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Fentress Health Department To Get New Canopy

Fentress County has taken the next step to get a new canopy at its Health Department. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said that the plans for this replacement were actually set for last year, but the county ran out of time. He said that the current canopy is several years old. “We actually are going to be putting a canopy on ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Fentress Nearing Finish Line For Standalone ER Approval

Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the county’s standalone ER could receive approval as soon as Wednesday. Johnson said they are going to Nashville tomorrow for approval of the certificate of need. Current federal rules require a transferring facility connected to a major hospital be within 35 miles. “We’re just a little small pebble in the ocean here and it ... Read More »

Fentress Reaches Compromise For Road Improvement Plan

A compromise was reached between Fentress County Commissioners and Highway Department on a road improvement loan. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said $800,000 was approved by the commission. Johnson said 44 roads will get improvements under the modified plan. “It’s going to be good to some folks who have lived on some rough roads so several years now,” Johnson said. “So ... Read More »

Fentress Co. Names New EMS Interim Director

Fentress County EMS Interim Director Jonathan Beaty has stepped down from his position. That is according to County Executive Jimmy Johnson. Johnson said Paramedic Steve Bradfield will be the new interim director. “He’s going to try it for around 30 days, and hopefully, we can figure out some things to get the ambulance service back on track to where it ... Read More »

Fentress Co. EMS Director Wants Upgrades

Fentress County Interim EMS Director Jonathan Beaty’s temporary contract is set to expire Tuesday. Beaty told county commissioners Thursday night that if a new agreement for his salary can not be met, Tuesday will be his last day. “The $65,000 for my salary, I am not pending on that,” Beaty said. “If you don’t think I am worth it, just ... Read More »

Fentress Agrees To Purchase Location For Stand-Alone ER

Fentress County Commissioners approved purchasing a building for a stand-alone UT Medical Center facility. Commissioners agreed to purchase the old Fentress Health Systems building for $655,707. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said a long-term commitment was needed for UT Medical to lobby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for restriction changes. “Passing this right here, these two amendments, I was ... Read More »

Fentress Co. Officials Exploring Other Vaccination Locations

Fentress County officials are meeting with the state health department Tuesday to discuss options of moving vaccination locations. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said increasing turnout for the vaccine is creating long lines near the county’s health department. “I know today that where our health department is located here off of Main Street people are actually parked all the way down ... Read More »

Key: New RSCC Fentress Center Is The Heart Of County

“What makes this campus unique is it’s the heart of the community. It’s the heart of Fentress County.” That’s Roane State Community College Fentress Site Director Tinisha Key. Ket and President Chris Whaley joined county officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Friday at the new Clarkrange facility. Key said the main benefit to the new center is ... Read More »

Fentress County Covid Testing And Cases Rise

Fentress County active Covid cases over the past month have increased from eight to 36. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said positive cases are always a concern, but was expected with more people being tested. “We were expecting it,” Johnson said. “We were talking with our local health department and state officials that it was going to come. This is what ... Read More »