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Karen House
Aug. 31, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

There are certain times that change is in the air. Times when it feels like we are turning a corner, as individuals and as a community. This is such a time for Sequatchie County.

Due to health and age, Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock decided the term ending today would be his last. Chief Deputy Randall Lockhart, who has served by the sheriff's side through his whole term, decided he would make a graceful departure, as well.

Sheriff Hitchcock served as sheriff for 16 years, and a couple of decades as constable before that. Chief Lockhart has been with the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department for 27 years.

Both men have served honorably and well, and we wish them a long and enjoyable retirement. They have earned it.

Over at the Sequatchie County School Board, W. O. Johnson decided to retire after 26 years as the first and only board member for District 8-Lone Oak. The story of how he came to serve on the school board is told on the Features page.

Throughout his tenure on the board, Johnson has been the voice of frugality, and working together with the superintendents and the other members of the school board, he helped bring the school system well into the black financially. His quiet voice of moderation will be missed.

Extension Agent Aneta Eichler also is planning a departure, except she is actually leaving the county. Eichler will be missed by all the 4-H members in Sequatchie County, members of Step Up Sequatchie, and students of her Tai Chi class. She has worked tirelessly to encourage health and fitness throughout the county.

Eichler is moving to be closer to family, and it is expected that UT Extension will name someone to take the position she is leaving in about six months.

We congratulate all these leaders of the community on a job well done, and wish them a lot of enjoyment in the next phase of their life.