Stewart County Mayor Robin Brandon’s social media meltdown was a two-hour tirade on everything from TDS, BLM, Marxism, mandatory masks, threatening to give his jurisdiction “a taste” of government overreach and even telling Indigenous People to “shut up” about Mount Rushmore.
In data just obtained from the Small Business Administration under a FOIA request, we learn that over $382 million dollars of Paycheck Protection Program loans saved over 14,000 jobs in Clarksville by keeping employees on the payroll, at least that’s how the money is intended to be spent. Facility Services Management received the largest, with over $5 million in funds, Dominos Pizza (A Murgas LLC), received over $350,000 while local churches claimed more than $10.5 million of the available funds for small businesses.
Local favorites, such as Blackhorse & Strawberry Alley Alewoks each received over $350,000 in proceeds for their employees and expenses.
As of July 3rd, Montgomery County has 534 COVID-19 cases. 198 have recovered and our county has experienced 7 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 329 cases are currently active and 34 individuals are hospitalized. Montgomery County broke 100 cases since last Friday, June 26th.
Since last week, four new citizens have picked up petitions to qualify for Clarksville City Council. In addition, four citizens have officially qualified for election to their respective positions. The qualification period opened on Monday, June 22nd and the deadline to return the petitions is August 20th.
Hundreds of Clarksville high school seniors and their families attended graduation ceremonies organized, in part, by a man known on Facebook as Shane Chris. Chris is actually Shane C. Thompson, a sex offender from Trigg County.
14 citizens have picked up petitions to qualify as candidates for Clarksville City Council and City Judge. The qualification period opened on Monday, June 22nd and the deadline to return the petitions is August 20th. No incumbents have picked up a petition as of 10:00 a.m. June 26th.
Tarboosh Clarksville, downtown’s most problematic venue, was shut down early Sunday morning by an inspector with the Clarksville Fire Department, citing the venue for being over double their allowed capacity.
On June 9th, the Roxy Regional Theatre marquee that has been dark since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was lit for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. The time signifying the amount of time a now removed police officer left his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
On June 4th, a Snapchat video showed Fort Campbell non-commissioned officer Sergeant Benjamin Rubino reprimanding a junior soldier for having #BLM and BLACK LIVES MATTER written on his personal vehicle. The soldier pointed out that Rubino was sporting a confederate flag on the roof of his truck.
Clarksville Police Department leaders have presented Mayor Joe Pitts with a “top-to-bottom review” of the Department’s processes and protocols regarding arrests, use of force and police-bias prevention.