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Highway department retirees honored at picnic

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Roane County Highway Department honored five retiring workers last week with a picnic and ceremony at the department’s headquarters in Midtown.

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“Our five retirees have worked 46,022 days and an amazing 1,104,528 hours, not including overtime hours, for Roane County,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

Retirees honored include Larry Alford, 23 years; Judy Bensey, 16 years; Joe Britton, 39 years; Donna Patterson, 15 years; and Ronnie Turpin, 32 years.

“When something was needed for Roane County, they have always been ready to take the call and go to work,” Ferguson added. “Their hard work and dedication is part of the foundation that the Roane County Highway Department has been built on.

“Their example continues to set the bar for our employees to follow.”

Highway department employees also paid tribute to Charles Norman, a former road superintendent who passed away in March.

Ferguson said Norman devoted his life to making things better for his family, friends and community.

“Charlie Norman represented his community, Cave Creek, with true class and will always be remembered for his hard work and dedication,” he added. “Even today, when we are out working, someone always has a Charlie Norman story to tell us about something he did to help them.

“Charlie, we will love you, and we miss you.”