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Property Tax Relief and Credit Report Freeze Legislation Advances in the House

Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative – District 67

Nashville, TN – Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and elderly low-income homeowners House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville) passed in the House Finance, Ways, and Means Sub Committee this week and is scheduled for the House Finance, Ways, and Means Full committee on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

“I am hopeful we will see this bill pass and the tax relief programs will be left intact and alone in the future,” said Pitts.

Credit Report Freeze – House Bill 1486/Senate Bill 2470 (Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield) has cleared two committee hurdles this week and will be heard on the House Floor on Monday, February 26th. The bill will allow Tennesseans to place, temporarily lift or permanently remove a credit freeze with a credit reporting agency without charge.

“It currently costs $7.50 for these services, and as personal identities continue to be at risk, protecting yourself from online credit issues should not be a profit center for credit reporting agencies,” said Pitts.

Limiting New Statewide Assessments – HB 1855 (Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro) and SB 1806 (Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro) passed the House Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee this week. This legislation will prohibit the Tennessee Department of Education and the State Board of Education from mandating any statewide assessments for any grades or subjects beyond those required as of the 2016-2017 thru the 2021-2022 school years.

“I voted in favor of this legislation. I believe our credibility is undermined every time we fail to deliver test results on time, and find the results are rife with errors. Until we meet that standard, we need to pause on adding more testing,” Pitts said. “Further, I loathe moratoriums but there is no other option.”

This legislation will be heard in the Education Instruction and Programs Full committee next week and the Senate Education committee on February 28th, 2018.

Montgomery County Veterans Coalition to hold fundraiser

Montgomery County Veterans Coalition is having their the very first Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at APSU Morgan Center Ballroom in Clarksville, TN.

Starting at 3:00pm professional photographer, Josh Vaughn, will be available to take dramatic artistic portraits $20.00 for the first photo with 50% going to the Coalition. An example of one is attached.

Silent auction items can be view as of 3:30pm (items to be announced, but there is a Predators hockey puck autographed by Mike Fisher last year)

Please consider supporting the Coalition. The cost for attending is $30.00 per person or $300.00 to sponsor a table. Table sponsors and donors $250.00 or more will have their names added to the program.

Our speaker is CSM Chris Fields, Army (Ret), Coalition member and Operation Restored Warrior Coordinator and Senior Facilitator. You may remember Chris from the movies Hornets’ Nest and No Greater Love. If you have not heard of Chris speak before you will not want to miss this opportunity.

For tickets or donations email spickeringvtc@gmail.com. You may pay by cash, check or card. The MCVC is grateful for all of the support we receive from our wonderful community.

Feb. 25th to Mar. 3rd is Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is February 25th, to March 3rd, 2018, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and Tennessee’s National Weather Service (NWS) offices are using this week to promote preparedness to Tennesseans.

“Severe weather can occur at any time in Tennessee,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “TEMA wants Tennesseans and our state’s visitors to understand severe weather hazards, and prepare themselves and their loved ones to receive and understand warnings, and get to safety, when severe weather threatens.”

TEMA & NWS will host a Facebook Live event at 2:30pm, Central, on Monday, February 26th, 2018, to help Tennesseans understand the hazards and threats of severe weather. The NWS in Nashville will host the Facebook Live event at www.facebook.com/NWSNashville with TEMA posting the event simultaneously at www.facebook.com/TNDisasterInfo.

NWS Awareness and Education Events

NWS offices in Nashville, Memphis, Morristown, and Huntsville, AL will also hold a series of education and training events, using each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week to focus on a different severe weather threat. Information on Tennessee Severe Weather Week activities is available at www.weather.gov/ohx/swaw2018

“Now is the time to think about what your actions will be in the event severe weather including tornadoes and floods impacts you,” said Krissy Hurley, warning coordination meteorologist at NWS Nashville. “Our last few severe weather seasons have been relatively quiet, so we definitely don’t want Tennesseans to become complacent thinking that severe weather won’t happen to them. It’s not if severe weather will strike; it’s merely a matter of when.”

In the next legislative update, we will share more of the legislation sponsored by Rep. Pitts and other members of the Tennessee General Assembly, and provide weekly updates about the progress of these issues.

If you have questions about the above or other issues of concern, please call me at 615.741.2043, or email me at rep.joe.pitts@capitol.tn.gov




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APSU Men’s Tennis

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team begins a seven-game road trip this weekend, starting with a 5:00pm, Saturday, February 3rd contest against Lipscomb and then traveling to Louisville for a 6:00pm start, Sunday.

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis travels to Lipscomb Saturday for 5:00pm match then heads to Louisville for 6:00pm Sunday game. (APSU Sports Information)
#18 Tennessee Vols vs. Oil Miss

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 5:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena | TV: SEC network

Tennessee Volunteers – UT Vols

Knoxville, TN – No. 18 Tennessee remains at home Saturday for a matchup with Ole Miss in Thompson-Boling Arena, where the Vols will look to extend their four-game winning streak. The game tips at 5:00pm CT and will be televised live on SEC Network and streamed online via WatchESPN.

The Vols (16-5, 6-3 SEC) are coming off an 84-61 victory over LSU at home, marking UT’s second 23-point win in as many games. Tennessee’s recent success has been a result of stellar defensive play, as the Volunteers are holding opponents to just 58.7 points per game over the last six contests. The group ranks as the No. 7 team in the country for defensive efficiency according to KenPom.

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Austin Peay (13-10 / 8-3 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (10-14 / 4-7 OVC)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 4:15pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center

APSU Men’s Basketball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball looks to begin a road winning streak when the Govs travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to take on Southeast Missouri.

After back-to-back 90-point outings, the Govs defeated UT Martin, 59-57, in Thursday’s contest–their first win when scoring less than 60 points since January 24th, 2015.

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball looks to sweep Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday at the Show Me Center. (APSU Sports Information)
Nashville Zoo

Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is hosting a weekend job fair on February 11th–12th, 2018 from 9:00am–4:00pm for those interested in working at the Zoo during the 2018 busy season.

The Zoo is looking for quality employees who are available to work flexible hours on weekdays as well as weekends in the spring, summer and fall seasons

Representatives from the Zoo’s maintenance, horticulture, and guest services departments will be available to answer questions and receive resumes and job applications.

Seasonal positions include: guest services associates, groundskeepers, horticulture technicians and custodians.

Nashville Zoo Job Fair to be held February 11th-12th, 2018.
Austin Peay (12-10 / 5-6 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (11-12 / 6-5 OVC)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 2:00pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center

APSU Women’s Basketball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team continues their four-game road swing 2:00pm, Saturday, February 3rd against Southeast Missouri.

The Govs are coming off a tough game at UT Martin, where the offense struggled to find production against the Skyhawk pressure.

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball travels to Cape Girardeau to take on Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon. (APSU Sports Information)

Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is featuring the mixed media art of Sloane Bibb in the exhibition Storied Elements.

The walls of the Crouch Gallery are a dreamland of wonders such as chickens in heels, women in dresses filled with flowers and birds, and a Bell jar of butterflies.

The Mixed Media Art of Sloane Bibb on display at the Customs House Museum.

Clarksville, TN – On Friday February 2nd, 2018, Clarksville Police Chief Ansley and The Red Cross recognized two officers, Donald Gipson and Darren Koski for their actions during an emergency situation.

Chief Ansley presented the officers with the prestigious Medal of Valor and Katy Hagstrom gave the officers a Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Certificate.

Clarksville Police Officers (L to R) Darren Koski and Donald Gipson with their Medal of Valors.
Michael McWhorter’s 45 years tops this year’s list
City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – For Michael McWhorter, who’s worked for the Clarksville Gas and Water Department for more than four decades, the first day on the job remains among the most memorable.

“I was 18, just out of high school, and this was my first full-time job,” McWhorter said. “On the way to work that Monday, my car ran out of gas at the Kraft Street/Riverside Drive intersection., so I ran all the way to Gas & Water, which was on Public Square in those days. I was about five minutes late, but it turned out all right.”

Michael McWhorter, Materials Management Supervisor at Clarksville Gas and Water, accepts a 45-year service pin from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. He was the longest serving of the 285 City employees who received pins from McMillan during her annual employee service awards breakfast on Thursday.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Gas and Water currently has water turned off on Seventh Street from Madison Street to Commerce Street to repair a water main leak. The road will also be closed to traffic. Area residents may experience low water pressure or water outage during the repair.

The road is anticipated to be reopened and the repair work complete by approximately 3:00pm.

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Clarksville, TN – During the winter break, a group of Austin Peay State University students and a staff member traveled to Flovilla, Georgia, for an Alternative Break Trip.

The group stayed in a cabin on Lake Macintosh in Indian Springs State Park.

APSU Students work with Park Rangers at Indian Springs State Park during Winter Break.Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS)

Montgomery County, TN – Montgomery Central Elementary is one of 63 U.S. schools to have been named a 2017 National Title I Distinguished School. Schools are selected either for exceptional student performance overall, for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups, or for excellence in serving special populations of students. Montgomery Central was selected for excellence in serving special populations of students.

MCES recognized with Point of Pride at School Board meeting. From left, retired MCES principal Nancy Grant, Principal Loralee BeCraft, Assistant Principal Roshae Harrison, School Board member Josh Baggett.

Written by Ashley Hume and Patrick Lynch
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Greenbelt, MD – A slab of sandstone discovered at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center contains at least 70 mammal and dinosaur tracks from more than 100 million years ago, according to a new paper published January 31st in the journal Scientific Reports. The find provides a rare glimpse of mammals and dinosaurs interacting.

The tracks were discovered by Ray Stanford — a local dinosaur track expert whose wife, Sheila, works at Goddard. After dropping off Sheila at work one day in 2012, Stanford spotted an intriguing rock outcropping behind Shelia’s building on a hillside. Stanford parked his car, investigated, and found a 12-inch-wide dinosaur track on the exposed rock.

A model of a Nodosaur dinosaur sits inside what is believed to be the fossil of a Nodosaur footprint. The footprint was found by Ray Stanford a local dinosaur hunter. (NASA/Goddard/Rebecca Roth)Nashville Predators

Clarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators won an overtime thriller to begin their four game road trip tonight, against the New York Islanders, 5-4. Ryan Johansen tied the game with just under one minute in regulation, then THE captain, Roman Josi scored the game winner to earn the Predators the two points.

In what can only be described as one of the most exciting comebacks in Nashville Predators history, Nashville gets the win in a battle of goaltenders as Pekka Rinne and New York’s Jaroslav Halak put on a clinic.

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
#15 Tennessee Vols at #24 Kentucky

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena | TV: ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers – UT Vols

Lexington, KY – Playing its best ball of the season, 15th-ranked Tennessee heads to Rupp Arena on Tuesday night, February 6th for a showdown with rival Kentucky. The game is set to tip at 6:00pm CT and will be televised on ESPN for “Super Tuesday.”

The Vols (17-5, 7-3 SEC) enter the contest as winners of their last five games and eight of the last nine. During the stretch, defense has been the key for UT’s success. Tennessee has held its opponents to under 65 points in each of the last seven outings and now ranks 6th in defensive efficiency in the KenPom rankings.

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APSU Sports Information
APSU Men’s Basketball

Brentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team senior Averyl Ugba has been named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week.

Additionally, the forward from Silver Spring, Maryland was named College Sports Madness OVC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department wants to make the public aware, there is an illegal video being distributed through Facebook Messenger involving a young girl performing an illicit act with an adult male. It has been circulating across the country.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, DO NOT SHARE THIS VIDEO even if it appears to be coming from a friend. There is no purpose to forward, share, or view the video in an effort to catch to catch the perpetrator.

Child Pornography

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City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – Leaders of the Clarksville Cycling Club met with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan recently to discuss ways to promote bicycle-related activities in the Clarksville area.

Alex King, board member and past president, and Lawrence Mize also signaled support for the City’s efforts to create an advocacy group to promote a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community.

Clarksville Cycling Club members Lawrence Mize and Alex King present Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan with an official club riding jersey during a recent meeting at City Hall.

Clarksville, TN – On January 3rd, 2018, around 4:55pm, Clarksville Police Officers attempted a traffic stop in the area of Circle Drive when the tag on a maroon Blazer did not come back registered to the vehicle. The vehicle fled from the officers when the traffic stop was initiated.

It was later found behind a house on Woody Hills Drive. Officer Hudgin approached the vehicle, he heard voices, and started to yell verbal commands, at which time, Jason Evitts, appeared from the corner of the house with his hands up. When Evitts was told to get on the ground, he complied and was handcuffed by Officer McLaughlin.

(Top) Jason Ray Evitts and (Bottom) Levi Louis West

Clarksville, TN – Anyone passing through the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans last month might have paused at all the strange questions drifting out of the hotel’s meeting rooms.

“Are werewolves from Europe or Ancient Arabia?” “How did American soldiers fare during World War I?” “Why did Nashville legalize prostitution in the late 19th century?”

Austin Peay State University students give presentations at Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National History Conference.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

Washington, D.C. – At President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, he invited a very important guest from our own Clarksville, TN. We all know that any person who signs up for the armed services already exhibits an extraordinary character.

The sacrifice that they, and their families, make to serve our country is beyond measure. Through their commitment to protecting our nation, we are forever in their debt. America is the greatest country on earth, but it can only remain so because of the selfless acts of those who serve in our military.

Honoring Staff Sergeant Justin Peck
Instant Peay Play – APSU Sports

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will open its 33rd season of play this coming weekend, February 9th-11th, as it travels to Statesboro, GA, to participate in the Georgia Southern Eagle Round Robin.

This season-opening weekend will also mark the first games played under new Govs head coach Rodney DeLong, who was named the programs ninth head coach in June 2017 after serving on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech.

2018 Austin Peay State University Softball Team. (APSU Sports Information)
APSU Sports Information

Louisville, KY – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team dropped a tough 7-0 decision against Louisville, Sunday.

The Govs (0-4) knew they had a challenge ahead with Louisville (4-3) boasting a ranked singles player and a ranked doubles pairing.

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis loses tough match to Louisville Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

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