News in Clarksville: Grades petition, Black Rifle Coffee and other top stories this week – Clarksville Now

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s a look at the top local news stories from Clarksville Now this week.

Justin Sawyer’s family organizes search for his body: The search comes after Clarksville and Kentucky detectives said they exhausted all leads in finding the body of the 20-year-old, who is believed to be dead. Three suspects are in jail after the robbery they said led to his death. READ MORE

Northwest High student starts petition urging CMCSS to cancel third quarter grades: The petition this week calling for not counting students’ grades for the third quarter this school year on account of issues with remote learning. The petition was started Tuesday, and by Thursday, the petition had garnered over 3,500 signatures. READ MORE

Eight people charged with murder in 2019 Summit Heights shooting: A total of eight people have been arrested in the death of 32-year-old Joshua Ellis and attempted murder of Joshua Dix. Seven of them have an court hearing coming up Feb. 10. READ MORE

Black Rifle to bring brick-and-mortar location to Wilma Rudolph Blvd.: The coffee shop will include a drive thru lane and window as well as a large interior seating area. The veteran owned and operated company has developed a nationwide following over the last few years. READ MORE

Adults 70-plus can register for COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 2: The state has now moved into a new, age-based phase of distribution, thanks to the state’s increased allocations of COVID-19 vaccines. For Montgomery County, there are an estimated 5,460 residents in the 70-74 year age group. This is in addition to Phase 1a1 and 1a2, who are still being vaccinated. READ MORE

City Council OKs Roxy building purchase after lengthy debate: The Roxy Regional Theatre will be rebuilt as a new performing arts center. After weeks of debate, council members voted 11-2 to approve the purchase for $810,000. The city has a lease agreement with the Roxy to operate the new facility. READ MORE

2 paid holidays added for City of Clarksville: Juneteenth and Tennessee Emancipation Day: Both June 19 and Aug. 8 will be recognized as paid holidays for city employees following a vote by the City Council. The proposal had been to make Juneteenth a holiday, but Emancipation Day was added at the last minute. READ MORE

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