From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

     We were informed last week that Fentress County has received a Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) grant for the Homeowner Rehabilitation Program. This grant, in the amount of $375,000.00, will be used primarily to help low income and elderly homeowners with needed home repairs. These repair efforts include roofing, heat and air, window replacement, building ramps and or porches, etc. Details concerning who can apply and applicable dates will be provided at a workshop for consultants/administrators later this month. We are excited to have the opportunity to help families with these needed repairs.

     We were happy to tour the Fentress County Recycling Center with our Solid Waste personnel as they hosted a group of Fentress County 4-H Club members. John Gunter and his Agriculture Extension Staff organized the field trip as an educational learning experience. Solid Waste Director Jackie Selby and “Crew” provided a colorful and entertaining tour. We would encourage everyone to participate in our recycling endeavors. Fentress County is proud to be the recycling leaders of the Cumberland Plateau.

     We continue to gather information and design possibilities for the Fentress County Courthouse Beautification Project. The demolition of the old jail has sparked a considerable interest throughout the county. We welcome input from any interested parties. In conjunction with this project, we expect Martin Roofing to begin to replace the courthouse roof in early July.

     Last week, members of “Design Sensory” out of Knoxville were in Fentress County working on an “Economic Development Website” for Fentress County. While here, they filmed from several locations including: Downtown Jamestown, the West End Café, Highland Manor Winery, Micro Metals, Clarkrange Regional Business Park, Mountain Barn Builders and Fitzgerald Glider Kits. The purpose of the website is to show potential business owners and industry leaders the many positive aspects of Fentress County, as well as the quality of workmanship within the County. As the Design Sensory group continues to work on that project, we have been working to launch an official Fentress County Government Website.  Our Website Committee, with the help of the Progressive Technology team, have been working diligently on the website for several months and plan to launch it at the end of June.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Director Amanda Hicks can also be reached at moc.s1527141075ekalw1527141075t@skc1527141075ihadn1527141075ama1527141075. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meeting are open to the public.