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County Mayor Statement on Helicopter Crash with 101st Soldiers

March 30, 2023 - MoCo Gov.

“Our community grieves for the nine lives lost in last night’s tragic helicopter crash in Trigg County, Kentucky. We mourn for the soldiers and for the nine families who will forever be affected by the loss of their loved ones. 

Tragedies involving Fort Campbell service members affect everyone in Montgomery County because we are one big community. The service members and their families are our friends and neighbors. Our children attend school together, we live next door to each other, and we worship in the same churches.

Montgomery County is here for the families and for those who served with the nine service members of the 101st who died in the incident involving the two Black Hawk helicopters. We love them and are praying for them. Whatever we as a community can do to help, we will. If there is one thing this week has taught us, we need to take time to tell and show our family and friends how much we love them.”

- Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden

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Note to the Community

March 07, 2023 - MoCo Gov.

Hello Montgomery County.

We went through quite the weather event several days ago! I write to encourage and help us realize the enormity of what happened and the blessings of what did not happen.

What we expected on Friday was some thunderstorms and a tornado watch with wind gusts between 45 to 55 miles an hour throughout the day. We got a tornado watch through 1 p.m. and sustained winds through 6 p.m. recorded as high as 79 miles per hour with the greatest wind measurements and wind speeds in Middle Tennessee. We experienced the same atmospheric pressure as a Category 1 hurricane. As a result, power was lost to over 30 thousand customers in the City and 9,500 customers in the County’s unincorporated area. Trees, electrical poles, and power lines were down all over our County, traffic was backed-up, and property was damaged. The sounds and imagery that occurred were scary and unnerving, to say the least. In the light of the following day, it was easy to see the ferocity of the winds and count our blessings, which I’ll get to shortly.

What made this different from other wind/storm events was not only the magnitude of the damage to the trees, lines, and poles on the ground but also the fact that it lasted for so many hours and covered such an extensive area from one end of the County to the other. Some of our senior Montgomery Countians commented online that they had never seen anything like what happened Friday because of how long, fierce, and widespread the winds persisted.

With all of that happening, I witnessed people at their very best in the midst of a bad situation. The linemen for CDE and CEMC went straight to work, 911 Dispatchers assisted over 1,000 callers, and our City Police and Sheriff’s Office were working to keep order on the roads and stop people from going over deadly power lines. The City Street Department, City Fire & Rescue, Highway Department, County volunteer firefighters, and helpful neighbors we will never know about were cutting and moving what they could as quickly as possible. 

Behind the scenes, our County’s Emergency Operations Center was up and running with representatives from all City and County public safety operations, CDE, and our local Red Cross pulling information together in one location to communicate quickly about the most dangerous and high-priority areas and collecting info on damaged homes. They disclosed info to the public almost as quickly as it was collected,  and our local media also worked to report the updates to residents. In addition to the linemen, CDE and CEMC dispatchers, engineers, member service reps, and other staff have been busily working behind the scenes in their operations centers handling logistics, constantly monitoring, communicating, and updating those on the ground and residents. 

Now, my favorite part, we have been blessed, Montgomery County! With 79 miles per hour winds, debris flying everywhere, giant trees falling to the ground, power lines down, and many traffic lights out of commission, we had zero fatalities and no serious injuries. By Friday evening, when the winds had died down, our Emergency Services Director reported that there were three minor injuries directly related to the storm. That is miraculous. We have many reasons to be thankful!

Our School System chose to err on the side of caution and wisely decided to close schools on Friday. That meant no buses, no parent pick-ups, and no children traveling the roads during the timing of some of the worst devastation. Thank you Clarksville-Montgomery County School System! We also had individuals and groups praying all over our County from the day before and through the storms requesting protection for our people and property. I believe in the power of prayer. For those who were and are still without power, we can take comfort in the fact that we have had unseasonably favorable temperatures which have kept residents relatively comfortable and our linemen safe from battling weather challenges.

After the storm, our power companies made tremendous gains within the first 24 hours, and we are now down to less than 600 residents without power. Throughout the outage, most people have been patient and grateful for the efforts of our power companies. That is appreciated. The power companies knew that to get people back online as soon as possible they would need backup. They called in more than 65 additional crews. To give you some perspective, they called in 27 additional crews following the storms of October 2019. People went out of their way to thank the professionals in the field and local businesses donated food to keep our power workers fueled and on task. 

Even though some people experienced damage, inconvenience, and the loss of groceries, we are so very blessed. All those things can be replaced. What we cannot replace is Montgomery County’s most valued resource, which is our people. 

As of now, we know 23 homes sustained significant damage from the storm. If you have significant damage and have not reported it or know of a neighbor or elderly resident who may need assistance due to the storm, please call our Emergency Management Agency at 931-245-2988. They will have volunteers on the phones beginning tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Leave a message if someone does not pick up.

If there is a better way for us to communicate with you during future events, please let us know by calling 931-648-8482 or emailing [email protected].

To say I am proud to serve as Mayor of this great County is an understatement. This is an amazing community because we have amazing people. Let us always remember that.


State of Montgomery County Animal Care and Control

February 15, 2023 - MoCo Gov.

Director shares the accomplishments, challenges and needs of animal shelter

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Before Monday night’s Montgomery County formal commission meeting, Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) Director Dave Kaske shared the shelter’s 2022 annual report with County Commissioners.

As Clarksville, Montgomery County grows and changes, it affects the pets owned by residents. The current 7,000-square-foot MCACC facility experiences a lot of activity in our community, with their team members providing a multitude of services such as responding to animal-related emergencies, complaints, violations, microchipping, collaboration with local and regional animal welfare organizations, veterinarians, other municipal shelters, and local law enforcement, investigations of aggressive animals, bites, animal cruelty and welfare, adoptions, housing, microchipping, and disease control.

Challenges faced in 2022

Kaske shared that they experienced a drastic increase in animal intakes, up 22% from 2021, and service calls were up 32% since 2020. Due to increased intakes and lack of housing, their live release rate fell from 86% in 2021 to 80% in 2022. The lack of viable veterinary services for spaying/neutering adopted pets caused longer stays and increased costs. One of the greatest challenges is that the number of veterinarians that take vouchers from MCACC dropped from 10 in 2018 to two in 2022.

Increased activity from 2021 to 2022

·         The shelter served 15,906 visitors, up 8.5% 

·         Service calls increased by 25%, with 7,130 service calls, an average of 27 calls per day

·         Intakes increased by 22%, with 4,883 (14 animals per day) entering the shelter 

·         Owner surrenders increased by 6%, with 667 pet surrenders

·         Adoptions increased by 13%, with 1,754 pets adopted

·         835  dogs were reclaimed or returned to their owners in the field

·         62 cats were reclaimed 

·         More than 47,000 rabies tags were issued by local veterinarian clinics

·         1,768 microchips implanted 

Service call areas 

·         Eighty percent of all calls come from within the City of Clarksville

·         Fourteen percent are in the unincorporated areas of Montgomery County

·         Six percent are from Fort Campbell

Kaske explained the lack of available veterinary services is due to fewer clinics accepting vouchers and increased costs for the clinics to stay competitive. He also shared that changes to housing is a reason more people are bringing their pets to the shelter. Renters find themselves in a different situation when new individuals or corporate ownership no longer allows pets.

“We accomplished more than ever before in 2022. That would not be possible without my amazing staff members,” said Kaske.

The new shelter, to be built off Purple Heart Highway by early 2025, will offer more than 22,000 square feet of space and offer an in-house clinic for most of the veterinarian services currently outsourced. 

“Our County’s Chief Engineer, Nick Powell, is working with Shelter Planners of America to get the best use out of the facility for our community and the animals we care for,” added Kaske.

“The work done by Dave and his team is often overlooked and unappreciated. They provide the best service possible with limited space and personnel and are truly concerned about the animals in their care. I’m thankful they will have relief with the new facility,” said Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

To view the full 33-page report, click More information about MCACC, including the list of adoptable animals, is at

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February 14, 2023 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: February 14, 2023 @ 4:26 pm

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications announced it has begun accepting text-to-9-1-1 service for Clarksville and Montgomery County. Wireless customers can now send a text (up to 140 characters) to 9-1-1 in an emergency. Text to 9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency situation when placing a call is not possible: For instance, if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.

“Montgomery County Emergency Communications District is excited to offer Text-to-9-1-1 service to the citizens of Clarksville, Montgomery County. This service adds a new channel of communication for those who are unable to make voice calls, such as those with hearing and speech impairments and those in an unsafe environment,” said Montgomery County 911 Director Hope Petersen.

If there is an emergency and you are unable to make a call, remember these steps:

  • Do not text and drive.
  • Texting 9-1-1 can be done by typing “911” in the field for the phone number. No other numbers need to be used.
  • In the first text message, send the location and type of emergency.
  • Text in simple words; use plain language-Send a short text message without abbreviations, slang or photos. Messages should be brief and concise.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.

Don’t abuse 9-1-1  Text to 9-1-1 service is ONLY for emergencies.

  • It is a crime to text or call 9-1-1 with a false report.

The Text-to-9-1-1 service will have challenges.

  • A text or data plan is required to place a Text-to-9-1-1 call.
  • As with all text messages, messages to 9-1-1 may take longer to receive, may get out of order, or may not be received at all.

Voice Calls to 9-1-1 Are Still the Best and Fastest Way To Contact 9-1-1. Only utilize this service when a voice call is not possible or safe.

9-1-1: Call if you Can, Text if You Can’t




New Crossover on I-24 Could Save Lives

December 12, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — In November 2022, a new crossover was completed for emergency vehicles on I-24 at mile marker 12.6. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) project resulted from concerns brought to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force in 2021 by Montgomery County Emergency Services (EMS) Operations Chief Chris Proctor and Clarksville Fire Rescue (CFR) Deputy Chief Steve Batten.

The Task Force celebrated the completion of the project at their monthly meeting in December at Montgomery County's Emergency Management Agency.

"Before this crossover, we drove to mile marker 17 for calls between exits 11 and 19. We've had to make the tough call to go against traffic and have had an ambulance stuck in the ditch attempting to cross instead of losing time with the extra 10 miles. Getting to an accident scene faster can make all the difference," said Proctor.

"There was a fatal accident on I-24 from the 90s that has stayed in my head. It's almost always about how fast we can get there to make a difference in saving someone's life. We're growing and need all the additional safety measures we can get," said Batten.

Kevin Smith, lieutenant of Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), added, "This crossover has made a world of difference to us in making it to a crash scene quicker. We're thankful it's in place."

Lisa McClain, driver's safety administrator with Montgomery County, was credited from the team for continuing communication and coordination with representatives from TDOT, the State of Tennessee, and local public safety officials from the time it was brought up through the end of the project.

McClain stated, "This results from a great team effort for the community. We appreciate TDOT and all of the safety personnel who shared what a high sense of urgency there was in adding this crossover. We will continue working to make our roads safer."

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Safety Task Force is a team of public safety professionals who meet to collaborate on efforts to improve safety for the community's residents and those traveling through. Task Force members include representatives from TDOT, THP, Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Tennessee District Attorney General Conference, Montgomery County EMS, Driver Safety, Emergency Management Agency, E911, Highway Department, Mayor’s Office, Sheriff's Office, Clarksville Fire, Police and Street Departments, Fort Campbell CID/Provost Marshal’s Office, 19th District Attorney’s Office, Austin Peay State University (APSU) Campus Police, APSU Student Government, MADD Volunteers and AAA Insurance.

To learn more about the Clarksville-Montgomery County Safety Task Force, visit their Facebook page and/or contact Lt. Vincent Lewis, CPD, at 931-648-0656 or Lisa McClain, Montgomery County Driver Safety, at 931-553-5186.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force participating Task Force Team members with the Interstate 24, Mile Marker 12.6 Crossover completion pictured from left to right: 

Chris Proctor, EMS; Steve Batten, CFR; Kevin Smith, THP, Nashville District - Troop C – Houston, Montgomery and Stewart Counties; Lisa McClain, Administrator, Montgomery County Driver Safety; Adam Perez, Help Truck Program Manager, TDOT; Gary Western, Help Truck Program Supervisor, TDOT; Amy Fiscor, Traffic Engineering Manager, TDOT; Jordan Burress, Regional Traffic Engineer, TDOT and Wayne Epley, Highway Response Supervisor 2, TDOT. Not pictured: Nathan Vatter, State Traffic Engineer, TDOT and Sammy Tucker, Floating Maintenance South Supervisor, TDOT.