Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Continuing to serve

Congratulations to new Sevier County Veterans Service Officer Lorenza Wills.

The retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer five was appointed by the county commission on Monday to take the place of long-time VSO Paul Whaley, who retired this month.

Wills has been working with the Knox County Veterans Service Office since he moved to Sevier County from Fort Bragg, N.C., a year and a half ago.

With 31 years of military experience in logistics before that, Wills should be an excellent choice for the post.

The county commission, and the committee that recommended Wills, seems to have done a great job with the selection.


A dedicated life

Tony Proffitt, the Sevier County Commissioner who died Wednesday, provided years of service to the public of Sevier County and to the state of Tennessee.

Proffitt served as a county commission for 20 years, as a school resource officer at Caton's Chapel School for seven and as a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency official for 36 years.

"He was a great example for our students because he always emphasized the importance of character and patriotism," Caton's Chapel principal Bill Hatcher said.

County Mayor Larry Waters also had kind words for Proffitt's service.

"His wisdom and his dedication are going to be missed on county commission," Waters said. "He worked hard for the people of Sevier County for a lot of years."

Proffitt will likely be best-remembered for his time in Sevier County schools as a TWRA agent, teaching the hunter's safety course.

"He stressed it wasn't about shooting a gun, it was about responsibility," Hatcher said.

He will be truly missed.


Living the dream

Also deserving of congratulations is former Seymour High School pitcher Logan Sawyer.

Sawyer, who went on to a three-year pitching career at Lincoln Memorial University, is currently starring with the Tri-City Dust Devils — a Single A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Northwest League.

While Sawyer didn't always get the attention or accolades of former Pigeon Forge High hurler Wil Crowe, Sawyer's workmanlike approach and dedication to the game have catapulted him into a great situation.

Sawyer, along with two relief pitchers, combined for a shutout of the Spokane Indians last Sunday. The good outing puts Sawyer's current record at 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and an impressive 1.19 WHIP — a more modern measurement of a pitcher's success.

Sawyer earned Northwest League Pitcher of the Week honors earlier this month after making a pair of scoreless relief appearances for the Dust Devils.