Montgomery County Hires New Diversity and Inclusion Officer

October 04, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: October 06, 2021 @ 8:05 am

Recent retired Master Sergeant now serving the community 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government recently hired Zoyie Jackson as Montgomery County’s new Diversity and Inclusion Officer. 

Jackson is a 20-year U.S. Army Veteran who officially retires as a Master Sergeant in October 2021. Her last position in the military was Division Equal Opportunity Advisor for Fort Campbell, KY home of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). She has completed four full combat tours; two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and one tour in Afghanistan.

“We are thankful to have Zoyie on board. Her experience will be a great benefit to Montgomery County Government as we continue to grow and develop in training and inclusion,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Jackson has a long list of accolades from her military service. Some of those awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO International Security Afghanistan Forces Award, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

She holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and is a graduate from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator. 

“I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to assist Montgomery County Government by fostering a workplace environment that acknowledges, respects, and includes differences, recognizing the unique skills, talents, and contribution of each individual employee. I am also excited about connecting with Fort Campbell, the City of Clarksville, and local businesses on events and creating a greater awareness concerning diversity in our community,” said Jackson.

She is the proud mother of two sons Ryan Yarde and Camren Jackson, and four grandchildren Azuri, Adien, Jeramiah, and DJ. 

To connect with Jackson, you can email her at [email protected] or call 931-648-5715 ext. 12313.

Art Project Complete on Fort Campbell Bridge

September 30, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: October 06, 2021 @ 8:06 am

Montgomery County, TN — Artwork for the Fort Campbell Railroad Bridge near Gate 2 above Fort Campbell Boulevard was completed on September 29, 2021. This was a project that began in January 2020 by the Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee with a call for artists to submit their ideas. 

“This has taken some time, between the submission, the selection, approval process, delays in materials, and waiting for several consecutive days of good weather before the material could be applied to the bridge. I am thrilled with the outcome! These types of projects are what the Public Art Committee and Montgomery County are all about, paying gratitude to the men and women who serve at Fort Campbell,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. 

Going toward the Post, drivers will see images that represent Fort Campbell, and those driving towards Clarksville will see images that are representative of Clarksville, Montgomery County.

The chosen artist, Paul Jones, drew and painted the original artwork by hand and had it turned into a vector file for submission. Jones, originally from Upstate New York, came to Clarksville to visit friends in April 2014, fell in love with the community, and made the permanent move by July of that year.

“Painting is something I love to do when I’m not working at Trane or hanging out with family. My goal with this project was to tie in the most symbolic images from the community like the brickwork from the Historic Courthouse, Wilma Rudolph, and the Cumberland River. I’m honored to contribute to the community and Fort Campbell through my artwork. I solicited help with transitioning the art into computer format. It was a process, but worth it. My whole family came down to see it!” exclaimed Jones.

Gerald Printing won the bid on the project and used a vinyl wrap to bring the artwork to life on the bridge. 

"Our company was proud to participate in a project that provided us with an opportunity to help make our home look even better," said Gerald Printing Sales Representative Jacob Downey.

The Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee was established in 2017 and is comprised of community citizens who are interested in bringing public art to Clarksville, Montgomery County. Funding for the designated projects comes from a percentage of specific Montgomery County Government bonds.

“The committee is thrilled to see this project come to fruition! We are thankful for the investment from the County and the vision Mayor Durrett had to expand public art in this community. Mr. Jones has also been a pleasure to work with as we made changes throughout the process,” said Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee Chair Stacey Streetman.

Since the Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee was established, funding has been designated towards completed projects such as the ornate iron sphere at Downtown Commons, the 19th Amendment Women’s Right to Vote statue at Public Square, and the Fort Campbell bridge project. Plans involve an installation art piece at Patriot’s Park and a Colored Troops bronze statue for Fort Defiance. 

 

Montgomery County Celebrates American Archives Month

September 29, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: October 06, 2021 @ 8:06 am

Visit County Archives during their October open house dates

 

Montgomery County, TN — In recognition of American Archives Month this October, the Montgomery County Archives Department invites the public to take a tour and learn more about the unique services they provide. Three open house tours of the stacks, an area not normally open to the public, offer a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into caring for the history of Clarksville and Montgomery County. The tours are available on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The front desk area and the reading room are the areas regularly open to the public. Other than the stacks area, visitors will also have an opportunity to check out Archives’ newest exhibit, The Hodgson Family: A Life in Clarksville. 

“Archives is an intriguing County Department filled with abundant historical information. I hope people will take the time to tour the facility to learn more about our community and the people, past and present, who have contributed to who we are,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.  

“The research opportunities available at Archives are quite comprehensive, from deeds dating back to 1787, probates from 1795, court minutes beginning in 1805, as well as many Special Collections that have been donated to Archives. Everyone is welcome to experience archives and learn about our history,” said Archives Director Jill Hastings. 

Created by the County Board of Commissioners in January 1995, Archives serves as the official repository for county records and operates under Tennessee State law and the direction of the Montgomery County Public Records Commission. 

The Archives entrance is located on the Crossland Avenue side of Veterans Plaza in Clarksville at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 101-D. Archives hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. You can reach Archives by email at [email protected] or by calling 931-553-5159.

Xtraordinary Gentlemen headlining Downtown @ Sundown October 1

September 29, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: September 29, 2021 @ 1:07 pm

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Downtown @ Sundown will feature Xtraordinary Gentleman during this week’s concert at 7 p.m. October 1 at Downtown Commons. The band has been performing since 2009 and takes pride in bringing soul and funk to another level. Xtraordinary Gentlemen members include: “drummer” Alex Vance Jr of Clarksville, TN; “percussion” Bryant Baxter of Stendal, IN; “bass” Dathan Cox of Hopkinsville, Ky; Brandon Bailey of Nashville, TN; “keyboards” Andy Torian of Nashville, TN; Blake Ladson from Hopkinsville, KY; Tywan Mack of Hopkinsville, KY; Gerry Smoot Evansville, IN; “Horns” Sonnie Killbrew and James Crenshaw from Hopkinsville, KY.

Local food trucks will also be set up before and during the shows. Driving You Donuts, Burgasm, Chick’nCone, and Heather’s Homemade Icecream are all expected to be on site. Tater Headz will also be open at the walk-up eatery on the corner of Legion 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 and Third streets beginning at 4:30 p.m. to make room for the food trucks.

Downtown @ Sundown concerts are free and open to the public and our last 2021 concert date is October 15. 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 F&M Bank 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

TDOT Road Closure at Dean Road

September 29, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: October 06, 2021 @ 8:06 am

What:     Dean Road Closure at the SR-13 Intersection 

Why:       Installation of a new drainage pipe 

When:     8 p.m. Wednesday, September 29 through 6 a.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021

Who:       Residents in the area are encouraged to take an alternate route during this time period