From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

It’s a new year. A time for a fresh start. Many take the time to reflect on the past, re-evaluate their lives, make resolutions and commitments, and optimistically look forward to the New Year. Here’s to a bright year ahead.

We recently had the opportunity to talk to officials from the Fentress County Health Department, the Fentress County School System and a couple of local Doctors. With influenza, strep throat and more running rampant throughout our county, they all emphasize the importance of keeping young children and the elderly away from possible contamination. Please, if your children are sick, keep them home. Also, ballgames are a great place to come into contact with a “Bug”. Stay home and listen to a local broadcast.

Additionally, with the extreme cold, please be cautious with young children as they wait on school buses. Dress in layers and stay inside as much as is possible.

Last week, we had our last community open house to discuss our TDEC Master Plan Grant concerning the future of Parks and Recreation in Fentress County. With a full house, Architect and Engineering Firm Ragan and Smith gave an informative presentation discussing their findings and recommendations. In this Ten Year Plan, we evaluated our existing Parks: South Fentress Community Park, Kirby Johnson Park, Jamestown City Park and others. Recommendations on how to improve or expand services at each facility were discussed. In addition, we examined the newly acquired 33 acres just south of Jamestown, and discussed several possible options for developing a new addition to our Parks and Recreation facilities. We appreciate everyone’s input and interest in this process.

Once completely finished, Fentress County’s Grant Writer, Amanda Mainord will take the “Master Plan” and submit it to TDEC as part of our application for a “LPRF” Parks and Recreation Grant that could be worth as much as $500,000.00. If our application is successful, the grant money would be used to develop the new property as well as improve or add to our present facilities.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1532240581Tytnu1532240581oCsse1532240581rtneF1532240581@skci1532240581H.adn1532240581amA1532240581. This month’s County Commission Meeting has been pushed back to Tuesday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.