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The New Hazmat 1 – Dec 2018

{Scott Stout – Director of Office of Emergency Services}

The county purchased a new fire truck with the CDBG Community Development Block Grant that will take over the role of Hazmat 1. The Dodge Ram HME Ahrens-Fox MiniEvo M3 is faster and more maneuverable than its larger predecessor a 1996 Ferrara (CDBG). The Dodge Ram will replace the Ferrara’s as Hazmat 1 because it is more maneuverable through most entrances and offroad destinations.

What Does Roane County United Way Do – Nov 2018

{Dina Jackson, Roane County United Way}

What Does Roane County United Way Do and Why Should You Care?

I’m approached every so often with “I know United Way helps folks, but what do you all do?” Roane County United Way (RCUW) is first committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community by supporting efforts that provide basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and services that keep them safe and healthy. We work with programs, partnerships and agency services that invest in information services, transitional shelters and housing, food programs and emergency assistance. We focus on Education, Health and Self -Sufficiency of our citizens that want the opportunity to better themselves through:

Education: We keep track of kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiencies, and employment success. We support programs that promote: school readiness, workforce skills development and disabled children reach milestones.

Health: We’re improving the health of our entire community through resources, support, and investment in nutrition and fitness, mental health services and preventative screenings and leading the way in service gaps such as dental services for working adults with no insurance.

Self Sufficiency: Stable employment and financial literacy provide a solid foundation for families and individuals to thrive. We’re helping individuals and families build strong, stable foundations through resources and programs that enable them to achieve stable employment and financial literacy.

We do this by partnering with local nonprofit organizations, supporting them through grants, providing workshops, and guidance when needed. This past year our community volunteer panel (made up of individuals from various experienced backgrounds) reviewed financial reports, service models and service impact of partner organizations. This panel recommended that the RCUW financially support 22 programs that met with our mission. We organize the Teacher’s Supply Closet, host a MyFreeTaxes site, provide networking opportunities through our interagency meetings and more.

Why Should You Care? Roane County United Way inspires and creates positive movement for non-profits and the community. By providing training, professional development, and collaboration, RCUW pushes our community forward into innovative thinking-helping our “home” to move forward and to be successful. So please consider supporting the Roane County United Way.


Roane County P&R Citizens Advisory Board – Feb 2019

Our Parks and Recreation (P&R) services are not mandated statutorily but by tradition. Since 1961, the TVA RLR-35188 and other resolutions have directed the path for Roane County P&R. As we approach sixty years of P&R services, the County Commission created the Roane County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board (RCPRCAB) to bring a citizen’s perspective on the development of various Roane County P&R policies, priorities, and objectives.

This RCPRCAB is designed to ensure a diverse development of health and recreation offerings for our citizens. Its formation brings the experience and knowledge of six P&R Directors, three private citizens, six student representatives, and two county commissioners to the drawing board. The RCPRCAB convened for the first time on January 24th, fulfilling a Tennessee Local Parks and Recreation Grant (LPRF) requirement for public input and communication. The newly formed board recommends the development of a new master plan.

Mike Beard, the Roane County P&R Director, is enthusiastic about the recent appointment of the RCPRCAB, “Roane County’s potential is as abundant as its beauty. It is vital to seek wise counsel, to effectively wield its charm.” He believes, “Each P&R director’s unique perspective and knowledge will lead us to a more cohesive and complementary master plan.” Furthermore, “The high school students are given the opportunity to partner with community leaders and older generations to learn how to be a positive and effective force in the community. In return, their elders and community leaders are given a chance to be invigorated by the unbridled creativity and enthusiasm of youth.” To learn more see Executive Summary 17h.