Whenever Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor heads to the Holston Conference office, she has a shorter trip than her predecessor did.
On Sept. 5, Taylor moved in to the new Blount County episcopal residence located 3.5 miles from the conference office building in Alcoa.
For the past five years, Bishop James Swanson lived in Knox County and drove 16 miles to his office. The conference office was relocated from Knoxville to Alcoa in March 2007.
The 3,800-square foot home, built in 2007, was purchased for $355,000 earlier this year after a team led by Mary Frances Tucker visited 30 available properties over a 10-week period.
“When we toured this residence in Maryville, our first impression was the beautiful view of the mountains,” Tucker said. “There was a wonderful view as you entered the front door and the view from the glassed-in sun room was outstanding. The house without a doubt came closer to what we were looking for than any we saw.”
The decision to relocate the bishop’s home from Knoxville to Maryville was related not only to distance, but also the cost to update and repair the property where Swanson and former Holston Bishop Ray Chamberlain lived. The decision was approved by the Holston Annual Conference.
“The episcopal residence has had several maintenance issues over the years,” the Rev. Catherine Nance, chair of the Episcopacy Committee, said in a June 2011 commentary. “It … makes economic and practical sense to maintain the episcopal residence near the conference office in Alcoa.”
The new bishop's home, located just outside the City of Maryville, has a tax appraised value of $405,000 and an independent appraisal value of $385,000 to $400,000, according to the Holston Conference Board of Trustees.
The Knoxville residence, appraised in fall 2011 for $385,000 to $410,000, is currently for sale. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.