Lynn Honeycutt, German and Cyclone Experience teacher at Elizabethton High School, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Honeycutt plans use to the Helping Teacher’s Teach grant to make over the teacher workroom in the Career Technical Education Department. The renovation will also serve as a project for EHS Capstone or Community Involvement classes.

“2020 is a very stressful year for teachers and we are there at school more than ever,” Honeycutt said. “Most of our teachers are losing their classrooms during their planning periods for floating teachers to teach. We have several floating teachers who have their teaching supplies stored in closets. Having a nice, relaxing space to work would be so beneficial to our staff. This would highly improve mental health and morale, and teachers will come back to the classroom more relaxed and rejuvenated.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment. Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can complete the grant application here.

Northeast Community Credit Union is honored to announce it has once again earned BauerFinancial’s highest 5-Star Superior rating.

A 5-Star rating indicates that Northeast Community Credit Union is one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and much more.

Bauer Financial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm since 1983. The 5-Star rating is the highest ranking the banking industry research firm can assign a financial institution and denotes the highest level of financial performance.

NCCU has also earned the placement of being on Bauer Financials “Recommended Credit Union Report.”

“The 5-Star Rating by BauerFinancial indicates that Northeast Community Credit Union excels in nearly all measurable areas,” said NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold. “The rating places us in the top tier of financial institutions in the United States. We are honored by the ranking and are committed to continue providing the highest level of service to our members every day. The credit union has maintained its top-tier status for decades. What this means for this community is that our institution is safe, financially sound, and consistently operating well above all regulatory capital requirements.”

Northeast Community Credit Union has been serving the community since October 1952 when it was chartered as a credit union by the State of Tennessee. Northeast Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties along with their immediate family members.

For more information, visit or call 423-547-1200.

Northeast Community Credit Union recently gifted goody bags to all school staff in the Carter County and Elizabethton City school systems. Bags were delivered to all staff at each school in both school systems.

“Staff in all our schools are facing some unique challenges this year, as are parents and students,” NCCU CEO/President Teresa Arnold said. “This was a way to show our support and appreciation to all those workers.”

The bags contained assorted back-to-school supplies, including pens, lanyards and hand sanitizer. School staff were also given information on loan specials designed uniquely for school system employees.

Northeast Community Credit Union also offers the Helping Teachers Teach grant to teachers in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Sullivan and Unicoi counties. The $300 grant is awarded to teachers to help cover the cost of classroom projects or supplies. Applications can be found online at

NCCU began in 1952 as Elizabethton Teachers Credit Union to provide financial services to area educators. NCCU now serves all those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties and their family members.

Northeast Community Credit Union donated $150 to the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

Roan Mountain VFD will use the donation for maintenance on trucks, facilities and equipment; and to drill a well at their Station 2 near Roan Mountain State Park. The fire department will also work toward educating youth and the community on fire safety.




Northeast Community Credit Union donated $1,000 to Main Street Elizabethton’s downtown Triangle Project.

Main Street Elizabethton leaders have developed a plan to revitalize the small triangle median at the entrance to downtown near Dino’s Restaurant.

Pending Elizabethton City Council’s approval, Main Street will add a water fountain and new landscaping to the grassy area.

Northeast Community Credit Union is helping to support students as they prepare for a new school year by sponsoring both of Carter County’s backpack programs.

NCCU donated $1,000 to both the Elizabethton City School Back-to-School Bash and the Carter County/Harmony FWB Back-to-School Bash in the county. Both programs distribute thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to students in the Carter County and Elizabethton City school systems each year.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the bashes will look a little different this year. The Elizabethton City Schools will be distributing the backpacks when students return to classes.

Harmony will host a drive-thru event this Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at Hampton High School, Valley Forge Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Cloudland Elementary, and Little Milligan School (the five schools where summer lunches were served) and also at Harmony FWB Church in Hampton.