Editorial: Three Cheers — David Verble deserving of SCHAS Citizenship award

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Congratulations to David Verble, the president and CEO of Citizens National Bank, who deservedly will receive the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Inc. Citizenship Award. He will be honored during the 13th annual Sevier County Citizenship Award dinner scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at the Holiday Inn. It is a benefit for SCHAS, but also a way to honor someone in the community who epitomizes what it means to be a good citizen and community leader. Tickets are $50 each and available by calling Lena Adams at 453-6853.

Verble has a degree from UT, and followed that with a long commitment to community service. Among his affiliations: board of Covenant Health Care Systems; board of Tennessee Bankers Association; president of Areawide Development Corp. Knoxville, (administers SBA loans); former chairman, Capital Campaign Steering Committee for LeConte Medical Center; former president of Sevierville Chamber; board of Sevier County Industrial Development Board; Leadership Sevier, Class of 1999.

If you’re going to give a citizenship award, make it count. SCHAS has done that by honoring David Verble.

Ashley Heatherly third,

but she’s first in our book

Ashley Heatherly finished third, bringing home a $2,000 scholarship and a Dell laptop to further her studies, in the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition. That’s quite a showing in a contest that involved the entire state. Ashley was judged the top youth in the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, which earned her a spot in the state competition.

Eighteen teens competed at the state level. Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges. Each finalist was required to give a speech on why they should be the Youth of the Year representative for Tennessee. Some teens spoke about their leadership roles in their clubs, while others reflected on how the club helped them overcome difficult situations.

Following the speeches, candidates were interviewed by a panel of eight judges. Ashley is an impressive young lady, and even though she didn’t take first, she is a champ to us in Sevier County. Congratulations.

Seymour FFA chapter

continues to win awards

Future Farmers of America is an outstanding youth program that encourages young people to consider careers in agriculture or at least send time learning about the subject. Nine Seymour High School has an outstanding chapter, and proves it again and again in competition. During the annual state convention in Gatlinburg, Seymour FFA was able to tout its membership growth of over 10 percent, qualifying the chapter for an award. Seymour FFA was also named State Superior Chapter.

For the second year, the members obtained a Gold ranking in the P.L.O.W. Program, which was created to improve literacy among members. In order to receive this ranking, members conducted a book drive, wrote weekly reports on reading, and read to Seymour Primary students.

During March, the members participated in the “FFA Chapter Challenge.” This program provides award money to be spent at the FFA shop online. Seymour placed fourth and claimed a prize of $750. Congratulations to all Seymour members who excel at their chapter activities and bring honor to the school, and to the community.