News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018188
ContactDavid Glasgow615-783-1300
CAMDEN, Sep 12, 2012 --

@@As any building ages it reaches a point where routine maintenance is no longer enough. For older apartments a little investment can also translate into a lot of savings on utility bills for residents.

Hallmark Group Services, LLC, USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) today celebrated the completion of an array of new energy efficiency upgrades and other renovations at Sunrise Village Apartments in Camden. The improvements were financed with an affordable housing loan from USDA and a grant from THDA.

Each of the 40 apartments is now equipped with new Energy Star certified windows, energy efficient appliances, water heaters and heating and air conditioning units. Other improvements include new roofing, sidewalks, kitchen cabinets and countertops as well as energy efficient appliances.

"It's always a challenge to find safe, affordable rental housing near work, school, healthcare and community activities," said RD Area Director Harriet Cannon. "Hallmark Group Services has been a great partner, marshaling resources to make needed accessibility improvements and upgrades to the apartments they own and manage in rural communities.”

“Now they're even helping reduce energy consumption, which is good for renters and for the environment," she said.

For information on Sunrise Village Apartments contact Sherwood Management Company at 3111 Paces Mill Road, Suite A-250, Atlanta, GA. 30339, 770-984-2100. Information on other affordable apartments available in rural Tennessee is available at

Others participating in the event included Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Representative Steve Allbrooks, Camden Mayor Elvin Johnson, Regional Property Manager Glynnis Patton, Sunrise Village Apartments Manager Marilyn King, Tennessee RD Housing Programs Director Don Harris, Multi-Family Housing Loan Specialist Kathy Connelly, Union City Area Office staff Denese Hicks, Mitzi Hailey, Jennifer Sweatt, Judy Alexander and Brenda Horner.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last three years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $2.5 Billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on Rural Development programs available in northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online at


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