From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Several months ago, the Fentress County Commission voted to declare the “Taubert Property” as surplus with the intent to sell the property at absolute auction. The reason for the sale was twofold; to rid the county of legal liability because of extensive trespassing by hunters and off road riders and to place the property back on the tax rolls to generate income. The intended use of the proceeds were also twofold. First, the Commission voted to reserve $65,000.00 from the sale to purchase approximately 30 acres near Faith Christian Academy with the express purpose of building ball parks and recreational facilities for our county’s youth. Secondly, the Commission voted to place the remainder in a special account reserved to pay on Fentress County Government debt.

     Throughout the process of the sale, there were many inquiries as to the property itself, with several interested parties touring the property. The auction was held in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse on Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. With approximately 15-18 potential buyers and several other interested parties in attendance, the property was purchased by Judy Beaty and husband Brite Cooper for the approximate value of $490,000.00.

     We want to express our thanks to Commissioner Jeff Green of Green Acres Realty for acting as auctioneer. As commissioner, Jeff graciously donated his time and energy to the county, saving Fentress County Government a sizable amount in commission costs. Also, we want to thank WDEB Radio for broadcasting the event live over our local cable TV station. We apologize for the technical difficulties in the sound during the early portion of the broadcast.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1529321497ekalw1529321497t@skc1529321497ihadn1529321497ama1529321497. 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.