History Stories

75th Anniversary History Stories

Our Shared History: Mental Health Association of East TN

The McNabb Center and the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee (MHAET) are celebrating 75 years this year. Ben Harrington, CEO of MHAET, sat down with McNabb’s Community Relations team to talk about our shared...

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Dr. Louise Noel

Dr. Louise Noel was the McNabb Center’s first psychiatrist when it opened in 1948. Read about Dr. Noel from the Knoxville News Sentinel Editorial (9/25/90): EAST TENNESSEE lost a pioneer last week Dr. Louise Noel,...

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The McNabb Center gets its name

In 1968, 20 years after its founding as the Knoxville Mental Health Center, the McNabb Center was renamed for its founder, Helen Ross McNabb. The organization was known as the Helen Ross McNabb Center until...

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McNabb at the 1982 World’s Fair

Did you know that the McNabb Center established a crisis center at the 1982 World’s Fair? Read an excerpt from our 1982 Annual Report:      

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Helen Ross McNabb

How many of you have vivid memories from when you were 4 ½ years old?  Can you imagine what it might take to make such an impression that it would stay with you the rest...

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