From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Last Thursday, we traveled to Cookeville to meet with new Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. Representatives from several Upper Cumberland counties met there for a Press Conference with Commissioner Rolfe and to receive “Site Development” grants from the State of Tennessee. Members of the Fentress County Industrial Development Board with Jamestown Mayor Darlene Davis and the Fentress County Executive were on hand to receive a check in the amount of $500,000.00 from ECD. The grant is earmarked to improve the water line and volume capacity from the new water tank in Clarkrange to the entrance of the Clarkrange Regional Business Park. We want to congratulate IDB Manager Scott Sandman and all Industrial Development Board members for their persistence in applying for and being awarded this much needed grant.

     Immediately following the grant ceremony in Cookeville, we traveled to Nashville to meet with Senator Ken Yager, Representative John Mark Windle and Representative Kelly Keisling. We discussed the Allardt Fire Department’s proposed grant to purchase a much needed “Pumper Truck” for the department. We also discussed the THDA Housing Grant that was put on hold by the Federal Government, and were assured that by the first of May, we would be able to proceed with that project. We are excited about using that $375,000.00 Grant to enhance and repair the homes of several of the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged of Fentress County.

     Following those discussions, we discussed the impending Highway 127 Project and were assured that it was still one of the top priorities for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Representatives Windle and Keisling expect construction from I-40 to Legion Road in Cumberland County to begin in this calendar year. They expect the construction on the Clear Creek Bridge section to possibly begin in 2018 or 2019.

     As County Executive, it is crucial to foster a positive relationship with our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. We appreciate the open door policy of our Senators and Representatives and are excited to be able to speak on behalf of our county and its residents. While in Nashville, we were able to have lunch with Representative Windle and to enjoy dinner with Representative Keisling. We very much appreciate their hospitality.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1508509558Tytnu1508509558oCsse1508509558rtneF1508509558@skci1508509558H.adn1508509558amA1508509558. 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.