Editorial: Three cheers
Credit where it's due
The city of Gatlinburg recognized several employees at their Monday meeting this week for outstanding work.
Cindy Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle presented each person and unit with a plaque and read the deeds that warranted the attention.
Among those honored were Alex Morris, of the Gatlinburg Convention Center; Archie Hatcher, of the street department; Trent Grove, a jailer/dispatcher with the police department; Tim Jenkins and Eric Weeks of the sanitation department; and Scott Price, Lee Hickam and Jeremy Ogle.
The workers all went above and beyond, displaying the kind of characteristics — honesty, helpfulness and care — that make for great civic employees.
It was a nice move by the Gatlinburg to acknowledge those that keep things running smoothly in one of America's best tourist cities.
Speaking of credit
The Sevier County and Seymour High School students that spoke as a part of their dual-enrollment speech class American Orator contest at Walters State Community College each showed why school district officials have a reason to be proud of Sevier County Schools.
All of those in the competition spoke well on their selected topics and the three top finishers all handled themselves extremely well with the microphone.
First-place winner Victoria Clements, second-place finisher Kendra Flemming and third-place finisher Katelyn Satterfield each had strong introductions to their speeches and spoke comfortably in front of the assembled crowd — something most adults struggle with.
Robin Ringer, the Walters State associate professor who's taught the girls' class, has also done an outstanding job with the course, which teaches a real-world skill.
Preserving the past
An effort by the Friends of Sevier County Public Library System to bring attention to the county's rich and colorful history with a 2015 historic calendar deserves applause.
The group is seeking unpublished local photos of days gone by.
"We hope to find pictures that haven't been widely used before, but which portray Sevier County as the way it used to be," said Diane Johnson of King Family Friends, who is chairing the project.
Some of the submitted photos that are not chosen for the calendar may still be of historic value, which could lead to a deeper collection for the library's History Center, if submitters allow the library to keep a copy.
All in all it's a great way to raise funds for the library, through the calendar sales, while helping safeguard treasured memories of our area.