News in Clarksville: Changes at Downtown Commons, gun found at Kenwood, Excell Bar-B-Q is back and other top stories this week

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

Downtown Commons becomes county park, leaving behind vendors, local businesses: When Tiffany Perkins went to apply to hold the next Juneteenth Block Party at Downtown Commons, she was surprised to see new rules ending key parts of the festival. She and others have been surprised by the changes, as the Commons becomes a county park. READ MORE

Loaded handgun, ammo found in student backpack at Kenwood High: The weapon was found during a fight among students at the school. READ MORE

APSU breaks ground on Health Professions Building, largest on campus: At 114,600 square feet, it will be the largest academic building on the Austin Peay State University campus. READ MORE

Doctor to serve 7 years in federal prison for health care billing fraud: Already convicted in an opioid pill mill scheme, the local doctor also billed federal programs for hundreds of unnecessary services, including office visits and steroid injections. READ MORE

Predators coming to F&M Bank Arena for Gold Star Showcase intrasquad game: For the first time, the Preds will play at F&M Bank Arena, in an intrasquad benefit matchup. READ MORE

Police identify 19-year-old killed in motorcycle crash: The motorcyclist was killed in a crash Friday at Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and Trenton Road. READ MORE

Excell Market Bar-B-Q back in full operation after fire with new smokehouse: The smokehouse burned down a few months ago, but it’s back in operation, catching up with orders from customers who’ve missed their meat. READ MORE

Kirkwood High linebacker, tight end named Player of the Week: Kirkwood won their very first football game, and it was thanks to an OT touchdown catch and 2-point conversion with this standout player. READ MORE

Clarksville Now/5 Star win 2 first place statewide awards: Clarksville Now has won the top digital award from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, and our keystone podcast, “Clarksville’s Conversation,” won Best Local Talk Show. READ MORE

Possumstock 2023 coming next month to Red River Canoe in Adams: Possumstock, which is Clarksville’s homegrown music festival, is less than one month away and coming to a new location. READ MORE

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