From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

Vacation? For the last several years (around 10), several local families share a house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina during our local school’s Fall Break. 18 individuals representing 6 families in a 7 bedroom house. For my part, surf fishing and the fishing pier, cooking (grilled shrimp, low country boil and shish-kebabs) and family. Wife Barbara, daughter, two granddaughters and a great granddaughter. By the way, another great granddaughter, Maxxey Maran, was born last Thursday. Seven pounds four ounces, 18 inches long.

Other than that, business as usual (Serving as Fentress County Executive is a 24/7 job. The cell phone provides an immediate link to the world.). Making contact with Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day, is an absolute necessity. In addition to phone calls with commissioners and others, some of our other communications last week included: Everett Engle of B & B Communications of Hazard, Kentucky concerning the erection of the Emergency Communications Tower in the Clarkrange area. Communications with Road Superintendent Scott Norris concerning both the Emergency Communications Tower and the Jail Restoration Project. Several communications with Architect Allen Hill of Upland Design Group concerning the engineering and specs for the retaining wall for the west side of the Fentress County courthouse. Conversations with James Taylor of Scott County concerning the possibility of constructing a “Solar Farm” on the “Airport Property” owned by the County. This included calls to VEC and TVA to get preliminary estimates as to regulations, viability, price estimates and the logistics involved in building a viable solar farm. James and his group plan on presenting the Fentress County Commission with an initial proposal in the next few weeks. Additionally, we had several communications with Amanda Mainord, Fentress County’s Grant Writer, concerning our newly awarded CDBG Grant for the Emergency Shelter Building in Pall Mall as well as discussing strategies for the THDA Housing Grant for Fentress County. Computers and cell phones have become two of our most important communications tools of the modern world. With them, you could be half a world away and continue to do “Business as Usual”.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1529321588ekalw1529321588t@skc1529321588ihadn1529321588ama1529321588. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.