Our Vision and Mission
The vision of the Clinch River Regional Library, and its counterpart regional libraries across the state of Tennessee, is that the citizens of Tennessee will have the information they need for personal growth and development.
The mission of the Tennessee Regional Library System is to make libraries better by:
- assisting local governments and public libraries in the development and improvement of public library services;
- assisting libraries in the selection, maintenance and use of library technologies;
- providing supplementary library materials and digital content to member public libraries and facilitating the preparation of materials for public use;
- facilitating the sharing of resources between libraries through a delivery system;
- providing opportunities to participate in shared automation systems;
- and providing continuing education to local library staff and trustees.
Clinch River Regional Library was established on July 1, 2012 with the former Clinch-Powell Regional Library and three counties (Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier) of the Nolichucky Regional Library. The Nolichucky Regional Library had its start in the Cherokee Dam Area Regional Library in July 1941 with Grainger, Hawkins, and Jefferson counties. Hamblen county joined the region later in 1941. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provided the funding for the region, while the administration was provided by the Lawson McGhee Library in Knoxville. The Cherokee Dam Area Regional Library closed in February 1942 and the counties were transferred to the Douglas Dam Area Regional Library with the addition of Cocke and Sevier counties in March 1942. The region was re-named the Nolichucky Regional Library in December 1945.
The Clinch-Powell Regional Library also had its beginnings with the support of TVA. The Norris Library was founded in the 1930's because of the construction of Norris Dam. Local efforts provided the Clinton Public Library in 1941. This became the headquarters for the Anderson County Regional Library which became the Clinch-Powell Regional Library in January 1946 with the inclusion of Campbell, Morgan, Scott and Union counties. Claiborne County joined the Clinch-Powell Regional Library in July 1956.
The nine counties of the Clinch River Regional Library include Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union. The Clinch River Regional Library has 375,335 inhabitants in the 9 county area, according to 2010 Census data. The area covers 3,677 square miles including remote mountainous terrain and several large river valleys. The region serves thirty-three public library locations.
Clinch River Regional Library
130 N. Main Street, Suite 2
Clinton, TN 37716-3633
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Regional Library Director
Assistant Regional Library Director
Administrative Services Assistant
Technical Services Assistant
Library Information Systems Specialist
Mary Jane Berry
Gatlinburg Ex Officio
Rose Marie Harrell
Lara F. Darby
Mayor Mike Williams
Edward Halsen, Sr.