From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

With Thanksgiving coming up, we want to think beyond the turkey and dressing (though that sounds awfully good), and think about our blessings. First of all, family and friends. Secondly, that we live in a country based on freedom of speech, press and religion. We live in a state that has a remarkable economy. But even better, we live in a county filled with people who possess loving and giving hearts. A very healthy and happy Thanksgiving to all.

We want to welcome a new face to Team Fentress. Recently, the Fentress County Commission hired Becky Crockett to fill the Human Resources and Risk Management position for the county. Mrs. Crockett brings a wealth of experience, energy, innovation and creativity to the job. In addition to the above duties, Becky will administer the Title VI Program, chair the Safety and HR Committees, handle Workers Compensation, do employee training and work to keep Fentress County ADA and OSHA compliant. As newest member of the team, Becky will work closely with the County Executive’s Office, Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks, County Attorney Leslie Ledbetter and the Fentress County Finance Department. Becky, welcome aboard.

Work is beginning on the Pall Mall Emergency Shelter. This $315,000.00 project is funded by a CDBG grant that was written and administered by Fentress County Grant Writer Amanda Mainord. We look forward to completing this project. Additionally, the contracts have been signed to replace the Ambulance Service Roof. We hope that it can be finished before any bad weather hits (presently, it leaks wonderfully when it rains).

We received updates on the Highway 127 Project last week. TDOT is letting bids for a multi-million dollar upgrade from Jamestown to Static and Highway 111. The focus of the project will be Safety, especially on the steep grade hill leading to Pall Mall. TDOT officials will be meeting with concerned local citizens at South Fentress Community Park in Clarkrange to discuss the route through the Clarkrange Business District and the area passing between the South Fentress Community Park and Clarkrange Baptist Church. Interested parties should attend (Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.).

On Saturday, December 2, in a joint City/County project, we will be celebrating Christmas in and around Downtown Jamestown. Following the Rotary Club’s Christmas Parade, and in conjunction with the Radiothon for the Children’s Shopping Spree, activities will begin in the Mark Twain Park and around the Fentress County Courthouse. There will be music on the Stage area behind the Courthouse. Food Vendors and Arts and Craft Exhibits will also be available. Additionally, there will be Storytelling and Children’s Programs in the Mark Twain Park as well as the Lighting of the Tree by Mayor Darlene Davis. The Tree Lighting will coincide with the Hope Foundation’s “Parade of Trees” at the Fentress County Courthouse. Please watch for updates and schedules in the Fentress Courier and on the local radio stations. Many thanks to Mayor Davis for her energy and vision.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1513115273Tytnu1513115273oCsse1513115273rtneF1513115273@skci1513115273H.adn1513115273amA1513115273. 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.