Ethel Powell named July "Who Powers You" winner

In recognition of her countless hours spent helping the people of Sequatchie County, Ethel Powell has been selected from the nominations received from SVEC members as the July recipient of the SVEC Who Powers You Contest.


Ethel Powell —The Facts:

• A native of Dunlap Ethel Powell graduated from Sequatchie County High School and went to work for Sequatchie County Bank, now Mountain Valley Bank, and in her words, “I’ve been here the rest of my life. “ Powell is now a vice-president and the branch manager at the Highway 28 office.


• She and husband Paul have two grown sons, seven grandsons, a step-granddaughter and one great grandson that keep them busy.


• Her volunteer work includes: serving on the Next-Steps board for the Women’s Care Center; as past president and current secretary for the local American Business Womens’ Association; teaching a young adult Sunday School class and a Wednesday night 4 and 5 year old class; conducting a monthly women’s jail ministry, serving as chair of the administrative board and in many other roles at her church, Chapel Hill United Methodist


“She’s known to many simply as ‘Mrs. Ethel.’ When a person hears that name, certain thoughts come to mind: ‘servant leadership’, ‘loyalty’, ‘love’ and ‘hardworking’. She is highly involved in her church, community and civic organizations. She can be seen staying late to clean up or delivering a meal to someone in need. She writes notes of encouragement and regularly prays for people. When you are around her, you feel better about the world. I have so much respect for Mrs Ethel. I admire her moral compass and her approach to life. She doesn’t just say what she believes, she lives it out everyday.”


— Sarai Pierce


“Ethel is an amazing Godly woman who sets an example for each person who comes in contact with her. She empowers all to use their abilities for the betterment of one another.

— Martha Austin