Blount County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 151st home at a dedication ceremony Saturday, March 25, at 207 W. Howe Street, Alcoa.

The new homeowner, Chastity Harris, thanked all those who worked so hard to help her reach this goal.

The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church's Maryville District, First United Methodist Church Maryville, and Herb Myer all sponsored the construction of the home by contributing both financial support and volunteer labor.

Kathy Jackson, executive director of Blount County Habitat, welcomed guests and introduced the sponsors of the home.

Sponsors presented the family with the key to their new home, a family Bible, and other assorted housewarming gifts before Chastity thanked everyone for attending and invited supporters inside to view her home.

All Habitat homeowners are required to complete 200-400 hours of sweat equity including financial education, work on the homes of others, and then on their own home prior to closing. Through this process, individuals benefiting from Habitat for Humanity homes assist in both their home construction and the homes of others.

The Harris family purchased the home with an affordable loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses. For additional information or to assist in the construction of upcoming builds, visit

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