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Retired Director of Schools Gary Aytes, seen here in January with his wife Glenna and retired educator Roslyn Eskridge, is stepping back into the job on an interim basis.
Aytes named interim schools head

The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

“I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.