From the Desk of J. Michael Cross County Executive

State of the County – Part 2

     As we move into 2017, we have several unfinished projects to complete. Active projects include: building a retaining wall on the west side of the courthouse, implementation of the courthouse “Beautification Project”, completion of the emergency communications tower in Clarkrange, administration of the $375,000.00 THDA Housing Grant for the elderly and disabled, building the Emergency Shelter in Pall Mall utilizing the $315,000.00 CDBG Grant.

     In addition to these projects, we continue to diligently look for business / industry for the Clarkrange Regional Business Park. At the same time, we are working to assure that we have adequate infrastructure in place to enhance our chances for success.

     We are working hand in hand with our newer industries, Fitzgerald’s Trucking and LanPac, Inc., to insure their success and to encourage possible expansion. These two industries have created around 60 new jobs for Fentress County residents.

     We continue to lobby for the construction of the Highway 127 Project. We have several scheduled meetings in the upcoming months with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and Assistant Commissioner and Chief Engineer Paul Degges. Additionally, we stay in constant communication with Senator Ken Yager and Representatives Kelly Keisling and John Mark Windle concerning the 127 Project.

     With the cooperation and support of the Fentress County Commission, we continue to strive for a balanced budget, conservative spending practices and a reduction of county debt. We are continually working toward the expansion of the services for our elderly and our Senior Citizen’s Center as well as looking to develop more opportunities for the youth of our county. Further, it is our goal to improve, when possible, the services to the people of Fentress County in all our service oriented departments.

     As always, we strive to provide an “Open Door Policy” and to show complete transparency in all our county’s operations. As such, we welcome comments and suggestions on how to better serve our constituents. Please feel free to contact any of our County Commissioners and the County Executive’s Office with suggestions or ideas.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda hicks can also be reached at *protected email*. 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.