MoCo News

Meeting Notice to The Public

May 29, 2020 - Communications Dept.

Notice is hereby given that any member of the public who would like to address the Montgomery County Commission regarding a zoning case, or for the budget public hearing, may come to the Montgomery County Courthouse training room on the first floor on June 1 at 5 p.m. for the budget public hearing, and 6 p.m. for zoning cases. Comments will start promptly at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, and are limited to three minutes.

Residents can address the commission at the informal commission meeting on June 1 by going to the training room on the first floor of the Montgomery County Historic Courthouse at 1 Millennium Plaza to address the county commission through a virtual meeting program called WebEx. A Montgomery County employee will guide the public addressee through the process.

Speakers for zoning cases are limited to three for and three against in each zoning case. Space in the training room will be limited to six people in order to practice social distancing. Individuals will be asked which case they will be speaking on and directed to enter in the order of the zoning cases that will be presented. Depending on the number of people who come to present, some individuals may need to wait for their turn outside before addressing the county commission.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Baggett at [email protected], or by calling 931-648-5787.

Fingerprint Services

May 28, 2020 - Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Fingerprint services provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will reopen on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

For the public’s convenience the location has moved to the Civil Process Office on first floor of the Public Safety Complex at 120 Commerce Street. The new location eliminates the need to obtain a visitor’s pass.

Anyone wishing to utilize fingerprint services must wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

Cost for fingerprint services are $5.00 and must be paid in cash. Hours of operation are Tuesday from 9 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 3 PM. No appointment is necessary.

For further questions please call 931-648-0611 ext 13201.

Ribbon Cutting at Fredonia Community Center

May 28, 2020 - Communications Dept.

What: Ribbon Cutting for Fredonia Community Center

Why: To celebrate the opening of a community center in the Fredonia area of Montgomery County

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Where: 4650 Old Ashland City Road South Clarksville, TN 37043.

Who: Jerry Allbert, Director of Parks and Recreation, Montgomery County, Tennessee

Additional Details: Participants will be asked to practice social distancing at the ribbon cutting and inside the community center following the ceremony.

COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Moves from Montgomery County Health Department to William O. Beach Civic Hall

May 27, 2020 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN – Beginning Monday, June 1, the Montgomery County Health Department will move its COVID-19 drive-through testing to William O. Beach Civic Hall, which is also located in Veterans Plaza at 350 Pageant Lane.

"This move will help our health department as we transition back to delivering some of our other public health services," said Joey Smith, County Health Director.

Drivers will need to enter Veterans Plaza by way of the Talley Drive entrance and proceed to the Crossland Avenue entrance of Civic Hall. Daily testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the exception of holidays. No appointment is needed for the COVID-19 drive-through and the testing is provided at no cost.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come and receive testing for COVID-19,” said Smith.

Visit https://mcgtn.org or call 931-648-5747 for information about the Montgomery County Health Department and the services they provide.

Montgomery County Government Seeking Youth to Apply for Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program

May 27, 2020 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN – Applications for the 2020-2021 Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program for Montgomery County are being accepted through June 24, 2020.

The Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program is for high school students in 10th through 12th grade who are interested in learning how local government works through attendance and participation in departmental committee meetings. The meetings, which may be in person or held through a virtual online program, will begin in August 2020 and end in May 2021.

“The Mayor’s Emerging Leaders Program provides our local youth the opportunity to get an impression of how county government works. I hope that the students who participate will take what they’ve learned and help others to understand some of the processes involved within county government. The young men and women of today will be leading and supporting local government in the future. This program helps to become more knowledgeable about county protocol and procedures,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Students who are interested in the program will be asked to select their first and second choices for committees and all students are encouraged to attend budget committee meetings. Committee choices include Airport Authority, Animal Care and Control, Emergency Medical Services, Parks and Recreation, Jail and Juvenile, School Liaison, Audit, Fire Protection and E-911.

Applications for the Mayor’s 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders Program can be viewed and downloaded on the county’s website at https://mcgtn.org/ or you can email Michelle Newell at [email protected] to request an application.

HOME Grant 2015-2016 - Invitation to Bid

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Project Type: HOME Grant Program
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1420 N. Liberty Church Rd., Clarksville, TN 37042
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Open Positions with Montgomery County Government Twenty-two Jobs Currently Available

April 27, 2020 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Montgomery County currently has 22 positions available throughout various county departments. There are more than 40 unique departments in the county that range from emergency services to information systems to parks and recreation.

The jobs presently available include building maintenance tech, database administrator, GIS functional support specialist, part-time title clerk, administrative assistant, adult probation officer, case officer; part-time judicial commissioner, school resource officer, deputy jail, dentist, registered nurse, part-time shelter veterinarian, control officer, animal care technician, parks janitorial tech, natural resources and program manager, part-time attendant, civil engineer, truck driver, EMT, and paramedic.

“Whether you are looking for a starting point, a place to grow, or a long-term career, Montgomery County Government is a great place to work. We are looking for people of integrity who have a strong work ethic and understand the importance of public service,” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett.

Job updates are posted regularly under current openings at the human resources department link on https://mcgtn.org/. If there is an opening available with Montgomery County Government, it will be posted at that link.

Bi-County Announces Changes to Recycling Program Effective July 1st

April 27, 2020 - Communications Dept.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Bi-County Solid Waste Management’s Board of Directors met earlier this month to discuss changes to the current recycling program. Bi-County is fiscally responsible for the management of waste and recycling for Montgomery and Stewart Counties. Over the past few years, the recycling market has changed and landfill management costs have increased. After reviewing the program’s policies and finances, the Board voted to approve changes to paper and cardboard recycling.

Beginning on July 1, 2020, Bi-County will discontinue pick-up services for white/office paper from businesses, government offices and schools. Paper recycling and shredding services will still be available at the Landfill on Dover Road, but customers will need to deliver the paper themselves. A nominal fee will be charged at the Landfill to cover the costs associated with shredding and recycling.

Convenience center recycling bins for newspaper, magazines and junk mail will be removed. These items will no longer be recyclable and should be placed in the general waste bins.

Changes will also be made to the cardboard recycling program. While Bi-County has not previously charged for cardboard pick-up service, a fee of $45 per month per dumpster plus $7.50 per lift for cardboard pick-up will now be charged and will be used to offset the price of employees, equipment and gas. This fee is on average, half the cost of a garbage pick-up, which still saves the organization money while keeping the cardboard out of the landfill. There will be no changes to cardboard collection at the convenience centers.

“Recycling is very important to Bi-County and our region. We encourage all citizens to continue to recycle as much as possible. Due to market conditions and operating costs the Board felt we must make changes so that Bi-County can remain fiscally responsible. Pick-up service requires dedicated equipment, personnel and fuel, therefore the Board felt we are no longer able to provide that service for free” said Bi-County Director Mark Neblett.

The changes to the recycling program will be effective on July 1, 2020. Prior to that date, Bi-County will contact all paper and cardboard recycling customers to coordinate collection of paper containers and obtain billing information for cardboard containers.

Bi-County staff is available by phone at (931) 648-5751 or email at [email protected] [email protected] or [email protected] to answer any questions you may have regarding these changes.

Face Mask and Shield Donation

April 9, 2020 - Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Clarksville Police Department, Clarksville Fire Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services would to thank Victoria Shoulders and all the volunteers with Operation Come Together (OCT) for their donation of 865 face masks and 475 face shields.

OCT’s mission is to provide free personal protective equipment in the form of cloth face masks and plastic face shields to healthcare workers and first line responders to Covid-19. In less than three weeks, they have made and donated over 10,500 face masks and 4,000 face shields to more than 40 hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and first responders.

OCT operates on a complete volunteer and donation basis. They have volunteers throughout the state and operations in Dover, Erin, Greenbriar, Fort Campbell, Nashville, and Goodlettsville.

However, they are still in need of more volunteers and donations. As of today, they still have over 2,000 face mask requests waiting to be fulfilled.

To learn more about Operation Come Together, volunteer, donate, or open a location, visit their website at https://www.operationcometogether.com.

Photo credit: MCSO, CPD, CFR, and Danielle Phillips with D. Phillips Photography

Clarksville-Montgomery Metropolitan Planning Organization Seeks Public Input on Their Community Plan

April 9, 2020 - Communications Dept.

Please fill out this survey to provide input for planning in Clarksville, Montgomery County. The information will be used in the MPO Community Plan. The opportunity to respond to this survey ends May 15, 2020.

Stolen Property Recovered

March, 27, 2020 - Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Clarksville man and recovered over $100,000 in stolen property from multiple states.

George Stephen Hagenbuch IV, 44, was traveling between Tennessee and Kentucky stealing numerous trailers and utility terrain vehicles. The stolen property was recovered primarily in Montgomery and Robertson County in Tennessee and Logan County in Kentucky.

“I would like to thank the Clarksville Police Department for their assistance with this investigation,” said Investigator Sergeant Bryan Derose. “They, along with the other agencies in Tennessee and Kentucky who assisted, were instrumental in this investigation’s success.”

Hagenbuch was taken into custody on March 25, 2020. He was charged with three counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass and two counts of vandalism. Additional charges are pending. His bond was set $72,000.

At the time of his arrest, Hagenbuch was serving a six year probation sentence for theft.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Investigator Marc McElroy at 931-648-0611 ext. 13421.

Mayors Urge Residents to Avoid Gatherings - County, City Leaders Call for 'Social Distancing'

March 20, 2020 - Mayor's Office

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts are urging residents to shelter in place as much as possible, practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people as the community battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal Centers for Disease Control has issued this advice: “All events of 10 or more people should be canceled or held virtually, and people should stay 3-6 feet apart.”

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Tennessee climbed to 228 Friday as testing increased in the state and around the country. Three cases were confirmed in Montgomery County. Both mayors formally declared states of local emergency this week to help city and county governments deal with growing spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

While the mayors’ advice, issued after a meeting with public health and legal advisers Friday afternoon, is not considered a legal order, they are urging people not to gather in places of worship, at gyms, restaurants or bars over the weekend.

Both mayors thanked local businesses and churches who already announced decisions to close and minimize gatherings.

“People should only get out to conduct essential missions, such as buying groceries and medical supplies,” City Mayor Joe Pitts said. “We urge food businesses to be responsible and offer take-out orders, drive-thru service, curbside pickup, and delivery service, while not allowing large gatherings.”

Mayor Jim Durrett addressed the issue of church attendance:

“We are asking churches to please do your part to keep COVID-19 to a minimum in our community,” Mayor Durrett said. “A church is essential but prayer is more essential.”

Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC website for updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery County Mayor Declares State of Local Emergency

March 17, 2020 - Mayor's Office

Pursuant to the authority in TCA 58-2-110, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has declared a State of Local Emergency for Montgomery County, Tennessee. This declaration gives political subdivisions of government, both City and County, the ability to waive procedures relative to “performance of public works and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community.”

In announcing this declaration, Mayor Durrett has advised all Constitutional Officers and County Department Heads that physical presence in county facilities from the general public will be limited, beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020. County offices will remain staffed. Certain court functions and filings will still occur, however, there will be limited public access in the buildings. All doors will be posted with signage indicating office phone numbers, extensions and other pertinent information. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the many online service options Montgomery County offers through the various departments at mcgtn.org.

All county departments have been directed to minimize staffing and create work shifts that separate supervisors and key department personnel. Shifts will work for one week at a time in the office/facility while the other shift(s) work to answer calls and emails from home. The work environment will be cleaned prior to the next team rotating into the county facility. Employees who are sick have been directed to stay home and follow the CDC guidelines in seeking medical attention.

“As of 2 p.m. today, we did not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. However, I have decided to take action to minimize the spread of this virus with our workforce and community. This decision is not based on panic or fear but is a proactive step to ‘flattening the curve’ of this disease. I would rather be accused of over-reacting for the safety of our community than looking back in retrospect wishing I would have done more to protect the citizens of Montgomery County,” said Mayor Durrett.

“I am also requesting that the citizens and businesses of Montgomery County follow our lead and take proactive steps to prevent the spread of this virus. I realize taking some of these steps will be very difficult and, in some cases, may cause financial loss. Unfortunately, if we do not make changes, the long-term risk is likely to be much more costly,” said Mayor Durrett.

Many small businesses, including the foodservice industry, have or are formulating provisions for drive-through or pick-up options. Citizens are encouraged to continue patronizing all businesses in a way that minimizes social contact.

As precautionary measures are put in place, please don’t forget about those who work in public safety or in the food chain industry. These are the people who must continue to provide the services and food we need.

PLEASE follow the guidelines that have been set forth by the CDC;

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school or daycare. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  5. If you are an older adult, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
    1. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
    2. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    3. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
    4. Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
    5. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
    6. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  8. Practice good hygiene:
    1. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    2. Avoid touching your face.
    3. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    4. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Lastly, Mayor Durrett encourages people to help each other whenever possible. “If you are well enough and conditions require you to stay at home and a neighbor is working; please volunteer to do things like; mow their lawn, haul their garbage (wear protective gloves), pick up groceries or help in whatever way you can. Together, we will get through this.”

Gun Store Burglary

March 17, 2020 - Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Clarksville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol apprehended three adults and two juveniles in connection to a gun store burglary.

The burglary occurred at JMC Firearms in Paris, Tennessee at approximately 4:28 A.M. on Monday, March 16, 2020. The suspect vehicle was pursued by the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office and was picked up by Montgomery County Deputies at the Stewart and Montgomery County line on Dover Road. Deputies effectively deployed spike strips as the vehicle continued east on Dover Road. The pursuit continued north onto the 101st Parkway where the CPD effectively deployed a second set of spike strips.

The vehicle left the roadway near Bevard Rd and five suspects fled on foot. Montgomery County Deputies, Clarksville Police Officers, and THP Troopers quickly secured a tight perimeter around the area, and after a search, arrested all five suspects. Sixteen firearms were recovered from the scene or in the possession of a suspect.

Anthony James Bermudez, and Dontarious Davell Sales, both 18, was taken custody and charged with evading, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of stolen property (firearms). Bonds for both Bermudez and Sales were set at $35,000 each.

Kendall Early Southall, 18, was taken into custody and charged with evading, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of stolen property (vehicle), and possession of stolen property (firearms). His bond is $60,000.

Both juveniles were detained pending a hearing in Juvenile Court and additional charges are also pending from neighboring law enforcement agencies.

“Five law enforcement agencies were involved in the successful apprehension of these suspects. Collective and effective communication, focus, and teamwork were displayed by all agencies involved. I could not be more proud of the job that was done to get these criminals off the streets and I know that our community is equally proud of their hard work,” said Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson.

“The arrest could not have been possible without a citizen who stepped up, saw something, and said something,” said Paris Police Department Captain Ricky Watson. “The City of Paris would like to thank all departments who took part in the apprehension of the subjects responsible for this burglary. This was a group effort and we appreciate the support of citizens and fellow law enforcement.”

Anyone with any information concerning this crime is asked to call Investigator Marc McElroy at 931-648-0611 ext 13421 or submit a tip with the new MoCoInfo App.

Stolen Property Recovered

March 10, 2020 - Sheriff's Office

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) recovered over $200,000 in stolen property and arrested four suspects involved in a two state crime spree.

The MCSO received a tip from the Hopkinsville Police Department that property stolen from General Steel in Hopkinsville, Kentucky was located at a residence in the 2500 block of Rawlings Road in Woodlawn, Tennessee.

Patrol deputies and investigators searched the property and located two commercial work trucks, an enclosed trailer, and an ATV. In addition to the stolen property, deputies discovered numerous firearms, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia at the home.

Derek Eugene Summers, 41, was taken into custody and charged with felony theft, felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm during commission or attempt to commit a dangerous felony, schedule II resale, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $275,000.

Summers has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation. In 2018 he was sentenced to four years probation for numerous drug offenses after accepting a plea deal.


Summers recently accepted another plea deal and received a one year probated sentence for two counts of accessory after the fact in connection to two homicides committed by Kirby Wallace, theft of property, and tampering with evidence.


“Despite his extensive criminal history, Summers has spent very little time in jail,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “It is my expectation, as is it the expectation of our citizens, that repeat offenders not be given the opportunity to find new victims. I will ensure their voice is heard during the sentencing process for these new crimes.”


In addition to Summers, three suspects from Hopkinsville were arrested.


Sidney Alexander Faulkner III, 38, was taken into custody and charged with felony theft and evading arrest. His bond was set at $110,000.

Michael Gene Hill, 36, was taken into custody and charged with felony theft, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $120,000.

Brianna Marie Klein, 20, was taken into custody and charged with felony theft. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Anyone with any information concerning this crime is asked to call Investigator Charles Hunt at 931-648-0611 ext 13422 or submit a tip with the new MoCoInfo App.

Montgomery County Road Closures Due to High Waters

February 12, 2020 - Communications Dept.

Montgomery County, TN — The Montgomery County Highway Department has advised that the following roads are closed due to high water and flooding: River Bottoms in the Lock B South area; Lock B Road South; Southside Road; Shelton FerryRoad and C B Road; Lylewood Road at the Stewart County line, and Levi Road.


“For everyone’s safety, we ask that residents avoid these roads and any other areas which look treacherous due to standing water. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown,” warned Emergency Management Agency Director Ed Baggett.


Residents can report roads that look potentially dangerous by calling the Montgomery County Highway Department at 931-648-5740.


Updates of any additional closings or openings will be shared with the media, on the MoCo Info App, and on the Montgomery County Government web site and Facebook Page.