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. 

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.