From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

On a Positive Note: We are proud to announce that the “Ice Storm Pandora” account with FEMA has finally been closed. The storm hit on February 20, 2015 and left Fentress County without electricity for several days. Thanks to the quick reaction of EMA Director James Bilbrey and the county’s emergency personnel, Fentress County weathered the storm. Those involved in the recovery included EMA, the Fentress County Ambulance Service, Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, Sherriff’s Department, City of Jamestown, City Police and hundreds of volunteers.

Behind the scenes were two others that were critical. County Attorney Leslie Clark Ledbetter handled all the legal and technical work, while Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks from the County Executive’s Office handled all the documentation required by FEMA, TEMA and the Federal Government. Keeping accurate records for this $2.4 million dollar project took hundreds of hours over the past 26 months. These unsung heroes insured that all State and Federal audits were complete, accurate and on time. We thank both for their patience and fortitude throughout the process.

On a Negative Note: As all are aware, the Fentress County Sherriff’s Department is under investigation by the FBI, TBI and the Attorney General’s Office. At this time, we have not been informed about the nature of the investigation. On Friday, April 14, Sheriff Cravens proffered his resignation through his attorney effective April 28. Fentress County Government has pledged full cooperation with the investigation. The County Commission will appoint a replacement in due time. Until that time, we will honor the existing chain of command within the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department. In the absence of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter will assume the leadership of the Sheriff’s Department and the running of the Fentress County Justice Center. We are hoping for a swift conclusion to the investigation, and assure Fentress County residents that our Sheriff’s Department and its personnel will continue to serve to insure the safety and wellbeing for all our citizens.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1532240329Tytnu1532240329oCsse1532240329rtneF1532240329@skci1532240329H.adn1532240329amA1532240329. The Fentress County Commission meets every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.