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It is official now — the heavy rainfall on Sunday put us over our normal amount for June and we have now had nine consecutive months of above normal rainfall.

After all this time and what felt like so much progress made, here we are again.

We took a much closer step toward returning to sports this week.

Shopping at locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy has always been an important part of what gives Clarksville so much heart. Clarksville has so many wonderful shops, boutiques, eateries and businesses that are locally owned and operated.

It is going to be a hot and humid week across Middle Tennessee with afternoon highs of 85 to 90 degrees and then dropping to between 65 to 70 degrees at night.  

Usually in these columns, I like to discuss what we’re missing in sports and when we might be able to hope for it to come back. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for continued social distancing, the local Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day ceremony and many other events across the country, including the 2020 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., were canceled.

I have a lot to be thankful for today.

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie

We’ve reached double digits in weeks since sports were a regular program in our lives. That’s bizarre. 

A little bit cooler weather will be with us this week with high temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s. I think we will bounce right back into the 80s from May 22-28.

For some reason, writing this feels more surreal than any of the previous ones.

We should expect a steady warming trend for the week ahead, with the high temperatures climbing from the low 60s early in the week to the upper 70s by Thursday. 

COVID-19 has had nasty effects on smaller food industries. It has resulted in many people losing their jobs and having to file for unemployment. Some people have even speculated that Asian restaurants have taken the major damage in the Middle Tennessee area.