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Northeast Community Credit Union donated $300 to the Watauga Lake Sailing Club to helpcheck presentation sponsor the upcoming Veteran’s Regatta on June 8 at 12 p.m.

The Club treats local veterans to a day on the lake. They can either help crew on a sailboat or take a ride on a pontoon.

“We work with the Mountain Home VA in Johnson City. They bus the veterans over to us,” said Anita Remme, Watauga Lake Sailing Club. “And all veterans are welcome to participate, but they must contact us in advance to arrange participation since we have limited space on the boats.”

No sailing experience is necessary for those who wish to participate in the regatta. After the regatta, Remme said the club hosts a celebration with live music and provides dinner to all participating veterans.

The goal of the regatta is to introduce veterans to sailing as an outlet to help with whatever injuries or illnesses they face. The event also allows veterans a chance to socialize with their comrades as well as meet new people in the community.


Northeast Community Credit Union recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Unaka Branch, a student-run branch located inside Unaka High School.

The Unaka Branch offers an innovative education experience for UHS students. The in-school branch is designed to familiarize students with the proper way to handle money and to provide hands-on learning experiences.

In honor of the ribbon cutting, several of Carter County’s legislators and local politicians visited the school to see the branch in action. U.S. Representative Phil Roe, State Representative John Holsclaw, Carter County commissioners and Carter County school board members all attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Representative Phil Roe praised the initiative for providing students with invaluable hands-on education experiences. Roe told the students this type of education was extremely important to help them safeguard their finances as they grew older and continued their education.

“Student loan debt is at an all-time high,” Roe said.

He continued that student loans are easier to get, but that it didn’t mean students should get them. He encouraged students to explore other options, like scholarships and grants instead of going hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt.

“Some young people have not been able to purchase their first home because they have gotten so deeply in debt with student loans,” Roe said. “Learn to make smart money decisions now and it will benefit you in the future.”

The branch is the first of its kind in Carter County. The Unaka Branch is open two days a week, for two hours at a time to give students the opportunity to take part in unique experiential learning programs.

NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold said the opening of the UHS Branch was a group effort involving the Carter County School System, the NCCU Board of Directors and NCCU staff.

“When we presented this idea to the school system, Director Dr. Kevin Ward was immediately interested,” Arnold said. “He said this was something the school system could greatly benefit from and he took it to the school board. They agreed, and we kept moving forward from there. We are so excited to give this opportunity to the students.”

The students will learn to conduct financial transactions and will take park in various campaigns led by NCCU personnel. The lessons are planned to coincide with classroom lesson plans so the students will gain double instruction time on key personal finance topics. Students are learning first-hand about business, customer service skills, the American economic system, personal finance and more.

Students are selected to work in the branch through an “interview” process which includes feedback to help students be better prepared for future job interviews. Students earn community service credits required for scholarships and gain beneficial skills that will help them in the workplace later in their lives.

Brandy Arnett, New Accounts Representative, and Dora Buckles, Direct Deposit/ACH Manager, of Northeast Community Credit Union, presents the Helping Teachers Teach grant check to Tammy Eggleston, teacher at Doe Elementary School in Johnson County.

Eggleston applied for the Helping Teachers Teach grant to purchase a listening center for her classroom. Through the listening center, students will listen to a book as they read along with it. The listening center will be used daily in small group activities and will help enhance the students’ listening skills. The new listening center will also give the students more books to choose from.

“I want the children to want to read,” Eggleston said. “I want to watch the children enjoy reading along while listening to a book of their choice. It will benefit them by seeing and hearing a book, and will enhance their understanding of print, punctuation and fluent reading while improving their listening skills.

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 that are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Teachers may download the application at the credit union’s website:

Northeast Community Credit Union is a sponsor for the Downtown Art Walk hosted by Blue River Studio in downtown Elizabethton.

The Downtown Art Walk was started by Blue River Studio with the goal of bringing more people and business to the downtown shopping district. The Art Walk puts artists in the downtown businesses and features musicians on the sidewalks. Children’s activities are sprinkled through downtown along with food trucks, and several downtown business stay open late for the event.

“When we started the art walk, everyone said what a great time they had,” Art Walk Organizer Karen Hitchcock said. “We do two walks a year and it has grown every time.”

This is the fourth Downtown Art Walk and it will be held on Saturday, March 30. For more information on the Downtown Art Walk, call 585-406-3255.

Northeast Community Credit Union is investing in the lives of the children of Carter County with a donation of $1,000 to the Carter County Imagination Library.

Northeast Community Credit Union is one of the Foundation Members of the CCIL and has contributed $1,000 every year since the start of the Carter County Imagination Library. The Carter County Imagination Library provides a free book to children in Carter County every month from birth until they turn five years old.

“Our credit union has made a commitment to our community to annually donate a percentage of proceeds to organizations and worthwhile causes,” NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold said. “We are so thankful that we can help provide books to the children in our county.”

CCIL Board Member Lilo Duncan said the cost to provide children with books from birth until age 5 is $150 per child.

Northeast Community Credit Union recently hosted a special meet and greet with State Representative Timothy Hill at its Roan Mountain office.

Hill represents the 3rd House District in the Tennessee General Assembly, which includes Johnson County, portions of Carter County, and some areas of Sullivan County – all of which fall in the NCCU service area.

While speaking with those at the meet and greet, Hill shared stories from his youth, including memorable trips with his grandfather to a credit union, where he opened his first account.

“When you bank with a credit union, you are investing back into your community,” Hill said.

Hill said he appreciates the work credit unions do in their local communities and hopes to be able to help them with those efforts in Nashville.

Local talent continues to be showcased at Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.

In addition to the wall mural created by artist Christina Majic, the Young Adult section at the library now features a creation by local photographer Courtney Valentine. Valentine created a canvas wall hanging at the request of Northeast Community Credit Union to recognize its contribution as a library sponsor.

The photograph was taken near the top of Roan Mountain and features local student Finley Greene, an avid reader and 1st-grade student at Hampton Elementary School, as well as images reminiscent of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.

“The Narnia Chronicles are probably my favorite book series ever,” says NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold. “I love the symbolism, and how Aslam’s good triumphs over all evil. It’s an encouraging takeaway for kids of all ages. Our credit union is a major sponsor of literacy in the areas where we serve, and we’re grateful we could contribute financially to help promote reading. ECCPL is an awesome resource for our county and city, and Courtney is an amazing photographer. She’s definitely the creative force behind our library canvas concept.”

Northeast Community Credit Union donated $100 to Grow Carter County to help support the newly dedicated Storybook Trail.

The Storybook Trail covers a quarter-mile down the Tweetsie Trail in Elizabethton near Harold McCormick Elementary and features 10 trail markers for walkers to explore. Each marker features a different page from a book, and visitors must stop at each marker to complete the tale.

Grow Carter County Chairman Josh McKinney says the trail will allow kids and they family to explore the outdoors while taking in reading opportunities at each of the markers.

“We hope this addition will help make the trail an even greater asset in increasing the community’s health and happiness,” McKinney said.

Northeast Community Credit Union presented a $500 donation to Assistance and Resource Ministries (ARM) as part of their annual partnership with the non-profit agency.

ARM relies on community donations to provide assistance to 700 to 950 people each month. ARM provides meals, monthly food boxes, clothing, baby supplies, vouchers for additional household needs, referrals to other agencies, employment counseling and much more.

ARM Board Member Faye Ingram said the donation will be used to help fill in the gaps where clients need it most.

“This is one of the tougher times of the year,” Ingram said. “There is a lot of need in the community, and this donation will help out tremendously.”

“ARM diligently works to benefit the needy in Carter County and helps with necessities for people who often slip through the cracks in the system,” NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold said. “We are thankful for a chance to help and support their cause.”
To donate to ARM or for more information, call 423-542-0919 or visit

NCCU has a long-standing relationship with ARM and has supported the agency throughout the years with fundraisers, volunteer hours and collection efforts.

Northeast Community Credit Union is helping sponsor the TLC Community Center’s Christmas Bundles of Love program.

NCCU donated 1,000 bags to the TLC Community Center to use for the program and will be providing volunteers for the distribution of the gifts. NCCU will also serve as a drop-off location for items for the Bundles of Love.

“Our primary mission is to help improve the lives of our neighbors, financially or otherwise,” NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold said. “There are needs here and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to work with TLC Community Center to help meet those needs.”

The Bundles of Love program collects items for children in need in the local community; such as hygiene items, school supplies, personal items and small toys. The bundles are distributed based on referrals from local schools and to clients who participate in the TLC Summer Food program.

“There are so many families missing basic essentials here in our community,” TLC Director Angie Odom said. “This is about meeting the needs in our hometown.”

NCCU’s Main Office (behind Elizabethton High School) and their Roan Mountain Office will be accepting items for the Bundles of Love, which include shampoo, toothpaste, individually packaged toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, soaps, combs, body wash, washcloths, pencils, erasers, notebooks, crayons, socks, gloves, hats, mittens, small toys and other similar items.

The Bundles of Love will be distributed in December to boys and girls aged from toddler to teenager.

Items for the Bundles of Love can be dropped off at either the NCCU Main Office at 980 Jason Witten Way, Elizabethton, or at the NCCU Roan Mountain office at 8301 Highway 19E, in Roan Mountain.