From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     The Courthouse Roof Project should be completed by the end of the week. Joe Martin and Martin Roofing have done an incredible job. As a part of the “Beautification Plan” for the Courthouse, the county Building Committee voted to take down the old awnings from the courthouse entrances. The awnings were faded and covered with mold and mildew. As the only courthouse in the Upper Cumberlands with awnings, the removal helps accentuate the natural beauty of the original stone work.

     In connection with the revitalization of the courthouse, we have listed a RFP (Request for Proposal) for building a retaining wall on the West side of the Courthouse. This wall will extend 18 feet from the courthouse and run the length of the building. This “Design and Build” proposal lets each prospective bidder create his own unique approach to the project while letting the County Commission choose the design, composite and price of the wall.

     After construction of the retaining wall, the “Beautification Committee” will make recommendations to the Commission concerning the Beautification Grant awarded to the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce from the Tennessee Department of Economic Development. This grant, in the amount of $27,000.00, will be used to construct a multi-use stage on the West side of the Courthouse. This stage will be used to celebrate historical and patriotic events as well as provide a concert venue for musical performances.

     The new Community and Economic Development Conference Room has been completed. With a new conference table with chairs, a white board for planning sessions, a smart TV for Power Point Presentations and a powered podium, the county now has a community meeting room with a modern and professional feel. The funding for the new Conference Room came from private donations. With the upcoming launching of the county’s “Economic Development Website”, we want to increase the county’s focus on industry, tourism and education.

     In the next few weeks, one of our major projects will be Department Head Evaluations. Department Heads coming under the supervision of the County Executive include the county’s Veteran Services Officer, EMA Director, Director of the Ambulance Service, the Senior Center Director and the Solid Waste Director. The focus of each department is to provide the best, most efficient and professional services possible to the general public. We will evaluate where we are, where we want to be and how to get there. This provides us with a strategic overview of each department incorporated with plans for the future as well as identification of any expanded services that we may be able to provide in the future.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1534673565ekalw1534673565t@skc1534673565ihadn1534673565ama1534673565. 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.