SNEEDVILLE, Tenn., May 26, 2011 -- Missy Bell treats residents of Mountain View and Tremont Apartments like members of her own family.
Since Bell became the on-site manager four years ago, she has gone the extra mile, working with local leaders and the residents of the 90 apartments in the two complexes. During that time the properties have been maintained as friendly and safe places to live near family, work and other community resources.
USDA Rural Development (RD) Area Specialists Sonya Evans and Victor Lowe joined Sherwood Management Company’s Helen Shelby to present Bell with a Regional Site Manager of the Year plaque for her commitment and work improving the quality of life for her tenants.
"A good manager guarantees the success of any apartment complex," said RD Area Director Joe Woody. "Beyond managing day-to-day operations, the best managers, like Ms. Bell, devote a great deal of their own time to provide tenants with a safe, affordable place to live and help them become a part of the community."
Bell devotes extra attention to the needs of residents by providing activities such as Halloween parties for the residents and their grandchildren. She also spends lot of her personal time making the tenants feel like part of a community. Bell is also a volunteer firefighter and teaches fire safety to students at the local elementary school.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Bell. "I grew up in this community and know so many of the tenants that I am now assisting. I love the people here and feel like it is just an extended part of my family. "
"Missy is an exemplary manager and an even more exemplary person," said Woody. "She continually goes above and beyond the call and puts the needs of her tenants and the apartment complex above her own. We are so proud of Missy and all her accomplishments."
Others participating in the event included Senator Lamar Alexander’s Representative Lana Moore, Senator Bob Corker’s Representative Bridgett Baird, Hancock County Mayor Thomas Harrison and Hancock County Clerk Jessie Royston.
In partnership with private lenders and borrowers Rural Development provided more than $68.8 million in financing for the purchase of, and improvements to affordable apartment complexes in rural areas of Tennessee last year. These developments meet the housing needs of families, senior citizens and the disabled. Rural Development’s rural rental housing program provides financing with interest rates as low as one-percent to developers who build or repair affordable multi-family rental housing to meet the demand for housing in rural communities.
For information about Mountain View or Tremont Apartments, call 423-733-2141
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Northeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Greeneville at 423-638-4771 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1490, or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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