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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.

Nature Center Receives Initial Investment for Aquarium

December 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation contributes to a swimmingly fun learning experience


Montgomery County, Tenn. — The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation presented Montgomery County Parks Director Sally Burchett with a check for $50,000 to purchase a custom 500+-gallon freshwater aquarium that can be viewed by visitors from inside and outside the Nature Center. The tank is expected to be installed by spring of 2023 with the goal of stocking it with native species of fish.

"The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation is proud to present these initial funds for a project that will enhance the Wade Bourne Nature Center. This money will pay for the building and installation of a very large aquarium. We will need the community’s help to raise money to actually "stock the tank" with fish. You will hear more about fundraising opportunities in the future,” said Wade Bourne Foundation Chair Rosalind Kurita.

The fish and items that go in the tank will be purchased through fundraising efforts, while Montgomery County will pay for the ongoing maintenance of the tank and fish.

“We are always excited to bring in new exhibits that help us extend the love for the outdoors to people in our community. The aquarium fits with our mission of promoting conservation and nature education for all ages while connecting visitors with the environment. The native aquarium educational opportunities will be unique to Rotary Park and a special experience for our community,” said Burchett.

We appreciate the gift from the Wade Bourn Foundation. This project is a testament to the great things that happen when the community and government pull together. What a wonderful opportunity for our kids to learn more about Tennessee wildlife,” said Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation is a non-profit organization providing support for the educational outreach of the Nature Center located at Rotary Park. Funding is provided by charitable organizations and individuals interested in the conservation of natural resources along with human health and well-being.

For information about the Wade Bourne Nature Center, free programs for children, and Rotary Park, visit, Montgomery Parks on Facebook, or call 931-648-5732.

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Pictured from left to right front row: Sally Burchett, Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation Member Wes Sumner, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Natural Resources and Program Manager Katherine Netti (holding check) and Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins. Back row: Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Committee Member Mike Taliento, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Committee Member Ronnie Boyd, Mayor Golden, County Commissioner Jason Knight, County Commissioner Chris Rasnic and County Commissioner Rashidah Leverett standing in the location of the future fish tank. 

Fee Structure Changes Set for Bi-County Landfill

November 22, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Solid Waste Management Board approves new fees for household waste

Montgomery County, TN – Bi-County Solid Waste Management will change its fee structure for Montgomery and Stewart County residents effective January 1, 2023. The new fee schedule will apply to large loads from an individual's primary residence. 

The $5 landfill user fee will continue to cover small loads of bagged household waste and other miscellaneous items at the Dover Road Landfill and Convenience Centers that fit in a standard pick-up truck, SUV, passenger vehicle, or small trailer. Small loads will remain free subject to verification of name, address and up-to-date landfill user fee payments. Trailers are no longer accepted at the Transfer Station off Highway Drive due to traffic flow concerns. 

Since Bi-County opened in 1974, Montgomery and Stewart County residents have been able to dispose of unlimited trash with little to no cost. The $5 per month user fee did not take effect until 1997. A new fee schedule was presented to the Bi-County Board and approved at the November 2022 meeting. 

"Bi-County Solid Waste Board Members and Bi-County staff do not take this change lightly. The research showed that we are well under the market rate," said County Commissioner and Bi-County Board Chairman John Gannon.

Executive Director of Bi-County Landfill Mark Neblett stated, "We have been working on this proposal for awhile now to make it as fair and low-cost as possible. Staff members spent a great deal of time researching what surrounding counties and others charge across Tennessee and the United States. One example is Dickson County, which operates most closely to Bi-County, charging residents a $10 per month user fee and $54 per ton for large loads. No one wants to pay fees; however, it is remarkable we have made it almost 50 years without charging for load sizes."

The fee schedule beginning January 1, 2023:

  • Large trailers with large loads pay a $30 flat fee. 
  • Medium trailers with large loads pay a $20 flat fee.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs are $10 each 
  • Freon Appliances are $10 each. 
  • Wood waste: first 500 lbs. covered by the user fee. Above 500 lbs., the rate is .023 cents per pound/$46 per ton. 
  • Demolition loads will pay $2 less than the current commercial gate rate, at $10 per cubic yard. 

Trailer sizes will be determined by yardage based on the length, width, and size of the trailer sides. Bi-County scale employees will work with patrons using reasonable discretion on the sizing of loads. 
The fees collected will be set aside for the future purchase of an $800,000 mattress shredder to assist in processing mattresses and for personnel dedicated to pick up litter along Highway 79/Dover Road. 

Mattresses are a complicated waste in landfills that cause leachate (garbage water) problems, compaction issues and costly equipment repairs. They must be dug out of the slopes, pulling equipment and employees from other projects. Additionally, litter and large items are becoming more common on Highway 79, even with Environmental Enforcement keeping a watchful eye on this section of the road.

“Highway 79 is the gateway to Stewart County and a major highway in Montgomery County. We owe it to the residents of both counties to ensure we are maintaining the litter in this area,” said Mayor Wes Golden.  

"We've become a more "disposable society," finding it cheaper to replace an item than repair it. Bi-County has seen major increases in household waste and specialty items, including mattresses, which are banned in many landfills. The new fees are reasonable for the services offered compared to other locations that charge by ton, bag, or yard. When our transient military families call to inquire about solid waste disposal rates, they are often shocked there is little to no cost for the disposal of large household items," said Neblett. 

Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden and Stewart County Mayor Robert Beecham, who attended the November meeting, both stated they are relieved to know there is a long-term plan for waste in their respective counties. 

"After recently attending a conference with other mayors across the state and hearing the challenges they face with landfill space, we know we are blessed to have Bi-County Landfill. Operational costs are expensive and increase every year. We must look toward the future," said Mayor Golden.

For questions about the additional fees for residents who take waste items to the landfill, visit mcgtn/bi-county or call 931-648-5751.

EMS Station 20 Unveils Major Renovation Project

November 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated the completion of the Station 20 renovation project at 1610 Haynes Street with a tour and ribbon cutting on the afternoon of November 1. Station 20 is historically the first EMS station built in Montgomery County 44 years ago. 

EMS Director Bill Webb led the celebration by thanking the current and previous County leadership and County Commission for understanding the need for the renovation. He also thanked the County Engineering Department, Jon Clark with Clark Architecture & Design and Mike Boisseau with BR Miller and his team for their work on the project.

“This is where our emergency workers spend a great part of their lives, often working 24-hour shifts. There were no private rooms in the facility before the remodel, and these stations are their home away from home,” added Webb.

According to Chief Engineer Nick Powell, the footprint of the facility and garage did not change. Still, the building was gutted and reconfigured, bringing up-to-date codes, adding more efficiency and safety features, modernizing the look, and providing more effective use of space for EMS staff. The remodel also gives every team member their own space and offers better space for female members of the EMS crew.

“The exterior walls and the roof structure were the only components to the existing structure that were unmodified with this project.  This was a full floor to ceiling remodel of the facility with some exterior improvements and a new lift of asphalt.  The project took 11 months and $1.4 million to complete,” said Powell.

Director of Emergency Services, Jimmie Edwards provided some historical background on Station 20, saying that, “In April of 1967, the County and City agreed to contribute funds to develop an ambulance service. The original build-out was between the local funeral homes, Clarksville Memorial Hospital, and the City and County Governments. Montgomery County was six years ahead of the State of Tennessee in taking action to develop an ambulance service, and the State passed legislation for ambulance services in Tennessee in 1973. Before the construction of EMS Station 20 in 1978, the ambulances ran out of Clarksville Memorial Hospital.” 

“It is always a good feeling to construct something new, but it is just as important to keep up with the facilities that we already have. This is a good investment,” said Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

For more information about Montgomery County Emergency Services and where other the other 12 stations are located, visit