Dedication ceremony

Nissan volunteers join the Majors family and Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity President Terri Quick in commemorating the dedication ceremony for the Majors family's new home.

Thanks to the selfless, giving spirit of Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity and 130-plus Nissan volunteers, the Majors family celebrated its first Christmas in a new fully-furnished home.

Dozens of Nissan volunteers, elected office holders, and other officials joined Habitat representatives and the Majors family recently to celebrate completing the home, located on Rotary Drive in Winchester.

Habitat President Terri Quick began the festivities by welcoming the gathering to the Majors home on Dec. 20, 2019.

Quick then introduced the members of the Majors family, including mother Sheena Majors, her daughters, Bella and Abbey, and her son, Gabriel. Quick then introduced the Majors family’s pastor, Ross Peterson, who said a special prayer and blessing for the new home.

Quick then introduced Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kayla Doney, who provided the family with a blue ribbon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Quick then introduced special guest Brian Sullivan, who is vice president of Powertrain Operations for Nissan North America.

Sullivan, who had made the trip to Winchester from the Smyrna Nissan facility, had the honor of providing Majors with the key to her new home.

After the formalities had concluded, it was time for the Majors family to take its first tour of the new home.

Several surprises awaited the family members, as they had not yet seen the inside of their new dwelling.

As the Majors family entered the front door to their new home, every face bore a smile when they realized that their living quarters were fully furnished, complete with a Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents for every member of the family.

The items were bought with donations from Nissan employees.

The Christmas tree was donated by Goody’s of Winchester.

The home was filled with new furniture in every room, provided by Factory Furniture of Estill Springs.

New appliances gleamed in the kitchen, including a new refrigerator which was provided by Phoenix Boats.

A microwave oven, stove, and dishwasher completed the kitchen area.

The home even came with professionally-installed central heating and air conditioning, courtesy of Stroop’s Accurate Refrigeration of Tullahoma.

Habitat President Terri Quick was grateful to everyone who contributed to the Majors family’s new home.

“Nissan has been our corporate sponsor on this build, and we are so thankful for them,” she said. “We want to thank every single Nissan volunteer who contributed to this home, and to say that Nissan has gone above and beyond to make this Christmas miracle happen for the Majors family.

“We also want to thank the students and instructors at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology for providing the electrical work in the home, and we are grateful to the students who came out from UTSI to volunteer a day laying the home’s floors.”

Quick also thanked Coca Cola of Tullahoma and J.D.’s Kuntry Kitchen Restaurant of Winchester for providing meals and beverages to all the volunteers at the building site. She also gave a special “thank you” to Amy Talley of Factory Furniture of Estill Springs for providing the home’s furnishings and to Steven Powers for hanging all the sheet rock in the home.

Quick then thanked Stroop’s Accurate Refrigeration of Tullahoma for providing the home’s heating and air system.

Construction began on Sept. 20, 2019, and continued every Friday for 10 weeks.

Nissan North America Decherd employees joined with other volunteers every Friday to ensure that the Majors family could celebrate its first Christmas in a new home in 2019.

Sheena Majors said she was grateful and overwhelmed with emotion following the celebration.

“I just want to thank everyone involved and to let everyone know how grateful and thankful we are to be given this Christmas miracle,” she said.