From the Desk of J. Michael Cross

County Executive

     We are very excited to announce the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the “Silver Salon” within the Fentress County Senior Citizens Center. It has been a major goal to expand the level of services provided to our seniors. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Director Alice Kirby and Assistant Director Kelly Young and sacrifices made by UCHRA Director Carol Watson, we have reached one of our major goals. The new “Silver Salon”, with stylist Gretchen Stephens, is a state-of-the-art hair salon that will accommodate the needs of our seniors in a warm, hospitable and convenient environment. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23. The public is invited to attend.

     On Wednesday, August 17th, at 2:00 p.m., we will host a joint meeting from the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce and members of Pickett State Park to discuss the upcoming total eclipse that will occur on Monday, August 21st, 2017. This will be the first total eclipse of the sun on the US mainland since 1979. The duration of the eclipse could last as long as 2 ½ minutes for those at the centerline of the eclipse. Additionally, Nashville will be the largest US city to witness the eclipse in its totality. In nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky, astronomers have rented an entire hotel from which to view the event. In Pickett State Park there will be an influx of several astronomers because of Pickett’s Dark Sky Designation. As one of the few locations in the continental United States to have the Dark Sky Initiative, enabling astronomers to view the constellations without interference from outside artificial light sources, Pickett State Park and Fentress County will draw the attention of astronomers from around the world. Pickett Ranger Monique Hodge has become our local expert concerning both the eclipse and our “Dark Sky” designation.

     On Wednesday, August 17th, Fentress County Government will hold its Annual Planning Session for the upcoming fiscal year. At this meeting, we will meet with various agencies and put together a game plan that identifies needs, strategies and projects for Fentress County. We expect to meet with TVA, Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Department of Economic Development, the Upper Cumberland Development District, the Fentress County Industrial Development Board, The Fentress County Planning Commission and the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to working with all these agencies and utilizing their resources, strategies and talents to further advance the needs of the county.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1508509106ekalw1508509106t@skc1508509106ihadn1508509106ama1508509106. Because of the Fentress County Fair, this month’s County Commission Meeting will be held on Monday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public. Visit us at fentresscountytn.com.