Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

Library cultural program featuring Appalachia!

Next Thursday an event at the Sevier County Public Library System’s King Family Library will share with the public many traditions of Sevier County and other rural Tennessee counties long forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century.

Artists, gardeners, weavers and history buffs will share the culture of old-time mountain life as a part of the 2nd Annual Festival of Cultures in Sevier County — The Uniting Cultures Festival: Appalachia!

Guests will learned about clogging, story-telling, woodworking, weaving, beekeeping, antique machinery and the history of the National Park, Arrowmont and East Tennessee.

Endeavors such as this — scheduled Aug. 29 from 5-8 p.m. at the library at  408 High St. in Sevierville — are vital in keeping the heritage of the area alive by passing it on to future generations.

Whitaker is Tourism Director of the Year

A former employee of Dollywood, who’s moved on to become the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, has been awarded the 2013 State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Assocaition’s National Council of State Tourism Directors.

Susan Whitaker was given the honor Monday at the U.S. Travel Association’s Education Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Richmond, Va.

A Chicago native and descendant of John Sevier, Whitaker served as vice president of marketing for Dollywood prior to taking the state post in 2003.

“This honor is well-deserved,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “Susan and her staff bring innovative ideas and vision to Tennessee’s thriving tourism industry, and the accomplishments under her leadership will have a lasting impact on Tennessee.”

Eagles break the streak, upset Sullivan North

Though in a smaller classification, Sullivan North had to enter Thursday night’s game with Seymour as the odds-on favorite.

A powerhouse team over the past two seasons, the Raiders — 23-3 over that span — were playing in front of their home crowd to start the season against a Seymour squad that ended 2012 in tatters, losing their final six games after a marvelous 4-0 start.

But if the Eagles were the underdogs, it never showed.

Using a brilliant passing attack and an improved defensive effort in the second half, Seymour snapped its six-game losing streak with a 35-32 victory and set themselves up for a great start to the new prep football campaign.