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November Was Another Busy Month for County Government – Dec 2018

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

The first week of the month had many County Commissioners at the Roane Alliance Gala. The Roane Alliance is the county’s economic development organization. This year’s Gala was once again well attended and supported by our local business and city governments. The Alliance was established in 2001 and has been led by four CEOs over the years. The Alliance is once again in search of a new leader as Wade Creswell has taken a position at Oak Ridge National Lab. Best wishes to Wade and thank you for your public service. The second week the commissioners honored a group of eight new Roane County Treasures. Roane County Treasures is a program started in 2007 that honors men and women who lived and contributed to the betterment of Roane County. A list of Treasures can be found on a plaque on the first floor of the Courthouse.

In the third week, County Commissioner Charlotte Bowers and Executive Ron Woody joined Oak Ridge Representatives at an intergovernmental meeting. They met with the Department of Energy (Oak Ridge Office and Washington DC Office), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and State Legislators to discuss the environmental clean up of the Oak Ridge Reservation and the challenges of cleaning the legacy DOE site.

The commission met the fourth week of November to approve a significant resolution that starts capital improvements for our county schools. For the first time in eight years, the county approved issuing debt. The debt may only be issued for large projects, and school building project qualifies as a large project wherein 7.1 Million in bonds were approved. We anticipate construction will start on the Oliver Springs Middle School conversion to a Middle and High School will begin in late Spring early Summer. This project is estimated over 5 million and another one million was approved for a new sewer plant to service the Midway elementary, middle and high schools. Part of the bond’s proceeds will be shared with the Oak Ridge School system for their county projects.

The County Commission further discussed possible legislation regarding the TVA ash spill at the County Commission meeting. More to come on these issues as a special meeting will be held on December 4th. The commissioner’s plates are full with the TVA Kingston ash spill issues, potential jail construction, and further capital education improvements. Stay tuned.

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!