Former CP Intern Tackling Homelessness in Santa Cruz

Head shot of Tiffany Smith

Former Clinch-Powell intern and Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps Alum Tiffany Smith has carried the Clinch-Powell mission of “building strong communities” all the way to the West Coast. Smith, who is now the special project manager for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (CCOE) in Santa Cruz, California, works very closely with at risk youth. She recently collaborated with a group of organizations who serve homeless populations in Santa Cruz County to obtain 2.2 million dollars in grant funds to provide much needed assistance to homeless youth.

Congratulations Ronald Lambert

Congratulations to our Field Conservationist Ronald Lambert and all the students for completing the field coarse and becoming a USDA-NRCS Certified Conservation Planner!

Our first family to complete our Home Able program is ready to move in!

Thanks to all of you who came out to share in Deb and Roy's special day! Our first family to complete our Home Able program is ready to move in! We are so pleased to have been a pat of your homeownership journey! Enjoy your new home! Special Thanks to Joe Woody and the USDA Rural Development staff for attending, as well as Lana Moore and Jill Salyers from the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. We are grateful for your support!

Open House @ Beaver Creek

ADORABLE rancher in highly desirable Powell area! We have just finished renovating this lovely home in the desirable Powell area. Close to schools, shopping, and tons of nearby things to do! This house is on a huge level lot with a backyard, perfect for play or entertaining. The inside of the home features a newly remodeled kitchen with a large living room, three spacious bedrooms, a big laundry room, charming bath and a huge dining room that opens onto a great private paved patio.

Your small business is a big deal to us

Loans up to $45,000
Below market fixed rates.
Easy application process

Clinch-Powell launches home program

Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development Council recently presented a home to the first client of its Home Able pilot program.

River Place spotlighted in Tennessee Tourism story!

River Place spotlighted in Tennessee Tourism story!

Home Ownership Made Easy

… investing in people, building stronger families

Do you want to own a home?
Do you have income of at least $800 per month?
Are you willing to work to improve your credit if necessary?
If the answers are yes then let’s get you a house!

Here is what we will do:

USFWS Continues To Provide Assistance for Clinch-Powell Watershed Protection Programs

Clinch-Powell LPS Secures Funding to Assist Farmers in Clinch and Powell Watershed

Ronald Lambert, Land Protection Specialist for Clinch-Powell RC&D, has received funding from The USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program for a program which will meet the needs of local farmers while developing and maintaining Best Management Practices for the agricultural industry in the area. This program will provide assistance to farmers in Hancock and Claiborne Counties while focusing on improving the water quality and the fish and wildlife habitats in the Upper Clinch-Powell River Watersheds.

Immediate Marketing Position Available!

Join our team and put your social skills to work! We are seeking a digital marketing whiz to lead our not-for-profit team on a part-time basis. Ideal intern opportunity for graduate level Marketing major. Responsible for fresh content of four websites as well as digital marketing strategies that boost business and demand for services on Facebook and other social media. This is an AmeriCorps service position available now with a start date no later than May 1. Earn a living stipend and educational award package of $9,390 working part-time!

Special Home Ownership Opportunity for Knoxville!

Clinch-Powell, in partnership with FAHE, is currently able to offer mortgage loans for homes in Knox County with fixed interest rates as low as 3% (APR 3.217%**)! Loan terms up to 30 years are available with no PMI. If interested, call 865-828-5927 or email

*Product only available to purchase a home in Knox County
**APR 3.217% based on a $100,000 with 3% down for 30 years

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Jefferson City Rental Coming Soon

Clinch-Powell is now accepting applications for our newest rental home. This spacious, affordable home is conveniently located only 1.5 miles from downtown Jefferson City. It is in terrific condition, but is currently undergoing a few cosmetic updates. It will be available mid-August. If you or someone you know is looking for quality affordable housing, give us a call. 865.828.5927

River Place Website Renewed!

Have you been to lately? If you have, you probably noticed something different! We launched a completely new website for our sustainable ecotourism venue in Hancock County, River Place on the Clinch, in late June. You'll find more detailed descriptions of cabins and amenities, updated photo galleries of our properties, current music and event listings and more...Not to mention the new bold, inviting design!

Team up to save the Monarch

Butterflies are beautiful little creatures. Unfortunately, one well-known species native to the US is rapidly declining, and Clinch-Powell RC&D is taking action. The World Wildlife Fund reported in 2013 that the Monarch Butterfly population dropped by 59%. Much of the decline is due to deterioration of suitable habitats for the butterflies.

Energy Star Appliances

Nearly half of your home’s energy use can come from the appliances and electronics you plug in. Swapping old light bulbs and household appliances for ones with the government-backed ENERGY STAR label can immediately lower your energy bills.

Free Fishing Day at River Place!

Saturday, June 6th is Free Fishing Day! Every year in June, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency allows fishing without a license for one day. There is no better place to fish than the Clinch River! Make a day of it. Come out and enjoy some fishing, then stop in at The River Place Café Saturday evening to enjoy catfish and frog legs, and live music from the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band. Cabins and camping are available if you want to stay longer. Call 423.733.4400 for more information. There is something for everyone at River Place on the Clinch!

Housing Word of the Month: Pre-Qualification

Pre-Qualification, sometimes referred to as pre-approval, is one of the first steps in the home buying process. It is a way for home buyers to determine whether or not they can qualify for a mortgage before going through the lengthy loan process. It also allows home buyers to know how much money a lender would potentially give them towards the purchase of a home. It is important to know this information to determine the price range of homes in which they should be shopping. To obtain a pre-qualification, simply contact a lender.

Financial Literacy

Kelsey Cook, Andi Richardson, and Valerie Mullins, Appalachia CARES, AmeriCorps Members serving with the Clinch-Powell Home Team recently visited West View Middle School in Hamblen County to present their financial literacy program, "A Taste of the Future". Students ranging from 6th to 7th grade were given candy to use as money, and asked to make financial choices. The students then have the opportunity to review choices and evaluate how each choice impacts their future choices. It was a fun and interactive learning experience.

Clinch-Powell in Training

Clinch-Powell RC&D is committed to providing competent services, and offering the most up-to-date information to our community. Our team is always working to become more informed and better trained. Recently, Appalachia CARES, AmeriCorps member Andi Rhichardson traveled to Kansas City, MO to complete her training for certification to teach Home Buyer Education. Congratulations Andi! She will be teaching her first class at the Bryan House in Rutledge on May 30th.

Hike on over to River Place!

The last great place on Earth just got a little better! Thanks to the Tennessee Division of Forestry Seasonal Fire Fighters from Hancock, Hawkins, and Grainger Counties, along with some Appalachia Cares, AmeriCorps members, you can now enjoy beautiful hiking trails at River Place on the Clinch! Enjoy gorgeous indigenous plants, trees and flowers, and breathtaking views of the Clinch River, and then come have a delicious country cooked meal. Cabin and Canoe rentals are available. For more information, call 423-733-4400.

Financial Literacy and Budgeting

Elizabeth, one of our Appalachia Cares/AmeriCorps members, had a great time today with the residents of Laurelwood Apartments in Morristown presenting a workshop on Financial Literacy and Budgeting.

Immediate position available

Immediate position available. Use your talents and gifts to serve your community while gaining valuable experience and earning money to further your education or pay off student loans! Clinch-Powell RC&D, a non-profit community housing development agency, has immediate openings for Appalachia CARES, AmeriCorps positons. High School Diploma or GED required. Experience in an office setting, sales, real estate or construction a plus. Submit resume to . Clinch-Powell is an EO/FH employer and provider.

Maples Florist

Did you know Clinch-Powell RC&D makes small business loans? You can receive from$1,000 - $45,000, with interest rates as low as 2%. In 2005, we provided financing allowing Darlene Phillips to purchase Maples Florist, which is still located in downtown Rutledge.

West View Middle School

AppalachiaCares/AmeriCorps members Andi Richardson, Kelsey Cook, and Elizabeth Grarisham are spending the day at West View Middle School educating kids about making smart financial choices with a fun, interactive game using candy as money.

Housing Word of the Month: Affordable Housing

The term affordable housing is often used, but do you really know what it means? There are some misconceptions out there. Affordable Housing does not mean that housing will have no cost, nor does it automatically mean that a housing subsidy is involved, although that may be the case at times. Affordable Housing, simply put, means that the cost of housing for a family is an affordable percentage, based on established guidelines, of the gross household income.

Grass clippings

Grass clippings add necessary nitrogen to a compost pile, but be sure to mix with the “brown” materials that add carbon. Both are necessary for quick decomposition and rich compost. Piles made up of just grass will compact, slow down and start to stink. for more tips on composting check out

National Service Training for AmeriCorps Staff

Appalachia CARES Program Director, Trenna Brown, and Program Assistant, Stephani McCarty, enhanced their knowledge of AmeriCorps policies, techniques for outreach and overall success of national service programs at the Southern Regional Training last week. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) led the training, which was hosted in Orlando this year by Volunteer Florida.

Finding the best home loan.

Clinch-Powell will help you find the best home loan anytime of the year. Why wait when we can help you qualify for $5,000 right now to be used toward closing costs or downpayment assistance? Call us now at 865-828-5927 to learn more or get started. Some restrictions apply.

Celebrating AmeriCorps!

Last week was National AmeriCorps Week! Corps all over the country celebrated with media events, service projects and opportunities to share their stories about being involved in national service. Our Appalachia CARES / AmeriCorps Program Staff attended the Statewide Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning, hosted by Volunteer Tennessee. Appalachia CARES currently has over 45 members in direct service from the Tri-cities to Nashville.


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