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Fentress County

Fentress County is named for James Fentress, who was a State of Tennessee legislator.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Pickett County

E – Scott County and Morgan County

S – Cumberland County and Putnam County

W – Overton County

 

Created:  November 28, 1823                Map of Tennessee highlighting Fentress County

County Seat: 

Jamestown  1823 – present

 

County Courthouse – Jamestown  

 

Location:  101 South Main Street / Central Avenue

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Walter Chamberlain and Company of Knoxville

Contractor:  W R Harper

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored Crab Orchard stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jamestown. The north front has a central projecting section with entrance on the first story. Wings extend north and south. On the roof is a large square white colored cupola with clock and dome. The roof is hipped and flat along the wings. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. Wings were added on either side in 1974. The architect was Clemmons & Ginges and the contactor was Blair & Blair. A jail was built on the back in 1979. The old stone County Jail is located on the north side.

 

County Justice Center – Jamestown  

 

Location:  140 Justice Center Drive / Ruby Avenue

Built:  2012 – 2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Uplands Design Group, Inc. of Crossville

Contractor:  Merit Construction of Knoxville

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southeast of the center of Jamestown. The north front has a slightly projecting center section with central entrance on the first story. The building has no windows and is attached to the County Jail on the south side. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 8th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, Uplands Design Group, Inc. of Crossville also designed courthouses in Cumberland County and Van Buren County.

 

See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Campbell CountyClaiborne CountyScott County and Union County.

 

History  The county was created in 1823 and Jamestown was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a brick structure in Jamestown built by John Albertson and others in 1828. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1860 and burned in 1905. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2012 to 2014.

 

 

County Courthouse – Jamestown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Minutes

Photos taken 2014 and 2018