We attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Pall Mall Emergency Shelter last Friday. In attendance were Grant Writer Amanda Mainord, Senator Ken Yager, Representative Kelly Keisling, Gerald and Deborah York representing York Memorial Park, several Fentress County Commissioners and community leaders. We are excited to finally see construction begin on this important project. The $315,000.00 Project was funded by a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant). A big thanks to Amanda Mainord for her continued efforts on behalf of Fentress County.

  The County was recently audited by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on different grants the County had received from TDEC. We received great news early Monday, that they had reviewed the grants and there were NO audit findings. Thanks go to Marsha Delk and the Fentress County Finance Department, Jackie Selby and the Solid Waste Department, Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks, Grant Writer Amanda Mainord and County Attorney Leslie Ledbetter.

     On the cusp of 30 years of yard sales, we encourage everyone to exercise caution as the Highway 127 Yard Sale begins. This project, started by former County Executive Michael Walker has grown to be an “International Event” and a “National Phenomenon”. Visitors from around the world travel to Fentress County and all points along the Sale to enjoy and participate. This year’s sale promises to be the biggest ever.

     Coinciding with the Highway 127 Yard Sale is the beginning of school in Fentress County. The happiness of Fentress County Parents can only be compared to the sad and miserable plight of the Fentress County Teachers as they prepare for nine months of challenges with children whose demeanor ranges from elation to downright pitiful sadness. Luck and prayers to all.

     The Chamber of Commerce with the help of our Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Management prepare for the “Solar Eclipse” that’s coming on Monday, August 21. The Chamber will be hosting an “Eclipse” event at South Fentress Community Park in Clarkrange from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This rare event is garnering international attention, with astronomers from around the globe visiting areas that will experience the “Totality” of the Eclipse. Fentress County is expecting an influx of thousands of visitors for the event.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1534673589Tytnu1534673589oCsse1534673589rtneF1534673589@skci1534673589H.adn1534673589amA1534673589. 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.