Clarksville High School First High School in CMCSS to Become Green Certified

February 01, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN – A green ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday, February 1st to welcome Clarksville High School (CHS) to the Green Certification Program. CHS becomes the first high school in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) to complete the Program. 

The Certification efforts were led by Zander Daigle, a junior at CHS, and Melissa Nolan, CHS’ AP Environmental teacher. In the fall of 2021, Mr. Daigle, with oversight by Ms. Nolan, created the CHS Environmental Club, the first club of its kind in CMCSS. The Club now has 74 students who participate in meetings and events such as community clean-ups. 

To complete the Certification process, Mr. Daigle researched and completed a baseline account of current CHS sustainability efforts such as LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, paper usage and maintenance procedures. After reviewing current practices, the school was able to join the Program at the silver level. 

During the ceremony, Mr. Daigle gave a short speech and said “Whenever I first took it upon myself to found the first ever environment club for CHS, I did not realize that a small high school club would be able to accomplish so much in our first few months of existence. I symbolize this ribbon cutting ceremony to serve as inspiration to the younger generation not only surrounding me, but in the entire Clarksville-Montgomery County area. I hope that my actions will serve as inspiration; that even one student in a large high school can make such an immense change. I hope that this change has a domino effect in order to ensure the future generations with a safe environment to live in.”

In addition to their work at CHS, Mr. Daigle, and students from the Environmental Club, have been attending the City of Clarksville Sustainability Board Meetings and plan to assist the Board Members in the future as they promote sustainability initiatives throughout the City and County. 

The green ribbon cutting ceremony was also attended by: Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett; Interim Director of CMCSS Dr. Angela Huff; Chief Operating Officer of CMCSS Norm Brumblay; CHS Principal Bryan Feldman; Green Certification Program Manager Carlye Sommers; Green Certification Board Members Bill Harpel, Rose Melton and Sierra Allison; and Officers of the CHS Environmental Club Avery Dueker, Maia Skinner, Lydia Lewis, Betty Kilfe, Karmina Sidhom and Carly Surgeon. 

During the ceremony, both Mayor Durrett and Dr. Huff congratulated the students and thanked them for the work they have done not only for the school but also for the community. 

For more information about Clarksville High School and all of the other public schools within Montgomery County, visit www.cmcss.net.To learn more about the free Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program visit  http://mcgtn.org/green.

Pictured Back Row (left to right) – Jim Durrett, Avery Dueker, Bryan Feldman, Bill Harpel, Dr. Angela Huff, Carlye Sommers

Front Row (left to right) – Maia Skinner, Lydia Lewis, Zander Daigle, Melissa Nolan, Betty Kilfe, Karmina Sidhom, Carly Surgeon

Ribbon Holders/Cutters (left to right) – Rose Melton, Sierra Allison

First Class of EMT Students Complete Certification in Montgomery County

January 27, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: January 27, 2022 @ 6:28 pm

A 10-year vision becomes a reality 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Today was a special occasion for Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Continuing Education Program. The very first class of Emergency Medical Training (EMT) graduates received their certificates of completion this morning at an informal ceremony with the graduates, instructors and some family members.

Although this first class of nine trainees began their 14-week training journey in October 2021, the idea for the program to be held in Montgomery County began more than 10 years ago with a vision, followed by a lot of tenacity, discipline and planning from Emergency Services Director Jimmie Edwards and his staff.

“It’s fulfilling to see this group of graduates here today thanks to our partnership with APSU’s Continuing Education Program. This has been a long time coming and I’m very grateful we’ve finally gotten to this point. We appreciate APSU Continuing Education Director Jeff Walton for joining us today and a big thanks to APSU Distance Education Program Coordinator Loretia Duncan who worked to help us coordinate the program,” said Edwards.

The 14-week class, held in the EMS classroom at Dunlop Lane, was taught by Brian McNeeley, January Bukowitz, and Danielle Chester who are all valued members of the Montgomery County EMS team. The curriculum covers both book and hands-on modules on topics such as airway management, medical and trauma emergencies and operations. The training also includes ambulance ride-alongs with seasoned Montgomery County medical professionals.

EMS Director William Webb also congratulated the graduates on the accomplishment. “Congratulations on completing your certification. You’ve had three fantastic instructors and you’ve stuck with the course through all the obstacles that came your way. Remember, we’re hiring and we hope you will consider joining our team,” Webb added.

The next step in the process is for the nine participants to take their EMT test online and wait for their licensure before officially putting their training into practice.

Mayor Durrett stated, “Chief Edwards has been pushing for this since I began serving as Mayor. I am thrilled the EMT program is now underway in Montgomery County and hope to see many more participants in the future. We know there is a shortage of first responders in the medical field. The County Commissioners and I want to continue doing all we can to support the growth of this program in our community.”

Edwards also mentioned expanding the program in partnership with APSU for an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and a paramedic program. They hope to expand beyond continuing education and into a degree program in the future.

For information about the program visit apsu.edu.

Full group photo front row (left to right) Whitney Sensing, Samantha Gearing and Elysia Rivera 

Second row (left to right) Daniel Chester (Instructor), January Bukowitz (Instructor), Xander Gerakis, Justin Long, Robert Hutchinson, Grant Menard and Brian McNeeley (Instructor) 

(Graduates not photographed) Shay Cope and Samantha Owens

 

County and City Provide Updated Local Info Related to COVID-19

January 04, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: January 04, 2022 @ 7:59 pm

Clarksville, Montgomery County, TN — With Covid-19 cases rising to numbers reminiscent of April 2021, Montgomery County Government and City Clarksville officials are working to provide residents with some helpful updates. As of Jan. 3, 2022, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,371 active cases of COVID-19 in Clarksville, Montgomery County. The daily average rate for the 7-day period from Dec. 27, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022 was 263 cases per day. Fourteen days prior to Dec. 27, the average number of cases was 117 per day. The CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health recently shortened the isolation period from 10 days to five days for those with no symptoms.

The most commonly asked questions are where to get a COVID-19 test and the monoclonal antibodies. Residents without health insurance may get a free COVID test, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Montgomery County Health Department drive through location at 350 Pageant Lane. 

The City of Clarksville and CH Consulting Solutions have teamed up to provide drive-thru testing to all community residents free of charge at Heritage Park on 1241 Peachers Mill Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those testing at Heritage Park are asked to remain in their vehicles. Restrooms will be reserved for nurses and staff conducting testing and not available to the public. CH Consulting Solutions is a Nashville-based emergency medicine provider. All testing will be conducted and managed by CH Consulting Solutions. CH Consulting Solutions bills the insurance company for the COVID-19 test. There is normally no cost to the individual when it is billed through insurance but individuals should check with their insurance company to make sure it is covered under their plan.

Home COVID-19 tests are available through most local pharmacies and large chain stores. However, retailers have had a difficult time keeping home tests in stock, and home tests are in limited supply online https://covid19.tn.gov/.

Monoclonal treatments are available at Walmart pharmacies across the state through a coordinated distribution with the Tennessee Department of Health. The treatments are free. Visit walmart.com/covidmedication to find a participating Walmart pharmacy in Montgomery County. Initial supply in the state is limited, with more supplies expected over the next few weeks.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, while antivirals may help treat Covid-19, vaccination is the best approach to prevent infection. Tennesseans age five and older are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. More information on vaccine locations, including available vaccine products, is available at vaccines.gov. The most updated guidance for returning to work and school can be found at tn.gov.

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Makes a Christmas Wish to the Community

December 14, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Director David Kaske are asking for the community’s help this Christmas season. Each year, Montgomery County Animal Care and Control, along with other shelters across the United States, receives a high intake of puppies from January through March. The intake comes from well-intentioned individuals who want to give their children, spouse, or friend a puppy for Christmas. 

Kaske advises people to take their time and think about the commitment before jumping in and buying a new household pet, no matter how much begging takes place.

“Shelters generally see up to a 50% increase in puppies and returned adoptions in January and February compared to other times of the year. If you understand the commitment it takes to bring a pet into your family and you are determined to have a new pet in your home over the Christmas season, we highly encourage everyone to adopt and not to shop. We have many pets right here at our local shelter ready for a great home,” said Kaske. 

During this time of year, people often seek new pets through social media, in pet stores, and from breeders. Kaske asks that people do their research to make a wise and informed long-term decision before bringing a new pet home during the holiday season.

Here is some helpful information and questions to consider before adopting:

  1. Most dogs and cats live between 10-25 years depending on the breed and species. Are you ready for that length of a commitment?
  2. Dogs and cats can cost between $500 to $1,500 per year to maintain including regular vet visits, food, toys, etc. Pets with preexisting conditions can cost even more. All pets come with financial responsibilities.
  3. Pets need to be cared for daily. Owning a pet means the pet needs to be fed daily, given water, walked, let outside, and given attention.
  4. Discuss taking on a pet with the entire family and make the decision together as a gifting experience to ensure the pet has a long-lasting loving home. Owning a pet is a family duty and requires everyone to be on the same page.
  5. Ensure those who will be around the pet often are not allergic or afraid of animals.
  6. Families with small children should take time to assess whether owning a pet is the best decision at this time. Small children should be supervised around pets at all times.
  7. We strongly discourage adopting a pet as a Christmas gift. In many instances the intent is good but the person receiving the gift may not be ready, able, or willing to take on a “surprise” gift.  
  8. Lastly and most importantly, give your newly adopted pet time to acclimate to your family and home. Far too often, pets are returned after just a few days because pet owners are not patient in allowing the pet to become part of the family.

Kaske advises, “I like to tell people to remember the Three Dog Rule: three days for a pet to decompress and begin eating and drinking, three weeks for a pet to settle in, figure out the environment and start to develop a routine, and three months for a pet to feel comfortable in the home and create a bond.” 

For information on Montgomery County Animal Care and Control, visit mcgtn.org.

Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins elected President of the Middle Tennessee Trustee’s Association

November 22, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, Tenn. – November 17, 2021 – In August of 2021, Montgomery County Trustee Kimberly Wiggins was elected as the President of the Middle Tennessee Trustee’s Association (MTTA). This week, she held her first meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Wiggins has been very involved in the MTTA since being elected into her position as Montgomery County Trustee and in 2020 she held the position of Vice President. “I am honored my peers have entrusted me to lead our organization,” said Wiggins. The MTTA is comprised of 36 counties.

What is a trustee? 

Kimberly Wiggins is Montgomery County’s Trustee with three primary functions: collecting all county property taxes, keeping a fair account of all money received & investing temporary idle funds. The Trustee generally acts as treasurer for the county. Her office also administers the State-Funded Tax Relief Program to help the elderly & disabled citizens and a segment of Disabled veterans to pay their property taxes, collects the hotel/motel occupancy tax, rabies payments from veterinarians, and the wheel tax rebate program for the elderly. 

About Kimberly Wiggins

Kimberly is immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Clarksville, is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute, is a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2, and is a member of the Paul Harris Society as a sustaining donor. Wiggins graduated with her Master of Business Administration in 2011. 

She also serves her community by serving on the following boards: Clarksville Rotary,

Wade Bourne Nature Center Foundation, Blue Star Families, President of APSU’s Center of Excellence for Creative Arts, Roxy Regional Theatre, TN Association of Property Tax Professionals & serves as President for Middle TN Trustee Association. 

She is married to her business partner, O’Neal Wiggins, U.S. Army Retired Master Sergeant, who founded Wiggins Medical Transit. 

She’s a graduate of Leadership Middle TN, Leadership Clarksville & Leadership Clarksville- Montgomery County Schools. Kimberly is a member of St. Bethlehem Christian Church, Clergy Rapid Mobilization Team, TN County Trustee Association, County Officials Association of Tennessee, and the TN Association of Property Tax Professionals. 

Kimberly is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Clarksville Alumnae Chapter & The Music Chapter of The Links Incorporated. 

Wiggins was elected Montgomery County Trustee in August 2018.