Helen Ross McNabb breaks ground on new East Maryville location

Ready to turn the shovels are Helen Ross McNabb board members Ted Flickinger, Andy Black and Chris Leonard; vice president Jerry Vagnier board members Liz Stowers and Kevin Clayton. The new center will be located at 1704 E. Broadway Ave.

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Ready to turn the shovels are Helen Ross McNabb board members Ted Flickinger, Andy Black and Chris Leonard; vice president Jerry Vagnier board members Liz Stowers and Kevin Clayton. The new center will be located at 1704 E. Broadway Ave.

Community leaders and supporters of Helen Ross McNabb Foundation turned out to celebrate a ground-breaking for a new facility that will be located in East Maryville at 1704 E. Broadway Ave.

“It went great,” said Jerry Vagnier, vice president for operations for Helen Ross McNabb. “We had a nice crowd and a number of community leaders, our staff and a couple of board members were on hand,”

Vagnier thanked Clayton Homes CEO for his support for the new facility. “Kevin Clayton was there to be one of our speakers,” Vagnier said. “He was very much a contributor to our cause.”

The vice president said the new facility will be a 7,200 square foot building on one floor and will be situated perpendicular to East Broadway Avenue.

Helen Ross McNabb is a behavioral health services continuum that offers mental health, addiction and social services for children and adults. The new facility will change how services are given now in Blount County, he said.

“Right now, we’re over at New Midland Plaza, and we’ve got both children and adult services. When we get to this new building, we won’t be alternating days where we see adults one day and children the next,” he said. “We’ll have a wing for children and a wing for adults, and we’ll have more capacity.”

Vagnier said every time Helen Ross McNabb develops a new facility, they in effect “raise a flag” in the community and after that, they tend to have more people show interest in their services.

“It has been our experience, every time we develop a new facility, we tend to have more folks need services, and we try to secure funding to do it or expand our staff to do it,” he said.

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