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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!

CASA of Cumberland County is now CASA of the Tennessee Valley

Officials from the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) proudly announced Thursday evening that it distributed a grand total of $804,560 in 2023 to support many of the rural-area child-focused agencies throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Melanie Feathers with CASA, shares with us a look back at a successful ’23, and she also introduces us to their revamped website!

M4K Nashville will have its third major fundraising effort, or as they like to call it “Grow Season,” in November. The group has selected Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as its third nonprofit partner to benefit from its fundraising effort

Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates, a local non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of children in the foster care system.

As the weather cools and the leaves turn, you are invited to warm up at CASA’s Fourth Annual Low Country Boil. It will be held on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at The Bramble in Erwin

Many has volunteered at CASA Works (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a program that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties, for almost seven years.

Melanie Feathers,executive director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) reports the mission of CASA of Northeast Tennessee is to advocate for abused and/or neglected children in the juvenile court system. CASA believes every child is entitled to a safe and stable home.

This is the belief of CASA of Northeast Tennessee, a community-based nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Since 2004, CASA of Northeast Tennessee has been serving children throughout the Tri-Cities community as an independent 501(c)(3) office of the National CASA Association, which was formed in 1977.

Badon emphasized, that for those considering it, “You’re not in it by yourself, there are staff people, and we hold your hand as you’re holding the child’s hand. It may be a lot, but as our advocates have said, it’s worth it.”

To contact CASA of the Highland Rim, feel free to call (615) 509-5501 or visit their office at the TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Suite 203.

“This is a family friendly rodeo event that will be produced by Hedrick Rodeo Company and will be presented by Tate’s Building Supply, who is our main sponsor, and we are so grateful to have them as a supporter,” West said. “This will be jam packed full of action, we will have food vendors, a free kids zone, shopping vendors, Miss Rodeo USA appearance, a VIP lounge and private meet and greets with professional rodeo riders. This is going to be the best rodeo in East Tennessee.

Lakeway CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is hosting a volunteer mixer on Tuesday, September 12th from 6-7:30 p.m. at 1907 Brewing Company.

All community members interested in learning more about the local nonprofit and its impact on the children it serves are invited to attend.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of TN Valley held the second annual Puttin' on the Ritz fundraiser on Friday at Gates Hall at Harriman Municipal Plaza. Food for the event was catered by 6 Blessings Café and Boutique of Harriman. The fundraiser was able to raise over $5,000 for CASA's efforts to speak on behalf of children in court

CASA of West Tennessee says their Rock and Roll Cornhole Tournament will be at the Farmers Market in downtown Jackson.

The low country boil will be held Saturday, Aug 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Amis Mill Eatery, 127 West Bear Hollow Road in Rogersville.

Lakeway CASA will have its ‘Concert for CASA’ Saturday, July 29th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Colley Hill Farm in Dandridge.

Better known as CASA, the local organization, representing Bradley and Polk counties, held a Lunch and Learn session Saturday at the United Way of the Ocoee Region offices. Though a small group attended, it did give CASA staff a chance to speak about the program.

Lakeway CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is holding a Concert for CASA on Saturday, July 29, from 6-9pm at Colley Hill Farm, 740 Sam Martin Road in Dandridge.

Coffee County General Sessions Judge Greg Perry spoke at a recent luncheon about the vital role that advocates like CASA play for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

Sumner County CASA announces the appointment of Sonya Sweat-Manfred, executive director to the Suburban Leadership Council of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children.

CASA of Cannon County was 1 of 172 local non-profits to receive a donation from the Nashville Predators Foundation.

Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will be hosting its 12th annual Voices for Children fundraiser, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company and Neal & Harwell, PLC, at The Barn at Sycamore Farms on Thursday, April 27. The evening will raise significant funds for the local nonprofit’s programs and its mission to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the county’s court system.

Amanda & Andy Cole from Morristown Marine and Melanie Feathers from CASA, get us ready for the first ever CASA of Northeast Tennessee Bass Fishing Tournament on May 20th on Boone Lake!

You can register for the tournament May 15th through the 19th by calling 423-430-0447

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, planted 428 blue pinwheels in front of the Davidson County Juvenile courthouse Tuesday.

Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates Executive Director Kelley Williams recently spoke to the Samuel Doak Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution members met at the First United Methodist Church’s Cornerstone Building.

This is new to Madison County and is the first tournament of the year-- you don't want to miss out!

Mayor AJ Massey is heavily involved with getting permanent Wedge courses set up in Jackson and is a big supporter of Wedge, as well as CASA of course. They only have a set amount of teams to sell!

In honor of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CASA of the Tennessee Valley is issuing a call to action for residents of Morgan County and surrounding areas to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected

Melanie Feathers with CASA of Northeast Tennessee, shares with us all the details of their first ever Bass Fishing Tournament fundraiser coming up on May 20th!

For more information call 423-430-0447

The Lakeway Area Court Appointed Special Advocate organization held its annual Gala Tuesday at Walters State Community College.

(WJHL) Nicole Ballard, a volunteer for CASA of Northeast Tennessee and Melanie Feathers, Executive Director of CASA of Northeast TN join us to talk about volunteering with the organization. Ballard tells us about her experiences during the past two years as a volunteer.
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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.