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History & Mission

History, Vision, and Mission of Clinch-Powell RC&D


The RC&D is a 501(C)(3) organization tax exempt under the IRS Code. It is a nonprofit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee.


The Clinch-Powell RC&D Council is a rural community development organization based on sound utilization of natural and human resources serving Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins and Union counties. It was officially authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Clayton Yeutter, on February 6, 1990. The RC&D program is authorized by Public Law 97-98 and is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In October of 1988, the Clinch-Powell RC&D Ad Hoc committee was formed to make an application for an authorized R&CD area. The committee and RC&D effort were an outgrowth of the Governor's Bi-State Task Force on the Clinch and Powell rivers. Common needs and problems were discovered in the geographically and economically similar region of the Clinch and Powell rivers. RC&D was identified as an excellent vehicle to address these similar issues on a regional basis.

The charter sponsors of the RC&D are listed below.

  • Claiborne County Commission
  • Claiborne County Soil Conservation District
  • Grainger County Commission
  • Grainger County Soil Conservation District
  • Hancock County Commission
  • Hancock County Soil Conservation District
  • Hawkins County Commission
  • Hawkins County Soil Conservation District
  • Union County Commission
  • Union County Soil Conservation District
  • City of Blaine
  • City of Rutledge
  • City of Tazewell
  • Town of Bulls Gap
  • Town of Church Hill
  • Town of Cumberland Gap
  • Town of Maynardville
  • City of Luttrell
  • Town of Mount Carmel
  • Town of New Tazewell
  • Town of Rogersville
  • Town of Sneedville
  • Town of Surgoinsville


    Every American deserves to live in a healthy and vital community where families are valued, youth are celebrated, education is a priority, the environment is clean, jobs are plentiful, and leadership is not only visionary, but shared.


    Our mission is to serve the needs of our communities, to protect our environment, and to enhance the quality of life of the people of the area through leadership, education, volunteerism and action. We are working to build strong, healthy and vital communities.