County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 23, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. All County offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 during normal operating hours.

Although County offices are closed on Memorial Day, some services are available through the Montgomery County, Tennessee website through the Gov tab.

Montgomery County Hosts First Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Event

May 16, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — The Montgomery County Title VI Committee will host the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Celebration on May 27, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The City of Clarksville and the Clarksville Human Relations Commission as well as members from the AAPI community are partnering in the celebration through the use of event space and their involvement in planning and execution. The event is free and open to everyone who is interested in the heritage and contributions of the AAPI community.

World-renowned laser eye surgeon Dr. Ming Wang will be the guest speaker at the event as he shares his journey to success. Wang, who earned doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, from Harvard and MIT, is also a philanthropist, co-founder of the non-profit Common Ground Network and creator of the amniotic membrane contact lens. As a teenager, Ming fought to escape China’s Cultural Revolution when millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of hard labor and poverty. The Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free of charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to helping blind orphaned children from around the world.  

Music, dancing, food tastings and booths representing Korean, Filipino, Samoan, Hawaiian, Japanese and Thai communities will be a part of the event to celebrate the diverse culture and recognize the rich history, traditions, and contributions of the AAPI communities of Clarksville-Montgomery County. 

“It is an honor to host Montgomery County's inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with our Asian and Pacific Island community members. In Montgomery County, we strive to live up to our word. We don’t just acknowledge and respect diversity and inclusion within the government and community, we cherish and embrace it,” said Zoyie Jackson, Montgomery County Diversity and Inclusion Officer. 

For more information about the event contact Montgomery County Title VI Co-Chair Pam Clark at 931-648-5715 ext. 12309

County Safety and Risk Director Elected to Serve on National Board

May 10, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Montgomery County Safety & Risk Director Jennifer Hood has been elected  to serve as a member of National Public Risk Management Association’s (PRIMA) Board of Directors. Hood has worked for the county for more than 13 years working for employees to provide a safe work environment, lower insurance costs and provide proper care for employees who are injured at work. 

“Hood is known for her positive attitude and willingness to jump in and help others. Being chosen as a National PRIMA board member is a big deal that reflects well on Jennifer and Montgomery County as a whole,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. 

PRIMA is the largest risk management association in the world dedicated to benefitting the public risk management community for more than 40 years. Membership for PRIMA is made up of more than 1,400 entities that are able to use the Association as a one-stop shop for education, training, risk resources, and networking. PRIMA absorbed the Public Entity Risk Insitute (PERI) in 2013, and is overseen by an independent board of six directors made up of of a public risk professionals throughout the United States.

“I am both humbled and honored to be able to serve on the board of such a prestigious organization,” said Hood.” I truly could not have seen all the blessings I have received while working at Montgomery County without the help of an amazing risk management team, phenomenal leaders like Mayor Jim Durrett and Chief-of-Staff Kyle Johnson, elected officials, department heads, county commissioners and the incredible county employees. I am proud to be part of the MoCo family.”

Under Hood’s direction the risk management department has increased awareness of safety in all departments resulting in decreased workplace injuries which saves taxpayer dollars, secured improved insurance rates and was essential in working with county departments through the COVID-19 crisis. Her vigilance and approachability have helped the risk management department evolve to where it is today. 

Montgomery County is very proud to recognize her for her hard work and all that she has done for our County. 

Montgomery County Chief of Staff Leaving to Serve in Washington, D.C.

April 29, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County Government Chief of Staff Kyle Johnson announced his resignation on April 22, 2022. Johnson will be departing for Washington, D.C. on May 6 to serve as Chief of Staff to Indiana Congressman and Vietnam Veteran Jim Baird. 

“This announcement has been bittersweet,” said Johnson. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve side-by-side with the leaders of Montgomery County as we have worked to create the best community in the state of Tennessee and the region. It has been my absolute pleasure to belong to the MoCo family.” 

The community has gone through some major changes since Johnson began serving as Montgomery County Chief of Staff for County Mayor Jim Durrett in January of 2019. During his service, Johnson played an important role in finalizing the F&M Bank Arena and securing the Amazon Distribution Facility, among other initiatives. He worked on internal reforms within county departments to streamline efficiencies and strengthen the cohesiveness of the team.

While serving as Chief of Staff, Johnson served in the National Guard, participating in regular drills and exercises, where he earned the Tennessee Adjutant General’s ribbon for valor.  Johnson will graduate with his master’s degree from George Washington University this May and will begin his MBA at Georgetown University this fall.

Johnson has been actively involved in the military veteran community and the community as a whole, serving on the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) board of directors, as a guest speaker for Veterans Treatment Court, and an advocate and advisor for Campbell Strong Defense Alliance. Johnson also served as an active member of the Clarksville Rotary Club and was a consistent Medallion Member for the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.

“Kyle has been a valuable member of the MoCo team and of this community. He contributed immensely as Chief of Staff, collaborating with City of Clarksville leadership, the Industrial Development Board, Economic Development Council and many of our industry leaders. His professionalism and presence will be missed,” said Mayor Durrett.

The Montgomery County Government team is thankful for his contributions and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

The Wheels on the Bus Take the Traffic Safety Task Force on an Important Community Drive

April 26, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: April 26, 2022 @ 2:58 pm

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Earlier this month, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to conduct a Distracted-Driving Operation Hands-Free bus tour in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Bus transportation was provided by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS) for members of the Task Force to use while Tennessee State Troopers, Clarksville Police, and Montgomery County Deputies patrolled nearby. As those riding the bus traveled throughout the County, they assisted law enforcement in looking for hands-free violations, seatbelt violations, and other road hazards to help limit traffic incidents and crashes. 

Stats from the bus tour resulted in 55 hands-free citations given that included 10 seatbelt violations, two speeding citations, and 43 other citations for distracted driving-related violations. 

“We conduct this bus tour annually during the month of April to create awareness and help drivers understand the importance of staying focused on the road. Distracted driving is the number one cause of cashes in Montgomery County. It costs lives, hospitalizations, disabilities, property damage and increased insurance rates for all residents in the community,” said Montgomery County Drivers Safety Administrator Lisa McClain.

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the THSO collaborated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GHSO), the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and traffic safety members across Tennessee for Operation Hands-Free. The campaign in Tennessee kicked off with four press events in early April with distracted-driving bus tours in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.  

The purpose of "Operation Hands-Free" is to reduce distracted-driving crashes and fatalities by increasing enforcement efforts and educating citizens about Tennessee’s Hands-Free law. 

“We don’t issue citations lightly. Selective traffic enforcement targets a specific pattern. We want people to pay attention to the road, for their safety and the safety of others. No one plans on getting into a motor vehicle crash.  They may have been driving while distracted for years and nothing has happened, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Our first responders have been to some horrific crash scenes that have changed people’s lives, and the lives of those who love them. The bottom line is that many crashes are avoidable and preventable, but we have to change the behaviors which contribute to them, we want all of the people in our community to drive safely,” said Lt. Vincent Lewis, CPD Traffic Unit Supervisor.

Learn more about Tennessee's Hands-free law at: www.HandsFreeTN.com   

To access distracted driving crash data provided by Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN): www.tn.gov/safety/stats/dashboards/distracted-driver.html