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Susan Williams and 29 other remarkable women to be honored by YWCA Knoxville

Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Blog, SRW in the News | 0 comments

“On Aug. 21, 2014 the YWCA Knoxville will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Tribute to Women event by highlighting 30 remarkable women who have impacted the community in the last 30 years. The honorees will be acknowledged at a red-carpet-style celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the official program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 and include the reception, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, one complimentary drink ticket, and the awards ceremony. Tickets can be purchased by calling 865-523-6126 or online at www.ywcaknox.com.” Read...

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Want to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Knoxville, April 9th-13th?

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Want to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Knoxville, April 9th-13th?

Win tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Knoxville, April 9th-13th. Visit this link.  ...

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Internet Search for Ancestors Simply Amazing

Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

About a year ago I got completely obsessed with ancestry.com.  It all started when Dr. George Schweitzer who lectures and assists on genealogy at the East Tennessee History Center  gave me my “family tree.”  Like most of us, I knew about 3 generations back and not much more except a few legends that my parents had passed down.  My husband, William Dickson “Dick” Williams (who is actually the fifth WDW’s) has a very extensive and impressive lineage including First Families of Tennessee, Sons of the American Revolution, people in the Colonial Dames and even the Order of Charlemagne and that goes back a very long way!  On the other hand, I had very little information about most of my ancestors.  So, I joined ancestry.com and began the search which quickly turned into an obsession. Warning, it will happen to you as well. My first glimpse of where my fraternal grandmother’s people, the Gladneys, came from was again through ETHS’s director, Cherel Henderson.  She and Dr. Schweitzer were headed to Ireland and I thought the Gladneys came from Ireland but wasn’t sure.  She not only confirmed it through the internet but found the Gladney cemetery in Winsboro, SC, where “Widow Jane” Gladney came with her three sons in the mid-1700’s following the death of her husband.  All the Gladneys in America descended from Widow Jane and her three sons, including me and my fraternal grandmother.  I have now discovered the whole Gladney clan has an association that meets annually and I have visited the Gladney Cemetery in Winsboro where Widow Jane, her three sons and several descendants are buried.  My line was from Samuel, who fought in the Revolutionary War as did the other two sons. Even more astounding was a document I found while researching my father’s great grandfather, Lasley Odem.  We knew he was a Confederate solider and was taken prisoner by the Union Army and was sent to Illinois for his incarceration.  I actually found his “Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and to the Union” that he had to sign to be released from his Union imprisonment.  That brought tears to my eyes.  How thankful I am that he did sign it and that the Union was saved. I also didn’t know about many early Virginia settlers, some I believe date back to early Jamestown.  I am still working on proof and that is going to take a little time but the stories that unfold while doing research is amazing. Here’s the best one though.  Dick’s family of Williams came from Wales to Virginia to North Carolina and his direct 3-G grandfather came to Greeneville, TN.  Dr. Alexander Williams who was one of ten sons of Colonel Joseph Williams of Panther Creek, NC, came to Greeneville to marry into one of the wealthiest families in Greeneville.  Catharine Dickson, daughter of William Dickson, who came from County Antrim Ireland when he was 16 to seek his fortune in this new land and found it, married Dr. Williams. William Dickson   built Dr. Williams and Catharine a mansion then known as the “showplace of east Tennessee.”  Now it is the Dickson-Williams Museum in Greeneville.  Here’s where the internet and google come in.  We know a lot about the Williams, but very little about William Dickson...

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WVLT: Trinity Health Foundation awards $700K in grants

Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Knoxville (WVLT) Organizations aimed at improving the lives of people in East Tennessee communities are getting some big help with a few big checks. The Trinity Health Foundation presented awards to five non-profit organizations at a gala Wednesday at The Foundry in downtown Knoxville. Each organization will receive nearly $150,000. That money is aimed at starting new programs to improve people’s “physical, emotional and spiritual health.” Organizations include Breakthrough Corporation, Compassion Coalition, Emerald Youth Foundation, InterFaith Health Clinic and University of Tennessee Medical Center Department of Pastoral Care. Read more and see the video report at...

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WBIR: $750K in grant money will help many in E. TN

Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Five East Tennessee non-profit groups received a generous gift on Wednesday. The Trinity Health Foundation handed out a total of $750-thousand dollars in grants to organizations that work to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual health of East Tennesseans. The grant winners include the Breakthrough Corporation, Compassion Coalition, Emerald Youth Foundation, Inter-Faith Health Clinic and U-T Medical Center’s Department of Pastoral Care. Read more at...

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Trinity Health Foundation Awards over $700,000 in Grants to Five East Tennessee Nonprofits

Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Trinity Health Foundation Awards over $700,000 in Grants  to Five East Tennessee Nonprofits

Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2013 – The Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, successor to Mercy Health Partners Foundation, today announced it has awarded over $700,000 in grants to five local nonprofits to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of East Tennessee. Through its grant process this year, the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee has awarded nearly $1.0 million in grants to local nonprofits. “We could not be more proud to provide support to these five initiatives that we believe will make great strides in improving the quality of life and health of those in East Tennessee,” said Dr. Lee Martin, President of the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. “We also want to thank all those who have contributed their time and resources to Trinity through past efforts with the Mercy Health Partners Foundation. Together we can continue to make a significant impact on the health of the East Tennessee community.” Formerly known as the Mercy Health Partners Foundation serving the needs of Mercy Health Partners, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee was established as an independent foundation in 2011 when the non-profit Mercy System was purchased by Tennova.  Trinity’s predecessor, Mercy Health Partners Foundation, was formed in 2008 from the merger of two non-profit systems, St. Mary’s Health System and Baptist Health System of East Tennessee, whose foundations’ philanthropic activities benefited East Tennessee for more than twenty-five years. The 2013 Phase II health initiative grant recipients include: Breakthrough Corporation ($150,000) – Employment Opportunities for Jobseekers with Disabilities. Breakthrough Corporation will initiate Project SEARCH, a program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Knoxville area, which will provide them with life enriching new opportunities for employment in well-paying, skilled jobs. Two sites of the nationally acclaimed Project SEARCH program will be established at leading Knoxville employers. Project SEARCH provides people with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities with nine-month internships that include coursework and training rotations through three jobs at an employer’s workplace. Upon completion, interns are hired by either the host employer or other collaborating employers. Compassion Coalition ($150,000) – The Future Story Project. Compassion Coalition will develop through Getting Ahead classes The Future Story Project which will serve Knox County residents who wish to escape from the economic environment of poverty and long to build a better future for themselves and their families.  Each Getting Ahead class composed of 10 – 12 individuals, known as Investigators who currently live in poverty, will perform extensive self-analysis of the impact that living in poverty has on their lives.  They will explore how their lives can change, situations can improve, and stability can be achieved for themselves and their families.  Each Getting Ahead graduate will have the opportunity to be matched with 2 or 3 allies, or volunteers from the community, who are committed to provide ongoing support in a long-term capacity. Emerald Youth Foundation ($150,000) – Transformation Through Sports. Emerald Youth Foundation will provide a program for kids to be physically active and be transformed through sports. An urban soccer program is being developed and, at full capacity will grow to reach over 500 young athletes in Knoxville’s poorest communities.   Emerald will run soccer programs, providing opportunities for urban kids and young adults to experience this sport, support and/or create school programs if they...

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TVA Energy Advisory Panel To Hold First Session

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog, Clean Energy, SRW in the News | 0 comments

TVA Energy Advisory Panel To Hold First Session

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new Regional Energy Resource Council will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the TVA Central In-Process Training Center in Hollywood. The panel, created by the TVA board of directors to advise the agency on current and future energy resource activities and help sort through competing objectives and values, will meet from 8:30 a. Read the entire article here. To read more about the advisory panel, click...

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Merit Construction & Pat Summitt Plaza

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Merit Construction & Pat Summitt Plaza

Merit Construction update on Pat Summitt Plaza at UT- 550,000 lbs of concrete within feature wall; 43,000 lbs if reinforcing steel; 3 million pounds of stone behind feature wall; Coach’s signature will weigh over 2,000 pounds and her statue will stand over 8 feet ! Nov. 22 is the opening day! The Pat Summitt Plaza will serve as a permanent testament to the career of college basketball’s greatest coach. Welcoming visitors to campus at the intersection of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way, it will feature a bronze statue of Coach Summitt and celebrate the Lady Vols basketball program. Please join us in supporting this historic project....

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Huffington Post: How Natural Gas Is Powering America

Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Blog, Clean Energy, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Huffington Post: How Natural Gas Is Powering America

More than a quarter of our country’s power comes from natural gas. As utility companies use more of this clean energy resource, emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in 20 years. Don’t be in the dark about your energy. Check out this infographic to see how natural gas is powering our nation.  

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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of New Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville Showroom

Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Blog, SRW Clients in the News | 0 comments

Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of New Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville Showroom

Knoxville, Tenn. – On Wednesday, October 2nd, Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville, Knoxville’s leading replacement door and window seller, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at its new window showroom located at 111 Northview Street in Bearden. Speakers at the ceremony included Senator Becky Massey, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Ashleigh Adkins, Membership Development Manager at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Joe Koken, New Affiliate Manager for Renewal by Andersen, and Bill Stone of Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville. Despite being open for the last month, the ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the new and improved showroom showcasing Renewal by Andersen’s quality replacement windows and doors. “We were so thankful to have Senator Massey, Mayor Burchett, Joe Koken, New Affiliate Manager for Renewal by Andersen corporate and representatives from the Knoxville Chamber in attendance to celebrate the official opening of our new showroom,” said RBA Knoxville President, Bill Stone. “Our staff worked tremendously hard to deliver, what I believe to be, the finest showroom of replacement windows and doors in East Tennessee.” Renewal by Andersen is the exclusive start-to-finish window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation—the most recognized window brand in the U.S. Drawing on the Andersen tradition of over 100 years of quality, innovation and craftsmanship, Renewal by Andersen was founded with the objective of creating a different and better window and door replacement experience for homeowners. Since opening our first store in Minnesota in1995, Renewal by Andersen has rapidly grown to more than 100 markets in the U.S., becoming one of the largest window replacement companies in the country. About Renewal by Andersen Andersen Corporation includes Andersen brand windows and doors, Eagle Window and Door and Silver Line Building Products. Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation is an international enterprise employing approximately 10,000 people in locations across North America with sales worldwide. About Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville, an independent retailer of Renewal by Andersen, offers homeowners in the city of Knoxville and surrounding areas a variety of replacement window and door design options. The company takes great pride in serving the Knoxville area with quality replacement windows and doors with a start-to-finish process. Homeowners can visit the company’s web site at www.knoxwindows.com to inquire about a complimentary consultation and to view additional information about Renewal by Andersen. ### Media Contacts: Clay Crownover CFC Strategies, LLC (703) 717-8992 [email protected] Ashley McCloud Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville (865) 588-2508 [email protected]

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