We always say we are blessed to work at the Roane County Highway Department, but as in any occupation, some months are better than others. One thing that will always make a month great is when we can visit a classroom of students during transportation week to talk about what we do, give them some gifts, and hopefully make some memories. We want to thank the Midtown Education Center for having us during transportation week. Last month, we also said bye to Christian Moore as he leaves us to go and work in Oak Ridge. Christian has worked with us during his time at Roane State, an Internship, and Tennessee Tech. Christian’s younger brother, Gabe, works for us while he is attending Roane State. We also attended the annual TDOT Litter Grant training where we learned about the future of the “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” campaign and what the future of it looks like. As always, if we can help you out let us know by calling 865.882.9782.
Christian Moore and Dennis Ferguson, Road Superintendent
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.”