Military Veterans Make a Big Impact in Montgomery County

July 08, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

VSO Director shares data from the Veterans Affairs Office

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – At the July 6 informal County Commission meeting, Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization Director Andrew Kester presented his annual overview of the benefits and economic impact of military veterans in the community. The data he shared is from the latest information the Veterans Administration (VA) provided.

Montgomery County is in the top four percent of all military veteran populations in the U.S. and ranked 25 for their total known veteran population at slightly over 14%. Out of the 3,134 counties in the United States, Montgomery County ranks number 309 in the overall population and 127 in the total veteran population. 

“When you consider the number of military veterans in the community who may be voters along with the voters in their household, I believe they make up at least 25% of our community,” said Kester.

From an economic standpoint, in 2021, a total of $459,412,000 has come from veterans' disability benefits alone. Montgomery County leads in economic impact over every other county across the state.

“That is not seen directly in our office but in the community in economic impact dollars in education, entertainment, and housing,” said Kester.

The three main concerns identified to VA by the veteran community were healthcare, disability benefits, and transportation. The degree of concern varied with age and demographics. The MCVSO assists and directs those three areas but primarily helps veterans with disability benefits.

"We are fortunate to have a local VA Clinic for healthcare but, if our veterans need to visit the VA Medical Center in Nashville, we have a 501C3 non-profit veterans van service for transportation. We are one of the few VSOs in the state that offers rides. We also provide veterans van service with a computer and phone, which is part of a cross-collaborative effort of the non-profit and public sectors,” added Kester.

Between 2019 through 2021, MCVSO served more than 9,000 veterans each year with no significant difference in numbers through COVID-19. Eighty percent of the veterans they serve live in Montgomery County, 10% live outside Montgomery County, and 10% live out of state.

“We make the biggest impact at our VSO and have the largest staff because of the support we receive from County Commissioners, our VSO board, the Mayor and the community, allowing us to provide the best services for our veterans,” said Kester. 

To see the presentation, visit https://bit.ly/3OSot7z, and to find out more about MCVSO, visit https://mcgtn.org/vso

Changes to Bi-County Transfer Station Pit Schedule Beginning in August

July 06, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

The Transfer Station Pit and Convenience Center on Highway Drive will be closed one day per week for maintenance.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – Due to consistent mechanical issues at the Transfer Station Pit and Convenience Center off Highway Drive, the Bi-County Solid Waste Management Board has approved closing the Highway Drive Complex which includes the Transfer Station Pit and Convenience Center, every Thursday, beginning August 4, for preventive maintenance.

“Operating seven days a week for 11 hours a day for the last twenty-five years, there has been no downtime for preventative maintenance. Allowing time for preventive maintenance should help keep the pit from being out of operation less frequently, ultimately providing our residents with more consistency of use,” said Director of Bi-County Solid Waste Management Mark Neblett.

This is also a reminder that the Transfer Station on Highway Drive can no longer accommodate trailers. All trailers need to deliver their waste to the Main Bi-County Landfill located at 3212 Dover Road on Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info about the Bi-County Landfill go to https://bit.ly/3yOjy29.

Wade Bourne Nature Center will Reopen to the Public Tomorrow

July 01, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – TheMontgomery County Parks and Recreation Department Wade Bourne Nature Center is now reopen to the public. The Center initially closed June 28 due to a failure with the HVAC system. 

Wade Bourne Nature Center is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. but will be closed this Tuesday, July 5 because of the Fourth of July holiday. The Center offers an interactive area for kids and adults to learn about the wildlife indigenous to Montgomery County as well as information about the legacy of nationally recognized journalist and conservationist, Wade Bourne. 

For information about the Wade Bourne Nature Center visit, https://mcgtn.org/parks/wade-bourne-nature-center.

While at Rotary Park, visitors can also enjoy the trails, playgrounds, pavilions, horseshoe pits, and disc golf. Information about Montgomery County Parks can be found at https://mcgtn.org/parks.

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Puts Hold on Cat Intake

July 01, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: July 01, 2022 @ 9:54 am

Montgomery County, TN — Due to current staffing levels at Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) and being at maximum capacity, the shelter is immediately ceasing all intakes of healthy owner surrender cats/kittens, and healthy free-roaming/stray cats/kittens. 

A temporary hold on cat/kitten intakes is in place until the animal population aligns with MCACC’s capacity for care. The intake hold will give staff the time and resources
necessary to work with the animals currently in the care of MCACC, assess their behavior, and match them with adopters and rescues. The $25 adoption fee has been waived for cats and kittens until further notice. Spay/neuter, Rabies vaccine, and microchip fees still apply. 

“We currently have 140 cats/kittens in our care and we are experiencing the challenge of staffing shortages and capacity overload that is trending in shelters throughout the nation. The conditions have created a physically and emotionally exhausting environment for our staff,” stated Director of Animal Care and Control Dave Kaske.

As always, MCACC strongly recommends to anyone finding a healthy cat or kitten please leave them where they are because they are resilient animals able to forage and hunt for food.

“If you find a litter of kittens with no mother, please leave them be. You may place a small
bowl of water for them if you would like but the mother is often nearby or off foraging for food.
As always we strongly encourage anyone looking for a new furry family member to come down to the shelter and please adopt,” added Kaske.

During the Fourth of July weekend, MCACC becomes inundated with calls for service for stray
roaming dogs that have been frightened by fireworks. Please do your part to make sure your pets are secure this weekend. Check gates, fences, leashes, collars, etc. and make a safe space
for your pet during this time. If MCACC also reaches capacity for dogs, a hold will be placed on taking stray and owner surrender dogs.

MCACC is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
For animal-related emergencies Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 931-648-5750. For animal-related emergencies outside normal business hours call 931-249-1304. Available animals can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3Ac1lN0.

Temporary Closure of Wade Bourne Nature Center

June 28, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: June 28, 2022 @ 9:55 am

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – The Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department has closed the Wade Bourne Nature Center due to a failure with the HVAC system. The unit went out Monday, June 27. It is unknown when the unit’s manufacturer will be able to fix the system.

“As of this morning the temperature inside the building is above 80 degrees with temperatures rising throughout the remainder of the week. That is too high for us to keep the Nature Center open to the public. All outside areas of Rotary Park, such as the trails, playground, pavilions, restrooms, horseshoe pits, and disc golf, are open. We appreciate the community’s patience and will reopen the Center as soon as we can,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Sally Burchett.

The Wade Bourne Nature Center offers an interactive area for kids and adults to learn about the wildlife indigenous to Montgomery County as well as information about the legacy of nationally recognized journalist and conservationist, Wade Bourne. 

For information about Montgomery Parks and Recreation, visit mcgtn.org.