Montgomery County Foster Care Awareness Event

Montgomery County Foster Care Awareness Event

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – (CLARKSVILLENOW) The Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Advisory Board is partnering with local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the Montgomery County Department of Children’s Services to host the 11th Annual Foster Care Awareness Event.

The event will be held Saturday, May 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Machinists Union building at 121 Union Hall Rd. and there will be food, games and prizes. May is National Foster Care Month and the event will promote awareness of the needs surrounding the growing number of children in foster care.

As of January 2018, Tennessee had 8,514 children in state custody, 953 of those children were in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. In Montgomery County there are approximately 400 children in the foster care system at any given time with less than 50 homes available for them.

The majority of those children are removed from their school, friends and their lives are totally disrupted by circumstances outside their control. The children need loving forever families.

The public is invited to come out to learn more about the role local citizens can play in the community to help impact the lives of children and their families. For more information call Anne Marie Cutting at 931-217-7624.

Montgomery County Foster Care Awareness Event

New APSU exhibit honors legacy of late artist Tom Malone

New APSU exhibit honors legacy of late artist Tom Malone

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – (CLARKSVILLENOW) The artist Tom Malone, who passed away in 1998, had the uncanny ability to make people think. Coming across one of his celebrated faces in a gallery, viewers would often pause and stare deeply into the eyes. “Who is this woman?” they might ask. Or, “Why do I feel that I know her?”

“The intense styling of the eyes marks a signature style for Malone,” Terri Jordan, a Clarksville artist and exhibits curator for the Customs House Museum, said. “His faces look back at the viewer, unapologetic and familiar. Whether simple line drawings or vivid impressionistic pastels, each face Malone drew leaves the onlooker curious to learn her secrets…and that is talent.”

Malone passed away 20 years ago, but his art continues to shift peoples’ gazes, aligning them briefly with his own view of the world. This May, the community will again get to see life through the artist’s eyes thanks to a special exhibition, “FACES: A Tom Malone Retrospective,” at the Austin Peay State University Art + Design Building’s Barbara Beach Gallery and Sam and Dee Boaz Conference Room. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, May 11, and it will remain on display until June 1.

“Tom seemed driven simply to respond to his own keen and sensitive observation of the world around him, compelled by his great heart and his desire to share those impressions with us,” Dan Hanley, noted local artist and Malone’s former art instructor, wrote. “He was among the most authentic, the most genuine artists I have had the privilege of knowing.”

Malone, a former APSU art student, was a prolific creator whose output ranged from paintings to drawings to sculptures to jewelry to designing musical instruments and handcrafted furniture.

“To me, he glowed with creativity and I could sense that he had a better existence than me because he was able to let go of what was expected of him, exist through a job as a job and live life as an artist,” Syd Hedrick wrote in an essay on Malone in 1999.

Shortly after his death, Malone’s parents, Ann and Charles Malone; his sister, Charlsie Halliburton; and her husband, John Halliburton, established the Tom Malone Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Austin Peay. The award is presented annually to aspiring students of Studio Arts. The new exhibition will support this important scholarship because many of the pieces will be available for purchase. Since his death, none of his remaining works have been sold, and all proceeds from this rare sale, including 22 framed and 46 unframed pieces, will benefit the scholarship.

Uniquely, all the framed Malone pieces were previously featured in the 2013 ART FROM INFLUENCE exhibition at the Customs House Museum. Malone’s friend and mentor, the late Olen Bryant, described these works as part of the “cultural history of the community.”

“All of his work is characterized by his own artistic integrity, and whatever medium he used, his skill as a consummate artist is apparent,” Bryant said in 1999.

To preview the works or for purchase information, visit

New APSU exhibit honors legacy of late artist Tom Malone

Clarksville Red Cross installs 355 smoke alarms

Clarksville Red Cross installs 355 smoke alarms

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.— (CLARKSVILLENOW) The American Red Cross of Tennessee River recently installed 355 smoke alarms and reached 373 people about home fire safety during the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on April 28 in Clarksville.

“The day was a big success and an important step in helping educate residents about how to be safe if a fire should occur in their home,” said Katy Hagstrom, Executive Director for the Tennessee River Chapter “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”

Red Cross volunteers and local partners canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of March 31, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416 lives, reached 1,075,894 youth through youth preparedness programs, and installed over 1.2 million free smoke alarms since the Campaign began in 2014. Here in Tennessee, the Red Cross has installed over 25,000 free smoke alarms in homes and saved 11 documented lives since July 1, 2014.

To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.

Clarksville Red Cross installs 355 smoke alarms

$67m restoration of St James Theatre stalled for nine months

$67m restoration of St James Theatre stalled for nine months

Restoration of Auckland’s historic St James Theatre has stalled for nine months and the site of the $67 million project left untouched since late last year.

“We finished up last August/September,” said Steve Bielby of the Auckland Notable Properties Trust, trying to preserve and re-open the Queen St venue built in 1928.

Tours of the theatre are being conducted later this week and Bielby said there was already a waiting list of more than 200 people, which he believed was an indication of strong interest in the Auckland CBD building.

“At the moment, we’re waiting for an answer on the apartment building,” Bielby said of the stalled neighbouring apartment block, planned to rise beside the St James and provide toilets, disabled access and lifts for the old theatre.


“They’ve had their consent extended. We’ve got all our funds pretty much sorted. But it’s conditional on us delivering an operational theatre and we can’t deliver that,” he said referring for the need for the neighbouring new apartments to rise to provide facilities.

“We’re playing with the idea of a temporary measure to meet that criteria,” he said of a new plan to incorporate facilities within the St James and ditch hopes for the neighbouring site.

But he is sceptical about whether the $250m apartment tower project will come to fruition.

“I just don’t know whether the market is right for building apartments. You have to wonder. I would like to start work on the St James ASAP – tomorrow. Unfortunately I can’t do anything more until I have some confirmation on the apartments. But we can at least open up the building and people can see what we have to do to restore and upgrade it,” he said.

In November 2015, Auckland Council agreed to pay $15m towards the $60m to $70m cost of restoring the heritage building.

The theatre was originally designed for vaudeville acts. Its architect Henry Eli White also designed the St James Theatre in Wellington. It closed in 2007 because of safety concerns. It reopened briefly in 2015 to reinvigorate Auckland’s support for restoring the building.

Bielby said last year that repairs would stop soon.

“Work will shortly halt while the final design is consented. Then it is our intent to get into more of the ground works and new base isolation system which we have already purchased the isolators for and are in New Zealand,” he said in July 2017, referring to the seismic system.

In December 2016, Relianz Holdings abandoned the 39-level, 309-unit St James Suites on Queen St beside the historic theatre because of funding problems. Relianz is a vehicle of Auckland-based Lijun Li and his family which bought the theatre and adjacent land. Part of the planned new tower was to be used to make the St James compliant on aspects such as access and toilets.

A Relianz statement just before Christmas of 2016 spelled out the issues which caused the tower to be cancelled.

“…despite significant efforts to secure replacement funding to allow the project to progress, difficult lending market conditions mean it has not been able to reach a feasible solution. Unfortunately, this means the St James Suites apartment development is not currently viable and the development is on hold until further notice,” the statement said.

It said buyers would get their deposits back in full, plus interest.

Roxy Regional Theatre to unveil 36th season at Happenin at the Hollemans’

Roxy Regional Theatre to unveil 36th season at Happenin at the Hollemans’

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- (CLARKSVILLENOW) For the sixth consecutive year, Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman will host “Happenin’ at the Hollemans,” an evening of entertainment featuring the unveiling of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s highly-anticipated SEASON 36: Theatre You Can’t Resist, on Friday, May 11, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

This annual spring fundraiser is the official announcement for Season 36, giving patrons the opportunity to help sponsor productions in the upcoming season. Patrons can choose their show and level of support from a unique “producer’s menu” and enjoy benefits ranging from program recognition and complimentary tickets to marquee space.

The Hollemans’ home is located at 1280 Madison Street, just past Pageant Lane and across from Glenwood Drive. Parking is available at Veterans Plaza, and valet attendants will be on-hand.

Tickets to “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” are $50 per person and may be purchased online, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Mondays through Fridays, and one hour prior to performances). Patrons are requested to RSVP by May 4, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The Roxy Regional Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to producing professional live theatre and promoting the arts, with emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee and the Southeast. The theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street in Historic Downtown Clarksville. For more information, visit the Roxy Regional Theatre website.

Roxy Regional Theatre to unveil 36th season at Happenin at the Hollemans’

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