Montgomery County Adult and Youth Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Recipients

April 20, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

 

 

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Montgomery County recently recognized two community volunteers, Curtis Driver and Ethan Morrow, at April’s formal County Commission meeting. They were presented with proclamations from County Mayor Jim Durrett for being selected as the 2021 Montgomery County adult and youth recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA). Driver and Morrow were also recognized at the annual GVSA statewide award ceremony in February of this year.

Retired Major Curtis Driver was awarded the honor as the 2021 Montgomery County adult recipient for his work to support military veterans in Montgomery County and surrounding communities. Driver joined the Army in 2001, prior to 9/11, and served as a physician’s assistant and flight surgeon during his time in service. 

He has served as the Ft. Campbell/ Clarksville Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB) Volunteer Veteran Engagement Director for the last three years overseeing and directing coordinators to assist in arranging and scheduling at least one event a day to re-engage veterans in the community, exemplifying the RWB’s mission to enrich the lives of America's veterans. When the local Tennessee State Veterans Home (TSVH) closed to the public during the pandemic, Driver worked with others to maintain RWB’s active presence by committing to door visits with the residents a letter campaign to ensure Veteran residents did not feel forgotten. Driver works to assist in delivering virtual and local, inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity through fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events. He facilitates building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community.

Driver is also an involved member of the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition that consistently volunteers to assist Veterans. He also volunteers his time and talents with the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association, Wounded Warrior, and suicide prevention serves and as a member of LifePoint Church, he serves as a small group leader.

“It was an honor to be nominated and receive this award. There are many people who voluntarily serve the military Veterans of this community every day through organizations like RWB and others. I feel privileged to be counted among them,” said Driver. 

Ethan Morrow was selected as the 2021 Montgomery County Youth GVSA recipient because of his combined commitment and passion for the outdoors and literacy. As part of his Eagle Scout Service Project through Boy Scouts of America, Morrow collaborated with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Imaginary Library, solicited grants and funding from the Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network, local businesses, and members of the community for the funds and received approval from Montgomery County Parks and Recreation to build Imagination Library Storybook Trails at Weakley and RichEllen Parks. The storybook trails created an atmosphere where families can walk along the trails and read the pages of children’s books for the purpose of increasing physical activity and promoting literacy.

An added intent of the project was to create further interest for additional trails throughout Montgomery County Parks and in surrounding communities 

Morrow is an active teenager who is involved at Clarksville High School as a section leader in Marching Band, and as a participant in the Concert Band and Jazz Band. He is exceptionally active in Scouting in Troop 365, Venturing Crew 225, as a staffer at Boxwell Scout Reservation, and as Vice Chief of Chapter Operations for the Order of the Arrow Honor Society.

“Volunteering is the norm in my family and it is a vital part of being a Boy Scout. I appreciate the award and hope it brings recognition to the important mission of the Scouts and making a positive difference in the community,” stated Morrow.

“One of the best parts of being Mayor is recognizing people like Curtis and Ethan for giving of themselves to make our community better and stronger. I’m thankful for all those who go above and beyond to volunteer in Montgomery County,” said Mayor Durrett.

The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award is a statewide recognition program that was instituted by former Governor Phil Bredesen to honor and publicly recognize citizens in the adult and youth categories from each county for their exemplary volunteer service to their community. 

Nominations for individuals and businesses can be accepted as early as September. Anyone who would like to submit a nomination can find information about the GVSA at https://www.tn.gov/volunteer-tennessee/vt-events/vt-gvsa.html.  Nominations for this year’s honorees are due to [email protected] by November 8, 2022.

Montgomery County Government Seeking Youth to Apply for Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program

April 12, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN – Applications for the 2022-2023 Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program for Montgomery County are being accepted through May 20, 2022.

The Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program is for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in learning how local government works through their attendance and participation in committee meetings. The meetings will begin in August 2022 and end in May 2023. 

“We love having our high school students involved and learning about the role of county government. It’s important that we connect with our youth and this is one opportunity to do just that. Not only do they hear the process, but they also ask some great questions” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Students who are interested in the program will be asked to select their first and second choices for committees and all students are encouraged to attend budget committee meetings. Committee choices include: Airport Authority, Animal Care and Control, Emergency Medical Services, Parks and Recreation, Jail and Juvenile, School Liaison, Audit, Fire Protection and E-911. 

Applications for the Mayor’s 2022-2023 Emerging Leaders Program can be viewed and downloaded on the county’s website at mcgtn.org or you can email Michelle Newell at [email protected] to request an application.

Fifth Annual Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series

April 08, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: April 08, 2022 @ 1:35 pm

The 2022 Downtown @ Sundown Concert series will reopen Friday night, May 6 at 7 p.m. with featured artist, Priscilla Block.

Food vendors like Driving you Donuts, Burgasm, Heather’s Homemade Ice Cream, Kadi’s Tacos, Firelime Offshore Grill, and Tater Headz will be in rotation this season. Beer and other beverages will be for sale by our featured non-profit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, no pets, coolers, smoking/vaping, or outside alcohol is allowed on site.  

I am so excited for another year of live music in Downtown Clarksville! We have an exciting line-up of talented artists across all genres and local vendors that will be set up at every concert. We hope to see you this year!” said Elizabeth Quinton, Downtown Commons Event Planning Manager.

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

Street closures will begin at 3 p.m., Friday on Main Street from Second Street to Third Street to make room for the food trucks. Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series is free to the public and will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month May through October.

Be sure to visit the Downtown Commons’ Facebook, Instagram and website to stay up to date on all events. 

The Little College Becomes CMC Green Certified

April 06, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — On March 30 a Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ribbon cutting took place for The Little College on Stokes Road. The ribbon cutting was attended by Little College staff, the Green Certification Program Board, and City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts. 

The Little College, a childcare facility that opened in 2021, joins the Green Certification Program at the gold level. The facility optimizes energy efficiency and emphasizes recycling with the children. Their sister facility, Little Learners University, joined the Green Certification Program in 2020. 

Mayor Pitts stated that when children are taught at an early age, they can teach others. He referenced Lady Bird Johnson’s thoughts when she joined Keep America Beautiful that if she could only get into every elementary school, the children would teach parents and others about not littering. 

The Little College provides quality childcare in a home atmosphere. The facility is located at 2305 Stokes Road. You can find more information about The Little College online at https://www.thelittlecollege.org/ or Facebook at @thelittlecollege.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program is a free Program available to any organization with Montgomery County. The Program promotes sustainability with a focus on improving resource efficiency and resiliency. If your organization is interested in learning more about Green Certification, visit http://mcgtn.org/green.

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Pictured from left to right:  Front row: Schelese Lewis Ogburn, TeNeka Kennedy, Tracy Waller, Rose Melton and back row: Mayor Joe Pitts, Doug Jones, Mary Anderson, Sierra Allison

 

Bi-County Transfer Station to Close for Maintenance

April 05, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — The pit side of the Bi-County Solid Waste Management Transfer Station, located at 1230 Highway Drive, will be closed April 6 and April 7 for equipment and maintenance repairs. If there are no complications, the Transfer Station is expected to re-open April 8 at 7 a.m. If there is a delay, the public will be notified through local media and Montgomery County social media outlets. During the closure, all large loads must be delivered to Bi-County’s Main Landfill location a 3212 Dover Road between the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The maintenance is required to continue providing services to the residents of Montgomery County. Other than the Main Landfill, the Transfer Station is our busiest site. The equipment is old and is under tremendous strain every day. There is no perfect time to shut the site down for maintenance but repairs during the daytime hours allows us to get parts that are needed and expedite the process. We appreciate our patrons’ cooperation during this down time,” stated Mark Neblett, Executive Director of Bi-County Solid Waste.

Should residents have questions, please call 931-648-5751. For information about Bi-County and the services they offer, visit mcgtn.org.