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Chamber Honors Record 145 Graduating Tennessee Scholars

{Allen Lutz, Education and Workforce Development Specialist}

At the Annual Tennessee Scholars Graduation Ceremony, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane County Schools, recognized 145 graduating seniors, 31.2% of the 2019 Roane County Graduating Class, as Tennessee Scholars at a breakfast awards ceremony on April 11.

Tennessee Scholars is a Chamber-led program conducted in partnership with Roane County Schools. The goal of Tennessee Scholars is to increase the number of students graduating from high school with a rigorous academic course of study, which includes advanced math and science classes, that prepares them for higher education and the workforce.

To be a Tennessee Scholar, students must complete a rigorous course of study, maintain an overall “C” average, have 95% or higher attendance, pass end-of-course tests, have no out-of-school suspensions, and complete a minimum of eighty hours of community service during their four years of high school.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Class of 2019.  A record of 145 graduates and the highest percentage of seniors graduating as Tennessee Scholar Graduates,” said Pam May, President/CEO of the Roane Alliance, as she welcomed the students to the ceremony.

At the ceremony, the seniors received a Tennessee Scholars certificate and a medallion to wear at their high school graduation ceremonies. Their high school diploma and transcript will bear the Tennessee Scholar Seal letting potential employers know the graduate has worked hard and maintained the standards of a Tennessee Scholar.

Roane Alliance 2018 Annual Report

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

Much of the work the Alliance does is behind the scenes or promoted outside the county, making it a challenge for residents to really know what the Alliance does or who we are. Each year the Alliance publishes an annual report, providing a snapshot of the prior year’s projects and accomplishments. In addition, this year’s report also provides details about the Alliance and its staff and how the team works to increase economic prosperity for Roane County and its residents.

The report is now available online at RoaneAlliance.org/report or for a copy call 865.376.2093

Here are just a few of the highlights from the report:

  • Roane County had the lowest unemployment since 2004, and within 0.1% of the national average;
  • There were 383 jobs grown in our industries, providing one of the largest net job growths in over a decade;
  • 143 Roane County graduates became Tennessee Scholars – a new record;
  • Every middle school teacher in Roane visited five participating industries through the Educators in the Workplace program, and not only a first for Roane but also for the state
  • Roane was awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC);
  • Visitors spent $69.82M in Roane County, an increase of $2.33M over the previous year;
  • Chamber event attendance increased by 59%, with more than 1,500 Chamber members and customers coming out in support of other members;
  • Expansion and remodel of the K-25 Overlook – to be open very soon;
  • Watts Bar Lake was featured on Fox 43’s Knoxville Weekend and in a full-page editorial in Travel South Magazine;
  • Bradbury Community Club and the John Muir Fest were featured in Ohio Magazine; while
  • 1,474 social media posts promoted events and attractions throughout the year.