Celia Darrough

Celia Darrough

Celia Darrough is a freelance journalist based in Clarksville. She is the former senior news editor for Bustle and has also written for Mic, Refinery29, and Thrillist. Celia has lived and reported all across the country, from Alaska and Oregon to New York City and now Tennessee. You can follow her on Twitter at @celiadarrough.

(Photo taken Feb. 3, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee, by Karen Pulfer Focht.)

Clarksville City Council considers becoming Second Amendment sanctuary city

By: - March 4, 2021

(Update: The Clarksville City Council voted 8-4 Thursday night to approve the resolution to make the city a Second Amendment sanctuary.) A resolution introduced in the Clarksville City Council would proclaim the city as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” as the state considers legislation that would make the same declaration across all of Tennessee. The resolution, […]

Elizabeth Jones with her nephew, Isaiah. Jones is raising Isaiah after his mother was killed by her domestic partner in a murder-suicide in Paris, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In rural Tennessee, lack of resources lead to dismal situation for domestic violence victims

By: - October 7, 2020

If you come to Paris from Clarksville — arguably the closest “big” town —  you’ll drive through a stunning display of scenery as you cross the Tennessee River Bridge. As you transition from Stewart County to Henry County, vibrant emerald-colored trees, some still blooming with pink flowers despite spring being long gone, line the sides […]

Elizabeth Jones holds her nephew, Isiah. She is his caretaker after his mother was killed in 2018 by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee women in rural areas more likely to be domestic violence victims

By: - October 6, 2020

Near the downtown area of Paris, Tennessee, a long set of concrete stairs, partially overgrown with crabgrass and weeds, leads up a hill to the maroon front door on Depot Street, a small pastel orange house surrounded by tall, skinny trees. On the night of May 22, 2018, Jessica Jones got off work from her […]

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Election 2020: Democrats look to Glynn to flip Clarksville senate seat

By: - October 2, 2020

Historically, Senate District 22 has been represented by a Democrat, until Republican Mark Green won in 2012. Now, incumbent Sen. Bill Powers, R-Clarksville, and political newcomer Ronnie Glynn, D-Clarksville, are fighting to decide whether the seat will remain red or return to blue. Powers is no stranger to close races. He earned 53.6% to Democrat […]

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Clarksville City Council adds police accountability to legislative wish list

By: - September 22, 2020

Every year, local governments around the state send a list of priorities to the Tennessee General Assembly laying out municipal needs for the coming legislative session. The lead item on the Clarksville City Council’s agenda this year is finding money in the budget for road improvement and construction. That’s no surprise, as many Tennessee cities […]

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Clarksville challenger targets veterans in race against incumbent Powers

By: - July 29, 2020

State Sen. Bill Powers, R-Clarksville, has been representing state senate District 22 for just over a year, but he’s got  opposition from fellow conservative Doug Englen, who is mounting a case for change. Powers has the benefit of name recognition and a lifetime of service to the community, but Englen comes offering a long military […]

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Outside urban areas, officials reluctant to pass mask mandates

By: - July 15, 2020

When Gov. Bill Lee gave county mayors the authority to issue mask mandates in the midst of a rising number of statewide COVID19 cases, the response from both the public and the mayors themselves was an assortment of immediate implementations, shrugs, and outright dismissals. In areas outside of the larger cities in Tennessee, a seemingly […]

A couple holds signs for Vanessa Guillén across from the main entrance to Fort Campbell.(Photo: Celia Darrough)

Murder of soldier in Texas leads to Ft. Campbell demonstrations

By: - July 8, 2020

Spc. Itzel Maynard stood on the median of Fort Campbell Boulevard in front of Gate 4, the main entrance to the base, holding a sign that said “Soy Vanessa Guillén. I Am Vanessa Guillén.” As a specialist in the Army, a Hispanic woman, and someone who never reported her sexual harassment within the military, she […]

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Austin Peay names interim president

By: - July 6, 2020

In a special meeting Monday morning, the Austin Peay State University board of trustees named Dannelle Whiteside as the university’s interim president until a permanent president is found.  APSU’s president for six years, Alisa White, unexpectedly announced June 19 that she will step down in August after commencement ceremonies to take the position as president […]

A November 2019 photo of members of the Clarksville Police Department from the retirement ceremony of Sgt. Ramon Ferrer-Ramos after 18 years on the force. (Photo: Clarksville Police Department Facebook page)

Clarksville cops pursue culture change

By: - July 6, 2020

In the days after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, the Clarksville Police Department was “disgusted,” but proud of the policies it has in place against such incidents. Now, as cities across the United States are reducing funding to their police agencies and […]

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Clarksville leaders defend police funding, cut Confederate monuments

By: - July 1, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, cities nationwide are having discussions about defunding the police and dismantling Confederate monuments. In a Tuesday panel on race relations, Clarksville’s mayor said he won’t defund the police “by one penny,” but he’s more than ready to rid the city of the last tributes to the Confederacy. Councilman Richard […]

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Austin Peay president steps down for Texas position

By: - June 19, 2020

As universities navigate the impact of the coronavirus on their budgets and enrollment, Austin Peay State University has been handed an additional challenge to overcome. APSU President Alisa White announced Thursday morning that she will leave Clarksville this summer for a new position in Texas. An interim president has not yet been named.  Pending her […]