Editorial: Three cheers

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Encouraging community

Over the years the Leadership Sevier program has worked to help turn promising individuals — from the youth in its Smoky Mountain Youth Leadership program to the young adults in its Leadership Tomorrow program — into community leaders.

One important building block in that process has been the requirement that members complete a community service project before graduation. While required service might seem strange to some, the thought behind the mandatory project is that it could spark the community involvement and investment in these future leaders.

Two such projects have been brought to our attention lately. In one a group of SMYL members are working to beautify the exterior of the Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home.

In the other a Leadership Sevier group is working to ensure all graduating high school seniors will have access to a cap and gown.

Leadership Sevier is an important part of our community, and their efforts are helping instill community responsibility into our future leaders. It’s a worthy program and a blessing for those involved.


Gala for a good cause

SafeSpace, which “provide(s) emergency shelter, crisis intervention, court advocacy, resource referrals and counseling to victims of domestic violence” is invaluable service to the region and the people they advocate for and protect.

According to the group’s website, it helps more than 4,000 women, children, and men annually in Jefferson, Cocke and Sevier counties.

As a non-profit agency, however, SafeSpace relies on the public for the finances which keep it operating. You can help in two weeks, when SafeSpace holds its annual Gala and Auction at River Plantaion Conference Center in Sevierville on March 15.

Knoxville radio personality Phil Williams will host the event, which features an array of hors d’oeuvres from The Park Grill, entertainment and the auction. Tickets are $25 each or $150 for a table of eight.

Call 453-9254 for more information or tickets.


Teaching a good defense

A free class beginning this Tuesday at the Sevierville Municipal Center will help train women to protect themselves from physical attacks.

The 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, presented by Sevierville police officers Rebecca Cowan and Lieutenant David Finchum, works to teach woment awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while “progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Each participant will recieve a workbook/reference manual for the four-session course.

Such a class is undoubtedly worthy of charging a fee, but this important course — which could literaly save a life — is being provided free of charge. Hats off to thhe officers performing this valuable service as well as to their department for allowing them the oppotunity. For more information, call 868-1834.