From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Last week’s “Parade of Trees” and the “Lighting of the Tree” events were a wonderful example of “Teamwork” within our county. We want to thank Cindy Smith and the Hope Foundation for their support as well as the City of Jamestown and Fentress County Government. The “Parade of Trees” was held inside the Fentress County Courthouse for the first time ever. We wish to express our gratitude to all the personnel from the Trustee’s Office, The Register of Deeds, the Property Assessor’s Office, the County Court Clerk, the Veteran’s Service Office and the County Executive’s Office for their efforts in beautifying our Courthouse. We also extend thanks to our Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, the Fentress County Finance Department, Jackie Selby and his Solid Waste Staff and to all the City of Jamestown workers who helped with the events. The Courthouse and streets were filled with families enjoying the festivities. And last but not least, thanks to all those who set up booths and displays for our enjoyment. In the words of my great granddaughter Skyyler….”Best Day Ever!”

     We want to offer thanks to all those who donated to our “Help East Tennessee Effort”. We were able to send a fully loaded box truck to the Gatlinburg area Saturday. Thanks to Jackie Selby and our Solid Waste Department for furnishing the truck and to Emergency Management Director James Bilbrey for delivering the water, blankets and cleaning supplies to our neighbors in need. Thanks also to John Gunter and our Extension Office, First Baptist Church of Jamestown and to all who generously donated to the cause.

     We want to remind everyone that even though we have received some rain in the last few days, we are still in the midst of the worst drought conditions in years. The State Forestry Division updates my office daily as to the extent of the drought. Our Forestry Division has banned all outside burning until further notice. This ban includes household trash, building materials, leaves and debris as well as campfires. We caution everyone to be on the alert. We want to avoid at all cost a repeat of what happened in East Tennessee.

     The sale of the “Taubert Property” will be held in the Fentress County Courthouse’s Main Courtroom at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. This 306 +/- acre tract exhibits some of Fentress County’s best. The absolute auction will be conducted by Jeff Green of Green Acres Realty. As County Commissioner, Jeff has volunteered to donate his services. We invite any and all interested parties to attend the auction. The auction will be broadcast live by WDEB on our local cable TV Station.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1508509500ekalw1508509500t@skc1508509500ihadn1508509500ama1508509500. 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.