MoCo News

Montgomery County Judge confirmed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

April 14th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Jill Bartee Ayers was confirmed to the appointment of Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section by the General Assembly, on April 12, 2021.

A vacancy was created at the Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle District, by the retirement of Judge Thomas Woodall in fall 2020. There were initially 11 applicants who were interviewed by the Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments in October, 2020. Three of the 11 applicants were moved forward for Governor Bill Lee’s consideration. The three applicants interviewed with Governor Lee and legal counsel to the Governor in late October.

Governor Lee appointed Judge Ayers to fill the vacancy, and the appointment was then sent to the legislature in February. From that point Ayers had several appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Committee. Both bodies recommended confirmation and Ayers was unanimously confirmed in a joint session of the General Assembly on Monday, April 12th.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have served the 19th Judicial District as a Circuit Court Judge and I will miss my colleagues, court staff, and attorneys in Montgomery and Robertson Counties. However, I am looking forward to this opportunity to continue to serve the State of Tennessee at the Court of Criminal Appeals,” said Ayers.

“We are grateful for the exemplary service Judge Ayers has given to Montgomery County and congratulate her on this next step in her career,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Judge Ayers is currently wrapping up her work on the trial bench and will immediately begin serving in the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Movie Nights at the Downtown Commons

April 14th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – The Downtown Commons is excited to start Movie Nights on April 24 for a family fun night in Downtown Clarksville! Come join us once a month through the month of August to watch your favorite family movies under the stars. A mobile art studio will be set up with ArtLink for hands-on activities for kids and food trucks on Main Street for treats for everyone. Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.

Movies will begin at 7:30 p.m. and don’t worry, Tennessee Kettle Corn will be there with popcorn available for every movie!

Movie Night Schedule:
April 24 – Moana
May 15 – Toy Story 4
June 26 – The Croods: A New Age
July 10 – The Parent Trap
August 14 – Coco

Movie Nights is brought to you by Beth King Phillips, your downtown Southwest Funding Mortgage Branch and Todd Phillips Construction and sponsored in part by VRS Realty, Heather Chase.

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

Limited access available at the Bi-County transfer station

April 13th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Bi-County Solid Waste Management Transfer Station, located at 1230 Highway Drive, is down to one lane due to damage inside the transfer station pit.

Bi-County is working with a contractor to get the repairs made as quickly as possible.

“We expect the transfer station pit to be down this week and possibly through April 21,” explained Bi-County Director Mark Neblett. “We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the cooperation of residents during this time.”

Because the pit is nonoperational, large loads will need to be delivered to Bi-County’s Main Landfill located at 3212 Dover Road in Woodlawn, TN.

Hours of operation for Bi-County’s Main Landfill are Mondays through Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regular bagged household trash and recycles can still be delivered at the transfer station or to any other satellite center located throughout Montgomery County. For more information, visit https://mcgtn.org/bi-county.

Montgomery County property tax relief deadline is approaching

April 1st, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Montgomery County Trustee’s Office administers the State of Tennessee’s property tax relief Program and Montgomery County’s tax freeze program for the elderly, disabled, and disabled veterans and their widow(er)s.

The deadline to apply for tax relief and to return vouchers is Monday, April 5, 2021. To view the qualifications for tax freeze or tax relief, visit https://mcgtn.org/trustee.

“Our Trustee team has been diligently assisting residents to apply for tax relief and making calls for several weeks to remind participants to return their vouchers. We are striving to ensure we reach every participant. I do not want any participants to miss the deadline which results in the need to reapply next tax year,” said Trustee Kimberly Wiggins.

The Trustee Office is located at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 101-B in Veteran’s Plaza. To see all available services through the Trustee’s Department, visit https://mcgtn.org/trustee or call 931-648-5717 with questions.

Fourth Annual Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series Continues!

March 26th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – Live music returns to downtown Clarksville with the 2021 Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series! The outdoor concerts will be held on the first and third Fridays of each month from May through October. Each event will offer a night of free music and entertainment. Beer and other beverages will be for sale with proceeds benefiting our featured non-profit, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. A variety of independent food trucks will line up on Main Street. Chairs and blankets are welcome; however, pets, coolers, smoking/vaping or outside alcohol will not be allowed on site.

“The community has been asking for the return of the concert series and we are happy to deliver with an exciting line-up for the 4th annual Downtown @ Sundown concert series,” said Elizabeth Quinton, Downtown Commons Event Planning Manager. “We are looking forward to a concert series full of great entertainment with a variety of music genres.”

Downtown @ Sundown is brought to you by TriStar Beverage and F&M Bank and sponsored in part by Waste Connections of Clarksville.

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

County Government offices to close early due to severe weather outlook

March 25th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government Offices will close at 2:30 p.m., today, March 25, due to the severe weather outlook from the National Weather Service.

The Montgomery County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination site will also close at 2:30 p.m. Anyone with an appointment who is affected by the early closure will be contacted for a rescheduled date.

According to the outlook, severe weather including straight-line winds, tornadoes, large hail, and heavy rainfall, are expected late this afternoon.

COVID-19 vaccinations expands vaccine eligibility Residents 16 and older can now sign up for a vaccination

March 24th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Montgomery County Health Department along with other health departments across Tennessee, is now booking appointments for all individuals 16 and older who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for people 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 and older.

To book an appointment with the Montgomery County Health Department or one of the many alternate locations in Montgomery County, visit vaccinefinder.org. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, call 866-442-5301.

“This opens the door for more people to receive a vaccination earlier than expected. We are thrilled to move forward on this important initiative to help our community return to normal day-to-day activities,” said Montgomery County Health Director Joey Smith. “With the numbers now in from Fort Campbell, we know that at least 25% of our adult population has been vaccinated. This puts us on par with other Middle Tennessee counties. We can surmise that the numbers are even higher because the 25% does not include the number of vaccinations that have been given by local pharmacies through their partnership with the federal government.”

The Montgomery County Health Department reminds and encourages all residents that in addition to the vaccination, wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested when exposed or sick are still critical measures in controlling the pandemic.

“It is important to note that we have not had a single reported severe adverse effect from a COVID-19 vaccination in Montgomery County,” added Montgomery County Emergency Services Director Jimmie Edwards.

For more information on COVID-19, connect with https://mcgtn.org/gov/covid19.

Montgomery County Parks and Recreation seeks public input

March 22nd, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking guidance from the public to help shape the future of County parks as the community continues to grow.

The parks and recreation department maintains nine local parks, two community centers and one nature center. Participation in the survey allows residents to provide input on the parks and recreation master plan as it relates to current and potential future amenities, programs and features at Montgomery County parks and facilities.

To participate in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MC-Parks The survey will close on March 31.

For more information about Montgomery County Parks and Recreation visit https://mcgtn.org/parks.

Lunch donations provided to workers at COVID-19 vaccination site

March 22nd, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations who have fed the frontline workers at the Montgomery County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination site. Since January, nine businesses and organizations have provided lunch for the staff located at the site.

Those businesses and organizations are: First Baptist Church, Life Point Church, Servpro, McReynold’s Nave Funeral Home, Christ the Healer Church, Clarksville Fencing, Planters Bank, Legends Bank, and F&M Bank.

The Montgomery County Health Department has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations since January. The 35-member staff has worked tirelessly to slow the spread of the virus through many obstacles and challenges for nearly a year. They are administering COVID-19 vaccinations six days a week at the old Sears Automotive Center in Governor’s Square Mall.

“These folks have stepped up to serve those who are serving. This kind of selfless generosity is just one more reason that Montgomery County is the best place to live,” said Mayor Durrett.

If you, your business or organization would like to feed the frontline heroes at the health department’s vaccination site, please reach out to [email protected] to have a timeslot scheduled. Openings are available every Friday in April and May.

COVID-19 testing moves back to County Health Department

March 18th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – COVID-19 testing has moved from the COVID-19 vaccination site at Governor’s Square Mall to the Montgomery County Health Department, located at 350 Pageant Lane.

Individuals who do not have health insurance can schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing by calling 931-648-5747. Tests are conducted on Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30am to 10:30 am at the Montgomery County Health Department located at 350 Pageant Lane. Montgomery County residents 18-years-of-age or older, regardless of their health insurance status, may pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test at no-cost, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must have a smartphone to pick up a self-administered test.

The COVID-19 tests are also available in many locations throughout Montgomery County and can be found at https://covid19.tn.gov/testing-sites/.

COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be administered at the former Sears Automotive Building at Governor’s Square Mall located on 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. by appointment only, Mondays through Saturdays. Appointments are available for anyone 65-years-of-age and older and all people in Phase 1c and beginning tomorrow, March 19, individuals 55-and-older and those in Phase 2a and 2b may begin registering for appointments at https://covid19.tn.gov/ or https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

To make an appointment with the Montgomery County Health Department or another location within Montgomery County, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/search/. Individuals who do not have access to the internet should call 866-442-5301.

NOAA Weather Alert System out in Montgomery County

March 17th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this morning that they had three radio transmitters in Middle Tennessee that are out of service. This impacts Montgomery and several other counties in Middle Tennessee.

Residents of Montgomery County can receive warnings about possible dangerous weather conditions through the MoCo Info phone app, Montgomery County Government and City of Clarksville social media sources, local radio stations, and local media outlets.

“We were made aware of the outage this morning and wanted to make sure that residents were aware that the weather radios are not working. We recommend that people have a back-up source to receive weather alerts,” said Emergency Management Agency Director Ed Baggett. “The effects of the incoming storm system in Montgomery County are expected to be marginal, however, we understand weather patterns can shift so we monitor the weather regardless of the predictions.”

The tornado sirens will be operational because they operate on a separate system from the transmitters.

If predictions change, EMA’s protocol is to communicate immediately with all local city and county services including utilities, emergency medical services, law enforcement as well as the highway and street departments. Notifications and warnings to the media as well as postings on social media will be made to keep the public informed.

County Mayor to lift mask order Data reveals increase in vaccines and decrease in COVID-19 cases

March 16th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Based on the latest data representing vaccination levels and COVID-19 testing results from local health officials and medical services, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has made the decision to end the mask mandate at 11:59 p.m., March 19.

Public and private agencies have joined together to make sure that all vulnerable populations have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Because of the number of vaccines now available and the added vaccination sites, Clarksville, Montgomery County is on track to have all vulnerable categories completed by the end of March.

“Although we are lifting the mask mandate throughout our community, masks will be required in all County and City government buildings to protect our employees to the maximum extent possible. Our employees and visitors will also be required to wear masks when working with the public unless a partition is between the customer and employee. We have an occupational employment duty to protect our employees and ensure the continuity of County and City operations.”

“Private businesses have the right to require masks for people entering their businesses as well, and we highly encourage all people to wear masks when social distancing cannot be accomplished,” stated Mayor Durrett.

City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said he and Mayor Durrett and public and private health officials have conferred about the mask mandate and other issues throughout the pandemic.

“Mayor Durrett and I agree that we have a duty to protect our employees,” Mayor Pitts said. “Therefore, we have decided that the wearing of face coverings in City buildings would still be required for employees and the public.”

County Director of Emergency Services Jimmie Edwards, said the local medical community is requesting that people continue to wear face-coverings in public when social distancing is not an option.

“Montgomery County COVID numbers and hospitalization rates are better in comparison to those counties that chose not to have a mask mandate. This is a strong indicator of the effectiveness of face-coverings,” Edwards said. “Remember, it has only been a little more than a week since the CDC suggested that small gatherings were safe among people who have been fully vaccinated.”

Covid-19 vaccinations are currently being administered to everyone over the age of 65 along with individuals who are in Phase 1a through 1c. There are 28 vaccination locations throughout Montgomery County. To see the list and schedule an appointment visit https://vaccinefinder.org/.

The Montgomery County Government website has a host of COVID-19 related information, including a COVID-19 dashboard. You can also call 931-648-5787 for questions.

Montgomery County Mayor Extends Emergency Order Requiring the Wearing of Face Coverings Mayor takes a responsible approach for the health of County residents

February 26th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order #27 today, in order to extend the wearing of face masks by all residents in Montgomery County. This emergency order includes a declaration of public health emergency and has been mandated as a result of county and state health data and discussions with the local health department and emergency services directors, and City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

The extension, which is the fifth extension to Emergency Order #21 states that cloth or other face coverings that cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing or other action, shall be required in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Face coverings shall be worn within all publicly-accessible areas of commercial business establishments; persons present in the public areas of all Montgomery County and City of Clarksville government facilities, including Clarksville-Montgomery County School System; public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained and within publicly-accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. The order also requires any business open to the public to post a sign, which can be found on the Montgomery County website, requiring masks on all public entrances.

“We want to make sure that our most vulnerable population, those 65-and-older who want a COVID-19 vaccination, are fully vaccinated before considering a change in the mask mandate. We have seen a significant downward trend with less deaths and cases per capita than every county that touches Montgomery County and we are the only one with a mask mandate,” said Mayor Durrett.

The local mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. February 28, 2021, and is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2021. Governor Lee’s Executive Order #77 extends authority for county mayors to issue emergency orders regarding mask mandates through April 28, 2021.

Exceptions to the mandate are outlined in Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #54.

The Montgomery County Government web site has a host of COVID-19 related information, to include a COVID-19 dashboard, videos, signage, advice and previous mandates. You can also call 931-648-5787 for questions.

Montgomery County Commission Meetings will Open to the Public in March

February 26th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Beginning March 1, Montgomery County Commission meetings at the County Historic Courthouse will have limited space open to the public. Requests to address the County Commission and public hearings for zoning cases will also resume at the meetings.

There will be controlled capacity within the commission chambers in order to practice social distancing. Once capacity has been met, the Montgomery County deputies on duty will no longer allow people to enter the building. The public can attend on a first come first serve basis. Face-coverings will be required to be worn in the building and for the entire meeting except when addressing the County Commission. Masks will also be available at the building entrance area for those who do not have a mask with them. Chairs will be marked for seating that will allow for recommended social distancing.

County Commission meetings will continue to be posted on the Montgomery County Government YouTube channel for anyone who would like to watch the meetings online.

Montgomery County Trustee’s Office Extends Saturday Openings

February 26th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN — The Montgomery County Trustee’s Office has extended its Saturday service from 8:30 a.m. to noon through March 6.

All County Trustee services, including the new reimbursement for people age 65-and-older who meet the criteria for the wheel tax refund, will be provided during the extended Saturday hours.

“We made the decision to extend the Saturday service through March 6 because of the office being closed on Feb. 20 due to weather-related challenges. These services are offered every February as an added convenience for the residents of Montgomery County to conduct business with the Trustee’s Office,” said Trustee Kimberly Wiggins.

Even though the March 6 date has been added, the February 28 tax deadline has not changed. To avoid interest, any payments sent by mail will need to be postmarked for March 1. Payments can also be made online at https://mcgtn.org/trustee.

The Trustee Office is located at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 101-B in Veteran’s Plaza. To see all available services through the Trustee’s Department, visit https://mcgtn.org/. You can also call 931-648-5717 with questions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Site Clarification and Expanding Options

February 24th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –Although the Montgomery County Health Department moved the location of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing site to the former SEARS Automotive Center at Governor’s Square Mall, on Feb. 10, those who register at the State of Tennessee’s new website may receive incorrect information about the location in their confirmation email. The new registration site is currently sending some response emails stating that the vaccination site for Montgomery County is Civitan Park when it is actually the former SEARS site. Contact has been made to the state about the error message but the correction is not expected to go into effect until March 9 or later.

“We felt it was important to share this error as a way to cut down on confusion and help people come to the true location for their vaccination during their scheduled time frame. We ask that the community help us spread the word about the precise location,” said Director of Emergency Services Jimmie Edwards.

In addition to the SEARS location managed by the Montgomery County Health Department, vaccinations will also be given at Austin Peay State University (APSU) beginning Tuesday, March 2 at lot 11, located south of the Ard Building, on the corner of Main Street and University Avenue.

The APSU site will provide vaccinations to the community through the same state COVID-19 Vaccination Registration site located at https://vaccinate.tn.gov/ based on the current priority lists. You must be on the registration list to receive a vaccination at the APSU or Health Department site.

Individuals registered to receive a vaccination at APSU’s site will need to enter lot 11 by traveling east on Main Street. Traffic will not be allowed to enter from University Avenue.

APSU nursing faculty and clinical students will be administering the vaccinations, with volunteers from the APSU community assisting with logistics on-site.

“We are thrilled about the addition of Austin Peay. Walmart was recently added to the list last week and with the inclusion of APSU, our residents are being provided with a variety of options to choose from. This is another positive step forward for our community,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

“The Clarksville Police Department will be working with Austin Peay to manage traffic during the vaccination times. We will continue to support our vaccination sites in any way we can to help get shots in the arms of people who want the vaccination,” said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

On February 15, the Tennessee Department of Health launched a new statewide vaccination registration website. Some residents have stated that it has taken several weeks to receive an appointment date. Individuals who meet the criteria for vaccination and have waited longer than two weeks for an appointment should visit vaccinate.tn.gov to verify their registration.

Anyone 65-and-older and those in Phase 1b, including staff members of kindergarten through 12th-grade schools and child care facilities can now register for a COVID-19 vaccination by doing the following:

  1. Find Your Phase by visiting https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.
  2. If you are eligible, register for a vaccination appointment online at vaccinate.tn.gov Click Montgomery County on the map, click “Make an Appointment” to register, then enter the name and contact information to be notified of the appointment date, time and location as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Individuals who do not have access to the internet should call 866-442-5301.

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The Downtown Commons is seeking a local eatery – BID EXTENDED

February 23rd, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – Due to inclement weather, the rental of concession space bid has been EXTENDED until March 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM.

The Downtown Commons is seeking a local eatery to move into our on-site vendor space. The concession space at the Downtown Commons is about 350 square feet with a storage room approximately 130 square feet. Additionally the proposed vendor will have access to the glass lookout room for guests to sit in as well as walkup windows for easy service.

The Downtown Commons is a family-friendly outdoor venue that features a performance stage, green space, water features, and much more. It is also the host for our Downtown @ Sundown concert series, art exhibits, and a variety of other events for people of all ages. It is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Clarksville where thousands of people work and do business every week day.

To view the bid proposal, please click here. All bid proposals are due back to the Purchasing Office by March 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM C.S.T. If you have any questions pertaining to the bid please reach out to Stephanie Morlock at [email protected]. Lastly, if you would like to view the site please contact Elizabeth Quinton at [email protected] or 931.245.3366.

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

County, City offices to stay closed Friday Closures remain in effect due to icy conditions

February 18th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE-MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County and Clarksville City government offices will remain closed on Friday due to hazardous icy road conditions especially on side streets and in parking lots.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts made the decision to keep offices closed after meeting with emergency management, highway department, street department and public safety officials.

Although County, City and State road crews worked into the evening and were out early in the morning to clean up from the first and second round of winter storms, road conditions and parking lots are still icy and many side roads and neighborhood streets remain covered in snow and ice. The mayors continue to urge residents to stay home and off the roadways.

“The work done by the County, City and State road crews has been outstanding but we live in a county that is spread out over 544 square miles. Our highway department alone maintains 750 miles of roadway. With two significant snow/ice events and extremely low temperatures, it’s a tremendous amount of work for anyone to handle,” County Mayor Durrett said.

“With so much ice still on the roads and in parking lots, it is wise for us to take precautions and keep accidents to a minimum for our residents and our employees, including our public safety workers” City Mayor Pitts said.

“We saw quite a jump in the number of accidents last night and this morning from this second wave of winter snow and ice mix. We appreciate the citizens and groups like the Clarksville Jeep Club getting out there to help people who are stuck or who have gone off the road. The streets are still treacherous in many areas,” added Clarksville Chief of Police David Crockarell.

The National Weather Service cancelled the winter storm warning and replaced it with a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. Thursday. Temperatures in our area are expected to remain below freezing with little peeks at the sun, so road conditions will likely remain slick with hazardous travel through the overnight hours. Forecast details are at https://bit.ly/3bkj2f8

Here are some details for specific governmental operations:

  • City and County public safety departments will be on duty as usual and all essential services will continue.
  • The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has closed its COVID-19 vaccination sites in northern, middle, and western Tennessee counties, including Montgomery County, on Friday, Feb. 19. TDH will contact anyone who had an appointment to reschedule their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Bi-County Solid Waste Management’s main landfill and convenience center off Dover Road as well as the Transfer Station off Highway Drive will be open on Friday. The goal is to have convenience centers open by Saturday. Check the Bi-County web page or the Montgomery County Facebook page for updates.
  • CDE Lightband’s lobby will remain open until 3 p.m. Friday, but customers are urged to use phone and online systems to reach the utility when possible. In the event of a service outage, customers should call (931) 648-8151. Customers can go online at https://cdelightband.com/customer-service/ for service and bill paying information.
  • Clarksville Gas & Water administration and engineering offices, including customer service centers, will be closed Friday. Gas & Water personnel are receiving customer work orders and responding to their emergencies as expediently as possible. Customers should call (931) 645-0116 for gas, water or sewer emergencies only. Some callers are experiencing long wait times and are encouraged to be patient and remain on the line to keep their place for the next available representative. WebConnect, at www.clarksvillegw.com, is available for customer payments online. Payment drop boxes are also available around the clock at customer service centers at 2215 Madison St. and 2015 Fort Campbell Blvd.
  • Clarksville Transit System buses will maintain normal start and finish times and run on modified snow routes Friday. Check the CTS Facebook page for updates.

County, City offices to stay closed Thursday Mayors continue closures in preparation for winter storm

February 17th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE-MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County and Clarksville City government offices will remain closed on Thursday as the community deals with ongoing winter weather and hazardous travel conditions.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and announced the closing Wednesday evening after the second meeting of the day with emergency management, highway department, street department and public safety officials.

While County, City and State road crews have made great progress clearing thoroughfares and main routes, many side roads and neighborhood streets still remain covered in ice and snow. Adding more snow, an anticipated wintery mix of snow and rain combined with bitterly cold temperatures tonight and Thursday morning, the mayors decided to close government offices another day and continue to urge residents to stay home and off the roadways.

“It’s been several years since we’ve been hit this hard with harsh winter weather,” County Mayor Durrett said. “Fortunately this does not happen often. It’s important to exercise caution when it does happen.”

“Although the road crews have worked diligently and will continue clearing roads, we still have black ice on the roads and in parking lots where citizens use services,” City Mayor Pitts said.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area on Wednesday and Thursday. Another round of wintry weather is expected, with ice and snow accumulations of 2-4 inches or more possible. Visit https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.5294&lon=-87.3583#.YC2iO2hKg2w to view the forecast.

Governor Bill Lee has also closed state offices across Middle and West Tennessee Counties, including Montgomery County, on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Here are some details for specific governmental operations:

  • City and County public safety departments will be on duty as usual and all essential services will continue.
  • The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has closed its COVID-19 vaccination sites in northern, middle, and western Tennessee counties, including Montgomery County, on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19. TDH will contact anyone who had an appointment to reschedule their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • All Bi-County Solid Waste Management operations will be closed on Thursday. Crews will be working Thursday to prepare for opening on Friday.
  • CDE Lightband’s lobby will remain open until 3 p.m. Thursday, but customers are urged to use phone and online systems to reach the utility when possible. In the event of a service outage, customers should call (931) 648-8151. Customers can go online at https://cdelightband.com/customer-service/ for service and bill paying information.
  • Clarksville Gas & Water administration and engineering offices, including customer service centers, will be closed Thursday. On-call personnel will be available to address emergency situations as they arise. Call (931) 645-0116 for gas, water or sewer emergencies. The Utility Billing Line, (931) 645-7400, and WebConnect, online payment feature, are available for customer payments. Payment drop boxes are also available around the clock at customer service centers at 2215 Madison St. and 2015 Fort Campbell Blvd.
  • Clarksville Transit System buses will maintain normal start and finish times and run on snow routes Thursday. Check the CTS Facebook page for updates.

Here’s some information to help you navigate this winter storm:

  • To keep up-to-date with road conditions and see traffic cameras, go to www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic . Also, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department shares the status on winter road conditions throughout Clarksville, Montgomery County several times a day on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mcsotn.
  • The number one tip from AAA for winter road conditions is to stay off the roads. AAA has some helpful tips if you must drive in these weather conditions, drive slowly and increase your following distance.
  • If you use an alternate heat source such as a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. All fuel burning equipment should be vented to the outside and generators should always be placed outdoors and never inside a residence.

Black History Month Celebration Rescheduled to February 27

February 17th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – The Black History Celebration planned in collaboration with Montgomery County Government, the City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Housing Authority and the Clarksville Hispanic American Family Foundation has been rescheduled from Feb. 20 to Saturday, Feb. 27 due to weather.

The event will take place in Veterans Plaza, located at 350 Pageant Lane from noon to 3 p.m. This celebration will feature performances honoring Black history from the 1940s through 2020, including the storytelling of Black heroes, artists and inventors. Music, poetry, and dance will also be a part of the celebration. A variety of vendors and food trucks will be on-site and there will be outdoor warming stations.

Temperature checks and CDC social distancing guidelines, including mask-wearing will be required at the outdoor event.

“Our goal is to capture the beautiful and rich contributions of Black Americans. There are so many people that we’ve never learned about,” said Montgomery County Diversity and Training Officer Michelle Lowe. “I hope the community will come out and join the fun.”

Bi-County Solid Waste Operations Closed Feb. 15

February 14th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Bi-County Solid Waste Management will close all operations on Feb. 15 due to the dangerous road conditions expected in Montgomery County.

The main landfill and all convenience centers will be closed. All major haulers have been notified of the closure.

Updates will be shared through local media and on the Montgomery County Government social media accounts.

County and City Mayors and First Responders Asking Citizens to Stay off the Roads

February 14th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Due to the anticipated amount of snow expected to begin at midnight in combination with freezing rain, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts along with local first responders are requesting that citizens stay off the roads when possible.

“Based on the information we have been monitoring, this is likely to be a significant snow event. Mayor Pitts and I have been in communication with first responders as well as our highway and street department leadership and are urging people to stay home on Monday, if they can. The more vehicles on the road the more the snow is compacted and with freezing temps it turns into ice, making driving conditions more challenging,” stated Mayor Jim Durrett.

“Road crews and equipment are ready to go but with the amount of snow predicted and the freezing temperatures, it will take crews longer to clear the streets. We are asking for patience. The less vehicles on the roads, the faster the streets can be cleared and the safer everyone will be,” said Mayor Pitts.

If you are use an alternate heat source such as a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. All fuel burning equipment should be vented to the outside and generators should always be placed outdoors and never inside a residence. Fire extinguishers should always full and in a location that is easy to access.

A flashlight with extra batteries, a battery powered radio and a fully charged cell phone are all items that are beneficial for safety and convenience during cold weather conditions.

Updates will be shared through local media as well as on the respective County and City social media accounts.

Black History Month Celebration Scheduled for February 20

February 12th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Government along with the City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Housing Authority and Clarksville Hispanic American Family Foundation have joined together to host an educational and fun Black History Special Event on Saturday, Feb. 20 from noon to 3 p.m. in Veterans Plaza, located at 350 Pageant Lane.

The event will feature performances honoring Black history from the 1940s through 2020, including the storytelling of Black heroes, artists and inventors. Music, poetry, and dance will also be a part of the celebration. A variety of vendors and food trucks will be on-site and there will be outdoor warming stations.

Temperature checks and CDC social distancing guidelines, including mask-wearing will be required at the outdoor event.

“Our goal is to capture the beautiful and rich contributions of Black Americans. There are so many people that we’ve never learned about,” said Montgomery County Diversity and Training Officer Michelle Lowe. “I hope the community will come out and join the fun.”

Montgomery County Circuit Court Conducts Hybrid In-person/Virtual Trial

February 12th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katy Olita, with permission from the Tennessee Supreme Court, hosted the first 19th Judicial District circuit court civil trial on Feb. 11, using a virtual/in-person hybrid process. The new technology used for the trial was recently obtained in Montgomery County through funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Montgomery County’s Information Technology (IT) team worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic to seek opportunities for the courts to continue operating safely with the use of technology. When federal funds for technology were made available to the county in the late fall of 2020, IT Director Skip Burchett and his team worked with County leaders to determine how to use the funds to maximize services to the public in County facilities and from remote locations.

Recently, the County obtained a number of large Cisco WebEx audiovisual boards that are mounted on wheeled bases. Each courtroom has a board of its own with a dedicated WebEx address. This technology allows for the participation of litigants and witnesses who are otherwise unable to attend in person.

“In the case before me yesterday, one participant was incarcerated in another city and two participants were located in Mexico. This case required the use of foreign language interpreters, so I sought permission from the Tennessee Supreme Court to allow the remaining participants and interpreters to be present in the courtroom under strict COVID safety protocols,” stated Judge Olita.

Currently, in-person court proceedings are suspended except for certain matters or if permission is obtained from the Supreme Court. The boards are an all-in-one, integrated system that’s easy to use and manage. The virtual participants were able to quickly logon through the dedicated WebEx address. When they finished giving testimony, they simply logged out of the meeting. The board’s smart technology detects and switches between active speakers to provide an ideal video image.

“Because Montgomery County has provided this technology, I was able to move this case forward quickly under challenging logistical circumstances. I am grateful to our IT Department for their diligence in bringing technology into the courtroom. The board will enable the courts to continue serving the residents of Montgomery County in a safe and efficient manner. In non-COVID times, this technology will allow courts to have appropriate safeguards in place for those who have shown good cause for needing to give testimony virtually,” added Judge Olita.

County Offices Will Open Two Hours Late on Friday

February 11th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Government offices will open two hours later than normal operating hours on Friday, Feb. 12 due to icy conditions on bridges and some County roads. All offices are expected to be open by 10 a.m.

The Montgomery County Health Department will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations at 10:30 a.m. For those who have an appointment for a vaccination at an earlier time frame, please come in at 10:30 a.m. The staff will work to provide vaccinations to everyone who had a scheduled appointment.

Bi-County Solid Waste Landfill and Convenience Centers will be open at normal operating hours.

Montgomery County Mayor Durrett made the decision to open late after communicating with leadership from the Highway Department as well as Emergency Medical Services and the Emergency Management Agency regarding road conditions.

Preparing for Winter Weather Conditions in Montgomery County

February 10th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has some suggestions to guide residents of Montgomery County through harsh winter weather conditions.

If you experience a power failure, be sure to contact Clarksville Department of Electricity (CDE) if you live inside the City limits and Clarksville Electric Membership Cooperation (CEMC) if you live outside the city limits.

When using an alternate heat source such as a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater, make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and generators should always be placed outdoors and never inside a residence. Fire extinguishers should always full and in a location that is easy to access.

A flashlight with extra batteries, a battery-powered radio and a fully charged cell phone are all items that are beneficial for safety and convenience during inclement weather conditions.

To prepare a vehicle for winter weather conditions, be sure to check the tire pressure, keep a full tank of gas, keep booster cables and a first aid kit in the vehicle and check your wiper blades. Also, be sure to increase your distance behind other vehicles by eight to 10 additional seconds because of the possibility of slippery road and bridge conditions.

“We have seen many sad and unfortunate events happen to people in our community through the years – often because basic preventive and safety measures were not implemented. Please help those of us who work in health and public safety to keep you safe by following the basic steps that are needed to prevent fires as well as other accidents during this time,” said Director of Emergency Management Services Ed Baggett.

The Downtown Commons is seeking a local eatery

February 9th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN – The Downtown Commons is seeking a local eatery to move into our on-site vendor space. The concession space at the Downtown Commons is about 350 square feet with a storage room approximately 130 square feet. Additionally the proposed vendor will have access to the glass lookout room for guests to sit in as well as walkup windows for easy service.

The Downtown Commons is a family-friendly outdoor venue that features a performance stage, green space, water features, and much more. It is also the host for our Downtown @ Sundown concert series, art exhibits, and a variety of other events for people of all ages. It is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Clarksville where thousands of people work and do business every week day.

To view the bid proposal, please click here. All bid proposals are due back to the Purchasing Office by February 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM C.S.T. If you have any questions pertaining to the bid please reach out to Stephanie Morlock at [email protected]. Lastly, if you would like to view the site please contact Elizabeth Quinton at [email protected] or 931.245.3366.

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

MCOVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Site Moves to Governor’s Square Mall

February 8th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

CLARKSVILLE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Montgomery County Health Department will move the location of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing site to the former SEARS location at Governor’s Square Mall, located at 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., on February 10, 2021.

In January 2021, health workers added COVID-19 vaccinations to their workflow at the current Civitan Park site off Bellamy Lane. Although Montgomery County Government added trailers to help protect workers from adverse weather conditions, alternative locations have been sought for several months.

“Even with the trailers, we knew we needed a more permanent structure for the workers and those who are receiving vaccinations and testing. We’ve been working on negotiations with Cafaro for approximately eight weeks and we are grateful for this new location. Getting shots into the arms of Montgomery County residents is our greatest priority, so we are committed to doing whatever we can to minimize any risks,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

"Cafaro has been a great corporate citizen since they arrived with Governor's Square Mall, and they continue to answer the call when needed," Mayor Joe Pitts said. "This site should be ideal to increase the speed and volume of vaccinations, which is essential to our community, said City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts."

Providing a site for vaccinations and testing at a more permanent structure allows healthcare workers and those receiving services to more efficiently administer and receive services. This location also safeguards the vaccinations against the possibility of being wasted because of inclement weather.

“Right now, there’s nothing more important than getting the community vaccinated, finally protected from this virus. We at Governor’s Square Mall are happy to do everything we can to help make that happen,” said Cafaro Company’s Director of Communications Joe Bell.

“I appreciate the team of people who have been working behind the scenes to find a fixed location for the vaccination and testing site. This is a win for everyone in our community,” added Mayor Durrett.

Anyone 70-and-older can register for a COVID-19 vaccination by doing the following:

  1. Find Your Phase by visiting https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.
  2. Register for a Vaccination Appointment online at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/ for an appointment time to receive a vaccination through the county health department. Click Montgomery County on the map, click “Make an Appointment” to register, then enter the name and contact information to be notified of the appointment date, time and location as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Individuals who do not have access to the internet should call 866-442-5301.

Montgomery County Clerk Office Closed Through February 11

February 5th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Montgomery County Clerk’s Office will be closed until Thursday, Feb. 11 due to increased cases of COVID-19. A professional cleaning service will sanitize the work and public spaces during the closure.

“On average we serve more than 1,000 people a day. At this time, we do not have the manpower to continue serving the public without compromising the health of our employees as well as those we serve,” said Montgomery County Clerk Kellie Jackson.

During the closure, Montgomery County registration renewals can be submitted online at https://mcgtn.org/clerk, through the new Auto Assist app, the kiosk in front of the County Clerk's Office at 350 Pageant Lane in Veterans Plaza, or by mail.

“This is not a decision that I have made lightly,” added Jackson. “I have consulted with the County Director of Emergency Services and have been advised that this is the best course of action for the Clerk’s Office at this time.”

The County Clerk's office, including the drive-thru option, will reopen for services at 8 a.m. on Feb. 11. The number of customers within the office will continue to be limited upon reopening. Marriage licenses may be obtained in any county in Tennessee. To see all updates and services offered through the County Clerk’s Office, visit https://mcgtn.org/clerk.

Tennessee to Begin COVID-19 Vaccination of Adults Age 70 and Older

February 1st, 2021 - Communications Dept.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Tennesseans aged 70 and older this week as the state has begun receiving increased allocations of COVID-19 vaccines. Tennesseans aged 70 and up may begin registering for COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow, Feb. 2.

Tennesseans can find information on the phases eligible for vaccination in their county and, when eligible, register for vaccination through their county health department at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/county-vaccine-information/. Due to their independent operations and larger populations, Tennessee’s metropolitan counties may have different instructions, so residents in these areas should check with local authorities about their plans.

TDH estimates there are about 300,000 Tennesseans in the 70-74 year old age group. Tennessee can expand COVID-19 vaccination access to this age group after an increase in the state’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. Tennessee is expecting about 93,000 doses of these vaccines this week, a 15 percent increase in the state’s previous weekly vaccine allocations.

Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19. People aged 70 to 74 have a 70 percent higher rate of death and a 40 percent higher rate of hospitalization from COVID-19 as compared to those aged 65 to 69.

Tennessee will continue to move through phases of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan as vaccine supplies increase. TDH expects the state may be able to expand vaccination to Phase 1b groups and those aged 65 and older as soon as March if vaccine supplies continues to increase, as expected.

It is important to note Tennessee counties may progress through vaccination phases at different times, depending on supply of the COVID-19 vaccines and demand for them. To learn what phase your county is in, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/.

TDH reminds all Tennesseans that in addition to vaccination, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.

Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is available online at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf. Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination at https://covid19.tn.gov/data/faqs/.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Montgomery County Trustee’s Office Open Saturdays through the Month of February

February 1st, 2021 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN — The Montgomery County Trustee’s Office will be open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon throughout the month of February, 2021. The Trustee’s Office extends their service times in February every year for Montgomery County residents.

All County Trustee services, including the new reimbursement for people age 65-and-older who meet the criteria for the wheel tax refund, will be provided during the extended Saturday hours.

“We provide these services every February as an added convenience for the residents of Montgomery County to conduct business with the Trustee’s Office,” said Trustee Kimberly Wiggins.

The Trustee Office is located at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 101-B in Veteran’s Plaza. To see all available services through the Trustee’s Department, visit https://mcgtn.org/. You can also call 931-648-5717 with questions.

Montgomery County Mayor Extends Emergency Order Requiring the Wearing of Face Coverings

January 27th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order #26 today, in order to extend the wearing of face masks by all residents in Montgomery County. This emergency order includes a declaration of public health emergency and has been mandated as a result of monitoring the data and continued discussions with county and state health officials as well as City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

The extension, which is the fourth extension to Emergency Order #21, states that cloth or other face coverings that cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing or other action, shall be required in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Face coverings shall be worn within all publicly-accessible areas of commercial business establishments; persons present in the public areas of all Montgomery County and City of Clarksville government facilities, including Clarksville-Montgomery County School System; public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained and within publicly-accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. The order also requires any business open to the public to post a sign, which can be found on the Montgomery County website, requiring masks on all public entrances.

The newest mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021, and is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2021. This mandate will replace Emergency Order #25 which expires Jan. 29, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Governor Lee’s Executive Order #73 extends authority for county mayors to issue emergency orders regarding mask mandates through February 27, 2021.

Exceptions to the mandate are outlined in Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #54.

The Montgomery County Government website has a host of COVID-19 related information, including a COVID-19 dashboard, videos, signage, advice and previous mandates. You can also call 931-648-5787 for questions.

Commission Meetings Closed to Public Through February

January 27th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order regarding limiting public gatherings to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and allowing public meetings to be conducted by electronic means, the February 2021 Montgomery County Informal and Formal Commission meetings will be closed to the public.

Limiting public access to the meetings is necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare in light of COVID-19. County Commissioners and key Montgomery County personnel will attend the meeting in person while practicing health and safety precautions.

The informal commission meeting, scheduled on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. and the formal commission meeting, scheduled on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. can be viewed, as always, by the public on the Montgomery County YouTube Channel during the meeting or at any time after the meeting has taken place.

For members of the public who plan to address the County Commission about zoning cases on Feb. 1, they may do so through an online program from the first-floor training room of the Montgomery County Historic Courthouse. A member of the staff will be available to guide them through the process. Space in the training room will be limited and open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For information about the Montgomery County Commission meetings visit https://mcgtn.org/.

Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library Closes Computer Lab and Meeting Rooms to the Public

January 26th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. –The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library will temporarily close their computer lab and meeting rooms to the public out of an abundance of caution due to employee related COVID-19 cases. The closure of these spaces begins today, Jan. 26 with the expectation of reopening the rooms on Feb. 10.

The library employs 46 people who work various schedules at the facility. Eight library employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees are quarantined and are checked on daily.

“We have followed all guidelines outlined by County Government requiring all employees and patrons to wear masks and our employees maintain a 6-foot distance or greater from all patrons. Contact with patrons is extremely minimal mostly due to technological advances that were implemented a few years ago. We decided to take extra caution and temporarily close the meeting rooms and the computer lab,” said Library Director Martha Hendricks.

The only exception to the use of meeting room space is the Montgomery County Government Red Cross Blood Drive which will take place on Monday, Feb. 1. The large meeting room will never have more than 10 people inside and appointments are prescheduled online. The decision for this exception was based on the critical need for blood.

All in-person services and programming at the library have been on hold since March 18, 2020. Patrons may still browse the bookshelves and check out books and other library items. To keep up with the many online services and programming offered by the library, you can visit the Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library Facebook Page or go to https://mcgtn.org/.

Montgomery County Clerk Offers New Auto Assistant App and Renewal Kiosk

January 19th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Residents of Montgomery County now have access to two new alternative methods for renewing their vehicle registration. A free new mobile app called Auto Assistant is available for download on both iPhone and Android devices at https://www.getautoassistant.com/. Auto Assistant allows users to view an electronic copy of the registration and proof of insurance, receive notifications of any vehicle recalls, and easily renew.

When downloading the app, users will be required to enter their license plate and the title number, which can be found on their current registration form. Once entered, the app will store the vehicle information for future reference and transactions. When renewing through the Auto Assistant app, the registration card and expiration year decal will be mailed to the mailing address provided by the user.

The app provides faster access to the electronic copy of the vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance, which are legally acceptable and can be utilized by law enforcement in the event of a traffic stop or accident. The app also provides an offline viewing mode so users may access their documents even when they are not online.

In addition, residents may renew their standard registration at the new 24/7 outdoor self-service kiosk located on the sidewalk in front of the County Clerk’s Office at Veteran’s Plaza. The kiosk allows individuals to renew their registration by scanning their current vehicle registration or state renewal notice and remitting payment by debit or credit card. A registration card, with the expiration year decal attached, will be printed from the kiosk at the end of the transaction.

“I am pleased to offer these two additional methods to renew standard vehicle registrations. The Auto Assistant App and self-service kiosk are both extremely easy and convenient to use,” said County Clerk Kellie Jackson. Residents may also renew registrations online at https://mcgtn.org/clerk, by mail, or in the drive-thru at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 502.

For more information please contact the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office at 931-648-5711 or visit http://www.getautoassistant.com.

Montgomery County Wheel Tax Increase Goes Into Effect February 1

January 19th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Beginning Feb. 1, 2021 the Montgomery County Motor Vehicle Wheel Tax will increase to $74. On Oct. 12, 2020, the Montgomery County Commission passed Resolution 20-9-15, titled “Resolution to Levy a County-Wide Motor Vehicle Tax”, which proposed a wheel tax increase of $25. The new fee must be paid to the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office in addition to the state motor vehicle registration fees.

All proceeds from the increase are required to be placed in the Montgomery County Capital Projects Fund. The funds will be used exclusively for the costs associated to build or design new school construction, school construction debt, infrastructure or school additions.

“The fee increase is a way to offset the costs of building schools in our growing community. The County Clerk’s Office is the collection point for the wheel tax but does not make decisions on tax rates,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Motor vehicle owners subject to the wheel tax, who are 65-years-of age or older, and have a household income of less than $25,000 annually, may be eligible for a wheel tax rebate in the amount of $25. Only one vehicle per household will be eligible, and the vehicle must be titled to the individual person who is requesting the reimbursement. Individuals must apply through the Trustee’s Office within one month of initial registration issuance or renewal.

For more information about a rebate, visit the Trustee’s Office website at https://mcgtn.org/trustee, or contact them at 931-648-5717. For information about the Montgomery County Wheel Tax, visit https://mcgtn.org/clerk or call 931-648-5711.

Montgomery County Government Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN — Montgomery County Government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday. All County offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 19 during normal operating hours.

Montgomery County Mayor Selects New Purchasing Agent

January 8th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has chosen Stephanie Price Morlock as the next purchasing agent. She will be replacing Missy Davis who is retiring in March of this year.

Price Morlock has worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) since 2004, where she started as an administrative assistant. In 2007 she moved to the position of deputy, as a school resource officer, and was promoted to her current administrative role as budget analyst in 2016. Her responsibilities as budget analyst include analysis, preparation, and maintenance of the MCSO budgets, as well as overseeing all financial aspects for MCSO.

“Stephanie brings great experience to the purchasing department and is very familiar with County operations. We are thrilled to have her as a part of the leadership team,” said Mayor Durrett.

“I am elated to have been chosen as Montgomery County's next purchasing agent. I look forward to working with the purchasing office staff and continuing to serve the employees and citizens of Montgomery County," said Price Morlock.

Price Morlock holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security from Austin Peay State University, a M.S. in Management and Leadership, and is designated as a certified public administrator through the University of Tennessee.

Her primary responsibility as the county purchasing agent will be the procurement of all supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services required for any and all departments supported by or under the control of Montgomery County Government which encumbers any of those funds.

Montgomery County Health Department Announces Change to COVID-19 Testing Hours

January 8th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – The Montgomery County Health Department will change their COVID-19 testing schedule. Beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Montgomery County will be testing at Civitan Park, located at 650 Bellamy Lane, from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. This change allows Montgomery County Health Department staff to prioritize vaccination of the 1A population.

The COVID-19 self-tests will be offered to adults on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On these days, public health staff members at each TDH COVID-19 testing site will provide self-testing kits to adults who wish to be tested. Individuals will remain in their vehicles while completing paperwork and collecting their samples. Health departments will submit the samples for testing.

Adults tested with the new self-tests will register and receive their results online. The self-tests are not approved for use in children under age 18. Children and adults unable to register online can still receive the standard nasal swab COVID-19 tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Test results may be available within 72 hours of arrival at the lab, depending on the volume of tests the testing lab receives. Information will be provided to participants at testing locations on what they can expect after being tested. This information is also available online at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf. COVID-19 testing is widely available in Tennessee from local health departments and other health care providers. A map of COVID-19 testing sites across the state is available at www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html. Hours of operation and contact information are provided for each site.

More information about COVID-19, including when individuals are eligible to receive a vaccination, can be found at mcgtn.org/gov/covid19.

State Expands Options to Set Up Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccinations

January 6th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee opened a new website portal and added a phone number today in order to improve appointment services for COVID-19 vaccinations to Tennessee residents.

The website for Montgomery County can be accessed at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Montgomery_Priority_List. This website is available to assist those in meeting the criteria to register for COVID-19 vaccinations during the current phase. Tennessee is now in Phase 1a, which is subdivided into two phases: Phase 1a1 for in-patient health care providers, first responders with direct exposure to the public and staff members and residents of long-term care facilities, and Phase 1a2 for those primarily working in outpatient health care settings as well as citizens of Montgomery County 75-years-of-age and older.

Additionally, the State of Tennessee has set up a call center with the number 866-442-5301 to assist in scheduling appointments for the vaccination. You can also call the Montgomery County Health Department at 931-648-5747 to set up an appointment.

Please do not attempt to register by accessing the registration website or by calling the phone number provided to help with registration unless you meet the criteria for the current phase. Verification will be requested on-site before vaccinations will be administered. Anyone interested in finding out what eligibility phase they fit into can visit the COVID-19 information portal at mcgtn.org.

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control is Scheduled to Reopen to the Public January 11

January 4th, 2021 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) has extended its closure to the public until Jan. 11, 2021. As of Jan. 4, eleven of the 20 MCACC staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, which has caused the extended closure. The nine staff members who are working at the shelter site will be focused on caring for the animals that are currently in the facility.

Owner surrenders will not be accepted while the facility is closed to the public. Strays may still be brought to the facility. However, anyone bringing a stray will need to call the shelter at 931-648-5750 upon arrival and wait in the vehicle for further instructions. The hold period for stray pets with no sign of ownership will be extended while the facility is closed to the public.

No adoptions will take place during the closure but the staff will assist anyone over the phone who may be interested in a shelter pet. Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested in volunteering should email [email protected].

The shelter was deep cleaned in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus. Updates about the closure and other changes will be made on the Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Facebook Page. To see adoptable pets available along with other info about MCACC visit https://mcgtn.org/animal-control.

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