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Celebration to honor community 'treasures'

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By Damon Lawrence

The second floor of the county courthouse isn’t the place you’d expect to find a celebration.

It’s usually where people who commit crimes against society go to get sentenced by judges.

That won’t be the case Tuesday evening.

The second floor will be the site of the first annual Roane County Founder’s Day Celebration.

The event, hosted by County Executive Mike Farmer, begins at 7 p.m. is in honor of the county’s birthday — Nov. 6, 1801.

The county’s birthday isn’t the only thing that will be celebrated.

The event is also intended to pay homage to individuals who have made significant contributions to Roane County.

The honorees have been dubbed Roane Treasures.

The idea was brought forth by county resident Sharon Richardson during a county commission meeting this past summer.

Richardson said there is a similar event in her hometown in Maryland, so she thought why not have one in Roane County.

“I was hoping they would do this,” Richardson said. “There’s a lot of citizens out here that have done good for the county and people need to recognize that.”