ROGERSVILLE — Apparently Rogersville City School can keep a secret because school board chairman Reed Matney had no idea he was being honored during Tuesday's meeting, not even when his wife Regina decided to attend.
The Rogersville City School Board of Education meeting room was packed with guests Tuesday evening as Matney was honored for his 30 years of service as a member of the BOE.
RCS director Rebecca Isaacs read a Tennessee House of Representatives proclamation signed by House Speaker Beth Harwell and local Rep. Gary Hicks honoring the 68-year-old retired bank president.
Matney is an RCS graduate and was elected to the RCS BOE in October of 1988. He was elected BOE vice chairman in 2009 and has served as chairman since 2011.
"Since then Reed Matney has dedicated his talents and leadership to the fullest extent to ensure that the students of Rogersville City School are able to receive the highest in education standards," the proclamation reads. "Reed Matney's remarkable success as a public servant and civic leader is directly attributable to his reliance on his time honored values of hard work and common sense, and his uncommon ability to work well with people from all walks of life."
Matney also became a member of the Tennessee School Board Association in 1988, and was named to the TSBA "Quarter Century Club" in 2013.
It was also an eventful night for the entire BOE which was honored with a performance by the "RCS Singers" student choir under the direction of Beth Jarnigan.
The RCS Singers had been scheduled to perform at a BOE appreciation dinner last month, but the dinner was canceled due to bad weather.
The song was appropriately called "We appreciate you."
Capping off the theme of recognitions at Tuesday's meeting, the BOE honored a group of "elite" band members who under the direction of director Sarah Tilley made the East Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association's Junior Band Clinic, competing against other middle school students in upper East Tennessee.
"Rogersville City School had the largest delegation in school history, and we are so proud of Mrs. Tilley and these eight remarkably talented, hard working students," Isaacs said.
Those eight band members included: Annika Blackburn, Nathaniel Spence, Jennalee Williams, Yash Trivedi, Zoey Seay, Makaylee Cradic, Jacob Hord, and Olivia Spence.