East Tennessee State University and Holston Habitat for Humanity volunteers dedicated the university’s recently completed Habitat home on East Holston Avenue on Wednesday.
The new home owner, Selienna Presnell, called it the best Christmas present she and her grandchildren, Izzaiah, 5, and Carlyita, 4, have ever received.
The home is the fifth Habitat house built in partnership with ETSU students, staff and faculty in as many years.
It is the 199th Habitat home in the Tri-Cities area facilitated by the local Holston Habitat Humanity affiliate office in Kingsport and the second of three to be built on the large corner lot on East Holston adjoining Presnell’s new house.
Executive Director Laura Swanson said Holston Habitat will complete its 200th home early next year in Kingsport. Meanwhile, ETSU is already making plans to for its sixth annual Habitat home build in the fall.