From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Fentress County received an update on the Highway 127 Project from Representative John Mark Windle last week. In accordance with TDOT’s proposed fiscal years planning for 2018 thru 2020, the section of road from near Lowe Road in Cumberland County to near Little Road in Clarkrange is scheduled for construction in 2020, with the section from I-40 to Legion Road in Cumberland County to be under construction in 2018 or 2019. We are excited to here this news, and will continue to lobby for the expedited completion of these projects. We thank our legislators for their continued support of this much needed project for Fentress County.

     We also received an update from Representative Kelly Keisling last week as the Tennessee Department of Economic Development announced the grant recipients for the TNECD Asset Enhancement Grants. This $50,000.00 grant for Fentress County is designed to help economically distressed communities improve unemployment rates, per capita income, reduce poverty rates and to address other economic problems. Locally, Fentress, Pickett and Scott Counties were recipients of Asset Enhancements Grants.

    Additionally, Fentress County Government received word from the state to proceed with the implementation of our $375,000.00 THDA Housing Grant. In the next couple of weeks, grant writer Amanda Mainord, Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks and myself with be visiting qualified homes throughout the county in preparation for their remodeling or repair work. We are excited to be able to offer help to those in our county who desperately need home repairs and upgrades.

     We are also moving along with the Pall Mall Emergency Shelter Project that is funded by a $315,000.00 CDBG Grant. This much needed addition to the Pall Mall Community will be a great addition and asset to the people of the Wolf Creek Valley section of the county. Construction should begin within the next few weeks.

     Applying for and receiving grants is an important part of our county’s long term plans to offer expanded and improved services to the citizens of Fentress County. Currently, Fentress County Government and the Chamber of Commerce is administering $865,000.00 worth of grants throughout the county. These include: THDA grant of $375,000.00 for home improvements, CDBG grant of $315,000.00 for the Emergency Shelter in Pall Mall, A&E Master Plan grant of $60,000.00 for Parks and Recreation Planning, Beautification grant of $27,000.00 for the Courthouse Beautification Project, TNECD grant of $50,000.00 to improve economic conditions in Fentress County, TN Dept. of Health grant of $10,000.00 to improve health and safety within the county, TN Solid Waste grant of $28,000.00 to purchase a box truck for recycling purposes by our Fentress County Solid Waste Department. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Fentress County Grant Writer Amanda Mainord for her continued dedication to Fentress County, and to our Fentress County Chamber of Commerce and the Fentress County Solid Waste Department for their hard work and diligence.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1534673519Tytnu1534673519oCsse1534673519rtneF1534673519@skci1534673519H.adn1534673519amA1534673519. 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.