From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     We have been getting daily updates from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Forestry concerning the drought situation in Tennessee. At the present time, the Governor has placed a burning ban on 51 counties including Fentress. The ban prohibits outside burning of any kind including trash, leaves and even camp fires. We want to encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution through the duration of the drought. Here’s hoping for a wet winter.

     On Friday, November 18th, Fentress County held its Annual Strategic Planning Session. In attendance were members of CTAS (County Technical Assistance Service), the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Upper Cumberland Development District, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, the Fentress County Planning Commission, the Fentress County Industrial Development Board and Fentress County Government. At this annual meeting, we assess progress, identify goals, and make contingency plans for both short term and long term goals for the county. This year’s meeting was both productive and enlightening. These meetings are annually held in each county by the above mentioned agencies. The Fentress County meeting was moderated by our local CTAS Representative Ben Rogers.

     We hope that everyone enjoys a wonderful time of Thanksgiving. There have been many reminders lately about just how lucky and blessed that we are. Living in the greatest country in the world, we exercise more freedoms than any anyone. We hope that we all take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving with our family and friends.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda hicks can also be reached at ten.s1529321562ekalw1529321562t@skc1529321562ihadn1529321562ama1529321562. 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.