers 1-30+ • 1:1 Correspondence • Handwriting and fine motor development • Recognizing days and months of the year, as well as concepts of time • Comparing objects by size, type, and color • Retell and illustrate familiar stories • Demonstrating problem solving, selfmotivation, and self-care
Additionally, Erin and her HCCCC team feel it is equally as important to teach children ‘softskills.’ HCCCC students will also learn: • Effective communication with peers & adults • Confidently following classroom routines • Completing tasks independently • Christ like citizenship • Weekly Bible verses • To always do their best (Col. 3:23) Erin is proud to have created a program where children flourish by using the knowledge gained to propel them to new understanding, break throughs and epiphanies on their education journey. “Each classroom, from our infant room up is a building block to help prepare students for their next stage of development,” Erin says. Hilldale Christian Child Care Center is centrally located in the Sango area, and serves a variety of local elementary schools. Illustrating HCCCC’s reach, Erin says, “We have Before and After Care services for East Montgomery, Sango, Carmel Elementary Schools as well as Clarksville Christian School and Richview Middle.” HCCCC is a beautiful, kind, faith-based environment that teaches children the importance of Christ like citizenship. For HCCCC, above all, that is the most important lesson to impart. The school culture has been very carefully cultivated, and Erin and her team work to maintain the standard and achieve new heights every single day.
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E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail – Palmyra, TN
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& Surrounding Areas Story & Photography by Lindsey Sims
Enoch Tanner Wickham (1883-1970) was a tobacco farmer in Clarksville and moved to Palmyra in the 1950’s. At the fabulous age of 67, E.T. Wickham began creating stunning odd-ball sculptures with concrete, rebar, and chicken wire. After his death, the sculptures were left vulnerable and some destroyed; however, what remains is captivating - leaving a beautiful and haunting legacy. Locals looking for a day trip adventure can find these seemingly isolated sculptures tucked away with peculiar placement in Palmyra.
E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail – Palmyra, TN
Adams, TN’s most famous attraction, The Bell Witch Cave, brings in eager tourists from all over the globe. The legend of The Bell Witch Cave dictates a haunting tale of the local and prosperous Bell family’s fate in 1821. Located amongst rolling hills and established oak trees, the location is also known for the stunning scenery and hand painted sunsets. This wonderous location leaves much to the imagination.
The Bell Witch Cave– Adams, TN
Listed as the oldest registered building in Montgomery County, Sevier Station is a hidden gem tucked away near Boot Hill. In 1792, Valentine Sevier and his family inhabited the frontier due to the confluence of both the Cumberland and Red Rivers. Constructing the cabin from nearby quarried limestone, the family settled into the 640-acre land grant. The Sevier family has exceptionally deep roots in TN with Valentines brother, John, becoming the first Governor of the state.
Sevier Station, Clarksville, TN
Located in the heart of Clarksville, Dunbar Cave is a significant prehistoric landmark. Dating back to the 14th century, the sacred site boasts a portal to another lifetime. Mississippian Native American cave art graces the caves ancient walls while the natural stream flows amongst the pools and exits to the outside world. Throughout it’s history, the park has been many things to many different people: Native Americans would use as a store house and a place to cool off from the intense summer heat, and the early 1900’s Big Band era led to a fantastic dance hall location. Now, the park is a favorite local spot to enjoy the nature and history of Clarksville; whether a leisurely walk, or a day filled with education, Dunbar Cave is a wonderful family day location. Dunbar Cave, Clarksville, TN
In 1852, Patrick Sullivan, employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, came to Clarksville, TN. An exceptionally ambitious Irish immigrant, Pat was escaping the Potato Famine for a more prosperous life, living the American Dream. Mike Sullivan, of no relation, traveled to the US with Pat. Later becoming brother-in-law’s, the two would leave a significant stamp on the town. In 1866, Mike purchased the three lots, which now coalesce of Strawberry Alley Ale Works, and Pat laid the foundation, unbeknownst to him, for the future of Clarksville. The two left remnants of their legacy throughout the heart of downtown in structures such as the new Cumberland railroad bridge, Immaculate Conception Church, and the traversed cobblestone streets; in addition to these exceptional feats, Mike Sullivan also served as the Mayor of Clarksville for two terms.
The Sullivan Building, Clarksville, TN
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Out of the Mouth of 5-year-Olds Children are the most beautiful, perfect, precious, innocent beings. Watching kids grow up, explore the world, and formulate their own opinions and thoughts is truly one of the wonders of this world.
As part of our Cheers to Five Years, we asked some local parents to interview their 5-yearolds. Parents asked their child a series of questions, and recorded the answers exactly as their child responded.
In the same breath, kids absolutely do say the darndest things!
Their answers are just as sweet and sassy as we hoped they would be. Each child’s personality
leaps off the page. We are so impressed with these amazing 5-year-olds! Let’s just say, we have got some smarties on our hands, and at VIP, we are feeling excellent about Clarksville-Montgomery County’s future. With these kids in charge, there’s no stopping our growth!
If you won a million dollars, what would you buy? Everything. How long does it take to get to the beach? Umm..let’s see. 2500 hours. What does Mom always say to you? I love you. What job would you like to do when you grow up? Build stuff. A builder. Who is the strongest person? Me, because I can lift the whole couch. Where do babies come from? People's tummies.. At what age do you become a grownup? 26 What wild animal do you like most? T-Rex If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mac and Cheese How much does it cost to buy a house? $2,500 and $30,000 What song makes you want to dance? Fireball by Pitbull What is your favorite game to play? Tag with Ryan What is your favorite color? Blue How old is Mom? 28 Where do you want to live when you grow up? In a house that I build because I am going to be a builder. What is your favorite activity? Science experiments. What year is it? I don’t know what year means. What kind of car do you want when you grow up? A police officer car. What does Daddy always say? Don’t tell Mommy. What is your least favorite food ever? Carrots. What’s the safest place in the world? In the bathroom. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy? A racecar and a super fancy dress. How long does it take to get to the beach? One WHOLE hour. What does Mom always say to you? I love you and we don’t say can't. What job would you like to do when you grow up? I want to be a teacher Who is the strongest person? God Where do babies come from? Mommies At what age do you become a grownup? 14 What wild animal do you like most? A fierce tiger If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mac and cheese, please. How much does it cost to buy a house? $100 What song makes you want to dance? Boot Scoot and Boogie What are you scared of ? Lions What is your favorite game to play? Hide and Seek What is your favorite color? A whole rainbow How old is Mom? 30 Who is the president? Donald Trunk? Where do you want to live when you grow up? Next door to my mama. What is your favorite activity? Drive go-carts. What year is it? 2021 What kind of car do you want when you grow up? A Camaro 1LE What does Daddy always say? Everything is a race! What is your least favorite food ever? Beans are gross.
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If you won a million dollars, what would you buy? A cooler Nerf Gun. How long does it take to get to the beach? 5 days. What does Mom always say to you? I love you. What job would you like to do when you grow up? A football player. Who is the strongest person? Me Where do babies come from? In mommy’s tummy. At what age do you become a grownup? On my birthday. What wild animal do you like most? Reindeer If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cake How much does it cost to buy a house? A lot of money, like $5 or something. What song makes you want to dance? Monster by Skillet What are you scared of ? Clowns What is your favorite game to play? Fortnite What is your favorite color? Red How old is Mom? **Shoulder shrug** I don’t know Where do you want to live when you grow up? Right here, I love this house. What is your favorite activity? Play outside What year is it? Nighttime What kind of car do you want when you grow up? Race car What is your least favorite food ever? I don’t eat trash or junk. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? A house with a pool and an animal plantation. How long does it take to get to the beach? If we drive, probably about 7 hours. If we fly, maybe 2 hours. What do I always say to you? I love you. What job would you like to do when you grow up? Being an archeologist so I could find bones and give them to children that loved dinos. Who is the strongest person? The strongest love would be you and daddy. Strength would be daddy. The strongest cooker would be mommy. Where do babies come from? Momma’s tummies after god creates them. At what age do you become a grown up? 30. Everyone is a grown up after their 20’s. What does Daddy always say? I love you. What wild animal do you like? Cheetah If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Rice and beans and a Blackhorse cookie. How much does it cost to buy a house? 600,055 dollars Who do you hang out with all the time? My whole family. What song makes you want to dance? Believer by Imagine Dragons. What is your favorite game to play? Battleship How old am I? 5&1/2 What kind of car do you want when you grow up? A Jeep Where do you want to live when you grow up? In a pretty house. What’s the safest place in the world? In my home. Not upstairs though.. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy? A telephone. How long does it take to get to the beach? 20 hours What does Mom always say to you? I love you. Who is the strongest person? That’s a hard one. But I know. Me. Where do babies come from? Mommas At what age do you become a grownup? Maybe 15. What wild animal do you like most? A tiger. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheese pizza How much does it cost to buy a house? 100 dollars What song makes you want to dance? Rock and roll music. What is your favorite game to play? The walkey talkies and the robot game that I have upstairs. What is your favorite color? Red How old is Mom? 15; Mom are you that old? Who is the president? Donald Truuuummppp Where do you want to live when you grow up? In a house. Who is your best friend? Mommy What is your favorite activity? iPad What year is it? March What kind of car do you want when you grow up? A Jeep What does Daddy always say? What up, man? What is your least favorite food ever? Broccoli BEST OF THE BEST NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN MARCH 14TH-31ST • 25
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Walt Lord, Mark Chester, Paul Nelson, Josh Young & Neil Stauffer
FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON POLAR PLUNGE Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Folks from APSU and Clarksville came together recently to brave the icecold temperatures at the university’s Foy Recreation and Fitness Center pool, all in support of Special Olympics Tennessee athletes. Ali, Remington, Alexandra & Jon Peifer, Kimber Holland
Amy Parker is Special Olympics TN, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Today is our first actual event of 2021,” Parker said. “It is the Clarksville Polar Plunge, and this is our third year here at APSU. We’ve had over 60 registered plungers out here to support Special Olympics, and be Freezin’ for a Reason.”
Daniella Medina & Carla Patterson
Special Olympics Tennessee hosts ten Polar Plunges each year, across the state. “Polar Plunge is, collectively, one of our largest fundraiser events. The money we raise goes a long way to support our 18,000 athletes across the state of Tennessee. APSU P.D. and Clarksville P.D. are two huge supporters of this event, and, obviously, the university itself is a great supporter and partner. They donate the use of the Foy Recreational Center for us.”
Kristi, Kate, Charlotte,Thomas & Joshua Murtha
Meagan Barlow & Carlos Silva
“We greatly appreciate the support of this community and the good people at APSU. We’re just so happy to be back, and we can’t wait ‘til it’s safe for our athletes to return to play.”
T. Carlos Mosley, Nat Martinov, Rachel Rausch & Elizabeth Dennis
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Evan Welkley, Spencer, Nick & Scarlett Austin
Neil, Tiffanie, Ella, Luke & Dean Stauffer
Chad Lyndsay & Abby Koyama
Beth Teegarden, Tonya Golden & Jordan Black
Chad Koyama & Michael Patterson
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THE CLARKSVILLE CHRISTIAN CENTURIONS Clarksville Christian School is an elite blend of championship athletics, innovative academics, and award-winning arts.
and have had multiple students selected for the all-state choir program.
Centurion Athletics has won multiple conference, state, and national championships. Student and team performance in Clay Sports, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, and others has been outstandingly noteworthy. Additionally, the student body has championed strides in the STEM field. Clarksville Christian School has implemented an Engineering and Technology Institute, school wide K-12 STEM Initiative, has Advanced Academic programs, and offers Dual Credit courses on campus. With an intentionally instituted, well-rounded curriculum and extracurricular offering, CCS students participate in a robust theater program,
hours every year with projects ranging from the annual CCS food drive, to the annual day of service, to participating in 316 Clarksville. CCS attribute’s their natural servant’s hearts to a strong campus spiritual life, daily bible classes and weekly chapel. Clarksville Christian School has been fortunate to experience unbroken, consecutive years of enrollment growth, and has had the opportunity to consistently invest in program and facility expansion.
Talented in athletics, gifted in the arts, and able to boast excellence in academics, CCS students are also passionate about service. Service is ingrained into students' daily lives. CCS students have logged significant volunteer
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CLARKSVILLE EDUCATORS By Dr. Lorneth Peters
Our local administrators have been instrumental in pivoting educational practices to ensure the students of Montgomery County continue to receive the highest level of education in the wake of COVID-19. Writing policies and procedures from scratch, answering mounting questions from parents and students about virtual learning, and determining what to do when a student or staff member is COVID positive was just the tip of the iceberg. We are proud of the administrators who continue to shape the lives of our children. We are also especially humbled and excited to include Dr. Michael Licari, who was recently named the 11th president of Austin Peay State University.
Katobwa Stallworth is the founder and Principal of Power And Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA) that opened in 2016. After earning her Master’s in Education, she served at a local private school for over eleven years under the late Pastor Jimmy Terry. The Preparatory Academy is committed to a unique mission of preparing youth for life by building character and academic excellence with an emphasis on Jesus Christ and leadership. The Academy is an ACSI member (Association of Christian Schools International) and accredited under AdvancED/ Cognia for its Pre-Kindergarten Program and school-age students, Kindergarten through 5th Grade. What excites you most about Education? “P-O-S-S-I-B-I-L-I-T-I-E-S! Many people think that the computer is the end-all of intelligence. I
dare say that it is a knock-off of the human brain! When we do not prejudge young people, the possibilities are endless for their achievement. Education holds infinite possibilities! It is so exciting to be better than yesterday and inspired to see a brighter tomorrow.” What is your favorite quote? “If you show me a student that cannot learn, I will show you a teacher that cannot teach.” -Marva Collins What legacy would you like to leave on the field of Education? “I want to be remembered as a bridge-builder. As educators, we must build educational bridges that will span this gulf to deliver students to the shores of educational success, and this is our obligation to this generation!”
Jaime Yeager is the Head of School at Amare Montessori school. She has spent two decades teaching and directing Montessori programs in both Tennessee and Arkansas. Mrs. Yeager, obtained both a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Development and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Montessori teaching credential from Montessori Educators International (MEI). Jaime serves as the Executive Director of the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee.
JAIME YEAGER In 2018, Jennifer Hinote was selected as the seventh Head of School for Clarksville Academy. She lived in Charlotte, NC, for over 20 years, before moving to Tennessee in 2009. Mrs. Hinote has more than 32 years of comprehensive experience in education. She comes to Clarksville Academy from Oak Hill School in Nashville, where she served as Head of School for eight years. Mrs. Hinote earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Western Carolina University. What excites you most about education? “I love my job! It is wonderful to be surrounded
What excites you most about education? “Seeing children dive into learning about something that excites them, driven by their
internal motivation. Education provides the gateway to all other careers, ventures, and hobbies.” What is your favorite quote? “Of all things, love is the most potent.” -Maria Montessori What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “Lifelong learning! Education is not just something for children, but for all humans to continually engage and be inspired by learning. I love the staff I work with because they are constantly modeling new ventures to our students and displaying a love of learning!”
by excellent educators and fabulous students and families. Being part of an environment like Clarksville Academy inspires me, and I am excited to be a part of such a great school.” What is your favorite quote? “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.” This is a quote inspired from the Bible verse, Luke 12:48.” What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “A colleague in one of my first teaching assignments advised his students to leave it better than they found it, and I plan to do just that.”
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Dr. Brad Moser became the inaugural President of Clarksville Christian School (CCS) in 2018. Dr. Moser worked for several years in higher education and served in various faculty, leadership, and senior administrative roles. Before joining the Clarksville Christian School team, he spent five years as Head of School at Mount Dora Christian Academy in Mount Dora, Florida. He has a Bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Business and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Doctoral degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.
What excites you most about education? “I absolutely love helping people discover and pursue their passions. As a servant leader,
Mr. Milliard House became Director of CMCSS schools in 2017. House has over 26 years of education experience. After college, he started working as a substitute teacher, then became a full-time teacher, assistant principal, principal, Deputy Superintendent for Tulsa Public Schools, and then Chief Operating Officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Clarksville. He currently oversees 42 schools with over 36,000 students in Montgomery County.
accomplishing what many think is impossible.”
What excites you most about education? “My passion for education stems from my personal experiences as a special needs student. Knowing that there are thousands of students with similar issues or learning challenges inspires me to support all students in their quest of realizing their hidden potential and
What is your favorite quote? “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." -Mark Twain What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “My hope is to help make the world a better place through the power of education. I want to leave a lasting impact on the way students develop a better understanding of their Godgiven gifts and abilities.”
What is your favorite quote? “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King Jr. “ What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “It is my greatest hope for students and the champions in education I work with on a daily basis, to remember the things I preach and live daily. Surround yourself with the right influences, equip yourself with a solid education, practice the attitude of action, see the big picture and learn to set goals.”
Sara Hendrix, born and raised in Clarksville, opened Chapel Hill Christian Academy (CHCA) in 2020. She has been a part of the ClarksvilleMontgomery County School System not only as a student, but also as a parent, and then professionally as a classroom teacher, Technology Integration Coach, and then as the New Teacher Induction Facilitator for the District. Serving in the different roles provided preparation for her newest role as the Head of School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in education from MTSU and in 2016 she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from APSU.
helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential brings me joy. I particularly love Christian education, because it provides students with a solid spiritual foundation and imparts godly wisdom to tackle daily decisions.”
What excites you most about education? It’s definitely the children. I love getting to know
MILLARD HOUSE their individual personalities, their strengths and how God created them all so uniquely.” What is your favorite quote? “He who calls you is faithful, He will do it, as stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:24. Throughout this whole process of starting a new school, God continues to show his faithfulness” What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “One question I ask myself anytime I am making a decision for the school, or even when I was a classroom teacher, “What’s best for the students?” It always comes back to them. What is best for the children we are molding, growing, nurturing into our future. What is most important to me is that the children we are pouring into each day, feel safe, loved, and seen.”
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WELCOME DR.LICARI Dr. Michael Licari was recently named the 11th president of Austin Peay State University. Dr. Licari was previously Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indiana State University before moving to Clarksville. During his tenure as Vice President of Academic Affairs, he led the University’s current strategic plan and is considered a trusted, effective, and collaborative leader by his peers. In 1994, he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1997, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the same institution. Dr. Licari has been married to his college sweetheart, Mrs. Kirsten Licari, for over twenty-five years. Their son, Daniel, is currently a senior at Indiana State University. When did your passion for higher education become evident? “My passion for education grew while I was an undergraduate student. I knew I wanted to go into higher education because it was the most interesting to me. I gravitated towards higher Ed because I wanted to make a difference.” What excites you most about higher education? “I get the opportunity to be involved in the transformation of a student. Education not only makes a difference immediately in the life of a student, but it extends to the life of the student’s family, career, and the community they serve. It is not limited only to the lives of students attending the University, but it has an exponential impact on generations.”
What is one challenge you had to overcome during COVID-19 in your current role? “Transitioning ceremonies to virtual events was a significant challenge. These are important and fun events where I get to congratulate students on their achievements.” “Academically, the challenge was balancing the competing priorities of faculty, staff, and students in the classroom. Taking the time to listen to faculty, staff and students assisted with making the best decisions for everyone we served at the University.” What is your favorite song? “Van Morrison’s Brown-Eyed Girl. It is the song Kristen, and I danced to while we were in college.” What is your favorite quote? “Do or do not. There is no try,” said Yoda from the film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This quote is my motto because if you are going to do something, you need to be committed to it.” What legacy would you like to leave on the field of education? “I would like to leave a positive impact on students. Whether it is students I taught personally or those I helped be successful through my work to improve graduation rates and preparing students for life after college. I also would like to leave a legacy of ensuring my colleagues around me are successful as well.”
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CARE WORTH COMING HOME TO & RANKED #1 Brookdale Clarksville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care prides themselves on being ‘care worth coming home to,’ and our local feelings have been validated through national recognition. Brookdale Senior Living has received a J.D. Power Award for ranking highest in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study.
focusing on what matters most,” said Brookdale President and Chief Executive Officer Lucinda (Cindy) Baier. She added, “While maintaining high-quality standards during the pandemic, our teams made huge extra efforts to help protect our residents from hurricanes and wildfires, including evacuating residents and their pets when necessary.”
This was a survey of resident, family member, and friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. J.D. Power recently announced Brookdale ranked #1 Highest in Customer Satisfaction as well as #1 in Assisted Living & Memory Care communities. Additionally, Brookdale was ranked #1 in these four factors: Community Staff, Resident Activities, Resident Apartment & Living Unit, and Community Buildings and Grounds. “I am so proud of our over 46,000 associates, who have earned this recognition. They have worked tirelessly during these extraordinary times on behalf of our residents and patients,
Brookdale Clarksville Team “This is an incredible testament to the resilience and dedication of our teams. They have made countless sacrifices to successfully lead through the largest global health crisis in our lifetimes and an economic crisis while serving those most vulnerable to coronavirus.”
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“My gratitude continues for the Brookdale Everyday Heroes and the personal sacrifices they make to help support the health and wellbeing of our residents twenty-four hours a day, every single day.” Our local Brookdale Clarksville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care leads our area in senior care. From community outreach and connection to day-to-day care of residents, Brookdale Clarksville stands head and shoulders above the crowd. Looking at Dawn Sawyer, Marie Eppes, and the entire Brookdale Clarksville team, it is abundantly evident how Brookdale Senior Living swept so many categories in the J.D Power Awards. For more information about Brookdale Clarksville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care call 931-645-6945. Brookdale Clarksville is located at 2183 Memorial Dr, Clarksville, TN 37043.
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At VIP, we truly believe Clarksville-Montgomery County is the Best of the Best. Coming out of the pandemic, we want to take a moment to honor and recognize the accomplishments of our business community. 2021 is the inaugural year of VIP Clarksville Magazine’s readers’ choice awards. VIP’s Best of the Best is about encouraging all of our friends in the community to support the businesses that make Clarksville-Montgomery County the best place to eat, drink & play! This is a true, blue, battle to be the best. In addition to recognizing Best of the Best winners in the magazine, on social media, and with commemorative awards, we will also be hosting VIP's Black Tie Ball to celebrate the winners and congratulate the entire Clarksville community on our excellent and vibrant business environment. Nominations open on March 14th and continue through March 31st! Be sure to like VIP Clarksville Magazine on Facebook for voting information, updates, and reminders. Remember to nominate your favorites daily. Entries with the most nomination votes will move on to the official Best of the Best ballot. Stay tuned for everything Best of the Best, and happy nominating!
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▌ Appliance Service & Repair ▌ Car Wash ▌ Charity | Non-Profit ▌ Computer | IT Firm ▌ Customer Service
▌ Dry Cleaner | Laundry Service ▌ Embroidery | Personalization ▌ Event Venue ▌ Florist ▌ Funeral Home ▌ Motorcycle & Powersports Sales ▌ Law Firm ▌ Family Law ▌ Criminal Defense Law ▌ Personal Injury Law ▌ Insurance Agent ▌ Insurance Company ▌ New Business ▌ Photographer ▌ Storage Facility ▌ Travel Agency ▌ Waste Disposal & Recycling ▌ Woodworking & Customization ▌ Website Design & Services
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MONEY & FINANCIAL ▌ Accounting Firm ▌ Banker ▌ Bank ▌ Credit Union ▌ Estate Planning ▌ Financial Advisor | Wealth Management
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▌ Property Management ▌ Real Estate Commercial ▌ Real Estate Company ▌ Real Estate Photographer | Videographer ▌ Real Estate Professional (Female) ▌ Real Estate Professional (Male) ▌ Real Estate Team
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▌ Home Care ▌ Medical Center | Hospital ▌ Medical Practice ▌ Memory Care Facility ▌ Independent | Assisted Living ▌ Long Term Care ▌ Skilled Nursing ▌ Sitters | In-Home Care ▌ Mental Health | Counseling Services ▌ Orthodontist ▌ Orthopedics | Sports Medicine ▌ Pediatric Dentist ▌ Pediatrician ▌ Physical Therapy ▌ Podiatrist ▌ Urgent Care ▌ Vein & Vascular Care ▌ Weight Loss ▌ Women’s Wellness Provider ▌ Aesthetician ▌ Barbershop ▌ Day Spa ▌ Gym | Health Club | Fitness Facility ▌ Hair Stylist ▌ Hair Salon ▌ Massage ▌ Medical Spa ▌ Nail Salon ▌ Personal Fitness Trainer ▌ Specialty Fitness Facility (Barre | Pilates | Yoga Studio)
▌ Automobile Dealership (New) ▌ Automobile Dealership (Pre-Owned) ▌ Auto Detailing ▌ Auto Collision/Repair ▌ Automobile Service Center ▌ Tire Shop
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“We’re hosting a murder mystery tonight,” Kadee Luebke said. “It’s called the Case of Cupid’s Arrow, so it’s a Valentine’s Day theme, and we have a very big crowd, more than 200 guests are here. We are once again working with The Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Group, a talented group of actors from New Jersey. We’ve worked with them before, and they’re great, so we’re very happy to have them back.” Guests enjoyed cocktails and refreshments, followed by a buffet style dinner, and then participated in a fun and interactive effort to solve the case. “We’re hoping to do the murder mystery dinners twice a year,” Luebke said. “We’re also hoping to go forward with both, our annual Butterfly Festival, and Spring into Summer Fest, this year. We’re in the process of planning, and confident that we can find a way to hold both events this year, while maintaining a COVID-19 safe environment for everyone.”
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FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE STUDENT:
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By Michael C. Norman, MPA, Veteran Services Coordinator The journey from military service to civilian best day is today. Your future deserves time and life is a tricky and scary transition. However, it attention now. Even if you are going back to can also be rewarding. If you are going through your hometown, don’t count on things being a transition assistance program right now, or just like they were when you left. Oftentimes have been through one, you’ve likely had a lot your family and friends may not fully understand of information thrown at you in a short period the new you. of time. How can you make sense of it all and What is the best thing you can do when forming make the best choice for yourself ? your plan? Get in touch with people who have done this before. Find a mentor, contact One of the best ways you can mitigate the counselors and seek guidance from experienced landing into civilian life from military culture professionals who have already successfully is by committing to a college degree. Beyond navigated the transition. Contact us to schedule earning necessary credentials and training for time with our Veteran Services Coordinator to improved employment potential, the college talk about your plan. campus (whether virtual or face-to-face) also provides the opportunity for you to test out the 3.Top Degrees for Veterans. Business, new you and discover strengths you didn’t know STEM, and healthcare programs account for you had. Plus, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (if you a little more than 50% of student veteran are eligible) provides numerous benefits that enrollment. For many service members leaving help ease the anxiety of knowing exactly what the military, continuing to do the work they to do right now. did while serving just isn’t what they want. As you transition, consider pathways that connect Here are a few things to consider while you the principles you learned in the military to plan for transition. your passions. Degrees related to business administration are a great way to harness your 1.Veteran Success in Academics. You may leadership skills and earn a degree that is viable have heard that veterans don’t do well in college. in almost every sector and industry. STEM is This is perhaps one of the biggest myths that also an incredibly important field to consider. An veterans continue to believe. According to the estimated 3.5 million jobs will need to be filled in Student Veterans of America, veterans are the STEM industry by 20252. Maybe business completing their degrees at an equivalent rate, and STEM careers just do not call out to you. and often better, than their non-military peers. There are plenty of other careers to consider, The average GPA of a student veteran is 3.34, such as criminal justice, public administration compared to the national average of 2.941. and health care. Just because you are leaving You can make it in college. Don’t let anyone, the military does not mean you have to stop especially those who have never attended, serving. At Trevecca, all of these programs are convince you otherwise. What’s important available. Choosing might not be easy, but we is that you have a plan and a support system! have counselors ready to help guide you through Trevecca can help you with that! that decision too. 2. Make a Plan. If you are planning to leave the military, it is important to start planning now. Do not wait until you are signing your expiration term of service papers to start applying for college, a new job, VA benefits, or looking for a place to live. This stuff takes time. Think of it this way. When is the best day to plant a tree? Twenty years ago–but the next
Endnotes 1. Institute for Veterans & Military Families. (n.d.). Student veterans: a valuable asset to higher education. Syracuse University. https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/studentveterans-a-valuable-asset-to-higher-education/ 2. Weiner, B. (2018, November 6). Why the U.S. has a stem shortage and how we fix it (part 1). Recruiting Daily. https://recruitingdaily.com/why-the-u-s-has-astem-shortage-and-how-we-fix-it-part-1/
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ATHLETICS By Lindsey Sims After 20 years in the Army and experiencing anything from fellowshipping with Soldiers to training Iraqi Federal Police, Stratie Young found a great passion in helping Clarksville youth develop into athletes. After years of traveling the globe and raising his own children, he began to understand the need for children and young adults to get outside and focus on physical activity, and that is where Option Right Athletics was born. Working on Fort Campbell, KY and at Clarksville Athletic Club, Stratie has designed functional fitness for children and young adults ranging from 6 to 18 years of age. Classes may include drills, obstacles, and bands, but also help develop skills in teamwork and communication, speed and agility, and conditioning. In addition to these classes, Stratie also hosts non-contact football teams for 6–18-year-olds. The sports performance training is designed to prepare an athlete for optimum performance in a specific sport. Differing from typical personal training, sports performance training prepares an athlete to compete. Within the next five years, Stratie hopes to be the premier strength performance and sports training program in Clarksville. His team strives to improve athletes with natural movement skills, pushing them to compete at any level. In addition, he is looking forward to having a facility, a safe space, where kids and teens can come together to mentor and compete with one another; the facility also allowing year-round training in Clarksville.
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PREPARATORY ACADEMY Since opening their doors in 2016, Power and Grace Preparatory Academy attributes their rapid growth and expansion to their complete faith in the Lord. PGPA says their vision is to be regionally known as a Christian school where every child is taught with high expectation to attain academic mastery through the all-encompassing wisdom, power and grace of Jesus Christ. With the expansion of both their campus and student body, PGPA is well on their way to accomplishing their goal. Their mission to grow students intellectually through intentional instruction, high expectations, cultivation of leadership development and implementation of Christian doctrine is spearheading their success through out Clarksville-Montgomery County. In addition to academics, PGPA believes parent participation is fundamental to success of the students, and on a larger scale, the institution as a whole. For PGPA, a well-rounded education includes growing together as a family unit. Power and Grace Preparatory Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and they are proud to be nationally accredited through Cognia, formerly AdvancED. Their accreditation speaks to the level of academic expectation present at PGPA, as well as the talented, qualified, top of the line educators who teach at PGPA.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
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GRAND OPENING PARTY Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Crunch Fitness recently held a grand opening party at its Fort Campbell Blvd. location. The evening event featured music, contests, vendors and prizes. “Clarksville has been fantastic,” General Manager Harrison Oldaker said. “We’ve had amazing traffic, and the community has been really excited to take advantage of what we have to offer. I love the people here, and our team members. It has been a wonderful experience.” Kerese Whyte-Phillips
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Entrepreneurship | It Runs in the Family By Lindsey Sims In January 2018, Jamaal & Christa Bradley combined their dream of owning their own family business with their love of pizza. Joking with family via text, the topic quickly turned serious and the work began. Four Brothers Wood Fired Pizza opened their doors in June of 2019. Christa tells VIP, “Our oldest son is proudly serving in the U.S. Army and currently stationed at Fort Drum, NY. When he is home visiting, he does enjoy coming into “FoBros” to lend a hand and hang out with us! When our two middle sons are not busy with school or playing soccer, you will see them at “FoBros” servicing customers, making pizzas, or washing dishes. Our youngest isn’t quite old enough to help yet but we know he’ll be in there with his brothers before we know it!” Jamaal and Christa accredit their success and blessings to the strong ties of the Clarksville community. Robert Burchett has always worked well with his son, Robert Jr., nicknamed BJ, and in 2013 Robert asked BJ to come on board while Robert would be recuperating from knee replacement surgery. The recovery would be a lot of effort, on Roberts part, to get back to work, and BJ stepped up for his dad. Once Robert returned, BJ stayed with his dad part-time, and in August 2020, he came back full-time. “We have always worked together, even through his younger years, as I was his middle school football coach while he was at Clarksville Academy,” Robert states. Robert and BJ’s relationship is not without it’s challenges; the two attribute their strength in communication and loving their family unconditionally. Robert told VIP, “I am blessed to have my son by my side.” The Knott family are local entrepreneurs with big city dreams. Collectively, they utilize their individual strengths to grow and develop their businesses which make up Project 2231. In 2011, the Knott’s purchased a warehouse on Madison Street and today the locations are known as The Belle Hollow, Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, Miss Lucille’s Café, Acme Athletics, The City Forum, The Madison Room, and the newest, Dock 17. Trent and Dana Knott have always included their children, Luci and Chase, in their businesses. Today, as their family grows, their son-in-law, Jon, is now incorporated in the mix. Trent tells VIP, “The only way we can do what we do and expand is by having great employees. We hire our weaknesses.” BEST OF THE BEST NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN MARCH 14TH-31ST • 57
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION Story & Photography by Tony Centonze
Mayor Joe & Cynthia Pitts
Veteran’s Plaza drew hundreds on the last Saturday of February for a rescheduled Black History Month Celebration organized by Montgomery County Government, The City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Housing Authority, and the Clarksville Hispanic American Family Foundation. “Today is Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Black History Month program,” Michelle Lowe said. “We’re here to celebrate black history, and all the contributions that black Americans have made. But, today will also be a learning experience. We’re praying for 150 - 200 participants. We will have music, dance, performing arts, a little something for everyone.”
Mayor Joe Pitts delivered remarks at the beginning of the festivities. “I’m just so grateful that we’ve been able to celebrate Black History Month throughout February, and are now able to end this year’s celebration in a big way,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “This event allows us to expose our community to much of the diversity we have to offer. It’s an honor for us to take part in highlighting important events that affect not only our local community, but our nation.” O’Neal Wiggins & John Jalinsky
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The Flip ‘ N Axe Sip & Paint Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Flip ‘N Axe proved that love and axes do mix when they hosted a special Valentine’s Day event this year, featuring three Sip ‘N Paint sessions throughout the afternoon and evening.
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Renee Semrau, owner of Sip ‘N Paint TN was on hand to teach couples to paint. “It’s a traveling paint business, and everyone has a great time,” Semrau said. “I bring everything, and set up wherever someone needs me. People can find me on Facebook at Sip ‘N Paint TN or at my website, www.sipnpaint.weebly.com.”
Randy Heath, General Manager at The Flip ‘N Axe said he wanted to offer his clientele something different for Valentine’s Day. “We wanted to come up with a new way to get people out of the house, so we teamed up with Renee,” Heath said. “We really picked up a lot of support from our customers, and gained some new customers from her followers. We have a really good turnout today.” Heath says Flip ‘N Axe is open seven days a week, and offers a variety of specials.
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“Monday is Military Monday, from 6 - 9 p.m. Active-duty military and veterans can get special rates and drink deals,” Heath said. “Tuesday, we reach out to college students, and teachers at every level, offering half-off admission. Wednesdays we reach out to First Responders: LEOs, the Fire Department, social workers, and EMTs. Thursday is Ladies Night. It’s the cheapest date night of the week, with specials for ladies and men.”
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For nearly 70 years, Troy University has proudly supported United States servicemen and women and their families. Today, nearly 30% of TROY’s student body is made up of students with some affiliation to the military. TROY’s Military and Family Scholarship caps the cost of tuition at $250 per credit hour for active duty U.S. military, National Guard and Reserve. This capped tuition rate matches the amount covered by Military Tuition Assistance, so military members will have no out-of-pocket costs associated with their tuition as they pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Through extensive course and scholarship offerings, TROY continues its commitment to keeping higher education affordable for those who sacrifice so much. That’s why the University has been recognized by SR Education Group as a “Top Yellow Ribbon” online college, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best for Veterans” and Military Times’ “Best for Vets” rankings. Do what you love, and be great at it. That’s the Trojan Spirit, and it’s alive and well at Troy University. To find out more, visit troy.edu/military or call 1-800-586-9771.
The scholarship also provides significant savings between 25% to 50% on tuition costs for spouses and dependents pursuing degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, the TROY for Troops Center, with a location at our Clarksville Support Center, along with locations at all of the University’s Alabama campuses and several other of the University’s Support Centers, as well as online, serves as a one-stop shop to meet the unique needs of our militaryaffiliated students. Founded in 1887, TROY is a historic, public university that offers quality academic programs and features dedicated faculty who are committed to helping you achieve success. TROY offers a selection of one-year fast track graduate programs that may be right for you. By choosing one of the fast track programs, you can get the professional boost you’re looking for in communication, business, education, social work, criminal justice or many other programs.
You serve and we help make your leadership dreams real with an affordable degree from Troy University. To find out more about in-class, online and blended degree programs at TROY, visit troy.edu/military or call 931-431-9828 or 800-586-9771.
UP TO 50% TUITION SCHOLARSHIP FOR MILITARY AND FAMILY Since 1950, Troy University has proudly supported military service members and their families through discounted tuition and flexible scheduling. And we continue that tradition today. Our Military and Family Scholarship caps the cost of tuition at $250 per credit hour for active military, Reservists, and National Guard for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Also, spouses and dependents receive up to 50% in tuition savings.
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Break Clays Not Hearts Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Cross Creek Clays had a bigger than expected turnout for its February Registered Sporting Clays Tournament, according to Melissa Wright, Manager of the world-class facility located in Palmyra, TN.
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“Looks like we’re going to have about 80 shooters today,” Wright said. “Participants shoot the sport clays courses, but they get to register their targets with the parent organization, The National Sporting Clays Association.” NSCA events are similar to Skeet Association or Trap Association events, but offer a different type of clay target game. “We’re surprised to have this many,” Wright said. “I was projecting sixty shooters for the entire weekend. We’re already at eighty on the first day.” Joey wright explained the concept and provided a tour. “We’re very fortunate to have three full courses, with sixteen stations on each,” Wright said. “Sporting Clays is skeet and trap type targets, with some other varieties thrown in. Every station has two machines. Skeet and trap courses are always exactly the same, no matter where you shoot. Sporting Clays is specifically meant to be always changed. If you come out today and shoot this course, this configuration has never been seen before, because this is an official registered event. This setup will remain as-is for the next few weeks.”
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AMARE MONTESSORI Clarksville’s premier Montessori school, Amare Montessori, is getting ready to grow. When asked what she would like the community to know, Head of School Jaime Yeager said, “Montessori education simply is a way of guiding children that allows each child to develop fully into the person they are destined to be. Similar to how parents ensure that a home is loving and safe – so a child feels secure and well adjusted – Montessori schools work diligently to prepare an environment that will meet a child’s needs with respect and support at each step in their educational journey. Montessori philosophy is deeply rooted in respect for the child. Rather than expecting that a child pay attention to a teacher in front of a class of 30 children, it is the Montessori Guide who pays close attention to each child--fostering a trustful relationship in which the child knows they are understood
and respected for both the human being they are in this moment as well as the one into which they transforming. We work in partnership with parents to ensure that each child’s needs are met to the fullest degree.” When discussing current enrollment numbers and future plans, Jaime says, “We currently have 103 students ages 18 months through 7th grade.” She continues to tell VIP, “At our new campus we anticipate filling out at about 125130 students, extending through 9th grade.” Their recently added Adolescent Program will allow students to naturally progress in a Montessori environment through 9th grade. Eager for the upcoming growth, Jaime excitedly explains the current staffing structure and
future implementations, “Our staff of 19 includes 7 Montessori Classroom Guides (our term for teachers), 6 Classroom Assistants, a Student Support Coordinator, a Creative Arts Director, a Spanish Guide, an Outdoor Classroom Specialist, an Office Manager, and myself. We are excited to be adding a Farm Guide when we move to our new property, as part of our relocation is to establish a working farm for our oldest students!” As Amare grows, it is important to Jaime that the small, tight-knit culture is preserved. As construction proceeds, and the school transitions to their new facility, she plans on being intentional about the manner in which growth takes place. Jaime anticipates moving to the new campus in January of 2022.
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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Highway Supervisor Jeff Bryant and his team at The Montgomery County Highway Department recently hosted a Chili & Hot Dog Fundraising event to benefit United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. David Rose
“Today our MCHD is doing a food fundraiser for us, with hot dogs and chili,” UW’s Valerie Guzman said. “It’s a drive-thru event, and we’re super excited. We’ve had a great turnout so far. This was Jeff Bryant’s idea, and we appreciate it very much. We love it when members of our community help us find ways to raise money.”
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“In some areas we’re down, due to the pandemic, but in this area we’re up. The need is still great, but we know that people are facing a lot of challenges right now.” Jeff Bryant talked about how this came about. “We had a department head meeting, at which they announced that our annual United Way campaign was beginning. I came back to my people, and we came up with this idea to help raise some money for United Way. If we sell all the food we purchased, we’ll raise over $2,000. It’s been good so far. Hopefully, this last hour will get us to our goal.” Ernest Fletcher
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Eat Drink & Be Social is all about community, through and through. Change happens one person at a time, and this ongoing series is the best represenation of that. Originally, everything started as a conversation between Frank Tate and Danielle Stack, they looped in the ladies over here at VIP, and the rest is history! Eat Drink & Be Social is all about supporting small business, and having fun while doing it. Each event is bigger than the one before it, and our community continues to pour love and support into others time after time. The more, the merrier at Eat Drink & Be Social! Keep a lookout for upcoming Eat, Drink & Be Social events on Facebook & social media! You can find the events on Facebook @VIPClarksville.
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Published on Mar 11, 2021
VIP Clarksville Magazine is 5 years-old this year! We have had the distinct pleasure of being actively and intimately involved in our commun...
Published on Mar 11, 2021
VIP Clarksville Magazine is 5 years-old this year! We have had the distinct pleasure of being actively and intimately involved in our commun...