Retired educator and coach, Steve Millsaps, to speak at Holston Home fundraiser Aug. 15

Posted 8/1/18

Retired educator and coach, Steve Millsaps, to speak at Holston Home fundraiser on August, 15th

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Retired educator and coach, Steve Millsaps, to speak at Holston Home fundraiser Aug. 15


Steve Millsaps, retired educator and coach, will be the guest speaker at a fundraising luncheon to support Holston United Methodist Home for Children scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Seating is limited at the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and takes place at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Cleveland.

For more information, please contact local representative, Nancy Casson 423) 413-8103, or Susan Bernier at Holston Home 423-787-8753 or email

“We are looking forward to hearing from Steve Millsaps,” said Nancy Casson, member of the Cleveland community and event chair. “Steve’s years of working with young people and their families and seeing the adversities they face aligns well with the mission of Holston Home and its life-changing work helping children and families who come from hard places.”

Millsaps grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Philadelphia. He is a 1977 graduate of Loudon High School and graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan with a degree in Accounting in 1981. He returned to Tennessee Wesleyan in 1982 to obtain a secondary teacher’s license.
He is an avid sports fan and was on the basketball, golf and tennis teams in high school. He also played on the tennis team while attending Wesleyan. He taught math and accounting at Loudon High School, and coached basketball, golf, and tennis during his tenure there. He also served as an assistant principal and athletic director at LHS.

He served as the principal of North Middle School in Loudon County from 1999 until 2004 and was principal of Lenoir City High School for 10 years from 2004 until 2014. He was recognized as the Knoxville News Sentinel East TN Basketball Coach of the Year, and the TACA AA State Coach of the Year in 1988. He was also recognized as the East TN Principal of the Year in 2011.

In July 2015, Millsaps was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery in August. In 2016 he hiked the Appalachian Trail in honor and memory of others to raise colon cancer awareness.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Holston Home, which has been providing “hope and healing for children and families struggling with life’s challenges” since 1895.

"Jonathan" lived in an unstable environment. He attended eight different schools before he reached high school. He was two years behind in school when he first came to Holston Home. He now attends Beacon School (our on-campus accredited Christian school) and has made up his deficits. He will be graduating next year and hopes to pursue some form of higher education. He now believes he can succeed, whatever his future holds for him.

Holston Home serves more than 300 children on any given day through residential and foster care programs.
“Last year, Holston Home touched the lives of 646 children and youth,” says Bradley Williams, president of HUMHC. “By supporting our Friends of Children events, such as this one in Cleveland, you are giving children like Jonathan hope for a brighter future.”

Holston Home for Children, headquartered in Greeneville, also provides family services in Bristol, Va.; Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.


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