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Opera singer Denyce Graves to perform in Clarksville

World renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is scheduled to be in concert in Clarksville this month as part of the Clarksville Community Concert Association’s annual programs.

Graves, who has portrayed title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila, will perform “A Celebration of American Song” on Sunday, Jan. 30 in Mabry Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The program will be performed in English.

Ann Silverberg, president of the Clarksville Community Concert Association, said the group is looking forward to the performance.

“It’s just so thrilling,” Silverberg said. “We’ve been thinking about having Denyse Graves come for quite some time, so it’s a thrill for us. After her performance here, she will go back to Washington to sing with the National Opera.”

The opera singer has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Washington National Opera, according to her online biography.

She has also performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

The Clarksville Community Concert Association is in its 70th season.

The association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission to present music performances of high artistic merit in its service to Clarksville and Montgomery County.

“We continue to try to provide interest and enjoyment of live music through these concerts,” Silverberg said. “We provide the best and the finest in live acoustic music performances for this area to enjoy.”

The concerts are all scheduled at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University, on the corner of Marion and Eighth streets.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available to the public. Austin Peay students are admitted free and Clarksville-Montgomery County students are only $5. Single adult tickets are $25 and discounts are made available to seniors, military, educators and group rates.

For more information, visit: clarksvillemusic.org or visit the association on Facebook.


Life
A Winter Wonderland

A winter snowstorm blew through Montgomery County last Thursday and left behind several inches of snow. Readers submitted some beautiful photos on the Main Street Clarksville Facebook page.

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Knoxville woman charged with crimes against the elderly

A Knoxville woman has been arrested and charged with theft and willful abuse and neglect of her 81-year-old Clarksville uncle.

Constance Porter, 56, who was entrusted with the man’s finances and personal care, reportedly had been making charges and transactions with her uncle’s personal account without permission prior to abandoning his care.

An agent with the Adult Protective Services Association alerted Clarksville Police to the alleged exploitation of the man’s bank account, according to the affidavit.

Porter was the authorized user for the victim’s bank account, but was to use the account specifically to benefit him.

An investigation revealed the man’s bank account had been charged several times by Clarksville Enterprise Rent-A-Car, according to court records.

Porter reportedly rented a vehicle in September 2019 making approximately $2,469 worth of transactions from the same account.

After a trip to Knoxville, Porter allegedly abandoned her duty as caretaker, but other family members stepped in and were able to replace her.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Porter was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

She’s been charged with auto theft and willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly.


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Public hearings set for CMCSS rezoning
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The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has scheduled three public hearings, two virtual and one in-person, to receive feedback on rezoning proposals for the district.

The tentative rezoning plans were first introduced to the Board of Education during its Tuesday, Jan. 4 study session.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the first of two readings on the rezoning on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The school board is working with RSP and Associates, a third-party consulting firm, to help draw the new zoning lines for the district.

The rezoning has become necessary due to the population and growth trends taking place in the district and also with the opening of the new middle school anticipated later this year.

In the initial, preliminary map, the Kirkwood zoned students would be pulled from everything east of I-24 and north of Highway 76, including areas originally in the Northeast boundary, according to the presentation.

The Rossview boundary would extend south of I-24 until Highway 41 A to include areas in Sango and east of Sango Drive.

The Clarksville High and Richview Middle School boundary would be extended west along the railroad until Riverside Drive. It also includes an area bound by the railroad, Cumberland River, Hickory Grove and Greenwood Avenue.

Planners have been relying on the following considerations and criteria in planning the rezoned areas:

• To rezone as few students as possible

• The proximity of students to existing schools

• Transport students the least distance possible

• Equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students

• Enrollment capacity of existing schools

• Consideration of free and reduced lunch status (socioeconomic)

• Allow for future growth where possible

The CMCSS Zoning Project Team will first receive feedback on Monday, Jan. 17 via a virtual public hearing.

The second virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The third and final public hearing will be in-person on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Rossview High School at 5:30 p.m.

The final rezoning recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for its final vote and approval.

For more information on the rezoning developments, visit: cmcss.net/zoning.


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