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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Roane Alliance Leadership

Working to Improve Roane County.

Get to know Team alliance.

The friendly, experienced and committed Roane Alliance staff and board of directors help expand regional economic opportunities and grow local businesses as we partner with organizations, municipalities, teams and individuals.  We work every day to improve the county.  Connect with us and find out why Roane is attracting success.

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Pam May, CTTP, TMP


Pam May joined the team in 2008, promoting Roane Alliance and the county to potential industry, visitors and retirees. Pam is a Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional (CTTP) and Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP). Pam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Leadership Roane County. She enjoys boating on Watts Bar Lake with her family or live music at local venues.

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Justin Snow

Vice President of Economic Development

Justin Snow joined the Alliance team in 2017.  Previously, he spent 17 years working for AT&T in the telecommunications industry.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration and played on the baseball team.  While at the Alliance, he has graduated from Leadership Roane County (Class of 2018) and TVA Rural Leadership (Class of 2019). Justin enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports teams.

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Teresa Jackson

Vice President of Operations

Teresa Jackson has served on the Alliance team since 1999. She attended the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Roane County and completed Tennessee Basic Economic Development. She serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Roane Academy, and is Roane's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Allen Lutz

Education and Workforce Director

Allen Lutz joined the team in 2008. He was the education director for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and the first director of JA BizTown prior to coming to the Alliance. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, serving on active duty 21 years. Allen has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Roane County.

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Sam Jones Ledford

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sam  joined the Alliance Team in May 2016. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Roane County and a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a BS in Communications majoring in Public Relations. Prior to finding her home Roane, she worked in marketing & tourism for the Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sam enjoys all things social - social media, live music & events, and spending time with her husband, Chris and their dogs, Clementine and Jolene (follow Clementine on Instagram). She keeps a record player in her office, and you'll find her working on creative projects at all times.

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Courtney Briley

Chamber Manager

Courtney Briley joined the team in May 2016. A native of Roane County, Courtney is a graduate of Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2017 and received her BS from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 with a major in recording industry-music business and a minor in public relations. As Chamber Programs Coordinator, Courtney finds it extremely rewarding to build one-on-one relationships with Chamber members and help their business grow within the community. Courtney is a horror movie enthusiast and her varied interests range from ghost hunting to rollerblading, but she’s happiest when she’s spending time with her husband Ben and their Corgi, Rugby. Courtney also enjoys singing/performing on stage and has starred in several community theater productions.

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Cary Parten

Office Manager

Fiscal Services and Office Manager Cary Parten joined the team in 2016. Cary has held management positions in the hospitality and environmental sectors focusing in information systems, finance and telecommunications.  Cary holds a BS degree in business administration and electronic engineering. 

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Alix Riter

Project Manager 

Alix joined the team in 2017. She is a native of Roane County and a graduate of Roane State Community College with an A.S. in Business Management.  She is a TnAchieves mentor and previously worked at Proton Power.  Alix stays busy with two boys active in sports and enjoys the lake life Roane has to offer.


Dr. Julian Ahler
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

David Bell
Roane County Commission
Kingston, TN

Ron Berry
Ron Berry Insurance
Rockwood, TN

Marilyn Calfee
Kingston, TN

Suzie Clay
Uselton, Clay & Bright
Kingston, TN

Cecil Crowe
City of Oliver Springs
Oliver Springs, TN

Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Kevin Helms
City Manager
Harriman, TN


Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry
Coldwell Banker
Kingston, TN

Buddy Holley
City Councilman
Harriman, TN

Leigha Humphries
Oak Ridge, TN

Mitchell Kyker
Kyker Funeral Home
Harriman, TN

Gail Lyke
First Bank of Tennessee
Rockwood, TN

Darryl Meadows
United Community Bank
Kingston, TN

Kenyon Mee
Kingston, TN

Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Owens
IDB Treasurer

Jim Palmer
IDB Chair

Terry Payne
Oak Ridge, TN

Dana Peterka
Regional Director of SCORE
Rockwood, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Al Reardon
CNS Y-12
Oak Ridge, TN

Ken Rueter
Oak Ridge, TN

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Barry Stephenson
Oak Ridge, TN


Jerry Stephens - Secretary
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN

Sharon Templeton - Vice Chair
Energy Solutions
Oak Ridge, TN

Candace Vannasdale
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

Mark Watson
City of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Rocky Top General Store
Harriman, TN

Chris Whaley - Board Chair
Harriman, TN

George Wilson - Treasurer
Knoxville, TN

Ron Woody
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN


Industrial Development Board Members

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Teddy Haywood
Blue Springs Boat Company
Oak Ridge, TN

Joe Heckman
Energy Solutions
Vice President of Processing Operations
Kingston, TN

Bob Kite
Cartwright Engineering Technologies
Robert Kite & Associates
Rockwood, TN


Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge, TN

James Owens
JR Global, Inc.
Kingston, TN

Jim Palmer
Oak Ridge, TN

Tommy Thompson
Nealy Thompson Heating and Air
Rockwood, TN

David Webb
Vice Chair
Harriman, TN

Roane chamber BOARD MEMBERS

Bill Anderson
Rockwood Merchants Association

Gary Aytes

Eric Bacon
AGA Insurance

Chris Barton
First Bank of Tennessee - Rockwood

Buddy Bowers

David Bolling
City of Kingston


Marilyn Calfee, Chair

Angela Dougal
Regions Bank

 Joe Eskridge
Greenwood School Foundation/NAACP

Lynn Farnham, Treasurer
Roane County Government

Sarah Harrison
Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition



Sean Hensley
Proton Power

Charlene Hipsher
Roane County Health Council

Kathy May-Martin
Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates

Kathy Parks
Roane County Leadership

Dana Peterka - Chair Elect

Al Reardon


Rick Ross

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood

Ken Tobin

Danice Turpin
TCAT - Harriman

Dr. Chris Whaley
Roane State Community College