Tammy Francis, RN, CDE, started Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice in 1982 literally out of the trunk of her car. After completing nursing school, she soon realized that many frail, elderly and home-bound people really want to stay at home in their later years to receive health care services. At that point, there were not many options for in-home care services in rural communities like Newport, Tennessee, much less female-owned small businesses.
Since 1982, Ms. Francis has continued to manage the agency on a daily basis and as an on-call nurse continues to be accessible to patients and their families. Tammy is married to Don “Jabbo” Francis, who owns Jabo’s Pharmacy in Newport. They are very active in the community and their church.