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Roane Chamber Women’s Executive Program – Feb 2019

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, The Roane Alliance}

In 2018 Roane Chamber doubled the number of networking events available to its members. There were more workshops and Lunch & Learns as well – nearly one every week. In 2019 the Roane Chamber is kicking off a new 4-part series that provides a new networking opportunity for women, while also learning from women who inspire us all. The Women’s Executive Program is a partnership between the Roane Chamber and the Greenwood School Education Foundation and is sponsored by ORUD. Each event is held from noon to 1:30 at Greenwood School, 726 Greenwood St. in Kingston. Lunch is included. Make plans to attend the following Wednesdays: March 6, President Danice Turpin, TN College of Applied Tech – Harriman April 3, General Manager Candace Vannasdale, Harriman Utility Board June 5, Community & Public Relations Mgr Betsy Cunningham, Y-12 Federal Credit Union October 9, Major Cheryl Sanders, Tennessee Highway Patrol For more information contact Courtney Briley at 865-376-5572 ext. 205, or visit


Animal Shelter Hours Change – Feb 2019

{Stacey McElhaney, Director Roane County Animal Shelter}

Beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, the Roane County Animal Shelter realigned the operating schedule to meet the increasing demand of service. The shelter will be closed to the public on Monday of each week. Hours of operation for Tuesday through Saturday will remain 10am through 4pm. We have made so many positive changes over the past year and we are diligently working to keep improving. Mondays will be utilized for spay/neuter day, ongoing staff training, scheduled maintenance/ repairs and cleaning. This day also allows the Volunteer Veterinarian to evaluate and aid in maintaining healthy and happy shelter pets. Thank you all so much for your ongoing support!

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Animal Shelter Hours:
Sun-Mon – Closed
Tues-Sat – 10am – 4pm

RMC Stroke Certified – Feb 2019

{Tim Suter, Director of Emergency Services}

Celebrating Roane Medical Center’s Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death and adult disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a stroke and every four minutes a stroke will take another minute. When suffering from a stroke, every moment counts and every decision is critical.

Thankfully, Roane County citizens can rest a little easier knowing that Roane Medical Center (RMC) underwent a rigorous onsite review to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. RMC is part of the region’s only stroke hospital network, Covenant Health. Member hospitals collaborate to provide a rapid diagnosis, averaging over 80% of stroke victims seeing an emergency physician within 15 minutes of arrival far and above the national average of 67%.

Jason Pilant, Chief Administrative Officer of Roane Medical Center, believes this achievement is “Due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, stroke care clinical team and our physician partners at the Roane Medical Center. “ Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, echoed. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Roane Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Source RMC

Is Our Retirement Health Insurance Changing? – Feb 2019

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

If you are an employee, elected official, retiree or County Commissioner, you may want to make sure you have read “Impacts of Accounting Regulations” in the January 2019 newsletter. Could our retirement health insurance be changing? That will be a decision that the County Commissioners must make prior to March 31, 2019. The State Department of Finance and Administration in a Jan 18, 2019 letter establishes the deadline along with three basic options:

  • Opt-In: The county continues to offer pre-65 retiree health insurance.
  • Opt-Out: The county no longer offers pre-65 health insurance coverage.
  • Limited Opt-Out: Continues coverage for current retirees but will no longer cover future retirees.

The decisions made will impact employee benefits along with the county’s financial liabilities as noted in the previous article. The County Benefits Committee will meet in the near future to further discuss the county’s options. An executive summary will be posted on the county website.

A Partial View to DOE Activities – Feb 2019

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

In 1991, an agreement was reached between the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Energy (DOE) known as the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA). The purpose of the agreement was to:

  • Ensure that the environmental impacts associated with past and present activities at the [DOE] Site are thoroughly investigated and that appropriate remedial action is taken as necessary to protect the public health and welfare and the environment
  • Establish a procedural framework and schedule for developing, implementing, and monitoring appropriate response actions at the Site in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability (CERCLA), the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution (NCP), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), appropriate guidance and policy, and in accordance with Tennessee State law;
  • Prevent, mitigate, or abate releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances from low-level radioactive waste tank systems under this Agreement prior to final remedial action at the [DOE] Site;
  • Facilitate cooperation, exchange of information, and participation of the Parties; • Minimize the duplication of investigative and analytical work and documentation and ensure the quality of data management;
  • Ensure that remedial action(s) at the [DOE] Site will be in compliance with applicable or relevant and identify appropriate requirements.
  • Expedite response actions with a minimum of delay; establish a basis for a determination that the DOE has completed the remedial investigation or feasibility study(s), remedial design(s), and remedial action(s) at the Site pursuant to CERCLA and applicable Tennessee State laws;
  • Coordinate response actions under CERCLA and this Agreement with RCRA Facility Investigations and corrective measures now being conducted under RCRA and applicable State laws;
  • Ensure that all releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants as defined by CERCLA and all releases of hazardous wastes or hazardous constituents as defined by RCRA are addressed so as to achieve comprehensive remediation of the Site.” (Federal Facility Agreement, 1991)

To reflect as “an extension” of the FFA, there was, subsequently, created a regulatory contract called the Tennessee Oversight Agreement (TOA) which was accepted and signed in 2011 (TOA, pg. 1). This agreement was between DOE and the State of Tennessee and was later broken down into three separate agreements. The details of those agreements will be addressed in another article at a later date. Presently, we will address the details surrounding the funding of the Oak Ridge Reservation Communities Alliance (ORRCA). ORRCA was established to educate the elected officials and general public on the environmental clean-up activities of DOE, as well as, emergency preparedness programs. The ORRCA website hosts a wealth of information that assists elected officials and the citizens within the adversely affected communities in understanding the specifics of the environmental clean-up processes and progress. ORRCA also strives to educate elected officials to make more informed decisions for their community.

Reviewing Priorities and Adjusting – Feb 2019

{Ron Woody, Roane County Executive}

In our last newsletter, we discussed the planning steps of putting together the 2020 Budget. During this past month, we checked off the first step by reviewing with our departments their 2019 capital plans and budgets and worked with the budget committee on a few adjustments. This important process allows the departments to review priorities and make needed adjustments which then sets a clean tablet for the 2020 capital budget and the following 19 years. Our department heads and commission understands the importance of reviewing your goals and objectives and making the needed changes.

One of the most significant changes was the realization that the county recreation master plan probably needs updating. As we reviewed the recreation capital plan, we asked the question, “When was the last masterplan?” The plan exceeded 15 years. Thus it had been 15 years since the general public had an opportunity to make formal comments on the county recreation plan. The recreation plan includes current and potential recreation services for Roane County Residents and the county tourism industry. Since the last plan the county has taken over a TVA campground (Riley Creek), leased and built the Swan Pond Sports Complex, and the State Department of Transportation has built a multi-use crossing that connects the Roane State Community College Expo Center and Walking Trails to a potential walking trail, horse trail, or campsites at the Old Caney Creek campground area of 60 acres. Keep up with the formal recreation planning process in our future newsletters as the county recreation advisory board, and park and recreation committee begins their work.

Earl Duff Subaru & ASPCA’s 5th Annual Santa Paws – Jan 2019

{Stacey McElhaney, Director Roane County Animal Shelter}

The 5th Annual Santa Paws was a holiday success thanks to Earl Duff Subaru, the ASPCA, the Roane County Animal Shelter Staff, Planned Pethood, Santa, and lots of amazing volunteers. Four cats and fourteen dogs met their new families. Thanks to the ASPCA grant All adoptable pets were spayed, neutered, and rabies vaccinated allowing the Animal Shelter to waive all fees. Pet owners paid $5 to get their pet’s photo taken with Santa. There were raffles, door prizes and by the end of the day, they raised $850.

Left to Right Top to Bottom: Jamie Kindard, Amber Cofer, Connie Aytes, Ron Woody, Jack Jinks, Stacey McElhaney, Santa Claus –  Earl Duff Subaru & ASPCA’s 5th Annual Santa Paws – Jan 2019


Economic & Community Development Opportunities – Jan 2019

{Pam May, Interim President & CEO, Alliance}

Tennessee’s Department of Economic & Community Development has established 176 tracts in the state that are qualified Opportunity Zones, providing tax benefits to investors through Opportunity Funds. One of those tracts is in Roane County (census tract 47145030600). Through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, established by Congress, Tennessee established these zones that offer incentives to invest in low-income communities. By re-investing capital gains into an Opportunity Fund, three types of tax benefits are available: temporary deferral, a step-up basis, and permanent exclusion on capital gains accrued after the initial investment.

Qualifying investments include multifamily housing, industrial development, brownfield redevelopment, retail development, operating businesses and a variety of other investments. Additionally, these investments can be paired with almost any federal, state or local incentive.

Justin Snow, Director of Economic Development, the Roane Alliance, attended a seminar provided by the state to learn more about the incentives. In addition, developers have shown interest in finding investors for projects within the Roane County Tract.

To learn more details about the opportunities visit or if interested in investing in Roane County contact Justin at 865.376.2093 x202 or