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Women’s History Month

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Women’s History Month, recognized in March, is to honor those ladies who have made great contributions to our history. In the 1800s and early 1900s, all of the Roane County officials were male. The first female to hold an elected office was Dora C. Blye who became the Register of Deeds in 1922. Next was Mrs. Pearl Billings who became the trustee in 1945. Clara (Mrs. Josh) Fulks became the Circuit/Criminal Clerk in 1947. Mrs. Aetna Davis became the Election Registrar in 1950. Betty Till was first Property Assessor in 1976. The first female Clerk and Master were Marietta Roberts who started in 1977. Miss Lucy Smith was appointed Roane County school superintendent in 1891. Among the cities, Ruby Luckey became the first female mayor when she became mayor of Kingston in the 1980s. The first female county commissioner was Una Coffman who was elected in 1990 and retired in 2006. She was the Chairman of the County Commission from 1996 to her retirement. She has also officiated 506 marriages to this date. Since then Nadine Jackson and Carolyn Granger have served on the commission. We are so fortunate to have so many women pioneers who have served and continue to serve Roane County. “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Originally Written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, April 2014.