From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     In this week’s column, we want to discuss the importance of writing and obtaining Grants for our county, and the importance of having a great Grant Writer. When we took office three years ago, one of our first actions was to find a great Grant Writer with a proven record. After a diligent search, we decided to go with Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning and Consulting out of Livingston. Amanda’s RESUME proved impressive, with 8 years’ experience working with the Upper Cumberland Development District. After working on several grant projects, Amanda left and started her own successful business, based in her hometown of Livingston, Tennessee. (Amanda Currently lives in Livingston near her family farm).

     Obtaining State and Federal Grants provides a county with a source of income that permits us to expand services, purchase much needed equipment, and improve the quality of life for the residents of the county. In 2014, Fentress County (Fentress County Government, the City of Jamestown and City of Allardt) received over one million dollars in Grant money. These included $315,000.00 to the Fentress County Ambulance Service, $417,000.00 to the City of Allardt for water expansion and $507,000.00 to the City of Jamestown for sewer expansion.

     Other projects under Amanda Mainord’s care included the E-911 Building and the West Fentress Emergency Shelter. Last year’s projects also included the CDBG Grant for the Pall Mall Emergency Shelter, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce Asset Enhancement Grant, the THDA Housing Grant for the Fentress County and the THDA Housing Grant for the City of Jamestown. Last year’s total value exceeded $1,000,000.00.

     Just last week, we were informed by Senator Yager that the $250,000.00 Grant for the Allardt Fire Department had been approved. This much needed grant will be used to purchase a new Pumper Truck for the Allardt Volunteer Fire Department.

     Thus far, Amanda’s work on behalf of Fentress County and its residents has totaled over $5,000,000.00. We wholeheartedly thank Amanda for her hard work and dedication while looking for more success in the future. Well done, Amanda.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1513114319Tytnu1513114319oCsse1513114319rtneF1513114319@skci1513114319H.adn1513114319amA1513114319. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00. All meetings are open to the public.