From the Desk of

                                                                                           J. Michael Cross County Executive


     On Tuesday, July 21st, the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Awards Dinner at the Fentress County Senior Citizen’s Center. Thanks to the hard work and planning by Chamber Director Leann Smith and Tourism Coordinator Misty Stephens, the event proved to be an outstanding success. With a capacity crowd on hand, Chamber members with family and staff co-mingled with several members of the Fentress County Senior Citizens Center who were special guests of the Chamber. Senior Center Director Alice Kirby and Assistant Director Kelly Young welcomed guests to the Center. After enjoying a wonderful catered meal prepared by members of the Clarkrange High School’s FCCLA, Chamber Director Leann Smith presided over the awards portion of the banquet. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the “Spirit of Fentress Award” to Mrs. Marta McPeters, FCCLA Coordinator from Clarkrange High School. This Award embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation in starting a new business that integrates young people into the work force and provides discipline and training for future success.

     The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded a “Beautification Grant” in the amount of $27,000.00. The purpose of the grant is to help in the Courthouse Revitalization Project after the demolition of the old jail. Members of the Fentress County Beautification Committee met last week to initiate the planning portion of the project. One of the committee’s suggested uses of the funds include the construction of a lighted multi-use stage from which musical events, Patriotic Ceremonies and educational programs can be conducted. For input on the project, please contact the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce.

     We want to encourage everyone to “Get Out The Vote” on Thursday, August 4th. As many of our liberties are seemingly threatened by the Federal Government, it becomes even more critical that we exercise our civic duty by voting. We must vigilantly protect and preserve our Constitutional Rights.

     Again, we ask that everyone exercise patience and caution as the 127 Corridor Sale continues through this coming weekend. We would advise everyone to give themselves an extra 10-15 minutes travel time depending on their destination. For those who love yard sales to those with the entrepreneurial spirit, it is an exciting week. For others, maybe not so much……

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1534673555ekalw1534673555t@skc1534673555ihadn1534673555ama1534673555. 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. Visit us online at