By Kayla Carter
For more than 10 years, it has been 36-year-old Jason Shell’s dream and goal to become the next Carter County road superintendent.
Shell, who said he was recently certified by the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board, announced his intent to run for the office on Monday.
“I’ve thought about running for road superintendent for many years,” Shell said. “But, I knew that you could not run against Jack Perkins. I wouldn’t have had a chance.”
Instead, Shell said he has been building up his resume for when he could take the chance.
“I’ve been trying to gain experience so that I can do a good job for the county,” said Shell, who is a lifelong Carter County resident and currently resides in Slagle’s Pasture. “I’ve always wanted to do this job.”
For about the past 8 years, Shell has owned and operated a local excavation business called Sidekick Excavation.
“I’ve built several subdivisions,” Shell said. “I’ve started them from scratch and saw them through until they were finished. It included road work.”
Before starting his own business, Shell said he worked for Concrete Cutting Systems Inc. for about 4 years.
“We core-drilled manholes,” Shell said. “We cut out roadways to repair waterlines. All the work was based in construction.”
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