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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Tennessee Promise & Tennessee Scholars

Roane County is increasing the number of students graduating from high school and preparing them for higher education by breaking down financial barriers to higher education and implementing an academic regimen. 

Tennessee Promise

The Tennessee Promise scholarship program is life-changing: Graduating seniors may enter a two-year college program at Tennessee's community colleges or colleges of applied technology to obtain a two-year degree, certification or license. Approximately 60 percent of the students entering the Tennessee Promise program are first-generation college students. The Roane Alliance recruits mentors to help students transition from high school to college. 

Tennessee Scholars

Tennessee Scholars (TS) is focused on increasing the number of students graduating from high school with a rigorous, defined academic course of study that prepares them for higher education, the workforce, or the military. In addition to a rigorous course of study, the program requires students to have an overall C average, 95% attendance, pass End of Course tests, have no out-of-school suspensions and complete 80 hours of community service.

TS began in Roane County in 2006; the students were introduced to the TS program at the end of the 8th grade and given a TS lanyard. In 9th grade, students meeting the TS standards receive a TS t-shirt. Graduating 12th graders meeting the standards are recognized at a special breakfast ceremony, and they receive a medallion to wear at their graduation ceremony; their diploma will have a TS gold seal.

At the end of the 2009-10 school year, we increased the visibility of the TS program. Working with the Roane County News, a full-page story with the names and photographs of the graduating Scholars appeared in the newspaper. The number of students graduating as Tennessee Scholars has increased. To support plans to expand the program, efforts in obtaining donations for the program increased in 2010. In early 2012, The Roane County United Way approved a $2,000 grant to support the TS program. Our excellent program benefitted us to participate in a best practices panel discussion at the Tennessee Chamber’s Aligning Education and Business for a Better Tennessee Summit in 2013.

The Tennessee Scholars program continues to grow, as more and more students stay on track to graduate as scholars. Students are now provided more incentives and rewards all four years, instead of merely at graduation, resulting in Classes 2014 through 2018 setting records. For the Class of 2018, data is not yet available on the number of juniors on track to receive awards.

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