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Montgomery County VSO Hosts Annual Flag Day Retirement Ceremony

June 06, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization, in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4895, will be conducting the annual Flag Day ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, at VFW Post 4895, 1701 Haynes St., Clarksville. The public is invited to attend.                    

The ceremony is held to properly destroy—by burning—worn, damaged or otherwise unserviceable American flags in a dignified and proper manner.

Damaged U.S. flags may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 405, Clarksville, or at the VFW anytime during their business hours prior to the ceremony.

For more information, please call the MCVSO at 553-5173 or e-mail [email protected].  

Montgomery County Hosts First Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Event

May 16, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — The Montgomery County Title VI Committee will host the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Celebration on May 27, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The City of Clarksville and the Clarksville Human Relations Commission as well as members from the AAPI community are partnering in the celebration through the use of event space and their involvement in planning and execution. The event is free and open to everyone who is interested in the heritage and contributions of the AAPI community.

World-renowned laser eye surgeon Dr. Ming Wang will be the guest speaker at the event as he shares his journey to success. Wang, who earned doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, from Harvard and MIT, is also a philanthropist, co-founder of the non-profit Common Ground Network and creator of the amniotic membrane contact lens. As a teenager, Ming fought to escape China’s Cultural Revolution when millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of hard labor and poverty. The Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free of charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to helping blind orphaned children from around the world.  

Music, dancing, food tastings and booths representing Korean, Filipino, Samoan, Hawaiian, Japanese and Thai communities will be a part of the event to celebrate the diverse culture and recognize the rich history, traditions, and contributions of the AAPI communities of Clarksville-Montgomery County. 

“It is an honor to host Montgomery County's inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with our Asian and Pacific Island community members. In Montgomery County, we strive to live up to our word. We don’t just acknowledge and respect diversity and inclusion within the government and community, we cherish and embrace it,” said Zoyie Jackson, Montgomery County Diversity and Inclusion Officer. 

For more information about the event contact Montgomery County Title VI Co-Chair Pam Clark at 931-648-5715 ext. 12309

County Safety and Risk Director Elected to Serve on National Board

May 10, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Montgomery County Safety & Risk Director Jennifer Hood has been elected  to serve as a member of National Public Risk Management Association’s (PRIMA) Board of Directors. Hood has worked for the county for more than 13 years working for employees to provide a safe work environment, lower insurance costs and provide proper care for employees who are injured at work. 

“Hood is known for her positive attitude and willingness to jump in and help others. Being chosen as a National PRIMA board member is a big deal that reflects well on Jennifer and Montgomery County as a whole,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. 

PRIMA 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 absorbed the Public Entity Risk Insitute (PERI) in 2013, and is overseen by an independent board of six directors made up of of a public risk professionals throughout the United States.

“I am both humbled and honored to be able to serve on the board of such a prestigious organization,” said Hood.” I truly could not have seen all the blessings I have received while working at Montgomery County without the help of an amazing risk management team, phenomenal leaders like Mayor Jim Durrett and Chief-of-Staff Kyle Johnson, elected officials, department heads, county commissioners and the incredible county employees. I am proud to be part of the MoCo family.”

Under Hood’s direction the risk management department has increased awareness of safety in all departments resulting in decreased workplace injuries which saves taxpayer dollars, secured improved insurance rates and was essential in working with county departments through the COVID-19 crisis. Her vigilance and approachability have helped the risk management department evolve to where it is today. 

Montgomery County is very proud to recognize her for her hard work and all that she has done for our County. 

The Wheels on the Bus Take the Traffic Safety Task Force on an Important Community Drive

April 26, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: April 26, 2022 @ 2:58 pm

Montgomery County, Tenn. — Earlier this month, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Traffic Safety Task Force partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to conduct a Distracted-Driving Operation Hands-Free bus tour in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Bus transportation was provided by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS) for members of the Task Force to use while Tennessee State Troopers, Clarksville Police, and Montgomery County Deputies patrolled nearby. As those riding the bus traveled throughout the County, they assisted law enforcement in looking for hands-free violations, seatbelt violations, and other road hazards to help limit traffic incidents and crashes. 

Stats from the bus tour resulted in 55 hands-free citations given that included 10 seatbelt violations, two speeding citations, and 43 other citations for distracted driving-related violations. 

“We conduct this bus tour annually during the month of April to create awareness and help drivers understand the importance of staying focused on the road. Distracted driving is the number one cause of cashes in Montgomery County. It costs lives, hospitalizations, disabilities, property damage and increased insurance rates for all residents in the community,” said Montgomery County Drivers Safety Administrator Lisa McClain.

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the THSO collaborated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GHSO), the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and traffic safety members across Tennessee for Operation Hands-Free. The campaign in Tennessee kicked off with four press events in early April with distracted-driving bus tours in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.  

The purpose of "Operation Hands-Free" is to reduce distracted-driving crashes and fatalities by increasing enforcement efforts and educating citizens about Tennessee’s Hands-Free law. 

“We don’t issue citations lightly. Selective traffic enforcement targets a specific pattern. We want people to pay attention to the road, for their safety and the safety of others. No one plans on getting into a motor vehicle crash.  They may have been driving while distracted for years and nothing has happened, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Our first responders have been to some horrific crash scenes that have changed people’s lives, and the lives of those who love them. The bottom line is that many crashes are avoidable and preventable, but we have to change the behaviors which contribute to them, we want all of the people in our community to drive safely,” said Lt. Vincent Lewis, CPD Traffic Unit Supervisor.

Learn more about Tennessee's Hands-free law at:   

To access distracted driving crash data provided by Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN):

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  Nominations for this year’s honorees are due to [email protected] by November 8, 2022.