From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross
County Executive

The Fentress County Commission collectively accepted and approved Architect and Engineering Firm Ragan and Smith’s “Master Plan” presentation to Fentress County Government concerning the assessment of Fentress County’s Parks and Recreation facilities. In addition, the study offered a “Ten Year Plan” for each of the county’s parks. These were merely suggestions of several viable alternatives, depending on the direction chosen by the County’s Parks and Recreation Board as well as the County Commission and public input throughout the planning process. At the present time the Parks and Recreation Committee consists of Chairperson Kim Davidson plus members at large, Kellye Jones, Richard Tallent, Justin Miller, Jimmy Sweet, Joey Vaughn, Phillip Hall. A meeting announcement will be posted in the Fentress Courier in the next few days for anyone interested in attending.

At the present time, Fentress County Grant Writer Amanda Mainord will be utilizing the “Master Plan” to apply for an LPRF Grant from TDEC that could be worth up to $500,000.00. If or when that Grant is awarded, Fentress County will move forward with a permanent set of plans or drawings. This long-term process could take as long as 6-10 years to complete.

During the next few weeks, there will be several “Key” meetings with TDOT Officials concerning the Highway 127 Project. Firstly, I am scheduled to meet with Assistant TDOT Commissioner Paul Degges in Nashville on Tuesday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cordell Hull Building. Paul is Assistant Commissioner of TDOT as well as Chief Engineer. Meeting with us will be Cumberland County Executive Kenneth Carey, Senators Paul Bailey and Ken Yager as well as Representatives John Mark Windle and Kelly Keisling. We will be discussing Sections 3 and 4 from Potato Farm Road to Lowe Road in the Rinnie Community.

On Thursday, February 1, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing at North Cumberland Elementary concerning those same two sections. It is important that both Fentress and Cumberland County be present to voice their concerns and needs.

Lastly, on Thursday, February 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., there will be a public meeting at South Fentress Elementary to discuss the Fentress County sections of the Highway 127 Project. We invite everyone to attend this meeting as well.

We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at vog.n1521483303Tytnu1521483303oCsse1521483303rtneF1521483303@skci1521483303H.adn1521483303amA1521483303. The February Work Session and County Commission Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20th, 2017. The Work Session will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the Regular County Commission Meeting is at 6:00 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.