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Press Release: Fentress County Develops Official Seal with Assistance of TN Tech Student
The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce and Fentress County Executive’s Office have, for the first time, created an original Fentress County Seal through the assistance of Tennessee Tech student and Center for Rural Innovation intern, Jesse Filoteo. On February 22, 2021, the Fentress county commission unanimously voted for the seal to officially represent the County.
Fentress is a rural county in Tennessee full of natural beauty, entrepreneurial spirit, and growing industries. Tennessee Tech has a long history of working with Fentress County and the surrounding rural counties to raise prosperity levels. One way that Tennessee Tech supports the resiliency of surrounding rural communities is through its Center for Rural Innovation (TCRI). TCRI employs student interns to work on technical assistance initiatives including web design, graphic design, social media, and more.
After reaching out to the Center for Rural Innovation in 2020 regarding the need for an official government seal, the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce connected Executive Johnson and his Assistant Amanda Hicks with TCRI. The Fentress County Executive’s Office worked with Tennessee Tech Graphic Design student Jesse Filoteo to create an official seal that would make the county proud and also capture the spirit of Fentress County within a recognizable design. Regarding the finished seal, Hicks states, “We knew this final design would fit perfectly for Fentress County.” Their overall goal for the seal was for it to feature Fentress County’s beautiful landscape, agriculture, and history. Through the brainstorming process of developing the seal, Filoteo utilized what he learned at TN Tech to create a design that he believed would impact the county and his own future in design. He states, “I’m happy to say I think we’re all very pleased for this seal to represent Fentress County, Tennessee.”
The Fentress County Executive’s Office and County Commission will be holding a press release celebration for the official unveiling of the county seal on Friday, March 23rd, at 10 am in Jamestown, TN. Executive Johnson states, “I am so proud to finally see an official seal presented to the citizens of Fentress County that will stand the test of time and last for generations.” Read the full story here: https://www.tntech.edu/innovation/ruralinnovation/fentress.php. Wings up!