Join us at The Salvation Army located at 409 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917 on June 9th. The breakfast and networking from 7:45 to 8 am. The meeting begins at 8 and adjourns at 9 am.
There is parking along the front, side, and behind their buildings. See the photo of the property with parking highlighted in yellow. We’ll be in the gym in the Activities Center. The building in the photo marked the entrance with a red X. Guests enter the driveway and continue straight, it will be the second building on the right. They will also have a security guard on site.
Join us at McNabb Center, 205 W Springdale Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917) on May 12th. The breakfast and networking will begin at 7:45 to 8 am. The meeting begins at 8 and adjourns at 9 am.
Our speaker will be Mona Blanton-Kitts, LCSW, President/CEO, McNabb Center.
Ms. Blanton-Kitts received two bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and one in Social Work, as well as a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has held this license since 1995. She provides clinical and licensed supervision to professionals in the field through coaching, mentoring, and supervising.
Ms. Blanton-Kitts joined the McNabb Center in 1986 as a direct-care provider working with the Serious and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) population. She has served in her current role as President/CEO since September 2022. Prior to that, she served as President from 2021-2022 and Regional Vice President from 2006-2021. Her clinical career has been spent working with both adult and children populations as well as family systems. She has focused on creating a safe, stigma-free environment where families seeking care feel welcome and comfortable. Based in Knoxville, she and her team manage a workforce of nearly 1,000 staff members, a budget of over $88 million, and oversees programs in thirty counties.
Ms. Blanton-Kitts currently serves on the Knox County Infant and Child Fatality Review Board and the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s (TAMHO) Children & Youth Advisory Committee. In 2002, Ms. Blanton-Kitts was awarded the Dorthea Dix Professional Service award by TAMHO for her work providing innovative services in the field.
Be sure to thank our speaker and McNabb for hosting and providing breakfast.
Join us at BESCO (1800 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917) on April 14th. The breakfast and networking from 7:45 to 8 am. Meeting begins at 8 and adjourns at 9am.
Charme P. Allen is a veteran prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience with the Office of the Knox County District Attorney General. In 2014, General Allen was elected as the District Attorney General of the 6th Judicial District, and she is honored with the distinction of being the first female elected to this position in the history of Knox County. General Allen was re-elected in 2022 and considers it an honor to serve the citizens of Knox County for a second 8-year term.
Following in the footsteps of her law enforcement family from Georgia, General Allen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from West Georgia College in 1987 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990. Soon thereafter she became a full-time Assistant District Attorney General, pursuing her passion of seeking justice and helping victims of crimes, with a special emphasis on child abuse prosecution for the majority of her career.
General Allen relies upon her lifelong experience with law enforcement to pursue a multi-dimensional approach to prosecution. Her model for successful prosecution not only involves enforcing the law and seeking punishment for crime, but it also requires a dedication to the prevention of crime at its source in our community. Since taking office, General Allen has implemented many new policies and procedures, and has created teams of special prosecution units as well as a Community Affairs Unit in order to achieve her goal of being “Tough on Crime, Smart on Prevention.”
While overseeing a staff of more than 80 professionals, General Allen’s role as the county’s top law enforcement officer has given her the opportunity to address criminal justice issues on a larger scale. Much of her time as D.A. is gladly devoted to working in the community, discussing and addressing a wide variety of topics related to the justice system and public safety. She is, also, pleased to be active on the boards of numerous local agencies and organizations.
Be sure to thank our speaker and BESCO for hosting and providing breakfast.
Join us for our March 10th meeting at the Emerald Youth gym at 1718 N. Central St. Our breakfast sponsor this month is Broadway Carpets.
Our speaker will be Stacey Payne. Payne retired from a career in law enforcement in 2019. She and her husband, who also retired from a career in law enforcement, made the move to Tennessee to join their youngest son. Payne’s son is currently a sergeant at a local agency and represents the 4th generation of law enforcement officers in their family. She also has two nephews who are sergeants in the area. Payne’s retirement was short-lived and she found she couldn’t sit at home any longer and joined the Knoxville Police Department. Her first position was in their Planning & Grants unit, and then she helped form East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers.
East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers is comprised of active and dedicated community representatives. They provide a method for law enforcement to receive information on crimes and for community members to share information on criminal activity, and the location of fugitives in an anonymous manner and receive cash rewards for tips leading to an arrest. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community thereby making our communities a safer place to live, work and visit.
We hope to see you at this informative meeting. Please register to attend as space is limited and we need an accurate headcount for breakfast. Don’t forget to thank Broadway Carpets!