By Charlotte Underwood

JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- Leadership Campbell County is now accepting applications. Committee members believe its a great way to learn more about the community while also improving leadership skills.

The Leadership Program, sponsored by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, was started by a group of community leaders in 1998. Over 227 people have completed the course to date.
“Leadership Campbell County brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the region,” organizers said. The class is designed to be “informative, challenging, and motivational.”
The class provides the opportunity to network with local leaders, businesses and civic organizations.                                                                                                                                                “It’s an opportunity to learn a lot over the 10 month course. Another asset was that we went to places in the county last year that I never knew existed. Plus, if I knew about the place, I was able to get more knowledge about that place in the community. Because of these connections, I can now refer someone to these businesses or at least have a better understanding on what our local business does and the businesses mission,” said committee chair elect Malinda Perry with E.D. Senior Home Assistance Service. She credits the class with making her a better leader.
The Leadership C.C. Committee has designed a course curriculum to develop emerging leaders, while simultaneously promoting the importance and strengths of the community. This program promotes leadership development, facilitates networking with other professionals in the community, and allows an opportunity for community service throughout the year. The goal of the program, according to the Leadership Committee, is to provide participants with the opportunity to build relationships, serve the community, and engage with political, civic, and business leaders.
“After completing the Leadership Campbell County Curriculum, I have been more involved in the community. I feel like my participation in the community evolved from that point forward, ” said Leadership Committee Secretary and ORNL Branch Manager Cynthia Russell.
Local business leaders, public officials, and individuals in the Campbell County community are all invited to apply to the program.
Leadership Committee Chair Rayma Daugherty is a 2008 graduate of the class. She is also vice president of United Cumberland Bank.  The class taught her about the community while also creating lifelong friendships, Daugherty said,
This is her fourth year serving on the leadership committee, a position she says is “rewarding and challenging.”                                                                                                                           “Each year we analyze what went well and push to make it better. The chemistry of our committee is amazing, each member brings a positive impact and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a growing program. Currently, we are in the planning stages for the 2020-21 class and have already lined up a great group of inspiring speakers for the class orientation in June. This may be the best year yet. We are accepting applications and I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns. Don’t wait, the class will fill up,” Daugherty said.

The course opens with a one day orientation in June, and then meets one day a month through the conclusion of the program in March with an overnight trip to visit the capital. The tuition of $750 assists with the cost of each program day and the overnight trip to Nashville. Participants must be available one day per month during business hours for the nine-month program. Tuition may be paid by individuals or corporate sponsors. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Businesses, organizations or individuals may nominate and sponsor candidates for the program. Ten to 20 participants are selected based on the following criteria: Demonstrated commitment to serve the Campbell County community, current or potential leadership role within their organization or business, interest in pursuing a community leadership role, and commitment to attend the scheduled sessions. Any class member missing more than one full day will not be allowed to graduate, however they will be allowed to make up the missed class(es) the following year.             Applications are available online or at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. All applications for LCC Class are due to the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce by March 31. Tuition must be paid on or before April 30. Leadership Campbell County alumni are available for questions about the program. For more information please call the Chamber office at 423-566-0329 or email:


Rayma Daugherty, Chair, United Cumberland Bank

Malinda Perry, Chair-Elect, Senior Citizen Home Assistance

Michael Cannon, Treasure, Home Federal Bank

Cynthia Russell, Secretary, ORNL Federal Credit Union


Larry Tanis, Member at Large

Manuel Mesa, Campbell County Culture Coalition

Melanie Cordell, TN Valley Coalition for the Homeless

Nancy Green, LaFollette Public Library

Penny Etter, Community Health of East Tennessee


Zach Sheets, Edward Jones Investments

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 02/18/2020- 6AM)