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Mary Trout climbs into Donna Wright’s truck as the first official rider in Round About Roane, a new volunteer transportation program. Wright took Trout to Rockwood Dollar General, Harriman Food City and back to her home in Harriman.

Mary Trout used to walk to Harriman Food City, and she can still make it on foot to nearby United Grocery Outlet if need be.

Now, she doesn’t have to.

Instead, she can now rely on a new volunteer transportation program called Round About Roane.

“It is a godsend,” Trout proclaimed Monday. “It is answers to a prayer, not just for me but a lot of people. It just so turns out it is helping me.”