We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Leadership: Board & Staff

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You'll find the friendly, experienced and committed Roane Alliance staff and board of directors helpful and knowledgeable. Every day, we and our partners work toward unified goals for education and workforce development, improved quality of life and increased prosperity for Roane residents. Connect with us and find out why Roane is attracting success.  

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Pam May, CTTP, TMP


Pam May joined the team in 2008, promoting Roane Alliance and the county to potential industry, visitors and retirees. Pam is a Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional (CTTP) and Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP). Pam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Leadership Roane County. She enjoys boating on Watts Bar Lake with her family or live music at local venues.

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Justin Snow

Vice President of Economic Development

Justin Snow joined the Alliance team in 2017.  Previously, he spent 17 years working for AT&T in the telecommunications industry.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration and played on the baseball team.  While at the Alliance, he has graduated from Leadership Roane County (Class of 2018) and TVA Rural Leadership (Class of 2019). Justin enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports teams.

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Teresa Jackson

Vice President of Operations

Teresa Jackson has served on the Alliance team since 1999. She attended the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Roane County and completed Tennessee Basic Economic Development. She serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Roane Academy, and is Roane's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Allen Lutz

Director of Education and Workforce

Allen Lutz joined the team in 2008. He was the education director for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and the first director of JA BizTown prior to coming to the Alliance. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, serving on active duty 21 years. Allen has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Roane County.

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Kaley Hill

Marketing & Communications Manager

Kaley joined the team in August 2019.

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Tori May

Chamber Manager

Tori May joined the team in August 2019, but she's been an active part of the Chamber's Ambassador program for years. A native of Roane County, Tori is a graduate of Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2019. 

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Cary Parten

Office Manager

Fiscal Services and Office Manager Cary Parten joined the team in 2016. Cary has held management positions in the hospitality and environmental sectors focusing in information systems, finance and telecommunications.  Cary holds a BS degree in business administration and electronic engineering. 

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Alix Riter

Project Manager


Alix Riter joined the team in 2017. She is a native of Roane County and a graduate of Roane State Community College with an A.S. in Business Management.  She is a TnAchieves mentor and previously worked at Proton Power.  Alix stays busy with two boys active in sports and enjoys the lake life Roane has to offer.


Dr. Julian Ahler
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

David Bell
Roane County Commission
Kingston, TN

Ron Berry
Ron Berry Insurance
Rockwood, TN

Marilyn Calfee
Kingston, TN

Suzie Clay
Uselton, Clay & Bright
Kingston, TN


Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Kevin Helms
City Manager
Harriman, TN

Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry
Coldwell Banker
Kingston, TN

Buddy Holley
City Councilman
Harriman, TN

Leigha Humphries
Oak Ridge, TN

Mitchell Kyker
Kyker Funeral Home
Harriman, TN

Gail Lyke
First Bank of Tennessee
Rockwood, TN

Darryl Meadows
United Community Bank
Kingston, TN

Kenyon Mee
Kingston, TN

Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Owens
IDB Treasurer

Jim Palmer
IDB Chair

Terry Payne
Oak Ridge, TN

Dana Peterka
Regional Director of SCORE
Rockwood, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Al Reardon
CNS Y-12
Oak Ridge, TN

Ken Rueter
Oak Ridge, TN

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Barry Stephenson
Oak Ridge, TN

Jerry Stephens - Secretary
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN 

Sharon Templeton - Vice Chair
Energy Solutions
Oak Ridge, TN

Candace Vannasdale
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

Mark Watson
City of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Rocky Top General Store
Harriman, TN

Chris Whaley - Board Chair
Harriman, TN

George Wilson - Treasurer
Knoxville, TN

Ron Woody
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN

Industrial Development Board Members

Jim Palmar
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Vice Chairman
Rocky Top General Store
Harriman, TN

James Owens
Dienamic Tooling Systems
Kingston, TN

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Teddy Haywood
Blue Springs Boat Company
Oak Ridge, TN

Bob Kite
Rockwood, TN

Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge, TN

Tommy Thompson
Co-owner Nealy Thompson Heating and Air
Rockwood, TN

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