From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     The 63rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development and Community Development will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville from October 26-28. In attendance will be County and City Mayors and County Executives from throughout Tennessee. Additionally, many of the Chambers of Commerce Director’s and Staff from around the state will also be in attendance. We look forward to representing Fentress County as Governor Haslam uses “Team Tennessee” as this year’s motto. The Governor’s Conference is informative and educational as some of the more creative minds in the state explore new or innovational ideas for counties and cities.

     On Thursday, October 27th, TDOT will host a meeting at their Genesis Road Headquarters in Crossville to discuss the updated plans for Highway 127 in the Clarkrange area from Little Road to Kilby Road. We have invited all County Commissioners to attend the meeting with commissioners Jeff Green and Lester Gooding representing the Fourth District of Fentress County. Details on Right of Way acquisition and affected properties should be revealed at that time.

     On Monday, October 31st, the Fentress County Finance Department will host our Annual Halloween on the Square. Over 30 different offices or groups will be participating this year. We look forward to entertaining and gifting the 1,000+ “Spooks and Goblins” that are expected to participate. We invite everyone to come out and share in this wonderful activity. Additionally, we want to express our thanks to Finance Director Marsha Delk and her staff for their continued support of this event.

     As this year’s National and Local Election nears, we want to encourage everyone to get out and vote. The right to vote, to participate personally in our nation’s democratic process, is one of the few unimpeded rights that we as American Citizens still have. Not only are we electing a new President of the United States, there are important local issues to be determined from this election. Voters countywide will determine the outcome of the “Liquor Referendum” that will affect the City of Jamestown. Additionally, City of Jamestown voters will be deciding on who will be leading them as City Mayor for the next four years. Again, we ask that we all “Get Out and Vote”.

     The Fentress County Trustee’s Office is now accepting online payments for property taxes. We want to express our thanks to Trustee Wanda Tompkins and her staff for their hard work in making online payments possible. Making the payment itself is quick and easy. Log on at www.tennesseetrustee.com and click on the “Pay/Search” icon. You may also make a payment by phone by calling 1-877-768-5048. If you prefer a phone payment with a live representative, you may call 1-866-604-3681. Online or phone payments will be charged a small fee by BIS for this service.

     Projects that we are presently working on include the erection of the Emergency Communications Tower in Clarkrange, accepting bids for building a security fence around the tower, and advertising a RFP (Request for Proposal) for the retaining wall on the West Side of the Fentress County Courthouse. Additionally, we are proceeding with the CDBG Grant in the amount of $315,000.00 to build an Emergency Shelter in the Pall Mall Community.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1508509633ekalw1508509633t@skc1508509633ihadn1508509633ama1508509633. County Commission Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of the Month at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.