Editorial: Three cheers

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Keeping Arrowmont local

The Gatlinburg City Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds for $3.6 million Tuesday night, as a part of the greater effort to keep the Arrrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg.

As Arrowmont is crucial part of Gatlinburg, the step is a welcomed move for supporters of the local arts community.

“We are getting good support, generous support coming from individuals almost every day, and we obviously appreciate that,”  Arrowmont Executive Director Bill May said. 

“I think the City of Gatlinburg should be recognized as one of the very first ones to step forward and make a sizable donation. If you look at that $3.5 million, and the fact that $750,000 from Sevier County was approved recently, take those two and that’s over half of the amount.”

But still there is a way to go before the school’s safety is finalized. The school still needs several hundred thousand dollars to reach its $8 million goal before the deadline at the end of this month.

Better service for seniors 

Seniors citizens around Sevier County are getting some deserved attention.

The Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center has had some recent additions — including a new beauty salon, a expansion of the exercise room and a new game room.

The expansion has come as a result of increased attendance at the center.

“We’re practically bursting at the seams,” Director Jane Howes said. “We’re constantly growing and having to make changes to the building for all these people. It’s a good problem to have.”

In Gatlinburg, a new library program — Wednesdays with Betty — has been launched to help older adults with library services.

Its nice to see an increased awareness and effort to better things for local seniors. They’ve earned it.

Shipping out to the Naval Academy

Congratulations are in order for Pigoen Forge High School student Jessie Sharp.

The senior recently learned she’d been awarded a congressional appointment from Rep. Phil Roe. It was an offer she quickly accepted.

“I guess I’m just excited,” Sharp told reporter Jake Old earlier this week. “It’s an honor because I know not many people get to go. It’s a great opportunity, a great school. I’m excited to go and see what my future holds there.”

Sharp has excelled at Pigeon Forge both in the classroom and on the field of play as a prep athlete. And, according to PF Principal Ben Clabo, she’ll be a great representative of Sevier County at Annapolis.

“She is certainly one of our top students, not just in her graduating class, but in all of our classes,” Clabo said. “She’s one of the best students who has ever walked through the halls of this school. She’s as good as it gets.”