Ground Breaking Ceremony Held for New Emergency Shelter at Pall Mall

Left to right: Pall Mall Fire Chief Charles Kerns, State Representative Kelly Keisling, Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting, Fentress County Executive J. Michael Cross, State Senator Ken Yager, Second District Commissioners Kim Davidson and J.P. Reagan, Fifth District Commissioner Larry Cooper, and Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation Executive Director Debra York are shown above breaking ground on Friday, July 28 for the new Pall Mall Emergency Shelter.

Fentress County Executive J. Michael Cross was joined by State Senator Ken Yager, State Repreentative Kelly Keisling, Second District Commissioners Kim Davidson and JP Reagan, and others on Friday, July 28 to break ground for construction of the Pall Mall Emergency Shelter.

This project began in the winter of 2014 when then newly elected Commissioners Davidson and  Reagan were asked by residents of the Pall Mall area to assist them in building an emergency shelter near their community fire station.    

With today’s changing weather the area is in great need of an emergency shelter.  This need was the perfect project for a community livability application for a Community Development Block Grant.   

In 2016, Fentress County was awarded $315,000 from the State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department.  Without CDBG funding, there is no financially feasible way for this project to be possible.       

T & J Builders of Cookeville, Tennessee were approved as the low bidder on this project.  It is expected that the expansion will be complete by January 2018.    

Senator  Ken Yager  congratulated the community by saying, “The Community Development Block Grant program is a very competitive grant process because communities compete for grant money with communities from across the State; Fentress County is fortunate to receive this funding opportunity.”

This grant is being administrated by Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting.