Sinking Creek Bridge to be named for Mike and Sara Sellers

John Thompson • Jul 9, 2019 at 10:58 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two of Elizabethton’s most respected noncommissioned officers will be honored in a bridge dedication ceremony at Sinking Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

Chief Master Sgts. Mike and Sara Sellers will have the dedication done by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The couple met in the Air Force and each completed 30-year careers.

After their retirement from the military, they became active in civilian life, participating in a activities both in Carter County and on the state and national stage. Mike died in 2017.

Mike continued to wear a uniform after his retirement. He joined the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, rising to the rank of chief deputy. He then served as interim sheriff.

Sara was active in local politics and served in state level Republican Party leadership until she stepped down last year. She has also been active for many years as a speaker at local Carter County events, especially with veterans’ topics.

The Carter County United Veterans Council invited her to serve as speaker for the annual Veterans Day programs put on at Carter County schools, a job she held for nearly two decades, telling a generation of high school students about the meaning of the day.

Sara also held high-level appointments in the national government. She served as a member of the Department of Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Service. She later served as a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she traveled throughout the world to inspect American cemeteries for military personnel killed in foreign wars.

Charles Von Cannon, chairman of the Carter County Highway Department, said plans for the ceremony are incomplete at this time. He said the ceremony will take place in the sanctuary of the church and then the sign baring the name of Mike and Sara Sellers will be unveiled.

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