A Morristown native this former, and first African American, Miss Tennessee USA has returned home and is fulfilling philanthropic goals through a position on the staff at Rose Center.

Towanna Stone was born and raised in Morristown. Leaving when she was 17 years old to attend college at Middle Tennessee State University and graduating with a degree in digital communications, Stone moved to New York City and hosted her own 60 minute syndicated television program as well as writing and producing.

After deciding to move a bit further south, Stone settled on Atlanta where she was a talent agent for eight years. When she was ready to get out from behind a desk, Stone’s adventurous spirit landed her as a cruise director on board luxury cruise ships. When the realities of the COVID pandemic settled in, she returned home to the mountains and her family here in the Lakeway Area.

She now works as the communications manager and program coordinator of Rose Center in Morristown.

“I act as the spokesperson for Rose Center,” said Stone. “I handle all of the digital communications, I write press releases, I do interviews at the radio stations. I also handle event management and event planning. For instance, right now I’m planning the Holiday Open House and Craft Fair. I also manage and do promotion for the concerts here at Rose Center. It also comes under my purview to head up the Mountain Makin’s Festival, so when it comes time to that happening, I’ll be managing and directing that.”

Stone first began at Rose Center in the beginning of May in 2021.

“It’s a beautiful place to work,” said Stone. “It’s historic, it has these beautiful tall ceilings, it looks like a castle, what isn’t to love? It just has a lot of charm to it and its just such a beautiful place to come to work.”

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