Our Mission

At Scott Appalachian Industries, Inc, we (SAI) believe that everyone is entitled to live comfortably and to be a valued member of their community and government.  If appropriate, people should be assisted to maintain control over their lives and assets.  We strive to support independence to ensure that individuals live safe and meaningful lives.


Scott Appalachian Industries was established and chartered as a public, non-profit function of Scott County, TN on June 28th, 1984. It is an effort to provide a growing, expanding and maturing program of services for the citizens of Scott and surrounding communities who are 16 years of age and older and discriminates against no one because of race, sex, creed, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or national origin.

At SAI, we believe a person must be allowed to have access to everything desirable.  If chosen as the provider, SAI’s purpose is to recognize and help people to become and remain independent to the greatest extent possible by providing supportive services responsive to each person’s needs.  In general, the agency seeks to serve people whose participation in the industry will be mutually beneficial to the person and to SAI’s mission.

Company Profile

SAI is a 501(C) 3 healthcare service agency to promote the general welfare of the people. SAI is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The Tennessee Office on Aging, The Tennessee Department of Health, and the Tennessee Child Adult Care Food Program and serves individuals with a wide range of physical and mental challenges through one or more of the services listed in the “Services” section of this website. For those who qualify, services are individualized to address specific needs and requirements of each person. All ages are served.
SAI has created a positive environment and public appeal for the kind and quality of work the agency does.

It has been said that,

“SAI is one of the best things that has happened in Scott County.”

Tim McKowen, Chairman of the Board and General Manager of the Wabash Corporation said,

“All we do is contract with the agency to assemble a product, but when I see the work
the agency really does, it gives me a warm feeling just thinking I may be a little part.”

(However, Mr. McKowen played a huge role in the progress and success of the agency.)

SAI was established in 1984. With a budget of $42,000 per year and 2 staff members, SAI provided Day Habilitation for a total of 7 citizens with mental retardation.

Today, SAI provides numerous day and at-home services for citizens with disabilities in Scott County and surrounding communities.

SAI employs over 180 staff, serves over 100 individuals weekly, and more than 1,000 annually. Those served and the number of services provided have grown consistently.