Mayor’s 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders

September 29, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: October 06, 2021 @ 8:07 am

High school students get to know government through participation in meetings


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government welcomes the 2021-2022 Mayor’s Emerging Leaders, a group of 43 high school students who serve as unofficial members of county committees. 

The Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program which began in August offers a unique learning experience that offers high school students an inside look at how county government operates through their attendance at meetings. Students have the opportunity to choose from one or more county committees, depending on their interests and what their schedule allows. Students are acknowledged at the meetings and are encouraged to ask questions for understanding. Regardless of interest, all Emerging Leaders are invited to participate in budget committee meetings.

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.

“We are always happy to welcome these students to our meetings. It is encouraging to interact with youth who want to understand the role of local government. The students sometimes challenge us with their questions and we want that interaction with these future community leaders,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

The program is open to high school students in 10th through 12th grade. Announcements for the program are made through local media, social media and sent to school guidance counselors in the spring. Students start in August and finish in May of each year to coincide with their school schedules.

This year’s participants are Isabella Allen, Miya Anderson, Colby Byard, Ben Giles, Layla Latefi, Lydia Ramos, Collin Rittenberry, John Wallace, and Ashlynn York with Clarksville Academy; Katelyn Baker, Maegan Baker, Kaleb Hughes, Avery Janssen, Olivia Loos, Stella Myers, Kayla Pickett, Dev Shah, Micah Stanley, Sara Whipple with Clarksville High; Lillian Carr, Homeschooled; Hannah Millburn and Janiah Harris with Middle CollegeMadelyn Coleson, Christine Felix, Jacob Gould, Kaitlyn Jones, Seth Proctor, Gracey Suggs, Lilly Wiens with Montgomery Central; Aceyanna DykesJaden Steele with Northeast; Analiese Poe, Ryan Smith with NorthwestDaniel Cortes, Brady Davidson, William Gee, Morgan Hicks, Jared Meeks, Nashla Moncoin, Arwa Nasir, and Gia-an (Saky) Nguyen with Rossview; Sean Boykin and Jaya Johnson with West Creek.

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County and City Present 2022 Legislative Items

September 23, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

On September 21, Montgomery County and City of Clarksville Legislative Liaison Committee Members presented an overview of their Legislative Agendas to the state delegates Senator Bill Powers, Representative Curtis Johnson, Representative Jason Hodges and Representative Jay Reedy.

The top two submissions endorsed by the County, City and Clarksville Chamber of Commerce were the expansion of I-24 from the Kentucky line to I-65 and the expansion of Nashville State Community College – Clarksville Campus.

Additionally, the County and City Committees presented a list of their individual legislative requests and items of interest. 

Highlights from the County’s agenda include:

  • Expansion of Broadband 
  • Create a regional juvenile justice center
  • Retirement benefits for safety and emergency personnel
  • Establish state grant for body-worn cameras
  • Residential and work restrictions for sex offenders
  • More severe penalties for threatening to commit a crime
  • Private Act for liquor by the drink in the unincorporated area of the County

Highlights from the City agenda include:

  • Road projects
  • Ongoing access to State Information System
  • Calculation of certified tax rate and increases
  • Administrative processing fee increase proposal to the Tennessee Department of Safety
  • Open records charge for inspection

The presentations were made to the local state delegation at William O. Beach Civic Hall. Also attending the presentation were Montgomery County Chief of Staff Kyle Johnson, City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, County Commissioners, City Council, County Elected Officials, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and County and City Department Heads. 

The 2021-22 members of the Legislative Liaison Committees included County Commissioners Chris Rasnic (chair), Loretta Bryant, Joe Creek and Rashida Leverett. City Council Members included Stacey Streetman (chair), Ashlee Evans, Travis Holleman and Wanda Smith.

The list that was presented to the local representatives will be brought before the full Tennessee legislative body in spring 2022. The County and City requested public input for legislative agenda items from May 2021 through July 2021 through local media outlets and through County and City social media outlets. 

The full 2022 legislative agenda, including the joint submissions, individual county and city submissions, road projects, a continuation of support items and supporting documents can be found at

Nashville Symphony Concert is Scheduled at Downtown Commons

September 23, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

The Montgomery County Downtown Commons will host the prestigious Nashville Symphony on the evening of September 23. Beginning at 7 p.m., the community will have the option to enjoy a variety of music on the lawn by some of the country’s most talented musicians. Chairs will be available for the first 500 guests in attendance.

The Nashville Symphony has been an integral part of Middle Tennessee and Music City since 1946. Performing over 150 concerts a year, they are an established leader in Nashville’s growing arts and cultural community. 

Local food trucks: Gray Smoke Barbecue, TN Kettle Corn, and Driving You Donuts are scheduled to be on Main Street before and during the show. Tater Headz will also be open at the walk-up eatery on the corner of Legion and Third streets. Beer and other beverages will be for sale by Ajax Distributing Company, with all proceeds benefiting United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.

Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.  

The Nashville Symphony’s Fall Concert is sponsored by Benefits, Inc. and Jack B. Turner and Associates. 

To stay up-to-date with the Downtown Commons, visit the Facebook page at Downtown Commons and our Instagram page @downtowncommonstn. 

Jon Langston headlining Downtown @ Sundown September 17

September 23, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: September 23, 2021 @ 9:51 am

Downtown @ Sundown will feature country musician Jon Langston during this week’s concert at 7 p.m. September 17 at Downtown Commons. Langston grew up in Georgia and has worked with country music artist Luke Bryan on multiple tours and was recently signed under Bryan’s new label 32 Bridge Entertainment with EMI Records Nashville. Langston’s debut major label single, “When It Comes To Loving You” reached No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Chart. His most recent single, “Now You Know”, reached the Top 30 on the radio charts.

Opening for Langston at 7 p.m. is up and coming country singer/songwriter Dylan Marlowe, also from Georgia but currently living in Nashville, TN. Marlowe signed a publishing deal with Play it Again Music in 2020. His latest single, released July 30, is "Goodbye Gets Around.” Headliner Jon Langston will begin entertaining the crowd at 8 p.m.

“This is a major concert at Downtown Commons with a well-known country musician. We are thrilled to host Jon Langston and Dylan Marlowe,” said Downtown Commons Event Manager Elizabeth Quinton.

Local food trucks will also be set up before and during the shows. Driving You Donuts, Burgasm, Chick’nCone, TN Kettle Corn, and Kadi’s Tacos and More 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 streets. Beer and other beverages will be for sale​, with all proceeds benefiting our featured non-profit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.

The following streets surrounding the Downtown Commons will be closing at 4:30 p.m.: Main Street, Second Street, Legion Street, and Third Street. 

Downtown @ Sundown concerts are free and open to the public and take place the first and third Fridays of each month through October. 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

Effective September 7, 2021, masks will be required in all County Government facilities.

September 07, 2021 - MoCo Gov.