ROGERSVILLE - It has been
called "the bus shop" and the "old Raley-Vaughan place" but now the location where the Hawkins
County Board of Education meets has an official name. At Thursday's meeting
officials christened the facility the Charles A. Fuller Board Room and Training Center.
Fuller, a former BOE chairman passed away November 9, 2011. The facility
started life as an automobile dealership but is now used as the Hawkins County School System's
transportation garage and office, with the former automobile showroom used as a meeting
facility. In addition to serving the school system, the Hawkins County Commission has been
meeting at the facility since 2010. According to current Chairman Randy
Collier, the board decided to name the facility after its long-time chairman several months
ago. With family members present, the facility was formally dedicated at Thursday's board
meeting. Fuller was first elected to the BOE in August 1996 and became
chairman in September 2008, serving in that role until his death. Collier read
from a list of the former chairman's accomplishments and noted he was a very "pro-active" board
member involved in the establishment of the Navy Junior ROTC programs at Cherokee High School and
Volunteer High School as well as Phases I, II and III of the school system renovation and
construction projects. "I came on the school board in
2002. He (Fuller) helped me. He brought me along and showed me the ropes," Collier
added. Collier noted that a chairman, or any board member, spends more
on the job than just the time spent at monthly meetings. Board members must attend training
and are often asked about issues and problems at home and even when trying to shop.
"It takes time away from our families," Collier explained. "Charles put up with that for
17 years. He did it because he had a love for children and a drive to see that the children
were taken care of. Charles had pride in what he did." Collier also said
Fuller was a "friend and leader" in the community. "That's why were naming
this building after Charles," Collier concluded. "He always wanted the best for the students."
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