Letter: Area has changed, but local government remains stable

May. 20, 2013 @ 12:01 AM


Rick Holmes, thank you for The Mountain Press column in the Wednesday, May 15 edition. Yes, Sevier County has indeed changed, and I am now the name of a street to most people here.

Despite the changes, local government has been relatively stable. Bryan Atchley is now in his 21st year as mayor, and Russell Treadway returned last year as our City Administrator. Former Police Chief Robbie Fox was just elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after a 10-year stint as Director of Safety at Dollywood.

Earlene Teaster is still the City Manager of Pigeon Forge, and Cindy Cameron Ogle continues to serve as City Manager in Gatlinburg. Glenn Cardwell is in his 80s and mayor of Pittman Center. Larry Waters is the longest serving County Mayor/Executive in the state, and Jack Parton is still on board as our school superintendent. How is that for stability?

All are committed public servants. I have been to a lot of places in Tennessee in the last 26 years and know of no other place to have such consistency in leadership.

We were fortunate years ago to have such outstanding professionals at The Mountain Press, and Stan Voit has been first class as editor in recent times, carrying on the tradition. I am pleased that you have continued in the business.

Like you, quite a few Mountain Press grads have made their mark. Our community has been blessed in that regard.

By the way, how ‘bout the Red Sox and Yankees? I would like to hear what you have been doing since 1985.

Gary Wade