What is Ally of the Year?
As one of ASAP’s largest fundraisers, Ally of the Year has become a fun, competitive race where members of the community who have been nominated by their peers compete to be named the Anderson County Ally of the Year. To win, the candidate must have the most votes. One dollar = one vote!
Members of the community who live, work, or otherwise have a vested interest in what happens in Anderson County can use this opportunity to raise a greater awareness about ASAP of Anderson’s efforts to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth and adults in Anderson County. The money received from voting will be used for projects such as,
- I AM ONE campaign which aims to reduce underage drinking and increase awareness of Tennessee’s Social Host Liability Law
- Count It! Lock It! Drop It! which encourages community members to count their medications and provides home medicine lock boxes to community members and permanent medicine disposal bins at local police departments
- Youth Ambassadors Coalition (YAC) at all 3 high schools in the county and hopefully all of the middle schools very soon
- R2: Resilience and Recovery, the family drug treatment court for Anderson County that takes a comprehensive approach to helping juvenile offenders and their families
- GenerationRx, an education and awareness curriculum aimed at teaching youth and adults about the dangers of prescription medications
- And much, much, more!
Voting begins on Friday, February 1st through Monday, February 25th at 5:00PM Eastern. Votes are accepted through ASAPofAnderson.org/ally. Votes are also accepted in the form of cash or checks payable to ASAP of Anderson with the nominee’s name on the memo line. Only money received by an ASAP employee by 5:00PM on February 25th will be counted. Votes received after that time will still be counted as a donation, but it will not count in the candidate’s totals.
The 2019 Anderson County Ally of the Year will be announced at ASAP’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on March 1st, 2019. If you are a volunteer or partner interested in attending the banquet, call ASAP at 865-457-3007 to RSVP.
Oak Ridge Schools Preschool
Lisa Downard is Principal at Oak Ridge Schools’ Preschool/Head Start. Lisa and her family moved from Ohio to Tennessee in 2008, and they love it! She began her career as a Special Education teacher and also served as a Literacy Coach, classroom teacher, assistant principal, and now principal. Her husband, Brian, their son, Cale, and Lisa all have a passion for cars, and their spare time is spent either working on a car project or enjoying a sunny day drive!
Anderson County Schools HeadStart
Oak Ridge Schools Preschool
Tribby Kelly is a resident of Oak Ridge and works for Oak Ridge Schools’ Preschool. She is involved with several community agencies to give back to the community. Tribby is very active with ASAP by serving on the coalition and taking on many different projects and committees. She serves as the sponsor for ASAP Youth Ambassadors in Oak Ridge as they work to prevent and reduce substance misuse among their peers.
Anderson County Chamber of Commerce
Rick Meredith has played leadership roles in community development and service for over 20 years. He is currently the President of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce prior to this he was Senior Vice President for the Hollingsworth Companies responsible for recruiting industries all across the southeast. He is also serving his second term on the Anderson County Commission where he is a member of the Insurance Trustee’s, Legislative and Agriculture committees and is a member of the Clinton Rotary Club. In 2018, he was chosen as Tennessee Chamber Executive of the Year by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Robin Smith
Oak Ridge Police Department
Robin Smith has served with the Oak Ridge Police Department since 2012, where he is currently Chief of Police. Prior to joining ORPD, he served 17 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority Police, the last 14 as Commander of Police Operations. He began his law enforcement career with the Sevierville Police Department, where he worked 15 years. Robin has been a member of the ASAP of Anderson Board of Directors since 2015.
Food City - Clinton
For the past 18 years, Sam Turner has worked as the store manager at the Clinton Food City. Prior to this, Sam had an incredible hurdling career. He won three consecutive Division II national championships for the 400 meter hurdles, was voted 16 times all American, was inducted to the Division II national Hall of Fame. He was also the first person to ever win both the 110 meter and 400 meter hurdles in the same national championship event and was ranked the third Fastest 110 meter hurdler of all time when he retired in 1986. He previously served on the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Board for 4 years, and currently serves on the Anderson County Drug Court and is a member of the Clinton Civitan.