Clarksville, Texas

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Clarksville, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Clarksville, Texas
Coordinates: 33°36′40″N 95°3′9″W / 33.61111°N 95.0525°W / 33.61111; -95.0525Coordinates: 33°36′40″N 95°3′9″W / 33.61111°N 95.0525°W / 33.61111; -95.0525
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyRed River
Area
 • Total3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Land3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation410 ft (125 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,883
 • Density1,299.2/sq mi (501.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75426
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-15160[1]
GNIS feature ID1354578[2]
 
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Clarksville, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Clarksville, Texas
Coordinates: 33°36′40″N 95°3′9″W / 33.61111°N 95.0525°W / 33.61111; -95.0525Coordinates: 33°36′40″N 95°3′9″W / 33.61111°N 95.0525°W / 33.61111; -95.0525
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyRed River
Area
 • Total3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Land3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation410 ft (125 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,883
 • Density1,299.2/sq mi (501.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75426
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-15160[1]
GNIS feature ID1354578[2]

Clarksville is a city in Red River County, Texas, in the United States in the Northern most part of the Piney Woods region of East Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 3,883. It is the county seat of Red River County[3].

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Geography

Clarksville is located at 33°36′40″N 95°3′9″W / 33.61111°N 95.0525°W / 33.61111; -95.0525 (33.611086, -95.052448)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,883 people, 1,530 households, and 1,006 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,299.2 people per square mile (501.4/km²). There were 1,787 housing units at an average density of 597.9 per square mile (230.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.39% White, 42.18% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 3.01% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.29% of the population.

There were 1,530 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,655, and the median income for a family was $31,729. Males had a median income of $21,635 versus $16,189 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,487. About 17.6% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.2% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The area is served by the Clarksville Independent School District.

Controversy

Bill Hankins of The Paris Daily News was first to write an article about the arrest of Clarksville High School basketball coach, Vergil Richardson, in December 2007 [5] and continued to follow the story closely for years.

In November 2010 NPR aired a story about racism in Claksville [6] that discussed the controversial arrest of the high school basketball coach and other family members during Thanksgiving dinner in 2007. In 2007 former Clarksville High School basketball star and coach of the team at the time, Vergil Richardson, was at Thanksgiving dinner with five other family members when police stormed the family home arresting Vergil and five of his family members. Vergil's 25-year-old half brother, Kevin Calloway, was the target as he admittedly had been selling drugs. The controversy began when police decided to charge all six family members arrested with manufacturing, distributing, and possessing narcotics despite Kevin's insistence that he had acted alone, stashing the drugs in the shed in the yard locked with a key only he possessed. The Richardsons hired the high-profile trial attorney Mark Lesher who immediately discovered that the D.A. had participated in the raid and that the warrant for the raid was issued after the raid was conducted. State prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges on all the Richardsons except for Kevin Calloway but judge John Miller refused to do so. Lesher then filed a motion to dismiss judge John Miller, arguing the judge was biased; in a rare moment of cooperation, prosecutors supported the motion. Once a new judge was appointed the judge immediately dismissed the charges.

The Richardsons are pursuing a lawsuit filed suit against the Red River County Sheriff, District Attorney, and Chief of Police in November 2009 [7] and are set to begin proceedings in 2011.

Notable people

Clarksville is the birthplace of:

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