Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Overbey throws his hat in the ring

State Sen. Doug Overbey, who represents the 8th District — Blount and Sevier Counties — has tossed his hat in the ring as a contender for state attorney general.

Overbey, a moderate Republican who's not afraid to color outside of strict party lines, would probably do well as the attorney general. An attorney for 30 years, he seems to be a fair-minded individual with an independent streak, something that's often needed in an office whose responsibilities can be clouded by partisan politics.

He faces an uphill battle because of party affiliation. The majority of the Tennessee Supreme Court, those deciding the pick, are Democrats. And, although he faces stiff challenge for the position — including current AG Bob Cooper and Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal advisor Herbert Slatery — it's great to see a local name pushing to make our state a better place. 


A great place to learn

September is national Library Card Sign-up Month, meaning libraries across the country are trying to get the word out to bring both children and adults into local libraries.

And it's for good reason. Libraries, like our own Sevier County Public Library System, Anna Porter Public Library and Pigeon Forge Public Library, offer children and adults alike the keys they need to open doors to anywhere. 

The educational opportunities in the library are endless. From books, periodicals and videos to free access to the Internet, there is literally no limit to what can be discovered through the local library. And, best of all, it's available at no cost.

If you or your school-aged children don't have a library card, it's a great time to stop by and check it out. You have nothing to lose.


Giving makes a splash

By now, for sure, you've seen video after video of friends, family members and acquaintances doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — probably enough, in fact, to have grown weary of the effort.

The viral fundraiser for the ALS Association has raised millions and millions of dollars for the dreaded disease and has so permeated the culture over the past weeks that it's actually received quite a large kick-back from those either A) tired of hearing about it, or B) jealous that it was the ALS organization and not one more close to their own heart that's experienced the massive outpouring.

But most people have realized, when it comes to an awful condition like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, any attention is good attention. For too many years ALS patients have suffered largely in the shadows because of the disease's relative obscurity.

To all the locals who donated and participated in the challenge, hats off to you. Now continue to bring that charitable spirit to other worthy causes.