Editorial: Three cheers

Apr. 28, 2013 @ 12:34 AM

Eagle Foundation does

a great thing for ill teen

The American Eagle Foundation, which does remarkable and important work in rescuing and nursing back to health eagles found in the wild, did a nice thing recently for a very sick little boy. Three years ago, Chad Stevens, an eighth-grader from Augusta, Ga., was diagnosed with a type of cancer that develops in connective tissues. The prognosis is not good. But one thing Chad remains steadfast about, despite his illness, is the study of wildlife.

Upon hearing Chad’s story, Al Cecere, founder, president, and CEO of the American Eagle Association, guided Chad and his family on a private tour of the facility. During the tour, Chad saw just-hatched baby eagles, as well as several other species of birds. The grand finale was seeing Challenger, the most famous bald eagle in the world, fly.

Chad’s father, Robbie, said watching Challenger fly reminded him of freedom – a freedom his son hasn’t had in a while. “Maybe that’s what he represents – Chad’s freedom from this disease,” Robbie Stevens said. Thanks, American Eagle Foundation, for making quite a day for a brave young man.

SMARM fundraiser needs

support of the community

One service agency that deserves community support is Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. The private nonprofit assists people in need in a variety of ways. SMARM’s fifth annual 5K In May Rescue Run will help the poor and needy and allow you to support the agency and stay in shape.

The event, on Saturday, May 4, takes participants out Veterans Boulevard and back with a challenging hill and fast downhill finish. Runners from the past years have commented on how beautiful the run is.

There will be prizes. All of the registration will go directly to SMARM. Money raised from sponsors and registration fees help provide aid to hundreds of families each year by assisting with shelter, clothing, and medications; subsidizing utility bills and rent; and furnishing hot meals, minor car repairs and much more.

Registration at this stage is $30 and will also include a T-shirt while supplies last. Mail registration to SMARM 5K Run, P.O. Box 5968 Sevierville, TN 37864. Call 908-3153 or visit www.smarm.org or the Facebook site under 5K in May Rescue Run. Let’s support this important local operation.

Local radio operators

glorify heroes of past

Each year around the time of the anniversary of the singing of the Titanic, local amateur radio operators gather to commemorate that tragic night and remember the role radio operators played in saving the lives of as many people as possible. Early on the morning of April 15, 1912, a high pitched tone with a musical quality could be heard for a few hundred miles across the North Atlantic. As the ship approached its demise, that sound was a shriek of despair from Titanic’s five-kilowatt Marconi installation.

Members of Sevier County Emergency Radio Service operated Special Event Station W4S at the Titanic Museum Attraction. “The Marconi had only been in use for a couple of years, and the White Star Line was the first to use it,” said James Womack. Event coordinator and Sevier County Emergency Radio Service president Rick Sawaya said the international event contacts amateur radio stations all over the world and serves a two-fold purpose.

Remembering the heroic efforts of radio operators more than 100 years ago is most fitting and appropriate. Thanks to the locals who made this happen.