From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive


     On Friday, November 11, our Country will be celebrating Veteran’s Day. It’s a time to honor all those who have sacrificed for our Freedoms. As stated on the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at South Fentress Community Park, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All”. We will forever remember, honor and celebrate our Country’s and Fentress County’s Veterans. We sincerely thank you ALL, past, present and future. You are indeed our heroes.

     On Thursday, November 10, there will be a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Clarkrange High School’s Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. sponsored by the CHS JROTC Program. Friday morning, our American Legion Post will hold a celebration and ceremony in front of the Fentress County Courthouse. At the Alvin C. York Memorial Park in Pall Mall, the York Foundation will sponsor a 3 day celebration involving guest speakers, bi-planes, two World War II authentic trenches, period accurate uniforms and re-enactments, and several other activities. Many of the guest speakers will address those in attendance on Friday morning from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We invite all veterans and their families to attend these programs.

     The Taubert Property Committee with consent of the full Fentress County Commission has decided on a date to auction the “Taubert Property”. The absolute auction will be held at the Fentress County Courthouse’s Main Courtroom at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016. To view the property, obtain a map, or to discuss sale rules and criteria, please contact Jeff Green at Green Acres Real Estate or the Fentress County Executive’s Office.

     On Friday, November 4, we met with Doug Lloyd, Glenn Shelton and James Taylor of Lloyd Electrical out of Knoxville, and VEC Superintendent Michael Cook to discuss the feasibility of building a 30-40 acre “Solar Farm” on what is known as the county’s “Airport Property”. The property, about 113 acres, is located behind Micro Metals and the American Legion building and is an ideal location for the project. A Solar Farm of that size could produce up to a megawatt of power that could be sold to TVA and VEC, providing up to 25 years of profitable operation for Fentress County. We are presently studying the feasibility, logistics and parameters of moving forward with this project.

     We have been in communication with the Tennessee Department of Forestry over the last few weeks concerning this year’s serious drought conditions. Presently, the Department of Forestry is NOT issuing any Burn Permits for this entire Middle Tennessee Region. We want to caution the public to be very cautious of any fires of any kind during this dangerous time.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1529321570ekalw1529321570t@skc1529321570ihadn1529321570ama1529321570. 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.