Tag Archives: September 2018

Shelter Procedures Handbook – Sept 2018

{Stacey McElhaney – Director Roane County Animal Shelter}

Roane County Animal Control and Shelter Procedures Handbook: Director McElhaney is currently reviewing and revising the Roane County Animal Control and Shelter Procedures Handbook. Some of the most recent changes have been the Guidelines for Rescue Groups, the Volunteer Application Form, and the Animal Foster Application Form. In reviewing the shelter policies, we found there was a discrepancy between our work with rescue/foster groups and zoning regulations from 2008 limiting the number of pets a household can have on premises. Director McElhaney formed an informal group of rescuers, fosters, zoning regulators, and other interested parties to identify the main issue and together they developed a plan that meets the needs of all those who have been affected.

Multiple Award Winning Purchasing Department – Sept 2018

{Lynn Farnham – Roane County Purchasing Agent}

Roane County Has A Multiple Award Winning Purchasing Department: Rick Grimm, CEO of the National Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) sends his congratulations to Lynn Farnham, who has been selected to receive NIGP’s Volunteer Award! Farnham has served Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing and East Tennessee Purchasing Association on both executive boards, and many committees, and most recently was chosen to serve NIGP on the NIGP Forum and Exposition Committee. Grimm said “Volunteerism is public service at its best. The NIGP Talent Council is the center of volunteerism; and their Chair, Mathes Carrie, has selected Farnham to receive the Volunteer Award for her many contributions to her TN Chapter and the Institute. Congratulations Lynn!” The award was presented at the 2018 NIGP Forum and Products Exposition in Nashville.

In addition, the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) recognized Roane County’s Purchasing Department for maintaining a high percentage of staff that are UPPCC Certified. Join us in congratulating Farnham’s team, Jeanie Brown – Senior Buyer Roane County Gov, Carol Maines – Buyer Roane County Gov, and Sandy Williams – Purchasing Clerk for their continued excellence in service to the county.


Volunteer Firefighters Train Over 64 Hours One Month – Sept 2018

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services—Special Thanks to Brad Goss}

Volunteer firefighters undergo hundreds of training hours necessary for firefighting safety and efficacy. The state of Tennessee requires a 16-hour introductory class, followed by 64 hours of basic firefighter training, and another 16 hours of “live burn” training. After 96 hours of training, a volunteer firefighter is certified as ready to enter the hot zone. The cost of mistakes in firefighting is high, for that reason the training never ends. Once completing initial training, every firefighter participates in a mandatory minimum of 20 training hours each calendar year.

In August, the Roane County Volunteer Firefighters underwent 64 hours of training. On Saturday the 18th, Chief David Maupin, and Sam Wolf, the former Fire Chief of South Roane County, lead a water supply training; using a tanker to supply water and a pumper engine to spray water. Though both tankers and pumpers are fitted with a pump and a tank, the tanker’s tank is necessarily larger, and the pumpers pump is more powerful. The two types of fire trucks are designed to work in tandem. The pumper utilizes its powerful pump to disperse water, while the tankers gather much-needed water and gofers it back the pumper. Tankers can use water from a fire hydrant, swimming pool or any accessible nearby body of water. Wolf led the trainees in constructing a drop tank for the tanker to fill. A drop tank is a large plastic mobile pool that can hold 2,000 gallons of water. The trainees practiced using the tanker to fill the drop tank then utilizing the pumper engine to suction water from the drop tank and finally disperse the water.

Please join us in extending our appreciation to the Roane County Volunteer Firefighters. Most recently, thank you for giving freely of your Saturday morning, braving the weather, and giving our county peace of mind.

Scott & Garrett Guttner – A father raising his son to understand the value of community service.

Dana Mitchell, Macayla Harmon, and Unknown

Roane County Legislative Body is Changing – Sept 2018

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

Roane County Legislative Body is Changing: Seven new commissioners will join eight incumbent commissioners to lead our county for the next four years and beyond. We are also welcoming a new Trustee, and County Clerk. A profile of the incoming commissioners and new officials will be in the October Roane County Newsletter. Upon initial review, the freshmen commissioners lower the average age of the Commission. We anticipate a fresh perspective and vision for our community. Our new Commissioners have recently attended County Officials Orientation Program through the University of Tennessee to help their understanding of government functions and operations. A county orientation will be presented to our new and existing Commissioners. The public is invited to the orientation on September 6th at 6pm. The presentation will be available on RoaneCountyTN.gov under the County Executive’s Summaries under the Executive Summary 61. The orientation will address the function of government, responsibilities, and the authority of the legislative body, challenges, and opportunities for the future.

Roane County Planning Commission Looks at a New High School site location: County Executive Ron Woody formally requested the Roane County Planning Commission to use all available planning tools such as census data, traffic patterns, growth patterns, utility availability, and any other pertinent tools for planning in order to ensure the most optimal location for a potential Roane County investment. (County Executive Letter to the Planning Commission 7.31.18)

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!