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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!

Rachel Rose Parker

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Rachel Rose Parker, of Kingston, passed away February 16, 2017. She was Roane County Historian from 1994 until 1996, when she resigned, and I (Robert Bailey) became the county historian. Rachel and her husband, J. Clyde “Babe” Parker, the banker at Kingston Bank and Trust, were very much interested in Roane County’s history. Rachel and “Babe” were instrumental in saving the Old Roane Courthouse and preserving the Fort Southwest Point site. They also collected many photographs and historical records which are now stored at the Old Roane County Courthouse. She was born “south of the river” of which she was proud. She married “Babe” in 1939 in Loudon County, and they had one son, Frank Parker. Except for a short time during the depression when her family moved to Ohio, she lived her entire life in Roane County. She was very much interested in politics. She ran for Kingston City Mayor in 1973 and lost to Jim Henry. From there, Jim Henry went on to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives and is currently deputy to Governor Haslam and chief of staff. Those who knew her know that she lived a full life, probably enough for 20 lives. She will be remembered for all of her adventures and stories that Babe told about her including the time that she almost got arrested in Russia and the time that she won a pig in a contest held by Brownie Ellis. She made Babe hold the pig in the back of the car while Rachel drove. Fortunately, her father was able to take the pig to his farm. She was a special lady.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, March 2017.