News: From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
The Rest of the Story:
How many of you knew that there is a cooperative agreement between the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department, the Fentress County Solid Waste Department, the County Executive’s Office, UCHRA and the Office of the General Session’s Judge. The agreement sets the groundwork for litter pick-up, mowing and cutting firewood.
Many don’t know that trustees from the Sheriff’s Department have cut, split and delivered over 300 ricks of wood to the sick, elderly and disabled of our community. This wood is cut from around the county, some from tree tops of logged timber trees. This wood has enabled many of our community to stay warm and safe during our coldest weather of the year.
Additionally, supervised trustees mow many of the county’s properties. Mowed properties include the Fentress County Courthouse, the Justice Center, E-911 Communications Center, the Ag Extension Office, the Fentress County Library, Senior Citizen’s Center, Health Department and the Ambulance Service. This service saves the county several thousand dollars a year in mowing and weed eating.
Our Facilities Manager from the Justice Center, Dwain Matthews, also uses a crew to help with various projects around the county. Recently, Dwain and his crew helped unload, unpack and put together benches and tables for the courthouse.
Last week, our Solid Waste Department partnered with the City of Jamestown to pick up trash from around the county as a kick off to the “Great American Clean-up”. In one day, the picked up 3,425 pounds of trash. In addition, the Sheriff’s Department “Loans” the Solid Waste Department one full-time Trustee who is permanently assigned “Trash Duty”. Mr. Terry Hall also uses Trustees and Community Service Workers to pick up trash from around the county 2 days per week. Yearly, they pick up thousands and thousands of bags of garbage from our roadways.
These combined efforts save tens of thousands of dollars. Many thanks to all for their commitment and effort on behalf of Fentress County Government.
And that’s just some of the story.
We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1534673533Tytnu1534673533oCsse1534673533rtneF1534673533@skci1534673533H.adn1534673533amA1534673533. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 work session. All meetings are open to the public.