Table Rock Lake superintendent is CHS graduate
Rocky Reed, a Cassville High School alumna, has been named as the United States Corps of Engineers' plant supervisor at Table Rock and Beaver Dams.
"I love what I do," said Rocky. "I grew up on the lake, and all of my family live here. It has taken 10 years to work back to this job."
After graduating from Cassville High School in 1987, Rocky enrolled at Crowder College with his best friend, Jeff Fletcher, of Eagle Rock. After realizing that he wasn't sure what career direction he wanted to take in life, Rocky joined the U.S. Army.
"I worked for the Corps as a soldier through the 249th Engineering Battalion," said Rocky. "Around 200 soldiers travel around the country providing disaster relief. I got to go to a whole lot of places."
After completing his years of service with the Army, Rocky took part in a four-year training program at the district hydro power plant in Nashville, Tenn. During this time, he also completed his master's degree in engineering studies at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Around three years ago, Rocky received the opportunity to begin serving as the plant manager at Dardanelle
Lake, which is near Russellville, Ark. "I took that job to get my foot in the door with the Little Rock District," said Rocky. Hard work and dedication paid off last year when Rocky learned that the plant superintendent at Table Rock Lake had accepted a position outside Missouri. Rocky applied for the open position, and this month he began serving as the plant superintendent for the dams located on Table Rock Lake and Beaver Lake in Arkansas.
"I am responsible for operations and maintenance of the dam structures and the hydro power plants at both dams," said Rocky. "The Little Rock District is moving into a control center format, so in the future I will be over seven hydro power plants including Bull Shoals, Norfork and Greers Ferry."
Rocky currently oversees around 20 employees at Table Rock and Beaver Lakes.
"Everything we generate in revenue goes back to the treasury fund to try to make the lake the best it can be in the interest of the public," said Rocky. "It is neat to be involved in that and to be working back on the lake that I grew up on."
Rocky recalled spending the majority of his free time on Table Rock Lake and its adjoining waterways with Fletcher, who has remained his best friend over the last 26 years.
"From the time we were 10 years old we were running up and down the lake," said Rocky. "I've traveled around the world, but that has just make me realize how great this area is. It's a beautiful, safe place to live. I'm so happy to be back."
Rocky is the son of Bob Reed, of Cassville, and grandson of the late Lloyd "Sodie" Reed and Lonnie and Willa Bee Yarnall, of Cassville.
Although Rocky spends a large amount of his free time in the Cassville area, he plans to reside in Hollister. He will be working at the Table Rock Lake office three days a week and the Beaver Lake office one day a week.
Rocky has three daughters, who live in Tennessee.