From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     In this week’s column, I am going to digress from the usual Fentress County Government updates to give a “Shout-Out” to my cousin Don Cross of Pickett County. Two Lee sisters from Pickett County married to young Cross gentlemen from Fentress County. James Cross (my dad) and Earl Cross were first cousins. So, children from both families were in reality first and third cousins. Not only that, we all grew up as next door neighbors on the Rock Quarry Road in Clarkrange. Each family had four children who were mirrored in age. As you can imagine, we were very close.

     Back to Don. My cousin has suffered from serious heart problems for quite some time. Last week, he and his family were told that without a transplant, Don would live for only a short few days. The family put Don on several church prayer lists throughout Fentress, Overton, Pickett and Putnam counties. Last Friday, after given only a few hours to live, a donor was found and Don received a heart transplant at Vanderbilt’s Heart Center in Nashville. Presently, Don is doing well, and expects to come home within the next few days. We are thankful that this good man’s life has been prolonged for a while. Thanks to all who had Don in their thoughts and Prayers.

     Last weekend, we attended East Fork Stables Kansas City BBQ Cook-off. With the help of Owen and Phillip Horst, we helped Ed Wiley and his crew cook for the multitude. With $20,000.00 in prize money, an antique tractor and car show, and plenty of food, the event drew a tremendous crowd representing several states. Over 50 Professional BBQ Teams competed throughout the weekend. Congrats to Ed and his staff for a great event that will continue to grow.

     This coming weekend, weather permitting, Judge Burnett and I will host the 19th Annual “Soiree” at South Fentress Community Park. Thanks to the generous help by Parker Charcoal, LeBlanc Financial Alliance, HBC (Horst Brothers Construction), Plateau Pallet, Mountain Barn Builders and a slew of volunteers, we hope this is the best one ever. Free Food, Face Painting by Lynne Looney, Bouncy Houses and Games. Music by Justin “Elvis” Miller, Leonard Anderson, Micah Bilbrey, Tommy Lee and Martha’s Vineyard. Topped off by a huge Fireworks show by Tracey Burnett and friends. Come out and enjoy this “Celebration of American Freedom” with family and friends. Weather permitting, festivities begin around 4:00 p.m. and conclude with Fireworks at dark.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1534673594Tytnu1534673594oCsse1534673594rtneF1534673594@skci1534673594H.adn1534673594amA1534673594. 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.