Editorial: Three Cheers

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Dedicated volunteers help

make RAM a special thing

Coming next month is another installment of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free health clinic. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, at Pigeon Forge High School. This is a wonderful opportunity for the uninsured in our area to get free medical, dental and eye exams

Registration begins at 6 a.m. Numbers to secure a place in line will be distributed around 3:30 a.m. The range of free services, all administered by volunteers, is comprehensive. IT includes HIV testing, mammograms, flu shots, dental fillings and extractions, women’s health exams and prescription glasses made onsite.

Remote Area Medical serves those without insurance or access to medical care. It’s an important service, because some of our most dedicated workers are those who cannot afford health insurance. The RAM bridges that gap, and a shout-out goes to the many volunteers who show up that weekend to treat those in need.

‘Store Britches’ back to

entertain, raise money

Last year’s production “Store Britches” delighted audiences and raised much needed funds for the Gatlinburg Garden Club. The play, written in the 1930s but seemingly lost for decades, was rediscovered two years ago and has come to life in an entertaining and fun-filled way.

The three-act play written by Lula Mae Ogle was originally produced by the Gatlinburg Weavers Guild (now known as Gatlinburg Garden Club) between 1935 and 1945. The play is a love story that showcases mountain humor of the 1890s and features Old Harp singers.

Make plans now to attend the new incarnation, set for March 8 and 9 at Brookside Resort Event Center, 463 East Parkway (Highway 321). Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Lucinda Ogle cabin, a project directed by the garden club. You’ll have a great evening and be helping a worthy cause.

Gatlinburg undergrounding

in line for deserved award

One of the most rewarding, and aesthetically pleasing, things the city of Gatlinburg has done in recent years is placing its utility lines underground in the downtown district. It has added charm and eliminated clutter, making things even more plasant for the pedestrians who love to stroll the sidewalks. Now the project is earning some recognition outside the city.

The Gatlinburg Underground Utilities project is among those being considered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee. The award is one of the highest honors a project team can receive.

The Gatlinburg project was completed by Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon. It was a $24 million, 19-year project that truly transformed the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. All utility lines were placed underground. It was disruptive, to be sure, but the finished product makes it all worthwhile. Let’s hope the judges agree.