From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     We were honored last week when the Commissioner of Economic Development, Randy Boyd, visited Fentress County. While here, Commissioner Boyd visited the Clarkrange Regional Business Park and Fitzgerald’s Glider Kits. Afterward, the Commissioner met with members of the Fentress County Industrial Development Board, Fentress County Government and the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Boyd optimistically discussed Tennessee’s economic outlook for the future. Mr. Boyd also discussed Fentress County’s newly launched official website, the upcoming Economic Development Website that will be launched later this year, our “Tourism Initiative” and the development of our new “Community and Economic Development Conference Room” in the Fentress County Courthouse. We applaud Commissioner Boyd’s dedication and his willingness to visit Tennessee’s rural counties.

     Fentress County is proud to welcome Chris Landers and “Lanmills” as the new tenant of the Robinson’s Factory in Clarkrange. “Lanmills” (National Wooden Pallet & Container Association) will provide 20-30 new jobs immediately with the potential to add another 40-50 in the next couple of years. I was privileged to play an active role in the negotiations between the owners of Robinson’s Manufacturing and the new owners of the Clarkrange Factory. The 30,000 square foot facility is currently filled with books that will be shipped to companies like Amazon by “Lanmills” workers. We wish Chris Landers and Company a bright future in Fentress County.

     On Monday morning we received notification from TVA’s “Energyright Solutions” that Fentress County had been awarded an energy efficiency grant due to our recent conversion to LED Lighting in the Fentress County Courthouse. We will receive a check in the amount of $1,827.54 from TVA. This will be in addition to the original grant amount of $16,000.00. We want to thank our Grant writer Amanda Mainord for her hard work and diligence in continuing to bring grant dollars into the county.

     Last week, we were informed that our Fentress County Chamber of Commerce had received a “Beautification Grant” in the amount of $27,000.00. This grant will go toward the renovation project for the back of the Fentress County Courthouse. Chamber Director Leann Smith and the county’s “Beautification Committee” will work in conjunction with the Grant Administrators and the Fentress County Commission to determine just how to utilize the grant.

     The Courthouse roofing project is now underway, with Martin Roofing of Muddy Pond doing the work. In addition to the roof, Joe Martin and his crew will replace the courthouse cloth awnings with metal. We look forward to having a dry workplace during the next “Monsoon Season”.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1534673553ekalw1534673553t@skc1534673553ihadn1534673553ama1534673553. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.