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Veterans, mayor, judge among most recent Treasures honorees

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By Damon Lawrence

The newest group of Roane Treasures were honored during the county’s Founders Day Celebration last Tuesday.

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The group includes Clyde Collins, C.H. Smith, Albert Armour, Joe Woody and Sanny Bowman.

The late Glenn Hollis Kindred was honored posthumously as the Golden Treasure.  

“We celebrate today what they’ve given us,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

Woody’s predecessor, Mike Farmer, started Founders Day in 2007.

The event originally commemorated the county’s founding on Nov. 6, 1801.

The Treasures are individuals who have helped shape the county’s history through different endeavors, such as public service and business.

The newest Treasures are for the 2010 class because the event got postponed last year.

“We will try to do the 2011 treasures in November to get back on schedule,” Woody said, “so if anyone has anyone they would like to nominate, please see your county commissioner in your respective district.”

Clyde Collins, Harriman area

Commissioner Randy Ellis said he got one of the best neighbors he’s ever had in Collins when he moved to Harriman about four years ago.

“I can tell you what, in the summer at 96 degrees, this 86-year-old neighbor here can outmow me any day of the week,” Ellis quipped.

In addition to being a good neighbor, Collins has also formerly served as county commissioner, Harriman City judge and Harriman Utility Board member.

The World War II veteran is chaplain of VFW Post 6598.

“You just don’t know what it means to stand up here accept this award,” Collins said. “I really appreciate it.”

C.H. Smith, Oliver Springs area

Commission Chairman James Brummett spoke glowingly about Smith.

“We in the 2nd Civil District are certainly proud to have this man as our citizen, and I’m proud to have him as my friend,” Brummett said.          

Smith served in World War II from 1944-46. He is a member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society and former Oliver Springs alderman.

He is on the Citizens First Bank board of directors.

Brummett said Smith was a founding co-owner of Oliver Springs Mining Co. Its many affiliates and subsidiaries provided 250 jobs for the area.

“It’s an honor,” Smith said. “I love Roane County, and I’m going to be here in Roane County until the Lord calls me home.”

Albert Armour, Kingston area

Armour is retired from Union Carbide. He also served in World War II, where he engaged in military operations in Guadalcanal and the Phillipines.

Armour has been active in American Legion Post 110. He helped establish and coached a successful American Legion baseball team. He also collected repaired and distributed toys for Christmas.

“It is truly an honor to have you as our treasure,” Commissioner Chris Johnson said.

“I appreciate it,” Armour said.

Joe Woody, Midway area

The names of past Treasures were read at the beginning of last week’s event.

“To receive this award and be among them is a great honor,” Woody said.

Commissioner Carolyn Granger said Woody initially turned down the chance to be a Treasure, so she had to do some convincing.  

“I said, ‘Joe you’re such an asset to this community, and I nominated you for a reason, because we’re so very proud to have you in our community,’” she said.

Woody served in the U.S. Navy and is a member of the Roane Memorial Honor Guard.

Some of his business ventures include construction and real estate.

Granger said Woody served on the school board for 14 years and was a member of the planning commission.

Woody also volunteers as a lunch buddy at Midway Elementary School.  

Sanny Bowman, Rockwood area

Commissioners Ron Berry, Copper Bacon and Benny East each spoke about Bowman.  

“Thank you,” he said. “We appreciate this, the Bowman family.”  

His family is well known in the community.

“They are a family that continues to give back to Rockwood and Roane County,”  Berry said.

Bowman is a former mayor of Rockwood. He also served as a city councilman and election commissioner.  

“Following his Army service, he became part of S.L. Bowman and Sons in Rockwood, where he continues to be active in the business,” Berry said.    

Glenn Hollis Kindred, Rockwood area

Kindred died at his home on Jan. 28. He was 93.

“It’s with sadness that he is not with us tonight, but I know Glenn is looking down and is very appreciative of the opportunity to have been chosen Roane County’s Golden Treasure this year,” Berry said.

Kindred served in the Navy and was a timekeeper with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Y-12 plant for 31 years.

Berry said he loved poetry.

“You can go all over Rockwood and you’ll probably see a poem Glenn wrote,” he said. “He could write poetry just on a whim.”

Kindred was a charter member of the Rockwood Lions Club and member of American Legion Post 50 in Rockwood.