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TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant has been a supporter of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Teachers Supply Closet for years.
Plant manager Leslie Nale recently expanded that support by donating $1,000 to the Chamber’s Tennessee Scholars program.
“One primary purpose of Tennessee Scholars is to increase 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,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.
Tennessee Scholar students must take a rigorous course of study, including advanced math and science classes. They must achieve an overall "C" average, have 95 percent attendance, pass end-of-course tests, have no out-of-school suspensions and 20 hours of community service during each of the four years of high school.
“Another major purpose of this program is to help provide a better pool of future workers to our local business community,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson. “Local businesses support this program because it is good for students, good for business and the future of Roane County.”
Tennessee Scholars program is a Chamber-led partnership between area businesses and Roane County Schools. Lutz and Mare Thomas with Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, both members of the Chamber’s Education Committee, manage the program.
The Chamber is a partner in The Roane Alliance, Roane County’s economic development organization.