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County Safety and Risk Director Elected to Serve as Tennessee President of TN PRIMA

November 18, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Montgomery County Safety & Risk Director Jennifer Hood was elected by her Tennessee peers to serve as the next president of the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association (TN PRIMA). The announcement was made earlier this month at the annual TN PRIMA conference in Nashville. 

Hood has worked for the county for 14 years and strives to encourage a safe work environment, lower insurance costs, and provide proper care for employees who are injured at work. She will serve as TN PRIMA President for the next two years.

“I am both humbled and honored to serve as the TN PRIMA President. The Tennessee Chapter will continue to focus on creating a safety culture in our workplaces and equipping our Risk Professionals with proactive safety lifelines.” said Hood.

TN PRIMA is the state organization for PRIMA which is the largest risk management association in the world dedicated to benefitting the public risk management community for more than 40 years. Membership for PRIMA is made up of more than 1,400 entities that are able to use the Association as a one-stop shop for education, training, risk resources, and networking. PRIMA is overseen by an independent board of six directors made up of public risk professionals throughout the United States.

Info on Montgomery County Risk Management can by found at https://mcgtn.org/risk-management. Details on TnPRIMA are at http://www.tnprima.wildapricot.org 

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Pictured from left to right are: Michael Fann, President and CEO of PE Partners; Jennifer Hood and Bob Lynch, former TN PRIMA President also with PE Partners. 

 

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 https://mcgtn.org/ems.

Real Estate Property Tax Relief and Tax Freeze Applications Available at County Trustee Office

October 20, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – The Montgomery County Trustee's Office administers a state-funded County Tax Relief and Tax Freeze Program to help homeowners age 65 and older, disabled homeowners, and disabled military veterans pay their property taxes. You may qualify for tax relief and tax freeze if you meet specific requirements now through April 5, 2023.


To qualify for tax relief this tax season if you are a homeowner 65 and older or disabled, the combined 2021 income of all owners and married couples, even if they are not on the deed, cannot exceed $31,600. For disabled homeowners to qualify for a tax freeze, the homeowner must be 65 by December 31, 2022, and the combined 2021 income of all owners and married couples, even if they are not on the deed, cannot exceed $40,500. The list of qualifications for disabled veterans can be found at Property Tax Relief 2022


"Every year, we have expanded the program from serving approximately 3,000 to over 7,000 this year, helping Montgomery County homeowners with tax relief and freeze. It is an honor to help our residents through this process," said Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins.


To be considered, the applications and supporting documents must be filed with the Trustee on or before April 5, 2023. For more details about the tax relief and tax freeze programs for residents of Montgomery County, visit mcgtn.org or call the Trustee's Office at 931-648-5717.

2022-2023 Mayor’s Emerging Leaders

September 16, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

High school students get to know County Government through

Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government welcomes the 2022-2023 Mayor’s Emerging Leaders, a group of 17 high school students who serve as unofficial members of county committees. 

The Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program offers a unique learning experience for high school students to have an inside look at how the county government operates through their attendance at committee meetings. Students have the opportunity to choose from one or more county committees, depending on their interests and what their schedule allows. The students are acknowledged at the meetings and are encouraged to ask questions for understanding. All Emerging Leaders are invited to participate in budget committee meetings for a foundational understanding of the approval process for the County budget. This school year, the program also includes volunteer and college scholarship opportunities.

Committee selections include Airport Authority, Animal Control, Audit, Budget, E-911, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection, Jail and Juvenile, Parks, and School Liaison. The committees generally meet once per month, late in the afternoon.

“I look forward to seeing these bright, focused young people in our committee meetings. It is encouraging to know that our youth are interested in the role of local government. Students sometimes challenge the committee members with their questions, and we encourage that interaction,” said Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

The program is open to high school students in 10th through 12th grade. Announcements for the program are made through local media and social media and sent to school guidance counselors in the spring. Students start the program in late August and finish in May each year to coincide with their school schedules. The kick-off meeting for this year’s program was August 24.

This year’s participants are: Katie Li (APSU Middle College); Maddy Morgan (Clarksville Christian); Calleigh Moody (Clarksville High), Kendel Baynham (Rossview High), Mikayla Grant (Homeshooled), Sylas Bryant (Clarksville Christian), Cannon Prather (Clarksville Christian), Ella Reynolds (Clarksville High), Morgan Hicks (Rossview High), Kali Merrell (Montgomery Central), Elijah Crosslan (APSU Middle College), Brayden Yonkers ((Montgomery Central), Wyatt Bowling (Montgomery Central), Stephanie Shuman (Rossview High), Madelyn Coleson (Montgomery Central), Maddox Jackson (Rossview High), and Andelyn Underwood (Rossview High).

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Community Celebrates the Completion of Pillars of Hope

September 12, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

A tribute to the lives lost on 9/11 now stands at Veterans Plaza

Montgomery County, TN — On the afternoon of September 11, 2022, approximately 75 members of the community, including volunteers with Arts for Hearts, local sculptor Jim Diehr, and APSU Ceramics Arts Associate Professor Ken Shipley, gathered at Veterans Plaza to celebrate the completion of Pillars of Hope. This vision started 20 years ago with former Arts for Hearts Director Rita Arancibia. 

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Arts and Heritage Board member Col. Arthur Nicholson and was followed by the Star Spangled Banner by the Cumberland Winds Brass Quintet.

Arts and Heritage Council Executive Director Ellen Kanervo shared powerful remarks commemorating the tragedy of 9/11. 

“Today marks 21 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks killed almost 3,000 people and injured many more at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. We will never understand why 3000 people were killed that day in New York, at the Pentagon, and in a farm field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We mourn the hundreds of first responders and clean-up workers who were sickened or died. We despair at the subsequent thousands of dead civilians and soldiers and the millions of refugees displaced in the fight to stop further terrorist activities. Although 21 years have passed, 9/11 remains one of our communal “Where were you?” moments. We believe these Pillars will be a way for Clarksvillians to keep a memory of that day alive – and to find pride in the way our country pulled together to mourn those who died and to comfort those left behind.”

Sculptor Jim Diehr remarked on the significance of having 360 tiles placed on the sculpture. He also thanked his family, who assisted him throughout the process during some sweltering days.

Following Diehr’s remarks, Carolyn Ferrell expressed heartfelt emotion as she read September 11: A Poem written by Kevin Powell in 2001.

Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden shared his gratitude to all those involved in the project and thanked Rita’s daughter, Patricia Arancibia Wilkinson, for attending on behalf of her mother.

“This project is unique because it is a community effort by hundreds of people from all age groups who expressed their emotions from the tragedy of 9-11. It is a hands-on testimony of the good that can come from tragedy when we put the recognition of others before ourselves. Montgomery County Government is proud to have this project on display at Veterans Plaza,” added Mayor Golden.

City Mayor Joe Pitts added his appreciation to the people and organizations who were involved in the project. He said, “We are always better when we work together.”

City Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Smith offered a prayer at the end of the ceremony.

To view the Pillars of Hope sculpture at any time, visit Veterans Plaza located at 350 Pageant Lane.