From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive


     Last Thursday morning, for unknown reasons, I experienced a pretty serious health scare. During my regular morning routine, while drinking my morning cup of coffee, I experienced an odd feeling. To be on the cautious side, I checked my blood pressure. It was uncharacteristically high (high enough to be of concern). Instead of going in to work, Barbara and I headed to the Clarkrange Medical Clinic to confer with lifelong friend Gary Burks. Under his advice, we hitched a ride with the Fentress County Ambulance Service to the Emergency Room in Cookeville. What a ride! Under the care of Chris and Josh, I experienced the efficiency, skill, speed and professionalism of these highly trained professionals. They also provided confidence, reassurance and comfort during the transport. (What a firsthand opportunity to evaluate our Ambulance Service by your County Executive).

     Here’s what I learned: A reaffirmation of the love of family and the genuine concern of friends. It hammered home just what our priorities should be and what, at the end of the day, is not important. It magnified the love of life, that death is real and unpredictable, and that it can come at any time. It emphasized the need for God and Salvation and makes one examine their behavior, deeds, habits and the treatment of friends and family. It helps one to focus on health issues, diet and nutrition, and the need to be more active in day to day life. All hard and valuable lessons.

     In the words of lifelong friend Leon Stepp: “If I knew I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”.

     Here’s a heartfelt and sincere thanks to all family and friends for their love, prayers, support, encouragement, and not a little advice (all unsolicited).

     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.