From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

Last week, Federal authorities handed down s 33 month prison sentence to former Sheriff Charles S. Cravens. In the aftermath of the sentencing, there has been a rather vocal public outcry as to the length of the sentence in Fentress County and throughout the state. Additionally, various media outlets throughout the state have scrutinized the case and the length and structure of the prison sentence.

On behalf of Fentress County Government and the Fentress County Commission, it should be noted that from the beginning of the investigation throughout the sentencing, Federal authorities have NOT contacted any county leaders at all. We have had no input at all through the entire process. Mr. Cravens was investigated, plead guilty to, and was sentenced to FEDERAL crimes before Federal Judges who are most familiar with and bound by Federal Law and the sentencing requirements defined within the context of said Federal Law.

While this entire matter has been a black mark on Fentress County, we want to assure the public at large that this type of conduct is NOT what this new era of Fentress County Government is about. We do not and will not condone any type of misuse of government resources nor the exploitation of anyone, regardless of stature within the community.

We look forward to moving past this very unfortunate and trying incident and to the new Sheriff’s administration bringing a much more positive light to law enforcement in the county and to our county’s focus remaining on the future of our great county. With our recently passed balanced budget, our continued low tax rates, the growth in the areas of tourism, TDOT’s budgeting for the Highway 127 project, and the manufacturing jobs such as Fitzgerald’s and LanPac’s, we continue to be optimistic about the future. With open doors, and an outlook that is responsible and conservative with the county’s tax dollars and respectful of Fentress County’s core values, our focus centers on being good neighbors and looking out for each other.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1534673524Tytnu1534673524oCsse1534673524rtneF1534673524@skci1534673524H.adn1534673524amA1534673524. 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.