Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members during 2018 Memorial Day Service

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Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to seven service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam

U.S. Army Private First Class Reece Gass
PFC Reece Gass

U.S. Army Private First Class Reece Gass of Greeneville was presumably killed on January 14th, 1945. Gass was serving in Belgium in World War II when he was killed in action when enemy fire destroyed his tank. He was 20 years old. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Luxembourg under a headstone that read “Here Rests in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms Known but to God” until he was exhumed and identified in 2016.

Gass was laid to rest on June 10th, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant William O’Kieff
U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant William O’Kieff

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant William O’Kieff of Murfreesboro was presumably killed while serving in support of the Vietnam War on November 27th, 1970 along with five other American crew members, 73 Republic of South Vietnam service members and their wives and children. The Flight Engineer from Middle Tennessee was 38-years old at the time of the crash. His remains were not recovered until the 1980’s and were not identified until 2017.

O’Kieff was laid to rest on June 17th, 2017.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson of Antioch was killed in the line of duty during a night time training exercise off the coast of Oahu on August 15th, 2017. Two 25th Aviation Regiment UH-60 Black Hawks were involved with the exercise, when the flight crews lost contact with each other. Nelson was 30 -years old and served 11 years in the Army.

His service included previously being stationed with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, two deployments to Afghanistan and a deployment to South Korea.

U.S Army Staff Sergeant William Turner
U.S Army Staff Sergeant William Turner

U.S Army Staff Sergeant William Turner of Nashville was presumably killed on December 13th, 1943 while serving in World War II. Turner was part of the flight crew of “Hell’s Fury” which was one of 219 B-26 aircrafts flying from England to Holland for a bombing raid when they were struck by anti-aircraft artillery. The 20-year-old Aerial Engineer’s remains were not recovered until 2007.

Turner was finally laid to rest on August 22nd, 2017.

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Henry Andregg
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Henry Andregg

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Henry Andregg of Whitwell was presumably killed during the Battle of Tarawa in World War II on November 20th, 1943. Andregg was among the first wave of heroic troops assaulting the island at the time of his death and was among 1,000 Marines and Sailors killed in the infamous battle. He was 22 -years old at the time of his death and was buried in an unidentified grave until 2016 when he was exhumed.

Andregg was identified in May, 2017 and laid to rest on August 25th, 2017.

U.S. Army Corporal Thomas Mullins

U.S. Army Corporal Thomas Mullins of Harriman went missing on November 2nd, 1950 while serving in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea during the Korean War. He was 18-years old. A former prisoner of war explained to American authorities that Mullins died while being held in Prisoner of War (POW) camp in North Korea. Mullins remains were not turned over to Americans until 1993 and were not positively identified until 2017.

Mullins was born on March 29th, 1932, declared deceased by the Army on March 29th, 1951 and was buried on March 29th, 2018. (No photo available for Corporal Mullins)

U.S. Army Corporal Jason Hovater
U.S. Army Corporal Jason Hovater

U.S. Army Corporal Jason Hovater of Lake City was killed in the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan on July 13th, 2008. Hovater’s unit was attacked by more than 200 enemy fighters in what has been deemed one of the deadliest battles in the war in Afghanistan with the U.S. and coalition soldiers outnumbered by at least 2 to 1. Nine soldiers were killed and 15 were wounded.

Hovater was posthumously promoted and awarded the Silver Star for valor. Hovater’s father and mother, Gerald and Kathy Hovater, received the Gold Star Family proclamation as well as the Honor and Remember flag, during the ceremony.

“By observing these lives lost, we have walked through 75 years of wars and quite a bit has changed since the call came to serve in World War II,” Haslam said. “The observance of Memorial Day is a time to merge the past, present and future to ensure every generation remembers the sacrifice of these heroes and their families.”

“As I look at the flag, I think of the threads that bind us to the legacies of each of these heroes,” Grinder said. “They took several steps that made several decisions before they took their final breath and we are connected to those steps through our freedom and our flag.”

“Over this Memorial Day weekend it is important to remember why we have this holiday and remember those who have given the last full measure to the protection of this country and the freedoms we enjoy,” said Haston. “Tennesseans have a proud heritage of always answering the call to duty and many of those have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”




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united way original

Clarksville, TN – The community spirit that drives United Way’s mission is often reflective of the boundless love and hard work of mothers everywhere.

In celebration of this spirit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region and Elliott’s Jewelers partnered to sponsor a Youth Jewelry Design Contest that tributes mothers dedicated to giving a building a better future for their children.

Stephanie and Cameron Robertson. (United Way of Clarksville)
Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County law enforcement memorial ceremony was held today at the Clarksville Police Department as part of National Police Week which pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers, locally and across the nation, who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

It also serves as time to remember all the other officers who passed away over the years who dedicated their lives to serving our community.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Fallen Officers were honored today at the Clarksville Police Department Headquarters.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Gas and Water Department sewer lateral line rehabilitation contractors have added Park Lane in North Clarksville to this week’s work schedule, May 7th-11th, 2018.

More details about sewer line rehabilitation can be viewed on the Gas and Water website,www.clarksvillegw.com, or please contact Y’hanna Perez-Ortiz, P.E., Civil Engineer, at the Clarksville Gas and Water Engineering Department, 931.645.7418.

Clarksville Gas and Water Department Administration and Engineering
City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan joined Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley, Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson and other dignitaries Monday morning for the annual observance of Police Memorial Day and National Police Week.

Each year during this week local leaders conduct a solemn ceremony to remember local officers who died in the line of duty, and to honor every law enforcement officer, past and present, for their dedicated service to the community.

Clarksville Leaders Gather To Honor The Fallen
Nashville Sounds

Memphis, Tn — Frankie Montas delivered a complete game, but the Nashville Sounds fell to the Memphis Redbirds, 2-1, Monday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Montas used only 93 pitches to breeze through eight innings. The right-hander yielded a pair of solo home runs to Redbirds’ right field Tyler O’Neill. The solo blasts were enough as Nashville squandered two golden opportunities in the middle innings.

O’Neill hit a solo home run in the second, but Nashville’s Anthony Garcia answered with a solo blast in the top of the fourth to even the game at 1-1. The tie didn’t last long as O’Neill launched his second homer of the day in the bottom of the fourth to give Memphis a 2-1 lead.

Nashville Sounds Baseball
Clarksville-Montgomery County has 2nd Cheapest Gas Prices in Tennessee

Tampa, FL – Gas prices rocketed higher last week in most markets, due to reductions in domestic supply and the oil market’s response to the President’s decision to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Tennessee gas prices rose 3 cents during the past week. The average price in Tennessee now sits at $2.62 per gallon – the highest daily price since November 2014. See today’s price.

Gas Prices Rise as Motorists make Memorial Day Plans.

Written by Sgt. Sharifa Newton
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell, KY – Private First Class Caden Emmons, 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Sgt. Stephen Calderone, 58th Signal Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, both with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, were recently named Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year.

To attain the title of Soldier and NCO of the year designated individuals competed head-to-head in several events.

Sgt. Stephen Calderone, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, a Satellite Communications System Operator-Maintainer (25S) from 58 Signal Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, shoots pop-up targets during the qualification portion of the 101st’s NCO, Soldier of the Year at Range 9 on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 24. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)
Instant Peay Play – APSU Sports

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s spring sports continue to shine and impress, as baseball, softball and track & field continue to add to what has been a very successful school year for the Governors.

First, the Governors softball team (39-17) earned its first appearance in a national postseason tournament, with its selection into the National Invitational Softball Championship – the NCAA Division I softball equivalent to the men’s N.I.T Basketball Tournament.

Austin Peay Softball, Baseball and Track & Field are having a successful year.
Terri Jordan

Springfield, TN – A selection of the paintings on view at the gallery of the Copper Vault in Springfield during the month of May are from a new series entitled “Given What You’re Given” by artist Terri Jordan. The new works include objects from the artist’s past homes and experiences.

Jordan says of the suite, “As in all my work, there are subtle symbols and points of reference within the landscapes of canvas. But in this suite, the works exhibited are part of a reflective moment. Since reaching the age of fifty, I continuously find that I am looking to my past while at the same time considering what I have left and what I will be leaving my son in guidance, memories, and a sense of being”.

Going Back Yesterday – Terri .Jordan
APSU Sports Information

Fort Collins, CO – Austin Peay State University’s softball team continues to make history this Spring by earning selection into the National Invitational Softball Championship, as announced Sunday night by the NISC Selection Committee.

It is the first national postseason appearance by the Governors (39-17) in the program’s 33-year history, after posting school bests with a second-place finish during the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and a third-place finish in the conference’s championship tournament.

Austin Peay Softball to play in National Invitational Softball Championship. (APSU Sports Information)National Campaign Brings Awareness to Life-Saving Capabilities of Building Codes
Tennessee State Fire Marshal

Nashville, TN – As the prevalence of new construction continues to increase across the Volunteer State, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared May 2018 as Building Safety Month to increase public awareness of the critical role building codes play in ensuring fire and life safety.

The International Code Council (ICC) created Building Safety Month 38 years ago to reinforce the importance of code adoption and celebrate the victories of building codes in saving lives during disasters. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is proud to join Governor Haslam and the ICC in promoting the annual campaign.

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Nashville Sounds
Nashville Sounds

Colorado Springs, CO – The Colorado Springs Sky Sox jumped on the Nashville Sounds early and cruised to an 8-1 win at Security Service Field Wednesday afternoon.

Sky Sox catcher Jacob Nottingham set the tone when the launched a three-run homer off Sounds’ starter Eric Jokisch in the bottom of the first inning. The blast came right after a fielding error by Franklin Barreto and a free pass issued by Jokisch.

The deficit grew to 4-0 in the second when right fielder Nate Orf singled in Keon Broxton. Orf went 4-for-5 on the day and has nine hits through the first three games of the series.

Nashville Sounds Fall to 4-10 Away from First Tennessee Park. (Nashville Sounds)

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital – BACH – Fort Campbell KY

Fort Campbell, KY – It was NOT what patients were expecting during their visit to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital April 25th, 2018. Best-selling author of pregnancy and parenting “What to Expect” book series, Heidi Murkoff visited new and expecting mothers at the hospital in conjunction with her USO Special Delivery Baby Shower on Fort Campbell.

“We are celebrating military moms-to-be and military moms who are having their babies and who may be far from their family and friends and network of support. So this is our way of celebrating them and appreciating them,” said Murkoff.

Best-selling author of the What to Expect series, Heidi Murkoff, signs a copy of her book What to Expect When Expecting for Spc. Savannah Tuepker, a participant at an orientation session for active-duty Soldiers at the Women’s Health Clinic at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, April 25th. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)
Austin Peay Sports Information
APSU Softball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University softball pitcher Morgan Rackel has added two more weekly honors to join her adidas® OVC Pitcher of the Week accolade, by being named both the collegesportsmadness.com Player of the Week for the conference and the Tennessee Sports Writers College Pitcher of the Week.

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Runners can register for the 5K or One Mile Event

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville, TN – The 40th Annual Queen City Road Race, scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, 2018 is quickly approaching and there is still time to register in person or online.

Online registration can be completed at www.cityofclarksville.com/parksrec and is available until noon on Friday, May 4th. Participants registering in person may come by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Office, 102 Public Square, through Friday, May 4th or register on-site at Austin Peay’s Foy Center the morning of Saturday, May 5th.

Queen City Road Race celebrates 40 years
Great American Clean-up 2018
Montgomery County Government Tennessee

Montgomery County, TN – On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 more than 400 people came out to the annual Clarksville-Montgomery County Great American Clean-up event. Participants cleaned up litter in various areas of the community from the industrial park to downtown.

The event is promoted through the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and organized through Bi-County Solid Waste Management.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett speaks to the volunteers on the Historic Courthouse stairs before clean-up efforts began.
Austin Peay Sports Information

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Cheerleading Team has announced the dates of its official audition dates for the 2018-19 team.

Coach Shandy Ellis-Brown will host official auditions for the 2018-19 team over three days – May 4th-6th – at the Memorial Health Building (The Red Barn). This event will select the members of the APSU Cheerleading Team for the 2018-19 season.

Austin Peay Cheerleading Team to hold tryouts May 4th-6th at the Red Barn. (APSU Sports Information)
Public invited to see highlights from City of Clarksville Departments
City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan is committed to an open and transparent budget process and encourages citizens to attend a series of budget presentations May 7th-10th, 2018.

City of Clarksville Departments will present their budget highlights to the Mayor, which then will be considered as she prepares her full Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal to be presented to the City Council.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Written by Pfc. Beverly Mejia
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell, KY – Bright and early on a cool April morning at 5:00am, 101st Airborne Division soldiers were called out to their company; they are told to arrive promptly in uniform, with their gear fully packed, ready and set to go.

Spring is the time for renewal and beginning, for these soldiers, it will be the beginning of training once more.

Today, they will endure miles of foot marching followed by hours of intense training out in the hot wood-lines of Fort Campbell.

Pvt. Brandon Lehner, Spc. Zachary Cockrell and Sgt. Jose Acosta from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) drive pickets into the ground with a picket pounder during a platoon counter-mobility training event, April 18 on Fort Campbell, KY. During this training the soldiers familiarize themselves on how to construct a Triple Strand Concertina Wire Obstacle. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)
Hypertension Journal Report

Dallas, TX – Elevated blood pressure before becoming pregnant and early in pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy loss, even if the woman doesn’t have a hypertension diagnosis, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

“Elevated blood pressure among young adults is associated with a higher risk of heart disease later in life, and this study suggests it may also have an effect on reproductive health,” said Carrie J. Nobles, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow in the Epidemiology Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Women pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than those pregnant at a younger age. (American Heart Association)NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pasadena, CA – A week before NASA launches its next mission to Mars, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured on Saturday, April 28th, the birthplace of numerous past, present and future space missions at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The afternoon visit by the Vice President, his wife, Karen, and daughter Charlotte, included a stop in JPL’s Mission Control, where engineers will communicate with NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight).

JPL Director Michael Watkins gave Vice President Mike Pence, right, a plaque during the Vice President’s tour of JPL on April 28, 2018. The plaque features a view of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Nashville Sounds
Nashville Sounds

Colorado Springs, CO – A back-and-forth affair in Colorado Springs went to the Sky Sox as the Nashville Sounds dropped a 10-6 decision at Security Service Field Tuesday night.

The Sounds had leads of 2-0 and 5-2, but it wasn’t to be as the Sky Sox came back with a pair of late four-run innings to win game two of the four-game set.

Consecutive run-scoring base hits by Anthony Garcia and Slade Heathcott gave Nashville a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Colorado Springs quickly bounced back with a pair of runs against Sounds’ starter Kendall Graveman in the fifth. Keon Broxton’s RBI double made it a 2-1 game, and Nate Orf’s sacrifice fly evened the game at 2-2.

Nashville Sounds Falls Below .500 at 12-13 on the Season. (Nashville Sounds)

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