From the Desk of

 J. Michael Cross

County Executive

Fentress County and the City of Jamestown have been awarded a THDA HOME Grant in the amount of $375,000.00 each. The purpose of these Grants is to help economically disadvantaged, elderly and disabled homeowners with major repairs on their homes. The repairs include roofing, heating and air problems, windows, porches, structural damage, wheel chair ramps and more. Applications can be picked up at the County Executive’s Office or at City Hall in Jamestown. Some of the requirements for eligibility include proof of ownership for one year or more, verification of income (Social Security, SSI, VA, AFDC, etc.), copy of bank statements, two payroll stubs, copy of property tax statement and a copy of homeowner’s insurance premium. Applicants also need to make a list of needed repairs to their residence. Mobile or Modular Homes are not eligible for these grants. Each home is eligible for up to $40,000.00 in repairs. We have announced workshop times for applicants to receive help with their applications. Fentress County Grant Writer Amanda Mainord will be available to help applicants and explain the standards set by THDA that are necessary to receive the Home Improvement Grants. We also want to thank Amanda Mainord for her hard work and diligence and her continued dedication to the residents of Fentress County.
For further information, please contact Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks at the Fentress County Executive’s Office at 879-7713, or Jamestown City Hall at 879-8815. These grants provide us with the opportunity to help citizens with needed repairs that they could not otherwise afford to make themselves. We encourage anyone who believes they may qualify to apply.
We are currently advertising an RFP (Request for Proposals) to erect a 180 foot Emergency Communication Tower in the Clarkrange area of Fentress County. The purpose of the tower is to provide Ambulance, E-911, Rescue Squad, Volunteer Fire Departments and Sheriff’s Office with clear communications during emergency situations. Our goal is to save lives and to provide the best services to our citizens as possible. Proposals for the tower are due on Monday, September 19th at 2:00 p.m. and at that time will also be opened in the County Executive’s office. We are hopeful the Fentress County Commission may award the winning proposal at their 6:00 p.m. regularly scheduled meeting September 19th, 2016. For more information or a copy of the RFP, please contact the Fentress County Executive’s Office.
Additionally, we have advertised an RFP for a “Design and Build” retaining wall on the West side of the Fentress County Courthouse. This retaining wall (18 feet by 139 feet by 5 feet tall) will be erected on the site of the old jail. Proposals are due by Monday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at 879-7713. By going with the “Design and Build” concept, the County Commission will have the ability to choose the design, the composite and style as well as the cost of the proposed project. When the retaining wall is completed, the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s Beautification Committee will make recommendations to the County Commission as to how to administer the $27,000.00 Beautification Grant. We are excited about the opportunity to replace the eyesore on the west side of the courthouse with a multi-use facility that will enhance the natural beauty of Jamestown and Fentress County.
I am not a strong believer in coincidence or luck. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. I also receive a lot of grief from family, friends and co-workers for being the “Perpetual Optimist”. I even believe that something good will come out of things that happen that aren’t so good. That being said, last Friday Amanda noticed something strange (out of the ordinary) going on. Across the street from the Courthouse, a man was playing guitar and singing while being filmed by a video crew. I crossed the street to “welcome and inquire” and found J.T. Cooper performing a song for a future release as his video crew worked on his music video.
J. T. Cooper was a 1989 graduate of Y.A.I. who had served his country and was presented the Purple Heart for being wounded in battle. As a professed Christian on a mission, J.T.’s ministry is to provide a message of hope through his music. His Patriotic music resonated with his message of faith. We invited J.T. and his crew into the Courthouse for a visit before they traveled to Alvin C. York’s Home Place for more video work. We want to encourage J.T. Cooper with his mission and will provide notable updates on his success in the upcoming months. We applaud another local hero on his return home to Fentress County.
We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at *protected email*. 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.