Tag Archives: October 2018

Accounting Department Update – Oct 2018

{Connie Aytes – Director of Accounts & Budgets}

Capital and Debt Reports: I would like to thank Jennifer Evans and Jennifer Suter for their work on the Debt and Capital Reports which have been placed on the county website under the Accounting Department.

2019 Budget: The budget book is nearing completion and will be published before the newsletter is published. We are supplementing this year’s budget book with information that should make it easier to understand where our money is spent.

Student Volunteer Program: We have finished our Tennessee Scholar Volunteer program for this past summer. We appreciate Elijah Breaszale and Bailey Barding for taking time out of their summer schedule to help with filing and data entry. Elijah and Bailey are pictured below receiving her certificates.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our office. Any staff member will be happy to serve you. Have a blessed Fall Season, and If you have any family members or friends dealing with the east coast hurricane, I hope they are safe.

Connie Aytes and Elijah Breaszale

Ron Woody, Bailey Barding, and Connie Aytes


Bigger and Better K-25 Overlook – Oct 2018

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, The Roane Alliance}

If you have traveled lately on S.R. 58 near the Heritage Center entrance, you probably noticed construction happening at the K-25 Overlook. An expansion is underway to create a nice space where visitors can learn about recreational opportunities in the area, while also learning about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Outdoor gathering spaces and restrooms will be included near the overlook. There are also plans for trails on the property that will provide a glimpse into Happy Valley, a boomtown of 15,000 workers building K-25 that existed from 1943 until 1947. Today there is very little evidence of the city that included a school, theatre, bowling alley, post office, and grocery store. Remnants of the town remain on the property – slabs, fire hydrants, and even a car were left behind. The K-25 Overlook and Visitor Center should be back open to the public sometime in October.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley Service Station

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!