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Is Our Retirement Health Insurance Changing? – Feb 2019

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

If you are an employee, elected official, retiree or County Commissioner, you may want to make sure you have read “Impacts of Accounting Regulations” in the January 2019 newsletter. Could our retirement health insurance be changing? That will be a decision that the County Commissioners must make prior to March 31, 2019. The State Department of Finance and Administration in a Jan 18, 2019 letter establishes the deadline along with three basic options:

  • Opt-In: The county continues to offer pre-65 retiree health insurance.
  • Opt-Out: The county no longer offers pre-65 health insurance coverage.
  • Limited Opt-Out: Continues coverage for current retirees but will no longer cover future retirees.

The decisions made will impact employee benefits along with the county’s financial liabilities as noted in the previous article. The County Benefits Committee will meet in the near future to further discuss the county’s options. An executive summary will be posted on the county website.

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.

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

Budgets, School Building Program, Elections – Another Busy Summer – June 2018

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

2019 Budget: The Budget Committee has just about wrapped up the 2019 Budget. Final work should be concluded with the Budge Committee and Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 6:30 pm. The committee has reviewed and has recommended all county budgets.
The Highway Fund has a 5% raise scheduled for all their employees with all other funds having a 2% raise. The Highway Fund has a new state gasoline tax revenue. The other funds are suffering from the lack of revenue growth prohibiting a greater raise.
The General Fund which includes the Sheriff Department and Jail operations continue to create budget challenges due to jail overcrowding, which increases inmate medical care, housing cost, and staffing over time.

The School Building Program continues to receive the most attention, and it appears that additional research and study is needed to ensure that the potential largest County investment ever, which will not only be a large dollar investment but also be an investment that will be used for at least five decades. Much research and analysis should be made for the County’s future.
We have published a number of articles on the county website that we hope are thought provoking. Please take time to review these articles on our websites publication page and under the heading Education Capital Projects. Also, on the county homepage under special announcements, you can find two school presentations.

Election Time: Roane County will most definitely see a few new elected leaders as our Trustee and County Court Clerk has chosen to retire (a future newsletter shall address their faithful service). Two officials are unopposed, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Circuit/Sessions Clerk Ann Goldston. A number of Commissioners are also choosing not to run. It will be a busy “hot summer.” Please get out and Vote!

In Memory of Steve Kelley – March 2018

This time of the year we generally start writing about the up and coming County Budget, but we shall pause and write about an outstanding Budget Committee member who passed on February 21, 2018, at the age of 63, Steve Kelley. Steve joined the Roane County Budget Committee in September 2011 and served faithfully representing all of Roane County as a member.
Steve was elected from the Oliver Springs, Orchard View and Oak Hills voter
precincts and was a resident of the city of Oak Ridge, TN. He represented his district and Roane County with the utmost integrity and was always inquisitive and fair in his approach to governance. Steve was a quiet leader who earned respect from his fellow Commissioners. He had a passion for education but was concerned about all County Government services and the employees of the County. He loved his wife Renee and three (3) boys. Steve was raised on Dearmond Road in the South of the River community and graduated from Roane County High School. He served our Country in the U.S. Navy and worked at Third Dimension Technologies as he was a self-taught programmer with a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Tusculum College. Steve served with various volunteer organizations including as an executive member of the Roane County Democratic Party. Steve will be missed by his family, his friends, and his fellow workers and Commission colleagues. Steve we will miss your friendship and government leadership.