McCreary County is located in southeastern Kentucky at the south end of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the north end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We also share Cumberland Falls with neighboring Whitley County and have a northeast access to Lake Cumberland.

McCreary County was the 120th, and the last, county in Kentucky to be formed in March 1912 and named for then Governor James B McCreary. In our 100 year history, McCreary County has been influenced greatly by the timber and coal industries, which shape our history, heritage and culture. McCreary County is also largely undeveloped with the US Forest Service and Park Service owning much of our lands. This allows locals and visitors to experience nature in a unique way. Our cost of living and our taxes are relatively low, our people are welcoming and our landscape is scenic and rustic.



McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Session
Thursday November 13, 2014 7:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse

McCreary County Tourist Commission
Monday November 24, 2104 5:00PM
Tourism Office, Whitley City, KY


The McCreary County Fiscal Court, through the McCreary County Road Department is requesting sealed bids on the following item:

FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS including digital dispensers, computerized fuel management system (including management software for monitoring and reporting) and tank monitoring system. Bid price should include removal of existing system and installation of new system. Contractor will be responsible to obtain all permits, maintain liability insurance on project during course of installation and provide continuing maintenance agreement  for the equipment.  Bids must be sealed and will be accepted through Thursday, November 13 at 4:00 pm at the McCreary County Judge’s Office. They can be mailed to McCreary County Judge’s Office, P.O. Box 579 Whitley City, Kentucky 42653.

The McCreary County Fiscal Court reserves the right to refuse any and all bids or to enter into competitive negotiation with a proposed bidder. For more information on the proposal please call (606) 376-2413. The McCreary County Fiscal Court is an equal opportunity employer.

The McCreary County Fiscal Court, through the McCreary County Road Department is requesting sealed bids on the following item:

STANDBY POWER GENERATOR for installation at the McCreary County Road Department. Generator must be powered by natural gas and be of sufficient capacity to provide backup power for basic lighting system, mechanics workshop and fuel system. Contractor will be responsible to obtain all necessary permits, maintain liability insurance on project during course of installation and provide continuing maintenance agreement for the equipment. Bids must be sealed and will be accepted through Thursday, November 13 at 4:00pm at the McCreary County Judge’s Office. They can be mailed to McCreary County Judge’s Office, P.O. Box 579 Whitley City, Kentucky 42653.

The McCreary County Fiscal Court reserves the right to refuse any and all bids or to enter into competitive negotiation with a proposed bidder. For more information on the proposal please call (606) 376-2413. The McCreary County Fiscal Court is an equal opportunity employer.

McCreary County Government & Community News

McCreary County Trick-or-Treating Hours Set

McCreary County Judge Executive Doug Stephens has set the official "Trick-or-Treating" hours for Friday October 31st from 5:00-8:00pm.

METT USA LLC Facility Set To Locate in McCreary County

METT USA LLC, a subsidiary of METT Group International, is in the final planning phase of locating the first US Materials Recovery and Energy Plant (MREP) in McCreary County.  Mark Gay, CEO of METT USA states “We have selected McCreary County among our initial U.S. MREP locations because of the County’s unique opportunity to support METT’s objectives of business viability, environmental protection, and local economic development.  Our belief is that, at full operational capacity, MREP will provide a next-generation capability for responsible  waste-management and clean-energy production.” The facility will be constructed in three phases over three years, and at full capacity will employ 600 to 900 employees.

Susan Stephens, Economic Development Director states, “We are so pleased that the METT Group is planning to begin their US expansions in McCreary County. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community and the surrounding region. Doug and I look forward to continuing our relationship with METT and working with them diligently to finalize the project.” Doug Stephens, Judge Executive stated “This facility is a state of the art operation and will benefit McCreary County in many more ways than just good jobs. I look forward to a promising future working with the METT Group.”

Stearns Trail Town 5K Wins PRIDE Award

PHOTO: The McCreary County Tourist Commission won the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for its Stearns Trail Town Trailhead 5K. Judge-Executive Douglas Stephens, Tourist Commission Executive Director Tara Chaney, and Deputy Judge-Executive and PRIDE Coordinator Andrew Powell accepted the award from PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson.

Click to download the full press release from PRIDE (pdf)

McCreary Fiscal Court Audit Released for 2012-2013

The McCreary County Fiscal Court audit for fiscal year 2012-2013 has been issued by the State Auditor's Office. Click a link below to view the press released concerning the audit release or the full audit report. For more information on county finances, including budgets and financial statements, visit the "Budget & Finances" page.

2012-2013 Audit Press Release (pdf)
2012-2013 Audit Report (pdf)

Grow Appalachia Program Seeking New Applicants

It is never too early to start thinking about next year’s garden. That is what is being asked of those interested in gardening in McCreary County as the Grow Appalachia program seeks applicants for 2015.

Grow Appalachia is a grant funded program that teaches new gardening skills and self-sustainable agriculture to folks in the Appalachia region. The program is funded by John Paul Dejoria’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation and administered through a partnership with Berea College.  McCreary is one of 19 Grow Appalachia sites and has maintained its program for two years. In its first year, McCreary County was awarded funds for approximately 15 participants to enter the program, but that number was more than doubled to 35 participants this garden season. Program administrators anticipate that the program will support 35 slots in 2015.

Program participants are awarded knowledge and tools to grow their own garden, preserve their harvest and even sell their harvest at the local farmers market. Second year participants in 2015 will see an emphasis placed on market production and creating value-added products from their produce.

Grow Appalachia is one component of a three-tiered agricultural plan for small scale producers in McCreary County that first teaches folks to garden; second, aids them in small scale marketability and third, grows their market through the planned establishment of a food hub. The county was awarded more than $70,000 recently to establish a local food hub and engage local residents in small scale agricultural production.

The program is open to all McCreary County residents. Those interested must apply to become eligible for full participation in the program, but everyone is permitted and encouraged to participate in the educational classes, field trips and market establishments developed by Grow Appalachia.

Applications are available online by clicking here or can be picked up at the McCreary County Judge-Executive’s Office. Applications must be returned to the Judge-Executive’s Office by Monday, November 3, 2014. Second year participants are asked to resubmit an application. If you would like more information, please call 376-2413.

To learn more about the Grow Appalachia program please visit

McCreary County Park To Host Halloween Event

The McCreary County Senior Citizens Center/Community Center at the county park will host a Halloween "Trick-or-Trunk" event Friday October 31st. The event will include trick-or-treating as well as a dance in the gym. For information call the McCreary County Senior Citizens Center at 376-8811 or the Park Office at 376-7275.

McCreary County Occupational Tax Numbers Released

McCreary County officials have released the September 2014 Occupational Tax numbers. For the complete summary, including expense totals, as well as other monthly summaries and tax information, visit the Tax Page.

McCreary County 2014 Property Tax Bills Due

2014 property tax bills for McCreary County recently went out in the mail and are payable now through November 3, 2014 at a 2% discount rate. After that date the bills will be due at face amount. Tax bill information can be viewed online using a link at and can be paid at the local sheriff's office during regular business hours.

Tire Recycling Program Begins October 1st

A state funded program aimed at ridding the county of unwanted waste tires will begin on October 1.

The McCreary County Judge’s Office was awarded $4,000 this week to continue the tire recycling program. This is the fourth consecutive year, grant funds have been allocated for the program. The funding is utilized only for allowing local residents to dispose of unwanted vehicle tires. The program is completely grant funded and free for all McCreary County residents.

“This is a great program aimed at helping our citizens and we are pleased to offer this recycling opportunity again this year,” said Doug Stephens, McCreary County Judge-Executive.

Utilizing the program is very easy and free for all local residents. If an individual has less than ten tires they need to recycle, they can take them to the transfer station/recycling center in Stearns. A convenient trailer is placed out front of the recycling center as a repository for the waste tires.

If an individual has more than ten tires, they can come to the Judge Executive’s Office and request a voucher. The tires and voucher can then be taken to Leslie’s Tires in Stearns, the county’s certified recycling partner in this program.

Both methods of disposal of completely free, funded by the grant, and will be available until all funds are exhausted or the grant deadline of June 30 arrives. Citizens are highly encouraged to participate in the program as any funds not spent locally in the program must be returned to the Commonwealth.

Last year 1,441 tires were recycled through the program. A total of 3,521 tires have been recycled through the program since being made available to the county in 2011.

The program is funded through the Kentucky PRIDE program and administered by the Division of Waste Management. To learn more about recycling in McCreary County please visit You can also contact the Judge Executive’s Office at 376-2413 for more information.

McCreary County Tax Rates Set for 2014

The McCreary County Fiscal Court has accepted and set the 2014 tax rates, allowing for the printing and mailing of property tax bills in the coming weeks. Tax rates are set as follows: County (Real Property) 9.50, County (Motor & Watercraft) 20.40, Library (Real & Personal Property) 7.70, Health District 4.0, Soil & Water Conservation 1.70, Board of Education 39.70, Fire Districts 10.0 (Eagle/Sawyer, North McCreary, Central/Whitley City, South McCreary, West McCreary).

McCreary County Accepting "Speed Hump" Applications

If speeding is a problem through your residential area of McCreary County, you may be eligible to apply to have a "speed hump" installed on your road. Under Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS), the McCreary County Fiscal Court has adopted a specific set of guidelines governing where and when these "speed humps" can be installed. To learn more about the specifications and get the application, click here.

 McCreary Tourism Awarded Beautification Grant

McCreary County Tourism officials have announced that they have received a grant award in the amount of $24,945 for beautification efforts locally. The grant comes from TOUR SEKY, based in Somerset, Kentucky, and will help with items such as street light poles, pole banners, benches, and signage in Whitley City, Stearns and at the county entrances. The project is another step in the overall "Trail Town" project for McCreary County Tourism. For details contact Tara Chaney, McCreary County Tourism Director, at 606-376-3008 or e-mail  

McCreary County Awarded Recycling Grant

McCreary County officials were recently notified of the county's selection to receive a recycling grant for fiscal year 2014-2015. The grant, worth just over $13,000, comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund administered by the state's division of waste management. The money comes from a $1.75 per ton fee charge on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills and invested back into local communities.

PVA Introduces New Property Database Website

McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac has announced that a new statewide property database website has been launched. It allows interested parties to search property records, maps, aerial photos and provides links to other local and state websites. Information is also available on appeals, as well as forms and an overall view of what the PVA does. To visit the new website click the link ( or for information call the McCreary County PVA's office at (606)376-2514.

McCreary County's New Animal Transport Box

Using its share of $225,000 divided amongst Kentucky's 120 counties from the estate of the late Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County, McCreary County recently purchased a new animal transport box to be used by Animal Control Officer Milford Creekmore II. Shown below, the box will allow Creekmore to better serve the community on his limited annual budget.

(Photo courtesy Janie Slaven/The McCreary County Record)


Emergency Teams Preparing In Case of
Public Health Emergency

McCreary County emergency responders are preparing for a public health emergency onset from infectious diseases, though the likelihood of such an outbreak is minimal.

As concerns over the Ebola virus in the United States grow, McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens directed his emergency team to follow Center for Disease Control guidelines in preparing for an emergency. Stephens filed an executive order on Friday directing his team to take action.

McCreary County Emergency Management Director, along with EMS Chief Jimmy Barnett and Assistant Chief Willie Duncan, is monitoring the national situation and pooling resources to allow for appropriate response should the situation worsen. Stephens and his emergency health team have been participating in continuing conference calls with state and federal health officials gaining the latest information and preparedness guidelines on the situation.

“There is very little probability that we will have to face an emergency related to this disease here in our community,” Stephens said Monday. “However, as the situation grows, so does concern and the need to be prepared. I want the public to know we are doing what we need to do to be ready for a health emergency.”

Young, McCreary EMD, says while the concern over Ebola is grave, residents are more likely to face serious health threats from the flu virus and a growing threat from Enterovirus D68. He urged all local residents to contact the health department or local doctor to get a seasonal flu shot and to be cognizant of the symptoms of infection associated with the Enterovirus.

“Everyone should be concerned with these two threats, especially if they are children or among the aging population,” Young said.

All residents are urged not to panic and to continue with their daily lives, but to also take simple precautions to help contain all health threats. Washing hands, avoiding contact with ill persons and/or bodily fluids and remaining home if you are sick, will go a long way in containing illness within the community.

Citizens are also urged, should they need medical assistance, to call their doctor, health department, or 911 to relay their symptoms and ailments in advance to arrange for proper treatment. This advance notice to medical providers will help to limit the spread of any illness that may enter our community.

For up-to-date information and disease fact sheets, please visit:

Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.

CDC Updates on Ebola (click link below):

Additional Resources for Ebola Response:
--->Ebola Response Executive Order
---->Ebola Fact Sheet
---->Sequence for Putting on Personal Protective Equipment

A Message from Judge Executive Doug Stephens...

Welcome to Scenic McCreary County, Kentucky!

I invite you to explore our website for information about our beautiful county and its hospitable people. Plan your visit, research our community, find out why you should locate your business here, and be sure to contact us with questions. Experience, explore & enjoy Scenic McCreary County...It's Our Nature!

McCreary County Courthouse located on Main Street in downtown Whitley City. Home to district and circuit court, as well as county and state offices.

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McCreary County Fiscal Court
PO Box 579 Whitley City, KY 42653
Phone: 606-376-2413/Fax: 606-376-9499
Judge Executive: Douglas E "Doug" Stephens

Deputy Judge Executive: Andrew "Andy" Powell

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