LIVE EVENT: Roane Is Better Together At The Princess Theatre

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Roane Is Better Together

On July 14th, several hundred people gathered at Harriman's historic Princess Theatre for a multimedia addiction and recovery storytelling event. 

We screened some of TruckBeat's video stories about East Tennessee's opioid crisis on the big screen. There was a panel discussion moderated by WUOT News Director Matt Shafer Powell and featuring health experts, lawmakers and other invited guests. We opened the stage for audience storytellers to share their own experiences of addiction and recovery. Swing band Old City Buskers provided great live music. 

And there was a free photobooth where the talented Shawn Poynter shot portraits throughout the night. 

Here are some of the best shots: 

Click here to see the full photo album:

Learn more about #RoaneIsBetterTogether on our Facebook page.

The free event was co-sponsored by TruckBeat/WUOT in partnership with Roane County DA Russell Johnson, Public Defender Kim Nelson and Roane County Health Council. And a big thank you to all the community volunteers  and organizations who helped make the event possible.


Jess Mador

Jess Mador is the creator of TruckBeat for WUOT. She's an award-winning public radio and multimedia journalist who has produced stories for news organizations around the country, including Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News and PBS member stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Matt Shafer Powell

Matt Shafer Powell manages the news department at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. A two­-time national Murrow Award winner, Powell is an audio junkie who has spent time as a disc jockey, news reporter, writer/producer of commercials and sound ­recording engineer. He created TruckBeat's sister project at WUOT, Tenn Words

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