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I’d like to welcome you to our annual Academics, Finance, and Senior Living issue. Different as they might seem at first glance, the three are inextricably linked in ways that each impacts the other: better education often leads to greater financial security, greater financial security generally enriches life in your golden years. Read on to learn more about some of the wonderful services available from the financial organizations and experts serving the Clarksville area as well as the academic programs and educational institutions that are brightening the minds of the students in our community. Recently, fifty-eight educators in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools System were celebrated as Teachers of the Year with a red carpet event presented by James Corlew Chevrolet. These men and women go above and beyond what it means to “teach” and make a personal investment in each of their students. We love the commitment they’ve made to educate our youth and guide their futures—these are the leaders of tomorrow, and the impact these teachers make daily in their lives is priceless. I’m always amazed to see the ways the people of Clarksville support one another in the face of adversity and struggle, and after the recent tornado that damaged so many homes in the area, we saw that spirit of community rise again. Immediately following the storms, volunteers began offering their help, their time, and their donations to those who were displaced from their homes and suffered devastating damage. This eagerness to help demonstrates what community is all about and exemplifies the giving spirit of Clarksville. As you flip through this issue to read about our community events, I hope you’ll be encouraged to take part in some of the excitement yourself. As things warm up, so does the event calendar, so Like and Follow us at to get the latest on what’s new and fun to do every week. Hope to see you around town and in the pages of the next VIP!

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what’s inside... events 10 12 16 18 20 24 26 28 34 36 40 48 50 52 56 58 60 62 66 72 77 81

Champagne & Chocolates Planters Bank Season of Giving Be My SweetART Lehman Advanced Dermatology Taste & Tour Masquerade Ball Love Local Dinner Autism ETC Groundbreaking Chocolate Affair 2018 Clarksville Carnivale Blue Jean Ball CMCSS Red Carpet Awards Grace & Mercy 3rd Annual Banquet & Graduation Celebration Home & Garden Show Starry Night Clarksville Mural Unveilling 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off Schmitt Dental Open House Urban Ministries Winter Gala B.L.A.C.K. Beachaven Private Wine Tasting Senator Mark Green Business Luncheon 3rd Annual OSDTN Heroes Breakfast Keller Williams Awards Banquet


features Salute to Service 42 Man of Valor: Chris FIelds 44 FCSC February Luncheon 46 Business After Hours: Hosted by Ft. Campbell MWR VIP Kids & Family 68 The City Forum 70 United Way Halftime Shootout at APSU 13 22 30 32 38 54 64 74

Local Happenings Academic Profile: APSU Real Estate Marketplace Financial Profile: Foretera Credit Union Health On The Run: Tennova Financial Profile: F&M Bank Give | Care | Share : Relay for Life Senior Living Feature: Clarksville 50+ Activity Center

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Champagne & Chocolates Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

For the ninth consecutive year, the Customs House Museum, located in beautiful downtown Clarksville, held their annual Champagne and Chocolate fundraiser. The event, which has become a crowd favorite, is organized by the Customs House Guild, a team of volunteers whose main focus is to help raise funds for the continued success of the Customs House Museum. The Museum, which is located on 2nd Street, across from the County Courthouse, is one of Clarksville’s most notable landmarks. With its rich history, the museum is one of the favorite attractions for many Clarksville residents. For more information on the Customs House Museum and details on how you may purchase tickets for next year’s Champagne and Chocolate, visit

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Planters Bank Season of Giving Photography Courtesy of Planters Bank

This year Planters Bank was able to present twelve local nonprofit organizations with donations from the Planters Bank Season of Giving. Donations were based on the interactions on Planters Bank Facebook and Twitter, through purchases of soups in each branch (100% of the proceeds were given to each non-profit group), and with every checking account opened mentioning Season of Giving. “The generosity of our communities really shows during Season of Giving. Year after year, so many people support these organizations that support all of us through the work they do in our communities. I am just glad that Planters Bank is able to play a small part, and can bring awareness to these valuable groups,” says Planters Bank President Elizabeth McCoy. Season of Giving began as a fun way to bring attention to organizations Planters Bank supports, and has grown into a program the bank and its employees look forward to each year. For more information on Season of Giving and for a complete list of organizations and donation amounts, visit

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Be My SweetART Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Hopkinsville Art Guild/Gallery recently hosted its annual Be My SweetART, a fundraiser that benefits the Guild/Gallery’s programs while satisfying local art lovers’ cravings with a cornucopia of delicious confections. “This is our 4th annual Be MY SweetART here at the Hopkinsville Art Guild,” DeeAnna Sova said. “The Guild/Gallery provides artists with a great place to display their work, but it also features art programs for adults and children, and hosts events for leadership groups and military spouses.” “Four years ago, we knew if we could get people inside the building they would enjoy it,” Sova said. “Each year we offer 150 tickets, and they always sell out quickly.”

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Almost all of the sweets were donated by local restaurants. Some were created by Guild/Gallery members, who are not only great artists but great bakers as well. “While guests are picking up their box of treats they may enjoy appetizers and refreshments,” Sova said. “They also have an opportunity to see all of the artwork on display. We have wooden bowls, jewelry, paintings and photography, and it’s all for sale.”

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Lehman Advanced Dermatology opened its doors for their guests to have an amazing night while learning about the unique services they have to offer. The evening was complete with an assortment of wines which were paired beautifully with a hand-selected menu from The Looking Glass restaurant. It also gave all of the guests the perfect opportunity to tour the facility and ask questions about their full line of products and procedures. Guests also left the event with a goodie bag, and their names were entered into drawings for free services and products. There is limited seating. Make plans to attend the next Lehman Dermatology event.

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The Clarksville 50+ Activity Center held its first Masquerade Ball for all of its residents this year. Guests arrived by the dozens dressed to impress for a night of dinner and dancing that was planned by the wonderful staff of the 50+ Activity Center. It was a celebration of Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras, which made for quite an interesting night. There are events like this year round. Coupled with all of the other activities the Activity Center offers, it is a place worth checking out. To find out more about the Clarksville 50+ Activity Center, visit

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SAVE THE DATE Need to get a clearer picture of hat you might expect to spend? APSU offers a cost estimator to help you gain some perspective and plan ahead. As you outline your college goals and map out your upcoming college career, here are some important dates to keep in mind as spring and summer approach: APRIL 2018 Summer Application available online. Financial aid differs from other semesters in the way that it is utilized and granted. For more information, review the APSU website at JULY 1, 2018 Priority deadline: deadline for the Fall 2018 Semester submission of 2018-2019 FAFSA filing, verification documentation submission, and acceptance of aid (if awarded). Failure to complete these steps by the priority deadline may delay receipt of financial aid, which might result in the inability to utilize financial aid in the payment of tuition, fees, and other expenses for Fall 2018. JULY 6, 2018 Summer Consortium Lottery deadline: Students who are completing consortium agreements with other institutions and plan to receive Lottery funds must have their completed Summer Application submitted.


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Love Local Dinner Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

Guests gathered for a local Valentine’s celebration at the Southern Springs Event Center in Cadiz, Kentucky. Dinner was provided by Hancock’s Neighborhood Market. The flower arrangements were created by the Prickly Peach Florist, and live music by the always entertaining Caycee Burkes Band added to the occasion. A vintage Volkswagen photo booth was a hit with the guests. It was a great night to support local businesses and get some ideas on what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Southern Springs Event Center is located in Cadiz, Kentucky. With its beautiful scenery and wonderful atmosphere, it’s the perfect location for all of your wedding and event needs. For more information on this venue or the local businesses represented at this event, visit

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Autism ETC Groundbreaking Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

Members of the community, along with current clients and staff were invited to attend groundbreaking festivities celebrating the new, state-of-the-art facility that will be located at 941 Professional Park Drive in Clarksville. The new 8,000+ sq. ft. facility will feature numerous therapy rooms, two classrooms, a functional living skills area, and gymnasium, all in an aesthetically pleasing and sensory-friendly environment. Autism ETC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing services and support to children and families affected by autism. The organization provides evaluation, therapy and education, summer camp and community workshops. For more information, visit

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Chocolate Affair 2018 Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

The Chocolate Affair was back for another great year of fun and delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. Hosted by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation, The Chocolate Affair offers guests an opportunity to sample desserts from all of the local restaurants including the small restaurants. The tasting included cupcakes and chocolate fountains and everything in between so that guests could sample a variety of treats. This is a yearly event. Due to its success, it has now become an all-day two-part event, which is now held in the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. To find out the date of next year’s event and how you may purchase tickets, please visit

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Story Courtesy of Fortera Credit Union For decades, financial institutions have focused on placing their branches in locations that balanced the institutions’ needs and convenience for their customers. Over the last several Jennifer Ventimiglia decade, we’ve seen financial institutions Executive VP & COO focus on the Fortera Credit Union customer experience in their branches; re-designing the interiors and making their customers feel more welcome. While customers have enjoyed all the extra special touches their branches provide, even the best branch design won’t meet all the needs for busy consumers. Many financial institutions have lagged behind in technology meant to make a user’s experience more convenient and are now playing “catch-up” in the digital age. Innovation, for the most part, has come from larger financial institutions and it has been slow. Community financial institutions have been even slower to adapt to these changes because of the uncertainty of where to start. There are a few notable exceptions of banks which realized this trend and identified it for what it is: consumers are demanding convenience through every channel they use, and they are raising the bar for financial institutions who want to be competitive in the future. If you ask Jennifer Ventimiglia, Executive Vice President and COO at Fortera Credit Union, about her digital preferences as a consumer, she will tell you that they evolve as the technology evolves. “Fifteen years ago, it used to be the convenience of bill-pay, then it was the convenience of mobile check deposit, then it was the ability to pay a friend for lunch by sending them a text.” Jennifer said. “Now, it’s credit score updates, budgeting tools, it’s viewing every account I have - no matter where I bank – with one single log-in. Tomorrow, we might be texting a question to your institution’s

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artificial intelligence queue or asking Alexa to ‘transfer funds’ instead of waiting on hold.” Jennifer has been a leader in the Credit Union space for over a decade and has used her diverse background to understand and deliver products and services that meet the ever-evolving expectations of Fortera’s members. Fortera is a member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative. The 55,000 members in their five-county market are the owners of the institution. “Our team sees themselves as stewards of our member’s investment in us,” Jennifer stated. “We are responsible for them in that we have to show how their faith and commitment to our team is reflected in the decisions we make on the members’ behalf.” 2017 was a pivotal year for the 63-year old institution. Not only did Fortera have one of its healthiest financial years, it also invested in the digital experience for its members. “Providing a world-class online banking and mobile banking platform is just the start for us”, Jennifer said. “We look forward to expanding our digital offerings, providing members with a choice as to how they want to interact with us.” Understanding the need for change and actually driving that change are two very different tasks. At Fortera, the executive mandate has been to drive the institution into the future. “We have been charged by our volunteer Board of Directors to move the institution forward in to the digital age”, said Tom Kane, Fortera’s President and CEO. “Jennifer has assembled a team of forward-thinking innovators who listen to our members, understand their needs, and focus on how to deliver.” Both Tom and Jennifer believe that the institution is positioned to evolve even further in 2018. “Our industry is changing every day, not just from the institution side, but the needs of our members and our employees.” said Jennifer. “We are making every effort to anticipate our members’ needs and design an organization that fulfills each of them. Otherwise, we lose our competitive edge”.

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Clarksville Carnivale Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Immaculate Conception School, located on Madison Street in Clarksville, held their annual Carnivale night for another spectacular night of fun, all for a good cause. This year’s theme— Casino Night—was a hit with all of the guests in attendance. There were poker and blackjack tables as well as roulette and many other fun games for all to enjoy. The Carnivale event is one of the school’s largest fundraisers of the year. The funds raised assist with the continued success of one of Clarksville’s only private schools. For more information about next year’s Carnivale or for information about Immaculate Conception School, visit

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Blue Jean Ball Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

More than 200 people came out to support ClarksvilleMontgomery County Crime Stoppers at its recently held 3rd Annual Blue Jean Ball. Guests enjoyed a catered meal, live music from Nashville’s Pink Cadillac Band, dancing, door prizes and more. Deeana McLaughlin serves on the organization’s board and as event chair for this year’s Blue Jean Ball.

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“Crime Stoppers aids local law enforcement in solving crimes by providing citizens a way to make anonymous tips,” McLaughlin said. “Tipsters are eligible for rewards in different amounts depending on the type of case that it is, and nobody ever knows who provides the information.” McLaughlin says that the tips they receive have helped solve a lot of crimes in Clarksville and Montgomery County. “There is always someone out there who has information,” McLaughlin said. “But, they don’t always feel safe when calling Mayjor Jim Durrett & Mary Durrett the police. This program started in New Mexico about 40 years ago, and it has a proven record of protecting anonymity. This is our 3rd year operating in Clarksville-Montgomery County, and we were very pleased with the turnout at this year’s Blue Jean Ball.”

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Phase in change gradually. Sudden variations in your

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VIP EVENT | CMCSS Red Carpet Awards Feature Sponsored by James Corlew Chevrolet Fifty-eight educators in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System were honored and celebrated recently at a newly designed event sponsored by James Corlew Chevrolet of Clarksville. The CMCSS Red Carpet Awards honored these teachers for the commitment they have made to ensure the success of CMCSS students each year. Following the awards, Megan Koewler, Whitney Joyner and Cresta McGowan, who have also been named District Teachers of the Year and will go on to represent the school system at the next level of competition, were surprised with a chance to win one of two apple shaped diamond necklaces provided by Elliott Herzlich or a Chevy Spark courtesy of James Corlew Chevrolet of Clarksville. Megan Koewler was the grand prize winner and is the proud new owner of the Chevy Spark. “Our educators and all of the Clarksville Montgomery School System employees are the backbone and givers of our community. The James Corlew Chevrolet Team is honored to give back by sponsoring this special event.” said James Corlew, executive manager of James Corlew Chevrolet. Congratulations to each of these educators! For a complete list of the CMCSS Teachers of the Year or for more information about CMCSS, visit To learn more about the Chevy Spark or any of the other vehicles available at James Corlew Chevrolet of Clarksville, visit

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hen Command Sergeant Major Chris Fields enlisted in the Army as a newly graduated young man whose high school career was still fresh in his mind back in 1981, the word “Hero” wasn’t one he might have associated with himself. But after completing his training in Fort Benning, Georgia, Fields went on to serve at various installations across the country, taking on challenge after challenge that proved him worthy of the title. Fields’ mettle earned him notice as he rose through the ranks, never wavering in his commitment to his country and his fellow Americans. And as the world grew more and more unsure of its safety during the height of its terrorist activity, Fields selflessly completed three combat tours—two in Iraq, one to Afghanistan—as well as several additional support tours as the world seemed to grow dark in the looming shadow of uncertainty. Having initially joined the Army to “be self-reliant and see the world,” the former Ventura, California, native might never imagined the path that signing his name on that dotted line might have taken him. He has certainly seen the world—but in ways that few could ever envision. And now as a wounded warrior, the decision he made as a young man literally impacted his life in ways that far could ever comprehend—seeing things that most see only plat across movie screens and surviving things that many others have not. “I was blown up 14 times by IED’s, HME’s, and—the last time—by an RPG that penetrated the MATV that I was riding in,” Fields says. Naturally, the battle wounds have earned him honors and medals too numerous to name, including the Legion of Merit and five Bronze Stars, two for Valor. After giving 30 years to his country, Fields has retired from one form of service to give his time to another, actively working with Operation Restored Warrior as a “Drop Zone Coordinator” and Senior Facilitator. “Our mission at ORW is to rescue, rebuild, and restore what was wounded, lost, and stolen from a warrior’s life while serving our nation’s interest around the world,” Fields explains. “We’re dedicated to imparting tangible, irreversible change in the hearts and lives of the military warrior in every role he finds himself—the roles of leader, follower, husband, father, son,

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and friend. ORW’s life restoring program heals these men through the power of Jesus so that they may live a life which flows from a deeply restored heart that is awakened and ready to retake surrendered ground.” It’s a beautiful mission, and as Fields makes his guest-speaking appearance at the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition fund raiser dinner on March 24th, he will serve as a true soldier of the fight that so many of his fellow servicemen and women live every day—telling not only his own story, but theirs, as well. “The word hero gets used a lot, but Chris truly is a hero and just a genuinely kind man,” says Executive Director of MCVC Sherry Pickering. “The work that he does with ORW addresses a veteran’s soul injury, which is often the part of a veteran’s trauma that is left unaddressed because it involves areas of religion and spiritually that many are uncomfortable working in. Chris has the ability to speak directly to a veteran’s heart and never fails to offer his time and his heart.”

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Fort Campbell Spouses Club February Luncheon “Spoil Me Rotten” Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Fort Campbell Spouses Club hosted its monthly luncheon at Cole Park Commons. This month’s theme was Spoil Me Rotten. “This is about doing a little something just for yourself,” FSCS Program Director LeeAnn Patterson said. “We all do so many things to help others, and we need to take a moment to just stop and learn something new or do something for ourselves.” Approximately 65 FCSC members enjoyed lunch, and some great advice from Stella & Kelly Photography, who taught the ladies about standing and posing for photographs. Stella & Kelly Photography then provided free head shots to all in attendance. The owners of Redbird Salon then demonstrated ways to achieve that 1940s look, which will come in handy for the group’s upcoming Vice Night on March 17 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

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Business After Hours Hosted by Fort Campbell MWR at Smokhaus at the Sportsman’s Lodge Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

Fort Campbell MWR and the 101st Airborne Division were the hosts of this month’s Business After Hours. The event, which is a monthly event planned by the Chamber of Commerce, was held at the Smokehaus Restaurant and venue just past Gate 10 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Refreshments were served to the guests, who had the perfect opportunity to mingle with other business owners and professionals. This has become one of the favorite ongoing events by its many guests, so be sure to find out where the next one will be held. For more information, visit

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Grace & Mercy 3rd Annual Banquet & Graduation Celebration Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Grace and Mercy recently held its 3rd Annual Banquet and Graduation Celebration at Hopkinsville’s James E. Bruce Convention Center. Laurel Ann McLagan began as a volunteer with the organization when she first arrived in the area. Now she is the manager of the new Grace and Mercy Furniture & More store. “Grace and Mercy is a faith-based residential transitional home for women who are coming out of incarceration or other difficult situations,” McLagan said. “We are proud to be helping women in the city of Hopkinsville as well as Christian and surrounding counties.” The group is totally supported by donations and has been operating since July 2015. More than 900 people were expected for this year’s event.

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Home & Garden Show Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

This year’s Home and Garden show was back for another great year. There were over 60 vendors ranging from lawn care specialists to interior designers who were on hand for the visitors to meet. The Home and Garden Show was held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center next to Clarksville’s beautiful Liberty Park. This is a yearly event which receives much fanfare. The Home and Garden show lasts two days, so attendees have ample opportunity to attend the show.

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The Starry Night Clarksville Mural is the latest addition to the beautiful downtown Historic District. Painted by the artist, Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun, whose mural is reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s, The Starry Night, it depicts the skyline of Clarksville and its famous landmarks. Ola, as he is known to most, is a Clarksville resident and a local artist who works primarily in the Clarksville and Nashville area. His work was chosen out of nearly 50 artist submissions and is the first of many art projects that Downtown Clarksville has planned for the future. This mural was sponsored by The Two Rivers Company whose focus is restoring and developing Clarksville’s Downtown District. To find out more about Ola and his work, visit his website at

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riginally founded in 1906 as Farmers and Merchants Bank, F&M has since been rebranded, expanded, and strengthened to gain a foothold in the banking community that has taken it to the top—and that distinction is one that has kept the bank dedicated to maintaining their quality of service and their products. Over the past few years, in 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, and the bank now spans across 7 counties to operate 16 full-service facilities and two mortgage-only loan offices with assets exceeding $1 billion. F&M has maintained the largest market share of deposits for the past 14 years in Montgomery County, and such notable growth is a testament to their commitment to customer service and their willingness to meet the needs of their clients, offering a variety of consumer and commercial checking and savings products, loan services, credit card, merchant services, and the guidance of a full-services mortgage

division. In addition, F&M Bank offers investment services through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., a financial institution whose track record speaks for itself. Naturally, meeting the needs of their clients also means adapting to the many changes in the ways that people bank and the ways that they are so technologically driven. “We make it a priority to listen to our customer base, but we also face the daily challenge reacting to changes in technology,” says Fred Landiss, Sr. Vice President and Director of Marketing. “Our marketing now heavily involves digital social media as well as print, radio, and television.” “Our strategic plan emphasizes the need to continually seek opportunities for expansion in our present markets and explore opportunities in new markets, as well,” adds William S. “Sammy” Stuard, Jr., President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board at F&M. “To that end, we are adding a new full-service bank in Clarksville on Tiny Town Road, near Fort Campbell, which we felt was a wise addition to make to meet the growing financial needs of our active military

customers and military retirees living in this area,” he continues. “At F&M Bank, we are strong advocates of community banking, and we remain committed to the communities we serve. Our customers appreciate the ability we have, as an independent bank, to provide local decision-making and quality customer service.” And after years of enjoying a position at the top, with trusted reputation, they continue to meet the challenges of the changing market, knowing that investing in their clients and investing in their communities is one will see the greatest return in the future ahead. To learn more about F&M Bank and their locations and services, visit

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Appleton’s Harley Davidson recently hosted its 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Jalapeno Eating Contest with lots of great prizes including a $200 gift card for this year’s winner of the title Best Chili Overall. “This is an annual event that we really enjoy here at the dealership,” General Manager Jason Altenburg said. “We try to give people a good reason to get out and about on a rainy day when they wouldn’t otherwise be riding their motorcycle.”

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“We’ve been doing the chili cook-off for several years now,” Altenburg said “We invite people to enter their best chili recipe, and then we offer some nice prizes in a few different categories. Our judges will pick Most Unique, Best Wild Game, and Best Display to name a few. “I think we have eight competitors this year and I can tell you that they always come to represent. More than anything, it’s an opportunity to create fellowship with our friends and customers. We love providing them with a place to hang out and something fun to do.

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Schmitt Dental Open House Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Schmitt Dental recently held an open house at its newly acquired 2313 Rudolphtown Road location. Snacks and refreshments were served for a few dozen friends and colleagues of Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Oh (need full names), who own? the practice. “I’ve been in practice in Clarksville for about 4 1/2 years,” Schmitt said. “We have an office on Fort Campbell Boulevard, but the opportunity came up for us to locate in Dr. Bridges’ former building, and now we each split our time between the two locations. An office on this side of town is more conven-ient for a lot of our patients.”

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Urban Ministries Winter Gala Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Urban Ministries hosted its annual Winter Gala at 1st Baptist Church’s Hope Building recently. The evening of fundraising featured dinner, a guest speaker, and live entertainment. “We do this every year,” said Nancy Leutert, this year’s Chairperson. “We are really excited to have this opportunity to raise money for our programs. This year we sold enough tickets to fill 32 tables of eight, and with the wonderful cross-section of the community that is represented here, we anticipate a strong fund-raising effort.” “We have four programs,” Leutert said. “Grace Assistance helps folks with utilities, food, clothing, and some of their shelter, prescription, and transportation needs. We have domestic violence shelters that are staffed 24 hours a day. They are available for adults and children who are living in violent situations and need a safe place to stay. It is staffed all of the time and watched by the police.

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“We also have a new homeless shelter for families with children. It’s called Safe Place. There we can house up to four families at one time, and we can help them find a job, acquire food stamps, and eventually become self-sustaining in their own living situation. We now have a Rural Outreach Advocate that helps people dealing with sexual assault and/or domestic violence in Stewart and Houston Counties.” Urban Ministries may be best known for its food pantry. “That program has been around since 1984 and is available to those who are in need of food assistance,” stated Leutert. Jon & Debra Gryp

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B.L.A.C.K. Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Power and Grace Ministries and Power and Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA) recently presented a performance of Dr. Gregory P. Stallworth’s original theatrical production B.L.A.C.K. at the Kenwood High School Auditorium. B.L.A.C.K. is an acronym for Born Lost in Adversity yet Centered on Knowledge. The production began with a song performed by a choir of young PGPA students. Through the course of three acts local leaders took the stage to portray and share the wisdom of many of America’s greatest historical figures. Dr. Stallworth spoke as Carter G. Woodson, a graduate of Harvard, historian, author and journalist who is often cited as the father of black history. Others came forward to represent W.E.B. Dubois, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, and many more.

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ara Zimmer and Melissa Hogan recently sat down to talk about Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature worldwide fundraising event, which will take place at Clarksville’s Kenwood High School May 19 from noon to 10 p.m.

Zimmer and Hogan were both personally affected by cancer, and now they are volunteers who have been very active in organizing this year’s Relay for Life. “Relay is a long-standing tradition in Clarksville,” Zimmer said. “But attendance has dwindled in recent years. Last year we raised about $50,000. This year, we have a new committee that is highly motivated, and we have set a lofty goal. We are going at this full swing, and we need the community’s help.” Hogan says the best way to get involved is to search for Relay for Life Clarksville, Tennessee. Click on 64 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | March 2018

the first link, then click on ‘Join this Relay.’ “A team can be two people or it can be 100 or more,” Hogan said. “This is open to friends, families, sports teams, co-workers, church groups, any type of group, and it’s a great team- building exercise. Teams may hold events throughout the season, and then on event day they can set up a table or booth. It’s a great opportunity to get together, have fun, and celebrate life while raising money for a great cause.” The Relay for Life committee has really focused on continually improving this event. “We decided to try a new, more centralized location this year, and we’ve moved the event to a Saturday to make it more family-friendly,” Zimmer said. “The ‘Relay’ is actually a walk and anyone may participate. Admission is free.

Everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivorship, memorializes loved ones lost to cancer, and helps fightagainst the disease.” Zimmer says this year’s event will feature the Clarksville Zombie Hunters, Montgomery County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, face painting, a special tent for Survivors, live music by local duo High Society, a DJ playing throughout the day and night, a yoga area, a bouncy house, food trucks, and much more. Teams may raise money in many ways. The website makes suggestions, but the possibilities are endless. Some do face painting, some sell baked goods, and some sell items that promote cancer awareness like breast cancer pins. And, rest assured, Relay for Life always has lots of great food. “We really want this to be a family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy while celebrating our survivors, caregivers, and those we’ve lost,” Zimmer said.”We will open with a survivor lap, then a caregiver lap, and at dusk there will be a remembrance/luminary ceremony, at which time a silent lap is taken. Luminaries are available for purchase now for $5.” Montgomery County, Tennessee Relay for Life is always looking for volunteers for the committee and to help on event day. Local corporate and business sponsorships are welcome as well. Survivors and team members are encouraged to register now to make sure they get t-shirts. Survivors automatically get t-shirts for the survivor lap, and registered team members get a t-shirt when they each raise $100. Find them on Facebook at “Montgomery County TN Relay For Life” or contact Jenny Goslin, American Cancer Society Community Representative at (615) 341-7328. March 2018 | • 65

Beachaven Private Wine Tasting Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

Guests arrived at Beachaven Winery for an intimate night of wine tasting and education from one of the Beachaven master wine aficionados. Those who attended were not only shown the proper way to indulge on some magnificent wines, but they also learned about wine pairings, the production process, and the history of the variations which the winery offers. This is a monthly event that takes place at Beachaven, but seats are limited to ensure a very intimate experience. To learn more about Beachaven and the wine tasting event, please visit

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hen Trent and Dana Knott purchased the sprawling but languishing former Acme Boot building on Madison Street, no one could have imagined the amazing transformation that would take place.

So far they have put more than 50,000 square feet of space to use with their family-owned businesses – Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, Miss Lucille’s Cafe, The Belle Hollow event center, and more, and now they are close to opening The City Forum, an ambitious family entertainment center. With a separate entrance and parking lot at the rear of the building, guests will walk in to see a restaurant, bowling alley and lounge, go kart track, miniature golf, laser tag, concession area, party rooms and more.

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As the much anticipated late-April grand opening of The City Forum approaches, Marketing Director Charlie Politi is conducting tours for a lucky few, the first to view a 120,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center like Clarksville has never seen. It is a facility with a capacity of 1,200. “Imagine Dave and Busters on steroids,” Politi said. “This is a uniquely designed family entertainment center on track to be the second largest facility of its kind in the nation. Trent and Dana wanted to do something really cool to revitalize this old Acme Boot building that used to employ hundreds. When The City Forum is fully operational, we will employ more than 125 people.” The go kart track will have different sessions that feature high speed or family speed karts as well as two-seat karts for parents with small children. The bowling alley has ten regulation lanes. The mini-golf features 18 challenging holes, and the laser tag area has a futuristic

“It's going to be cool and inviting and it will almost feel like it's a city unto itself. We want this to be a place the entire family will love.” - C H A R L I E urban dystopia feel. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, there is also an arcade with more than 50 games ranging from old school air hockey and pop-a-shot to the latest in video games and a concession area where you can get pizza, wings, etc. “Work on this concept really started about four or five years ago,” Politi said. “It began with the Knotts going to conventions, and similar family entertainment centers. They took ideas from the different concepts and built on them.” “The bowling area will have a lounge with a full bar and lots of TVs. Behind that will be The Loading Dock restaurant. Its specialty will be craft burgers and beer, and it will be one of the largest restaurants in the city.”

While the entertainment features will hopefully be open around the end of April, The Loading Dock, as well as a 400-seat event space called the Madison Room, is slated to open by fall. “One of the other attractions not yet mentioned is the huge play-scape area for the younger kids,” Politi said. “Everything else is appropriate for kids from 10 to 80. A lot of what we do will have great appeal for younger and middle-aged adults. It’s going to be cool and inviting and it will almost feel like it’s a city unto itself. “But this will be a great place for the kids. We believe that kids are under-served in Clarksville, so we want this to be a place the entire family will love.”

POLITI Expect great music to be playing at all times. Politi also mentioned that once the attraction is past the initial opening phase, they are hoping to do some really cool community events and theme nights. Live music in The Loading Dock is also being considered, but that, like many other ideas, is still down the road. “I’ve been hearing about this since about the time I started college,” Politi said. “I’m so excited to come back now and be a part of this project. I grew up here, and I remember those nights thinking, wow, there is nothing to do in this town. The City Forum is definitely going to change that!”

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United Way Halftime Shootout at APSU

Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

During halftime at Austin Peay State University’s basketball game, United Way held its first Free Throw Shootout. Mayor Jim Durrett and the CMCSS Director of Schools, Millard House, shot it out for 45 seconds, with Mayor Durrett walking away with the win. The purpose of the game was to announce the APSU employee giving total, which increased 100% since last year. This year’s slogan for United Way is “United We Fight, United We Win,” which is exactly what the two contenders did. To find out how you may assist United Way, whose main goal is to help those in the community, go to

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Senator Mark Green Business Luncheon Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

State Senator, Dr. Mark Green, held a business luncheon at the beautiful Clarksville Country Club for dozens of Clarksville residents. The luncheon, which included guest speaker Dr. Art Laffer, who is the former Chief Economist for President Ronald Reagan, was held to discuss various topics and gave everyone a chance to talk with Dr. Mark Green about his current campaign run for Congress. The Clarksville Country Club was the perfect setting for this business casual event that included beautiful views of the grounds and a catered lunch for everyone to enjoy. To find out more about the Clarksville Country Club, visit

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major expansion of the Ajax Turner Senior Citizens Center was recently completed which will provide more space for programs and services for the center’s growing number of seniors who drop in for meals, activities, classes and recreation.

The $2.5 million addition was funded by the City of Clarksville, and the new 17,000 square foot, two-story facility includes a large meeting room for 60 people; a smaller meeting room for 20 people; a classroom; two crafts rooms; a nurse’s station and three offices. The addition also enables better use of some of the

center’s existing space. For example, with new crafts rooms in the addition, more tables were added to the popular existing billiards room. Anita Atchley, executive director of Ajax Turner, said the center serves an average of 220 seniors a day, and demand for services is soaring. “We’ve been praying for this project for several years, and Mayor McMillan, the Council and the Good Lord allowed our dreams to come true,” Atchley said. “This new space will allow us to grow and serve the people who need and want what we offer.” City officials recently held a dedication event which was attended by Senior Center patrons and staff, City Council Members, City Department Heads; and Ginna Holleman, local United Way executive. “This is a great day. This beautiful facility will help more of Clarksville’s senior citizens live healthier, more active and more interesting lives,” Mayor Kim McMillan said. “This shows we are extending Clarksville’s prosperity into all corners of our community, and ensuring quality of life improvements for all of our citizens.” Among the patrons on hand was Peggy Austin, 81, a lifelong Clarksville resident who comes to the center four days a week for exercise sessions, a nutritious hot lunch, and to socialize with friends.

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“The new addition is great, absolutely great,” Austin said. “I spend a lot of time here, mainly to stay active and healthy, and this will give us a chance to help even more peopl

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The Senior Center was chartered as a non-profit agency in 1965. It moved to its current location, which is owed by the City of Clarksville, in 1983. The center’s Board of Directors operates it with a combination of City, state, federal and United Way funding, and donations and modest program fees.



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3rd Annual OSDTN Heroes Breakfast Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Senator Mark Green and Representative Joe Pitts were the scheduled hosts of February’s 3rd Annual Heroes Breakfast at Wilma Rudolph Event Center, an event where hundreds came to honor our veterans and raise funds to benefit Operation Stand Down Tennessee. Though job-related duties made it unable for Green and Pitts to attend, OSDTN Executive Director John Krenson read statements from each of them. Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner ManyBears Grinder was on hand as well as Mayor Kim McMillan, Mayor Jim Durrett, and former Nashville Mayor and current Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean. For 25 years, OSDTN has been serving Tennessee’s veterans in need. In 2017, OSDTN’s Clarksville Office helped 895 male and female veterans. There are currently about 500,000 veterans in the Julie Parks & Dani Mooney State of Tennessee with approximately 35,000 veterans living in Montgomery County.

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Keller Williams Awards Banquet Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers

The 2018 Keller Williams Awards night, held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, is one of the most anticipated nights for all of its hard-working realtors. The party, hosted by Joe Padula, had a Mardi Gras theme to the delight of the guests, who enjoyed dressing in costume for the occasion. A menu that included King Cakes was prepared by Nicoletta’s Catering, and the music and dancing lasted long into the night. At this event Keller Williams recognizes all of the realtors and acknowledges their year-round hard work. For more information about Keller Williams, visit one of the many locations located in Clarksville and all of Middle Tennessee.

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“With my new hip and his new knee, it’s hard to keep up with us!” Ginny’s hip hurt so much, she thought she’d never walk without pain again. But that was before her hip replacement at Tennova. As Ginny said, “Now, I exercise and do yoga with no pain whatsoever. And after Ron went through the process with me, he was so impressed that he scheduled his knee replacement just a few weeks later.” Ron said, “I had my surgery and was walking the same day. We’ve already referred several friends. That tells you a lot!” For more information about our orthopedic care or to register for a free seminar on joint pain, visit To find a doctor, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682).

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