Ground Broken For New Fentress County 911 Center


Local and state officials joined with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, USDA Rural Development Agency and other individuals and agencies involved in the project, to officially break ground on the new Emergency 911 Center for Fentress County on Thursday, August 15.
This project began in the winter of 2010 when the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that they would be taking applications from communities that were affected by disaster in 2008 and 2010.
Fentress County was designated as a disaster community by HUD guidelines for the tornadoes and straight line winds that struck the County in 2008.  At the time of the disaster in 2008, Fentress County had no central location for emergency personnel to set up and coordinate plans of recovery relief.
Fentress County was awarded $490,000 from the State of Tennessee through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster funds.  The Fentress County 911 Board and State 911 Board contributed $400,000 to increase the size of the building.
Norrod Builders of Algood, Tennessee were approved as the low bidder on this project.  It is expected that the expansion will be complete by January 2014.  After completion, the Fentress County 911 Center will not only house the 911 communications, but will have dedicated space for use as a permanent Command Center as recommen-ded by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
Fentress County has never had a dedicated 911 Command Center whereby all Department Heads could come in case of disaster situations.  A true Command Center that incorporates not only the 911 Communications, but will have a dedicated room that is set up to accommodate each emergency response department head along with the County Executive and Mayors of the City of Jamestown and Town of Allardt.  Permanent telephone lines, dedicated two-way communica-tion access as well as weather service equipment and monitoring equipment can be installed.
Brooksie Carlton, Director of Federal Programs, Tenn. Department of Economic & Community Development, who was present for the ground-breaking, stated that her agency was pleased to have been able to have a role in helping provide funding for this project, as well as the recently-completed fire station.
Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting, grant administrator for the project, commented: “Without CDBG Disaster funding, there is no financially feasible way to correct this need.  The Community Development Block Grant program is very competitive with communities from across the State; Fentress County is fortunate to receive this funding opportunity.” Get The Rest Of The Story In This Weeks Fentress Courier