Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County: The House That Love Built is complete!
Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County will host a dedication of the house built in Heiskell in honor of Tim and Teresa Myrick on Saturday, March 28. The dedication service will start at 10:15 a.m. will be held at South Clinton Baptist Church at 1000 Clinch Avenue in Clinton.
The church faces Clinton Highway and is located near East Wolf Valley Road. The house is located about six miles from the church at 119 Valley View Lane and will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“The Honorary Committee, Board of Directors, and staff of HFHAC invite the public to join us in this very special celebration,” a press release said.
The Cook-Brown Family will be moving in shortly. Eddie, Amanda, and their three children will have a four-bedroom, two-bath home to call their own. They have been working diligently to complete their 400 hours of sweat equity and have paid their down payment. Home ownership is no longer a dream, but a reality for them.
It’s been a difficult road. With Eddie’s job keeping him out of town for weeks at a time and Amanda’s full-time job, as well as caring for the children, one of whom has juvenile diabetes requiring extra care and attention, getting their hours completed has been a task. Construction hours make up 150 of the required 400 hours, so they worked on their house when they could and then worked on a roof at the David Sims home in Oak Ridge, an A Brush With Kindness project of HFHAC’s. Eddie has been a regular fixture in the Habitat ReStore, Grove Center, with the family in tow when possible.
Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County construction volunteers Jim Bailey and Jim Hardy, along with his wife Mary Ann, first approached HFHAC in January of 2014 with the idea of building a house in honor of the Myricks. Tim Myrick had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. They wanted to recognize all of the work he and his wife, Teresa, had done in the community. Not only had Tim helped build every Habitat house in Anderson County since its inception in 1992, but he also volunteered extensively with Red Cross, Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Living Waters for the World, and the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The Myricks also raised and donated Christmas trees from their Jericho Farm to the American Cancer Society and the Holiday Bureau for fundraising.
In his “spare” time, Tim mentored and taught AP Environmental Science to students at Oak Ridge High School. His name can be seen in the largest letters at the top of the plaque inside the lobby area of ORHS because he was the driving force behind the planning and oversight of the renovation and expansion of the high school.
Tim and Teresa also taught the high school age Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge.
Tim Myrick passed away in December 2014, leaving behind a grieving but very grateful community. Many individuals made donations to the Myrick Build, in addition to the large contributions from ORNL, ORAU, Covenant Health, SAIC/LEIDOS, and Jim and Mary Ann Hardy.
There was more than enough given to complete the house in Heiskell, so the additional funds are being used to build another new HFHAC house in Andersonville. If you, your church, or your company would like to donate to this next build, please mail your check to Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, The Myrick Build, 111 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830 or visit our website at www.hfhac.org. The office phone number is (865) 482-7713 if you have questions regarding this build, volunteering with Habitat, or applying for either a house or home repair.