From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
A quick update on what’s happening with TDOT’s Highway 127 Project and its effect on the Clarkrange Volunteer Fire Department and the Clarkrange Solid Waste Convenience Center. Firstly, no one likes to be inconvenienced or put-out, but we have worked really hard to keep TDOT’s feet to the fire and keep the Hwy 127 Project in their active 3-year plan. So, secondly, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade and enjoy it. In other words, we are excited that we have a great opportunity to relocate and build NEW facilities for both the Fire Hall and the Convenience Center. (By the way, when we net with TDOT Officials, it became clear that the present locations for the Fire Department and Solid Waste site would be unsuitable and unusable.) To that end, we are systematically searching for appropriate locations for the impending move as well as exploring and utilizing Federal and State “Grants” as a way to upgrade and fund both facilities.
I want to personally thank Fentress County Assistant Fire Chief Scott King for meeting with TDOT officials in my office and on site at the Clarkrange Fire Department. In moving forward, we will be seeking input from our Fire Chiefs, Captains and local Fire Fighters concerning the best location, and the needs of our local department. In the past few weeks, we have met with Right-of-Way Officer Jason Arnold, TDOT’s Director of Project Development Wes Hughen, TDOT Community Transportation Planner Stacy Morrison and others. We think that as aggravating as the move will be, it gives us a chance to upgrade our facilities and to improve access and parking to the new site. We want to insure that the community continues to receive the very best service possible from their Volunteer Fire Department. When finished, we hope to have a facility that our Fire Department and the Community can be proud of.
Coupled with the new Communications Tower in Clarkrange that has enhanced the communication links for Fire, Ambulance, Rescue and Sherriff’s Department, we hope to provide the best possible overall service that will ultimately save lives. Fentress County already has a great infrastructure in place for our Volunteer Fire Departments, Ambulance Service and Rescue Squads, but moving forward, the County Executive’s Office and the Fentress County Commission is committed to providing the best equipment and facilities available. We believe that our Professional Personnel are as well trained or are “Better Trained” than any of our surrounding counties, and as such, deserve our best. Thank you for your service.
In moving, or relocating the Solid Waste Convenience Center, we will continue to focus on providing a site that offers easy access for “entry” and “exit” as well as convenience to our citizens. While Solid Waste personnel and the Commission continue to explore our possibilities, we welcome input from the community as to possible site locations. Proposals or suggestions may be sent to the County Executive’s Office or to the Fentress County Solid Waste Department and Solid Waste Director Jackie Selby.
We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1519316498Tytnu1519316498oCsse1519316498rtneF1519316498@skci1519316498H.adn1519316498amA1519316498. The Fentress County Commission meets every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.