Kiwanis tours TCAT Elizabethton

Danny O'uinn shares information about the Diesel Program.

Danny O’uinn shares information about the Diesel Program.

On Tuesday, Sep. 18, Kiwanis Club held its regular meeting at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton. TCAT Elizabethton is one of 27 TCATs in TN. It offers 13 individual programs as well as additional online and evening programs. Appx. 450 students are in class daily participating in 16-month programs to earn industry certifications and job training for specific industries aligned to the needs of this region. The school boasts a 92% completion rate and 091% placement rate. 85% of TCAT students are eligible for TNPromise or TNReconnect, which allow them to attend school tuition-free. TCAT proudly partners with major industries to offer specific certifications and opportunities for its graduates. TCAT Elizabethton has one of the newest facilities in the state and is already outgrowing the building.

John Lee, the schools’ NC3 coordinator shared an exciting industry partnership announcement with the club that will be made public at the end of October. TCAT Elizabethton is one of five National Coalition for Career Certification Train the Trainer centers in the country.

John Lee discusses Train the Trainer opportunities at TCAT Elizabethton, an NC3 Certification Center.

John Lee discusses Train the Trainer opportunities at TCAT Elizabethton, an NC3 Certification Center.

Kiwanis Club hosts picnic at Cat Island

Star Photo/Curtis Carden Two youngsters enjoy some time on the swings Friday morning at Cat Island Park.

Star Photo/Curtis Carden Two youngsters enjoy some time on the swings Friday morning at Cat Island Park.

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

An annual tradition took place Friday morning with the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club hosting their annual picnic for children in the community. A handful of children from Elizabethton and Carter County school districts were able to stop by for food and games at Cat Island Park in Elizabethton.

“We love having the opportunity to host this picnic for the children of Elizabethton City Schools and Carter County Schools,” said Kiwanis Club President Tyler Fleming. “I know we were able to serve a lot of food. I just think it’s great to see everyone come together like this to give back to our schools. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Fleming thank Kiwanians in attendance, along with Key Club members from Elizabethton and Unaka high schools, Chick-fil-A and Food City for helping make the event a success.

Kiwanis Club stays active in the community giving back to children’s charities. To learn more about the group, visit the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club Facebook page.

Crystal Carter campaigning for United Way resources, programs

Crystal Carter, Director of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County

Crystal Carter, Director of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County

Crystal Carter, Director of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County last week detailed the successes of the campaign last year and announced a larger fundraising goal of $130,000 this year. On top of financially supporting more than 10 local organizations annually, Uway also works within the community to create sustainable resources in areas like drug prevention, early literacy, access to potable water, clothing closets, and more. Carter has been Director for just over a year, and has significantly increased the role of Uway in the local community. This year, her focus is on early literacy and opioid addiction resources, in addition to campaigning for organizations like Red Cross, Isaiah House, CHIPs, Boys and Girls Club, and more.

 

ETSU Head Coach: what makes a leader

Coach Sanders

ETSU Head Football Coach Randy Sanders, who has been coaching for 29 years, explained what it takes to be a leader and to make leaders. He talked about having character as a team, developing mental toughness and maturity, and taking pride in ETSU football.  “Leadership is the process of influencing and providing guidance and direction to achieve goals and make the organization better,” he said.

Coach Sanders’ Elements of Leadership

  • Leaders lead through relationships and through trust.
  • Once people trust you and buy into your vision, they will follow you.
  • Great leaders empower those around them. They don’t micromanage. They provide room to grow and develop.
  • Leaders lead with optimism, enthusiasm and energy.
  • Leaders know they don’t have all the answers. Know your strengths and weaknesses and work with people who can fill your gaps.
  • Leaders are consistent.
  • Leaders look for solutions.
  • Leaders know that success is a process, not a destination.

 

New City Manager here to listen, learn, push toward vision

Mayor Curt Alexander & City Manager Daniel Estes

Daniel Estes previously served as the Town Administrator for Collierville and in June 2018, was appointed City Manager of Elizabethton. Along with Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander, Estes joined us for our June 12 meeting. Alexander gave a review of recent accomplishments and projects in the city including repair to downtown awnings, the possibility of adding a whitewater rafting park, street paving, and an update on the recent contract with the golf course and plans for the Twins.

Estes said he is excited to be here and glad the council has formed a vision and strategic plan for the city. “I’m going to listen to this community to learn what the priorities are and make sure the city is pushing toward that vision every day,” he said. He came on board in time to enjoy the Covered Bridge Celebration and said he has enjoyed that and noted lots of positive movement in the city.