News in Clarksville: Storming of Capitol, vaccine confusion and other top stories this week – Clarksville Now

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

Rep. Mark Green: ‘I’ve seen it in Iraq, but nothing like this in America’: The Clarksville congressman and his staff had to seek safety as “100 or so” people stormed the Capitol and filled the hallways. The assault on the Capitol building disrupted Congressional deliberation on certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College results. While Tennessee Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty afterward voted in support of certification, Green voted against it. READ MORE

Lalo Santos, of Stinky Pinky Trash & Septic Services, passed away Dec. 28, 2020. (Robert Lane, Contributed)

Stinky Pinky helping family of worker who died after being hit on the job: Jose Eduardo Santos Toledo was retrieving a trash bin on the side of Highway 41 in Joelton on Dec. 2 when a car smashed into him. Four weeks later, Santos died from his injuries. Stinky Pinky Trash & Septic Services is now helping the family with medical and funeral expenses. READ STORY

Line-jumpers, website sign-ups, busy signals complicate COVID-19 vaccination process: Despite hardline rules from the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, some in Montgomery County who don’t fall under the set criteria were already getting vaccinated, creating confusion about how and when people sign up to get the vaccine. The state has since added some clarity to the signup process. READ MORE

Publix bringing new store to 101st Airborne Division Parkway: A new Publix grocery is coming to the southwest corner of 101st Airborne Parkway and Trenton Road. The store is projected to open in mid-2022 and will be the fourth Publix location in Clarksville. READ MORE

Quarry land rezoning approved, clearing another hurdle for 300-plus home development: The area surrounding an inactive quarry on Old Russellville Pike will likely become home to over 300 new residences, following 10-2 approval by the City Council. A second vote will be required. A large portion of the property containing the inactive quarry was previously zoned M-2 for heavy industrial use. READ MORE

Tennessee schools could switch to 10-point grading scale: A change to the state’s grading scale could give Tennessee students a more equal footing in college admissions and scholarships, and it’s in legislation backed by Rep. Jason Hodges, D-Clarksville. The bill working its way through the state legislature would require schools to switch from the current 7-point grading scale to the more widely used 10-point scale. READ MORE

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