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

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

Absolute Queen Downtown @ Sundown July 1

June 27, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn​. – This Friday, July 1, Downtown @ Sundown will feature Absolute Queen! Beginning at 7 p.m., acoustic opener Wesley Beeler will take the stage. Wesley has played at numerous local venues and we are excited to welcome him to Downtown Commons! Following Wesley, Absolute Queen will take the crowd back to the pop and rock of the ‘70s. Absolute Queen has spent hundreds of hours in the studio studying Queen's many layered harmony vocals and instrumentation to bring you the most authentic sounding Queen Live experience. With popular songs such as Somebody To Love, Another One Bites the Dust, and Bohemian Rhapsody, the community is in for an unforgettable evening of music! 

Local food trucks will also be set up before and during the shows. Burgasm, Kadi’s Tacos and More, Heather’s Homemade Icecream, Johnny & June’s Italian Ice and TN Kettle Corn are all expected to be on site. Tater Headz will also be open at the walk-up eatery on the corner of Legion Street and Third Street. Beer and other beverages will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting our featured non-profit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.

Main Street will be blocked off between Second Street and Third Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. to make room for the food trucks. Downtown @ Sundown Concerts are free and open to the public and take place the first and third Fridays of each month through October. Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.

Downtown @ Sundown is title sponsored by TriStar Beverage and Shelby’s Trio and sponsored in part by Waste Connections of Clarksville. 

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

Fort Campbell Leaders Present Awards to EMS Employees at County EMS Station

June 21, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — On June 15 at the main County EMS Station on Dunlop Lane, Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Andrew Jordan and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) Commander Colonel Vincent Myers presented awards to Montgomery County and BACH EMS Team Members who assisted in incidents at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Certificates, coins and medals were given to County EMS Lieutenant Dustin Haas, County EMS Lieutenant Chris Turner, County EMS Paramedic Ernie Schmidt and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Joe Campbell in appreciation for their assistance in locating a soldier who drowned at a quarry on Fort Campbell in September of 2021.

Colonel Jordan stated, “We mourned that hero’s loss and worked with our community partners to remove his body and provide him with the honorable burial he deserved. There are times we need help from our community, and there are times when they need our assistance. I am thankful that we have strong partnerships in our surrounding communities.”

Recognitions were also presented to County Paramedic Joe Farley, County AEMT Alex Wood and Dustin Blankenship, Jeff Martin, Kim Burr, and Josh Maynard from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s EMS team for their efforts on the morning of May 11, 2022, when weather conditions resulted in a mass casualty event during a ruck march at Fort Campbell. Members of the Fort Campbell team who were not able to be at the presentation and are also receiving awards are Sgt. Qingjie Wang, Bobbi Trogden, Marc Rogers, and Dennis Scales.

Colonel Jordon described the training as the most difficult 10-day course in the Army that culminates with a 12-mile march carrying a 35-pound rucksack after nine days of intense drills. 

“On the tenth day, the weather went from mild to unseasonably hot and humid. The soldiers did not have a chance to acclimate to the change, which could have resulted in severe consequences. Thanks to quick and proper action from BACH and Montgomery County EMS, all of our soldiers left the training without harm,” stated Colonel Jordan.

Colonel Myers added, “EMS is near and dear to my heart. Being a paramedic was my first job out of school in the small town where I grew up in Pennsylvania. EMS personnel save lives every day, and we are grateful to you.”

Montgomery County Mayor Durrett also congratulated the recipients for their work in the community and with our heroes at Fort Campbell. 

If you want to be part of a team that makes a life-saving difference in the community, consider becoming an EMS team member. For more information about joining the Montgomery County EMS team, visit


Photo 1 Left to Right

Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Harbour, Fort Campbell Garrison Sergeant Major, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Joe Campbell, Montgomery County EMS Lieutenant Dustin Haas, Montgomery County EMS Lieutenant Chris Turner, Montgomery County Paramedic Ernie Schmidt, and Colonel Jordan.

Photo 2 Left to Right 

Command Sgt. Maj. Harbour, Montgomery County EMS Paramedic Joseph Farley, Montgomery County EMS, AEMT Alex Wood and Colonel Jordan.

Photo 3 Fort Campbell Group Left to Right: Command Sgt. Major Marlon Faulds, Dustin Blankenship, Jeff Martin, Kimberly Burr, Josh Maynard, Col. Vincent B. Myers.

Photo 4 Left to Right

Mayor Durrett, Dustin Haas, Alex Wood, Chris Turner, Joseph Farley, Ernie Schmidt and EMS Chief William Webb.



Montgomery County Mayor Appoints New Chief of Staff

June 20, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has appointed Lee Harrell for the position of Montgomery County Government Chief of Staff. He will begin serving in the chief of staff position on June 22.

Harrell most recently served as Vice President of Advocacy for Tennesseans for Quality Early Education leading lobbying efforts, providing oversight and direction of contract lobbyists, and building coalitions.

Prior to his work with Tennesseans for Quality Early Education, Harrell worked as Vice President of State Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce from Jan. 2016 through Dec. 2020. Before that, he served from Nov. 2009 through Nov. 2015 as the Director of Government Relations and Staff Attorney for the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA).

Harrell holds a JD from Nashville School of Law and became a licensed attorney in 2007. He also earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from Tennessee Technological University in 2002.

"I look forward to serving as Chief of Staff for Montgomery County Government. I appreciate the opportunity to work with Mayor Durrett and the exceptional team of County employees. Montgomery County is home for me and my family. I have spent many years working in Nashville and I’m eager about not only living in my community but now working here as well,” said Harrell.

Lee is bringing a wealth of unique and important experiences and perspectives to the Chief’s

position,” said Mayor Durrett. “I believe his background will prove to be a great benefit to our staff and the community as we continue to grow and work to meet the challenges ahead,” he added.


The County chief of staff is under the supervision and authority of the Mayor and is the executive assistant and liaison officer for the County. This position is responsible for spearheading key planning, administrative, and organizational development efforts and typically makes recommendations to the Mayor and Commission for action and represents the County’s interests with other levels and agency governments.

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