From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, August 9, Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam will pay a visit to Fentress County. As a part of “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” and Governor Haslam’s “Books From Birth” program, Mrs. Haslam will visit the Fentress County Library. While here, Crissy Haslam will read to local children. The tentative schedule has Crissy arriving at the Library at around 1:00 p.m. We will update information concerning this visit as the plans become more formalized.

     At our last County Commission Meeting, commissioners opted to reject all bids concerning the erection of a 180 foot communications tower in the Clarkrange area of the county. After considerable research and information from other counties, the commission felt that the bids were out of range with the present “market value” of tower construction. We will be letting the “Request for Proposals” out again over the next three weeks in hopes that more reasonable offers are presented. RFP’s or bids will be opened at the County Executive’s Office at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15th. We are, as always, committed to public safety and welfare, and are committed to completing the tower project as soon as possible.

     As Election Day nears, we encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote. As Americans, we have rights that the citizens of many countries don’t experience. Our guaranteed rights include freedom of speech, expression, religion and the pursuit of happiness. Fentress County, let’s “Get out the vote”.

    The Highway 127 Corridor Sale fast approaches. “The World’s Largest Yard Sale” has reached the 690 mile stature. The sale officially takes off on Thursday, August 4th and ends on Sunday, August 7th. However, we all know that many vendors expand the dates from both ends of the announced schedule. We encourage everyone to use caution and patience throughout the event.

     The 127 Corridor Sale was started by County Executive Michael Walker in 1987 as a tool to increase tourism in Fentress County and to bolster the local economy. In 1995, the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce became the official “127 Headquarters”. It now stretches through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1534673550ekalw1534673550t@skc1534673550ihadn1534673550ama1534673550. 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.