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Lincoln Reagan Dinner The Woodward Library Society Social AR Stoneworks 2nd Anniversary GrowCo2 Awards Amity Salon 1st Anniversary CCS Centurion 5K CASA Superhero 5K Loaves & Fishes Ladies Tea The I Do: Modern Bridal Show Ft. Campbell Volunteer of the Year FCSC Farewell Scavenger Hunt & Luncheon FCSC Welcomes Kimbery Winski BizVets.biz Launch Party Derby Hat Decorating Party Q Realty Easter Egg Hunt The Little Mermaid Clarksville Academy Steak Dinner Christian Way Farm Opening Day Clarksville Chive Masquerade Ball Oak Grove Gaming & Racing Fieldstone Easter Egg Hunt Strawberry Alley Ale Works 1st Anniversary Salute to the Troops: Pre-Show Party Concord Title Grand Opening Business After Hours // Altra Federal Credit Union Christian County Outdoor & Garden Expo Ovation Awards An Evening with Hope Local Girl Gang

Happy May, dear readers! We’ve got a great issue in store for you, and we’re especially excited by the way that the many events, new businesses, and economic development happening in downtown Clarksville are helping forge a path and create an especially vibrant community that’s more alive than ever! We’re also excited about the bright futures of all of our area graduates as they transition to a new time in their lives. So many things are on the horizon, and we can’t wait to see what’s next! Summer’s finally here, and as you plan your vacation, we encourage you to get out and explore all that the area has to offer, from the new indoor/outdoor waterpark at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari Park. If you’re a member of the military, check out our feature on all the discounts available to you through Armed Forces Travel and Walt Disney World’s Shades of Green. As we approach Memorial Day, please join us in thanking the many brave individuals who serve our country every day, with a very special message of gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Without them, our freedom would not exist.

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May 9 | 5:30-8:30pm Roxy Regional Theatre

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Mayor Joe & Cindy Pitts

The Montgomery County Republican Party recently hosted its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, bringing more than 300 supporters out to meet with current Republican leaders and candidates.

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Guests enjoyed dinner and music, followed by a series of speeches, which began with a recorded video message of thanks from United States Senator Marsha Blackburn who was out of the country and unable to attend. Event Chair Marie Tillman opened the evening by welcoming Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts to the podium. Sharon Massey Grimes then spent several minutes recognizing a long list of distinguished guests from around the state of Tennessee. State Representative Curtis Johnson acted as emcee for the evening, introducing Bill Powers, then candidate for State District 22 Senate, Jay Reedy, State Representative District 74, and the evening's featured speaker Dr. Mark Green, United States Congressman District 7.

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Congressman Green delivered an impassioned speech to the crowd, which focused on his very busy first few months in office, and his vision for the future of Tennessee and the country.

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Joe Weber & Kathryn Kemmerly

The Woodward Library Society gathered recently for a dinner and auction at F&M Bank's Franklin Room, an evening of support for APSU's Felix G. Wodward Library.

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Library Director Joe Weber, has been running the library for 12 years. He was pleased to see so many at this year's fundraiser. “I'm happy with tonight's turnout,” Weber said. “I'm glad these folks are here, and I hope they're really not shy when it's time to bid on the silent auction items. “I would call this a fund raiser and friend raiser. The amount on that check,” (He pointed to the corner of the room where a giant check for $19,870 was displayed on an easel) “represents donations, mostly from the folks you see in this room. That amount includes their membership dues, donations and the cost of tonight's dinner tickets. That's how much we raised this year. After expenses, that money will go directly to the library where it will be used to buy books, e-journals, and information resources for our students.” Gina Garber & Allegra Martelli

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Weber says Woodward Library sees about 600,000 student visits each year. Spring is a very busy time, as many students are approaching the end of their school year. Things will slow down a bit in the summer, but Weber and his team operate yearround to take care of APSU's students.

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze AR Stoneworks celebrated its 2nd anniversary in a big way recently, with complimentary food and drinks, activities for the kids, and special one-day pricing on hot tubs and in-ground pools. Hundreds came out to see what was new at the outdoor-living store, and for a chance to win some great prizes. While there, they also enjoyed a little Belgard brick oven pizza, as well as products from event sponsors, Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Budweiser of Clarksville. Owner, P.J. Shortt took a moment to thank all his sponsors, Five Star Media Group, and most importantly, his customers.

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“We have been in business for eight years,” Shortt said. “This is our second year as AR Stoneworks. We basically offer a turnkey solution for your stay-cation area. We do swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, grottoes, waterfalls, fire features, so anything outsiderelated, we offer it.”

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Shortt says, a lot of people don't want to travel right now, they would rather spend the money to make their backyard special. “The stay-cation trend has become a real niche,” Shortt said. “Also today, we partnered up with Five Star Media Group to end our home makeover giveaway that we have been working on for about three months. I would guess that we had about 300 – 400 people out here today. We are very thankful to all of them, and we're very excited for 2019.” More information about products and services can be found at www.arstoneworks.com.

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GrowCo2 Awards Luci Armitstead & Jay Albertia

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Story + Photography by Tony Centzone The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Award to Cindy Kerns, and Jerry and Carolyn Ellis, owner/operators of Clarksville's legendary Catfish House. About 100 local business leaders and Chamber members, as well as Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, were on hand at The Catfish House for presentation of the GrowCo 2 Award. Khandra Smalley & Lynn Staggs

“This is very special, because this community means a lot to us,” Keith Kerns & Haskell Fink Cindy Kerns said. “We would not have been here for 40 years without the people in this community, whom we love dearly. To get an award from the people that we serve is very special to us.” Jay Albertia, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman, took a moment to talk about the history of the award, and the Chamber's selection criteria. “Last year, we presented this to the Knots and Armitsteads, owners of The City Forum,” Albertia said. “We have a committee inside the Chamber that looks at who has made a substantial footprint within our community. Entrepreneurs who started with nothing but an idea, and then built something great.

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“When you start looking at who has made a long-lasting impact in Clarksville, you see these folks. They have had people from all over, gravitating to this little family business for 40 years. I think the key to their success is that the family is still here. They are involved in Melinda Shepard & Kyle Johnson the day-to-day operation, and that has to be a major contributor to their ongoing success.”

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The future is full of uncertainty, whether you’re talking about ten minutes from now or ten years from now. Things can change in an instant, which makes planning for major life events difficult— especially when it comes to creating financial success for your life in a way that will last not just in the now, but well into the future. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that it’s already a challenge to save, so busy are they with trying to keep their heads above water with their current expenses. Life costs money, every minute of every day, so the idea of squeezing out even just a little more to put toward some future point that seems so nebulous at the moment can feel almost impossible—not to mention confusing. How much will you need for retirement, when you have no way of predicting what living expenses you’ll need to cover? What investments will simplify the process? How will all of it affect your taxes, both now and when you start using those funds? At what point will you even be able to consider retirement? All of these questions seem like part of one impossibly complex mathematic formula; but fortunately, they are solvable. These questions, in fact, are the very reason that financial planners have become so important, offering their expertise to those of us who can only shake our heads in confusion at the many things that must be considered as we try to set ourselves up for retirement.

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They know the ins and outs of the tax laws and understand how to look at the market to assess which funds or investments will work best for our particular needs and goals. And while we, as the uninitiated public who so desperately need their guidance, hope that they point us in the right direction, it’s comforting to know that there are professionals who take on the task not simply as a job, but as a true passion. “I started my first job in the financial industry in 1994 and found that my passion was helping people to save verses spending,” says LaDonna Dowdy, Registered Principal and owner of Dowdy Financial Group.

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“Over my years of holding many leadership positions in the financial industry and seeing how each of them worked, I decided to focus solely on being a financial advisor in 2007. Interestingly enough, that was right before the big recession hit, which could have discouraged me from pursuing that path. Instead, it helped me find my real purpose in life, which was to help investors make tough decisions that would ultimately give them confidence in the future. So many have heard me say it was a terrible time, but it was also a great feeling to know that I could help give someone reassurance by educating them on the market conditions and why the fundamentals of the stock market were broken at the time.” Having since gained the trust of the Clarksville community where Dowdy and her small team operate their office, she has helped build the futures of countless clients who come to her with questions about their finances and their hopes for retirement. “We specialize in retirement planning, and our greatest goal here is helping our clients achieve their goal to retire,” she says. “Unlike many other financial planners, we take a truly holistic approach when we’re working with clients to help set them up for success in the future.

Whether you are an individual with personal and family goals or the person charged with the financial goals of your organization, Dowdy Financial Group is available to provide you with an array of financial and investment planning services essential to your success. Dowdy Financial Group's team of professionals will work hand- in-hand with you – and, if need be, your other professional advisors – to select the service that best suits your needs, then apply our investment insight and expertise to tailor the required service to your unique situation and with your specific goals in mind.


We review all aspects of their financial well-being—not just their ideal plan for retirement but their actual retirement needs, as well. We also believe in having annual family meetings to review the plans that are in place and go over anything that might benefit them as their lives undergo change.” After all, change is inevitable, which makes those regular assessments all the more important. It also provides a greater sense of feeling supported, which is critical in an industry that seems so unapproachable. “Our clients appreciate our honesty and our hands- on methods, because it really makes them feel that we take the time to give them an extra level of personalized care and that we’re dedicated to meeting their needs,” Dowdy says. “The mission statement of our brand is ‘Preserving the Past and Investing in the Future,’ and that, I feel, is reflective of my love for the Clarksville community—both for its history as well as for where it has the potential to go.” Seeing that potential keeps Dowdy passionate as she meets with her clients, and that’s an investment of her time she’ll gladly make.

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Amity Salon recently celebrated its 1st Anniversary, and like everything Tonya DeRose and her team do, there was warmth and style, and a feeling of community. The business opened in 2018 with a mission; “to make customer service our top priority, … have the best and brightest team available, … continuously strive to leave a lasting impression by creating a professional yet warm atmosphere.” “I'm pretty proud and excited to be celebrating one year,” DeRose said. “It has been a lot of work, but it has been totally worth it. We are busier than ever. I finally have my team exactly as I had envisioned, and I think this next year is going to be amazing.” Brittany Brown & Stacey Trinkle

DeRose says that her customers can expect more of the same from Amity, a continued focus on community and customer.

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“Our customers can expect more community work from us,” DeRose said. “We just finished up Project Prom, and we will start our next project soon. And, of course. we will continue with our special events. We did one on skincare recently, and we are looking at a makeup class next. So, we want people to know, they can always expect a great experience here at Amity. “I'm so incredibly thankful, and overwhelmed by the love we get from this community. That is exactly what 'amity' is about. It's what the name means. The support we've gotten from downtown and the entire community, this wouldn't have been possible without everyone who has been so kind to us.”

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CCS Centurion 5K Story + Photography by Tony Centonze More than 150 runners came out for the annual Clarksville Christian School Centurion 5k, and an additional 150 participated in this year's 1 Mile Fun Run. CCS Business Manager Georgie Stimson, organizer of the annual run and a runner herself, spoke enthusiastically about the event which continues to grow in popularity. “This is our 5th Annual Centurion 5K, and it's the best turnout we've ever had,” Stimson said. “I think it has to do with the weather. This is a perfect day for racing. In fact, the guy who won the 5k this year set a personal best, beating his previous best time by 40 seconds, and dropping his time into the 16's.” Brad Averitt was the overall winner for the men with a time of 16:48. Kadi Coleman was the top female finisher with a time of 23:45, and 8-yearold Alexandra Peifer finished 2nd overall behind Coleman, with a time of 24:05.

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“Clarksville Christian School is doing great,” Stimson said. “Just like our 5k, the school has grown this year. We've already started enrollment for next year, and we are seeing even more growth. So, things are going well. We're on a good path.”

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Christian County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recently held its inaugural Superhero 5K Run/ Walk at Founders Square Park in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Virginia Erxleben is CASA's Executive Director in Christian County. “We work for the best interest of children who are in what we call DNA Court, that's dependency, neglect and abuse, they are our clients,” Erxleben said. “This is our first ever 5K, as we've only been operating in Christian County for about five months, but we do plan on making this an annual event.” The 5K is one of two annual major fundraisers Erxleben is hoping to develop. The other, which is already being discussed, will be a banquet. “CASA is nation-wide,” Erxleben said. “We had 21 active chapters in Kentucky, we are number 22. Our governor stated, that before his term is over, he wants every county to have an active CASA office. We are growing. There are now more than 1,000 volunteers who go to court. Already, there are more than 900 programs in the United States.” Erxleben says she felt good about this year's turnout. Twenty or so runners signed up, which she described as well-attended. She and her team are already preparing for a bigger turnout next year.

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Loaves & Fishes Ladies Tea

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze More than 60 local ladies recently came out to F&M Bank's Franklin Room to enjoy an elegant afternoon of tea, fancy hats, and fundraising for Loaves & Fishes. Loaves & Fishes serves tens of thousands of meals each year to Clarksville's homeless and hungry. Jill Crow took a moment to give thanks for those in attendance, and the community support that has already gotten her organization 2/3 of the way to its goal. “This is one of the many fundraisers we will be doing throughout the next three years as part of the capital campaign to fund our new facility,” Crow said. “We wanted to so something for the ladies in our community, and we thought an afternoon tea would be fun. It's an opportunity for us to dress up, and wear our hats and pearls. “All the money will go to the new building campaign. We are currently at $1.1 million, but, we will need this community's continued support to reach our goal of $1.5 million.” The catered event featured tea and coffee, as well as a variety of fruits, cheeses and sandwiches. Harpist Ted Jones provided the entertainment. There was also an auction that featured artwork by local artists, gift baskets, and some of the hats that were being worn by Crow and her L & F team. For more information about Loaves & Fishes and its mission, go to www.loavesfishescampaign.org. 24 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | May 2019

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THE I DO: Modern Bridal Show

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze As many as 60 brides-to-be, with their friends and families in tow, came out to The Ruby Cora for a bridal show that featured several local wedding-related businesses, all eager to show how they could make someone's wedding even more special. “The I do: Modern Bridal Show is hosted by 5 Star Media Group. We just happen to be the venue they chose for this year's show, and we are delighted to have everyone here,” Ruby Cora's Owner/Manager Marcia Clark said. “I hope that a lot of brides can find the vendors they need for their upcoming weddings. We have about 20 great businesses represented here today.” The bridal show was scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Caterers, florists, bartenders, calligraphers, wedding planners, cakemakers and more set up in and around the building to display their talents. “Everything they might possibly need is here,” Clark said. “And, they get to spend some one-on-one time with the people who can answer all their questions. During the day, we will have Marcia Clark & Meg Chapman bridal gowns and tuxedos being modeled as well.

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“The event being here is just a bonus for us. We get to show them our facility, and all the things we can do for them if they choose to have their wedding with us.” For more information about The Ruby Cora, go to www.therubycora.com.

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Volunteers: The Heart of the Army Community, was the theme of this year's Volunteer Appreciation Week, which culminated with the Fort Campbell Volunteer of the Year Ceremony at Cole Park Commons. A Total of 50 volunteers, in five categories, were nominated for the title of Volunteer of the Year. Hundreds were in attendance for the ceremony, where they enjoyed dinner, followed by recognition of the nominees, then the announcement of the winners in each category. MG Brian Winski delivered closing remarks in which he expressed his appreciation to all this year's nominees, and the numerous volunteer organizations throughout the installation.

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This year's overall winners were: Nadine Hopper in the Child and Youth Service category, Lauren Morris in the Community Service category, Tere Kangas in the Other Agencies and organizations category, Nealie DeMott in the Family Readiness Group category, and Hannah Duncan in the Youth category.

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Fort Campbell Spouses' Club recently held a Farewell Scavenger Hunt Luncheon at F & M Bank's Franklin Room to say goodbye to Sandy Brennan and Mary Lou Royar, spouses of the DCGO and DCGS of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

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Kimberly Winski, wife of newly installed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commanding General, Major General Brian Winski, and FCSC President Colleen Murphy took turns at the microphone, offering goodbyes and thanks to Brennan and Royar as they prepare to leave for their next posts. Winski said, “Military families will say goodbye to more significant people in their lives by the age of 18 than most civilians will throughout the course of their entire lifetime.” “Fort Campbell is truly our home,” Royar said. “We loved finding out we were coming back here, and we will miss it tremendously. But, I know all these people will stay in touch with us.” Sandy Brennan & Jenny Cogbill

Sandy Brennan was next to speak. Afterward she said, “I was very emotional up there. This is probably our last time here at Fort Joy Daniels & Jamie McAdaragh Campbell, and this makes me sad. This is such a fantastic place to live, and I'm going to miss it. I've made a lot of great friends here.” The farewell speeches were emotional, but the tears were shortlived. As the speeches came to an end, the room once again filled with laughter. After lunch, guests began a scavenger hunt through the streets and shops of downtown Clarksville.

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TAKES THE STAGE Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography Courtesy of Terra Bella

They say that chemistry is clear in the way people act around one another, and while the chemistry that married couple and musical duo Joe and Martina Costa share—once criticized by fellow mates of a previous band as “too lovey dovey”—might have gotten them kicked out of said band, it’s precisely that chemistry that makes them such a dynamic team in creating music and capturing their audiences.

and Music Row (#42) charting song with the single “You've Got That Somethin'” from Road To Forever; and their debut full-length project There’s A Country Song was released in 2018, featuring singles “Before You,” “Wild One,” and the current chart climber entitled “Middle of Nowhere, USA,” whose official music video was filmed entirely in their hometowns and premiered worldwide via CMT online.

Having met ten years ago through mutual friends on MySpace when Martina was in need of guitar lessons, the Central California Valleybased couple fell in love over their shared love of country music, going on to forge their own path on the country music scene as they formed Terra Bella and began to write, produce, and record their very own songs and release an album that earned them notice by Billboard Magazine as “One to Watch” in 2018.

Prolific in his songwriting, Joe either wrote or co-wrote all nine tracks on There’s A Country Song and received his first certified platinum record cut with “Don’t Tempt Me” on Luke Combs’ album This One’s for You. And while many artists leave the heavy work to someone else, There’s A Country Song was co-produced and engineered by Joe, laying down the tracks at Terra Bella’s home studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where the heart of country music beats strong.

With attention like that, it’s hardly any wonder that Terra Bella is officially endorsed by LR Baggs acoustic pickups and pedals, D’Addario, and Colorado’s Greeley Hat Works in addition to serving as brand ambassadors for Rural Haze and Double D Ranch Clothing, proving that they not only have the sound, they’ve got the look to back them up. Knowing their family backgrounds in farming and agriculture, it makes sense; as does the fact that Martina considers Wynona Judd her spirit animal and Joe is a complete fan-boy of country music idol Merle Haggard.

Working with Johnny Garcia—whose own resume boasts time with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood—as lead guitarist, Terra Bella is in the midst of producing and recording a new EP from their home studio, looking forward to its release in the near future as they tour the country. As part of their tour, they’ll be stopping in the Clarksville area, winning over their audience with their unique sound, their love of music, and—of course—that undeniable chemistry they share on stage. “It’s a true honor to be invited back on stage at Fort Campbell. I can’t wait to share our new music with everyone there that night,” says Martina.

While Martina might never have imagined such a bright future as she stood singing karaoke onstage at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in her early 20s, her vocal talents—combined with Joe’s skills in songwriting and singing—have catapulted them into a career that seems limitless. As Terra Bella, the duo recorded their first Billboard Indicator (#51) 32 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | May 2019

“We’re both huge advocates for our military and their families, so it’s always an amazing feeling to perform for them,” adds Joe. “The entire Clarksville community has been so kind to us, and we’re super excited to come back.”

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Kimberly Winksi Story + Photography by Tony Centzone The Fort Campbell Spouses' Club recently hosted an Open House Welcome Reception for Kimberly Winski, wife of Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, at the Pratt Museum. Maj. Gen. Brian Winski recently took over command from Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, becoming the 47th Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division. “Today, we are welcoming the new Commanding General's wife, Kimberly Winski,” FCSC President Colleen Murphy said. “We are at the Pratt Museum, and we decided to have an open house style welcome, which gives her the opportunity to meet with all the spouses and civilians that come through today.”

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Murphy says Kimberly Winski will play a very big role at Fort Campbell. She will be involved with the FCSC and several other organizations on post, and in the community. In addition to her responsibilities as CG Spouse, Kimberly Winski also works as a nurse.

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“We are really excited to have the Winskis here,” Murphy said. “FCSC members made and/or donated baked goods for today's reception. This is a great opportunity for all of us to meet with Kimberly Winski, and welcome her to Fort Campbell."

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bizvets.biz launch party Story + Photography by Tony Centonze BizVets.Biz held its first networking get-together recently, with about 50 of its business partners on-hand to meet each other, and learn about the exciting professional relationships this new organization is forging. “We are trying to connect veterans, veteran-owned businesses, and veteran-friendly businesses in the community,” organizer, Tim Shank said. “We started about a year and a half ago, working with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, trying to bring together the businesses they work with and the homeless or unemployed veterans in need.” Shank says, they eventually conducted a sort of focus group, asking veterans in the community what they wanted to see. The answer; veterans want to work with other veterans in a business situation. They want to know of local veteranowned businesses where they could get a tire fixed, or a new roof installed. They wanted a network. “We couldn't find anything like this,” Shank said. “So, we decided to create a system where we can promote these folks using the internet. Then, we found that many of these Sherry Pickering & Charlie Koon businesses needed help with essential services, lawyers, marketing and business experts. Now, we've partnered with about a dozen key businesses, like accounting services, credit card processors, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, and F&M Bank.

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CYP: MAY 2019 SPOTLIGHT Clarksville Young Professionals It is the mission of Clarksville Young Professionals to create a platform for Young Professionals to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community. Clarksville Young Professionals is dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development and networking opportunities for the emerging business and community leaders ages 21-45. For more information, visit www.clarksvillechamber.com

JULIA “I love the opportunity to help people, and I would say that that’s always been my favorite part of the work that I do,” Claffey says. “Homeownership is such an exciting step in a person’s life, and being with them for that and helping make that dream a reality is one of the amazing opportunities that my job gives me." -Julia

Being just the ripe old age of 27, one could easily look at Julia Claffey and dismiss her as someone who couldn’t possibly be a guiding force in making their dreams come true. Rather, they might expect her to be the one needing the direction, seeking out solutions on financial wisdom in hopes of securing those things to which we all aspire, not the least of which is, of course, a home. It’s surprising, then, to discover her title and to realize that, as a mortgage loan officer for U.S. Bank with more than four years of working in the mortgage industry, she’s probably forgotten more about mortgages and home financing than most people will ever learn. She’s the expert, the lifeline, the difference between a yes and a no. And while she could easily bask in the power that the position affords her, she sees it as an honor and an inspiring way to be the granter of wishes. “I love the opportunity to help people, and I would say that that’s always been my favorite part of the work that I do,” Claffey says. “Homeownership is such an exciting step in a person’s life, and being with them for that and helping make that dream a reality is one of the amazing opportunities that my job gives me.”

With the exception of what she calls “a detour” to serve a few years with the Army, Claffey’s path to the mortgage industry has been clear; but she does realize the advantage that having that experience gives her in connecting with many of her clients. “I think I can relate to a lot of people because I’ve dipped my toe in everything,” she contends. Despite the fact that she’s not a native of Clarksville, the past year that she’s lived here has certainly won her over to its charms—as has her involvement with Clarksville Young Professionals. “I’ve lived in Clarksville a year, and CYP has helped me meet new people, form stronger relationships both personally and professionally, and has really given me a great way to familiarize myself with the area and come to love Clarksville on a more personal level,” she says. “I think people should join CYP because it’s a great place to get out in the community and meet similar people who hold many of the same professional goals and aspirations.” U.S. Bank Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. www.vipclarksville.com • 39

Derby Hat Decorating Party

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“The Kentucky Derby is known as 'The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports'”. Betty Vinson shared this thought with ladies at the Hopkinsville Art Gallery, “part southern tradition, part spectacle, Beverly Atwood the Kentucky Derby Hat Parade is a big part of what makes Derby Day one of the greatest people-watching events in the world.” Hopkinsville Art Guild hosted a Derby Hat Decorating Party inside the Hopkinsville Art Gallery on 6th Street where participants enjoyed refreshments, and were provided basic hats or headbands, and everything they would need to create their very own, completely unique Derby Hat or Fascinator. “We are having a party,” Vinson said. “It's just a chance for our friends to come out and have some fun decorating their own Derby Hats. The Kentucky Derby always takes place on the first Saturday in May, so we wanted to host this event in April, that way the hats will be ready to wear to all the upcoming Derby parties. We are expecting about 20 ladies today.” Included with the $10 ticket was, a selection of hats with different colored bands, an assortment of flowers and other embellishments, and all the tools and materials needed to attach the items.

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A beautiful display of hats that had been worn at past Kentucky Derby events offered inspiration. To complete the afternoon in style, Derby Pie was served, another great Kentucky tradition. Carol Puth & Carolyn Self

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Q Realty Easter Egg Hunt Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The weather was cold and wet, but that didn’t dampen the mood for the nearly 1,500 people who showed up to enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny, a gigantic egg hunt, free food, games, prizes, bouncy houses and more. Q Realty's Easter Egg Hunt at Rotary Park was an afternoon filled with excitement and love for the community. Tara and Norman Quirion fought back tears as they spoke about their gratitude to the community. “We are absolutely humbled beyond words at the amount of people who have turned out today,” Tara Quirion said. “The reason we do this kind of thing is that we love this community with all our hearts. To be blessed enough to have a successful business and give back to all these beautiful children is the most humbling thing in the world.” There was joy and laughter as kids played, and parents watched. One lady approached one of the 'Q'sters' to express her thanks. She tearfully said, her 'grand-kids just lost everything in a fire, and this show of love is coming at the perfect time.' “The energy from today, and the people, it's just unbelievable,” Norman Quirion said. “So many times we have received so much from this community. To be able to give back, it just means everything to Tara and me.” “We're going to do this every year,” Tara Quirion said. “Next year, it's going to be twice as big. We put out 5,000 eggs this year, next year we will do 10,000.” Callie, Jonathan & Raegan Schnepp

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T he Little Mermaid Story + Photography by Tony Centzone

Campanile Productions just wrapped a triumphant run of Disney's The Little Mermaid at Hopkinsville's Historic Alhambra Theater.

Director Jeff Riggs brought to life the story, set in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, of the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Riggs also had the pleasure of working with an outstanding cast which included his daughter Anna Beth Riggs, who delivered an impressive performance as Ariel. “First of all, we are very grateful to this community for the support we have received,” Jeff Riggs said. “More than 5,000 people came out to support us. This is an expensive show. It costs about $50,000 to stage, and as a not-for-profit company, the pressure is always on for us to recoup those funds. Beverly Fort & Matt Robinson

“So, thanks to tremendous ticket sales, and the support of our Betty Howard & Molly Brim signature sponsors, Jennie Stuart Health, Planters Bank, and Hughart, Beard and Giles Funeral Home, we were able to make this happen. And, we look forward to our future shows.” Campanile Productions' next show will be The Addams Family in October. This summer they will be hosting a summer camp for kids grades 1 – 12. Information can be found on their Facebook page. For more information about what's coming up at The Historic Alhambra Theater, go to their website at www.pennyroyalarts.org.

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Steak Dinner

CLARKSVILLE ACADEMY Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville Academy recently hosted its 30th Annual 'An Evening with Friends' Steak Dinner, a candlelight threecourse meal held on Proctor Court in the Activities Center. “We have 400 guests this year,” CA's Director of Marketing and Development, Sally Allen said. “We have about 70 student servers, and we have about 100 students from grades 3 - 12 who will be performing tonight as part of our Lower, Intermediate, and Upper School Choirs.” Allen says that this event began as a fundraiser for CA 30 years ago. It was a way to bring additional funds for school programs. “Helen Allen, my mother-in-law, was involved in the first Steak Dinner, and we still use this event as a way to offset our annual fund. This has grown into a bigger night than we could have imagined, and it's always highly anticipated Mayor Joe & Cindy Pitts by our students and their families.” Allen's husband Frazier was put to work as well. He and a team of volunteers were outside braving the cool, rainy weather, grilling 365 steaks and 70 chickens to satisfy the hungry crowd of CA supporters.

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“It's a lot of work, but it happens pretty fast,” Allen said. “Our grill team fired up the steaks and chicken just as the guests were served their salads. Our Cafeteria Director, Karen Dirksen did all the baked potatoes, and apples, and all the rest. “We built this special stage for tonight's presentation. The students have been working on this since January, and everyone really looks forward to this. It has become quite a tradition.” Bayleigh Robinson Sal & Andrea Herrera

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20 Season Opening Day th

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Janie and Milt Corley were all smiles recently as they opened Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf for its 20th season. “This is our 19th year, but it's actually our 20th season,” Janie Corley said. “Next year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of having guests on the farm. “We've never had a little pig and a calf that would take a bottle before, but this year we do, and people are very excited about that. Also new this year, we are putting a little plaque with historical information on all the equipment that we have sitting around on the farm.”

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Corley says people always asked her about the ages, uses, and names of the different types of equipment, so this will bring an additional educational element to the farm. “So, in addition to all the food, animals, and golf, now there is a little history for everyone,” Corley said. “As the season progresses we will have more historical signs and old photos to show where the farm has come from. Starting in May, we will be bringing back our scavenger hunt. It's just a fun way to find things you might not have seen before.

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“And, on Fathers Day weekend, we are going to do a family campout. We encourage families to bring tents, RV's or whatever. We think that will be a great weekend for a family camping event.” Corley wants to let everyone know that during the summer season, nights are a great time to come to the farm. “It's so much fun when the sun and the temperature goes down,” Corley said. “And, of course, the golf course is all lit up.” Information about hours, upcoming events and more can be found at www.christianwayfarm.com. Kayla, J.D., Nessa & Jared Colvin

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Over the past few decades, third-party Internet travel booking sites have exploded in their numbers, offering all kinds of package deals that include everything from air travel, cruises, and hotel stays to fullyplanned experiential vacations that give you a pre-planned itinerary of tickets to everything from museums and concerts to theme parks

MWR programs by providing commissions from every booking made,” the release goes on to say. “Awarding the no-cost contract to Priceline is a major milestone for the Services and a testament to their collaborative and transformative efforts. While there are many forprofit online leisure travel offerings marketing to the military today,

and guided tours. Need a dinner reservation? They can have it set up by the time you arrive at your destination, all with a few simple clicks of your mouse and some credit card info. It’s amazing to see some of the deals that you can score while you’re using these sites—not to mention the conveniences they afford—so it’s hardly any mystery that so many people would rather use them than having to do it all in pieces, working their way through the websites of car rental agencies, airlines, and hotels to book each individually and wonder if they’ve really gotten the best price.

American Forces Travel is the only official joint service owned online leisure travel program.”

Undeniably sitting at the top of the food chain is Priceline, a travel site whose legendary deals and steals have made it one of the first sites that people seek when they’re making travel plans. Its competitive pricing adds peace of mind, their customer service is award-winning, and— to top it all off—they’ve even begun doing something that no other third-party booking site has done: working directly with the newlyformed American Forces Travel to offer exclusive rates available to no one else. According to the AFT site, “American Forces Travel is a new Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program arising out of a joint service initiative combining the efforts of each of the five branches of service (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) and MWR and Resale Policy. Because the Internet is now the most popular way to research and book travel, the branches of Service chose to evolve their travel offering…[and] have contracted with a world leader in travel, Priceline, to deliver high value travel benefits to the U.S. military community. American Forces Travel will transform the way MWR provides online leisure services to our Service members and families, empowering them to revitalize, reconnect, be well, and most importantly, mission-ready.” “In addition to dramatically enhancing quality of life for the military community, American Forces Travel will inject critical revenue into

So just what does that mean? Better rates for both current and retired members of all branches of the military and their families, better sales and service support, and better travel. Period. According to a recent article on taskandpurpose.com, in fact, more than a million hotel deals will now be available in more than 71,000 destinations around the globe. That gives a whole new meaning to opening up a world of possibilities, doesn’t it? It’s a win-win for everyone, to be sure, as most military leisure travel has, in the past, typically been handled by travel agents on military bases. According to AFT’s recent press release regarding the partnership with Priceline, “The DoD chose to create a new online platform that was modern, fast, and widely accessible and to populate the site with the broadest and deepest collection of travel deals as a way to thank the military community for their service.” Deciding on the best partner wasn’t as simple as picking a name out of a hat, however; and Priceline had to edge out its competitors to be selected at the end of a bidding process among many of the largest online travel agencies. Naturally, winning the bid is a huge point of pride and a great honor for Priceline. “American Forces Travel was developed [to give] people who support the United States of America through military service…access to the world’s most exclusive travel deals,” says Priceline CEO Brett Keller. “We were thrilled to be selected by the Department of Defense and have worked closely with them over the past year to bring the site to life.” Now that the site’s gone live, it’s time to seek out the adventure that awaits. For more information, visit www.americanforcestravel.com.

See Disney in your travel plans for the future? The Happiest Place on Earth is now even happier for members of the military, as Walt Disney World has launched Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort. Located between two PGA golf courses and convenient to the theme park, Shades of Green is an exclusive-access resort for military personnel and their families that offers affordable rates on park tickets, experiences, dining, and accommodations. For more information, visit www.shadesofgreen.org. www.vipclarksville.com • 51

CLARKSVILLE CHIVE Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Hundreds of Clarksville Chive members gathered recently at Old Glory Distilling Co. for the 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball, an elegant evening of music, dancing and games. “We have 10,200 members in Clarksville,” Site administrator Todd Wild said. “We do community service and charity work on a local level, then once a year we do an event for Chive Nation, for Chive Charities. That's what tonight's ball is about.”

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Formal attire was encouraged for this year's ball, which was themed Enchanted. The costumes ranged from princes and princesses to evil witches and more. An opening act of Cabaret dancers kicked off the event which included entertainment throughout the night as well as a silent auction. To learn more about Clarksville Chive and their mission, find them on Facebook www.FB.com/groups/chiveclarksville

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Oak Grove Gaming & Racing

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Two great names in horse racing, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, came together recently to break ground on a new racing and gaming facility in Oak Grove, Kentucky. Hundreds were on hand to watch as project leaders and local officials symbolically turned shovels of dirt on the property that will eventually house stables, a paddock, and a harness racing track. Oak Grove Racing & Gaming is scheduled to open in October, 2019. Phase two of the project, with an estimated completion date of Spring/ Summer 2020, will include an amphitheater, gaming facilities with as many as 1,500 casino style machines, and a 128-room hotel. “This is going to have a huge impact on the community,” Christian County Chamber of Commerce President, Kelli Pendleton said. “It's certainly going to elevate Oak Grove and Christian County. When it comes to tourism, it's very important for any community to look for opportunities that will draw people from the outside, in. This will be a huge draw. ” Estimates put the total initial investment at $150 million. 800 construction jobs, and then 400 permanent jobs will be created. “It's going to have such a positive impact,” Pendleton said. “We really do have two of the best in the industry, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, partnering and investing in Western Kentucky. This is a big day for our community.”

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WALK A MILE walk a mile

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Austin Peay State University's 3rd Annual Walk A Mile in Their Shoes was held recently at Fortera Stadium. Scores of supporters came out on a very cold afternoon to walk in support of Clarksville's Sexual Assault Center. In a statement on the organization's Facebook page, “APSU is one of the leading institutions in regards to domestic violence and sexual assault prevention in the state of Tennessee. APSU is committed to supporting our local Sexual Assault Center. “The Sexual Assault Center's mission is to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault, and to end sexual violence through counseling, education and advocacy.” The Sexual Assault Center in Clarksville is located at 1725 Wilma Rudolph Blvd, Suite 1. For more information, go to Mayor Joe Pitts & Rep. Jason Hodges www.sacenter.org or call (931) 241-4144.

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Workplace romance isn’t all that uncommon, but how many people can say that their boss was in on the surprise proposal? It’s a unique situation, to be sure, but for dedicated BSN Sports employees Macie McBride and Josh Roberts, a work-related “new client meeting” with her boss was actually the perfect cover for Josh’s plan to pop the question, surprising her with a ring that he customized with the help of a few trusted advisors. “Josh chose the center stone for my ring first,” Macie says of the 1.5 carat round cut diamond that now boasts center stage on her ring finger. “His mother helped him in that decision, and then he found the setting for it to be mounted in. My godchildren were a big influence in helping him pick the perfect setting.” Set in white and rose gold with 12 smaller round diamonds going down the sides, the ring is everything Macie could have dreamed of and more. “It’s perfect!” Having grown up with the Smiley family, Josh had the advantage of knowing exactly where to go when he was ready to propose, confident that the excellence and quality of their pieces were everything his bride-to-be deserved. “Josh’s family has used McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers for all their jewelry needs for years, so it was a natural choice,” says Macie. Both sports lovers and former coaches for various local teams, Macie and Josh’s connection was natural and deep, but their ties to sports is only one of the many things that unite them. The couple also shares a love of the water and hope to one day live on the lake; but for now, they’re finding their happy place at Hilton Head Island, where they’ll exchange their vows on July 27, 2019.

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Fieldstone Place Easter Egg Hunt Story + Photography by Shona Leah Eager Easter egg hunters gathered at Fieldstone Place with baskets in hand in anticipation of what has become a yearly event for the community. Fieldstone residents looked on as children ages 2-10 searched high and low, filling their baskets with the colors of Springtime. Activity Director, Chesney Lancaster, donned her bunny ears as the children excitedly searched for the over 1,400 eggs that were donated for the event. Hidden among the chairs and tables were also 14 golden eggs, winning the lucky finders a special basket filled with goodies! Ghent Heisinger, standing with his mother, Jessica, peered into his basket and exclaimed, “I got all of them,” when asked how many eggs he found. The smiles certainly weren’t hidden, as they shone brightly on faces of the young and the Wyatt & Cassidee Eddings young at heart.

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Strawberry Alley Ale Works First Anniversary

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Strawberry Alley Ale Works recently celebrated its 1st birthday in grand style, with giveaways, raffles, commemorative t-shirts, and some great deals on food and drinks. The celebration was scheduled on a Thursday night from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and the popular downtown eatery quickly filled to capacity. The Ale Works' managers and crew were excited about the turnout, saying, “we just wanted to show our appreciation to our great customers, and say thank you for making this a great first year. Strawberry Alley Ale Works is already building a reputation for fast, friendly service, great made-from-scratch menu items, and some of the best hand-crafted beers in the area. “It's been a year since we opened our restaurant and brewery here in Clarksville, GM Phil Galloway said. “The Cunningham Michaela Helson & Phil Galloway family had a vision to help revitalize the downtown area, and make it a better place for the community, and it has been great.”

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Galloway described the evening as bittersweet, due to the recent, unexpected loss of long-time local businessman and Ale Works visionary Tom Cunningham. “We lost Tom,” Galloway said. “He was a great friend, and a great person. This has been a trying time for us all, but I know Tom's family is committed to carrying on his mission.”

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SALUTE TO THE TROOPS PRE-SHOW PARTY Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Tried-N-True Wrestling and Impact Wrestling held a preshow meet and greet for their fans, prior to presenting an evening of entertainment for the troops and their families at Fort Campbell. “This is our pre-show party for the Impact Wrestling/TriedN-True Salute To The Troops,” Eric Lehman said. “We have partnered with Impact to bring the troops at Fort Campbell a free show. Anyone who can get on post can come to the event and we are expecting about 1,500 people, so it will be standing room only. It's going to be a lot of fun.” The meet and greet, which was held at Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center, was an opportunity for fans to spend time with their favorite wrestlers and personalities. There was a picture booth and a question and answer session. “We have The War Kings here tonight, Crimson and Jax Dane,” Lehman said. “We also have Bram, a very well known Impact Wrestler. Tony LoCascio and Chris Melendez are here too. Melendez is known as Sarge. He is an Iraq war veteran who Eric & Dr. Kimberly Lehman lost a leg, and now wrestles with a prosthetic.

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“There are many more from Impact here tonight, lots of great athletes for the fans to meet. We're excited for a really great show at Fort Campbell.”

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Eric Lehman and William Johnson recently celebrated the grand opening of the Clarksville branch of Concord Title and the relocation of their law firm. About 100 people came out for an evening of food, drink and magic. A tent was set up in front of the building to accommodate the crowd. A bartender served beverages, and a food truck, only steps away, offered some tasty street food. Inside the building, Bryan Shadow from House of Cards performed magic for the guests. “This is the fourth Tennessee office for Concord Title,” Lehman said. “My law partner William Johnson and I, partnered with the folks from Concord Title to bring this business to Clarksville. We will specialize in a concierge type, customer-focused luxury closing.” Lehman says the company will focus on the experience of the buyer and seller at the closing table. Laura Crawford & Lisia Woods

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“Too often, the experience means being stuck in a room with white walls and a stack of papers in front of you,” Lehman said. “You're rushed through the process, and at the end, you've bought or sold a house and it was a bland experience. You may have not even completely understood what you were signing.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Hosted by Fortera Credit Union

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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Davis & Danielle Stack

Fortera Credit Union recently hosted the April Business After Hours for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, an event originally scheduled at Downtown Commons

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“Tonight is the Chamber's Business After Hours, and we are very proud to be this month's host,” Fortera's Susan Dickinson said. “We had a last-minute change in venue because of the inclement weather that is supposed to be coming in tonight, so we find ourselves at TownePlace Suites by Marriott. I believe they just had their grand opening in February, and it is a beautiful facility.” In spite of the heavy rain, and the last-minute relocation, as many as 150 people were expected to attend as Fortera has a reputation for hosting great events. “We have a live band, and a great assortment of food catered by Tanglewood House,” Dickinson said. “We try to host Business After Hours at least once a year. It's important for us to support our community, and one of our core values at Fortera is 'We Serve'. So, we do service at a lot of levels.

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One of those ways is through the Chamber of Commerce. We like to provide a great networking opportunity for local business people. They come to these events and get to know each other, and then actually help support each other as this community moves forward.”

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Kennedy Voxe & Makenzie Young

Diane Tamboer, Kim Smith & Jane Stevenson

Peyton Garman & Susan Dickinson

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GARDEN & OUTDOOR LIVING EXPO Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The Christian County Master Gardener Association recently hosted its annual Christian County Garden & Outdoor Living Expo at Hopkinsville's Bruce Convention Center. The free event featured a variety of gardening exhibitors, educational sessions, and activities for the kids. The two-day event also had free giveaways and a silent auction. The University of Kentucky's Kelly Jackson is Christian County's Extension Agent for Horticulture. “Our office has been involved with this event for several years,” Jackson said. We've been at the Bruce Center for the last four. We try to gear this event toward Angie Muraissic & Akiko Uema landscaping, flowers, plants, and outdoor living.”

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Jackson says that about 1,000 guests usually attend the two-day show. “Hopefully, they will see lots of things for their landscape,” Jackson said. Our vendors have a great variety of flowers, baskets, flowering trees and shrubs for their landscaping needs. There is also a lot of garden art that people enjoy. We do have a tree service company on hand, and some other service providers as well.” On Saturday, the Expo also features a schedule of classes.

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“This is a free event,” Jackson said. “It's a great way to get vendors in front of the public, and increase awareness. It's also a great way for us to educate people about gardening.”

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Ovation Awards Story + Photography by Tony Centonze APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) recently hosted its annual Ovation Awards at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall, recognizing individuals and groups who are dedicated to building and sustaining arts and culture in Montgomery County. CECA Director Janice Crews took a moment to talk about the much anticipated afternoon of art and music. “This is our annual Ovation Awards Event,” Crews said. “Today, we honor individuals and organizations in our community that make a difference through the arts. There is a business award, a community award, an individual artist award, and six young artist awards to be presented. We honor those individuals, but we also have a variety of performances that take place on the stage, and there is an art display in the lobby which brings it all together.”

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Several awards were presented throughout the afternoon. Ryan Bowie received this year's Mabry Award for his work with The Roxy Regional Theatre. Mike Ritter and Cumberland Winds were recognized for Music Performance and Musical Outreach. “We are also recognizing six young artists with awards today,” Crews said. “These are local high school Juniors and Seniors who are showing their passion for the arts. And, throughout the event, we will have performances by 11 different groups, ranging from a community school ballet class to professionals from Roxy Regional Theatre, to a massive brass group, about 35 musicians, who will close out today's show.”

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Mayor Jim Durrett & Amanda Blount

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An Evening with Hope Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville's Hope Pregnancy Center recently held its annual fundraising event, an Evening With Hope, drawing more than 150 guests to Spring Creek Baptist Church for a night of dining, entertainment and testimony about its ongoing mission. Pamella Dill talked about the evening, and the work being done by Hope Pregnancy Center. “This is our annual event which helps us raise the money needed to allow us to continue providing free services to our clients,” Dill said. “Tonight's event helps us get new donors and possibly new volunteers, and it gives people a chance to learn more about what we do at the center.” Hope Pregnancy Center offers a variety of services, including a Mom to Mom Mentoring Group, and an Earn as You Learn program, where young mothers can earn money to buy baby food, clothes, and formula at Josephine's Closet.

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This year's event featured catering by Nicoletta's, and entertainment by featured speaker Mike G. Williams. “Mike is a comedian,” Dill said. “He will perform his show, but he also has a wonderful testimony that is connected to pregnancy centers. So, he will also share his message with our audience tonight.” For more information about Hope Pregnancy Center, go to www.hopepregnancy.net or call (931) 645- 2273.

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As the city of Clarksville, Montgomery County, and the entire MiddleTennessee region continue to grow at an unprecedented pace, we are hearing from multiple sources, of a long-overdue revitalization of our city's downtown. Perennial downtown favorites like Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, Mildred & Mable's, and Couture Crush have in recent years been joined by & Vinyl, Hot Pita, Hey Noli, Golly G's at Downtown Commons, and others. As Clarksville and Montgomery County continue to grow, downtown itself seems to finally be gaining traction. One recent article estimated that Montgomery County can expect to add as many as 90,000 new residents over the course of the next 20 years. Rapid growth brings changes, good and bad, to a community. Managing that growth will be essential to a positive outcome. 100 Days after the recent Mayoral election, the City of Clarksville issued a statement which read in part: “Keeping faith with a key campaign promise, Mayor Pitts has dramatically changed the tone of intergovernmental communication and coordination, especially with Montgomery County Government.” 76 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | May 2019

This sense of cooperation comes to our city at the perfect time. Economic Development Council CEO Jeff Truitt estimates that since the initial ground breaking at Downtown Commons, between $15 million and $16 million in property transfers have taken place just in the downtown area. Information from Two Rivers Company shows that since July of 2016, there have been more than 100 property transfers in the Central Business District. That represents a tremendous investment in our downtown, and leaders in the local business community, as well as elected officials, have definitely taken notice. Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett recently unveiled plans for a $105 million multi-purpose event center. Durrett said these particular plans have been in the works for about three years. Insiders know, proposals for this type of facility have been talked about for the last two decades. Is now the time? It seems, that finally, all the necessary pieces for a broad downtown revitalization are in place. In the month of May, Mayor Durrett called for a meeting to discuss his proposed project. Durrett says the cost of the event center would be funded from multiple sources, including

tenant fees, seat-user fees, facility naming rights, and tax revenue stimulated by the facility itself. So, how much additional growth would it create? How many more people would be visiting downtown? “We (Economic Development Council) are the umbrella that encompasses the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Industrial Development Board, and the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, EDC CEO Jeff Truitt said. “We have a lot of people working to support our existing businesses, as well as to bring new businesses and visitors to the community.” Truitt referred to some of the larger community's recent accomplishments. “We've welcomed Hankook, LG, and Google over the last six or seven years,” he said. “Any community in the United States would be happy to get even one of those businesses. So this has been an amazing time for us. Our whole region has done well.” Many leaders will tell you that Tennessee's tax structure, which contrasts starkly to states like Illinois and California, is contributing greatly to our current business and population growth. “Tennessee is very friendly, and we are unbelievably geographically blessed,” Truitt said. “We are within a day's drive of about 76% of America's population. That plays a big role when it comes to the distribution of products and goods. “Our cost of living is also pretty amazing. Your dollar goes a long way in Clarskville. And, we have an incredible school system. Those are two major factors for people relocating here. We've demonstrated great teamwork in going after these big companies. But, also a lot of effort has gone into bringing in new retail and residential.” Truitt went on to talk about the need to elevate rent rates, so as to keep up with the cost of construction. Construction costs in Clarksville and Nashville are similar, but the rental income disparity is dramatic. This brings us back to downtown. “Millions of dollars in property has changed hands since the Downtown Commons groundbreaking, and the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing district. Now those properties are in transition, whether it be new construction or rehabilitation. “I'm hopeful that in May, the County Commission will vote to purchase the property so that project can move forward. It's a great project that

So, what does downtown need most? “Downtown needs a residential component,” Truitt said. “It needs a mixed-use residential component, then the rest will follow. Maybe we can get a small food store, where people can buy necessities. We also need some upper-end condominiums, and rooftop type developments. These things will help us reach that next stage of growth. “Downtown has some great anchors; Strawberry Alley Ale Works, Blackhorse Brewery, Edwards the kinds of things we need downtown, and we need to continue to grow that segment.” Allen Moser, a local real estate investor, is very much in sync with Truitt's thinking. “I've got four buildings downtown,” Moser said. “Two are complete, two are still in progress.” Moser has recently purchased and re-purposed 106 2nd St, and 120 Franklin St. He is striving to develop a mix of retail, restaurant and residential space, and he says there is already a demand. “I think downtown is positioned to see more rapid appreciation than the rest of the market,” Moser said. “I've had a lot of money in multifamily projects, and there is a lot of national interest in that segment, which has helped set the market. But, I think I can get a better return on my money, downtown, and ride the wave of downtown revitalization that is finally happening in Clarksville. It's already happened in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, even Franklin.”

will continue to be a catalyst for downtown. When Mayor Durrett broke ground on Downtown Commons, he said, 'this is not about a moment, it's about a movement'. Its impact has been a great step forward.”

Moser says, historically, Clarksville property trends have followed California by 30 - 40 years, and Nashville by about 15 years. Smaller communities are poised to move a little quicker. “The revitalization that we see now is what we saw in Knoxville in the early 2,000's,” Moser said. “So, when I look at where Knoxville is today, I get really excited about Clarksville's future.” www.vipclarksville.com • 77

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He went on to say that the projected 90,000 new residents over the next 20 years is only slightly higher than our historic growth. “That's only about 1-½ times higher than what we have done over the last ten years,”Moser said. “The census year that's coming up will give us a better read on the last ten years. I'm excited that there's a lot going on downtown. “127 Franklin St. is an example of what I want to see downtown. Copper Petal has moved in, and they are doing really well. I adapted the parking at the rear of that building, it's now being used by Roux, as downtown's first (current era) outdoor patio. I'm also looking at putting a 1-bedroom, 1-1/2 bathroom apartment on the second floor.” Moser says there is more commercial than residential space available downtown. He sees high demand for both. “There is a lot of demand,” Moser said. “I also bought the former Woolworth's building, and I'm turning that into an indoor mall, similar to the Nashville Arcade. It's like a turn-of-the-century (19th century) mall. There will be various store fronts, separated by a 10-foot wide walkway that connects the

Franklin St. restaurant/retail corridor with the parking garage on Commerce St. I hope to have a barber shop, a convenience store, and maybe an art gallery there.” Moser went on to say that, without Montgomery County's multimillion dollar investment in downtown Commons, and Tom Cunningham's substantial investment in Strawberry Alley Ale Works, downtown would not have shifted like it has.

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“I feel like downtown has hit a tipping point, and it's really moving forward,” Moser said. “I'm happy to be a small part of it. It takes a community to embrace these ideas and keep this momentum going. Our city needs a heart, and downtown is the natural heart of the city. The heart of a city is its downtown, and I think we are seeing this community finally embrace ours.” Many events are on the schedule this year that will benefit the Two Rivers Company, a non-profit organization focused on enhancing Clarksville, Tennessee's downtown and river district area. Information can be found at www.tworiverscompany.com. CDE just announced a summer concert series for 2019, Mic Check Mondays. And, Downtown Commons just kicked off its summer concert series Downtown @ Sundown. The 2019 lineup will feature concerts every 1st and 3rd Friday, May to October. For a complete schedule, go to www.downtowncommons.org.




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Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The good folks at The Belle Hollow recently sent a message to the community, inviting guests to come out for a chance to meet “talented like-minded women while shopping socially!” “We call this the Local Girl Gang,” Belle Hollow's Luci Armitstead said. “My whole intention with this is to try to get local women-owned businesses to come together and put on a fun community event. And, for our inaugural outing, I think we have put a number of really great vendors all in one place.” Armistead and her team were up against several other events, but were very pleased with the turnout. More than 15 vendors were in attendance for the evening of 'social shopping' that included free admission, free appetizers, and a cash bar.

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“I was nervous about today's turnout, there is so much going on this weekend,” Armitstead said. “But, we were able to get the word out, and I'm really happy with how busy we are already. Most of our vendors today are focused on products for women and babies, but primarily women, and everyone seems to be having a lot of fun.”

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