From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

An update on upcoming meetings with TDOT officials concerning the Highway 127 Project:

This Thursday, January 18. TDOT officials will host an open house at North Cumberland Elementary from 5:00 p.m. ‘til 7:00 p.m. The primary focus of this meeting is to field public comments concerning Section 2 and Section 3 of the Highway 127 Project. Those two sections go from around The Potato Farm Road in the Woody Community of Cumberland County to Lowe Road in the Rinnie Community. TDOT has proposed that that the original plan for a four-lane divided highway be changed to a two-lane highway with a passing lane (also known as a suicide lane) in the middle.

We feel that the original design bests suits the needs of Fentress and Cumberland County. It is crucial that we have as many people as possible at this meeting to voice our concerns. Therefore, we urgently request that any interested individuals from either county be present. The completion of the Highway 127 Project is a crucial part of our efforts to recruit industry to Fentress County.

On January 30, at 4:00 p.m., several local and state leaders will be meeting with Assistant Commissioner of TDOT Paul Degges at the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. Along with Representatives Kelly Keisling and John Mark Windle, Senators Ken Yager and Paul Bailey, I will be discussing the importance of the Highway 127 Project to the future of Fentress County and its economic development. Paul Degges also serves as TDOT’s Chief Engineer and is responsible for deciding where and when a project started. We look forward to expressing our concerns to Mr. Degges and his colleagues.

On Thursday, February 15, there will be a public hearing at South Fentress Elementary with TDOT officials to discuss Section 4 and Section 5 of the Highway 127 Project. Section 4 stretches from Lowe Road in Cumberland County to Little Road in Clarkrange and includes the Clear Creek Bridge. Section 5 goes from Little Road to approximately Clarkrange High and includes South Fentress Community Park and Clarkrange Baptist Church. We encourage all interested citizens to attend this important meeting and to voice their opinions.

We should hear from TDOT officials concerning the acquisition of the Solid Waste Convenience Center in Clarkrange as well as the Clarkrange Volunteer Fire Department. We have been told that an offer is ready and being reviewed by TDOT Right-of-Way officials. We are presently looking for a convenient place to relocate these crucial facilities and welcome input from our fire fighters as well as the public as to possible locations. This inconvenient situation does give us the chance to upgrade both facilities.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1519316571Tytnu1519316571oCsse1519316571rtneF1519316571@skci1519316571H.adn1519316571amA1519316571. 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.