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Business After Hours at The Ruby Cora United for United Way Upstairs at Strawberry Alley Women In Business Cumberland Surgical Arts Grand Opening Salsa Dance Social Sango Pharmacy Anniversary Tabernacle Annual Gala Empty Bowls The Tabernacle Church Groundbreaking Ceremony V.I.C.E. Night The Surrender of Clarksville at Fort Deﬁance FCSC Pamper Me Pajama Party Gary Sinise Book Signing USO 10 Miler, 5K & Free Fun Run CAR Realtors After Hours MCVC Fundraising Dinner & Auction United We Dine Compass Awards Coﬀee with A Cop Baby Goats at The Food Initiatve Farm Easter Bunny Arrival Bowl for Kids Sake Royal Princess Brunch Hope Pregnancy Center Comedy Night Candlelight Ball
Welcome to the April issue of VIP Clarksville Magazine! As we prepared this issue, we became inspired by you & the events you have been planning & hosting in support of so many meaningful causes! From the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, Tabernacle Church & The United Way to Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the USO & Hope Pregnancy Center, it is truly amazing to be surrounded by the giving men & women who live, work & play here in our community. We invite you to read more about these events (and look for your pictures) in the pages ahead. Also included in this issue are features to help you live your best life in all stages. We are very excited to introduce you to the area‘s best ﬁnancial planners and investment experts as well as several top-notch retirement and senior living communities. Enjoy the beautiful Spring weather ahead and, as always, we thank you for your readership & support!
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What’s Happenin? Calendar of Events McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers Engaged Couple Do You Have All of Your Eggs in One Basket? Mobile Banking & Safety On The Go Salute To Service: Victoria McAdoo | AUSA Fields & Meadows The Arcadia Diﬀerence Plannning for a Future of Financial Freedom Be Like Mike Community Minded Banking The Challenge of Aging CYP Spotlight: Emily Medvecky
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Business After Hours at The Ruby Cora
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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Nathan Clark & Melinda Shepard
The March installment of Business After Hours was held at The Ruby Cora Event Center, where a large crowd who made the short Channel Lemon & Bethany Benjamin drive to Adams, enjoyed some good old-fashioned networking. Nathan Clark, co-owner of The Ruby Cora, was excited about the opportunity to host the always-popular Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce event. “We are glad to do this,” Clark said. “We love this community and being members of the Chamber. This is a chance for us to bring everyone out and show them what we have done, and hopefully they will enjoy some good food and camaraderie. Clark invited local food trucks to prepare and serve the food. Fire & Ice and The Crave offered an assortment of tasty items, available both inside and outside the building. “We're very happy that we had a great crowd,” Clark said. “We were hoping everyone would get out and see the beauty of the farm, but as cold as it was outside we were not sure that would happen.”
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The Ruby Cora is available for weddings and, birthdays, anniversary, and graduation parties. Clark describes the facility as Don Hunt & Kevin Judish “a modern space that is perfect for any type of event.” More information about The Ruby Cora may be found at www.therubycora.com
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Kara Peters & Ann Moseley Kellie Brooks, Jason Hutchinson & Marcalee Baxter
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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’? CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Bowl For Kids Sake
I Do Bridal Showcase
Centurion 5K & Family Fun Run
April 6 | 12-6pm The Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center
April 6 | 12-6pm The Ruby Cora
April 6 | 8am-12pm Clarksville Christian School
Superhero 5K Run
Clarksville Chive Presents: An Enchanted Masquerade Ball
April 13 | 8am Founder Square Park, Hopkinsville
April 13 | 7-11pm Old Glory Distilling Co.
Easter Egg Hunt April 20 | 10am-5pm Christian Way Farm
World Wide Open House
Hog Roast Hootenanny
Dinner on Main
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April 27 | 11am-3:30pm The Food Initiative
April 27 | 6-9pm Janice Mason Art Museum - JMAM Hopkinsville
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UNITED for UNITED WAY
Story by Liesel Schmidt + Photography by Tony Centonze
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and Montgomery County Government recently teamed up for United for United Way in an event held at APSU's Dunn Center during half time at the Governors' v. UT Martin basketball game, bringing CMCSS Director of Schools Millard House and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett head-to-head in a free-throw contest that had the crowd holding their breath. Established as part of CMCSS and Montgomery County's Giving Campaign, United for United Way was designed to spark a friendly spirit of competition between the two entities with the ultimate hope of increasing both their Dr. Alisa White & campaigns. Kicking things off this year, Mr. House and Mayor Durrett faced off Ginna Holleman in the free throw challenge, hoping to inspire more members of the community to join their collective efforts and inciting them to become true game changers. Thanks to the efforts of many local businesses and organizations, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region was able to raise $1,113,250 in 2018 and is currently working toward a goal of $1,130,000 for 2019.
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Mayor Jim Durrett & APSU Governor
Michelle Newell & Anthony Johnson
Millard House & Ginna Holleman
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UPSTAIRS AT STRAWBERRY ALLEY Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Strawberry Alley Ale Works, the popular downtown eatery, just opened an additional 5,000-square-foot area called Upstairs at Strawberry Alley The space features a taproom with a full bar, games like Scrabble and Corn-hole, and made-from-scratch food, all in a casual atmosphere with an almost 360-degree view of downtown Clarksville. Many Clarksville VIPs were invited to the two- night soft opening, where they enjoyed samples that included pizza, wings, nachos, and other casual-fare faves. Guests also sampled beverages from Strawberry Alley Ale Works' impressive variety of house brews. Their menu features the classic German- style 1820 Kolsch, the spicy, fruity and floral Belgian Golden, Joe B's Brown Ale and more. Upstairs is located at 103 Strawberry Alley and will be open Thursday & Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday at 12 p.m. For more information, go to www.saaleworks.com or call (931) 919-4777.
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It wasn’t animal attraction or immediate sparks that started Janice Nunn and Matt Clark’s love story, but rather the organic tenderness and respect born of friendship that slowly changed into real chemistry and romance. Having met through mutual friends, both were in relationships at the time; but when fate stepped in and they found themselves single, their group hangouts turned into one-on-one outings that eventually led to dating. It didn’t take long for the couple to realize they had more than just a passing thing, and three months in, Matt took Janice to McKenzie & Smiley to choose a ring. “We really liked that they’re a local business, and we’ve only ever heard great things about them,” says 25 year-old Janice, whose left hand now boasts the sparkle of a unique, flowershaped ring. “Once we saw the quality of their rings, we fell in love.”
Having chosen her ring, Janice knew what was coming next—she just didn’t know WHEN. And while the anticipation might have seemed almost too much, it was a mere three months later that Matt put an end to all the waiting when he took her on a trip to the Nashville Zoo. “We both love animals, so when he planned a trip there and told me to buy an outfit for that weekend, I knew it was going to be special,” Janice recalls. “I absolutely love flamingos, and I thought he was going to propose in front of their exhibit. We got to the flamingos…and nothing happened! I was a little disappointed as we continued to walk through each exhibit; but then he took me to an area in front of the rhinos, and that’s where he proposed.” Now planning an August 14 wedding in Jamaica, Janice and Matt are taking inspiration from the rhino and charging into a life together.
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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze More than 100 of Clarksville's female business owners/leaders recently gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn for the Women in Business Luncheon, hosted by the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce. City of Clarksville First Lady Cynthia Pitts and Montgomery County First Lady Mary Durrett were surrounded by family and friends as they spoke candidly, sharing their thoughts on their long paths to personal and professional success. Pitts and Durrett spoke of the role that prayer has played in their lives, the powerful women who have inspired and challenged them, and the excitement they share as they watch the leaders of Clarksville and Montgomery County, Mayors Joe Pitts and Jim Durrett, work together for the betterment of this entire community. Amy Orton & Angie Smith
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Mama always said, “Don’t have all your eggs in the same basket.” Many of you may know the true meaning of this saying firsthand from working in the chicken coop. I want you to think of this question another way. Do you have all of your investments in the same basket? Many of you will say, “I have no idea” others of you will say, “absolutely not” and others may say, “well, maybe?” The stock market has been very good to us for the past few years, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end at some point or, at least have a break. You may have felt that break in the stock market when your children or grandchildren were enjoying their Christmas break. Fortunately, that break in the stock market was short-lived it was a good reminder to us all that we must review our investment portfolios to make sure we are not taking on too much risk. Ideally, you should strive for an overall combination of investments that can help minimize the risk you take when trying to achieve a targeted rate of return. This often means balancing more conservative investments against others that are designed to provide a higher return, but also involve more risk. For example, let's say you want to get a 7.5% return on your money. Your Financial Professional tells you that in the past, stock market returns have averaged about 10% annually and bonds roughly 5%. One way to try to achieve your 7.5% return would be choosing a 50-50 mix of stocks and bonds. It might not work out that way, of course. This is only a hypothetical illustration, not a real portfolio, and there's no guarantee that either stocks or bonds will perform as they have in the past. But asset allocation gives you a place to start. Your asset allocation is--or should be--as unique as you are. Even if two people are the same age and have similar incomes, they may have very different needs and goals. You should make sure your asset allocation is tailored to your individual financial goals. So back to the question, do you have all your eggs in one basket? Or are all your eggs carefully separated into different baskets? Deciding how much you should have in each is one of your most important tasks as an investor. Make sure you invest some time with a Financial Professional soon.
Your asset allocation is--or should be--as unique as you are. Even if two people are the same age and have similar incomes, they may asset allocation is tailored to your individual financial goals. Happy Easter!
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CUMBERLAND SURGICAL ARTS Story by Liesel Schmidt Photography by Tony Centonze Recently hosing a party at Old Glory Distilling Co. to celebrate its new merger and “grand opening” with members of Clarksville's dental and medical community, Cumberland Surgical Arts (CSA) showed their excitement about the future of their company and toasted to its success in a big way. “We’re celebrating the merger of Dr. Lee and Dr. Lilly,” said CSA's Marketing and Professional Relations Manager, Christy Denote, as she took a quick break from welcoming guests. Having actually occurred on the first of the New Year, the merger brought together Dr. Lilly’s practice at Clarksville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which has been serving the community since 1979, and Dr. Lee’s office at CSA, Dr. Terry Ellis & Dr. George Lee which has been a presence in Clarksville for 13 years. Guests enjoyed the soothing sounds of a harpist, a variety of beverages, and catered treats from The Choppin' Block. Photographer Lisa Kemmer was also on hand to capture the evening's festivities.
Dr. Kevin Kennedy Jr. & Dr. Jason Lilly
Cumberland Surgical Arts will now be serving patients at two locations in Clarksville. 1275 Parkway Place on the north side of the city and 2285 Rudolphtown Road # 200. For more information about CSA, visit www.cumberlandsurgicalarts.com.
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Salsa Dance Social Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Belle Hollow's Lucy Armitstead was joined by some fun folks recently as the first in an ongoing series of dance socials took place. The theme for the night was An Evening of Salsa Dancing. “One of our New Year's resolutions as a company was to increase community engagement,” Armitstead said. “That's one of my passions. So, having lots of events on a consistent basis was something that we could launch, and those events will fall into four main categories, Walk, Dance, Read, and Work.” Several couples showed up for the first dance social. Salsa instructors guided participants through the requisite moves as sultry Latin music played. Latin- inspired food and beverages were served as well.
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“Tonight is about Salsa dancing, but we'll try different styles of dance as we go forward,” Armitstead said. “We would love to have a dance social once a month. Our book club is launching in March. On Tuesdays, we will have mall walkers in Miss Lucille's Marketplace. And we are opening Miss Lucille's Cafe from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and going for more of a coffee shop atmosphere.”
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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Sango Pharmacy celebrated another milestone recently, and once again, owner Catherine Meeks and her team demonstrated what makes it one of Clarksville's most unique businesses. This is our 6th anniversary,” Meeks said. “Our celebration was a great day, and we were excited to be celebrating with our customers. We served appetizers and beverages to our guests. We had a sidewalk sale, offered various specials, and held drawings inside the store.” Meeks continues to build the business in a way that puts her customers first. The store offers many products that are locally sourced. These are locally produced, and/or handmade items, many of which can't be found at other local retailers.
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“We now have a selection of unique gift items as well as a section filled with natural and organic food products,” Meeks said. “We have a Keto section and a lot of Whole30 compliant foods. We also offer a variety of health and wellness items. We always feature new specials, and are constantly expanding our offerings." “We seem to have new customers coming in every day. The growth of our business is tied directly to the growth of this area, which just keeps getting better and better.”
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With summer vacation travel just around the corner, Mobile Banking makes it easy to stay on top of your finances from just about anywhere. Here are some tips to keep your financial data safe on the go: 1. Make sure your phone is protected by the best security available. That means taking some time to educate yourself on how to recognize malicious attacks and enable personal security features. 2. Read the fine print. Does your bank or credit union mobile banking app allow you to delete all banking-related messages, pictures and other data saved on the phone? Can you disable the feature that automatically signs you in to your online bank account the minute your phone is turned on? Once connected to your account, will the app automatically disconnect after a certain period of inactivity? If the answer is “No” to any of these questions, find a new bank or credit union. 3. Stay up to date on the most current OS version available for your device, and the most current mobile app available from your financial institution. 4. Never respond to email or text messages from your bank or credit union that request personal information. Legitimate financial institutions will never initiate contact with you directly to ask that you verify account information over the phone or through email. When in doubt, call your financial institution and ask if the email or text is legitimate.
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Victoria has experience working with non-profits and in volunteering and is a military spouse herself, so she brings varied perspectives and experience to this position. Kelli Pendleton, President of AUSA Fort Campbell
A WOMAN ON A MISSION: VICTORIA MCADOO Story by Liesel Schmidt
Support of our military personnel and their families is critical in keeping them going strong throughout their careers as well as in their transition into civilian life from active duty. They spend so much of their lives sacrificing their own needs for their country—facing countless moves, endless deployments, and stressful times of waiting to hear news when the uncertainty of missions looms large. Those uniformed men and women are in the thick of it all, but their families are also serving in their own ways, having committed to this life in which service to their country is priority number one. But who makes THEIR needs number one? It’s organizations like the AUSA—Association of the United States Army—that dedicates itself to being “The Voice of the Army; Support of the Soldier,” offering them the tools they need to navigate the moves and weather the deployments, to make connections at their duty stations, to further their educational goals, and to offer resources that help them find careers in the civilian world. Heading up such an organization is a large task, and when Victoria McAdoo was recently named Executive Director of Fort Campbell AUSA, it was both her professional experience as well as her personal understanding of military life that made her the perfect fit for the mission and the position. “Victoria has experience working with non-profits and in volunteering and is a military spouse herself, so she brings varied perspectives and experience to this position,” says Kelli Pendleton, President of AUSA Fort Campbell. “My hopes are that she will elevate the chapter by increasing awareness about what
AUSA does for military families, increase memberships, get more folks involved in the organization, and help us achieve our goals for the year. We have a lot planned, including providing professional development for soldiers and military spouses, giving recognition of achievements, and offering scholarship opportunities. We will also continue to provide refreshments to all families waiting for their soldiers at every welcome home flight.” As Executive Director, McAdoo will be responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the organization, attend outreach events, organize volunteer efforts, and work to increase membership. “Victoria is a professional who will be a strong asset to our organization,” Pendleton goes on. “I’m grateful and humbled for the opportunity to work alongside members of this community who see the work the AUSA does as a necessary privilege,” adds McAdoo. Originally hailing from Mount Vernon, New York, McAdoo graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with a B.S in Education and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Omicron Pi Zeta Chapter. Now having been in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area since August of 2017 when her husband was assigned as the Sustainment Brigade Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Campbell, McAdoo has become a part of the community and a strong force in leading the support efforts so needed by the military men and women all around her. It’s a position important in its mission, and every sign points to McAdoo accomplishing great things in her execution.
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Tabernacle Christian School recently hosted its 13th Annual Gala inside the Hope Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church with a performance from special guest Buddy Greene.
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"This event is to let our community know that we are still carrying on our mission at Tabernacle Christian School," Servella Terry said. "This was a fundraiser for the school, and we had such a large turnout this year. I thank God for them reaching out and wanting to see what's happening on the hill." "Our principal and many of our students and faculty planned the evening event. I'm just taking a backseat right now.” Mrs. Terry praises the work of TCS Principal Patricia Miller.
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“This was a special night for us," Miller said. "It was our 13th anniversary gala for TCS. We celebrated the school, our donors, and our sponsors. Everyone is so gracious throughout the year. This was another opportunity for us to reach out and make our name known in the community and, let everyone know of the good work that goes on at Tabernacle Christian School. On September 7th, the school will celebrate 20 years that the doors have been open."
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Fields & Meadows Story by Liesel Schmidt
A beautiful campus with comfortable apartments set amidst a picturesque landscape, Fieldstone Place offers a wide range of amenities and services that include around the clock care, five-star dining, entertainment, socialization, and a Lifestyle 360 Program that encourages residents to stay active, social, and engaged in life. Rather than simply offering the standard, Fieldstone strives to exceed the standard and sets itself apart as a senior living community with a priority placed on offering its residents a place that feels like home. “When you first walk in the door, you feel at home rather than feeling like you’ve come to an assisted living facility,” says Fieldstone Place Executive Director Tony Whitehead. “We don’t put our residents in a box, and we don’t try to take away their sense of independence or purpose.” Each member of the staff is highly trained and provides compassionate care to residents, working closely with them to ensure that their needs are met at each stage, from short-term rehabilitation stays to independent living and fully-assisted care. Offering various styles of apartments and suites that provide privacy and a true sense of independence, Fieldstone greatly focuses on fostering a sense of community and building relationships with residents that enrich them. “Our Resident Assistants take time to learn each resident and their
families, and they become like family to one another in the closeness of their relationships,” Whitehead contends. “That’s important in creating a happy, healthy environment for our seniors, and it’s crucial in showing them that they truly do matter.” Sharing the same vision of compassionate care and creating a familylike, homey environment, sister community Walking Horse Meadows offers assisted living and memory care, specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “We’re a small community, so family and residents get the home-like atmosphere,” says Sales Counselor Susan Roby. Walking Horse Meadows prides itself on its excellence, offering a Bridge to Rediscovery innovative memory care program that has been honored with multiple “Best of the Best” awards from the Assisted Living Federation of America. Inspired by the Montessoristyle approach to education, Bridge to Rediscovery celebrates the spirit within each resident through personalized activities that encourage creativity and self-expression. “We work with each resident individually, striving for small successes each day that create a sense of accomplishment,” Roby says. Adding to the opportunities afforded to residents, Walking Horse Meadows offers activities and outings that keep them engaged in the outside world and young at heart.
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EMPTY BOWLS Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
In its 11th year, Empty Bowls drew more than 1,700 people to eight locations around the community, all supporting its mission to feed the hungry, disadvantaged and homeless in the area. “This year is going really well,” said Empty Bowls volunteer Brenda Harper as the crowd continued to arrive at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church location. “We had 450 tickets to sell, and we were close to selling out. community wide. We sold more than 1,700 tickets for this year's event.” Trinity Episcopal, New Providence UMC, and Grace Lutheran hosted events at lunch. Sango UMC, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Immaculate Conception, and First Presbyterian hosted from 4:30 – 7 p.m. South of the River was jointly hosted by Salem UMC, Lone Oak Baptist, Palmyra UMC, Mt. Zion UMC, and Marion UMC.
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In its first 10 years, Empty Bowls has raised more than $200,000 for the community. This year's event was expected to raise between $20,000 and $30,000. “The money is divided between Urban Ministries and Loaves & Fishes,” Harper said. “This year, a smaller portion is going to The Food Initiative as well. All the money goes to fund those agencies. Virtually all of the costs and overhead are donated, and the events are staffed by volunteers. So, the money we raise is put to good use in our community. All of the money stays in ClarksvilleMontgomery County.”
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The Tabernacle Church Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The Tabernacle Church on Garrettsburg Road in Clarksville recently celebrated another major milestone, a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 45,000 square foot facility. Mayor Joe Pitts was among several dignitaries who came out to mark the occasion. Joe Mendes, Executive Director of The Tabernacle Church, took a few moments to talk about the exciting new project. Chris & Susy Stovall
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“We started working on this project with an architect in the summer of 2018,” Mendes said. “Our intention was to break ground in the fall, but the timeline didn't work. But, now we're ready to break ground, and we're excited that so many of our friends and family celebrated with us.” Mendes stated that the Tabernacle Church currently offers three services every Sunday with a total of about 1,100 weekly attendees. The new building will have 1,200 seats in the main auditorium. The plan is to hold two services each Sunday. “Our current space is a 13,000 square foot building,” Mendes said. “It will be completely renovated to become the new auditorium for our students and kids. The new sanctuary will house all of our preschool, infant, and elementary school age kids’ activities and programs.” In addition to the greatly increased interior space, upon completion, the newly renovated property will include more than 450 parking spaces, a spacious foyer for gathering, and a Global Cafe that will benefit Going Global, the outreach arm of The Tabernacle Church. 36 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | April 2019
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Hundreds came out to the Wilma Rudolph Event Center recently for what has become one of Clarksville's most anticipated annual events-Fort Campbell Spouses Club's Very Important Charity Event. FCSC's 36th annual V.I.C.E. Night, themed Havana Nights, featured delicious Cuban food, fun and dance, as well as the silent auction of dozens of donated items, and a live auction of the evening's most sought-after items. All of the proceeds benefit FCSC's Charities, and its scholarship fund.
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Guests played their part with women wearing brightly-colored Caribbean-inspired outfits, and many of the men wearing linen trousers and Panama hats. It wasn't long after the dinner and auction that music took center stage. Conga lines formed, and the party really began. But it wasn't all fun and games. As many danced, a long line formed to claim their auction winnings. FCSC volunteers worked diligently to match scores of bidders with their bounty.
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More than 100 gift baskets were donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, which always propels V.I.C.E. Night to generate tens of thousands of dollars--money is put to good use in the Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Oak Grove, and Hopkinsville communities.
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The Arcadia Difference Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography by Lisa Klasen
There’s a certain stigma often attached to assisted living facilities, but when the concept of “caring” for these members of our community is given the approach of REALLY caring, that stigma is replaced with a new sense of hope that—even when fully-independent living is no longer possible—the future can still hold joy and fulfillment. It was with that vision that Louisville-based Arcadia Communities was initially established; and when Arcadia Senior Living opened its doors to Clarksville in mid-2018, it introduced a place where the word “living” is more than just part of the name. “Arcadia has created an environment where residents are encouraged to live active, fun, and fulfilling lives and enjoy the comfort, convenience, and care offered at our community,” says Community Relations Director Lisa Klasen. Featuring 63 Assisted Living Apartments and 16 Memory Care Apartments, the pet-friendly community provides a wide array 40 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | April 2019
of amenities including a fitness center, an outdoor walking path, an on-site chapel with services, a library, a baking kitchen, an art studio, a theatre, happy hour and Internet lounge, a rose garden terrace, a patio seating area with a fire pit, and a restaurant-style dining room as well as a private dining room for special occasions with friends and family. Residents may also enjoy the convenience of housekeeping and laundry services, transportation, 24-hour staffing, an emergency call system, and coordinated social and recreational programs as well as assistance with care needs under the direction of a licensed nurse. For residents needing additional support, Arcadia also features a secure Memory Care neighborhood. “With our daily activities, residents can stay as busy as and as active as they desire,” Klasen says. “We’re all extremely focused on helping them maintain a full life and pursue their interests, despite the fact that they
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are no longer living on their own, and our residents can feel that. They share how much they love the friendly staff here, and that’s incredibly important. We go above and beyond in as many ways as we can to see to even the little details such as seeking out resident feedback on the food as well as asking for their favorite recipes to add to our menus.” From the pursuits of daily life to times when medical care is needed, Arcadia is focused on being a place where age doesn’t ever get in the way of living, and a sense of community makes it feel like home. Arcadia Senior Living Clarksville is located at 175 Chesapeake Lane, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040. For more information, call 931-919-2668 or visit www.arcadiaclarksville.com.
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Planning for a Future of Financial Freedom Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers
Financial planning is a mystifying subject, so much so that many people completely put it to the back of their minds like a boxed confusion of odds and ends shoved to the back of a closet, hoping that if they don’t think about it, it needn’t be a real issue. In all reality, however, it’s an extremely important part of life—especially as you approach your later years and try to build your financial stability to the point of comfortable retirement. It’s never too early to start, but it takes proper guidance to do it correctly, and that’s where having the experience of a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional becomes such a priceless asset. Getting her start in the industry in 1988, Kathy Ellis, CFP® professional joined Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in 1999. She started Clarksville-based Ellis & Company to provide the community with every tool they would need for wealth management and to offer her own brand of expertise in a way that would make the entire subject more approachable and uncomplicated. “Our goal with the services we provide is to ease our clients stress and to allow them more time to enjoy life. We help accomplish this by getting to know our clients and building a personalized financial strategy. You are unique, so doesn’t it make sense for your financial plan to be built for you? We do this with estate planning, financial planning, investment strategies, and income planning to build a strategy specifically for the unique needs of the people we work with,” says Kathy, whose title as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional holds her to the highest of all standards for financial advisors.
“Financial planning is complicated. With our expertise and experience, we can take the financial planning off of our clients’ plates and simplify a complex topic. That’s important because if financial planning isn’t done correctly, a person could be paying more in taxes than they should or face unnecessary complications when the time comes to pass assets to the next generation.” Kathy goes on. “Managing risk in one’s investments is critical, and understanding the shift from saving money while you’re working to using the assets you’ve accumulated to provide income is crucial. In addition, determining the order of how assets are used can make all the difference between comfortable living or facing the risk of running out of money.” Proper planning is Kathy’s forte, as is evidenced by being awarded Raymond James Leaders Council¹ for six consecutive years—a fact which places her in the top 6 percent of financial advisors in the entire country within Raymond James.
“What makes us different as a company is that we invest time in getting to know our clients. We want a true understanding of our clients’ goals, because only then can we create a personalized strategy to fit their needs." - Kathy Ellis "We genuinely care about our clients and view ourselves as their family’s Chief Financial Officer, and we coordinate closely with their CPA and attorney to ensure that their financial plan is set up exactly as it should be.”
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As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Kathy has worked on some of the most complex financial planning scenarios; and her knowledge, experience, and expertise include financial planning, retirement strategies, estate planning, portfolio analysis, and charitable giving. She attended Austin Peay State University, College for Financial Planning, and the Investment Training Institute in Atlanta. As the president of Ellis & Company, she knows the importance of building a strong team, and hers is one that clearly shares her level of passion and commitment. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Financial Advisor Eric Ellis graduated from APSU with a concentration in Finance and gained invaluable experience with leading investment companies early
in his career. Registered Client Operations Specialist Michele Wieber graduated from Cornell University and has worked in financial services for over eight years, while Registered Principal Walter Keith holds 28 years of experience in the industry. Client Relationship Specialist Patti Smith works on the operations team, and new addition Jessika Appleton, administrative assistant, rounds out Ellis & Company. Ellis & Company has much to be proud of, to be sure; but it should also hold its head high for the many ways in which it serves the community. Showing support to the military, the firm donates $5,000 annually to the Big Fish Scholarship, which is awarded each year to the child of an active duty soldier from Ft. Campbell. In addition, Ellis & Company supports APSU, APSU athletics, and APSU’s College of Business as well as many other causes throughout the Clarksville community. Now that’s an example of investing in our community at its finest.
“Kathy is incredibly humble. She is not the type of person to jump into the spotlight, but I’m proud of her accomplishments. Our community may not know they have one of the most successful financial planners in the entire country right here in our backyard.” - Eric Ellis
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The Surrender of Clarksville
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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Visitors were encouraged to visit Fort Defiance recently for a living history event as local Civil War reenactors commemorated the 1862 surrender of Clarksville.
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“We held our annual surrender commemoration event,” Tracy Jepson said. “Fort Defiance, which was then called Fort Sevier, was surrendered to Union forces on February 19, 1862, after the fall of Fort Donelson.”
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The fall of nearby Fort Donelson, according to historians, was the beginning of the Union's devastating march through the south. When Union soldiers arrived, the fort and the city of Clarksville were surrendered without a shot. To mark the occasion, cannons were fired on an hourly basis and reenactors fired muskets as well, Inside the building, visitors viewed a display of antiquities from the period and enjoyed a traditional tea, complete with ladies dressed in 1860s attire. “Our 19th century tea was led by Phyllis Smith,” Jepson said. “Everything was authentic to the 19th century-- the cookie and bread recipes and the tea. Then, we served it in real china because we wanted to recreate the feel of what it was like to have afternoon tea in the 1860s. It was a big part of the culture at that time-- to go to a friend's house and have tea together.”
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Pamper Me Pajama Party Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Fort Campbell Spouses Club recently hosted its monthly luncheon at Cole Park Commons. Invited guests were asked to wear their “coziest PJs.” There was an interesting assortment of fuzzy slippers, plush robes, and towels carefully wrapped around (possibly) wet hair, fresh-out-of-the-shower style. And, as always, the event was about more than just fun. The highlighted charity for the month was Friends of Aunt Flo. Friends of Aunt Flo helps homeless women in ClarksvilleMontgomery County who have limited access to safe sanitary spaces. From their website; “As of March 20, 2017, there were 385 homeless students attending schools in the Clarksville- Dinah Campbell, Brigette Burr, Natalie Allen, Cassie Peterson, Colleen Murphy, Candace Woodbury & Barbara Lercara Montgomery County, Tennessee area.” The event was about collecting feminine hygiene products that will be distributed by the charity. Monetary donations were also accepted. To donate, go to www.paypal.me/FOAFofTN .
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Gary Sinise Book Signing Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Fort Campbell's Post Exchange was filled with enthusiastic fans of actor/author Gary Sinise, who recently visited to sign copies of his new book, “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.” Sinise may be most recognized for his critically acclaimed role as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. Lt. Dan survived the Vietnam War as a double amputee, and Sinise's portrayal inspired many. Sinise has been an advocate for service members and Veterans since the 1970s. After 9/11, Sinise founded the Gary Sinise Foundation, which supports community programming for Warfighters, retirees, Veterans, first responders and their families around the country. On the day of the signing,, hundreds formed a line that wound around the entire store. Many waited for hours for an opportunity to meet the author, and Sinise graciously greeted each fan with a smile. “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service” is available online and at bookstores everywhere.
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uso 10 miler, 5k & free fun run Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Fort Campbell's Division Parade Field was packed with about 1,000 runners for the 8th Annual USO Ten Miler, 5K, and Free Fun Run. “This year marked the 8th anniversary of this event,” USO's Kari Moore said. “We raised money for the mission of the USO locally, which covers Tennessee and Kentucky, including the USO Fort Campbell and USO Nashville. Everyone had a fun, albeit chilly morning.” This year, about 800 runners pre-registered for the event, which had in recent years been run off post. The move created a slightly easier course as well as greater access to parking, restrooms and other facilities. Funds raised will provide support for Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Troops. Moore eagerly shared her thoughts on the purpose of the event. “The USO strengthens America's military members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation,” Moore said. “That is our mission statement.”
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Story by Liesel Schmidt
In a competitive field like real estate, it can be a hard road to set yourself apart and stand out from everyone else whose impressively constructed profiles and websites float freely in the limitless space of the Internet, their smiles luminous and alluring as they wordlessly encourage us to trust them and hire them to guide us along in our journey. THEY will help us sell. THEY will find us the home of our dreams. They ALONE are the perfect match for whatever hopes and needs we have. It’s a hard sell, but to garner the success you need as an agent, it’s a deal that you have to close before you ever get the listing papers signed or the contract secured. And it takes believing in your work, growing your passion, and living as the person you present yourself to be to become a Realtor whose name is trusted. It also takes a unique type of personality—someone with problemsolving skills and patience. Someone with determination. Someone with the ability to really hear and listen to their clients and deliver exactly what they need. You have to have your finger on the pulse of the market and your ear to the ground. And for Q Realty’s resident Affiliate Broker/New Construction Business Development Coordinator Michael Langley, that’s exactly what he brings to the table.
“One of the things that makes me most effective and really has made me successful in this field is listening. I listen, listen, listen to what my clients want and do extensive research to find homes that meet their needs.” -Mike Langley served 12 years with the Marine Corps before getting into real estate. “I have a five home average, which means that my clients usually choose a home after I’ve only shown them five because I’ve done my job and listened. In many cases, I only have to show them one before they fall in love and make an offer.”
It’s an impressive track record, especially when the mere idea of looking for homes often leaves us envisioning endless treks through houses all over town in search of some elusive, unicorn-like property that fits our every hope and dream. But Langley’s approach clearly works in proving that the dreams can be fulfilled, and that’s one of the things that keeps him most passionate. “I love working with someone that never thought home ownership was possible and being there on closing day, handing them the keys to their new home,” Langley says. “I got into this industry because I love making complex situations simple and working with clients to achieve home ownership.” Langley isn’t just the man who helps find his clients homes, however. His skills are far more inclusive of other aspects of real estate than one might imagine, selling as well as buying and even offering something you don’t find on every Realtor’s resume: expertise in construction. The owner of a home renovation company, he specializes in home renovations and small home repairs, two things that are often needed to achieve full market value on homes that his clients are listing. “I work with not only large real estate investors, but also first-time investors as well as first-time and seasoned home buyers; and I want to offer all-inclusive service for my clients,” Langley continues. “If they need a new roof or a window installed before we go on the market, my renovation company can take care of it, and my clients don’t have to worry that it will be done correctly. I truly want them to be completely taken care of through the entire process.” In addition to his work as a “Q-ster,” as team members at Q Realty are called, and his duties at his home renovation company, Langley also teaches real estate investment classes once a month, imparting his knowledge to help others achieve success. Granted, all work and no play makes for a dull life; but as someone who approaches everything with the same determination, Langley’s “play” time makes his life anything but dull. A fitness junkie who loves working out with his wife, Amanda, and spending time with his sons Mason and Brady, Langley was ranked first in the entire state of Hawaii for open-ocean canoe racing in 2012 and won a Southern Powerlifting Federation sanctioned competition in Spring Hill, Tennessee, last year—both clear representations of his dedication to a goal. One goal left to cross off his list? Finishing his hours to qualify for his private pilot’s license. And if history is anything to go by, this is one man who gets the job done.
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REALTORS AFTER HOURS Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Local members of Clarksville Association of Realtors (CAR) gathered at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery recently for Realtors After Hours, a relaxed afternoon of networking, that brought together many of Clarksville's top realty professionals. Eric Boyd was recently elected CAR President. He spoke about the spirit of the event.
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“This is an early St. Patrick's Day party,” Boyd said. “We wanted to get together for camaraderie among our local realtors. This is a great way to bring people from a lot of different companies and associations together, to have a good time, mingle and network.” “CAR holds Realtors After Hours events about once a quarter, and there are almost 1,000 realtors currently active in CAR,” said Boyd.
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Fundraising Dinner & Auction Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Montgomery County Veterans Coalition recently held its 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction at APSU's Morgan University Center Ballroom. MCVC's mission is to “bring together the community to share information, knowledge, support and resources and to become a unified voice in advocating for veterans and their families in our community.” Sherry Pickering is MCVC's Executive Director. “I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from our community for the Coalition and their ongoing support for our veterans,” Pickering said. “And I want to give special thanks to this evening's sponsors. AAFMAA Military Life Insurance was our Silver Sponsor. VIP Magazine, Total Obstacle Fitness, and Sykes Funeral Home were our Bronze Sponsors. Their support is greatly appreciated.” Joe Shakeenab & Stacy Pennington
Hundreds came out for this year's event, which featured an auction Sherry Pickering & Ashley Mynatt at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Brigadier General Scott E. Brower (Ret.) was the featured speaker for the evening.
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As a bank established in a century without the ease and convenience of technology, F&M Bank could easily be out of touch with the needs of the modern customer, but they’ve successfully made the ever-changing needs of their clients their focus, integrating newly innovative platforms and technologies to grow their list of services, expand their reach, and increase their size as a company. Reflective of that fact, F&M Bank has grown from being one of the smallest banks in the state to ranking among Tennessee’s largest state chartered banks. Now spanning across ten counties to operate more than 18 full-service facilities and three mortgage loan offices, the bank offers a variety of consumer and commercial checking and savings products, loan services, credit cards, merchant services, and the guidance of a full-services mortgage division. Additionally, F&M Bank offers investment services through the prestigious financial institution of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. “We realize that meeting the needs of clients means adapting to the ways people bank, so we make it a priority to listen to our customer base as we determine the best ways to provide them with access to our services,” says William S. “Sammy” Stuard, Jr., President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board at F&M. Even in the midst of technological advancement, however, they still maintain their foundational focus.“We remain steadfast to the traditional financial principles that are responsible for our success, providing a rewarding work environment and personal attention to each customer. We continue to enhance our market position as a premier community bank where decisions are made locally, and customers' dollars are reinvested back into the communities we serve,” Stuard goes on. Boasting more than 40 years of experience in the community banking industry, Stuard has a longstanding participation in professional, civic, and community organizations
throughout Clarksville, having served two terms on the FHLB of Cincinnati Board of Directors., as well as holding the position of chairman of the Business Operations committee and a membership with the Community Housing & Development committee. Impressive as his accomplishments might be, Stuard is just one example of the civic-minded people who make up the F&M team, which has long prided itself on being a company dedicated to the success of the communities they serve. As Stuard will gladly point out, bank officers and employees frequently volunteer on various boards and committees, and F&M Bank has a proven record of providing financial support to a great many causes, groups, and organizations in each of its communities to provide a better financial future for the people who make up those communities—and that’s an investment worth banking. F&M Bank is located at 50 Franklin Street, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040. For more information, call (931) 2454192 or visit www.myfmbank.com.
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THE CHALLENGE OF AGING Story by Liesel Schmidt
EXPERIENCE Mental health is a common issue that affects many people, regardless a comprehensive program of care, effectively MAKES of age, race, gender, or social background; but we often forget creating a holistic plan that treats the entire that those issues make the challenges of aging even more difficult. the scope of each patient’s particular needs. The fact remains that declining physical health is a natural part of getting older—and when coupled with mental disorders, DIFFERENCE. those health “With an aging population, geriatric conditions are of even greater concern. Treating senior patients takes behavioral health is a service that is vital a special expertise, both in understanding their particular physical needs as well as their psychological and emotional needs; so Jennie Stuart Health offers a dedicated Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit where the minimum age requirement of patients is 65.
Having opened at the end of 2018, the GBHU is a twelve-bed, stateof-the-art inpatient psychiatric unit offering an acute-stay program with an average length of stay ranging anywhere from seven to 14 days, depending on the particular individual and their needs. Supported by the services of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and other team members led by Dr. Michael McGhee and Dr. Deepak Patel, the unit devotes itself to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in senior adults including dementia, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and latelife schizophrenia. Co-existing medical illnesses, medications, family issues, social concerns, and environmental issues are integrated into
to our community, and we’re very proud to provide a higher level of care through this service offering,” says Director of Psychiatric Services GBHU Lisa Grise, RN. “The needs of the senior adult are unique—not only physically but also emotionally. When one person in the family suffers from an emotional illness, everyone in the family can be affected. We understand that the admission to a psychiatric center can be challenging and encourage family members to express their feelings and learn ways to cope; and to further the success of treatment, our family sessions help establish healthy communication channels and discharge plans. In working together, we can help restore order and healthy living to the patient's life.” From mind to body, Jennie Stuart Health’s team is committed to providing hope in the midst of the challenges of aging and mental health.
MORE THAN A CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO BETTER PATIENT TOMORROWS. With more than 100 active, senior and affiliate physicians offering over 30 medical specialties, including family health clinics, an Ambulatory Surgery Center and a convenient care clinic, Jennie Stuart Health offers the most comprehensive health care services in the region.
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United We Dine Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The 6th annual United We Dine took place recently, surely Clarksville's most user-friendly fundraiser, supporters simply had to dine at one of their favorite restaurants, and a percentage of their purchase would be donated to United Way. “United We Dine is a local event that we do every year,” United Way's Sarah Wood said. “This is our 6th year. We partner with local restaurants and they donate 10% or more of their proceeds from that day to United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.”
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Local restaurants from Lasater's Coffee & Tea to Mugsy's Coffee Co., Golly G's to Coldstone Creamery, Edward's to Nicoletta's at The Club, and many others participated this year. “It's just fun to support local businesses, and also support the community through United Way,” Wood said. “We have 22 participating restaurants this year. We are so excited. This event has really grown over the years.” For more information about upcoming events and how you can get involved with United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, go to www.liveunitedclarksville.org. David Wilhelm & Susan Dickinson Kari Honbarger & Dena Sinclair
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Hundreds gathered recently at the Silo Event Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky for the annual Compass Awards hosted by the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. “We are having our annual Compass awards, originally called the Small Business Awards," said Christian County Chamber's Kristie Darnall. “We re-branded the event, but our goal is the same--to embrace the small businesses that are directing our community.” Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards presentation. “We expected 250 people at the Chamber Awards event for dinner, which was presented by Fire & Ice Catering,” Darnall said. “We presented about 15 awards in a wide range of categories from Agriculture to Horizon (a business that has been open for less than 3 years) to Century, which recognizes Cheryl Ward & Robin Tabor businesses that have been operating for more than 100 years.
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“We have categories for health and wellness and many others. The awards have changed over the years as the community has grown and changed. We're really excited to have these great businesses in our community. There is a really impressive list of winners this year, and we are so happy to have all of them here in Christian County.”
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Clarksville Police Department Officer Roger Carroll and CPD Chaplain Modesto Martinez spent some time recently hosting Fran & Carter Jenkins Coffee With a Cop at The River Club Golf and Learning Center. “Coffee With a Cop is an opportunity for us to get out and meet face to face with the citizens of Clarksville, talk a bit, answer questions for them, and tell them about upcoming events,” Officer Carroll said. Officers Carroll and Martinez, spent a lot of time talking with the kids who came out to meet them. “This is the first time we have had kids attend one of these events,” Carroll said. “It's a really great opportunity for us. We get to sit down with them and find out what's on their mind. and talk.” Officer Carroll says, “CPD tries to do this at least once every other month. As the weather gets warmer, events may be held on a monthly basis.”
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“Shop With a Cop is an important event for us each year,” Carroll said “We also do Cut With a Cop” when we go to some of the local barber shops and spend an hour or so talking with the customers. Those shops are pretty busy, and people really like to talk when they are sitting in the barber's chair, so they're a really CPD Chaplain Modesto Martinez, captive audience.” Ian & Michael Woldridge
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EMILY Story by Liesel Schmidt Photography by Bri Photography + Mackenzie Camille Photography
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America, with countless men and women forging out on their own to begin a new venture that utilizes their passion and talent. It’s a hard road, to be sure, but an inspiring one when it proves successful. And that success often depends on having the right start, the financial means to water the seed of a dream that has been planted—which is where business lenders like Emily Medvecky have their own opportunity to play a key role in opening those doors and giving entrepreneurs the chance to thrive.
A lifelong citizen of Clarksville, Medvecky’s family has had a long history in Montgomery County that spans five generations, instilling in her a deep love for the community and giving her a connection that fuels her passion to see it prosper. Having entered the banking world in 2003 after graduating APSU, Medvecky went on to become a Business Loan Credit Analyst before becoming a Business Lender for Altra Federal Credit Union in 2014. “I love our community and appreciate the growth it has experienced over the past few years,” says the 38 year-old wife and mother of two, who also volunteers at the Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome. “I don’t have the grit to be an entrepreneur myself, so my own way of playing a small role in helping turn these awesome business ideas from dream to reality is what makes me passionate about my work. I’m also gifted with opportunities to share in many community activities that really showcase the fact that we have amazingly talented people living right here in Clarksville. These are exciting times for our community!” Meeting many of them through her position at Altra, she also has the opportunity to connect with the business community through her membership at Clarksville Young Professionals. “CYP really allows people of varying backgrounds to come together and share the common thread of learning how to grow as individuals and as rising leaders. Each month provides a new opportunity for individuals to showcase their expertise to a room full of smart, energized, and ambitious people,” Medvecky says. “It’s a wonderful way to connect with others and gain some personal insights from local experts. I’ve personally gained a wealth of information about our community, how to grow professionally, and how to connect with others through my time with CYP.” Turning dreams into reality isn’t always possible; but Medvecky is a woman determined to make it happen. www.vipclarksville.com • 69
AT T H E F O O D I N I T IAT IVE FAR M Story + Photography by Shona Leah What’s cuter than kids on the farm? You know, the furry kind that bleat! Michael and Regina Hampton with The Food Initiative invited the community to meet their baby Myotonic (Tennesse Fainting) goats. At the gate, blue foot-covers were passed out to protect the animals, including pigs and chickens, from harmful offsite bacteria. Visitors of all ages, mingled in the barnyard like Benjamin Garland, with mother, Melinda, who waited patiently for his chance to pet the goats and predicted “...they will be soft, but it’s so windy!” Others were familiar with the farm scene, like Maddox Jackson, who has 3 goats at home and Patricia Wilkinson, from Loaves and Fishes. Jan Claud looked at home holding baby goat, Rosie, who is bottle fed 3 times a day. Owner Regina Hampton said that the goat’s mother was spooked while giving birth to twins, Rosie and Maggie, and she didn’t bond with her firstborn. “We named the twins after flowers,” said Regina.
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Easter Bunny Arrival
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Excitement was in the air at Governor's Square Mall's center court recently as hundreds came out for the arrival of the Easter Bunny. GSM's Andra Ruffier talked about his arrival and what he will be up to over the next six weeks. “It was a big day for us,” Ruffier said. The Easter Bunny arrived, and he will be at Governor's Square Mall posing for photographs with his fans, seven days a week until April 20th. We also have an Easter Bunny Breakfast event happening on April 13th. Tickets are only $5, and they are available at The Deli.” To make the Easter Bunny's arrival even more of a treat, Great American Cookie and Clarksville Dental Center sponsored a free Ice Cream Social. There was also facepainting, and a giant picture frame made of balloons created by Balloonville.
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“We expected 500 – 600 kids at the Easter bunny event,” said Ruffier. “Over the course of the next six weeks, we expect about 6,000 kids to visit with the Easter Bunny.”
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BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Bowl for Kids Sake is a Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising tradition in Clarksville. This year's effort began with the annual Bankers Challenge at Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center, and for BBBS, 2019 is definitely off to a promising start. “Bowl for Kids Sake has two events,” explained BBBS Executive. Director Chris Buerck.. “Our Bankers Challenge was comprised of teams from Clarksville's financial sector. Then we had the Community Bowl, where businesses from all across Clarksville assemble teams of employees or friends and get together to have some fun and help us raise money.” The Bankers Challenge has been on hiatus for the last couple of years. Alesia Castagna & Kendra Coveney
“We brought this part of the event back in 2019,” Buerck Jennifer Semrau & Jennifer Hines said. “We had seven banks participating, and we were so excited about their zeal on signing back up for the event. Everyone was really excited that we brought it back, and the Bankers Challenge alone this year raised more than our entire event last year.” Buerck reported that more than $19,000 was raised at the event through a mix of corporate sponsorship, employee giving, and customer donations. This year, F & M Bank had the top branch, with the Sango team raising about $3,000, and the highest total, with slightly more than $11,130 raised company-wide.
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