From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     We are pleased to announce that Fentress County has received a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in the amount of $315,000.00. The grant will be used to fund the building of an Emergency Shelter in the Pall Mall Community of Fentress County. The badly needed building will be built near the Pall Mall Volunteer Fire Department. We want to thank Fentress County Grant Writer Amanda Mainord for her hard work and diligence in procuring this important grant. Amanda Mainord along with Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks will travel to Nashville on October 12 to receive the $315,000.00 check from Governor Haslam.

     As a part of Fentress County’s soon to be launched Economic Development Website, Design Sensory of Knoxville has just released a short video that showcases the best of Fentress County. We are proud to announce that the video will be aired on our local cable television station as a prelude to our Fentress County Commission Meetings. We encourage everyone to watch the video. It does indeed put emphasis on several of Fentress County’s strengths. The new website should hopefully be launched sometime this month. We want to thank the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and the Design Sensory Team for their help with this project.

     We will be releasing a Request for Proposals next week for the retaining wall on the west side of the courthouse. The specifications for the wall proposal will be engineered with the help of Allen Hill of Upland Design Group. The building of the retaining wall will be the first step in designing a new look to the courthouse while emphasizing the natural beauty of our historic sandstone building.

     Additionally, we will soon be releasing a request for proposals for a security fence and gate to surround the Emergency Communications Tower in the Clarkrange community.  B & B Communications, LLC, out of Hazard Kentucky was awarded the tower construction bid and should start the project this week. When completed, this tower with its satellite and radio communications should improve emergency communications for ambulance, police, rescue squad and volunteer fire departments. We feel that better and clearer signals will not only improve safety but ultimately save lives as well.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1534673577ekalw1534673577t@skc1534673577ihadn1534673577ama1534673577. 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.