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‘Nutcracker’ helps animal shelter

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The cast of Roane County’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” and public donations yielded 1.5 tons of food for the Roane County Animal Shelter.

“The Nutcracker” 2013 cast alone donated 1,470 pounds of pet food during the annual food drive.

Top donors included cast members Jensen Peacock, with 310 pounds, and Savannah Ellis, with 190 pounds.

Arts in Motion owner Jennifer Austin, an animal lover herself, initiated the pet food drive years ago.

It has become a traditional part of “The Nutcracker.”