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We’ve been working hard to help the youth who have been abused and neglected in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately!

Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier counties

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Campbell County found its second year of helping Open Arms Ministry was a roaring success. CASA volunteers put out over 80 donation boxes (compared with 22 last year) and donated all the food gathered to Open Arms.

CASA of Dickson County recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new name, CASA of the Highland Rim, with the Dickson County Chamber

Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers who will speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier counties.

Moore signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bring the Court Appointed Special Advocates program to Warren County. The measure was signed Thursday morning. The program’s mission is to support, develop, expand and unite local CASA programs in recruiting and training volunteers who stand up and speak out for Tennessee’s children who have been abused and neglected.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumner County CASA returns to host its annual fall event and this year's celebration is notably special as the organization celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Ambassadors of hope: Local court system seeks to offer more support for neglected children

Lakeway CASA serves the children of Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties. They recruit and train community members to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers are urgently needed.

Kimberly Webb is no stranger to volunteering with children as she has been a mentor, advocate and peer to children at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the past decade, serving over 17 children and teens. At home, she continues to serve children as a foster mother who has provided a home and a safe environment for over 20 children. (See Article to read the winning story)

Madison County CASA hosted their 2nd annual CASA ChefBox at First Presbyterian Church in hopes of raising funds for kids in need.

Lakeway CASA raised 55k with successful event!

Wendy Rice Hensley from CASA of Northeast Tennessee reflects on the past year with the organization’s fundraisers and volunteers.

Juvenile court judge praises community efforts to ease children’s fears.

The Highland Rim Kiwanis Club presents a donation check of $2,000 to Executive Director of CASA Works Wanda Strayhorn in its October meeting.

Lakeway CASA Executive Director Kelley Williams accepts a donation from First Horizon Foundation presented by Timothy Coley, market president of First Horizon Bank.

Kesha Waters was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Randy McNally to serve on the Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission.

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission operates under the authority of TCA § 17-4-301, a news release stated. When there is a vacancy to be filled in the trial courts, the Commission will accept applications from qualified attorneys, interview the applicants and then recommend three candidates to the governor for consideration

Registration costs $225 per boat and participants can sign up on May 8th at Canal Ramp in Lenoir City or in advance by visiting Big Fish Outfitters.

It all comes down to this: working to ensure every child served in Robertson County has a loving, safe and permanent home, according to Kristin King, executive director of CASA of Robertson County,

Williamson County CASA has added 15 new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who were sworn in on March 11 after completing 30 hours of training over Zoom.

Brackett has been the program coordinator for almost three years. She supervises CASA volunteers and does community outreach, seeking out and training new volunteers. Having lived in East Tennessee for most of her life, she graduated from Maryville College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in child development.

Customers can reserve their box for $125 by logging on to Deadline to order is Feb. 23. Pairing the meal with alcohol from Forked Vine is also available at the link. The boxes will be available at First Presbyterian Church on March 4 from noon until 6 p.m. But picking up the meal is only a part of the evening.

CASA of East Tennessee invites Knoxville area community members to its 9th annual and first virtual Red Shoe Gala on Saturday, February 6th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Presented by Lusid Media, Waste Management, and Radio Systems Corporation.

Tickets are available online at or by phone at 865-329-3399, ext 1. Tickets to access the event are $40 per individual and $75 per couple. Sponsorships are available starting at $250.

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, a local personal injury law firm and supporter of local charitable organizations, gave back this holiday season by donating over $7,000 to local non-profits, according to a release from the law firm.

One East Tennessee nonprofit said it overcame the difficulties 2020 brought, but could still use some help for the new year.

The biggest need? Volunteers.

Lakeway CASA is challenging people across Tennessee to get out and hike. It is part of the organization’s inaugural Hike for CASA event, a virtual challenge to hike, walk or bike as many trails, or miles, as possible during the month of October.

Melanie Feathers talks about you can “unleash your superpowers” by taking part in their virtual 5K fundraiser happening October 25th through the 31st!

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The 2020 Twice Daily Playhouse, benefiting Williamson County CASA, is currently sitting in front of the organization’s downtown Franklin office on Columbia Avenue. For $20, anyone can place a name in a hat to win the one-of-a-kind playhouse. The winning ticket will be announced Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live on Williamson County CASA’s Facebook page.

“When most of us were hunkered down this spring during the depths of the quarantine, Melanie wasn’t. She was out seeing the children she was charged with serving as an elementary school social worker for Dickson County,” CASA Board Chairman Meagan Frazier Grosvenor said

The CASA Overton program is seeking more CASA advocates who assist in court cases to determine the best possible resolutions for abused and neglected children on a case-by-case basis.

Williamson County CASA held its annual fundraiser event, Voices for Children, virtually this year on Facebook Live, allowing viewers to support the organization and the children it serves online

Currently, CASA advocates are working remotely, using FaceTime or Zoom to connect with their kids.

CASA of the Tennessee Heartland has achieved Partner in Prevention status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices and react responsibly in the best interest of the children they serve.

Representatives from CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties meet with their local legislators each year as the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) holds its Children’s Advocacy Days conference in Nashville.

New executive director Christopher Taylor says he’s shouting from the mountaintops that CASA of Campbell County needs advocates.

The Putnam County CASA Happy Trails Hoedown is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Cookeville Community Center at 240 Carlen Drive.

NEW ADVOCATES for CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties were recently sworn in.

Love is in the air. Chocolate, champagne, a romantic dinner and music all say Valentine’s Day love. The CASA for Kids, Inc., Red Shoe Gala will provide all that and much more this Valentine’s — all for the love of kids.

Wendy Hensley and Melanie Feathers join us to discuss the CASA of NETN organization and how you can help children in our area.

“The actual service of volunteering doesn’t take a lot of time outside of spending a couple hours a week talking to everyone involved with the child — parents, teachers, foster parents, coaches if they’re in athletics, clergy or mentors in a religious environment if they’re involved in one, the children themselves — to make sure the child’s needs are being met properly and to make sure things work out in the case in the best interest for the child.

In October the Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates Association recently honored three state leaders for their work for the organization and on behalf of children at its annual meeting in Nashville.
The three recipients are:
• Legacy Award: Lt. Gov. Randy McNally;
• Champion for Children: Jim Henry, former Deputy Governor/Chief of Staff for Gov. Bill Haslam
• Light of Hope Award: Mackenzie Johnston, former foster youth

At CASA’S NYE Party the community gathered to make their New Year’s resolution to support the children of Bradley and Polk Counties.

Loudon County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program has made strides this year by doubling its volunteers, landing a physical office space and adding board members.

Pamela Wilson was recently named Volunteer Advocate of the Year for CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties.

Williamson County CASA (WCCASA) announced Emily Layton as the new Executive Director of WCCASA.

Every year, more than 1,400 cases of child abuse are reported in Bradley and Polk counties. Without help, these children are at high risk for homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and drug and alcohol abuse as adults.
That was the sobering news Chris Janetzko, executive director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley and Polk Counties, shared recently with Women United.

Orange abounds as the Fiesta Fusion team gathers during last year’s CASA Chili Cookoff. This year’s event, which will benefit the local Court Appointed Special Advocates group, will take place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds commercial building

“It is a community of volunteers whose primary focus is to be a voice for children in court cases involving children,” said Christopher Janetzko, executive director of CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties. “These cases can often include things like abuse, neglect and drug use in the home.”

Williams succeeds Denise Aludo, who has held the post for the last four years. Aludo was responsible for pioneering strategic planning and leading Lakeway CASA into exceptional growth during her term.

Pat and Don Merzlak, center, were recognized for their service as volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee at the September joint session of the Greene County Democratic Party and Democratic Women’s Club. At left is CASA Volunteer Coordinator Mikelle Ward. Women’s club Vice Chair Betsy Reed, hostess for the session, is at right

“Our local CASA has been advocating for children in Polk County since 2010. Though, until now, we have never had a physical location in Polk County or a staff member to focus solely on that region,” said Executive Director Christopher Janetzko. “We are eager to provide the children of Polk County with an even stronger support system.”