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Fentress Health Department Renovations On The Way

Remodeling and expansion projects are expected to begin soon at the Fentress County Health Department. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said former Health Department Director Andy Langford spearheaded plans for the project before retiring in January. He said additions to the south end of the facility would include a storm shelter and a walkway connecting the area to other sections ... Read More »

South Fentress Park Reservations Now Done At Courthouse

Fentress County residents looking to reserve space at the South Fentress Community Park will now do so at the County Courthouse. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said last year, park officials stepped down after some 35 years and gave the county control over the park. He said until now, reservations were made by visiting the workplaces of a rotating group of ... Read More »

Fentress Assessing Options After Ambulance Director Resigns

Fentress County is considering adjustments to its Ambulance Services Department after Director Tony Maxfield resigned. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the department is in good hands with Ambulance Service Assistant Director Steve Bradfield serving as interim director. He said the county is looking at ways to divide some of the directorial responsibilities to relieve some of the pressure of ... Read More »

Hoping To Decrease Turnover, Fentress Approves Raise, Overtime For Deputies

The Fentress County Budget Committee approved a $1 hourly raise and made overtime available for the county’s sheriffs deputies. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the starting rate for a certified deputy will now be $17.10 per hour. Johnson said the raise is meant to decrease the number of deputies leaving the county for higher pay. “You know, when you have ... Read More »

State Clears The Way For Fentress Higher Education Center

Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said funding has been cleared for the early design phase of a new Higher Education Center. The 49,000-square-foot facility will be shared by Roane State and TCAT. It will be located on a 33-acre site on Old Highway 127 South just outside the Jamestown city limits. Johnson said he was waiting on the State Building ... Read More »

Fentress Commission Call Special Meeting For New Grimsley Fire Truck

The Fentress County Commission has called a special meeting for Monday to address the need for a fire truck at the Grimsley Fire Department. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the special called meeting will see the board vote on a budget amendment to allow the Grimsley Fire Department to spend between $30,000 to $40,000 on a fire truck. Johnson ... Read More »

State Condemnation Suit To Continue On 127 After Fentress Approval

The state will move forward with a condemnation suit to obtain land needed to continue work on the Highway 127 expansion. The Fentress County Board of Commission approved the suit. The state files a condemnation suit when a financial agreement on property between the state and a landowner cannot be reached. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said this is a state ... Read More »

Fentress Food Bank Needs More Parking; Trying To Fix Long-Term Issue

Parking has become an issue at the Fentress County Food Bank as overflow is disrupting traffic in nearby areas. Food Bank Director Rob Pearce said the gravel parking lot is too small to support clients, volunteers and their monthly delivery truck. He said when volunteers, clients and the delivery truck are there at the same time, cars begin to park ... Read More »

Fentress Approves Bid For New Health Department Roof In Special Meeting

The Fentress County Commission approved a rebid to replace the roof of the health department building Monday night. Commissioners met during a special-called meeting. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the roof was supposed be replaced last year due to old age, but the project was delayed and had to be rebid. “No it was just getting old, and you know ... Read More »

Fentress Applies For Over $2M In Broadband Grants To Expand Access

Fentress County has applied for two new grants offered by the Tennessee Department of Economic And Community Department to expand broadband access. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the first grant would be used for schools, health clinics, and hospitals. Johnson said the Broadband Ready Communication grant is for connectivity in community work spaces. “We’re hoping we could get some ... Read More »