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Table of Contents | the Gentlemen’s Issue 2020 Events
From the Cover
NORMAN QUIRION, O'NEAL WIGGINS DARRION WILEY-HUNT, ANTHONEY THOMPSON, ERIC LEHMAN, ERIC NORMAN, DANIEL MARTINEZ & MARIO NORMAN COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSH VAUGN PHOTOGRAPHY
Features LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHING TEAM................................10 CLARKSVILLE'S QUINTESSENTIAL GENTLEMEN...............14 GENTLEMEN OF CLARKSVILLE: NATHAN CLARK.............19 SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS.............................................................27 RELIANT BANK: BANKING DONE DIFFERENTLY...............29 QUIRION REALTY CROSSWORD..............................................47 MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD 2020................................52 GENTLEMEN OF CLARKSVILLE: ERIC LEHMAN................54 SALUTE TO SERVICE | THE SHEEPDOG INITIATIVE........62 GENTLEMEN OF CLARKSVILLE: ERIC YOW........................68 HOMETOWN HAPPENINGS.......................................................79 RAISING A SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN.....................................81 THE BEAT: CHRIS SHRADER.....................................................99 GENTLEMEN OF CLARKSVILLE: MIKE LANGLEY.............100 8 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE | THE GENTLEMEN'S ISSUE
CUSTOMS HOUSE GRAND ILLUMINATION ..................12 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY & PARADE.........................16 BENTLEY MEADOWS GOLF SCRAMBLE.........................20 LOCAL GIRL GANG................................................................22 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT OLD GLORY......................24 CLARKSVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF SCRAMBLE....................................................................28 BLUE STAR FAMILIES WELCOME HOME........................30 ON-PURPOSE COACHING...................................................32 CLARKSVILLE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION GOLF SCRAMBLE....................................................................34 OAK GROVE RACING, GAMING & HOTEL GRAND OPENING...................................................................37 APPLETON HARLEY-DAVIDSON FALL OPEN HOUSE & 18TH ANNUAL BUDDY & GLENN MEMORIAL POKER RUN...................38 BROOKDALE CLARKSVILLE ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA CARE AFTER HOUR.............40 WALK FOR LIFE.............................................................................42 ORANGETHEORY DRI TRI.........................................................44 ROTARIANS TAKE OVER LIBERTY PARK..............................46 CLARKSVILLE BBQ BASH..........................................................48 HONORING LATINO MILITARY HEROES..............................50 OLD GLORY 4TH BIRTHDAY........................................................56 MADE IN THE SHADE GRAND OPENING............................58 QUIGG & CALLENDER PROJECT............................................60 WADE BOURNE NATURE CENTER GRAND OPENING....64 LEADERSHIP CLARKSVILLE GRADUATION.........................66 MINGLE WITH LOCAL..................................................................70 UNION HOME MORTGAGE GRAND OPENING...................73 GOVS FALL GOLF CLASSIC.......................................................74 SHOWERS OF LOVE....................................................................76 FORT CAMPBELL SPOUSES TOUR DOWNTOWN............82 CITY BOY COUNTRY LIFE AT THE ROXY............................83 FARMERS TO FAMILIES..............................................................85 BEAUTIFUL INSIDE & OUT L.O.S.S. GLAM DAY.................88 FRANKENMURDER MYSTERY DINNER................................90 20TH ANNUAL EAGLES TOY RUN...........................................92 HOLIDAY SIPS & STROLLS.......................................................94 HARRY POTTER TRIVIA..............................................................95 TRILOGY AT THE RUBY CORA................................................97 FORT CAMPBELL POWER BREAKFAST...............................102 YAIPAKS FUNDRAISING DINNER...........................................105
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Letter from the Publishing Team Deat Readers & Friends, As we reflect on the year that no one saw coming, it might be tempting to look at the tumultuous happenings. However, we feel it is of paramount importance to see the good, find the silver linings, and intentionally focus on the positives. Upon consideration of our journeys this year, the VIP publishing team broke 2020 down into our top three takeaways: First, through the pandemic, we have seen community organizations step up more than ever before. Nonprofits like United Way, the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, YAIPaks, The Sheepdog Initiative, Manna Café, Loaves and Fishes, Urban Ministries, and so many more have been confronting the effects of the pandemic head-on. When services and facilities stopped, these organizations pooled resources, collaborated, and found a way to meet people where they were at. People who couldn’t volunteer with these organizations were quick to respond with generosity in the form of fiscal and material donations. Second, our community is adaptable and resilient. We are especially proud of our small businesses, who have adapted, overcame, and are thriving. The call to innovate and completely change operating procedures came over night, and without a doubt, they rose to the occasion.
It warms our hearts to see the business to business collaboration that has been taking place all over our city. What began in the shutdown has continued, and that is truly the spirit of Clarksville in action. Third we are more capable of unity than we ever thought possible. For those who were worried about shelter, they were provided a roof. For those who were worried about food security, they were provided hot meals and boxes of groceries. Our community is unique in that our population is incredibly regionally diverse. Fort Campbell and Austin Peay State University are major hubs for the vibrancy and freshness of our transient Clarksville populations. With quarantine, that could have meant loneliness and isolation, but it did not. The Mayors held daily addresses, the city and county governments collaborated to create a program in which our leaders could read stories to children virtually, meetings and social gatherings of all kinds were held virtually, and we quickly created a new normal. We embraced each other, we shared a deeply profound experience, and above all, we came together. VIP Clarksville Magazine, and the entire 16 Media family feels incredibly humbled and blessed to be part of this community. Clarksville is truly spectacular.
Happiest of Holidays, Ashley Mynatt & Bethany Sigler
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MANAGING EDITOR BETHANY SIGLER
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS TONY CENTONZE JOSH VAUGHN MARTY RAY LORNETH PETERS
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The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, one of the most photographed buildings in the state of Tennessee, has recently undergone an amazing transformation. Frank Lott and his team at the museum were joined by hundreds of supporters for the recent unveiling of the historic structure’s Grand Illumination.
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“It has been a longtime dream of myself and the leadership at Customs House Museum, to illuminate the magnificent limestone facade, slate roof and copper ornaments of this unique landmark. Now we will finally fulfill that dream,” Museum Executive Director Frank Lott said. “This is all thanks to the financial support of three primary sponsors: CDE Lightband, Planters Bank, and the Mike O’Malley family.”
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Second Street was blocked off for the evening. A crowd of supporters gathered, to first enjoy live music provided by members of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, then to listen to the words of Lott and others involved in the project. At dusk, the switch was thrown, and the Clarksville landmark was lit up like never before.
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Lott says he is hopeful that this project, “... will bring a bit of positivity, and a renewed sense of optimism to the community. The pandemic has everyone in a bit of a fog. We want people to realize that there is a light at the end of this. This iconic structure will be seen as never before, … the beauty of this treasured gem will shine as a beacon of community pride.”
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Gentlemen By Bethany Sigler he South and Americana are synonymous. T The colloquial, endearing terms we are known for: Southern Hospitality, Southern Belles and Southern Gentlemen seem to make up the very atoms of our soil. It is inevitable, entrenched, and inescapably part of the culture. Those ideas have existed as far as memory serves, and yet, what keeps it going? Tradition? Quite possibly. The elder generation taking the up-andcoming generation under their wing? Perhaps. Instead of leaving it up to chance, Norman Quirion decided to make it intentional. He tells VIP, “You can throw money at something all day. People who want to do good, do good.” In its inaugural year, Clarksville’s Quintessential Gentlemen sought to identify young men with great potential, gift them new suits, shirts, ties, treat them to an expertly catered meal, host a professional top of the line photoshoot complete with headshots, and connect the young men with community mentors. Owner of Wedding Belles, Lisa Forest, surprised the group by gifting each young man new shoes to match their new suit. Partnering with Dr. Eric Norman of Austin Peay State University to identify four exceptional young men, the creation CQG quickly ensued. 2020 mentors include: Norman Quirion of Quirion Realty, Eric Norman of APSU, Eric Lehman of Lehman & Johnson and Concord Title, and O’Neal Wiggins of Wiggins Medical Transport. Each metor is exceptional in their field, and made the conscious decision to eagerly
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and generously invest in the next generation. The true stars of the hour, Clarksville’s Quintessential Gentlemen, include Anthoney Thompson, Daniel Martinez, Darrion WileyHunt, and Mario Norman. Each young man was fitted for a brand-new suit at Wedding Belles in Downtown Clarksville, on Franklin Street. The gentlemen then gathered at Wedding Belles for a photoshoot by world renowned photographer, Josh Vaughn. With their names in lights at the Roxy Regional Theatre, and the snow falling, the young men strutted their new duds up and down Franklin Street. After having appetizers at Blackhorse, the CQG crew headed back over to the event space at Wedding Belles for dinner catered by Kimo’s Hawaiian Bar & Grill. Wedding Belles was an incredibly gracious host, and ensured the upstairs event space was immaculately prepared for an evening of conversation and fellowship. The chosen young men are entrepreneurs, dreamers, visionaries, and ultimately embody the modern Southern Gentleman. That is the true vision behind Clarksville’s Quintessential Gentlemen. Community Partners for the event include: Josh Vaughn Photography- Cover Shot, Group Photoshoot, & Headshots Wedding Belles- Suits, Shoes & Venue Kimo’s Hawaiian Grill- Private Catered Dinner
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Larry Johnson, Charles Cook, Tony Saluzzo & Danny Clark
Major General Walter Lord, US Army (Retired)
Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade Story & Photography by Tony Centonze This year's Veterans Day Ceremony in Clarksville was smaller than those of recent years, but the symbols of the day were as moving, and the message was as powerful. A small crowd gathered along the street to watch and listen as local leaders sat at the base of the courthouse steps, then took their turn at the podium, sharing their thoughts about what our Veterans mean to the men and women of this community. Colonel Vernon Lightner & Colonel Mike Taliento
MCVSO Director Andrew Kester delivered this year's opening remarks, and was immediately followed by the American Legion Post 289 Color Guard. Stella McKnight sang the National Anthem, this year, without her CHS students, and CSM (Ret.) Bishop Timothy Grant Sr., delivered the invocation.
Major General, US Army (Ret.) Walter T. Lord delivered this year's keynote speech. Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett each took a few moments at the podium as well. The most moving part of the presentation each year is during the Laying of the Wreath ceremony. This year, Taps was performed by CHS Bugler, Gavin Jenkins.
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Bishop Grant and Mayor Durrett took the podium a second time to end the ceremony. In closing, the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band performed. The ceremony was followed by the annual Veterans Day Parade.
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Nathan Clark Nathan Clark, Store Manager of Lowe’s store 3003 right off of Madison Street, begins by telling VIP. “It was the most amazing project that I have done. It was the memorial trail for the Night Stalkers at Fort Campbell. We are going to have a dedication sometime in March and it will be extremely big.” While many Clarksvillians are familiar with Army terms, nicknames, and abbreviations, for those who might need a refresher, or are new here, the Night Stalkers are the 160TH Special Operations Aviation Regiment frequently shortened to SOAR. They are without a doubt the most elite group in the entire United States Armed Forces.
Clarksville 3003. He completely led the way and did a fantastic job leading our team to make the most out of our Hero’s project.” Nathan’s tremendous efforts expertly personify Clarksville, Montgomery County’s profound pride to be the home of Fort Campbell and the Night Stalkers. They are shining jewels in our community, and we are grateful for their dedication and sacrifice every day. The Night Stalker Trail memorializes each of the fallen Night Stalkers and includes 99 soldiers who lost their lives in combat or training exercises, and 44 soldiers who lost their lives outside of the line of duty.
Feats of philanthropy, like The reconstruction of the Night the Night Stalker Trail Stalker Trail was a massive reconstruction, are labors of undertaking, and Nathan lead love. We seem to see Nathan the entire district-wide Lowe’s voluntarily and humbly taking Helping Hero’s project. He spent them on at every turn. This Nathan Clark countless hours preparing and summer, VIP featured Nathan planning each and every element: Clark and the surprise donation the site plan, volunteers, and logistics. He led he and his Lowe’s team made to United Way of over 100 volunteers, got 12 different stores the Greater Clarksville Region at their Showers across the region involved, and dedicated an of Love event. Nathan is always seeking entire week to the construction and renovation opportunities to make our community a better of the Night Stalker Trail. The Night Stalker place. He doesn’t do it for the recognition, and organization, and dozens of current Night we feel it makes him all the more deserving of it. Stalkers participated in the mile-long trail Nathan Clark is a gentleman in the truest sense. rebuild. Additionally, Nathan went above and beyond, ensuring that all materials were donated Nathan and his wife Marcia Clark are lifetime to the project. residents of Montgomery County. In addition to being the Store Manager of Lowe’s on Madison Commending Nathan’s efforts, District Manager, Street, he and his wife own and operate The Richard Moss said, “I’ve been a part of many Ruby Cora. The Ruby Cora has earned the (projects), but this one was by far the most distinct designation of a Century Farm. In impactful and meaningful to the community and order to earn the Century Farm certification, the stores… We had Governors, Senators, State the farm must be verifiably owned and operated Reps and celebrities calling to recognize Lowe’s by the same family for at least 100 years. for our efforts. We heard from military leaders and got to connect with many service men and For more information about Nathan Clark, and women while working on the project. It was his efforts at Lowes’s, visit: www.lowes.com, call truly a great project and would not have been store 3003 at 931-920-5032, or pop in for a visit possible without Nathan Clark, Store Manager at 1622 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 19
Bentley Meadows Golf Scramble Bentley Meadows is the ultimate classic American neighborhood. The carefully cultivated atmosphere is a throwback to when life was slower, people knew their neighbors, and children could freely roam the neighborhood. Bentley Meadows is beloved by all who live there, and neighbors show up to support each other. When COVID changed the 2020 Buddy Walk, Bentley Meadows rallied together to do something about it. Thus, the Bentley Meadows Golf Scramble was created. Taking place on the rolling greens of The River Club, neighbors and friends gathered for a lively morning of golf and giving. All proceeds from the Bentley Meadows Golf Scramble were donated to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee ‘DSAMT’ Nashville Buddy Walk on behalf of the Nohea Cartel Team. To donate to DSAMT, check out their Facebook Page: @DSAMT
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Local Girl Gang
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The Belle Hollow recently hosted its Local Girl Gang event, a once-perquarter shopping experience that features female-owned businesses from throughout Clarksville and Montgomery County.
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“We’re happy to once again be hosting Local Girl Gang,” Luci Armitstead said. “This idea started a couple of years ago, and has been very successful. We wanted to bring local female-owned businesses into one space, as a way for these young entrepreneurs to bring awareness to each other’s business, as well as empower and uplift each other. We thought this was a great way to bring the small-business community together.”
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Armistead says the event may become a twice-a-year event, moving forward. “We’ve been doing this quarterly, but that may change,” Armitstead said. “We usually have fifteen to twenty vendors, depending on the season. So, there is a variety of boutiques selling homemade jewelry, accessories, soaps, things like that. We also have a cake-maker, and the macaron lady. There is always a great variety of products, many of which are homemade. And, the atmosphere is really fun and friendly.” Katie Pennington & Brooklyn Greene
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The much-anticipated Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours events have been rare in 2020, due to COVID-19. But, recently, Old Glory Distilling Co. had a properly socially-distanced turnout, with great food, spirits and networking fun, a sign that maybe things are getting back to normal.
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Matt Cunningham and his team at Old Glory welcomed local business owners and leaders to the event with a variety of tasty beverages, and an assortment of delicious food catered by Strawberry Alley Ale Works. Guests at the event also received bottles of hand sanitizer made at Old Glory Distilling Co. The Clarksville Area Chamber’s Business After Hours is recognized as the area’s premiere networking event, allowing local business leaders to meet, mingle, and share information. More information can be found at www.clarksvillechamber.com. Neil Stauffer & Jimmy Brown
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Gaylord Opryland Resort’s A Country Christmas celebration—now in its 37th year—takes place November 13. 2020 January 3, 2021. With acres of airy indoor atriums decorated with millions of twinkling holiday lights, towering Christmas trees and thousands of shimmering ornaments, coupled with abundant outdoor fun, visitors can look forward to a myriad of festive experiences this year at the expansive Nashville resort. Anchoring the A Country Christmas fun is I Love Christmas Movies, an exclusive multisensory pop-up exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies, including THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™, in a completely new way. All designed with social distancing measures at the forefront, as guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story. GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will celebrate the holiday season at home this year with a 29 day residency at Gaylord Opryland from November 20 – December 25, 2020. The Oaks Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show will feature a delicious holiday meal prepared by the resort’s culinary team followed by the Oaks and their band performing Christmas classics, new favorites and many of the timeless hits that shaped their legendary career.
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Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, and search high and low to help Snoopy deck his house out for a Dog House Decorating competition in a fun Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Returning this year are fan favorites such as Photos with Santa by DEI, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Build-ABear Workshop®, the synchronized Delta Fountain shows, Delta Riverboat rides, and sing alongs with Dickens carolers. SoundWaves, the resort’s upscale resort water attraction, will be open for guests to enjoy as well. New this year, Luminaries of Love will be available to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®. Choose a special dedication on your luminary for display along the Delta River or take home your Luminary of Love to enjoy throughout the season. More holiday fun can be enjoyed outdoors via private horse-drawn carriage rides, a nightly tree lighting and caroling on the Magnolia lawn, and a nativity display featuring special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the beloved biblical story. At Pinetop, an outdoor Appalachian-esque village, enjoy live performances, tubing, ice skating and lessons, ice bumper cars, Reindeer Encounters, festive beverages plus an all-new, live Rockin’ Christmas On Ice Skating Show featuring champion skaters, big jumps, fast spins and awe-inspiring throws and lifts. A Country Christmas has been hailed as one of the “Ten Great Places to Catch up with Santa” by USA Today; one of the top 10 places to spend Christmas in the world by Travel + Leisure, and a “Nashville treasure” by Southern Living. Packages and tickets are on sale now. Visit ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com or call 1-888-677-9872 to learn more. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 27
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Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently held its 26th annual Chamber Golf Scramble at Swan Lake Golf Course.The sold-out event began with a box lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s, followed by a shotgun start. Prizes were given for the 1st Place Team, Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole. Beverages were provided throughout the afternoon, and dinner was sponsored by Domino’s Pizza. Paul Turner was Chairman of this year’s event. “We’re just really happy that we can get out here, finally get together and play,” Turner said. “We appreciate all our sponsors, who helped to make this possible. The money raised here today goes to fund some of our events, but it’s really just a chance for our members to get out and have some fun.”
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Rely on us to work hard for the people of Montgomery County every day. We are honored to be named Best Small Bank in Tennessee by Newsweek magazine. We are proud of our exceptional team and their dedication to doing the right thing for our customers. It’s a privilege to be a part of Montgomery County and we are excited to continue serving our customers and our community. reliantbank.com
“It is the Reliant promise to grow a community of friends, one relationship at a time.” Reliant is a predominantly locally owned and operated bank with 27 banking centers throughout Middle Tennessee and Chattanooga. Reliant is a full-service commercial bank that offers deposit, lending and mortgage products and services its customers. The Tennessean recognized Reliant Bank as a 2020 Top Workplace based on the bank’s commitment to maintain a positive, diverse and inclusive workplace culture for its employees. Newsweek recently named Reliant the Best Small Bank in Tennessee.
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Blue Star Families Welcome Home Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening America’s military families through community building, recently held an event at Valor Hall in Oak Grove. “We’re out here celebrating Welcome Week with Blue Star Families,” Karissa Poe said. “We are doing a food drive, in an initiative with Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and Feed the Children. They made it all possible, along with our local sponsor CSX. Dave Wetherell & Connor Stephen
“We’re giving back to the military and veterans in our community. We have food boxes, care boxes, and Avon boxes filled with self care items. We have bags of chips, and Facebook portals. Many different organizations from Clarksville, Nashville and Oak Grove have donated to help our families.”
The weather was cool but clear. Cassidy Daniels, daughter of a former Special Forces Soldier, provided the entertainment. Several volunteers were on hand to help those in need.
“We’re so happy to be here, and we look forward to doing more of these events for our community,” Poe said. “Any Veteran or active duty military family in need of a food box can email me at email@example.com. Blue Star is a national organization with 11 chapters, including Nashville/ Clarksville/Ft. Campbell. Our goal is to connect the military, whether Active Duty, Retired, Reserve, National Guard, all Veterans and their families, with the civilian community. We try to bridge that gap.”
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On-Purpose Coaching Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Stephani Cook, a Certified Life Coach, Podcaster, Writer and Speaker, recently hosted an event at The Ruby Cora Wedding & Event Venue.
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“I’m a former school psychologist,” Cook said. “I resigned from CMCSS at the end of May, and started On Purpose Coaching, which is a lifecoaching, speaking, writing ministry. I primarily work with educators, with a focus on encouraging them. That’s what this event is about today.”
Emily Williams & Connie Castleman
The faith-based event was well attended. “We’re here with a positive message, and to let them know that they are loved,” Cook said. “We care about them, and Jesus loves them. It’s important that these teachers be encouraged in their faith, as they do their missions in our community. “Teaching is a very difficult job. I was with the school system for 25 years, so I know first hand. It’s hard work. Cook says that if you’re interested in learning more about improving your personal and professional relationships, how to live abundantly and with purpose, or a variety of other things, contact her at www.stephanicook.org Marklee Cook & Mark Cook
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GOLF SCRAMBLE Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Home Builders Association, a trade association of builders, suppliers and other related businesses, recently held its 20th annual HBA Golf Tournament at Clarksville Country Club.
Mike Chaney & Chuck Terry
“Demand for housing in our community right now, is amazing, so our members feel very blessed,” HBA’s Karen Blick said. “Today, we’re here raising money for local schools. We’re hoping to provide tools to the CMCSS carpentry skills classes. Now, due to COVID-19, each student has to have their own belt and tools. They could share before the pandemic, but, that’s a safety concern, now.”
Marianne Swan & Dana Dewberry
DBS & Associates Engineering was this year’s title sponsor. 84 Lumber provided t-shirts. Budweiser of Clarksville, and Byers & Harvey provided the spirits, and Clarksville Lighting & Appliance donated a refrigerator as grand prize in the raffle. Midsouth Mutual Insurance and Byers & Harvey teamed up to provide lunch, and several local businesses and individuals sponsored holes.
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There are 150 builders and associates in Clarksville HBA, building around 750-900 houses each year. The annual golf tournament is HBA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Anyone interested in assisting with tool donations, or monetary contributions, can contact Karen Blick at 931-503-1194, or Karen Pitts at CMCSS.
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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze
An historic moment took place in Oak Grove, Kentucky recently, as the long-awaited Oak Grove Gaming facility held a quick ribbon cutting ceremony, then opened its doors to the public. Oak Grove Tourism’s Traci Cunningham, Mayor Theresa Jarvis and Christian County Chamber President and CEO Kelli Pendleton were among those front and center. “It’s exhilarating,” Churchill Downs Inc., Operations VP Mike Anderson said. “It’s exciting to see all these cars lined up today. Two years of working on this development, and it all pays off today. This is one of the most unique assets in the Churchill Downs Inc. portfolio. We’re so excited to have all these amenities to offer Western Kentucky, Clarksville, and Nashville. Racing started again in mid-October, and our simulcast facility will be open every day, which allows our guests to bet on any horse race in the world.”
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The facility also contains 1,300 gaming machines, multiple bars, and four restaurants. “This is so huge for our community,” Pendleton said. “It’s not only a multi-million-dollar investment that will continue to grow, it creates hundreds of jobs, and fuels tourism and economic growth. This will bring visitors from all over, and actually pull folks north to Kentucky. “There is a gaming facility, restaurants, meeting rooms, a cafe, and an entertainment venue. There will soon be a state-of-the-art hotel, and a world class equestrian center. This place has such an authentic Kentucky feel, it could become world renowned. This brings together two iconic brands in racing, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, and we’re so excited.”
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Appleton Harley-Davidson Fall Open House & 18th Annual Buddy & Glenn Memorial Poker Run Appleton Harley-Davidson’s Fall Open House started the season with a bang. The house was packed and the coolest of cool Harleys were parked as far as the eye could see. Their event featured the 18th Annual Buddy & Glenn Memorial Poker Run, donations to Locks of Love, live music, vendors, a fish fry and more. Appleton Harley-Davidson founding fathers Buddy & Glenn passed away because of cancer, and to honor their legacy, all of the proceeds from the Buddy & Glenn Memorial Ride have gone to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for the past 18 years. This year, their memory was also honored through an awesome donation to Locks of Love. Owner, Tia, had her braid cut by 5th generation Appleton granddaughter ‘Sweet June’ on center stage. Appleton Harley- Davidson has more events coming up soon. To keep up with the latest and greatest happenings, follow Appleton Harley-Davidson on Facebook or visit their website at: www.appletonharley.com
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BROOKDALE CLARKSVILLE ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA CARE
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A small group attended an outdoor gathering at Brookdale Senior Assisted Living in Clarksville recently. “This is sort of an intimate affair,” Brookdale’s Marie Eppes explained. “We only invited a few of our closest business development partners. We didn’t want too many people. We wanted to be COVID-19 conscious, of course. This is a Business after Hours function, on the lawn, and socially distanced.” Marie Eppes & Dawn Sawyer
Safety was of utmost importance.
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“We work with hospice care providers and other assisted living facilities,” Eppes said. “We’ll also have skilled nursing folks here today, and anybody that serves seniors. We all work really closely together.” Eppes says she loves the Clarksville market. “Everybody is trying to help their families find the right fit,” Eppes said. “It’s so helpful for us to have these resources. If we’re not exactly right for someone, Dogwood Bend might be. We work together to help families find solutions.
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“Our community is exclusively memory care. We’ve been really fortunate. Brookdale is the largest senior living provider in the country. We serve more seniors than anyone else. Our company is on top of its game. We’ve been conservative about reopening plans and visitation policies. As a result, none of our direct care providers or residents have been sick. That’s a big deal.”
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Walk for Life Story & Photography by Tony Centonze More than 100 Hope Pregnancy Center supporters, most wearing purple, were at Liberty Park on a recent Saturday morning for this year’s Walk for Life.
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“Today is our annual Walk for Life,” Martha Sitzler said. “Each year, we do this fundraiser to benefit Hope Pregnancy Center. This event is to raise money that will provide services for women and couples in our area who are facing unexpected pregnancies. Today our goal was to raise $25,000, but we are already at $31,425.” Walk for Life involves local churches. A committee begins planning for the Fall event several months in advance. “We’ve been working on this since Summer,” Sitzler said. “We had 18 local churches represented here today. A total of about 130 people were registered to walk with us, but some weren’t able to be here,COVID-19 has had an impact on us in 2020. We were closed for a little while, at the beginning, but, we’re back. We’ve been operating on limited hours, but we are still serving as many clients as we can. We’re staying busy for sure.” Sitzler or one of her team can be reached at (931) 645-2273, or online at www.hopepregancy.net
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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS DRI TRI COMPETITION Recently OrangeTheory Fitness Clarksville had their first ever Dri Tri event. The Dri Tri has been an Orange Theory Fitness franchise staple for the last 18 years, and consists of: 2,000-meter row, 300 body weight movements, and concludes with a treadmill 5k. This Dri Tri was the first in what will be a standing Clarksville tradition. You may notice that some on these images are orange. The orange lights in the fitness area serve both as motivation and a reminder to stay in the ‘orange zone’ – the optimum training heart rate zone. If you have never experienced OrangeTheory Fitness before, class
participants are outfitted with heart rate monitors that monitor thing like heart rate, calories, burned, as well as some additional metrics. Those personal statistics are loaded into a profile, and can be tracked as time progresses. Members and their coaches can then use those numbers to ensure best training practices are employed. OrangeTheory seeks to maximize workouts and help people train most effectively through tracking number and progress. OrangeTheory Fitness is located in Sango off Firestation Road. Follow them on Facebook for more information, or visit their website: www.orangetheory.com
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Liberty Park Take-Over Clarksville Rotarians are constantly seeking to better our community. Through installation of parks, programs, and fundraising, good deeds of Rotarians can be seen around the city. Recently, all of the Clarksville Rotary clubs joined forces to repaint Liberty Park. The Liberty Park playground was founded, designed, and built by Rotarians over a decade ago. To keep up their gift to Clarksvilleâ€™s kids, Rotarians showed up with paintbrushes in hand, ready to make a difference. Clarksville Rotarians feel it is important to work on new projects in addition to being good stewards of existing projects. The turnout was greater than expected and Rotarians and their families pitched in together to get the job done. Rotary International is the oldest service organization in the world, and Clarksville is home to three clubs: Sunrise, Noon, and Sunset Rotary Clubs. For more information about Rotary, check out Clarksville Rotary Club on Facebook or visit: www.clarksvillerotaryclubtn.com www.clarksvillesunriserotary.org www.sunsetrotarytn.org
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Clarksville BBQ Bash Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Competition, as always, started long before guests began to arrive at this year’s Clarksville Parks & Rec BBQ Bash, with seventeen teams bringing the flavor in three categories, ribs, pork, and chicken.
“The corn-hole tournament is starting now,” Kara Zahn said. “We have ten teams competing, and then we have our BBQ contest. They’ve been here all night, cooking up their food. Our judges will be working hard to determine the winners. We allow 100 people to come through and sample for free. They get to vote on our People’s Choice Awards.”
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This event takes lots of volunteers to coordinate parking and other concerns. Also on site at Liberty Park were a few food vendors. “We’re really excited to have Hattie B’s, The Cobbler Co., and Excel BBQ with us today. There’s also a great pumpkin carving contest. Ola is here carving. Then we have a free hay bale maze for the kids. In regards to COVID-19, we’re taking all precautions."
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This year’s top five were: 1) Big B’s BBQ 2) Smokin’ in the Country 3) DC’s Backyard Smokers 4) Smoke’m if you Got’m 5) TriStar BBQ.
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Honoring Latino Military Heroes Story & Photography by Tony Centonze
In a recent collaboration involving APSU’s Military Student Center, and Hispanic Cultural Center, MSC’s Jasmin Linares and HCC’s Yanalariz Barnes worked together to present Honoring Latino Military Heroes at the Morgan University Center Ballroom.
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“Toward the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Yana and I talked about ways in which our communities intersect,” Linares said. “We decided to honor this population, and closed out the month with this event.”
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Linares and Barnes were excited to give current APSU students the opportunity to hear from two men, George Ortega, and Jose Silva Diaz. “These two gentlemen have military service in common, but came from very different upbringings,” Linares said. “Each focused on his education, and motivating our students by telling his story, the challenges he encountered, and how he faced and overcame them. “Former 1st Sergeant George Ortega talked about growing up in California. Jose Silva Diaz, a US Army Command Sergeant Major (Retired) talked about his military career, saying, ‘every new job was a challenge, which has helped me in my civilian life as an author, speaker and poet. Always take the opportunity to learn something new and overcome the fear.’” Hope Flores
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD WINNERS 2020 By Lorneth Peters Recently, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Austin Peay State University, Invictus Consultants LLP, and VIP Clarksville Magazine collaborated on the inaugural Making a Difference award for veteran owned businesses. The nomination eligibility region was vast, and included: Montgomery, Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Robertson, Dickson, and Cheatham counties. The response was overwhelming, the committee to review submission clearly had their work cut out for them. Committee members included Sherry Pickering- Executive Director of the Montgomery County Veteranâ€™s Coalition, Ronnie Glynn- retired veteran and business owner, and Lonna Burrows- veteran. The committee successfully narrowed down the winners to 5 outstanding choices. 2020 Making a Difference winners include: C&T Cabinets and Fine Woodworking Co., Dagan African Market, Midway Pizza, Millan Enterprise, Tennessee Valley Brewing Company award for exceptional customer service and passion for the community. Winners received marketing opportunities, exclusive conversations with business strategists, and additional resources to assist with business sustainability.
Millan Enterprises is a local, family owned and operated residential and commercial real estate company with our main office situated in Clarksville, Tennessee since 1999. Millan Enterprises has a dedicated team of Property Managers, a licensed Real Estate Agent, full time maintenance staff and a trusted team of external vendors. Phone Number: (931) 538-6049 Location: 126 Main St. Suite A Social Media: @MillanEnterprises
C&T CABINETS & FINE WOODWORKING C&T Cabinets and Fine Woodworking Co. creates everything from cabinets, to custom built-ins and gifts. Their work is absolutely stunning, the quality of craftsmanship is equally as wonderful. Phone Number: (931) 553-1450 Social Media: @C.TcabinetsandFineWoodworkingCo777
TENNESSEE VALLEY BREWING CO. Tennessee Valley Brewing Company sought to build a brewery to represent Tennessee with great tasting beers, approach everything with a hard working attitude, and to make a difference in our community. Phone Number: (931) 320-9192 Location: 2088 Lowes Dr. Ste H Social Media:@tnvalleybrewco
MIDWAY PIZZA Midway Pizza is located in Dover, Tennessee. They serve delicious pizza, calzones, cookie dough, and sandwiches. Phone Number: (931) 217-2876 Location: 961 Highway 79 Dover, TN 37058 Social Media: @midwaypizzadover
DAGAN AFRICAN MARKET Dagan African Market is the first African market in Clarksville, TN. It offers a variety of traditional African and international products. Phone Number: (931) 217-2876 Location: 1681 Fort Campbell Blvd Suite D Social Media: @daganafricanmarket
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Eric Lehman Through and through, Eric Lehman is all about the community. He owns multiple local businesses, is an active Rotarian, Leadership Clarksville Class of 2021, Vice President and General Counsel of Tried-N-True Pro Wrestling, and so much more. A native of York, Pennsylvania, Eric and his wife have called Clarksville home since moving from San Antonio, Texas in 2010. Prior to his career as an attorney, Eric worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for Biovail Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer-Ingleheim Pharmaceuticals, TAP Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals in a variety of sales and leadership positions. Eric also formerly served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and later General Counsel for the marketing group Total Identity Solutions. As an attorney, Eric and partner William Johnson lead a general practice law firm. In
fact, Lehman Johnson was the first law firm in Sango. Their practice has now expanded to include five attorneys practicing in a multitude of areas of law. Eric is also a partner at Concord Title , dedicating his time to real estate closings for residential and commercial properties in Tennessee and Kentucky. Eric’s list of accolades, volunteer efforts, and professional accomplishments is impressive, and extends to include: • Clarksville Rotary Club, Member, Past Board of Directors, Paul Harris Fellow • York College of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Science in Marketing • Nashville School of Law, JD • Nashville School of Law Honor Council • Nashville School of Law Intensive Writing Program Mentor • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville Board Member • Tennessee Bar Association Member • Montgomery County Bar Association 2021 President
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On a personal level, Eric is a Tennessee Titans Season Ticket Holder, an APSU Football fan, and loves wrestling. He is passionate about NASCAR and FORMULA 1 Racing. Eric has recently aquired a retired NASCAR, formerly raced by Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. He also sponsors a sprint car locally. Eric takes great joy in attending charitable functions, traveling and spending time with his beautiful family. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Lehman, West Point graduate, and former U.S. Army dermatologist who currently is in private practice in Clarksville with Pinnacle Dermatology. They have two children, two grandchildren, as well as three dogs and five cats.
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Old Glory 4th Birthday Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Old Glory Distilling Co. recently celebrated its fourth birthday, with a concert, food trucks, hand-crafted cocktails and more. Kate Cunningham & Jamie Weakley
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The outdoor event featured Tina Brown and her band on stage. Tickets were limited to ensure proper social distancing, but hundreds were able to attend the rare 2020 concert event. Doors opened at 6p.m., allowing guests to enjoy a Food Truck Cocktail Hour. Everyone was asked to bring their own lawn chair and wear a mask. Inside, the Old Glory bartenders served a full lineup of spirits and wine, as well as a nice selection of craft and domestic beers. Old Gloryâ€™s owners and staff are excited to be offering safe, sociallydistanced events to the general public. For information, check out Old Glory Distilling Co. on Facebook or go to www.oldglorydistilling.com
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Made in the Shade Grand Opening Story & Photography by Tony Centonze David Shelton, owner of Made in the Shade, welcomed guests to the grand opening celebration of his new Madison Street location, with refreshments and gifts.
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“We are excited about opening this showroom for all of our clients,” Shelton said. “What we want to do here is elevate that window treatment shopping experience. The best way to do that is to create displays that are unlike anything our customers have seen before.”
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Shelton’s Made in the Shade has been in business in Clarksville since approximately 2014. “We were located at the Tree of Life Center, just off Riverside Drive,” Shelton said. “This location gives us a little room to expand. We now have a team of five, two installers, and three on the sales staff. We are on a much busier street, which gives us lots more exposure, and it’s a larger space.
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“We’ve been in business for six years, and we’ve continued to grow. We just keep reaching out to our friends and neighbors in the area, to say, ‘hey, let us help make your home more beautiful. COVID-19 was a little scary for a while, as it related to the business. But, thanks to some of the ideas we implemented, and the steps we took to increase business, we’ve been very pleased with the results.”
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Quigg & Callender Project: The War Within Gala Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Sheep Dog Initiative's Quigg & Callender Project recently hosted The War Within Gala at American Legion Post 233. It was an evening dedicated to raising awareness on the issues of PTSD and veteran suicide. “Sheep Dog Initiative actually runs three programs,” Dustin Maxfield said. “Operation Love Truck caters to the homeless population of Clarksville, No Vet Left Behind offers services to veterans transitioning from homelessness, and the Quigg & Callender Project, which raises awareness and funds for PTSD and veterans’ suicide. We also provide veterans with PTSD service dogs, and service dog training.” Rita & Todd Lamkin
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After a social hour, enjoying finger foods and refreshments, Maxfield, Mike Myers and others shared their very personal stories with a room full of supporters. Pictures of Cody Quigg, and John Callender hung on the walls. Pictures of other Veterans lost to suicide were on the walls and tables as well. “Cody 'Cowboy' Quigg and John Callender were very close friends of mine,” Mike Myers said. “They both passed about five or six years ago, both to suicide. I've known nine or ten guys who have committed suicide. The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that an average of 20 veterans die from suicide every day. It's an important issue. We had about 70 - 75 people here tonight, helping us support our cause.”
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More information on how you can help or get help can be found online at www.sheepdoginitiative.org, and on Facebook at Sheep Dog Initiative. The Quigg and Callender Project can also be found on Facebook.
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THE SHEEPDOG INITIATIVE By Bethany Sigler For those unfamiliar with animal husbandry and shepherding practices, in the shepherd’s absence, the sheepdog guards the flock or herd. Without discrimination, the sheepdog defends each and every member, and that is exactly what Clarksville based nonprofit, The Sheepdog Initiative, does as well. Founder of The Sheepdog Initiative, Dustin Maxfield is a 16-year Army veteran who served in the 160th SOAR. After being medically discharged from the Army in 2017, Maxfield felt lost. As he puts it, “It was a rough transition.”
Fortunately, his sister lives in the area, and she invited Maxfield to come volunteer with her at Manna Café in hopes that it might help him find some purpose. The spark was immediate, and Maxfield knew he found his mission. Within weeks, The Sheepdog Initiative was created.
Hands & Feet for Christ, Manna Café, and YAIPaks. “It’s awesome to live in a community where we can all work together,” Maxfield contemplates. Experiencing rapid growth through existing need and collaborative efforts, The Sheepdog Initiative has expanded to include No Vet Left Behind, as well as The Quigg and Callender Project. In 2019, The Sheepdog Initiative created No Vet Left Behind at Pennyroyal Veteran Center, a 50bed facility in Hopkinsville dedicated to helping veterans transitioning out of homelessness. When Maxfield and his team started,No Vet Left Behind was intended to be an annual event. The Sheepdog Initiative saw the facility's high turnover rates, the changing needs, and decided to make the visit a monthly commitment. So, every month, the team brings meals, fellowship, and supplies for any new evolving needs.
Although both a veteran and a Christian, his nonprofit is neither exclusively veteran focused nor a ministry. Starting out, and perhaps best known for, The Sheepdog Initiative created The Love Truck. Maxfield describes it as the organization's “heart and soul.” First, he began visiting homeless encampments and handing out snack bags, clothing, hygiene products, water, propane, and other needed items. It quickly turned into a partnership effort, and Manna Café and others were quick to help. Kenny York even donated the first truly dedicated Love Truck, and Maxfield was able to retire his personal vehicle from its noble purpose.
The Quigg & Callender Project is named after two warriors who lost their lives to suicide, SFC Cody Quigg and SSG Jonathan Callender. Founded by Michael Myers who now manages the program, The Quigg & Callender Project organizes fundraisers in the namesakes’ memory, addresses PTSD as well as Suicide Prevention and Awareness, and supports local veterans by raising funds to purchase service dogs or provide training for service dogs purchased through other organizations for Veterans suffering with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Michael Myers
Unfortunately, the new Love Truck’s bold decor was a little too conspicuous, and visiting the encampments compromised the safety and security of the people he was trying to protect. As Maxfield says, “Our goal is to fill gaps where we can.” In this situation, that meant meeting people where they were at before they headed to their living space. It also means networking and connecting with fellow nonprofits. The Sheepdog Initiative frequently collaborates with R for 1 Ministries,
The entire Sheepdog Initiative team has a heart for service, and it is evident in everything they do. While speaking with VIP, Maxfield explains that you have to have a certain kind of stomach for the work he does. Hurting hearts, mental health challenges, extreme environments, and adverse situations are never easy to walk into, but Maxfield is passionate for the people in our community. The Sheepdog Initiative is a 24/7 job, and Maxfield and his team are always on call. He concludes by telling VIP, “I am never, not going to help someone.”
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Wade Bourne Nature Center Grand Opening Story & Photography by Tony Centonze A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at the new Wade Bourne Nature Center in Rotary Park. Bourne was an accomplished author, outdoorsman, conservationist and radio-host. An emotional Lane Lyle, friend of Bourne, and architect for the Nature Center named in his honor, spoke to a large crowd. “From the very beginning, this project received the quiet caring, support, and appreciation from Wade's family,” Lyle said. “We spent many hours at their home, reminiscing, testing ideas, and sorting through a lifetime of memorabilia. We are deeply appreciative.” Lyle thanked County Mayor Jim Durrett, the Montgomery County Commission, and Montgomery County Parks Commissioner Jerry Allbert and his staff for all their help and support along the way. Special thanks also went out to the center's Director, Sally Burchett, and Mike Boisseau of B.R. Miller and Company.
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Frank Lott and Dr. Laurina Lyle headed the exhibits team. Additional events and exhibits will be held in the center's large gallery. The space will also feature educational exhibits, an installation focused on Bourne's life and career, and a children's play area. “The last person for me to thank today is Wade,” Lyle concluded. “Words fail me in expressing my heartfelt gratitude for his life and friendship, with me, and so many others, and his many contributions to making our lives more enjoyable. I speak for all of us involved, of our appreciation for this opportunity to honor him, and continue his contributions for many years to come.”
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Leadership Clarksville Class of 2020 Graduation Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Members of Leadership Clarksville's Class of 2020 recently celebrated their successful completion of the program with a graduation ceremony at Liberty Park's Freedom Point. The event, originally scheduled for May, had been delayed because of COVID-19. Brad Moser & Michael Rios
Danielle Stack talked about the experience, one she highly recommends, not only for the knowledge that is gained, but for the relationships that are formed. “My biggest takeaway from Leadership Clarksville was about the people, and the relationships we made with our classmates,” Stack said. “These friendships will go on for a lifetime. It is a great group of people, in all aspects and walks of life. If any of us need something, we could call one of our classmates and it would be, 'yes, I can do it'.”
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“We learned so much about all aspects of Montgomery County, and had so much fun,” Stack said. We were learning things about the community that we didn't know, even those of us who have lived here all our lives.” This year's graduates worked on community projects with titles like “A Lifeline for our Youth” and “Feeding Montgomery County's Future”. All graduates were given a trophy in recognition of their participation. Eric & Erin Yow
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Leadership Clarksville Class of 2018 graduate and Clarksville Christian School Board Member, Eric Yow, begins by telling VIP, "I am madly in love with my wife Erin; we celebrated 10 years this past summer. She is my everything and I would not be who I am without her." He and his wife Erin have two beautiful daughters, 7-yearold Emmalyn and 5-year-old Elyza. Erin is the Director of Hilldale Christian Childcare Center and Clarksville Christian Preschools. Their strong Christian faith is central to their family mission and core to every endeavor they pursue. On the weekends and in their spare time, the Yow family enjoys hiking, four wheeling, hunting, and camping. Eric also immensely enjoys watching Formula One and racing his own Corvette around race tracks in Bowling Green, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Memphis. In fact, Eric holds a track record at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green! The name Yow is more than likely familiar to you, because he and his wife are very active in the community and have founded multiple, highly successful businesses in Clarksville together. Beginning on a foundation of family, Eric and Erin are an exceptional, dynamic duo. Together they have founded the Yow Foundation, Inc. Eric serves as Chair of the nonprofit corporation whose mission is "to further the cause of Christ through good works done in his name," specifically created to benefit Clarksville, Montgomery County. The Yows also created Yow Home Buyers, LLC, a real estate investment company. Yow Home Buyers purchases homes to rent or resell. "I love investing in real estate, where I am able to provide nice, affordable, beautifully renovated homes for people to rent or buy," Eric says. Continuing in his love for real estate, Eric co-founded Apex Title. Apex Title is located in the heart of Downtown Clarksville and is frequently abuzz with happy realtors and their clients closing on homes, as well as investors and lenders expanding their portfolios. Eric is also a Criminal Defense Attorney at Goble & Yow, PLLC, and has been practicing in Clarksville since 2007. He feels blessed to have the opportunity to help people in challenging positions or who are experiencing adverse circumstances. Eric supports the Recovery Court and Veteran's Treatment Court. "I would like to see a Mental Health Court created to address a significant need in our area," he adds. As our conversation with Eric winds down, he shares a sweet memory with VIP. "At one time, I was a world champion trick shot pool player, having competed around the world and on ESPN several times. I don't compete anymore but I still play pool with friends at my house. One of my fondest memories is when the late Judge Ray Grimes had me bring a pool table into his Juvenile Court where I performed trick shots, doing a motivational exhibition for the kids." He closes by saying, "Losing Judge Grimes has been hard. I believe our community is in need of more servant-leaders like him, having a heart of humility and compassion. With that in mind, I anticipate the prospect of running for General Sessions Judge in the future. There, I would be able to further use my abilities to be a blessing to the citizens of Montgomery County."
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Mingle with LOCAL Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville-Montgomery County business owners gathered recently at The Ruby Cora Event Center for Mingle with Local.
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“Tonight, we are having, I think our 10th or 11th Mingle,” Tara Curtis said. “It's an opportunity for business owners to get together, meet each other, and maybe create relationships, to mentor, collaborate, and support each other in our community.” Curtis said the events are attended by business owners, managers, even staff members. “We get together, and always have really great speakers,” Curtis said. “These 'Mingles' always provide lots of take-aways in the form of ideas. We get everyone together to think, and we play games. Tonight, we have Maria Haycraft with ArtLink, and Pastor Mike Burnette with LifePoint Church. “Mike is speaking on 'creating culture in business', and Maria is speaking on 'passion'. She is a firecracker. Then, later tonight, Fuse Fireworks is actually doing a fireworks display. That's our surprise for tonight's guests.”
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More expertise to care for your skin. Jennie Stuart Dermatology is pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Smith to our team. She joins Dr. Tanner Parrent in providing comprehensive medical and surgical dermatology expertise to the people of Hopkinsville and surrounding communities. A veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Smith has been a board-certified dermatologist for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Jennie Stuart Health, she owned dermatology practices in South Carolina. Dr. Smith is an alumna of Austin Peay State University and East Tennessee State Universityâ€™s Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Smith and Dr. Parrent diagnose and treat patients of all ages for a wide range of dermatological conditions, including acne, eczema, skin cancer and shingles. For skin cancer treatment, Dr. Parrent offers advanced Mohs micrographic surgery. Both dermatologists are dedicated to improving the health and appearance of their patientsâ€™ skin, hair and nails while establishing trusting relationships with every patient.
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UNION HOME MORTGAGE GRAND OPENING Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Union Home Mortgage Loan Officer Tish Orocio and Regional Manager David Gunn were the first to greet visitors at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of their company's new Clarksville office, located at 101 Hatcher Lane. “We're a national company based in Cleveland, Ohio, with offices in 42 states,” Gunn said. Jessica Maxwell & Sydney Burke
Branch Manager, Connie Gillum has been in the home mortgage business in Clarksville for many years. She joined UHM in April.
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“We've actually been open since April 1st, and it has been crazy busy since we opened the doors, but, we had to hold off on our official ribbon cutting because of COVID-19,” Gillum said. “We wanted to make it official, so we invited the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and had Ms. Pete's Cafe and Catering handled refreshments. “We also did a match of donations for Imagination Library at today's event. Our company is a partner with that program, so when some friends asked about us helping out, we were happy to do so.”
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Gillum says that she and Orocio are part of this community, and that's important. “We're local. We don't sell our loans. We service all our loans. That makes it easier when people meet us and work with us. Even after they close, we are still here, and available to help them with any questions.”
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Governor's Fall Golf Classic Story & Photography by Tony Centonze “The offices of advancement and alumni have teamed up with APSU Athletics to host the Governor's Fall Golf Classic, this is the first time we've done this event,” Nikki Loos Peterson said. “Homecoming has been postponed until the spring, and Athletics normally does its own golf tournament in the summer, but this year, due to COVID-19, we decided to do this tournament, jointly.” Coach Dave Loos & Chip Hoback
Due to the number of entrants registered for the event, golfers were split between Swan Lake Golf Course and the Clarksville Country Club.
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“COVID-19 has caused the university to struggle in different ways when it comes to the budget,” Peterson said. “So, this is a fundraiser for our athletics department. APSU has been lucky when it comes to enrollment, and other issues. We've really looked at the bright side, and what has been good. President Whiteside is doing a tremendous job of leading us through this. She has been fantastic.” The tournament, which replaced APSU's 42nd annual Homecoming Tournament, was played with all COVID-19 guidelines in place, including the use of masks, and proper social distancing. Each player received a mulligan, a boxed-lunch, and a tournament gift. Hana & Mike Hyams
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When the pandemic first started, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region stepped up in a big way. Through collaboration with local partner organizations, United Way began a Shower-Up event. Every week United Way, and partner organizations like YAIPaks, the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, Urban Ministries, and others gathered together to provide resources such as showers, freshly laundered clothing, hot meals, and snacks for our homeless friends. Showers of Love now takes place once a month in the parking lot of The Well, thanks to the generous spirits of the Shocklees. This event could not be possible without support of Clarksville Parks and Recreation who provides tables and tents, Matthew Walker Clinic who brings their mobile heathcare unit, and many other community minded businesses and organizations. To volunteer or donate to United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, visit their website liveunitedclarksville.org
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CHARLIE CUSHMAN & TENNESSEE MUSIC PATHWAYS The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Visit Clarksville honored the Roxy Regional Theatre and Grammy award winning banjoist Charlie Cushman in his hometown with the unveiling of “Tennessee Music Pathways” markers. Local and state leaders, Roxy supporters and the Cushman family gathered in two ceremonies to mark the special commemorations on Thursday.
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“The Roxy is iconic in our community,” said Mayor Joe Pitts. “It separates our community from so many others and we’re so grateful to have them here. We believe in performing arts and there’s nothing more important in our community that being Art City USA. We have an abiding interest in making sure this is preserved, not only as a building and a façade “Clarksville has truly done so much work and a marquee, but as an institution because on being that one-of-a-kind destination for that’s what separates us.” visitors, and it’s in that keeping that the Tennessee Music Pathway started in 2018,” said Friends, family and community leaders next Tennessee Department of Tourist Development gathered at Planters Bank, 325 Commerce Commissioner Mark Ezell. Street, which was the site of the former Collins Music Store, to honor Clarksville Native Charlie The Roxy has been the cornerstone of Cushman. entertainment in Clarksville since the early 1900s. What was initially The Lillian, built in “The Cushman family is synonymous 1931, served as the city’s first movie theatre. with Clarksville,” said Mayor Pitts, After two fires and a dark period during the acknowledging relatives with police service Great Depression, the theatre was rebuilt in and who owned businesses. “This is a great 1947 and became the Roxy of today with a sleek day in Clarksville, Tennessee because we are
recognizing one of our own in Charlie Cushman. We thank Visit Clarksville for partnering with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in making these markers happen.” Tennessee Music Pathways connects visitors to the people, places and genres that make Tennessee the Soundtrack of America. A statewide driving tour, the Pathways represents hundreds of landmarks across the state and spans seven genres of music: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. In addition to the Roxy Regional Theatre and Charlie Cushman, Montgomery County’s designees include Dunbar Cave State Park, Clarence Cameron White, and Jimi Hendrix.
BAGGETT HEATING & COOLING VETERAN RECIPIENT Baggett Heating and Cooling is proud to announce the winner who will receive a new replacement HVAC unit from the 2020 Veterans Day giveaway. When asked how this giveaway started, Alana said, “I looked around one day and realized that most of my staff are military veterans. We also have many customers who are veterans, so I wanted to do something special in recognizing their service. What began as a luncheon for our team grew into the Veterans Day giveaway.” She continued with, “This entire process has been so rewarding to our entire team. I am lucky to be surrounded by the veterans on my team and veterans in our service area, and this was a fun and uplifting project to work on. I can’t wait to see how this new system benefits our recipient.” Baggett Heating and Cooling is proud to announce that the winner of the 2020 Veterans Day giveaway is Joseph Fair. Mr. Fair retired from the Army after serving for 20 years and resides in Clarksville-Montgomery County with his son. 78 • VIP CLARKSVILLE MAGAZINE | THE GENTLEMEN'S ISSUE
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Love Lights a Tree is an annual fundraiser in Montgomery County for the American Cancer Society. It began in 1989 by Wanda Burchett and has continued for 31 years. Through the efforts of Wanda and numerous volunteers, the program has remained the same. Lynne Griffey has chaired the campaign for the last ten years. The location of the tree has changed over the years from Smith Trahern Mansion to Memorial Hospital which was relocated and renamed to Gateway Memorial Hospital, and presently Tennova Medical Center. Lights are purchased to honor or remember those who have dealt with cancer. Then the first Sunday in December there is a flip of a switch during an evening ceremony. The tree instantly glows with hundreds of lights. A halo of white lights commemorates those we have lost. This is done by an honorary chairperson who has personally dealt with cancer. This person remains a secret until the ceremony. The 2020 Honorary Chairperson is Coy Baggett, who has given much to our community.
APSU’S NEW FOOTBALL COACH – SCOTTY WALDEN Scotty Walden has been described as both innovative and energetic by his peers in the Austin Peay State University Athletic Department. At 30 years old, Coach Walden is the youngest head coach at the Division 1 level. APSU is confident that their newest shining star is a the beginning of a new era in APSU football. University Director of Athletics, Gerald Harrison, says, “In Coach Walden, we have found a man who is passionate about the student-athlete experience, energized about being part of the university and Clarksville-Montgomery County community, and excited to join us in our relentless pursuit of excellence.” Let’s Go Peay!
BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING J.D. POWER AWARD Brookdale Senior Living has received a J.D. Power Award for ranking highest in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. This was a survey of resident & family, as well as member & friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. J.D. Power announced that Brookdale ranked #1/Highest in Customer Satisfaction (in a tie) with Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. Brookdale was ranked #1 in these four factors: Community Staff, Resident Activities, Resident Apartment - Living Unit, and Community Buildings and Grounds.
MISS AUSTIN PEAY WINS CONGRESSIONAL AWARD GOLD MEDAL Noelle Thompson, Miss Austin Peay 2021, recently received a Congressional Award Gold Medal on spending more than 1,800 hours serving the community through the Break Through 4 a Buddy program. The Break Through 4 a Buddy provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated social events for students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thompson worked through several levels of goals in four program areas – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration – to earn the award, the highest award the U.S. Congress gives to young Americans. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 79
Raising a Southern Gentleman By Dr. Lorneth Peters Jamie McAdaragh is raising a southern gentleman, and doing an absolutely amazing job. Her son, Mikey, has an incredible heart for our community. The duo is constantly looking for opportunities to build others up. Who is Jamie McAdaragh? Born in Troy, New York and moved to Atlanta at the age of 14 where she completed school and joined the Army a few years later, Jamie is the mother of one son and has lived in Clarksville for 12 years. She works at F&M Bank as the Tiny Town Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, and Lender. Military Experience Jamie served in the military for four years as a cable systems installer maintainer. Her responsibilities included maintenance on power generators, operating manual construction equipment, installing and repairing circuits and wiring. Jamie’s time in the military was cut short after she fell 20 feet from a telephone pole while installing cable for the Y2K event in Korea. After spending some time in the hospital, she was released. “That experience has changed the way I view life, I now appreciate the little things.” Why was banking appealing to you? "While in the Atlanta area I started as a financial advisor before the 2008 housing bubble. Later, I married into the military and quickly learned banking would be the best option for our future family. I was guaranteed to have employment wherever we went. Having a job in banking quickly went from a necessity to a career. I love learning how money works and how it can change lives." Why do you love working for F&M bank? "I started working at F&M Bank a little over five years ago and love the atmosphere, leadership and my co-workers. F&M Bank is all about building relationships, it is less about landing a new account and more focused on the financial wellbeing of our customers during transition. There is a strong focus on leadership development, which continues to help my role as a branch manager and lender. " How has motherhood and being a single mother changed your life? "Being a mother is everything to me and as a
single mother, work-life balance is extremely important. Five years ago, I took a step back in my career to focus on my son. He the greatest investment I could ever make. Knowing I have to be everything for him can be overwhelming, but I have surrounded myself with great friends and role models to help me raise a gentleman. Thank you Clarksville, it takes a village!" What is your definition of a gentleman? "I think a gentleman is a kind sharing soul. Someone who is always seeking opportunity and whom never stops growing. A gentleman is always willing to learn and share. I want Mikey to be an asset to his community and society, so every day I focus on equipping him with the skills needed to not only be a gentleman but a community leader. These are topics and skills not usually learned in school." The Gentleman of the Hour – Mikey McAdaragh Mikey is 10 years old and attends Clarksville Christian School. During his time at Little Country School House, he learned the art and importance of giving while raising money via a Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude. During his fundraising efforts for St. Jude, he was diagnosed with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), a common blood disorder in children ages 3-5 that leads to excessive bruising and bleeding. Since receiving that diagnosis, his passion for helping others has increased. From age four, he has been focused on giving back. His joint fundraising efforts have led to over $25,000 donated to St. Jude, and later thousands for the Clarksville Imagination Library. Mikey is an entrepreneur who continues to explore new business opportunities. He started a business, wrote and published a book, then started his own non-profit which has been dissolved but all funds raise were sent to the Imagination Library of Montgomery County. What is a piece of advice your mom has given you? “My mom has taught me, giving back is like a circle, you get what you give. You get to help people who have dreams and I get to support those who have supported me,” said Mikey McAdaragh.
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Fort Campbell Spouses
Tour Downtown Story & Photography by Tony Centonze “Today, we have a small group from Fort Campbell coming out to see the community, and we have local business owners showing off some of downtown's unique shops and restaurants,” Jenny Cogbill said. “This gives everyone a great opportunity to enjoy spending some time together and seeing what the community has to offer. Today might also give the spouses some ideas for hosting events, coffees, and other outings."
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“Our target audience was people who have never been to Fort Campbell before. Some of these folks have never even been to our downtown. So, this is exciting. The group is comprised of spouses of senior leadership from Battalion and Brigade. So, they are in charge of organizing, and hosting events quite often.”
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F&M Bank's Charlie Koon led the fun and informative tour. “We met at F&M,” Koon said. “Now, it's Yada for coffee and snacks, then we're going to tour Downtown Commons, and visit multiple shops, including, but not limited to, Journey's Eye, Couture Crush, Mildred & Mabel's, The Roxy, and Horsefeathers. We'll end up at Strawberry Alley Ale Works for lunch. This is to get our Fort Campbell community more familiar with downtown Clarksville, our great people, and all the cool things going on down here.”
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CITY BOY COUNTRY LIFE AT THE ROXY Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Ryan Bowie's City Boy Country Life has moved from a small space inside Yada on Franklin to the lobby of The Roxy Regional Theatre, where there will be more room to display Bowie's unique line of gifts and décor. “It was a natural fit,” Bowie said. “Especially, during this time when we don't have shows going on four or five days a week. It gets people to come into the building, where they can see that we are still open, and, even though COVID-19 has impacted us, we are making plans for future productions.” Meghann McFadden
City Boy Country Life launched in September, and Bowie says the response has been great. “I've seen old friends, and made new friends. Because we've been forced to stay home so much, people are taking an interest in doing something special for themselves and their families. That's what this is about for me. It has been a lot of work, but I'm so excited about the holiday season.
So, what items will be available in Bowie's unique boutique? “The list will go on and on,” Bowie said. “We'll have Christmas trees, ornaments, garlands, wreaths, dip mixes, gifts, party & serveware, cocktails, wrapping paper, pretty much anything you need for the holidays.”
Another new addition, crafting classes. “I like to take old things and mix them with something new,” Bowie said. “When you create something you feel ownership. We're going to offer classes typically on the first Sunday of each month. Information can be found on our Facebook page or our website: www.cityboycountrylife.com.”
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Farmers to Families Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Recently United Way and local mayors worked together on the Farmers to Families event at First Baptist Church. The event was the result of a partnership between Carolyn Watson, Director of the Cumberland Baptist Disaster Relief Team, and the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, along with Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, Stewart County Mayor Robin Brandon, and Houston County Mayor Paul Bailey. “We have an amazing community,” United Way’s Valerie Guzman said. “Even though the truck was nine hours late, people still showed up. Farmers to Families donated 1,200 boxes of food. 600 were distributed here in Montgomery County with the rest are going to Houston and Stewart Counties.” “This pandemic continues to stress families in our community with food and income insecurity,” Mayor Pitts said. “These food boxes are lifelines for folks in need during these uncertain times. When approached by the United Way about their event, I was happy to send some of our people their way to help out. I thank United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region for leading the way to meet community needs.” Guzman was thankful to the City of Clarksville for providing assistance on this project, saying that “anyone in need was eligible. They know who they are. We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Farmers to Families as a resource to our community. This includes our neighbors in Houston and Stewart Counties who have equally been affected by COVID-19. Being good neighbors is the United Way.”
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Clarksville Parks & Recreation Amazing Race Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville Parks and Recreation recently held its inaugural Amazing Race, with runners starting at McGregor Park and winding their way through a designated course that included several Clarksville landmarks. Tiffany Rogers is a Recreation Programmer with Clarksville Parks and Recreation. “Today is the Clarksville Amazing Race, woo hoo,” Rogers said. “We have seventeen 2-person teams, so we are fully maxed out for the first year of the event. That's really good. We're excited for the great response.” Bryan & Taylor Anderson
Sophia Segebart & Lindsie Leis The race is different than most. Along the way, participants encounter obstacles, are challenged with trivia questions, and play games that are based on the landmarks. Team members must also decipher clues in order to determine the next check-point. “This run is approximately six miles,” Rogers said. “Competitors will be going all over the area, but we are keeping them on the trails, and off the streets, for safety. We're following the Upland Trail through downtown Clarksville and back. They'll see some historic landmarks along the path, and it's a beautiful 76-degree day. I think everyone is going to have a lot of fun. Oh, and Tif fan y Roge there are some great prizes, too.” rs
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20th Annual Eagle Toy Run Story & Photography by Tony Centonze It was a beautiful day for local motorcyclists to get the bike out and support USO Fort Campbell at the 20th Annual Eagle Toy Run. Turnout at Old Glory Distilling Co., this year's starting point, was even larger than expected.
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“This is the 20th annual Eagle Toy Run,” USO Fort Campbell, Executive Director, Kari Moore said. “This is an event that Appleton HarleyDavidson has been hosting for 20 years. The USO has been a part of this in recent years. I think this is the fourth year that we have been the beneficiary of this wonderful event.” Hundreds of riders signed up, all bearing toys, gifts, or cash donations. “We are receiving donations of cash or toys that will support our Great Gift Giveaway,” Moore said. “That event takes place on December 16 this year at USO Fort Campbell. It's an opportunity for Fort Campbell families to come in and get items to supplement their holiday gift giving. It's always based on donations, but, typically, we try to give every family a board game and a movie, and every child a book, and a toy."
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Holiday shoppers were invited to a night out with friends at Miss Lucille's Marketplace for a chance to get an early look at all the holiday items available from the dozens of vendors on site. To make things even better, there were cocktails available for purchase and admission was free.
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Taylor Guerra is the General Manager of Miss Lucille's. “This event generates a really great turnout every year. This is a fun time for sure,” Guerra said. “This special holiday edition of Sips & Strolls kicks off our annual holiday open house weekend. We roll out a lot of new inventory from the vendors, and a lot of our holiday sales and markdowns start with this event.” Invitations are sent out in advance, and the response was strong, as always. “We had about 200 of our regular customers respond to the invitations we sent this year,” Guerra said. “We have more than seventy vendors, and most of them take part in the storewide sale."
“To add to the fun, we are offering Naughty Nog, Tennessee Whiskey and other cocktails. And, as for safety, we have a tremendous amount of space, and really wide aisles. That allows our guests to travel in opposite directions, and still maintain proper social distancing.” Missy Tweedy & Lynn Johnson
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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze A large, properly socially distanced crowd recently enjoyed a night of costumes, food, beverages, and more in a world that looked to be straight out of a Harry Potter movie. It all took place inside the Madison Room, a giant event space located in the complex that houses Miss Lucille's and The City Forum. “Tonight, we have our first Wands & Wizards trivia event, a Harry Potter themed night,” Jon Armitstead said. “We do trivia with our partners, Nerdy Talk. They do the trivia part of the show, and we do everything else. We have some drink specials. There's Butterbeer and a Fall Mule. We're also serving giant turkey legs, just like you would get at a Harry Potter theme park experience.” Armitstead promised to kick off the night with a surprise for all the guests. “We also have some huge prizes for tonight's winners,” Armitstead said. “Trivia is normally fifteen to twenty teams every Thursday night in the bowling lounge. This event is definitely taking it up a notch. We hope to do several themed trivia nights throughout the year, like, Star Wars, The Office, Friends, and others.”
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Trilogy at the Ruby Cora Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Marcia Clark and her team at The Ruby Cora Wedding & Event Venue recently hosted Trilogy, an afternoon of shopping that featured some of the best small businesses from Clarksville and the surrounding areas. The event was organized by Grace Allen. “We put this pop-up event together as a way to feature some of our local vendors, and a few of our favorite Nashville vendors, too,” Allen said.
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“We have some great small businesses here today, like Buff City Soap and The Grilled Cheeserie. With all the unexpected things that have happened in the world since March, many small business owners depend on pop-up events to keep their business going.” More than a dozen vendors were on hand, offering everything from flowers to jewelry, confections, decorative items and more. Allen debuted a new line of products from her own small business, Graceful Designs. “We just wanted to provide an opportunity for these vendors, right before Christmas,” Allen said. “And, for our local consumers as well. We hope to host this again in the Spring.”
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By Marty Ray If you read last months The Beat, you will have found out that I am just a man that writes what he feels in his heart and I am not the most eloquent or articulate, but I pray that I am, at the very least, expressive and entertaining. Most importantly, I hope that you gave my creative recommendation a chance at earning a place on your playlist somewhere. Regardless, thank you for reading. This months column is about my friend, Chris Shrader. He is a gritty, raspy, singing, songwriting, guitar playing, entertaining, country boy that you need to know about. Chris was raised by his grandfather because he never even knew who his father was. So he called his grandfather, dad. He was born on a naval base to a mother fighting addiction, among other things. Because she could not take care of him he lived with his aunt for a brief spell, where he learned what abuse was at an early age. Finally, and thankfully, ending up with his grandparents and has known, only them, as mother and father ever since. I say that to help you understand why he sings with such intensity and passion that evokes emotions you might not have known you were holding onto. He was around music from day one, with his grandfather and other family members playing in music halls every Friday night. He would watch and listen to them play and the firewood that would kindle the flame was birthed. After his grandfather passed away, he finally picked up a guitar. At 20 years old, because his grandfather always longed for him to play
music, he picked up his great grandfathers old box guitar and decided to learn how to play it. He still has that very guitar to this day. At the onset of his musical journey, he just played the guitar as a hobby. Picking it up here and there when he was bored for about two years. It was at the age of 22 that life started to change for him, in a good way, ultimately. It was then that he had an automobile accident where he was left pinned inside his F150, after colliding head on with an oil truck on the highway. When the first responders arrived, they tried to keep him alert and responding, to no avail because of how much blood he had lost. One of the last things he remembers from the scene of the accident was hearing, “we lost him,” which caused him to say, what he thought would be, his final prayer. They eventually had to use the jaws of life to cut him out of his truck, while he was unconscious, and get him into the helicopter. He came to, briefly, while they dragged him out of the hole that had become his vehicle, but his leg was stuck inside. The pain woke him up and the pain put him back out just as fast. At the hospital, he slipped into a coma for 28 days while his family and friends waited to find out whether he would live or die. The doctor performed emergency surgery that, thankfully, saved his life. When he came to, out of the coma, he actually believed whole heartily that he was the star quarterback of LSU and Nike had given him cyborg legs that would make him the best quarterback the world has ever known. In case you are wondering, that was not true, he found out quickly. The doctor that saved his life was actually a talented guitar player, according to the nurses, and when Chris saw him, after waking up, he wanted to shake his hand, rightfully so. I personally feel like God was nudging Chris every step of the way to get serious about the talents that he was given, and would gain later on. Upon leaving the hospital, he still had a long road of recovery ahead of him to be truly back to normal, if ever he could be. He endured 24 months of rehab because his legs did not work like they were supposed to anymore and he could not walk. During rehab he heard the song, “Great Day To Be Alive” and it was another nudge to fan the ember that was lit a long time ago. While relearning to walk, he had a lot of down time, sitting around the house, so he picked that guitar back up again. He vowed to actually learn how to play the guitar, this time, instead of just wasting his life laying around the house. He stuck to that vow and he did learn how to play that guitar indeed. A year after rehab, he started making trips to Nashville to play music any time he was
called upon to do it. He was willing to drop whatever he was doing at home to drive to Nashville with his guitar and hop on a stage to play. Ultimately, he took the plunge and made the move to Nashville for good. After meeting many amazing musicians, playing in every music hall that would let him, he honed his craft and entertainment edge, to go along with his gravelly vocals. He started putting music and melodies to lyrics in his head and writing songs during the transition to Nashville with his first one titled, “Crazy's What You Make Me.” That song led to his first, self-titled, album release with amazing songs like, “Whiskey Weather” and “KISSING,” just to name a couple. Chris has been playing and recording in Nashville now for 8 years and has never looked back. With his passion for music and performance it’s a crying shame that he has not achieved the success, that he feels, he should have. I feel the same, that’s why I am writing this. I love to listen to Chris sing and I love to watch him perform as well. He is a great friend to many and he has been through enough to have 50 albums released, so he deserves your ear and support. Before COVID, you could find Chris on the Whiskey Row stage every Monday and Friday night. Even though he is finally able to play out again, here and there, at a limited capacity, you can always find him on YouTube, @ChrisShrader, and Facebook, @ChrisShraderMusic, playing live stream shows. He also posts videos to all his social media accounts of him playing and singing songs. All his information can be found on his website, www.ChrisShrader.com. He’s more than worth a listen and I sure hope he can gain your support. God bless y’all for it!
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Marty Ray is the lead singer & songwriter for the band, Marty Ray Project. They have amassed over 1 million fans online with over 200 million views across all platforms. Marty is also an actor, and the host of a podcast called, The Marty Ray Project: Chats. Listen to Marty Ray Project on all major streaming platforms & for all things Marty Ray check out: MartyRayProject.com Youtube: Marty Ray Project Facebook: @martyrayproject To connect with Marty Ray Project email: email@example.com FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK! • 99
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FORT CAMPBELL POWER BREAKFAST Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Power Breakfast with Major General Brian Winski, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. “We do the Mayors Power Breakfast every year,” Clarksville Chamber, President, Paul Turner said. “That's such a successful event that we decided to expand the series to include a Fort Campbell Power Breakfast this year." Khandra Smalley & Frank Tate
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Guests at the event were treated to an update from General Winski, followed by a Q & A session. “He gave a full overview of where the 101st is in the world, and what they're doing,” Turner said. “Our relationship with Fort Campbell is important to our city and county, and this entire region. We want to support our military, the soldiers and their families. There are more than 26,000 soldiers stationed here, plus their families. That's a huge impact on our community."
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YAIPaks Fundrasing Dinner Story & Photography by Tony Centonze YaiPaks Outreach recently invited supporters to take part in the organization's 4th anniversary. The annual Be the Hope event at Old Glory Distilling Co. was an evening of celebration, kindness and giving.
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The lastest issue of VIP Clarksville features Gentlemen of Clarksville, and Clarksville's Quintessential Gentlemen glowing on the cover. Cel...
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The lastest issue of VIP Clarksville features Gentlemen of Clarksville, and Clarksville's Quintessential Gentlemen glowing on the cover. Cel...