Friday, August 12, 2022
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Fentress Breaks Ground On Ag Pavilion, Expect To Open Fall 2022

Fentress County broke ground on its new Agriculture Pavilion along South York Highway.

County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the county is just waiting on the ground to dry to move in heavy equipment. Johnson said the excitement of dirt moving has him already looking towards the future.

“Hopefully we’ll have enough footage that we can build on to it later if we need to and such,” Johnson said. “We’re just really tickled to death to be able to say that we’re going to have something new here for the future, for the youth.”

Johnson said once dirt starts moving, the site will be ready for construction to begin at the first of 2022. He said the goal is to have the building ready for use by early fall next year.

“It was great, the ag pavilion will be something we’ve tried to get started for a couple years now,” Johnson said. “We got through COVID, of course it’s increased in price considerably but the majority of the commission voted to go forward with it.”

Fentress County took out a $2.95 million capital outlay note, $2.1 million will be for the ag pavilion. Johnson said the project will be paid out of county debt services.

The pavilion will house the Agriculture Extension Offices, community rooms and a covered arena area. The county purchased 15 acres for the facility.