From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

     Last week, Deputy Commissioner of Tennessee Veteran’s Affairs, Lorenzo Mills, visited our office. With him was Regional Director Tim Forte. The purpose of the visit was familiarize themselves with Fentress County and to visit with Fentress County’s Veteran Service Officer Jeff Tinch. Commissioner Mills and Director Forte complemented Mr. Tinch on his work and outstanding service to the veterans of Fentress County. We pointed out that Mr. Tinch has been sought out by many veterans from surrounding counties, and even a few from out of state. His reputation as a “Get It Done” VSO has spread rapidly around the region.

     Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of visiting the Alvin C. York Memorial Park in Pall Mall to meet the new park manager Josh Waggoner. Assistant Parks and Recreation Commissioner Brock Hill along with other dignitaries were there for the “Meet and Greet” Celebration. It was exciting to see the several ongoing projects that are under way at the Park. We followed that meeting up by visiting Pickett State Park and doing another “Meet and Greet” with their new manager Travis Stover. Travis was recently reassigned after doing a fantastic job as manager of the Alvin C. York Memorial Park. We are excited that both parks have young, ambitious and energetic new managers that bring a wealth of knowledge and a variety of new and innovative ideas to their prospective Parks.

     The time is finally near. The Courthouse Restoration Project should be finished by this weekend. And just in time for “Halloween on the Square”. We invite everyone out to view the finished project and to participate in our Halloween festivities. We thank Mayor Davis and the City of Jamestown for their help with the project.

     We will be attending the Governor’s Conference in Gatlinburg today thru Friday. The Conference offers several presentations and workshops that are designed to be helpful to counties and cities throughout the state. Additionally, the conference gives Mayors and Executives the opportunity to network and discuss common problems and their possible solutions. Along with Governor Haslam, Senators Corker and Alexander will be in attendance.

     Last week, UCHRA held their annual meeting and Banquet at Lakeside Resort on Center Hill Lake. Other than the “Meal”, the primary purpose of the meeting was to review last year’s progress, outline this years “Game Plan” for the Agency, and to elect officers for the coming year. It has been my privilege to serve on UCHRA’s Executive Committee, Personnel Committee, Transportation Committee, By-Laws Committee and the Agency’s Legislative Committee. UCHRA provides many useful and needed services for the residents of the Upper Cumberland.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1513115286Tytnu1513115286oCsse1513115286rtneF1513115286@skci1513115286H.adn1513115286amA1513115286. 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.