Ables wins highest honor from TAUD as Water Superintendent of the year

Ables wins highest honor from TAUD as Water Superintendent of the year
Ables wins highest honor from TAUD as Water Superintendent of the year | Marty Ables, Water Superintendent of the year, TAUD

Marty Ables is given the Everett Severs Award by TAUD Board President John Brown last month. Ables said he was surprised by the award, which he’s won two years in a row.
“It was a surprise to me.” Those were the words of Marty Ables who last month won the highest individual honor in the state by the Tennessee Association of Utlity Districts as Water Superintendent of the year. Ables has been with the City of Martin for 27 years and currently serves as Water Treatment Superintendent. As superintendent he oversees all functions of the water treatment plant and its employees. Ables holds a Water Treatment II and Wastewater Treatment IV license. Tony Wyatt, TAUD’s Field Supervisor describes Marty as “one of the best in his field. He does a great job running his plant. He’s a sharp fellow and very deserving of this award.” Ables was taken to the Annual Conference at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin earlier last month by Public Works Director Billy Gene Wagster, who knew that Ables had won the honor for Everett Severs for the second year in a row. The Association awarded Ables with the award for water treatment operator of the year at their annual awards breakfast. Wagster and co-worker Kelly Taylor laughed about the award because Ables had no idea he was even nominated. “Billy Gene had to nudge me to get up and get the award when they announced my name,” Ables said. “I didn’t really understand why I had to go to Franklin.” “I felt a little bit like I’d been shanghaid by my buddies,” he laughed. Wagster also reported that at the TAUD meeting for the second year in a row, the water department had a score of 100.

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