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History of Central Services, Inc.



October 1st, 1969

The agency is chartered as a nonprofit by the State of Tennessee as Morristown-Hamblen Central Services, Inc. The office was temporarily located in the county courthouse basement.


Food Pantry  

Emergency Food Pantry program is established. Food for the pantry is stored across the street from the courthouse at the Rose Center.

Thrift Store  


Volunteer Thrift Store is established, making less than $500 in its first year.


Holiday Hope Fund  

The Citizen Tribune partners with Central Services to create the Holiday Hope Fund, as a fundraiser and more organized effort for the Christmas Food and Toy program.

Hispanic Outreach  


Hispanic Outreach program is added to provide Spanish interpreters for services.


Rent and Utility Assistance

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority establishes the Neighborhood Service Center in the office of Central Services to provide utility and rent assistance.

Ashley Hux

Executive Director

At Central Services, we couldn’t succeed without the leadership of our Director. Ashley is the 3rd director in Central Services history, taking the position in June 2018. She has worked as an AmeriCorps member, BSW and MSW intern, and Intake Coordinator here since 2014.

Ashley Hux and friendsAshley Hux and friends
Ashley Hux, current director of Central Services
Brenda Robbins

Brenda Robbins


Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson


Meet Our Team

Dedicated to Community Service

Brenda & Ruth are our most long-standing employees— both were hired in 1979! From the front office to the back of the warehouse, these ladies and the rest of our family of staff are invaluable to the success of our agency and the work we do for our community!