Fort Campbell Leaders Present Awards to EMS Employees at County EMS Station

June 21, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — On June 15 at the main County EMS Station on Dunlop Lane, Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Andrew Jordan and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) Commander Colonel Vincent Myers presented awards to Montgomery County and BACH EMS Team Members who assisted in incidents at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Certificates, coins and medals were given to County EMS Lieutenant Dustin Haas, County EMS Lieutenant Chris Turner, County EMS Paramedic Ernie Schmidt and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Joe Campbell in appreciation for their assistance in locating a soldier who drowned at a quarry on Fort Campbell in September of 2021.

Colonel Jordan stated, “We mourned that hero’s loss and worked with our community partners to remove his body and provide him with the honorable burial he deserved. There are times we need help from our community, and there are times when they need our assistance. I am thankful that we have strong partnerships in our surrounding communities.”

Recognitions were also presented to County Paramedic Joe Farley, County AEMT Alex Wood and Dustin Blankenship, Jeff Martin, Kim Burr, and Josh Maynard from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s EMS team for their efforts on the morning of May 11, 2022, when weather conditions resulted in a mass casualty event during a ruck march at Fort Campbell. Members of the Fort Campbell team who were not able to be at the presentation and are also receiving awards are Sgt. Qingjie Wang, Bobbi Trogden, Marc Rogers, and Dennis Scales.

Colonel Jordon described the training as the most difficult 10-day course in the Army that culminates with a 12-mile march carrying a 35-pound rucksack after nine days of intense drills. 

“On the tenth day, the weather went from mild to unseasonably hot and humid. The soldiers did not have a chance to acclimate to the change, which could have resulted in severe consequences. Thanks to quick and proper action from BACH and Montgomery County EMS, all of our soldiers left the training without harm,” stated Colonel Jordan.

Colonel Myers added, “EMS is near and dear to my heart. Being a paramedic was my first job out of school in the small town where I grew up in Pennsylvania. EMS personnel save lives every day, and we are grateful to you.”

Montgomery County Mayor Durrett also congratulated the recipients for their work in the community and with our heroes at Fort Campbell. 

If you want to be part of a team that makes a life-saving difference in the community, consider becoming an EMS team member. For more information about joining the Montgomery County EMS team, visit


Photo 1 Left to Right

Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Harbour, Fort Campbell Garrison Sergeant Major, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Joe Campbell, Montgomery County EMS Lieutenant Dustin Haas, Montgomery County EMS Lieutenant Chris Turner, Montgomery County Paramedic Ernie Schmidt, and Colonel Jordan.

Photo 2 Left to Right 

Command Sgt. Maj. Harbour, Montgomery County EMS Paramedic Joseph Farley, Montgomery County EMS, AEMT Alex Wood and Colonel Jordan.

Photo 3 Fort Campbell Group Left to Right: Command Sgt. Major Marlon Faulds, Dustin Blankenship, Jeff Martin, Kimberly Burr, Josh Maynard, Col. Vincent B. Myers.

Photo 4 Left to Right

Mayor Durrett, Dustin Haas, Alex Wood, Chris Turner, Joseph Farley, Ernie Schmidt and EMS Chief William Webb.



Montgomery County Mayor Appoints New Chief of Staff

June 20, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has appointed Lee Harrell for the position of Montgomery County Government Chief of Staff. He will begin serving in the chief of staff position on June 22.

Harrell most recently served as Vice President of Advocacy for Tennesseans for Quality Early Education leading lobbying efforts, providing oversight and direction of contract lobbyists, and building coalitions.

Prior to his work with Tennesseans for Quality Early Education, Harrell worked as Vice President of State Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce from Jan. 2016 through Dec. 2020. Before that, he served from Nov. 2009 through Nov. 2015 as the Director of Government Relations and Staff Attorney for the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA).

Harrell holds a JD from Nashville School of Law and became a licensed attorney in 2007. He also earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from Tennessee Technological University in 2002.

"I look forward to serving as Chief of Staff for Montgomery County Government. I appreciate the opportunity to work with Mayor Durrett and the exceptional team of County employees. Montgomery County is home for me and my family. I have spent many years working in Nashville and I’m eager about not only living in my community but now working here as well,” said Harrell.

Lee is bringing a wealth of unique and important experiences and perspectives to the Chief’s

position,” said Mayor Durrett. “I believe his background will prove to be a great benefit to our staff and the community as we continue to grow and work to meet the challenges ahead,” he added.


The County chief of staff is under the supervision and authority of the Mayor and is the executive assistant and liaison officer for the County. This position is responsible for spearheading key planning, administrative, and organizational development efforts and typically makes recommendations to the Mayor and Commission for action and represents the County’s interests with other levels and agency governments.

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County Offices Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

June 14, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Government offices will be closed Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth. All County offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 21 during normal operating hours. 

Montgomery County Title VI Committee members will be volunteering at the Clarksville Juneteenth Block Party taking place on June 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Montgomery County Downtown Commons. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Barracuda Downtown @ Sundown June 17

June 13, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn​. – This Friday, June 17 Downtown @ Sundown will feature America’s Heart Tribute Band, Barracuda! Beginning at 7 p.m. Nashville acoustic artist, Kelsey Nord will open the concert offering the crowd a mix of music through the years. Following Kelsey, Barracuda will take the stage! Barracuda is known for their monster vocals and unceasing stellar performances which has created a solid foundation for this fabulous tribute to Heart. No fan will be left disappointed as Barracuda recreates their top songs from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s!

Local food trucks will also be set up before and during the shows. Burgasm, Firelime Offshore Grill, Heather’s Homemade Icecream, Johnny & June’s Italian Ice and TN Kettle Corn are all expected to be on site. Tater Headz will also be open at the walk-up eatery on the corner of Legion Street and Third Street. Beer and other beverages will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting our featured non-profit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.

Main Street will be blocked off between Second Street and Third Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. to make room for the food trucks. Downtown @ Sundown Concerts are free and open to the public and take place the first and third Fridays of each month through October. Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.

Downtown @ Sundown is title sponsored by TriStar Beverage and Shelby’s Trio and sponsored in part by Waste Connections of Clarksville. 

To stay up to date with events happening at the Downtown Commons, visit our Facebook page at Downtown Commons and our Instagram page @downtowncommonstn.

Montgomery County Legislative Liaison Committee is Seeking Community Input

June 09, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

The Montgomery County Legislative Liaison Committee has begun developing the 2023 Legislative Agenda for lawmakers in Nashville. This agenda includes suggestions specific to issues in Montgomery County, and the state that citizens would like to have addressed. 

Montgomery County is asking employees, community organizations, and county residents to submit legislative items for consideration to gather as much input as possible. 

Please submit items to Michelle Newell via email at [email protected] or by mail to 1 Millennium Plaza, Clarksville, TN 37040, by Friday, July 8. The Committee will review the suggested topics and formulate the agenda that will presented to our local state delegation in September 2022.

To see the 2022 Legislative Agenda visit