Editorial: Three Cheers

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

DAR student recognition

a fitting tribute to the kids

Each year the Spencer Clack chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes an eighth-grade boy and girl as the most outstanding citizen in their class. It is a terrific program.

Young people face enormous pressures dealing with everyday issues of peer pressure and responsibilities placed on them. The kids who manage to get through this minefield of traps and pressures deserve to be cited for their work.

Students honored: Boyds Creek, Cara McClurg and J.C. Cogan; Caton’s Chapel, Alyssa Maloney and Zack Norwood; Catlettsburg, Anna Clements and Kiefer Jensen; Jones Cove, Kristen Almeida and Adam Black; New Center, Lexi Brooks and Graham Patrick; Northview, LaShay Ogle and Daniel Wolfe; Pi Beta Phi, Katlyn Heckman and Blake Cubberly; Pigeon Forge Middle, Rayhona Nabieva and Sammy Gonzalez; Pittman Center, Maggie Fowler and Bransen Gallagher; Sevierville Middle, Julia Duckworth and Will Rowell; Seymour Middle, Morgan Flynn and Eli Jenkins; Wearwood, Kaitlin Houser and Mason Brown; The King’s Academy, Kyra Knight and Mason Fox.

4-H continues to give

students quality program

The Sevier County 4-H program is in every school, educating and informing young people throughout the community on a variety of skills and activities. The 4-H Clubs of the Year have been announced for the 2012-2013 year. The top two placing clubs, at each grade level, were recognized as Clubs of the Year. The placings were based on the highest percentage average scores for all club events throughout the year.

Clubs of the year for 2013: 4th grade, Jolley, Pigeon Forge Primary and Cox, Sevierville Intermediate; 5th grade, Cannon, Seymour Intermediate School and Rose, Seymour Intermediate; 6th grade, Haynes and Nichols, Sevierville Middle; 7th & 8th grade, Graybeal 7th & 8th Sevierville Middle, and Daniels, 8th grade, Pigeon Forge Middle.

The kids involved in 4-H programs learn more than skills. They learn teamwork, organization, achievement and the rewards of hard work. Congratulations to the top clubs and to all youngsters who take advantage of this worthwhile program.

Church veterans memorial

honors American heroes

Bethel Baptist Church off Jones Cove Road in Sevier County has what is believed to be the only local veterans memorial other than the one at the courthouse. That is quite a tribute to the men and women who served this country through wars dating to 1812. The church made a commitment to do this and followed trough, thanks to the support of a number of people.

The memorial at Bethel lists all veterans buried in the church cemetery. Lynn Loveday and Gary Loveday helped spearhead the drive in honor of their father, Arthur Loveday, and all other veterans buried in the cemetery. Those who helped collect donations include Allen Howard, Woody Allen, James (Jim) Lowe, Larry Allen, Gary Loveday, Lynn Loveday, Garry Allen, Rodney Whaley, Delmar Thomas and Larry Coker.

The church will continue to add names to the memorial as members die and are buried in the church cemetery. This is a wonderful recognition of our American heroes. Thanks, bethel, for the memorial.