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United Way director familiar to many

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Replacement says she’ll miss her role at Harriman

By Cindy Simpson

Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

“It has been my pleasure to work for the city for these past two years,” Jackson said. “It has given me the opportunity to get reacquainted with Roane County after moving back from living in Florida. I am excited about the opportunity to help Roane County in the capacity as director of United Way. Among other things, I will miss hearing the music playing on the streets of Harriman, however, I know good things are in the works for Harriman and look forward to seeing the progress,” said Jackson.

“I believe in United Way’s mission. I think that my experience — my background experience — is a perfect match for the job at United Way. I have social services background, with marketing and advertising,” Jackson said.

She will be formally introduced at the monthly meeting of the service providers at 11:30 a.m. on June 10 at the United Way building in Midtown. 

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is excited for Jackson. He said it is not often someone who works for the city is named director of something.

“You guys don’t know how much I’ll miss her,” said Mason.

He said any time he asked Jackson to take on a project, she did so willingly.

One involved marketing to promote Prospect 14, the city’s efforts to sell its downtown buildings that were once occupied by Roane Medical Center before Covenant Health moved its operations to Midtown. 

“The folks here are fantastic. Mayor has been wonderful to work with,” Jackson said.

Jackson said she’s got big shoes to fill following former directors Amy Harmon and Diana Knobloch. 

Jackson replaces Harmon, who resigned to spend more time with her family, 1-year-old Elise and husband Travis. Harmon’s last day was May 30.

Harmon replaced Diana Knobloch, a former Harriman City Council member.