Norris resident and longtime Anderson County Dental Clinic Coordinator Sue Byrne retired after 27 years of service to the citizens of Anderson County.
Sue was hired by former County Director, Carlton Salyer as a bookkeeper in 1990. She later became a dental assistant and was appointed Clinic manager in 2007 by Art Miller, current County Director. She has seen the clinic grow in many ways over her career and she used her knowledge and experience to build the dental program to one of the most successful county dental program in the State.
County Mayor Terry Frank presented her a proclamation proclaiming Feb. 10, 2017, as Sue Byrne Day in Anderson County. Mayor Frank recognized her work especially in developing the School dental program in Anderson and Clinton City Elementary Schools.
Sue worked to bring the clinic up to OSHA/ TOSHA standards each year along with meeting all State and County Audits.
She assisted in securing over $200,000 in grants for the clinic during her career. Staff of the Anderson County Dental Clinic and Health Department held a reception in her honor on March 10 at the Health Department where she was present staff gifts and accolades from the County Mayor, County Director, dental staff and her husband Steve Byrne who commented that the dental clinic and caring for patients has been a long commitment of Sue. Family, friends and former employees attended to honor Sue’s work at that Anderson County Dental Clinic. Sue and Steve raised their son and daughter while she worked at the Clinic in retirement she plans to enjoy her grandchildren, travel and her walking club at Norris.
But, still committed to service, Byrne plans to volunteer at the Emory Valley Dental Clinic in Oak Ridge and help with the school screenings as needed.
She commented that she had always loved her work and commended the opportunities that the County Government and Director had allowed her in working with new opportunities for the clinic that made her job the best job she could ask for.
“Sue will be missed but her work ethic and programs will move forward and still be felt by our patients for years to come,” said Miller.