Tina Spears, Harriman Community Center Manager for over 24 years, retired last week and was sent off with a retirement party complete with awards, embraces, and high emotions.
“It was 24 years, and I worked one year temporary before they hired me full time, so for me it would be a total of 25 years,” said Spears. “I loved every minute of it, there was never a time that I wasn’t happy there. I’ve met a lot of great people, and I might as well say that I raised a lot of kids. I had a lot of good times over there with the public and the community.”
Spears performed many duties while overseeing the community center such as keeping the place clean, scheduling events, overseeing activities, monitoring for safety, coordinating with the city and much more.
“Things change, times change. I’ve got a grandbaby now, I just turned 60, and I’m just ready to enjoy my life. I’m ready to get out and do things.”
Spears wanted to thank Darrell “Drack” Langley, who she credits with helping get her the job at the community center, as well as the city of Harriman itself. She also wanted to extend her thanks to all of her co-workers, and the public that she worked with and cared for.
“You think about the Harriman Community Center, you think about Tina,” said City Manager Scott Mason. “The last 24 years, she’s been there and done it all, through the good times and the bad times. She is a true treasure to the city of Harriman and everybody that used the community center.”