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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently held its 116th annual Dinner & Gala at Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed an evening in celebration of the past, with an eye on the future. Congressman Mark & Camie Green

Rich Holladay & Norman Quirion

Kimberly & O’Neal Wiggins

Neil & Tiffany Stauffer

Davis & Danielle Stack

Vonda Gates & Linda Ebel


“The chamber was created in 1905 to serve Clarksville’s business community, so once a year we take time to celebrate it,” Executive Director, Melinda Shepard said. “Paul Turner, our current Chairman announced the incoming Chamber Executive Committee and Board of Directors.” Guests at the gala began the evening with a social hour follwed by dinner. “Certainly, a highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards,” Shepard said. “This year’s Ted Crozier Community Commitment award went to Project 2231. Trent and Dana Knott and their family have done tremendous work with Miss Lucille’s and that entire complex. Rich Holladay won the Boots to Suits award. Our Young Professional of the Year went to Antonio Murgas of Domino’s Pizza. Charlie Foust was presented the Lifetime Achievement award and Tyler Mayes won Ambassador of the Year. This year also marked the inaugural Valerie Hunter Kelly – Woman in Business award, which was presented by Valerie’s family to Niesha Wolfe.”

Marcia Campbell & Catherine Bertoldi

Lorneth Peters & Mark Holleman

Darold Londo & Phil Harpel

Ginna & Rob Holleman

Trent & Dana Knott

Burton & Candice Coleman

Angela Hardy, Niesha Wolfe & Tiffany Gold

Davis & Danielle Stack, Sara & Wes Golden

Elaina Russell, Matthew Kilpatrick & Crystal Hambrock

Dava & Antonio Murgas, Brendon & Marissa Baldwin

DaJuan Little & Trisha Butler

Eric Norman & Walt Lord

Jeff Bryant & Jimmy Terry

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Nicole Arnold, April Matthews & Jo Ann Jones

Mitch Grissom & Alison Hurt

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Marie Eppes & Dawn Sawyer

Brookdale Clarksville, an Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care facility, takes a unique approach to client care by partnering with other providers in the area in an effort to best serve the community. Marie Eppes says networking is the key to their success. “This event is called Friendship Friday,” Eppes said. “We’ve had about twenty-five people come and go today, it’s a drop in event from 2 – 4p.m. We host these networking events for all the senior healthcare partners in the area. We have plenty of resources in this community but it’s important when a family comes to us that we are able to connect them to the right provider.” “We’re exclusively memory care, but we have partnerships with home healthcare, hospice, skilled nursing and sitter companies. Today, we have O’Neal Wiggins with us. He owns a medical transport business. We also have medical suppliers here. These events are open to anyone who helps us better serve seniors.”

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The thirty-fourth class of Leadership Clarksville ended its yearlong independent executive leadership program recently with a class celebration at Freedom Point in Liberty Park. Geoff LIvingston & Darwin Eldridge

Kaitlyn Bonds & Emily Lindsey

“This is the class of 2021,” Geoff Livington said. “We have thirty-three members in this class. Everything has had to change a little for this year’s class due to Covid-19. For example, our retreat was different. We usually do some team-building exercises in Kingston Springs. This year we weren’t able to do that.” Charlie Koon talked about some of the activities the group was able to perform as usual. “Class members were able to participate in Business Day and Agriculture Day and many other events,” Koon said. “It was a good year but not quite back to normal.”

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One of the biggest announcements of the evening was Carole Dorris officially announced her retirement after 34 years. “I’m excited for Rich Holladay who will be taking over,” Dorris said. “I’m going to travel a bit, clean my house and play with my cat.”

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Judge Jill Ayers & Jack Turner

Carole Dorris & Kimberly Wiggins

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Shanale Allen & Dr. Angela Huff

Cheryl Lankford, Carole Dorris & Rose Melton

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Melinda & Landon Lyon

Dinner with the Trucks recently celebrated its first anniversary at its Riverside Drive location, an event that started small, but has grown quickly into a favorite of Clarksville foodies.

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Shirley Brown is the founder of Clarksville and Surrounding Areas Food Scene and Clarksville Food Trucks. She was on site greeting vendors and customers as they arrived. “We’re looking at having about six hundred people tonight,” Brown said. “We’re just praying the weather holds out. We have twelve trucks tonight. Mrs. Grissom’s is becoming a regular with us and Chivanada is here for the first time from Nashville.”

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Dinner with the Trucks now has a second location near North Central Institute. They set up there on Saturdays from noon – 3 p.m. Brown will host Clarksville’s first Food Truck Competition on August 21st.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Blue Oyster Cult recently performed at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel’s new outdoor amphitheater. “We had a great turnout for the show, despite the unseasonably cold weather,” Andra Ruffier said. “And the reviews were amazing. Everyone seemed to love the show. Rock United opened the show with an amazing performance and BOC was over the top great. They are definitely at the top of their game.” Because of the success of that first show, talks have already begun for subsequent concerts, festivals and events featuring some big name entertainment. “We’re already booking more shows.” Ruffier said. “We can announce that our next big festival will be on July 24th. Gates will open at noon for our first Rhythm and Brews Fest. We’ll have craft beers from breweries throughout the region and food trucks. Little Texas will be headlining the event and will go on stage at 8 p.m. Opening bands will start at 12:30. We have Kyle Mercer, Jmays and the Zbro Band, a Nashville pop band. Also in the lineup that day we will have music from the Wildflowers, a Tom Petty tribute band.” Tickets can be found at or the Oak Grove Gaming website.



Women Of Clarksville Feature

Kimberly Wiggins

Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins, originally from Brownsville, Tennessee says, “Life is good in Clarksville-Montgomery County.” She is proud to live and serve in this community and quickly admits that she could not do what she does without the love and support of her husband, O’Neal Wiggins. She says her goal each day is to serve this community dutifully and earnestly, finding some time to laugh a little, but always taking care of business first. “It’s about helping young professionals figure out their way. I had a lot of great mentors, which is something that, if they’re open to it, can fare them well. I still have a lot of mentors who help me in different phases of my life. I’m passionate about young people finding their place in the workforce. Even now, I have friends pour into me. Until recently, I had never run for office. And now we own a business, which is a new adventure. Thankfully, there are people along the way who will guide you if you listen. Although she feels the best is still yet to come, Kimberly states her biggest accomplishment is “Winning office in a town where I wasn’t well-known, and being accepted at face value. It’s easy to get hired by a couple of people, but to be hired by a community to do such an important job, was very gratifying. To be able to serve this community is a great accomplishment.” “As far as personal accomplishment, I would say becoming President of Clarksville Rotary Club is something I’m very proud of. I was the first black woman to achieve that position in the 104 year history of that great organization.” Kimberly is the first African-American Trustee in the state of Tennessee. When asked what has been her biggest challenge in the industry thus far she says “One of the biggest challenges I face is that I’m usually the only person in the room who looks like me. Getting past the awkwardness that you feel in that situation, and then being able to create caring, loving relationships has been very rewarding. This trustee family, even before I was elected, invited me into their offices to see how things work. I had been in banking where every bank is different. Conversely, there are lots of similarities from office to office among Trustees. The rules are the same. Trustee office veterans have helped me with policy writing and all the important aspects of this job and in turn I’ve shared best practices from the banking industry. There are ninety-five Trustees across the state and I’ve found them to be a caring group of peers and mentors. I could call any one of them right now and they would gladly share with me anything that I might need.” 20 • JULY 2021 | VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Casey Jenkins

Casey Jenkins was born and raised in Montgomery County and is a proud Clarksvillian who is raising her family here. She is passionate about living a balanced life. “I am proud to show my 3 kids that you can work, live an active life and also be intentional at home and church.” She particularly loves the adaptability and progression the town is striving towards; particularly, the MPEC Downtown and the growth at APSU, The Industrial Park and so much more! Most people know Casey on a professional level as being the 3rd generation owner of Jenkins and Wynne located off Trenton Rd., but what most dont know is her love for her family, running triathlons and water skiing! “I have completed five Ironman Triathlons and countless marathons, races and other triathlons. In 2020, I ran 2,020 miles as well as ran 40 miles on my 40th birthday! I’m made for distance and think better when I’m active and surrounded by nature. Another fun fact, I’ve water-skied every year since I was 1! We are a water-skiing family!” “I’m not in the car business; I’m in the innovation and technology business and our product happens to be automobiles! Can I help you find or service one?”

Catherine Meeks

Clarksville native, Dr. Catherine Meeks can usually be found at the one of a kind Sango Pharmacy on Madison Street. However, quite often you’ll find her out and about, assisting local businesses as they tend to the well-being of their employees or educating her fellow Clarksvillians on health matters at the Clarksville Women’s Expo. When asked about family, business and her passion to help the people of Clarksville lead healthier lives here is what Catherine said. When asked what her passion is she replied, “Helping people figure out how to take care of themselves. It is so rewarding for the patient and our team when the patient realizes that small health choices and changes can make dramatic differences in their health.” she says. Katherine credits her key driving force to her family. “Sometimes I wonder if we are doing the right thing, that our kids have 2 working parents, but I know that it is very important for them to also see what hard, consistent work can be like. I hope they grow up and know that we can have a busy, rewarding career and have a loving, secure family home life all at the same time.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 21

Judge Sharon Massey Grimes Sharon Massey Grimes is a Clarksville Academy graduate and Clarksville-Montgomery County resident of more than 50 years. “My favorite thing about this community is the people,” Sharon said. “Clarksville has a very diverse population made up of farmers, veterans, active-duty soldiers, college students, corporate professionals, industrial working class, deep-rooted families, new arrivals and others. This blend creates a unique social and working environment. I have lived here since 1969, when my father retired from the military and chose Clarksville to be our family’s home. I love it here.” In January 2021, Sharon was appointed at a Montgomery County Commission Meeting as her late husband Judge Ray Grimes’s successor to Montgomery County’s General Sessions and Juvenile Court Bench. Sharon has spent her entire career working to help people in the community as a social worker, a lawyer and now a judge. “Graduating from law school with two small children while working a full-time job is probably my greatest accomplishment. I attended law school at night and was raising kids. It was a very challenging time, both mentally and physically exhausting, but it has made all the difference in my life. While that was over 23 years ago, I know it was the springboard for the success that has followed, including being an attorney, owning two businesses and eventually becoming a judge.” Sharon is most passionate about helping others who find themselves in need. “I want to solve problems to get people moving again in a positive direction. I volunteer to help children, families or veterans in the community who are in need or struggling.” “Losing my husband to his battle with Covid-19 is a challenge I will have to face every day when I wake up and every night before I go to sleep for the rest of my life. Ray was the love of my life and we were happily married for twenty-one years. I continue to remind myself that I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I found an amazing partner and happiness. Many people never experience that during their lives.”


Sherry Nicholson

Sherry Nicholson is the founder of YAIPak Outreach, a local non-profit that in recent years has established itself as one of this area’s leading allies to Clarskville’s homeless population. The YAI stands for ‘You Are Important’ and her work to make everyone feel important no matter when they are in life has been recognized by local business leaders and elected officials. In April of this year, Leo Millan and his team at Millan Enterprises completely surprised Nicholson with a check for $5,000, and a ground-breaking on the site of what will become the organization’s new Beech Street facility. When asked what her favorite thing about Clarksville, Sherry said, “I love Montgomery County. I believe it carries the true spirit of the American heart. True patriotism is exemplary in our city. True concern for your neighbor is shown through the local businesse all the way down to the local neighborhoods. I love that our city rallies together when things are difficult and tough. I remember watching some of our top leaders stand at the face of adversity, anger and confusion then reach out and humbly wrap their arms around the hurting. I will forever believe that our city

can be an example to others in this nation on how to come together and how to lead. I have watched local businesses unify and support one another without fear of losing a customer while demonstrating genuine concern for each other’s well-being and success. I’ve watched the residents of Montgomery County rally around those businesses like no other local community in our state.”

Valerie Guzman

Valerie Guzman, CEO of the United Way of the Greater Clarsksville Region, finds herself in a position which she says she was brought to “by God’s hand.” Valerie grew up as a military dependent and lived in many places. She was born in Philadelphia, and attended high school in Hawaii. She moved to Clarksville after some time in Savannah, GA. She has been married to Catarino Guzman for sixteen years. Throughout her career she has worked in the public sector, but always found time to be community-minded. Prior to United Way, she worked for Publix as an administrative assistant which really paved the way for her to transition into her current role. She left Publix to take a position as Community Engagement Director for the Sexual Assault Center of Middle Tennessee. In the spring of 2019 she was appointed to her current position at United Way. “One of my most favorite things about Clarksville, TN is the people. I love how in the last twenty-five years, this city has grown. I’ve watched the city grow up and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for our community.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 23

Captain Liane Wilson

Clarksville Police Department’s Captain Liane Wilson has made history more than once during her career which now spans more than twenty years. Prior to joining CPD, Wilson was working in the community with residents of public housing. It was there she became aware of a pervasive mistrust among citizens towards local police officers. Having earned their trust as Resident Services Coordinator she felt she could do much more and joined CPD to serve the very community she had worked with. When asked what her favorite thing about Clarksville is, Liane states “I love Clarksvilles diversity. Clarksville-Montgomery County has APSU, which is home to students from around the world. Our neighbor, Fort Campbell brings soldiers of every race, creed, color and ethnicity here to serve together. At a time when there is so much racial tension in the world, it’s a blessing to see our community stand together as one.” “Working in a predominately male profession can make it difficult for women to succeed. Sometimes a woman’s success is downplayed as something she achieved because of her gender and not something she truly earned,” says Liane. The first five years were spent as a patrol officer learning every aspect of the job, then tested to become, and was promoted to, Detective. “I worked five years in the Special Operations Unit as a Major Crimes Detective. Again, learning every aspect of the position. Next, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and spent five years working first in patrol then with the Domestic Violence and the Child Sexual Abuse unit.”

“On June 16, 2013, with fifteen years of experience I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, becoming CPD’s first female in this position. On August 30, 2018, I achieved what I feel to be, professionally, my greatest accomplishment yet. I became CPD’s first and only female Captain and for that I am greatly honored. I chose this career path and was purposeful in my planning to accomplish each goal in a timely manner. I worked hard, earning my way up through the ranks in a way that would ensure others would respect each position I held.” “My greatest personal accomplishment was when I donated a kidney to a childhood friend, Julie Hatcher-Gill. She moved away when I was nine and we hadn’t talked in thirty-three years. Her father, my pastor, was transferred to a church in Nashville. Years later, I saw her social media posts and began following her story. In January 2019, I reached out and learned how to determine if I were a match. After doing my own research and once I was confident in my decision, I contacted the coordinator and the process began. It was meant to be because we were a match. Her numbers improved temporarily, but on September 19, 2019 I was able to donate a kidney. There is no greater honor than to be able to help a friend in a time of significant need.”


Dr. Kimberly Lehman

Kimberly A. Lehman, DO, a native of Pennsylvania settled with her husband ERic Lehman, a local attorney, and their two children in Clarksville, TN in 2010. She earned her B.S. Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and entered active-duty military service for five years. She then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on a Health Professionals Scholarship where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree. Kimberly is a board certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has authored articles in national peer-reviewed medical journals and is a member of local and national medical societies. Kimberly has been named Favorite Dermatologist numerous times. in the Leaf Chronciles Readers Choice Awards as well as Best Dermatologist and Best Doctor in VIP Magazine Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards. Kimberly says, “I am passionate about taking care of people, about listening to them and making sure they feel important. I apply this to all things personal and professional and I find that it creates an environment for success.”

Marcia Clark

You may have been to an event at The Ruby Cora but may not know the names who make it all happen. Marcia Clark and her husband Nathan coown The Ruby Cora, a gorgeoues even space in Adams TN just outside of Clarksville. When asked what her favorite thing about Clarksville was, Marcia stated “Our people! We are a giving, friendly community made up of people from all over the world, coming together to build strong thriving families and businesses.” Marcia takes great pride in co-owning a Tennessee registered Century Farm with her mom, Sherry Keel. Gunn Farm was established in 1886 by her great, great grandparents. “They worked the land with mules and crudely developed tools. I think about them often and their commitment to holding onto the land,” she states. “Today, my youngest brother and son lease the farm. They row crop, corn, soybeans and wheat. The lawns are manicured leading right into the crops, leaving a stunning, peaceful backdrop for The Ruby Cora. I often muse about what my great, greats would think about our use of the property today,” said Marica. To honor her family, the business was named after her two grandmothers, Ruby and Cora. In so doing, Marcia wanted people searching for space for an event to hear the name and have it invoke their curiosity ‘what is Ruby Cora’? Once they begin to explore, they learn they are a family-owned business that focuses on others’ experiences through exemplary service. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 25

Cynthia Pitts

Born at Memorial Hospital and raised in Clarksville, Cynthia Pitts has seen this community from many perspectives. After graduating from Clarksville High School she went on to receive her B.A. at Covenant Bible College in New Jersey. Cynthia returned to Clarksville and in 2001 married Joe Pitts. From the beginning Cynthia supported his political career and in 2006 he was elected to the TN State Legislature. In January 2019 she became First Lady of the city she loves after her husband Joe Pitts was elected Mayor in November 2018. Joe and Cynthia Pitts certainly personify the word ‘team’. However, Cynthia never stopped chasing her own dreams. She is a minister, an author and an active First Lady, focused on empowering women in the community. At one of her first events following her husband taking office she was asked to sing karaoke during the Korean New Year celebration. “I was a nervous wreck,” Pitts said. “I saw the faces of the women in the audience and it struck me. Meeting with these different groups of women in Clarksville, hearing their voices and listening to their concerns shouldn’t be an occasional thing. It needed to be a regular, ongoing effort.”

Cynthia launched a series of Women of Clarksville - Health and Wellness events. “I literally saw women coming together with a voice,” she said. “One young woman who came to support the women of Clarksville, was tested at the Matthew Walker Clinic mobile unit that day and was made aware of a life-threatening health issue. Our next Expo is August 28th and we have more than seventy vendors lined up. This is now a city and county coordinated effort that is making a difference.” “People ask Joe and me why we do what we do. It’s because we have a heart to serve this community and to be a voice for those who feel voiceless. My goal is to empower women. The women of this community are amazing when you learn about their talents, gifts and stories. Meeting each of them empowers me,” Cynthia said. When asked what she is passionate about, Cynthia says, “I am passionate about seeing the women in Clarksville connect and build relationships with each other. During our 2018 Mayoral campaign, we launched the Women of Clarksville initiative as a way to break down artificial barriers among the various neighborhoods, cultures and backgrounds in our community. Our mission is to bring women together to network, build relationships and meet other women outside their social and career circles.” 26 • JULY 2021 | VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE

Khandra Smalley

Khandra Smalley has been with F&M Bank for more than twentyfive years. In her current role as Senior Vice President of Marketing Research she is the face of that organization. In addition to her work at F&M, she is also an adjunct professor at APSU, a long-time member of the Workforce Essentials’ Board of Directors, and an Advisory Board Member of the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association. Smalley also serves on the boards of the CMC Community Health Foundation, the CMC Area Economic Development Council and the Clarskville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, to which she was recently named Chairman. “My favorite thing about Clarksville-Montgomery County is that it has a strong foundation of opportunities. Geographic location, Austin Peay State University and its proximity to Ft. Campbell open doors for a host of possibilities. Although I was not born in Clarksville, I’ve always called Clarksville my hometown,” say Khandra.

“My father, who was raised in a big city, joined the military at a young age. Once he was stationed at Ft. Campbell, he was determined that this was where he would buy a home, raise his family and eventually retire from the U.S. Army after twenty-two years of service. While my dad was deployed overseas, my mother became an active volunteer in many community organizations in addition to teaching in the local school system for over twenty years. My only sister and I spent many nights watching these two build on their dream. Although I have left a couple of times, like a magnet, I was always drawn back.” “I have been blessed throughout my life to have mentors who were prominent women in their own rights. From my grandmother, who fed an entire community from the fruits of her garden, to a host of accomplished professional women nationwide that I can call on at anytime. My key driving force is to be that successful woman that is able to pay it forward.” “Outside the obvious of historical exclusions,” Khandra says, “the most significant challenge I have had has been proving my commitment in order to earn trust and respect. Over the years, it has been my personal goal to live a life that is based on integrity, effective communication and loyalty. Sometimes those traits were other times they were not.”


Tia A. Suiter There are so many reasons why Tia loves calling Clarksville home, but her favorite is the community. “Clarksville is a wonderful town filled with wonderful people.” Starting with her education in grade school then moving on to APSU, they all played an important part throughout her life in helping her become the person she is today. Tia had started businesses as a child from a young age of writing newspapers to sell to her neighbors, mowing yards, washing motorcycles after school, then on to buying and selling cars. At the age of 15, she had purchased her first car from Batie Mazda with the money she had made. It was a 69 Camaro that she had to have even though she couldn’t drive it just yet. She rode a 125 Yamaha Exciter back and forth to school, which was legal at the age of 14. Tia then sold the car for double the price she had paid for it, and shortly after her parents received a letter from the car dealership informing them that she had a job offer waiting for her in their sales department. The money she had received from the sale was then used to start a tanning bed business at her mother’s beauty shop located beside her grandfather’s dealership. He had the John Deere dealership along with Husqvarna, Yamaha and Triumph. Tia was constantly coming up with new ideas on businesses; fortunately, she was blessed with good parents that entertained them all. She went from buying and selling cars to flipping houses and then on to commercial properties.


When asked what her greatest accomplishment is, she states “I managed throughout life to remain focused on God. He blessed me with wonderful children, a great husband, loving family along with lots of great friends. My husband, Danny and I started Ironhorse Realty company that has commercial properties in Clarksville and tourism properties in Gatlinburg. I am a TN licensed contractor. We have Suiter Construction, we build custom cabins in Gatlinburg; we love the mountains and enjoy our work there. “ Now, Tia is the third generation owner of Appleton Harley-Davidson where she holds her staff to the highest standard of education and integrity. “It’s vitally important to know every aspect of your business. Appleton Harley-Davidson sets records on many levels. Mary Rose and I implemented a huge game changer for our dealership back in 2007; we introduced our Riding Academy. We have licensing power from the State of TN. My husband and I went to the Police Academy in Nashville to become MSF Instructors for our training course. The Motor Company ranked our Riding Academy #4 in the nation.”Appleton Harley-Davidson holds numerous Bar & Shield Awards such as Silver, Bronze and even Gold. The most important part is they do not have combined numbers! Only one dealership and they attend award trips all over the world with people who have multiple (some up to 15 dealerships) and other fortune five hundred companies.” Our dealership has been in business over 70 years!!” Tia and her staff work hard at being the best from analytical reports in marketing, maintaining up to date certifications with training and giving customer service unlike any other. “A business is only as good as the people and I truly believe we have the best! No one should ever take from their business; they should give a 100 percent to it. It’s that simple. Don’t dishonor but honor. Give a tribute to what was a family legacy and make your own mark by taking it to another level.”


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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Oak Grove Tourism recently hosted its annual Spring into Summer event with free carnival rides, food, fun and music for everyone. Latavia. Damoni & Serene Oliver, Faith Starks

“We had so many compliments and received so many kind remarks this year,” Britnee Ohman said. “Especially in regards to all the rides and the concert being free. The weekend went really well, considering the cold weather we had on Saturday. We still had 7,000 people here that day and 2,000 at the concert that night.”

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Ohman said estimates for Sunday’s attendance were between 8,000 and 10,000 people. “With the weather and Covid-19, it certainly went better than anticipated,” Ohman said. “The vendors were great to work with and they were happy. The sponsors were amazing. This year we had Rogers Group Inc., Humana and Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel. Lanco was our headliner and they were great. The fans loved it. It was a great weekend.”

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Next up for Oak Grove Tourism is Music Under the Stars, a concert series with performances on the third Friday in August. Ohman says there will be food trucks, a beer garden, great music of different genres and more. For more information, go to

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What Trevor’s Homebuyers Have to Say: "Outstanding response time. Knowledgeable, helpful and committed! Thank you, Trevor!" – Marvin "Trevor did a great job working with me over an unpredictable schedule. I greatly appreciated his services — he certainly added value to my home buying process." - Connor

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Hundreds of Clarksville runners came out to participate in this year’s Queen City Road Race, an event with a lot of history in this community. Melissa Russell & Emily Fry

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“We’re excited to be holding this event post Covid-19 to get everyone back together in person, and provide something that the community has been wanting for a while,” Parks & Rec’s Jennifer LeTourneau said. “We’re also really excited about the new location at Liberty Park. Runners will enjoy a beautiful run along the river and we’ve got that perfect weather for runners.” One thing veterans of the event were happy about is how flat and fast the new course is compared to the years when it ran through the hills of downtown.

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“We’ve got more than five hundred runners signed up already,” Kara Zahn said. “The course is new and improved. We’ve created new routes that are 1-mile, 5K and 10K, that include Riverside Drive and McGregor Park. It’s flat, fast and certified. We plan to continue the event here next year and we’re excited about the great turnout we have today.”

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What Charlotte’s Homebuyers Have to Say: "My wife and I have bought and sold 4 homes in our life time and Charlotte McClellan was by far the best person to work with ever. 5 Stars." – Robert

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"Super awesome and friendly! Made the experience for first time homebuyers extremely easy!" – John "She was always quick to respond and answered any and all questions we had. She is wonderful!" – Dillan

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Loan Officer Charlotte McClellan (NMLS 39691) is a lifelong resident in the Clarksville area. With over 30 years of industry experience, she is an expert in VA home loans, FHA, Conventional and first-time homebuyer programs.

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NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness recently celebrated its new location with a long-awaited ribbon cutting ceremony involving the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and a large turnout of supporters.

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“I’ve owned the business for exactly six years, today,” Jane Manning said. “Last year we broke ground on this location. So, while we were shut down for Covid-19, we were in the building process. We moved in by August, and opened our doors, but weren’t really able to fully open to the public. It was our main goal to be sure we could accommodate everyone safely. The timing, with our anniversary and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, just seemed optimal for a grand opening celebration today.”

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NBalance offers yoga and fitness classes. The facility has two yoga studios, one with infrared heat. Manning says infrared offers lots of therapeutic benefits. “We have a yoga wall in another room where you can hang upside down for strength training and flexibility. In the back room we have a TRX suspension system which develops endurance and strength. We also offer spin bikes, dumbbells and kettle bells.” Anyone interested in joining us can check out our website,

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"Paul was really great and helpful, and he was always quick to return calls and communicate with us. We appreciate all he has done for us!" – Raul “He walked me through the entire process and made sure to answer any questions I had along the way." – Dustin "Paul was very friendly and efficient. He helped make this the easiest home loan ever." – Michael

Loan Officer Paul Grise (NMLS 1855193) is passionate about helping his fellow Veterans and service members. After 15 years of service in the Army, he understands the challenges of PCS moves, and the transition from military to civilian life.


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More than 250 golfers came out to play in the 28th annual Night Stalker Association 4-man scramble at Eastland Green Golf Course in Clarksville.

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Tom Mattingly is NSA’s Quartermaster. “We are a veteran non-profit organization,” Mattingly said. “We do this every year. Today, we had thirty-one 4-man teams play in the morning round and we had thirtytwo 4-man teams show up for the afternoon round which is very close to maximum capacity.” All the money raised by NSA at events throughout the year goes into the non-profit’s general fund.

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“From there, it’s all used to take care of soldiers and families of the fallen of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)” Mattingly said. “We support that organization, whole-heartedly. It is an exquisite cause. And, I want to say thank you to our major sponsors which include Boeing Sikorsky, Cruz & Associates, Cohen Aerospace and all the donors who provided money and products for today’s giveaways, goody bags and prizes.”

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As a daughter and granddaughter of Veterans, Loan Officer Whitlee Goosetree (NMLS 1188778) understands the unique needs of military families. She is always excited to be a part of the homebuying journey with her clients!

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With the 2022 political season in high gear, members of our Montgomery County community have begun hosting cook-outs in support of their chosen candidates. One such event recently took place in Woodlawn at Little Piping and Mechanical in support of Republican Wes Golden’s Mayoral Campaign. “We believe in Wes and his vision for Montgomery County and want to help make it happen.” said Scott Little who alongside his wife Lisa, own Little Piping and Mechanical. They hosted the fish fry as a way for members of the Woodlawn community to meet and talk with Wes Golden and hear his vision for Montgomery County’s future. “We need a comprehensive plan to prepare for and manage the growth that is happening in our County.” said Golden while addressing a crowd of around 100 people. “Planning and preparing for the growth that we know is coming is how we can limit the growing pains and maximize the benefit for our County.”


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Clarksville had two large Juneteenth celebrations this year, one at Downtown Commons and the other at Liberty Park.

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“We’re hosting the Clarksville Juneteenth Block Party here at Downtown Commons,” organizer Tiff Perkins said. “We’re celebrating Juneteenth, supporting the culture and celebrating freedom day. We have a bunch of great vendors out here, food trucks and community organizations. “It’s exciting. It’s fantastic that were now able to celebrate this special day on a bigger scale. The community is learning about it, and backing it. We’ve had a lot of support from the City of Clarksville and Downtown Commons. “I think its fantastic that we’ve had a steady flow of a very mixed crowd today, which speaks a lot to the fact that all people are here for this. They want it and support it, it’s not just for black people, which is awesome.” Madison & Thesallye Cooper

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KEVIN KENNEDY Story By Kayla Cook Kevin Kennedy has been a lifelong resident of Clarksville and he resides on The Kennedy Walking Horse Farm, which his family has owned for 121 years. Kevin Chambliss Kennedy graduated from Austin Peay State University, with honors, in 1978, and went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in 1979. Kevin began teaching American History courses at Austin Peay State University at the age of 22 and graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1983, where he topped his law class in the field of evidence. In 1989, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Kevin owned multiple businesses in his career. He has been asked to contribute legal expertise to numerous televisions shows to include but not limited to, Prominent Legal Issues, Ask the Attorney (Channel 5, Nashville), The Oprah Winfrey Show, Trinity Broadcasting Network, The New York Tmes, The Washington Post and CNN (worldwide television newscaster). Kevin also co-hosts the Treva & Kevin Show, which has the Legal Corner Time, which will be broadcasted nationwide, and has produced the God and Country Patriotic Broadcast for more than 30 years. Mr. Kennedy has hired and trained many lawyers and introduced hundreds of Austin Peay students into the legal internship program at The Kennedy Law Firm. He created his own private courtroom known as the Court of Creativity, where in more than 26,000 students from across the area have participated and attended mock trials thereat no cost to the students. Kevin is a wellknown speaker at churches, schools and civic clubs. He received numerous awards and recognitions such as, City of Clarksville Citizen of the Year, Montgomery County Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. He has also received recognition from State and Congressional members. The Mayor of Clarksville presented Kevin with the Key to City in 2009 for his leadership and community involvement. He also organized and led some of the largest military support rallies in Clarksville in the past 30 years. The greatest advice Kevin gives is to serve the Lord with all your heart, mind and spirit. He attributes everything he ever accomplished in his life to the power of Jesus Christ. His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6, which appear on all three of his law firm buildings. Kevin published his first book in 1989, which sold both nationally and internationally. He has now published 6 books. He is still active in the practice of law, personal injury, criminal and family law, both in State and Federal Courts.



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Roughly 100 guests came out recently for an evening of Bourbon and BBQ at Talley Hall Event Center. Rose McRae is a proud partner in Clarksville’s newest event center which is named after her grandmother and her partner’s late mother. “We’re here tonight because the people of Clarksville needed a reason to get out, especially after the events of 2020 and we thought Bourbon and BBQ would be a great motivator,” McRae said. “Tonight is also a fundraiser for Lords, Inc. They’re raising money to send kids to college. Anytime we do a big community event here, we hope to tie it in with some type of fundraiser so people will know they’re supporting a good cause.” Guests enjoyed drinks from Leatherwood Distillery and beer from Tennessee Valley Brewing Co. James Haskins conducted the bourbon tasting and the food came from Excell Market and Mary’s Southern Cooking.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Villages at The River Club is always finding new ways to spice up the lives of its residents. Bob Rescigno

Recently, Lisa Klasen and her team brought in antique appraiser Connie Sue Davenport and encouraged residents and guests to bring in personal items to be examined and valued. “Today we had an antique event with Connie Sue,” Klasen said. “She is kind of infamous for antique appraisals. We asked residents and guests to bring items in that they might want some history on or to find out how much they might go for at auction.”

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“Connie Sue gave us some helpful websites to look at for information and values and told us what items are selling well right now. She gave us some advice as well, for example, it’s Important not to repaint things to make them look like new.” “One of our residents had a coin bank from the 1830’s that was quite valuable. There was an old Polaroid land 80 camera that value-wise was surprising as well. It was a fun afternoon,” said Klasen. Barbara Burton

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Court Room 205 at the Montgomery County Courts Center was recently renamed in honor of the late Judge Ray Grimes who passed away in November of 2020. His friend and colleague Judge Shelton spoke at the event, telling stories of his friendship with Grimes, stories that made people laugh and also brought tears to the eyes of many.

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“We are so very proud of him and he would be so humbled by all this attention,” Sharon Massey Grimes said. “He would not believe this many people came out to honor him. We’re just so proud and I’m thankful for all the memories we have.” At the ceremony inside the courts facility, County Mayor Jim Durrett read a joint proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives, authored by Reps. Jay Reedy and Curtis Johnson, along with Sen. Bill Powers. Durrett began by saying, “It’s just an honor for me to be asked by the family to come and say a few words today. What a proud day to have known and loved Ray Grimes.” Outside the courthouse a tree was dedicated in his name. Captain Liane Wilson & Sgt Nick Newman

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The purpose of the tourch run is to raise awareness for Special Olympics TN,” Captain Chad Koyama said. “About eight to ten of our officers will be running the torch through Montgomery County and passing it off to police officers from Ashland City who will then take it on into Nashville.”

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“We partnered with Special Olympics TN a couple of years back to raise funds and awareness and I’m so pleased to see many of our officers out here participating today,” Chief David Crockarell said. “The goal is for the torch to cross the entire state in support of these athletes. It’s a beautiful day to be out here and it’s good to be with these officers in support of such a great event.”

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Amy Parker is Special Olympics TN’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “This is the Clarksville portion of the Joe Casey Statewide Torch Run,” Parker said. “These officers will be running about ten miles in support of Special Olympics. This is the northern-most part of the run. We’ve already covered more than 320 miles in our effort so far.”

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APSU recently hosted a ribbon cutting at its Aviation Science Facility located at Outlaw Field. It was an exciting day, which officially commenced when Dr. Michael Licari and Sammy Stuard, CEO/President of F&M Bank, landed in one of the University’s helicopters.

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“This has been a long time coming,” said Dr. Karen Meisch, Dean of APSU’s College of STEM. “We planned this event for Fall of 2019, moved it to Spring of 2020 and then were faced with Covid-19. This is technically the third year of the program, but really our first opportunity to invite the community to visit the facility and learn more about the program.” Meisch was excited for guests to see firsthand how amazing the program is. “We now have a fleet of five helicopters,” Meisch said. “There is still space for those interested, but it won’t be long until this program will be on a waitlist. Also, F&M Bank’s support has been critical not only to the community and APSU in general but to this program specifically.” Sammy & Cindy Stuard

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Lacita Mason and her team at Ms. Pete’s put on a show for potential clients recently with A Taste of Ms. Pete’s Catering & Cafe at their facility inside officeNOW. Geneive Coleman & Jazmin Sawyer

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“I wanted everyone to get an opportunity to see and taste all that we have to offer,” Mason said. “We’re a full-service caterer and we do event planning. We’re associated with lots of event venues and can provide linens, tablewear, everything. We are a one-stop shop.” Mason describes her service as custom catering. “We don’t just have chicken and roast beef,” Mason said. “Whatever somebody wants, we can do it. Your guests are sharing in an experience with you on your special day. We want it to be personal and memorable. We do an amazing salmon, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and an amazing pot roast.” Guests at the event enjoyed music, a display of cold foods in one room, hot foods being served in another and a variety of looks and options for whatever event they are planning. Barbara Abbott & Lisa Drury


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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze A small group gathered in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse recently for the unveiling of a marker/plaque next to the Civil War cannon donated by the Clarksville Rotary Club in 2017.

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“Thank you all for coming out,” Rotary Club President, Kimberly Wiggins said. “Today has been a few years in the making. I’m standing on the shoulders of a lot of folks who aren’t here today, the people who envisioned this and made it a reality.” Wiggins introduced Rotary Club District Governor-Elect, Betty Burchett. “We’re excited to finally get this marker dedicated,” Burchett said. “This cannon was put here more than four years ago for Clarksville Rotary’s 100th anniversary. The foundry, which has been here since 1847, made this replica. They made the actual cannons used in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.”

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“The original that once sat here was relocated to Fort Defiance. Rotary Club members wanted to replace that piece of history so five presidents, over a period of five years, raised money for this project. A forever reminder of Clarksville-Montgomery County’s rich history.”

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The first of seven Clarksville Rotary signs was unveiled at International Boulevard recently. The signs will be placed at all major corridors into the city of Clarksville.

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”’Service above self ’ is our motto,” Clarksville Rotary Club President Kimberly Wiggins said. “The Club is made up of business and community leaders who look out for the community itself. We see a need and we try to fill it.”

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Mayor Joe Pitts attended the ceremony saying, “Rotary Clubs of Clarksville-Montgomery County are institutions of this community. They’re invested and always there when you need them. I’m so grateful we have a civic organization network like the Rotary Clubs.” Sunrise Rotary Club President LaDonna Dowdy talked about the club’s history. “Rotary has been active in this community for 104 years,” Dowdy said. “This first ever Clarksville Rotary sign is something that President Wiggins and I have wanted to do since being elected. Signs like this are in cities throughout this country and we’re thrilled that these will be seen by Clarksvillians and all our visitors.”

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Kim Fields worked with Wiggins and Dowdy on this project. Wiggins said, “These signs will announce that Rotary is here, we meet at these times and we serve our community.”

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The Longest Day is an unique event that is held annually, on the day with the most light - the summer solstice. The longest day of the year was chosen to honor those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, for whom every day is the longest day. Arcadia Senior Living hosted a fun event for their residents on The Longest Day, June 20th. It was a day filled with lots of smiles and End Alzheimer’s flags to help honor those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Fans of Black Rifle Coffee Company were lined up for hours in anticipation of the grand opening of the veteran-owned and operated company’s Clarksville location on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. It began with a ribbon cutting, a flag raising and a donation to Second Chance K-9. Brandon Holt & Lindsay Augustine

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BRCC Events Manager Kaila Seid talked about the big day. “Today is our grand opening celebration and oh my goodness. It has been amazing!” Seid said. “We’ve had such a warm welcome. There were about seventyfive people in line when we arrived at 03:00. Our first person was in line at 9 p.m. last night with a tent and chairs, ready to sleep here. We gave away challenge coins and some engraved tumblers. The first fifty people in line were signed up for free coffee for a year.”

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The Clarksville location is BRCC’s second corporate-owned flagship store. They are big supporters of police, military and first responders. “It’s absolutely amazing to be here,” BRCC Co-Founder Mat Best said. “I’ve spent time here in Clarksville in recent years. To see Black Rifle in this town that is so supportive of our company is phenomenal. There is a reason we chose Clarksville to be the home of one of our very first corporate stores. We’re happy to be here and we plan on supporting this community too.”

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Clarksville’s iconic Customs House Museum was packed recently for a different type of art appreciation, Jazz in June – “An Evening with Elya Yvette Campagna & Meghan Gattignolo Vasiliev. “This is our Summer Courtyard Series event called Jazz in June,” Museum Director, Frank Lott said. “I’m very excited to be doing these events once a month. They are special events, mini-fundraisers that provide a great opportunity for people to get back together for a little fun and socializing.” Lott said it makes him happy to see so many people getting back together in a normal fashion. “We’ve been apart for so long,” Lott said. “It’s great to see people relaxed and having fun again. We’ve got a great turnout tonight and all the funds we raise will go toward the renovation of Explorers Landing on the Children’s floor of the museum.”

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“The band we have tonight is a jazz outfit, with Elya Vasiliev as the headliner. He is a fantastic Sinatra-style singer. I think everyone will enjoy the show.”

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Golfers recently spent the weekend at Fort Campbell’s Cole Park participating in the 60th Annual Commanding General’s Golf Tournament.

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“This is the 60th playing of the Commanding General’s Tournament,” David Normand said. “It’s certainly a special year, and we’re happy to be back. We were forced to miss last year because of Covid-19. It feels good to be getting back to a sense of normalcy.”

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“We have one hundred players this year, that’s a great turnout. Yesterday was the first round, so everyone played with whomever they wanted. Today, the pairings are based on yesterday’s scores. We broke the players into a series of six flights with three are senior divisions. We have a super senior division, an open division and a championship division. Fortera Credit Union is our title sponsor so we want to give special thanks to them for all they’ve done.”

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Story by Tony Centonze, Photography by Whitney Jones The Special Forces Brotherhood Motorcycle Club recently held its 19th annual Memorial Motorcycle Ride to benefit Gold Star Families. Appleton Harley-Davidson’s Kristi Hurd spoke about the amazing turnout. “A lot of people know this event as the Gold Star Ride,” Hurd said. “All the proceeds were donated to the Special Forces Association Chapter 38 and will support local Gold Star Families. This year’s turnout was huge. It was even bigger than what they expected. I don’t have the exact figure but I think they raised close to $10,000.” The Saturday afternoon ride began at Appletons. Riders made a gas stop at Papa Rock Gas Station in Big Rock, Tennessee and finished the day at the Special Forces Association Chapter 38 Safe House in Oak Grove, Kentucky. After the Ride, club leadership posted a message of thanks to all this year’s sponsors and participants. “We had the honor/privilege to remember our Fallen Warriors during our 19th annual Memorial Motorcycle Ride and Dog Tag Ceremony at our SFA Ch38 Safe House...thanks to all for your overwhelming support in making this ride special.” Hurd says Appleton Harley-Davidson is always proud to be a part of the numerous rides that benefit local charities and raise awareness for important causes in our community.


M E E T T H E AT TO R N E YS O F L E H M A N J O H N S O N AT TO R N E YS AT L AW P LC Local attorneys Eric Lehman and William Johnson have built a unique full-service law firm that aims to treat its clients with respect, while providing competent and caring service. “Lehman Johnson was founded in 2016,” Lehman said. “We’re the only law firm with an office in this part of Sango, (just off exit 11 on Sango Rd.) We now have four attorneys, Timothy Warren, Jr., Denise Sandifar, William Johnson and myself. We are a general law practice, and with this lineup we are able to do a lot of different things.” “We do criminal law, family law, wills, trusts, and estate planning,” Johnson said. “Our goal for a while has been to have attorneys who can accommodate as many needs as possible. Denise handles probate and estates, Timothy does criminal and family matters, I do a fair amount of family law and Eric does a lot of business formations, business law and contract law. We provide excellence in a variety of legal needs.” Johnson’s path to a career in law was more direct than Lehman’s, but the two make a great team. While Johnson has a twoyear-old at home, Lehman already has two grandchildren. Their differences seem to make for a strong and entertaining partnership. “I worked a couple of different sales jobs


while my wife was in the Army and doing her dermatology residency,” Lehman said. “So, I put my career on hold for a bit. Once we settled in Clarksville and she was about to get out of the Army, she said, ‘now its your turn to figure out what you want to do.’ She actually suggested law school, and that intrigued me.” “The Nashville School of Law fit my situation best. I made an appointment to meet with the Dean. He showed us around, and I really liked it. I did well on the LSAT and got in. I really enjoyed my time there and passed the bar on my first try. I felt like I was too old to be hired by anyone, (laughs) so Denise Sandifar and I formed a firm right out of school. Lehman, who grew up in Pennsylvania, has two children 23 and 21 and two grandkids. “I grew up in Robertson County,” Johnson said. “In 2008 I got my undergraduate degree at APSU in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. I always had an interest in the law. First, I became a probation officer in Robertson County, then a Border Patrol agent in New Mexico for a couple of years, but I didn’t want to do that forever.” “I had already taken the LSAT. I came back to Tennessee and worked for the family business while I attended Nashville School of Law. I knew I wanted to practice law and David Hudson, a free speech scholar from


NSL who taught both of us, told me I should meet Eric. I started practicing under Eric’s been great so far.” One thing that sets the Lehman Johnson firm apart is Concord Title, a business they started in 2019. “Our practice includes our title company, Concord Title,” Lehman said. “A majority of William’s and my time is focused on real estate transactions. Warren and Sandifar do a lot of the meat and potatoes of our firm’s other legal work. But, I love the transactional stuff. When we got into titles, I really found my comfort zone.” Lehman is very down to earth as he explains his philosophy of business. “We’re a law firm full of competent and caring attorneys who go the extra mile to treat our clients with respect. When clients come to us, we put them at ease, and make the law more relatable. We put people in a comfortable environment that makes it nice to work with people.” Lehman goes on to say, “We want to help you now and in the future. We want our clients to feel comfortable calling us. We take our time to make sure our clients have a great experience.” Johnson talked about how their business has grown with the city. “The growth we’ve seen in this town since I graduated APSU in 2008 has been fantastic. To watch it, and be a part of it, is such and honor. Clarksville has given us a lot of opportunity.”



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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze LG Electronics recently announced that it will be hiring another 300 employees, bringing its workforce to more than 1,000. As part of the company’s recruiting efforts Michael Benjamin, LG’s Senior Director of Human Services, recently led a guided tour of the facility for a handful of recent graduates.

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“Today we’re doing a tour of the facility with high school students,” Benjamin said. “These are graduating seniors from various schools here in Montgomery County. We’re going to do a tour of the plant, tell them a little about LG and how we do things and hopefully help them understand and see from a different viewpoint what factory life is really like.” Benjamin hopes to get a few viable candidates from the group but admits it is about more than that. “What we really want to do is start showing the students of Montgomery County, not just seniors but juniors and sophomores as well, the positives of what factory life can be like,” Benjamin said. To learn more about opportunities at LG, visit


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Clarksville Police Department’s Community Conversation program is a series of events that provide opportunities for the public to come out, meet with representatives from the Clarksville Police Department and discuss policies or specific concerns individuals may have.

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Captain Chad Koyama says the goal of the program is to foster conversation about topics that oftentimes are not spoken about between the community and members of law enforcement, then listen and engage, in the hopes of making a difference.

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“We want to know what the concerns of the public are and talk about how we address them or come away with a better way to address them. Some of the questions are tough but at the end of the day I believe we will be better as a community if we understand each other. We may not agree on everything but will be better off with a mutual understanding based on respect,” says Captain Koyama.

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MEET A FEW OF THE WOMEN OF THE CLARKSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT We recently had the priviledge of speaking with a few of the women with the Clarksville Police Department to share some thoughts on how they chose their careers, the challenges they have faced, what drives them and sparks their passions, both personally and professionally, and what they like most about living and working in Clarksville. Ariana Prather, Lyssed Pachecho, Grace Brisson, Andrea Martin, Victoria Crosby, Brittany Feinberg and Shleby Vanatta (not pictured above) graciously responded to our questions. Here is some of what they had to say.


DETECTIVE ANDREA MARTIN Andrea Martin has been at the Clarksville Police Department for about five years, where she spent one year as a Field Training Officer. She was promoted to Detective in January 2021 and is currently assigned to the Special Operations Homicide Unit. Martin loves the support she receives from the community and says that CPD is a great department with good people which makes work easy and enjoyable. She chose law enforcement because she wanted to have a career that gave her purpose. “You really do have to want to help people, but it’s more than just that, it’s challenging. It’s also rewarding in many different ways. Every day is something new and different, the people, the situations. Being in law enforcement allows me to make a difference in a positive way. Even the shortest interactions can make a difference in someone’s life.” said Martin. Martin recognizes the benefits of working with great officers who’ve helped her get to where she is today. She mentioned Sgt. Vanatta, who she says,sets high standards for all officers. Sgt. Duke and Sgt. Newman have also influenced her greatly. “I give credit to them for believing in me,and motivating me to be better.”

OFFICER ARIANA PRATHER Ariana Prather is part of the Clarksville Police Department Community Relations Unit. When asked about her favorite thing about being a police officer is, Prather says “I can be so active and genuine with my community. It’s a great privilege because I get to deal with community members on a more personal level. It’s great when citizens call and ask for an officer to be at a child’s birthday party or attend a local community event.” Basketball remains one of her personal passions. She started playing at the age of five at the YMCA. Growing up, she played on several AAU teams and competed in multiple tournaments across the country. She attended a Division 1 Junior College on a full academic and athletic scholarship. Prather’s advice to women considering a career in law enforcement: “Go for it. Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do. We often limit ourselves because we don’t think we’re strong enough, smart enough or fast enough. You have to change your thought process. People tried to discourage me from joining CPD because I’m an African-American female, but look at where I am today. Join if you’re interested, regardless of your hair texture, stature or education level. You can do anything you set your mind to.”

OFFICER VICTORIA CROSBY Victoria Crosby is very passionate about being a patrol officer and keeping her hometown safe. “I love living here, and I’m so proud to work for the city where I grew up.” Her work is very challenging as she is currently assigned to the Fatal Accident Crash Team. “Whenever there’s a really serious crash, I get to go figure out what happened and give the family answers when there are serious injuries or fatalities occur,” Crosby said. “I have also gotten my car seat certification so I can help other parents correctly install their car seats. I want to help reduce the amount of preventable deaths that happen because of unsafe driving and improperly restrained children.” Her mom’s career as a special agent in the IRS inspired Crosby’s career in law enforcement. Crosby didn’t know if she was qualified but read up on the requirements, filled out an application and took the PT test. “I didn’t train as hard as I should have so I didn’t pass the first time,” Crosby said. “So, I took the training more seriously and went back. I passed in May, continued through the process and was eventually hired by CPD in September 2017. It was definitely worth the effort and the wait. I love my job and I’m able to support myself and my daughter because of it.” Her advice: “Do the things you talk about. Work hard to overcome obstacles and don’t call it quits after a failure. Keep working until you get what you want.”

SERGEANT SHELBY VANATTA Vanatta says, “Being in law enforcement in Clarksville is great because of the people in this community. Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t thank me. It’s a great place to be.” A career in law enforcement wasn’t always Vanatta’s plan. She knew she wanted to do something that wasn’t the same old thing every day. “In law enforcement no two days are the same,” Vanatta said. “That keeps things interesting and encourages creative problem solving.” She cites her competitive side as a key driving force, saying that it pushes her to work hard and makes her always want to be the best at what she does. Her advice: “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. People are so much more than what they think. You just have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. You should always keep learning and growing.”

DETECTIVE BRITTANY FEINBERG Brittany Feinberg is currently a Detective assigned to the District 2 Criminal Investigations Unit and a team leader for the Crime Scene Team. She was born and raised in Clarksville, graduated from APSU and has been on the force for eleven years. Feinbergs favorite part of the job is working with the Crime Scene Team and being able to process most of Clarksville’s major crime scenes. “Evidence is crucial to prosecuting a case,” Feinberg said. “And the evidence we recover can lead to the prosecution of the right person or prevent someone from being wrongfully charged.” When not at work, Feinberg is passionate about power lifting. She loves competing and being on the platform. She is always striving to be better. Her advice to other women interested in law enforcement would be to stay true to who you are and your values and to stand up for what you believe in.

OFFICER GRACE BRISSON Grace Brisson is originally from New York. Her husband’s Army career brought them to Clarksville about five years ago where they are now raising 8-month-old son. Brisson has been with CPD for about two years. She says Clarksville reminds her of the small town where she grew up. She loves the sense of community and support that she feels here. Always interested in the law, Brisson graduated with a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Her goal is to make a career in law enforcement, not just a job. Her advice to women interested in joining the force: “Be yourself. It’s hard not to mold into what you think a female police officer should be. I’m so lucky to be working with such strong females from whom I can continue to learn every time I go to work. Every officer, male or female, brings something to the job that is valuable and that’s what makes us whole as a police force.”

OFFICER LYSSED PACHECHO Lyssed Pachecho is a Night Shift Patrol Officer who has been with The Clarksville Polic Department for almost four years. Her favorite part of the job is meeting different people every day. Pachecho is not originally from Clarksville and loves the fact that our close proximity to Fort Campbell allows her to meet people from all over the world. Pachecho’s passions both personally and professionally involve helping others. “I try my best to extend a helping hand whenever someone needs one,” she said. “Being a police officer is my greatest accomplishment. I have always wanted to make a difference and help people but never imagined coming this far.” She says her biggest role model is her father. “I’ve always tried to make him proud and I knew that a career in law enforcement would do that.” Her driving force is to be better every single day. “I strive to be a better version of myself every day in every aspect of life.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 79

Robert Nash was born in Washington, D.C., but has called Clarksville, Montgomery County his home for over forty years. He is a proud graduate of Northeast High School, Austin Peay State University, and the Nashville School of Law. Nash began his legal career as an associate attorney with the Clarksville firm of Sharon Massey Grimes and Carrie Gasaway. His practice consisted primarily of child custody, divorce, civil litigation and criminal defense. In 2007, Nash was recruited by District Attorney John W. Carney, Jr. to join his team of prosecutors. As an Assistant District Attorney, Nash is mainly assigned cases involving crimes of violence such as kidnapping, robbery and murder. “I think I’ve found what I’m supposed to be doing,” Nash said. “I feel a connection to prosecuting cases. I feel a sense of service to the victims, especially to those of violent crimes. Obtaining justice for the families and victims of violent crime has been my focus for the last ten years of my career.” District Attorney John Carney is stepping down after almost thirty years of service to the community. Nash had conversations with Carney, and feels that running for DA is the next logical step in his career.

“I’m ready,” Nash said. “As prosecutors, we have the burden to prove every element of the offense. When we go into court we have to marshal all the evidence and the witnesses. It is our responsibility to present a compelling case. Depriving someone of the their liberty is not to be taken lightly. We have to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the highest bar. And I take that responsibility very seriously.” “Sitting across from the families and friends of the victim, you want to obtain justice for them. You want them to know that the system works. You want to provide them some comfort. It’s serious work and that’s what I’ve built my career on,” said Nash. “Misty and I feel that it’s time. I’ve demonstrated the ability to lead this office through my record. That’s what it all comes down to. The D.A. has to convict and remove violent offenders and those who subject our citizens to harm, violence and death. That’s what this job is about.” Nash takes his commitment to service seriously outside of work as well. He is honored to be a Rotarian and member of the Clarksville Sunrise Rotary Club. He is committed to living up to the Rotary mantra “Service Above Self ”. Robert is also a proud graduate of Leadership Clarksville Class of 2014.

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Appleton Harley-Davidson recently hosted Proud to Serve Those Who Serve, an appreciation and celebration of our military and first responders. The day was filled with cold beer, food, music and more. Plus great discounts on licensed merchandise. “Today is our first responder and military appreciation day,” Mary Rose said. “We’re trying to give back to all the heroes who take care of us every day, especially so during this past year in which we’ve depended on them even more.”

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The evening began with an hour of mingling. The show started with dinner. “At the end, whoever solves the mystery wins a prize, also, we’re giving prizes for Best Dressed, female and male,” Ebel said. “I think we’ll let the audience select those winners. This is our first time doing this. We had sixty people sign up for tonight. Some were turned away because they called after the deadline. We had people driving all the way from Paducah to do this.” “Next up for us is our Wine Walk and Beer Browse, with tours throughout the houses. Trazo Meadery, Tennessee Valley Brewing and Beachaven will be doing the tasting. There will be snacks, and tours of the buildings.” Mindy & Daniel Graben

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From that position, Neil joined the City Attorney’s Office in Clarksville, TN where he currently serves as Assistant City Attorney. There, Neil handles civil litigation and works closely with police officers, providing legal advice on constitutional matters and a variety of other law enforcement issues. Neil and his wife, Tiffanie, reside in Clarksville, where Tiffanie works as a Physician Assistant (PA-C). They have three children: Luke, Ella, and Dean. Neil is an active member of the Clarksville Civitan Club, the Fraternal Order of Police Two Rivers Lodge 23, the Military Officers Association of America, and the American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289. He also serves as a Board Member of ClarksvilleMontgomery County Crime Stoppers. Neil is a graduate of the Leadership Clarksville Class of 2021 and serves as an Elder at Grace Lutheran Church. Neil is licensed to practice in all the Courts of the State of Tennessee and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Neil earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Regent University School of Law.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an informational event, Power Breakfast: State of Fort Campbell, at the Madison Room, inside The City Forum. CSM Joe Harbour & Kelli Pendleton

Rich Holladay hosted the event which featured a detailed presentation by Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Colonel Jeremy Bell. The Colonel talked through a series of graphs and charts that showed in detail the multi-billion dollar impact that Fort Campbell has on the Clarksville, Hopkinsville and Oak Grove communities.

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“Paul Turner and I talked about this a few months back,” Holladay said. “The Chamber has a Power Breakfast every year with the Division and Post Commander, but, we thought it be great if we could get the “Mayor” of Fort Campbell, the incoming Garrison Commander, Colonel Bell to come and speak, and give us an update on all that’s happening out there.”

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Holladay went on to say, “We timed the event so the incoming Garrison Commander, Col. Jordan could be here. He is very tied in to getting to know and working with local leaders and knows there is no other place like Clarksville.”

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Manifest Magic Manifest Magic: Black Girl Cooperative (MMBGC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the empowerment of Black women. Through education, engagement, access, and advocacy, Manifest Magic works to “shift the culture in a way that allows Black women to be their authentic selves and thrive without barriers.” At MMBGC’s helm is Juanita Charles, who has become a force for good in Clarksville. Charles is well known for her work with several local non-profits. Most recently, she and members of MMBGC took on the role of host/organizer of Clarksville’s First Annual Juneteenth Festival. The event which was held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center had estimated attendance of more than 7,000, and was hailed as one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the region and had an economic impact of over $400,000. Originally from Savannah, GA, Charles joined the Army soon after high school. Her Military Occupational Specialty was Land Combat Electronic Missile Repair. She met her husband, Vibert, while stationed at Camp Casey, South Korea. They were both stationed at Fort Campbell, KY in 2005, and decided to make Clarksville their home. Over the years, Charles has established herself as a business woman, small business advocate, social and political activist, and community mobilizer/ organizer. She previously served as the Chairperson of the City of Clarksville’s Human Relations Commission, advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, SOS Foundation, CECA, and the Clarksville Association of Realtors, among others. She also serves as a political coordinator, consultant, and trainer, and is a proud member of Women Veterans of America Chapter 47 and the NAACP. “I support the people of our community by elevating other voices, while remaining a voice that is un-bought and un-bossed,” Charles said. “I work to provide education, access, and training where disparities exist. Most importantly, I lead and serve by providing avenues for empowerment, because a seat at the table is not always the answer. It is more important to have the means to build your own table.” Manifest Magic: Black Girl Cooperative has hosted events such as Mimosas with Mom; created, staffed, and run an affordable and accessible Parent Cooperative School in response to the pandemic; and most recently, Clarksville’s Inaugural Juneteenth Festival.

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How Should Investors Respond to Inflation? For more than a decade, inflation has been essentially dormant. In recent months, though, economists have expected an uptick but were still surprised by the sharp jump in the April Consumer Price Index (CPI), which rose 4.2% from a year ago. As an investor, what can you expect if we do enter a more inflationary environment? First, it’s useful to understand the main causes of the recent spike in prices. Part of the explanation is simply a result of increased economic activity in the spring of 2021 over the same period a year ago, when prices collapsed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. And this reopening of the economy has also resulted in a surge in demand for travel-related services such as hotels, airfare and rental cars. Another contributing factor is a widespread shortage of manufacturing materials that have limited production and driven up prices for an array of consumer goods.

Because rising inflation erodes the value of a bond’s future income, bond prices typically fall during inflationary periods. This is particularly true of longer-term bonds, due to the cumulative effect of the lower purchasing power. On the other hand, stocks – especially those of larger companies – tend to do well during inflationary periods, which might not be that surprising, considering that a company’s revenue and earnings may increase at a rate similar to that of inflation. Of course, “stocks” is a broad term, and some industries will do better than others when inflation is on the rise. Even if inflation keeps advancing, you may not want to make significant changes to your investments. For example, although their prices may fall, bonds can still be valuable assets, since they can help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. And if you’ve already got a good mix of stocks appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance, there’s probably no need to shake things up.

Will this inflationary pressure continue? It’s not easy to make predictions of this nature, but, for now, the Federal Reserve seems to believe the recent price hikes are temporary, and, as a result, will continue its policy of keeping interest rates low. But a few more months of higher-than-expected inflation could change the Fed’s view and its actions.

Here’s one more thought to keep in mind about inflation: It serves as a reminder that you’ll always need to have a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments in your portfolio to avoid losing purchasing power. As we’ve seen, inflation won’t always be in hibernation.

In any case, how should you as an individual investor respond to even the potential threat of rising prices? You’ll need to keep in mind that inflation affects different types of investments differently. Consider fixed-income securities such as bonds, which pay a set interest rate – the coupon rate.

Ultimately, your own actions and decisions will determine your success as an investor, but you’ll still want to be aware of how a development like inflation can affect the economy and the financial markets. If we are entering territory we haven’t seen in a while, it pays to stay alert. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones. Member SIPC.

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When we accused Scott Greene of NetGreene Solutions, a Clarksville-based IT Engineering and Innovations Company, of quietly taking over the world, he laughed, and said, “it has been an adventure, that’s for sure.” Greene is originally from Louisville. He was originally recruited here by the company that owns the hospital, but now he calls it home. “My family and I immediately loved it here,” Greene said. “So, we decided this is where we wanted to start our business.”

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and every one of them is different. We look at each of them and say, what is it that you want to accomplish. What are you trying to do. Where is your industry going. We come up with an idea, present it back to them, and tell them how it’s going to work. To sum it all up, we have multiple levels of products that we “We’re pioneering this practice a bit, in MSP can bring to a customer.” (managed service provider) IT services. We’re unique in that we look for deficiencies and try While most of the competitors in the mid tier to fill them in. We are focused on the mid-tier IT Solutions space are limited in what they business space. We only focus on businesses can offer, NetGreene’s rapid growth, constant and currently have about a dozen employees in innovating, and forward thinking have set the Clarksville office.” them apart.

Scott and Leigh Ann Greene’s business, which incorporated in December of 2013, is now operating in fourteen states and four countries, Greene says the biggest challenge faced by and Greene is optimistic about its future. most companies right now is the shift in technology. “We are two companies in one, NetGreene Solutions and CrossPath Telecom,” Greene “They’ve been so set in how their networks said. “We are an IT company, that’s how we are set up, and how they are used by their started. We actually started this in the bonus users. We’re now driving the market toward room at our house. Because of my background new design. Most of our customers have a in telecommunications, networking and traditional IT model. They have servers, and security, we decided in early 2014 to add people who use desktops, pc’s, laptops, all telephony as a second product line. We became that jazz. Anybody can sell companies on IT the first hosted phone system provider in solutions and telecommunications. We pride Clarksville. We charted the way for hosted ourselves on the fact that we partner with every PBX services. We kept expanding, and now one of our customers. We know their business, we’re doing multiple other things.” how they operate, what their goals are, and what they want to do. So, when we come in, Among those other things, Greene and his we’re really looking to design a solution that team have been pioneers in offering its virtual meets their unique business demands.” Chief Information Officer service to mid-tier businesses. Greene says a lot of companies have a template, a plan that includes a server, this and that, a “We do virtual CIO for multiple companies,” one-size- fits-all approach. “We threw out the Greene said. “The latest one, which we box solution and went to a spandex solution,” recently announced, was Roppel Industries Greene said. out of Louisville, KY. “What I mean is, we do business with Seal I serve as their CIO. Its like a timeshare, each Master Corporation, for example. We have customer pays a certain amount of money every one of their distributors in Tennessee,

“We do it all,” Greene said. “We bring the hardware. We can do in-house financing if it’s needed. We do services in the cloud, with our own infrastructure. We have our own 27,000 sf. tier-one data center in Brentwood, Tn. We also bring in virtual services. The big buzzword right now is ‘infrastructure in the cloud’. A lot of our clients are moving to where they have nothing on site. They have a network, the rest is on us to perform for them.” Greene has a three-year plan to build a new building or buy and renovate a building here in town that can become the company’s permanent home. “We also donate our services, 100%, to churches and non profits. Like the Crossroads Pregnancy Center for Women. In Louisville, we’ve given our staff directions to do the same. It’s important to us as an organization. Not only do we want to know who our employees are, be involved in their lives and help them when they need it, we also want the community to know that we’re here to give back. We want to be an investor and partner to the communities that we’re in.”



Made In Clarksville: Sporty’s Awards Daniel Cantey, a former Army officer, then tenured professor at Bethel College, was ready for a career change in 2019. As luck would have it, he was introduced to Troy McNally by a mutual friend, and by October of that year, Cantey and his wife Drue were the proud owners of Sporty’s Awards in Clarksville. “We bought the business in October, 2019,” Cantey said. “The company has been in Clarksville since 1989, and Troy built this into a great business. My wife and I talk about what directions we want to take this in the future, but it was a blessing to be able to purchase a fully functioning business, and maintain it.” Sporty’s makes plaques, acrylic awards, trophies, medals, engraved plates, t-shirts and much more. They also do custom laser engraving on a variety of items. Cantey’s previous experience helped in many ways prepare him for this new venture, but, he says, some of the necessary skills are newly acquired. “I’m able to speak the lingo with the Fort Campbell guys,” Cantey said. “We do a lot with 5th SFG, and we just did a large order of trophies and plaques for Week of the Eagles. My background in management came from my time in the Army. I was taught the finer points of this business by Troy McNally, over a six month period.” “Engraving was a skill I was able to pick up, fortunately. I’m pretty good with my hands. And, I like running a small business. It’s great to develop relationships with my customers, my regulars and I are getting to know each other by name. But, to many, I’m still ‘the trophy guy’.” “We offer acrylics, which are hard clear awards, crystal, glass, premium and standard plaques, and resin awards, which are popular with the t-ball crowd. We work with recreational leagues, high school athletes, everyone really. We do traditional column trophies as well. We also do a lot of custom engraving. People bring in items for us to engrave, for any type of occasion. I did a flask set recently, we actually sell those. We also do tomahawks for 1st Command Financial Group.” “We want people to know we’re here, and that we can help with annual awards, big jobs, small jobs, whatever. We do big jobs for a lot of customers here in town, but we’re here for the small business as well. We can give you a great quality, affordable product. And if you need something we don’t have in stock, we can probably get it for you.”


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Buck Dellinger CEO of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council Clarksville’s Economic Development Council, established in 1996, recently welcomed David (Buck) Dellinger as its new chief executive officer. Dellinger’s responsibilities as President/CEO of the Economic Development Council include EDC coordination and management, oversight of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board, and Aspire Foundation, a non profit 501(c)(3), and he’ll be Director of the Central Business Improvement District. Colonel Dellinger, U.S. Army (Ret) is undaunted, saying, “I wear five different hats in this job, but there are a lot of people doing great work in all those areas. I’m just here to help coordinate all those activities.” Dellinger is no stranger to Clarksville, or to multi-faceted leadership roles. He is a former Battalion Commander, a Garrison Commander for three years, and in his last job at Fort Campbell was Chief of Staff of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “It’s great to be back in Clarksville-Montgomery County, it feels good,” Dellinger said. “I’m looking forward to making a measurable impact on this wonderful community. I’ve been committed to it for a long time through my positions at Fort Campbell. I’ve also been committed to all the veterans in this community. I’ve had a connection here for several years, and I’m excited to step into this role.” Dellinger says that over the last twenty to thirty years, a lot of strategic ground work was done to make Clarksville-Montgomery County the first place in the Southeast looked at by opportunityseeking industries.

“Clarksville-Montgomery County is an easy sell because of all the great work that has been done in the past to set us up for success, and because of all the great people here. It just feels good to be in Clarksville-Montgomery County. I know from being here a couple of times, whenever you come back it just feels right.” “As far as what’s coming up, I’ll just say we’re always working many angles,” Dellinger said. “There are lots of folks interested in this area. We answer all their questions, and continue to put our best foot forward. I see a lot of potential for the business park near Tennova Medical Center. I’m pushing that issue, lots of interest there. I’m hoping that continues. The hotel industry is bouncing back now. Lots of interest in future projects, but with the high cost of construction it’s a little early for commitments. A lot of companies are still recovering from the last year, especially those in the hospitality industry.” “I’m encouraged by all the interest there, and in the industrial park. I’m also excited about our downtown area. As we continue to grow, with more activities, industry and business, people are looking at the opportunities downtown has to offer. And, for ways to improve the quality of life, walkability and activities in that area.” “It’s also important to talk about the different things that the Army is doing to expand and upgrade their capabilities. Things that could give us some reasons to do development on the border with Fort Campbell. These are all areas that we’re looking at, currently.”

“The partnerships we have with TVA and TN Economic Development allow us to look at large industrial recruitment, as well as all the suppliers, and even the smaller industrial/ technological development companies,” Dellinger said. “Our workforce development with APSU and our local community colleges creates a pipeline that is so significant, it allows us to continually meet workforce demand for industries and businesses that want to come to this area.” “We strive to create different and better career choices for the entire family. In today’s economy, the more people in the household you have working, the more opportunities you have for housing, and other quality-of-life advantages. So, we’re trying to create opportunities for everyone in the household.”



Staffing In Clarksville By now, most people have noticed the unusually high number of help wanted signs posted around town. And, labor shortages are not just happening in Clarksville, this is a nation-wide problem. Prior to the pandemic, there were more open jobs than unemployed individuals, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

wages that we offer. Things have improved, but we have a lot of openings that need to be filled.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a jobs report in April of this year, in which they cited worker’s reluctance to return to work as one reason for low job numbers. At the end of March, there were 8.1 million job openings in this country, which is an all-time high.

“We started a second shift in May,” Benjamin said. “There is a high demand for washing machines, and a lot of our competitors haven’t been able to fill that market supply. So, a lot of that demand has come to LG, which is great for our business. But, it’s not just manufacturing. Our business requires a number of support functions that go along with that, maintenance, materials, logistics and other things. We need to hire just over one-hundred people on second shift alone. It’s getting better, but still very challenging.”

At the same time, the number of available workers has declined significantly in recent months. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 2012, there were four available workers for every open job, now that number has dropped to 1.4 for every open job. The hardest hit sectors are government, health care, and education. Many industries report that their biggest problem is a lack of qualified workers, (which turns the focus to education and training). More than 80% recently surveyed say that hiring today is a great deal more difficult than it was five years ago. We talked to two individuals on the front lines of staffing in Clarksville-Montgomery County, Michael Benjamin, Senior Director Human Resources, LG Electronics, and Michelle Corkrean, Clarksville Branch Manager at KPower Staffing Solutions. “Hiring for hourly positions was very challenging during the pandemic, and even now,” Benjamin said. “It progressively got worse the longer the pandemic went. In my opinion, the stimulus has a lot to do with it. Basically, we were in a labor war with the federal government. It was difficult from March to July of 2020, but once the checks started rolling in it was even more difficult.” Things have improved, but worker shortages persist, and Benjamin, like many others, has been forced to be more creative in his approach to staffing. “We’re finding more people now, but still not filling the positions we need,” Benjamin said. “We’ve spent a lot of time partnering with the military, local technical colleges, and especially the high schools, in an effort to recruit these young men and women as soon as they graduate. We’ve been doing plant tours for graduating seniors, and recent graduates. We’ve had teachers from high schools and vocational schools come in and tour the facility as well. And, we’ve provided information about our factory, benefits, working conditions and the


Recently, LG launched a second shift to keep up with production, which puts additional demands on an already strained labor market.

Nationally, the conversation is changing, even the language itself is different. “In the past several weeks they are changing the language from, ‘labor shortage’ to ‘it’s more about the economics of people demanding higher wages,’” Benjamin said. “Call it whatever you want, it’s still very challenging. We’re having to go through many different avenues, not just the typical advertising, workforce essentials and doing our own recruiting. We’re having to pursue a lot of different avenues to get what we need.” “Clarksville was voted Best City in the Nation, and we’re just a short distance from Nashville. With our prices for housing and land being much lower, this city has a lot going for it. Now, a lot of businesses are coming to Clarksville-Montgomery County, which is good. But that creates even more challenges for businesses trying to find the labor that is needed.” Corkrean is on the staffing side. Her job is to find employees for companies like Benjamin’s. She sees the problem from a different perspective, but cites some of the same labor market issues. “The stimulus and federally-assisted unemployment is killing the job industry,” Corkrean said. People don’t want to work, because they don’t have to work. We’re battling a government that is giving free money away, which makes people want to stay home.” Corkrean says that there are several companies and industries in the area right now, giving huge signing bonuses to entice people to get a job, and come to work. KPower is offering referral bonuses, sign-on bonuses and perfect attendance bonuses,” Corkrean said. “We’re doing everything we

can to attract people. I would estimate that there may be as many as 2,000 available jobs in Clarksville right now, when you consider all the factories, restaurants, etc. Our primary client sends us an order for 45 employees every week. And we’re one of four staffing companies they work with.” “We’re open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. We’re also here on Saturday,” Corkrean said. “It takes about fifteen minutes for a job seeker to fill out an application. We do a background check. If they pass, they are placed. If they fill out an application on Tuesday or Wednesday, they can start as early as the following Monday.” “KPower is currently accepting new clients as well. Our Clarksville office is new, so we are looking to build relationships with local businesses. There is a lot of industry work here, and many exciting new opportunities on the horizon.” KPower is located at 2284 Raleigh Ct. Contact them at or call (931) 542-2072. If you’re looking for staffing for your company, ask for Michelle Corkrean. If you’re interested in available positions with KPower, ask for Luis or Kelsey. KPower is an English/Spanish speaking office. If you’re interested in available positions at LG Clarksville, visit

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Major Updates at the Clarksville Regional Airport The Clarksville Regional Airport is integral to big business in Clarksville-Montgomery County. In fiscal year ‘20 the Clarksville Regional Airport did major upgrades to a runway, which can now accommodate planes as large as a 737. They also completed construction on a corporate hangar next door to the terminal. A recent study shows that Clarksville Regional Airport generates millions in economic impact. “Nashville and middle Tennessee’s boom has spurred growth in Clarksville as well,” Clarksville Regional Airport Marketing Manager, Toni Chambers said. “I would love to see commercial flights being offered within the next ten years, but for now we are primarily focused on our private charter companies, and our private tenants. If we can build the hangar space that we need, along with a new maintenance hangar, that would be fantastic.” Chambers says a handful of large corporations do make use of the airport, which currently has thirty private hangar spaces. “All our private hangars are rented,” Chambers said. “We also have about sixty planes in our tie-down space. There is a waiting list that continues to grow. The airport itself doesn’t offer flight training, but there are flight schools on the premises.” Upcoming plans for CRA include the addition of thirty new hangars for small aircraft, and two larger hangars. The airport has some tenants from Hopkinsville, Nashville and the surrounding area, but most are Clarksville based. “John Patterson has been here for about a decade, and he has really turned this airport into a positive commodity for the community. The Clarksville Regional Airport is committed to furthering its community engagement and to assisting the City of Clarksville as well as Montgomery County by continuing to support more economic growth in the area,” Chambers said. Here is some of the information from the study, and the numbers may surprise you. The Tennessee Aviation System Plan was created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation [TDOT] Aeronautics Division to undergo an aviation economic impact study to determine how Tennessee’s 78 system airports support the economy. Results of the study were released in February, 2021.

Region 3 had been comprised of airport operations in the west central area of the state. Region 3 airports employed over 400 people and hosted 140 businesses, which employed 11,000 people. Region 3 mounted responsibility for $4.739 million in on-airport economic impact, $5.773 million in visitor spending and $7.797 million in freight/cargo. This region is one of the fastest growing areas of the United States, “with the Nashville area experiencing over 60% growth in net migration and 43% growth in employment from 2010- 2019”, according to the 2019 TDOT Aviation Economic Impact Study. The Clarksville Regional Airport is a part of the expanding aviation services located in the state. TDOT Region 3 makes up $18 billion in economic impact. Outlaw Field helped to boost the local economy by generating $30.7 million from on-airport impacts and $2.6 million in visitor spending impacts to result in a $33.3 million total economic impact. Clarksville Regional has been associated with the creation of 182 jobs, $13 million in payroll and $20.7 million in value added. “I appreciate TDOT Aeronautics Division for going out into the state to conduct this economic impact study which shows how the airport is vital to the Clarksville community and surrounding area,” Clarksville Regional Airport Manager, John Patterson said. “My aspirations for the Clarksville Regional Airport are many, but I can highlight a few major points that are important to business development. With a new main runway, lighting, and new construction, we hope to bring additional corporate clients to our community, especially with the level of economic growth we’re seeing in Clarksville and the neighboring Nashville-metropolitan area. “By adding a new tarmac down the road, this will help us support the additional traffic that is desired. With Clarksville being a college and military town, it comes down to demand, and what is best for the community. In terms of commercial flights in the future, the airport is actively pursuing the standards required of an airport of our size. With the continued support of our local government and board, we will continue to improve on this

The State of Tennessee generated $40 billion in total economic impact and contributes to 11% of Tennessee’s gross domestic product. The state is split into four regions and Clarksville Regional (Outlaw Field) served in the highest grossing impact region. Photography By David Smith, Clarksville Ariel Photography



New In Clarksville: Drakes After an unprecedented year, Clarksville, like the rest of the country is beginning its return to normal. In some ways we picked up right where we left off. With lots of new construction, and new businesses opening throughout the community, we continue to be one of the fastest growing cities in America. One of this year’s most anticipated openings took place in early May, when Drake’s, a Lexington, Kentucky based business opened off Wilma Rudolph Blvd, in the former Demos’ location. In addition to bringing between 75 and 100 jobs to the community, it also brought a concept that has captured the imagination of Clarksville’s food and craft beer lovers. The Clarksville store is the company’s fifth in Tennessee, and 17th overall. Drake’s menu features a variety of appetizers; Sriracha dry-rub Wings, Warm Pretzels & Beer Cheese, Boneless Bites, which are juicy handbreaded chicken tender bites, served three different ways, BLT Tots, and more. The restaurant’s claim to fame is threefold – burgers, beer and sushi. It might seem like an unlikely combination, but Drake’s makes it work, wonderfully. You might want to begin with the sushi. Drake’s offers a California Roll, a Spicy Cali Roll, A Teriyaki Salmon Roll and many others. The sushi menu also includes small plates, sushi platters, and combos. And, for real sushi lovers, there is Nigiri – a type of sushi

made of thin slices of raw fish over pressed vinegar rice, and Sashimi, which is thinly-sliced raw meat, usually salmon or tuna, that is served without rice. Their Smash Burgers fill a dinner plate, and stand at least five to six inches high. The burgers are made from fresh 100% USDA Grade A Sirloin Steak. There are also mini burgers available. Guests can enjoy the Patty Melt, the Cheddar Burger or Big Blue. There’s the BBQ, Mushroom & Swiss, and the Morning Glory, which comes with pepper jack cheese, fried egg, bacon, fire roasted salsa, and fresh cut toppings. The last component of Drake’s culinary-driven success is their tasty selection of craft beers and their ever-changing specialty cocktail menu, which features their own take on classics like the Hurricane. Their current Summer Vibes menu features a Tropical Mule, a Pineapple Margarita, Patio Punch and even Liquid Sunshine. And, all this deliciousness can be enjoyed on Drake’s year-round patio. Large garage doors are opened during the warm months to extend the inside fun, outside. There’s also a fireplace to keep you warm in the cooler months. Drake’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Thornburg sums it up this way, “When you come to Drake’s you can expect exceptional food, unwavering commitment to hospitality and an atmosphere that


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Commercial Development: Millan Enterprises If you want to get a handle on what is happening with commercial property in Clarksville, just pay attention to Millan Enterprises, a company that has a knack for seeing the future of commercial real estate growth in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

“The City Market has popped up. A couple of other retailers have joined as well. Downtown may not be the hottest part of Clarksville, but a number of tenants have been excited to take advantage of what we have to offer.”

Josh Ward, Commercial Property Manager for Millan Enterprises, talked recently about the boom that Clarksville is experiencing. “There is a lot of activity all over the city,” Ward said. “A couple of hot areas are downtown and Sango. We’re also looking at Fort Campbell Blvd. as an opportunity.”

Ward says, Millan Enterprises goes where Leo Millan sees growth. “Leo Millan has great foresight. Our primary focus right now is Sango. We have three buildings going up in that area, including a two building complex at 2670 Madison St. that is set up for fourteen units. All but four units are leased already. The property contains everything from a DIY shop to hair salons and clothing boutiques.”

Millan Enterprises currently owns three keystone buildings downtown, 128 N 2nd St., 25 Jefferson St., and 200 Commerce St., also known as the Leaf-Chronicle building. “In the Regions building, we have thirty tenant offices that range in size from 400 - 4000 sf.,” Ward said. “There are about 150 people working out of that building. Currently, all the office space is leased, and all the commons areas have been fully renovated, with tech, lounges and lobbies.” From the outside it looks like a building that has been there for a while, but when you step inside it’s totally updated and modernized. “We’re waiting on permission from the planning commission to renovate the exterior as well,” Ward said. “We acquired 25 Jefferson St. about six months ago, and have already tripled occupancy. We’ve got tenants ranging from the USDA to steel workers working on the MPEC, to non-profits and a few others. We have plans to renovate that building’s interior and exterior as well. “Our most impressive transformation has to be 200 Commerce St. The number of tenants has tripled in the past two years, and we’re doing a 15,000 sf. build-out for co-working space that we’re calling The Press. The name pays homage to the printing press that once occupied that space. It will be a modern, fully renovated, co-working space. Nobody in Clarksville is doing that type of space, to the level we are. It features high-end finishes, glass store fronts, exposed ceilings. It has that modern feel that people are looking for.” “Downtown is undergoing a revitalization. It now has lots of office space, and people are setting up shops as well. There are boutiques and restaurants, and a growing number of people who want to live and work downtown. It has been an area of focus for us for a while,” Ward said. 112 • 3RD QUARTER 2021 CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL

“The most desirable retail center we have is called Sango Crossing, at Madison St. and MLK Blvd., where the car wash used to be in front of Sango Walmart. We have pre-leased some of the space, and construction hasn’t even started. That gives you an idea of the retail demand in the Sango area.” Ward explains. As middle Tennessee grows, Clarksville has seen a surge of new residents. That growth fuels the need for more retail businesses. “On the commercial side, we are capitalizing on the growth that is coming through the residential market,” Ward said. “Of our 500 rental units, 200 are commercial. The remaining 300 are residential properties.” “The residential real estate folks are seeing a spike in their market, and I’m seeing a spike in those wanting office, retail, and warehouse space. I would say, downtown and Sango are doing great. We also have a complex at Fire Station Rd. off Hwy 76. That’s a four building complex with all but one space leased. We’ve been very happy with that.” So, how does this company seem to always be in the right place at the right time? Ward has an answer for that. “Leo Millan has the foresight, I just fill up his buildings,” Ward said. “We’re looking now at the Fort Campbell Blvd. area. In the next couple of years, we’ll be developing about 50,000 sf. of commercial space off the blvd. That’s probably the next revitalization destination, if you will. There are a number of properties out there that can use some rehabilitation, and of course with Fort Campbell’s military presence we believe the economics make sense to be there. We just have to do some updating to make the properties appealing, so tenants will want to set up shop and do business out there.”

Ward feels that Clarksville is a bit insulated from a recession. “The pandemic accelerated this work- from-home movement. You’ve got people living on the west coast, paying high property taxes, who’ve decided, ‘I can work from home, so why not move to a more desirable location, with a lower cost of living, a place like Clarksville’. “We’re somewhat insulated by our cost of living, and quality of life. I think the growth will continue, even if there is a retail market slow down on a national scale.” Millan Enterprises currently employees thirty in its office, and boasts a construction crew of twenty- five. The team includes licensed real estate agents, leasing agents, skilled labor, managers and marketing professionals. “It’s an all encompassing firm that can service clients in every aspect of real estate,” Ward said. “Millan Enterprises is the most aggressive real estate firm in the city, and possibly, the state. Usually, in retail, you build, prepare, and then look at leasing. We’re marketing the property before construction even begins. At Fire Station rd., the entire property was leased by the time the last tenant had their certificate of occupancy. “That’s a credit to this company. Our process of being proactive about filling these buildings is different from most other firms. Build-time usually runs about six months. Our goal is to have all the space leased before the building is finished.”

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New In Clarksville: City Market City Market on Franklin St. is one of the coolest things to happen to downtown Clarksville in recent years. While not necessarily a new idea, owner Allen Moser has given the former Franklin St. Arcade space a fresh new look, and filled it with an exciting variety of retailers, service providers, and the very popular Fanelli’s Deli. “I came up with the idea before I bought the property in January, 2019,” Moser said. “It was the Franklin St. Arcade, a shopping arcade. Young people have a different idea of what the word ‘arcade’ means. But, I thought it was time to bring it back to downtown. And, based on the success I’ve had renting spaces, I would say, downtown was definitely ready.” Inside the renovated space is The Trendy Rooster, a women’s clothing boutique, and Make your Mark, a framing company. Ryan Bowie has City Boy, Country Life, which he relocated from inside The Roxy Theatre. Jody Isaacs and Steve Tyrrell recently opened the Clarksville Collection. They also own Journey’s Eye Studio on the other side of Franklin St. “Our anchor tenant is Fanelli’s Deli and Market, an Italian style deli/market that’s getting rave reviews,” Moser said. “We’ve got a mini-storage conversion in the basement operated by Affordable Storage, it’s their second Montgomery County location. We also have ProStudio7 Photography, Cuppow Collectibles, and, we just added 931 Kicks.” The businesses inside City Market tend to be upscale. Moser said the business owners and downtown shoppers have embraced that idea.


“It’s more than just having a booth, but it’s still kind of an incubator space,” Moser said. “Our spaces are something between Miss Lucille’s, and owning your own storefront. The clients are happy with traffic so far, but the Blackhorse Pub & Brewery fire has hurt downtown business, overall. With the Farmer’s Market starting back, and the city now being somewhat post Covid-19, downtown is coming back to life. These business owners are ready for more people to come and check out what they have to offer.” “Historically, downtown has been very cyclical in its revitalizing efforts. Hopefully, we’ve broken out of that up-anddown cycle. I think a thriving downtown is here to stay. And, I want to emphasize one of the purposes this building serves, convenience. This building offers easy access from parking spots to the shops. The building connects the Commerce St. parking lot to the retail/restaurant district on and around Franklin St. The building has entrances front and rear, which makes it an easy corridor through which to get to Yada on Franklin, or the soonto-open Mickey’s Tavern.” The good news is that City Market still has a couple of available spaces. “I’m looking for a coffee shop or juice bar, a food service operation that doesn’t require a kitchen,” Moser said. “That’s what I envision occupying the front space across from Fanelli’s. I have another space that should be free around September 1st, a smaller space, similar in size to the Trendy Rooster.” To get in touch with Allen Moser about space inside City Market, message him on the City Market Facebook page or on Instagram.



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