Betsi James gets JDRF recognition

Sandra ClarkOur Town Eats

Betsi James was recognized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s national volunteer engagement team as Community Volunteer of the Year for Knoxville. She was one of two volunteers recognized from the state of Tennessee. James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.

Melissa Tweet, senior manager of volunteer engagement for JDRF, thanked Betsi for “the impactful work you are doing in your local community.” And Greg Sparks of Food City thanked her “for representing our company so well.”

Betsi wrote: I volunteer at JDRF because it has always held a special place in my heart. Through my company, Food City, I have volunteered for over 10 years. … I never knew why JDRF was so special to me; I just knew it was important. Two years ago, my niece was diagnosed with Type 1, so now I know my why. I hope I can play a small part in helping find a cure.

Juvenile Diabetis Research Fund is a nonprofit that Food City supports annually.

Food City opens expanded store in Fairfield Glade.

Fairfield Glade expansion: Company officials were in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, on May 3 to open the expanded/remodeled Food City store. The project created 40 new jobs and expanded services and food items available to customers.

Food City added 9,400 square feet of retail space, bringing the total square footage to over 53,400 square feet.

The expansion includes the addition of a Starbucks café. The food service department was enlarged to make way for an Asian Wok, sub/sandwich shop, hickory smoker, Atlantic soup bar, expanded café seating, along with fresh sushi, a pastry case and a popcorn station.

Store manager Eddie Darville thanked customers for their understanding and patience during the construction process.


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