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NACo Features Commissioner Ron Berry

The National Association of Counties (NACo) represents county governments in the United States and improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing solutions through education and research, and provides services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo represents 3,069 counties and chose to feature Commissioner Ron Berry to give members an opportunity to learn more about its members from across the country. To read Commissioner Berry’s profile go to:  (pg. 22)

Mike Hooks Rep to TN Emergency Communications Board – Sept 2018

{Summarized from Roane County News}

Mike Hooks, Roane County E-911 Director, and East Tennessee’s District Representative to Tennessee Emergency Communications Board: Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Mike Hooks to another term on the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board as the District representative for East Tennessee. The mission of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board is to ensure effective access to 911 service. Hooks said. “I can’t thank Gov. Haslam enough for putting that trust in me.”

Hooks also thanked Deputy Governor Jim Henry, State Sen. Ken Yager and State Representatives, Kent Calfee and Ron Travis. “They worked on getting me reappointed to the position.” Hooks has been director of Roane County E-911 since 2000, and his new term runs through June 30, 2021. When accepting the nomination, Hooks shared, “I have about 38 years of public safety work and experience… I feel like I can bring a lot to the state board and help them direct the next generation of 911.” For example, one of the new innovations Hooks and the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board are working towards is implementing a Text-to-911 for emergency situations, for cases when talking might not be possible.

Join us in expressing our appreciation for Mike Hook’s 38 years of service and three cheers to get him through 40!

Shannon Hester – District 7 – Oct 2018

Shannon Hester, a son of Roane County, grew up working in his father’s heavy equipment business. At the age of 18, Hester graduated from Midway High School and enlisted in the Army; leaving Roane County to serve his country as a combat engineer in Indiana, in Germany, then in Fort Benning, Georgia as a drill instructor in the Infantry Training Center. Hester ended his 21-year career with the Army after returning from his deployment with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. Returning to his home county, Hester, now 39, interviewed for a job for the first time in his life at Y12.

While Hester waited for his position to be finalized at Y12, Stanley Moore hired Hester to work once again with heavy equipment. Moore and Hester have maintained a friendship ever since. When a position opened up on the Roane County Commission, it was Commissioner Moore and other community members that encouraged Hester to run. Beginning his Y12 career in security, Hester, now fourteen years later, is Safeguards and Security Operations Center Manager. Together with Lisa Hester, his wife of 33 years, they raised three sons. His oldest son carries with him the family legacy of service to his nation in the Air Force along with his middle son who is a member of the Tennessee Tech ROTC. Hester’s experience prior to the commission has taught him that, “Individually a commissioner is nothing but collectively the commission can manage the county’s business.”

Ben Wilson – District 6 – Oct 2018

Benjamin Wilson was born in Roane County and has been a resident of Kingston his entire life. Wilson graduated from Calvary Baptist in Kingston and Roane State with a degree in Criminal Justice Investigations. Since graduating, he went into law enforcement and graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in 1993. In 2000, Wilson was hired by Wackenhut Services Inc (WSI) for the Department Of Energy and subsequently graduated from the National Technical Systems (NTS) in Albuquerque, NM. Wilson has served on the Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership Committee Voluntary Protection Program for DOE and is currently a captain with the security force in Oak Ridge under National Strategic Protective Services for the Department of Energy.

In 1993 Wilson married another local from Kingston, Stacey Russell. The Wilsons are proud to raise their three daughters, Sierra, Kaylee, and Abby in Kingston. Enhancing the growth of Roane County and providing a future for his three daughters are in large part the reason why Wilson decided to run for the commission. Wilson wants to ensure a fruitful future for the young sons and daughters of Roane County thru education, jobs, and industry. With gratefulness and humility, Wilson “looks forward to serving our citizens, and making a difference in our community.”

David Brashears – District 6 – Oct 2018

David Brashears, born in Harriman Tennessee in 1947, is known to many in the community as PawPaw, due in large part to the Brashears opening their home and hearts to families in their community, often stepping in for single moms as a babysitter, impromptu laundromat, makeshift shelter for hurricane victims, and a lending hand however and whenever they can. He and his wife of over 40 years, Suzy Brashears, have four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Brashears, who lived a large majority of his adult life in Roane County laments having to move to Dayton, Ohio after being honorably discharged from the Army as a Sergeant in 1967. Though Roane County largely supported veterans in the late 60s, there were a few key hiring managers that expressed their distaste for hiring veterans to Brashears.

Thankfully, in 1976, Brashears was able to bring his family home to Roane County when he was hired at K-25 where he worked on various systems until he retired in 2007. Brashears says he is spending his retirement doing precisely what he and Mrs. Brashears love, taking care of family and now serving his county on the commission. Brashears goal is to do what he believes is right for the people of Roane County and himself because he is from Roane County.

Jerry White – District 4 – Oct 2018

Jerry W. White was born in Roane County in 1952 and graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1970. One year later at the age of 19, White married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Daniels White. Forty-seven years later, The Whites are proud of their daughter and two sons, Kristy, Korey, Kasey, their spouses, and all eight grandkids.

The same year the Whites were wed, Jerry joined the military Tennessee National Guard. White served 6 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1977. In the late ‘70s, Mr. White worked as a Chemical Operator for the West Coal Company, processing coal for area nuclear plants. Less than a decade later White was granted Q-Clearance and begin serving at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge as a Security Police Officer until he retired 25 years later. He began a new career working as an Engineering Tech for United States Enrichment Corporation at K-25. In 2012 White began working as a Security Officer working Criminal and Circuit Courts for Roane County.

White is currently the President of the Oliver Springs Historical Society and serves on the Board of Directors and is involved in restoring the 100-year-old Abston Garage into a museum archive office and event center. He serves as Choir Director at Mount Vernal Independent Baptist Church and in Early 2018 White was selected to participate in the Roane Leadership Class of 2019. White is eager to put his education, professional experiences, and involvement with Roane County Government to work for the good people of Roane County.

Charlotte Bowers – District 4 – Oct 2018

Charlotte Bowers, having lived in the Roane County part of Oak Ridge for over 40 years, is proud to represent her neighbors as one of the District 4 Commissioners. Bowers says that after “walking around neighborhoods, meeting new people, seeing familiar faces I hadn’t seen in years, and listening to everyone’s concerns, I knew I had made the right decision.” to run for county commissioner. Bowers went to high school in Oak Ridge, taught and played piano at several local churches. She has been Executive Director for 5 of her 8 years with Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County and describes her directorship as rewarding. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know many of the community and business leaders in Anderson County as so many of them are Habitat supporters.” She works hard to make a difference in her community as an active member of the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club, the Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Ministerial Association.

Bowers is building a legacy of using her time and freedom to serve the community for her four grown children. She says that “after Mr. Kelley’s passing, several friends encouraged me to run for that commission seat.” Since her successful campaign, Bowers believes we have a great group of people on the commission and that everyone wants to work together to help make Roane County the best it can be!

Ben Gann – District 3 – Oct 2018

Ben Gann, a lifelong resident of Roane County, grew up in Harriman and later Oliver Springs where he graduated from high school. Gann works as a Health and Safety Specialist for the DOE complex and lives on a small farm with his wife of seven years, Heather Gann, in Dickey Valley. Ben believes growing up in Roane helps him understand and relate to the needs of his rural neighbors in District 3. Eager to serve the people of the third district, Gann ran for County Commissioner with a local perspective and a progressive vision with the goal of promoting growth and investments in Roane County. Gann knows that Roane County has a lot to offer and encourages his fellow residents to join him in getting involved in our community.

Allen Hickman – District 2 – Oct 2018

Allen Hickman, born in Harriman in 1983, graduated from Harriman High School in 2001 where he was elected as the senior class vice-president and captain of the Blue Devil football and basketball teams, earned all-district and all-region recognition. Hickman continued his leadership training at Tennessee Technological University where he majored in Civil Engineering; A member of the speech and debate team, member of the University Programming Council and was the first president of the Intramural Sports Council. Later, Hickman graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Degree from Roane State. The Harriman Middle School Boy’s Basketball team won 3 District Championships in the four years Hickman Coached, and he was named Coach of the Year in 2015. In April of 2016, Hickman was hired as Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Harriman.

Hickman and his wife Ashley, proud parents of Xavier, Avianna, and Jaylah, attend St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church where he has served as Associate Minister since 2014. Hickman attributes his “faith in God and love for his community” as his inspiration for seeking to represent District 2 as County Commissioner. He believes that we were all “created for a greater purpose than our own and feels led to a life of service to the people of the this great Roane County.”

Allen Hickman 2018