Demolition of Old Jail Building Among Topics Discussed at Commission Meeting

The Fentress Co. Commission met in regular monthly session on Monday, April 20 and took action on a number of items of business.

With all members present, the meeting was called to order by County Executive J. Michael Cross, followed by the presentation of Colors by the Clarkrange JROTC Color Guard, the pledge to the flag led by Kim Davidson, and opening prayer by Thomas Huff.

After approval of the notary list and minutes from the March 3 special called meeting and March 15 regular commission meetings, the commission read a proclamation in honor of the Clarkrange High School Lady Buffalo basketball team, and presented a plaque to Coach Lamar Rogers and his team.

Next, following some discussion concerning the cleanup of debris from the February ice storm, the commission approved the 6-month option for debris removal, which would provide more funding from FEMA.

They then approved a resolution in support of Parker Charcoal, which has been asked by the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to provide costly monitoring system and install such in an expedited time frame, that may result in the company being forced to close.  The resolution respectfully requests that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reconsider this request and allow all parties to facilitate a workable solution that provides a waiver of such requirements, or perhaps a structure where Parker Charcoal is allowed to operate using a less costly alternative, and keeps the industry viable and provides a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.

The commission then approved a lease renewal with Independent Opportunities, Inc. (I.O.I.) for the old Tinch School building, and requested that John Cook evaluate the building for insurance purposes.

Fentress County Library Director then gave an update on the Library, reporting that thanks to the donation of the Pinckley Family, the Library now had a 2,000 square foot addition plus a 10’ x 15’ storage room, and thanked all involved in seeing the project become a reality.

Next, they approved the revision of the Senior Citizens Center Policy and Procedures Manual for compliance with the Older Americans Act Chapter 6-3-.02.

They then approved a motion by Larry Cooper to relieve the Trustee’s office of further liability in regard to the 2013 delinquent property tax.

Trustee Wanda Tompkins was commended for having only a 1.74% delinquency for the year.

On a motion by Wade Matthews, seconded by Lester Gooding, they then approved the designation of the vacant rooms on the south end of the large courtroom for the county archives.

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