Montgomery County Hires New Diversity and Inclusion Officer

October 04, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: March 14, 2022 @ 9:47 am

Recent retired Master Sergeant now serving the community 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government recently hired Zoyie Jackson as Montgomery County’s new Diversity and Inclusion Officer. 

Jackson is a 20-year U.S. Army Veteran who officially retires as a Master Sergeant in October 2021. Her last position in the military was Division Equal Opportunity Advisor for Fort Campbell, KY home of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). She has completed four full combat tours; two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and one tour in Afghanistan.

“We are thankful to have Zoyie on board. Her experience will be a great benefit to Montgomery County Government as we continue to grow and develop in training and inclusion,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Jackson has a long list of accolades from her military service. Some of those awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO International Security Afghanistan Forces Award, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

She holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and is a graduate from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator. 

“I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to assist Montgomery County Government by fostering a workplace environment that acknowledges, respects, and includes differences, recognizing the unique skills, talents, and contribution of each individual employee. I am also excited about connecting with Fort Campbell, the City of Clarksville, and local businesses on events and creating a greater awareness concerning diversity in our community,” said Jackson.

She is the proud mother of two sons and four grandchildren.

To connect with Jackson, you can email her at [email protected] or call 931-648-5715 ext. 12313.

Art Project Complete on Fort Campbell Bridge

September 30, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

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

Montgomery County, TN — Artwork for the Fort Campbell Railroad Bridge near Gate 2 above Fort Campbell Boulevard was completed on September 29, 2021. This was a project that began in January 2020 by the Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee with a call for artists to submit their ideas. 

“This has taken some time, between the submission, the selection, approval process, delays in materials, and waiting for several consecutive days of good weather before the material could be applied to the bridge. I am thrilled with the outcome! These types of projects are what the Public Art Committee and Montgomery County are all about, paying gratitude to the men and women who serve at Fort Campbell,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. 

Going toward the Post, drivers will see images that represent Fort Campbell, and those driving towards Clarksville will see images that are representative of Clarksville, Montgomery County.

The chosen artist, Paul Jones, drew and painted the original artwork by hand and had it turned into a vector file for submission. Jones, originally from Upstate New York, came to Clarksville to visit friends in April 2014, fell in love with the community, and made the permanent move by July of that year.

“Painting is something I love to do when I’m not working at Trane or hanging out with family. My goal with this project was to tie in the most symbolic images from the community like the brickwork from the Historic Courthouse, Wilma Rudolph, and the Cumberland River. I’m honored to contribute to the community and Fort Campbell through my artwork. I solicited help with transitioning the art into computer format. It was a process, but worth it. My whole family came down to see it!” exclaimed Jones.

Gerald Printing won the bid on the project and used a vinyl wrap to bring the artwork to life on the bridge. 

"Our company was proud to participate in a project that provided us with an opportunity to help make our home look even better," said Gerald Printing Sales Representative Jacob Downey.

The Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee was established in 2017 and is comprised of community citizens who are interested in bringing public art to Clarksville, Montgomery County. Funding for the designated projects comes from a percentage of specific Montgomery County Government bonds.

“The committee is thrilled to see this project come to fruition! We are thankful for the investment from the County and the vision Mayor Durrett had to expand public art in this community. Mr. Jones has also been a pleasure to work with as we made changes throughout the process,” said Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee Chair Stacey Streetman.

Since the Montgomery County Public Art Ad Hoc Committee was established, funding has been designated towards completed projects such as the ornate iron sphere at Downtown Commons, the 19th Amendment Women’s Right to Vote statue at Public Square, and the Fort Campbell bridge project. Plans involve an installation art piece at Patriot’s Park and a Colored Troops bronze statue for Fort Defiance. 

 

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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Courts Center Name Changes to Honor Former County Mayor

August 20, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

The Montgomery County Courts Center was assigned with a new name this morning to honor former Montgomery County Mayor Doug Weiland. The signage unveiling ceremony took place at 10 a.m. revealing the official name as Doug Weiland Courts Center.

Family, friends, former co-workers and associates gathered at the Third Street corner of the Courts Center nearest to the Historic Courthouse to share in the naming tribute of the former County Mayor.

"Mayor Weiland served as County Mayor for 10 years when tough decisions like the building of this Courts Center, had to be made. I believe it is important to show respect and honor to those who worked to build-up our community and we are here to do just that this morning,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

“I am honored to be here this morning. Often, these types of ceremonies take place after the person is no longer with us. I’m grateful to be here with my wife, Mary, family and friends to celebrate this moment,” said Weiland.

Weiland served as Mayor of Montgomery County from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, he led the efforts to rebuild the Historic Courthouse as well as the construction of the Courts Center, located at 2 Millennium Plaza. Since the Courts Center was completed in 2002, two new courtrooms and supporting new offices have been added. There is space left for two additional courtrooms and offices.

“When we built the County Courts Center, we built it not for only for that present time but also with the future in mind, providing room for growth. I’m proud of that,” Weiland added.

A short video of Former Mayor Weiland and his wife Mary pulling the covering off the signage can be found at the Montgomery County, Tennessee Facebook page.

Tater Headz at Downtown Commons

August 13, 2021 - MoCo Gov.

Downtown Commons welcomes Tater Headz as the next indoor food vendor on the corner of Legion and Third streets. Opening August 16, Tater Headz will provide the downtown community a place to connect over lunch serving loaded baked potatoes, loaded mac and cheese, sandwiches, and salads with various toppings. Tater Headz will also be open for all the Downtown Commons events outside of lunch hours.

“It’s nice to welcome a new vendor to the Downtown Commons space. We have so many great food options all over the county. Tater Headz will soon be a part of the downtown Clarksville list of eateries.” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

“We are excited about expanding our business into the Downtown Commons vendor space. It’s another fantastic way to connect with people in the community. We look forward to serving food to people in the downtown area,” said Tater Headz co-owner Natalie Davis.

Tater Headz, voted ‘Best of the Best Food Truck in Clarksville for 2021’ VIP Clarksville Magazine, has been serving the local community a great bite to eat for over a year. They are regularly scheduled at Dinner with the Trucks, Clarksville Downtown Market, Downtown @ Sundown, and in local neighborhoods.

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