Candidate Platform & Bios

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Carolyn Bowers - Candidate for County Mayor

Background:
• 8TH Grade—started working at Hiett’s Florist on weekends and holidays; worked there through high school
• Worked in APSU Business Office while in college
• Graduated from APSU with a BS and MA Degrees; Business, Administration and Supervision
• Jenkins & Wynne Ford—two years as Office Manager
• Clarksville-Montgomery County School System—29 years as a high school Business/Computer Teacher; served as Business Club sponsor 25 years, class sponsor, held memberships and officer positions in numerous professional organizations.
• Elected County Trustee—1998-2010; earned over $20 Million through prudent investment of idle county funds; selected Outstanding Tennessee Trustee in 2006 by Tennessee Trustees’ Association
• Elected County Mayor 2006-Present; first female mayor to be elected in Clarksville, Montgomery County, TN; currently serving as Middle TN Vice President of TN County Mayors’ Association


Community Service & Involvement
• Graduate of UT Leadership Academy, 2013
• Certified Public Administrator—UT County Officials Program
• TN Association of County Mayors, Middle TN Vice-President and Board Member
• Middle TN Mayors’ Caucus and Executive Committee Member
• 2012 Inductee APSU Phi Kappa Phi Academic Hall of Fame
• Clarksville Rotary Club member, Past Board Member and Officer; Service Above Self Award; Paul Harris Fellow, 2nd level
• Leadership Clarksville Graduate, Class of 2000, Alumni Member
• Leadership Middle TN Graduate, Class of 2006, Alumni Member
• Restoring The Warrior’s Heart, Board Member
• APSU President’s Circle of Advisors
• APSU School of Nursing Advisory Board
• TN Energy Efficient Schools Council; Appointed by Gov. Bredesen and Gov. Haslam
• NAACP, Lifetime Membership


Platform & Summary
Fiscal Responsibility—Work with County Commissioners providing an adequate budget to fund State mandates and continually maintain county-owned facilities while providing efficient customer services for our citizens.  Montgomery County attained AA+ , Stable, S & P Credit Rating, the County has maintained more than adequate Reserve Fund Balances; I have provided transparency and efficient budgetary guidance to Elected Officials, Department Heads and Citizens; saved $12 Million on refinancing bonds at a lower rate than originally issued.


Public Safety—Continue to adequately fund public safety equipment, communication and technology capabilities and training, more elementary school SRO’s; more community outreach for infant/child safety seats, safe driving and enforcement. More programs have been implemented to track sex offenders and other criminals.  I am working to further improve Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Service with increased facilities, enhanced equipment, more training and community outreach.


Public Education —Continue to provide adequate, energy efficient facilities as our population grows; provide upgraded technology, continue working cooperatively with CMCSS Board and Administration to meet the needs of our community, providing a top quality education to our students.


Improve Job Opportunities Through Economic Development—Clarksville, Montgomery County has experienced dramatic growth since I became County Mayor.  Over $2 Billion has been invested by industries/businesses in our industrial park, providing more than 1,492 jobs in that park alone.  This does not include the $820 Million invested by Hankook Tire, LLC, providing 1,800 new jobs. The new Veterans Nursing Home will provide about 175 new jobs; many more new businesses have opened in our community providing additional jobs. I will continue to work tirelessly recruiting and improving quality economic and community development.  I am committed to moving this county forward!


Transportation—As County Mayor, I will continue to work with our Highway Supervisor, Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, City and TDOT officials to coordinate road improvements and construction in our community, while being attentive to our citizens’ safety needs.


Parks and Recreation—Since becoming County Mayor, it has been a priority of mine to improve recreational opportunities in our community.  The County Commissioners have made it possible to achieve this goal.  Great enhancements and additions have been made to Rotary Park, St. Bethlehem Civitan Park, Woodlawn Park, and the South Guthrie Community Center.  Currently under construction is the new RichEllen Park on High 149, a small Spur Trail Park in downtown, and improvements to our other existing parks.


Other Improvements in Our Community—A Veterans’ Nursing Home with 108 beds will open in January 2015, Veterans’ Plaza Parking Lot renovation (including sewer, electric, and water repairs), Oakland Road improvements, the WIC Clinic opened last year, there have been great improvements in Montgomery County Animal Control Center,  renovations at the Bartee Cumberland Hgts. Community Center


Summation
I am a forward thinking person, planning ahead!  I remain committed to improving our community in education, public safety, high paying job opportunities, improved transportation/infrastructure, and parks/recreation. My active community involvement is a testament to my commitment to my community. Born and raised in Montgomery County; my entire career has been committed to serving others, first as a classroom teacher, then as County Trustee (earning $20 Million in revenue through investment of idle county funds) now as County Mayor. Please vote to re-elect me County Mayor for continued community progress and success.  I will not let you down! For efficient, honest, transparent local government, vote for integrity, character, and ethics!  Vote Carolyn Bowers! I have no conflict of interest and will devote my full time to being County Mayor and serving Montgomery County citizens!

Layne Gebers - Candidate for County Commissioner, District 3

I was born in Auburn, Nebraska, a small farming community where the values of hard work, family, respect for others and “making a dollar stretch” were part of everyday life. My father was an insurance agent and my mother was a homemaker.

I am a 1980 Graduate of Milford Southeast Community College, in Milford, Nebraska with an Associate’s Degree in Architecture and minor in Building Construction.

I have been married to my wife Judy for 31 years and have raised 3 children who have all graduated from Montgomery County Schools.

I am presently the President of Frontier Basement Systems, a small business which I started from scratch and presently employees 38 of the best employees a company could ever ask for.

I am a Member of the Clarksville Area Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship United Methodist Church and the Clarksville Rotary Club.

My reason for seeking this office is to provide the citizens of Montgomery County with quality, creative and common sense leadership. I want to represent the people with the wisdom of being able to see beyond issues that only result in immediate gratification but build our community with long term vision through greater communication and progressive technological advancements.

Like many Montgomery County residents I’ve grown concerned with overages in costs of recent and past county projects.  It’s not simply an ominous tax increase that’s alarming, but the lack of accountability to stay within a budget. As a successful business owner in Montgomery County for over 12 years I know the merits of coming in under budget on projects and moreover the consequences of NOT meeting a budget.  Doing whatever it takes, we need to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ dollar by stopping the cost overruns of projects at the very onset.

My top platform issues are:
• I want to facilitate open communication between city/county partnerships.
• Strategic growth for Montgomery County requires vision and planning.  I believe we have a bright future if we develop effective short term and long term plans.
• I want to continually evaluate the technology of the county to provide better “customer service” to those individuals and businesses that have to use county services.
• Having grown up in a farming community, I have a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by our farm families and the need for urban boundaries.
• As a small business owner most of my life, I know firsthand the issues and struggles small business owners face and I support providing small businesses the resources that are necessary for their development and growth.
• As a husband and father, I know the need for good schools and public safety for the well being of our families. We need to focus on education in order to provide economic opportunity for all of Montgomery County. 

Audrey Mallory Tooley - Candidate for County Commissioner, District 13

Age: 55


Occupation: Administrative Assistant for the State of Tennessee Department of Health


Education: Associate of Science in Computer Technology from Daymar College, Bachelor of Science in Organization Management from Bethel University, currently completing the Master Program in Business Administration from Bethel University concentration in Health Administration.


Community Involvement:  Serve on the Board of Directors for the Lettie M. Parker Kendall Community Center, Member of Order of the Eastern Stars #148, Queen City Court #3 Heroines of Jericho, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, and Cumberland River, South Kentucky Middle Tennessee District Association.


Family: Parents The late Almon and Lorene Mallory, one son, Eric Brandon Tooley and one granddaughter Kaliyah Michelle Tooley.


For more than twenty years District 13 has been moving forward in becoming an outstanding tourist area in the state.  I want to ensure my community becomes a historical site that travelers want to come visit. The Lettie Kendall Community Center also known as New Providence Outreach Center is one of the most valued hubs for our district. Our community police station not only protects our families and friends, this station serves as an outstanding solution center for our community. I’m running for District 13 County Commissioner to ensure my birth home that I’m committed to serve, will be a place where others would love to live and raise their families.

Samuel Bryan “Sam” Houston - Candidate for County Commissioner, District 14

Sam Houston is originally from Eastern Kentucky; Sam worked in construction, civilian air field/port operations, and as a coal miner after graduating from Johnson Central High School. Sam enlisted in the United States Army in Feb, 1984 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division after completing Basic Training and Airborne School; in 1987 Sam entered the Special Forces Qualification Course where he earned his Green Beret and was subsequently assigned to 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in early 1988. Sam remained at Fort Campbell with 5th Special Forces Group until he retired in Feb, 2005 and thereafter become a contractor working with 5th Special Forces Group for approximately 5 years. Since that time Sam has enjoyed his family (his wife Carolyn Houston, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 English bulldog), cattle farming, he worked approximately 1 year as a substitute teacher in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management where he is preparing to go into his fourth year of college.

Platform
“A Better Quality of Life”

• I will be responsible to the people in District 14 through actively listening and informing the District through community meetings, calls, and e-mails. Collectively we will come up with the best answers for District 14.
• Good stewardship is a must and I will show fiscal responsibility and restraint with taxpayer dollars and county business.
• I do not support tax increases; Montgomery County does not have a “revenue” problem, we have a spending problem!
• I will work tirelessly with City counterparts to improve our infrastructure and services.
• I will support education through innovation and common sense, more tax dollars is not always the answer, but wise use of existing tax dollars are a must!

Robert L. (Bob) Huffman - Candidate for County Commissioner, District 15

Age:  53

Occupation (if retired, where from):  Employee of Nova Technologies as an Operational Research Analyst; CW5, USA (Ret)

Education:  Masters of Science in Management, (MBA curriculum), Troy University, Montgomery, AL campus
2014 Leadership Clarksville Montgomery County School System
2009 Leadership Clarksville

Political experience:  First political office sought

Civic involvement: 
Member and installation report writer Chief of Staff Army Retiree Council
Member Fort Campbell, KY Retiree Council
Rotary District 6760 Youth Services Chairman
Rotary District 6760 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chairman
Member and President Elect Nominee (2015-16) Sunrise Rotary
Immediate Past President Fort Campbell Chapter Association of the United States Army
Life Member Military Officer Association
2009 Inductee, Eagle Rising Society
Serve and have served on a number of local committees and boards.
Family:  Celebrating our 30th year of marriage to the former Donna Kay Oberhausen
Please answer the following in a combined total of 300 words or less. Feel free to give a combined answer.
 
Why did you decide to run for this office? 
Serving on the Montgomery County Commission from District 15 is another means to serve our community.  I have the skills, knowledge and ability to serve our fellow citizens in this elected position, when entrusted with their vote.  My entire life has been service oriented; this is a continuation of that service.

What is your top goal if you are elected?

1.  Educational opportunities: Maintain and enhance our educational opportunities so that our citizens can compete in a globalized, flattened world economy.  Today, our citizens don’t compete against neighboring counties but against other global economies.  What happens in China impacts Montgomery County citizens today.  HSC is a perfect example of globalization impacting our local economy.  The CMCSS and APSU impact our abilities to attract and retain top tier industries.  Our Montgomery County Commission directly impacts our Counties educational system.
2.  Public Safety:  Our Montgomery County Commission impacts the quality of our Sheriff Department and Volunteer Fire Service.  Along with an educated populace and infrastructure the quality of public safety impacts our ability to attract industry and growth of our population. 
3.  Infrastructure:  Montgomery County is part of the fastest growing region in America, growth is happening all around us today.  We have to ensure we can move efficiently and effectively for business and pleasure.  Infrastructure includes expanding as a 1Gig city for high speed internet service.  Infrastructure and quality of life go hand in hand. Quality of life:  We believe there is no better place to live and work than Clarksville, Montgomery County Tennessee.  As our community grows we have to maintain a high quality of life to continue attracting people to our community.  Investing in infrastructure is investing in our growth as a community. 
4.  Economic growth will be a resultant if we can get Education, Public Safety and Infrastructure right.  We have good things happening in our community on the economic front with new businesses being attracted to our Industrial Park and community.  We have small business entrepreneurs opening businesses daily.  And we have Veterans from Fort Campbell transitioning that want to contribute to our community’s economic success.
5.  Pursue balancing the needs of the many separate communities within our County.  As the Montgomery County Commissioner from District 15 my immediate focus is here within the district, but what happens in District 15 also impacts our entire County. There are many competing needs across our county to be addressed.

What are your top platform issues?
Education
Public Safety
Infrastructure
Strategic Planning resulting in Economic growth

Erinne J. Hester - Candidate for Assessor

Campaign Platform
My campaign platform is three-fold and includes:
1. Running the best organization possible
2. Excellence in Customer Service
3. Public Education and Awareness

The Organization
To run the best organization possible should always include:
• a fiscally responsible and conservative office
• strong succession planning, which includes a competent and fully cross-trained staff
which leads to my second objective,

Customer Service
Good Customer Service is Tantamount!
• When someone calls or comes in our office, they should be greeted by a smile and someone able to completely and courteously answer their question or address their concern.
o I do not forget for a second that we are paid by the people who walk through our door.

Public Education and Awareness
Transparency!
• The Assessor’s office is charged by the State with determining the value and classification of all property.  This is done using a combination of recent sales data and calculated base rates or in some cases using income generated from use.
It is my goal to reach out to the public to generate awareness in what we do to include the use of technology and our website, as well as public speaking engagements

Bio:
Erinne J. Hester, CGFM, is the Assessor of Property for Montgomery County Government.  Erinne began her employment with the County in 2005 and was appointed to Director of Accounts and Budgets in 2008.  She also served as the Director of EMS Billing from 2009-2010.  Erinne earned the designation of Certified Government Finance Manager in 2010 from the Association of Government Accountants.Erinne was appointed to the position in December 2013, after the former Assessor resigned to go into private sector.  As Assessor, Erinne and her team have the duty to list, classify, and value all real and personal property in Montgomery County.


As Director of Accounts and Budgets, Erinne was responsible for managing the accounting and budgeting of thirteen funds and account groups totaling approximately $400 million, including; Worker’s Compensation, On-the-Job Injury, Unemployment, Bi County Solid Waste and Landfill, the Clarksville Montgomery County Rail Service Authority and the Clarksville Montgomery County Emergency Communications District.
Erinne Hester holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Austin Peay State University.  She is a member of Rotary International, is a member of the team that organizes the annual Tickle Me Pick fundraiser, which raises funds and awareness for the YMCA’s After Breast Cancer group.  Erinne has also served as the volunteer co-coordinator for Rivers & Spires since 2007, an international award winning festival in Clarksville, TN.  She has served as Treasurer of Tennessee Government Finance Officers since 2011.  Erinne graduated from Leadership Clarksville in 2009 and has served on the Custom’s House Museum Guild and on the First Baptist Church finance committee.  She and her husband currently serve as Sunday school teachers to two-year olds at First Baptist Church, Clarksville.  Erinne married Bryce in 2002 and they have two children: Hayden, 11, and Ethan, 8 and she is also mother to three terriers: Marley, Sadie, and Stumpy.  Her hobbies are reading, music, watching her kids play ball, and yoga.


Erinne J. Hester, CGFM, is the recently appointed Assessor of Property for Montgomery County Government.  She has been employed by the County since 2005 and was appointed to Director of Finance in 2008.  She also served as the Director of EMS Billing from 2009-2010.  Erinne was granted the designation of Certified Government Finance Manager in 2010.
Erinne Hester holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Austin Peay State University.  She is a member of Rotary International, a Paul Harris Fellow, is a board member for the Clarksville High School Business Academy, has served as Treasurer for the Tennessee Government Finance Officers Association since 2010, and has served as volunteer coordinator for Rivers & Spires since 2007.  Erinne is married to Bryce, and mother of Hayden, 10, and Ethan, 8. 

Brandi Whitfield Bryant - Candidate for the Montgomery County Trustee

Occupation:  Director of Business Development at Thurman Campbell Group, PLC, CPAs

Education:  Attended the University of Memphis and Trevecca Nazarene University where she received a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Human Relations with minors in Organizational Management and Political Science.

Political experience: Helped with local political campaigns in Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Civic involvement: Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Tabernacle Christian School, as well as The board of Trustees for Leadership Clarksville; Chair of Clarksville Young Professionals, Guild Member of the Customs House Museum. Voted Clarksville’s Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year in 2013,
Member of the Downtown Association, Chamber of Commerce, Public and Community Affairs Committee.  Founding member and Montgomery County contact for the Yellow Dot Program of Tennessee.

Family:  Daughter of Homer and Pam Whitfield.  Husband, Steven Bryant, a firefighter for the City of Clarksville.  Two children; Gracie who attends Richview Middle School and Beau who attends Clarksville Academy. 


Why did you decide to run for this office?  A need.  Over the last several years there has been significant public issues with the Trustees office, from late tax bills to software issues, and most importantly the staggering decrease in earnings of the Trustees investments.  While Clarksville-Montgomery County has maintained steady growth which increases property tax collections, a decline from $7.4 million in 2006 to a mere $828,000 in 2013.  Hundreds of clients and small businesses rely on me to help them plan, grow, and operate, I have the fiscal knowledge, experience, and relationships to bring positive change that is much needed in that office and in its investments.


What is your top goal if you are elected?  I have made it my mission to help maximize Montgomery County’s potential.  With my background in the accounting industry, business, and numerous external controllerships, I have handled millions of dollars in both private and public sectors of business and in other major Tennessee cities.  Currently, I prepare the sales, personal property, and business tax returns whose dollars end up at the Trustee’s office. Knowing that the Trustee is charged with the tax collection and the management of those funds, I am a proven leader with the organizational skills and fiscal knowledge to get the best returns on our county’s dollars.


What are your top platform issues? I realize that change brings a new vision, a new set of eyes, a new perspective, and prevents the mismanagement of funds and complacency.  Our community has received national attention for our growth, and with that Clarksville’s median age is 29.  It is important that our leadership is reflective of our community.  While I am young enough to relate to our community’s demographic, I am experienced and educated enough to manage and invest our county dollars wisely.

Jay D. Reedy - Candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of District 74 State Representative

The 50-year-old Reedy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Austin Peay State University and has worked on his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Reedy is also a certified locksmith, having completed his Assured Locksmith Training.

Reedy has served as a Houston County Election Board Commissioner and is Correspondence Secretary for the Houston County Republican Party. A Master Beef Certified cattle farmer, he is the owner of Houston County Lock & Key and is employed by Georgia Pacific. He was an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. Reedy has been a life member of the National Rifle Association since 1986 and a life member of the North American Hunting Club since 1985. He is also a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Farmer Cooperative, Houston County Republican Party, Tennessee Organization of Locksmiths and is president of the Middle Tennessee Locksmith Association. Jay Reedy is married to Vickie Reedy, and they have three children. They attend the Church of Christ.

“Education has been and will continue to be an important part of me and my family’s lives.  Our State must continue to move forward in education without being impeded by the federal government.  We must stand together against federally mandated programs that are detrimental to our way of life in Tennessee and stand tall in our support for proper interpretation of our Constitution as it was drawn up by our founding fathers who had a strong belief in God.”

Political goals are:
• Preserve our freedoms and lessen government’s role in our daily lives.
• Support the growth of local businesses and create the right environment to keep and attract new opportunities.
• Stop the federal government and its burdensome one-size-fits-all mandates from standing in the way of progress in our schools.
• Keep our roads and bridges safe and in good condition to support economic development.

Less Government.        More Local Control.      More Personal Responsibility.

John W. Carney, Jr. - Candidate for District Attorney General, 19th Judicial District

The Honorable John W. Carney, Jr. is the District Attorney General for the 19th Judicial District serving Montgomery and Robertson Counties.  John has more than 40 years of law enforcement, management and prosecutorial experience encompassing criminal and child support divisions. Prior to becoming District Attorney, John began his career as a Criminal Investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and held every major management and leadership position within the Bureau including Special Agent in Charge, Deputy Director and ultimately Director of the state’s leading criminal investigative agency.
During his tenure as District Attorney General, John established the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center, chaired and co-authored the Tennessee Sex Offender Registration, Verification and Tracking Act, and brought Orson IV, a Facility Dog who assists children in forensic investigations and testimony to the 19th Judicial District. John has overseen the successful prosecution of some of the District’s most challenging cases and violent criminals including the Taco Bell, Baskin Robins and Jamie Marable murders. As District Attorney, John leads and manages the district’s Drug Task force and the state’s fifth largest child support division collecting over $2 million monthly. 
A Clarksville native, John was the first in his family to go to college and graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.  He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. He and Emily, his wife of 39 years and middle school teacher, live in Clarksville with their beloved chocolate lab, Shiner.  They have two grown children and are members of First Baptist Church, Clarksville. In his free time, John coaches middle school football and researches family army service during World War II. Visit http://www.johnwcarneyjr.com for more information.

Platform
One of a community’s most important needs is a strong and experienced prosecutor’s office. The 19th Judicial District has one of the largest caseloads in Tennessee.  The district must have a proven prosecutor and a leader with a long-term commitment to the people of Montgomery and Roberson counties. As District Attorney (DA), I will continue to follow four simple guidelines:


Experience Matters: Building cases and prosecuting criminals is not for the weak of heart nor the inexperienced. After my more than 40 years law enforcement and prosecutorial experience, I know how to convict the criminal, defend the defenseless, and lead a top-notch group of talented Assistant District Attorneys. The people of Montgomery and Robertson counties deserve the assurance of knowing there is experience protecting them and experience prosecuting those that bring harm to our community. 


Education Matters: I was the first in my family to attend college.  That is an accomplishment of which I’m most proud. Education arms us with the tools to make informed decisions, support our livelihoods, and, hopefully protect those we love.  While educational approaches and programs have changed over the years, the need to ensure we are aware and informed of the dangers of the world has not. My experience and interest in building youth and adult education programs such as “Meth is Death” and Tennessee’s Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign “What’s the Rush” will continue, as well as my commitment to ensure local criminal justice education programs are cultivating the best law enforcement professionals possible.


Leadership Matters: Learning how to lead is honed with time. I began my career as a Criminal Investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and developed leadership skills while holding every major management and leadership position within the Bureau culminating in my serving as Director of the state’s leading criminal investigative agency. My leadership and experience has been sought out when I chaired and co-authored the Tennessee Sex Offender Registration, Verification and Tracking Act and led several committees representing the state’s District Attorneys Conference. Currently, I lead the largest Child Support Unit under a DA in Tennessee which holds the fifth largest caseload in the state. Recognized and proven leadership brings justice to our community, and seasoned leadership matters when electing a District Attorney.


Commitment to Our Community Matters: The people of Montgomery and Robertson counties have always been, and always will be, my number one priority. Making a promise to serve and protect means I work hard for my community, I am focused on those I serve, and go above and beyond everyday responsibilities. Establishing programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Center and most recently the Facility Dog for the 19th Judicial District are examples of my commitment to ensure our communities are safe today, tomorrow and for generations to come.
Re-Elect John W. Carney, Jr. District Attorney General
Justice for our community. Justice through experience.

For more information on this platform, please visit johnwcarneyjr.com.


Dexter L. Mines, Sr. - Candidate for Montgomery County Sheriff

I currently work for Bethel University in the College of Public Service (formerly the College of Criminal Justice).  In 2010, I began my employment with Bethel as a recruiter.  I have since been promoted to State Coordinator; responsible for 11 full-time employees in the recruiting division. 

In 2012, I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University; graduating Summa Cum Laude.  I am certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through Murray State University and have completed Homicide Investigation and Officer Street Survival through Central Texas College. 

During my career in law enforcement, I attended training academy twice.  The first time was at the Chattanooga Police Academy before serving with the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) as a police officer in the patrol division.  I served with CPD for two and a half years.  The second time I earned the Leadership Award at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy before serving as a Deputy Sheriff with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in the patrol division.  I served with MCSO for over eight years; four of those years were concurrently served as a member of the Emergency Services Unit (ESU). 

While employed with MCSO, I was selected as the Patrol Deputy of the Year in 2006.  I was the first and only International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in the history of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  I was an Instructor in Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Projectors (OC), Specialty Impact Munitions, Distraction Devices (Flash Bangs), and Chemical Munitions.  Additionally, I have completed a host of law enforcement training to include but not limited to basic and advanced standardized field sobriety test, At-scene Traffic Crash Investigation, and Homeland Security Training for Patrol Officers. 
I retired from the United States Army after over 24 years of military service.  While on active duty, I performed my duties in three different specialties: Communications, Personnel Management, and Career Counseling.  I am a veteran of the Gulf War conflict and received numerous military awards before honorably retiring as a senior Non-Commissioned Officer.

I am the Senior Pastor of Community Outreach Christian Ministries, Director of Home Missions for the state of Tennessee for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), current member and former chairman of the South of the River (SOR) Outreach Ministries, and a board member for the Tabernacle Christian School, The Michael E. Henry Charities, and the Cunningham Volunteer Fire Department.

The office of Sheriff is and should always be an office of Integrity, Discipline and Leadership.  These are qualities that I will uphold as Sheriff because they have been instilled in me.  The Sheriff is elected into office by an extremely important entity of our community – the voice of the people – a voice that should never be silenced.  The Sheriff is responsible for maintaining and managing our county jail, the security of our courts, the services of legal/civil documents against a business or a person, the transportation of prisoners, and performing law enforcement duties throughout the county.  I am running for the office of Sheriff because I believe there is room for improved relationships between county officers and the community in which they serve.  I am running for the office of Sheriff because I believe as Sheriff I have the experience to be on one accord with our county deputies and in touch with their needs.  I am running for office of Sheriff because collaborative bonds need to be strengthened with the Clarksville Police Department. Like any other county, Montgomery County is at war with gangs and drugs.  Restructuring is in order because change is not only good, it is necessary.  I believe that the citizens of this county deserve more protection.  I believe law enforcement officers of this county deserve more resources.  I am running for the office of Sheriff because I know that I can make a difference.

I would like the community to know that I have spent my entire life as a public servant; faithfully serving my country and Montgomery County.  If elected Sheriff, faithful service in both areas will continue to be my top priority as I maintain the Integrity, Discipline and Leadership of the Sheriff’s Office.

Also, check out our website at http://www.minesforsheriff.com and like us on Facebook – “Mines for Sheriff.”

Chamber Mentor Program

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Young Professionals

About Us

Conceived in late 2007 as an initiative of the business development committee of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Clarksville Young Professionals is Chamber affiliate dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development, and networking opportunities, for emerging community and business leaders ages 21-45. This is not your father’s civic club or your mother’s garden club! We are dedicated to providing a launch pad of ideas, resources, and a united voice from our young professional community through innovative programs, projects, and social events.

Leadership

Chairman - Kimberly Miller

Our Mission

To create a platform for Young Professionals to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community.

Clarksville Young Professionals is dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development and networking opportunities for the emerging business and community leaders ages 21-45.

We recognize the need for professional development and networking opportunities and we want to be an elite group of young people, each bringing something to the table insuring our members continue to receive quality opportunities for growth as young professionals.

•  Cultivate the next generation of leaders
•  Provide opportunities for professional development through workshops, mentors and education
•  Facilitate opportunities for building business relationships
•  Require members to be invested in the community through volunteering and community involvements
•  Bridge the generation gap
•  Enhance the local community and encouraging economic development by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and professional growth

We meet monthly, on the first working Wednesday of every month at noon at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300

Dues are $50 annually and you can sign up
HERE

Visit our Web Site to learn more about our upcoming events at www.clarksvilleyps.com

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Military Affairs

Statues of Patriots Park Project

Letter From Jim Durrett
Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is paying tribute to the men and women who serve at Ft Campbell by erecting nine 18 foot tall statues in the area of Patriots Park situated between the north and southbound lanes of Highway 41A near Gate 3.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be $450,000.  It is our goal to raise the money from private donations.

This project is something I am passionate about and have wanted to do for years.  When I am asked why we should care about paying tribute to the men and women of the 101st Airborne Division I think of two things (1) what Fort Campbell has meant to our community and (2) the sacrifices that have been made by the thousands who have served our nation.

As citizens and business owners of Clarksville, we are a vital part of the support system for our military families.  We have to do our part to share in their sacrifice, to help honor the lives dedicated and sacrificed for our freedom.  It is the least we can do.

View the Statues of Patriots Park brochure here.

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Contributions may be sent to: Statues of Patriots Park • 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300 • Clarksville, TN 37040

*This is a fundraising campaign of the Aspire Clarksville Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to Aspire may be deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

About the Military Affairs Committee


As early as 1970, a Military Affairs Committee can be documented in the Chamber’s history. The Vice-Chair, along with the committee members, has always worked with the Command Group at Fort Campbell to meet and provide for the families who locate within our community.  Primary objectives this year will center on welcome home events, and participate in the annual Citizens for Fort Campbell advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring, where approximately sixty citizens from Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Oak Grove advocate for projects for Fort Campbell.

This committee hosts Warrior Week, a week-long event that includes activities such as:

  • An Annual Marksmanship Competition
  • Movie Night
  • Godfather Golf Tournament - a signature event
  • The Finale Picnic and Fun Fair

Warrior Week activities are all made possible by the generous support of member businesses and the community.  Additionally, this committee has an initiative to recognize the long history of military in our area through the Veteran’s Day Breakfast and support of other programs in the area.

Clarksville Area Chamber Supports Operation Eagles Nest

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Public & Community Affairs

See the 2014 Chamber Legislative Agenda Here

The broad reaching goals of the Public and Community Affairs committee include education initiatives such as:

  • Partners In Education
  • The Imagination Library program partnership
  • Community Clean Up Days

Over 5,000 children in Montgomery County are currently enrolled in the Imagination Library program and the committee works to find ways to fund the program. The Great American Clean Up is held in the spring of each year and member businesses volunteer to help clean up Clarksville.

The committee partners with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System to support education initiatives such as 100% Graduation and the Partners In Education breakfast serving as the connection between businesses and schools.  The Chamber partners with the Montgomery County Career Center to host a Career Fair with approximately 3,000 job seekers visiting the 100 exhibiting organizations.

Each year the committee works to craft the Chamber’s legislative agenda and present it to the Montgomery County delegation in Nashville.  The delegation participates in committee meetings to discuss community issues to help determine areas of advocacy.  Election year political forums provide an opportunity for candidates to answer questions.  The committee planned a very successful international visit to China with twenty-five delegates participating and getting acquainted with the ancient yet changing culture in search of connections to our community.2014_legislative_agenda_ol.pdf

Chamber Ambassadors

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The Chamber Ambassadors serve as a link between the Chamber board, staff and the general membership.  Through surveys, networking and interacting, we can gather feedback that will help to develop the programs and initiatives our members need and will support.  By attending events, Chamber Ambassadors can facilitate not only our connection to members but develop relationships for their own businesses as well.  A perfect committee for those in sales, it often offers the opportunity to meet the newly opened businesses that join the Chamber. They also make sure that the needs of our current members are being met through visits, calls and email. Ambassadors serve the Chamber through participation in events such as Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Power Breakfasts.


For more information on The Chamber Ambassador Program, contact Melinda Shepard at 931-245-4341 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The following are members of the 2014-2015 Chamber Ambassador Program.
 


Joel Butcher
Coupon Mint of Clarksville, LLC

Joy Daniels
F & M Bank

Matt Dyce
Montgomery County Farm Bureau

Amber Elder Anderson
Comcast Spotlight Advertising

Helen Gross
First Advantage Bank

Jeff Henley
Stone, Rudolph & Henry PLC

Vicki Henson
Legends Bank

TyJuana Hogan
First Advantage Bank

Bradley Jackson
CDE Lightband

Christopher Jenkins
Sporty’s Awards & Engraving

Amy Kelly
5 Star Radio Group

Betty Miller
Charter

Julie Parks
Heritage Bank

Rachel Phillips
Clarksville Family Magazine

Camille Santora
US Bank

Jessica Shaw
Planters Bank

Stacey Streetman
F & M Bank

Tirzah Tucker
Cumberland Bank & Trust

Mary Wauford
Daymar Institute

Heather Welch
Cumberland Bank & Trust

Aimee Zborowski
Viamedia

Membership Services

Membership Services is focused on developing and enhancing Chamber programs that both support existing members and encourage recruitment of new members.  This committee works hand in hand with the Ambassador group as a link to the membership to ensure that the Chamber continues to represent all members equally.  This committee will plan and execute the nomination process for the newly created, Clarksville Chamber Community Commitment Award.
Membership Services is responsible for:

  • The Annual Gala
  • The Chamber membership Golf Scramble
  • Monthly Business After Hours

Business Development

The Business Development Committee focuses their efforts on key initiatives to support all forms of business in the community.  Primary programs include:

  • Women in Business
  • Power Breakfast
  • Home and Garden Show

These events invite speakers to educate and inspire business owners to go the next level.  The Live Local campaign, which encourages residents to think and buy local, was an initiative of this committee and was marketed throughout the community by sponsoring member businesses.  The committee visited many of our local industries and businesses this past year to show our support and appreciation of existing industries in our community. 



The committee also supports the Better Beef Show and Farm Family of the Year.  The Kenneth Johnson Memorial Award was presented to the Chamber at the awards program for their dedication and support of the Beef Show.  The Clarksville Young Professionals kicked off in October 2007 with over 150 members wanting to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality of life in our community.

Presidential Member Profiles

Presidential members represent our top level of membership investors. It is through their level of commitment to our organization and this community,that the Chamber can continue to grow its programs and initiatives.

Regions Bank
Regions Financial Corporation, with $127 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,100 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at http://www.regions.com

City of Clarksville
The City of Clarksville, Founded in 1784, is governed by the Mayor-Council system. The Mayor is elected at-large and serves a four-year term. The City Council is composed of 12 members who are elected from wards.

F & M Bank
F&M Bank, headquartered in Clarksville, is one of the top 15 independent banks in the state.  Full service offices are located throughout Middle Tennessee in Montgomery, Rutherford, Robertson, Wilson, Putnam, Stewart, and Sumner counties.  F&M Bank also has a top notch Mortgage team with additional offices located in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties. 

First Advantage Bank
First Advantage Bank,  First Federal Savings Bank, has been serving the community Clarksville since 1954. First Advantage Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Advantage Bancorp. Publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market: FABK. 

5-Star Radio
The 5-Star Radio Group owns and operates six local radio stations covering all of Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and up to 42 outlying counties. The six stations (Q-108, Beaver 100.3, Eagle 94.3, Z 97-5, Sports Radio 540 “The Fan” and JOY 1370)  of this group have a potential reach of over 90% of the metro population on a weekly basis. 5 Star Radio also operates clarksvillenow.com, a local, up to the minute news source for the community.

Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union
Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union Offers membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Montgomery and Stewart counties in Tennessee and Christian, Trigg or Todd counties in Kentucky.

Gateway Medical Center
Gateway Medical Center is a 270-bed, acute-care facility serving upper middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky. Its 1,100 employees served almost 12,300 inpatients and 61,300 emergency patients in 2011. Gateway touts over 40 medical specialties including cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic, general, vascular, bariatric (weight loss) and orthopedic surgery, neurology, infectious disease, interventional radiology, neonatology, oncology, pulmonology, and urology. Gateway’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated through these national honors: Joint Commission Accreditation, Mammography Accreditation, Diabetes Education Recognition, Cancer program approval and most recently Accredited Chest Pain Center. Services include heart surgery, joint replacement, minimally invasive endo-vascular surgery, emergency services, 64-slice CT, comprehensive rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and cancer care.

Jack B. Turner & Associates
Jack B. Turner & Associates Inc. was incorporated September 25, 1973. The company specializes in insurance and financial planning for individuals, estates, and businesses. Central to their mission are the highest degree of personal service, a tradition of integrity, and a deep respect for clients.

Legends Bank
Legends Bank is a local community bank with 7 offices in Clarksville, Dover, and Brentwood-Williamson County with an 8th location coming to the Green Hills Mall area, Nashville, in the fall. Since establishing in 1998, Legends Bank continues to be involved in many community-enriching projects and supports several charitable organizations in the communities they serve. 
                                                     
The Leaf-Chronicle
The Leaf-Chronicle is Clarksville’s leading source of online news and information and digital marketing services. Its print edition,  established in 1808,  is Tennessee’s oldest newspaper. The regional media company became part of Gannett Co. Inc. in 1995, and is led by Richard V. Stevens, Editor & General Manager.

Trane Heating and Cooling Systems
Trane – a brand of Ingersoll Rand - helps improve lives around the world through innovative heating and air conditioning systems, services and solutions. Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments.  Ninety-five percent of products produced in Clarksville are distributed throughout North America and five percent distributed worldwide, serving industries such as retail stores, restaurants, offices, healthcare, government buildings, manufacturing and industrial sites.
Trane has been a cornerstone in the Clarksville community since 1958. The local workforce is the key to its continued success. With more than 1,400 employees, many of which are members of the Local 1296 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union, the Clarksville facility is a significant employer in the area.  Each year, the facility generates a payroll of more than $67 million, which cascades through local purchases and investments across the Clarksville region.


Hemlock Semiconductor, LLC
Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor broke ground at its Tennessee location in 2009. 

                                   

Chamber Programs

The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce offers members an array of opportunities for involvement through programs, events, and committees. Each Chamber member is encouraged to engage in at least one area of interest or influence so that the Chamber’s voice is strong and accurately represents its broad membership base.



View pictures from Business After Hours hosted by Austin Peay Governors Club



View pictures from Women In Business with Leigh Farrow

Presidential Members