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News: Roane State graduate was ready for a change

Larry Sherrill

May 10, 2018

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

After five terms as Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk, Larry Sherrill says he was “just ready for a change.”

So he announced he would not seek re-election to another four-year term and used his return to Roane State Community College’s Cumberland County campus as a springboard for other opportunities.

He graduated in May with an associate degree in contemporary management. Sherrill said he has already had some good job offers and says he would “like to continue being in the ‘people business,’” because he enjoys helping others.

A former deputy and investigator with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Sherrill obtained a certificate in police management from Roane State several years ago. His new Roane State studies included a class in marketing and accounting and a “really interesting” class in religion. Other standout classes, he says: Professor Brad Fox’s business class, which he calls a “definite asset,” and Professor Dan Hyder’s class in environmental science.

“My son-in-law, Brad Daugherty, and I were in a speech class together, and that was pretty neat,” Sherrill said. “The professors here are really good.”

As a politician, Sherrill knows lots of fellow Cumberland County residents. “Many times I’ve had a class with young people and will know their parents,” he said.

“We get to be friends, and I’ll tell them to take advantage of this two free years of college,” he added, referring the Tennessee Promise program. “I’ll tell them the opportunity to further yourself is out there if you just seek it out.”

Sherrill is married to Lea Ann Sherrill, a nurse at Cumberland Medical Center who obtained an associate degree at Roane State. They have three children, Isaac Sherrill, Mitchell Ward and Kristin Daugherty.​

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