Recent Updates

Press Releases and Area Information
    September 24, 2018 The journey to recovery is not yet complete but we believe now is the time to bring the second chapter of that recovery to a close. After 16 months of providing financial assistance to fire survivors, The Mountain Tough Recovery Team will suspend operations to the public for recovery services on December 20, 2018. The work Mountain Tough completed since the fire has positively affected individuals and families, but it also helped support the community...
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Sevier County Tree Recovery Event Saturday, April 14, 2018 9 am – 12 pm All trees will be distributed on a first–come first-serve basis for My People Fund and Mountain Tough RecoveryRecipients or until all trees have been distributed. Recipients are eligible to receive 1 tree per person or 2 trees per household. Location: Dollywood’s Splash Country’s parking lot Directions:  Driving on Veteran’s Blvd. from Pigeon Forge, turn right at the next traffic light, after the Dollywood entrance.  Driving on Veteran’s Blvd. from Sevierville, turn left at the traffic light before the Dollywood...
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 21, 2017)—On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Appalachia Service Project (ASP) received the Tennessee Best Award for Remarkable Achievement—Rural, at the Governor’s Housing Summit in Nashville, TN. The award was presented by Ralph Perry, THDA President, Kim Grant Brown, THDA Board Chairman, and Dorothy Cleaves, THDA Board Vice Chairman. The award honored ASP’s role in disaster recovery for low-income residents in Sevier County, Tennessee, after the wildfires of November 2016 that swept through the Great Smoky Mountains...
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GATLINBURG, TENN. (September 19, 2017) – The Mountain Tough Recovery Team (MTRT) announced today it named long-time Sevier County tourism leader and volunteer, Barbara Joines, the new Executive Director effective Oct. 30. Joines most recently served as Senior Vice-President/Chief Operations for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. She worked for The Dollywood Company for 30 years and retired from the company as the Vice President/General Manager of the Dollywood theme park. In addition, Joines has been a strong volunteer and chairperson for Alzheimer’s...
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