Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Meeting the need for local students

Seeing a need is often the easy part. Helping meet that need is often where problems arise.

After learning of a particular need at Jones Cove Elementary, the Sevierville Kiwanis Club answered the call.

The group of roughly 25 members secured over $1,500 in school supplies — everything from crayons, pencils and folders to paper towels and Kleenex — for the school, which is Sevier County’s most rural and remote, 15 miles from Sevierville and 20 from Gatlinburg.

It’s perfect example of the Kiwanis slogan, “Serving the children of the world,” and it was appreciated.

“We’re blessed to have the Kiwanis kind of adopt us,” the school’s principal, Rodney Helton, said. “The students and the families are very appreciative of anything they get, and I’m very appreciative of anything we get.”

Supporting patients and families

Alzheimer’s Tennesssee, a regional organization dedicated to advocate for research initiatives and provide services to the more than 120,000 individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Tennessee, provides a valuable service to families suffering through one of the more difficult challenges most will ever face.

The Knoxville-based organization will be in Sevier County on Aug. 19 and Sept. 16, from 9-11 a.m. each day, to present “Alzheimer’s 101” sessions.

“Both sessions are a great introduction, especially if people are just looking for more information about Alzheimer’s disease,” Kay Watson, director of communications with Alzheimer’s Tennessee, said.

The sessions are an informative resource for people looking to learn about the dreaded disease. It’s also a precursor to the group’s Smoky Mountain Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK, the primary fundraiser for Cocke, Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier counties.

Alzheimer’s is a terrible blow to any family it affects. Alzheimer’s Tennessee does yeoman’s work to support not only research into fighting the disease, but to support those families on the battle’s front lines.

Whaley’s service is complete

After 12 years of assisting Sevier County’s veterans, local Veterans Service Office Paul Whaley is stepping down from his post this week.

Whaley started his work, securing help through earned benefits for area veterans, back in 2002.

Whaley’s done a fine job for Sevier County’s former soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines. His retirement is well-deserved.

In his time in office, the Veterans Administration has seen fit to open a county VA clinic in Sevierville and he’s helped procure earned aid for a slew of area veterans and their spouses.

County officials will host a retirement reception for him on Monday, Aug.18, from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the courthouse third floor meeting room.

If you’re one that’s benefited from Whaley’s work, or just a fan of the service he’s provided, stop by and show him the appreciation he deserves for having served those who served us.