Editorial: Three Cheers July 13, 2013

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Youth baseball team gets

to make trip of a lifetime

Congratulations to the Sevier County Bears of Sevierville who have been selected to play in the Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dreams Park and American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament next week. This will be a memorable experience for these 12-and-under boys. In addition to competing against teams from around the country, they will be enshrined in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame And visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

This will be a special trip for the boys, who are part of a traveling team from the county. Teams will spend seven days in the Baseball Village clubhouses. They will arrive today and depart next Friday. Each team is guaranteed at least seven games.

That’s nice, but the chance to mix with players from throughout the country is more significant than merely playing games. What the boys will think about is not whether they win or lose, but the experiences outside the white lines of the field. Make it a great trip, Bears.

Wear shows dedication

to Rotary Club meaning

Rotary clubs do more than gather once a week for a meal and socializing. The good clubs dedicate themselves to public service, to doing good in their communities. Jerry Wear knows this better than anybody. His 28 years with the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club have culminated in his election as district governor-elect over 63 clubs in the area.

Wear, who retired this year as principal of Catlettsburg Elementary after a long career in education, appreciates the importance of the Rotary clubs in the community and abroad. He is only the second Sevier Countian to be named district governor-elect.

Wear focuses on the importance of individual members and is well aware of the projects undertaken by the various clubs. The dedication of the members of reach club determines the effectiveness of those clubs. Wear will push community service in his new office while continuing the Rotary push to eradicate polio in the world. Congratulations to a good man taking on an important new role.

Jane Rader deserves award

for years of public service

When Jane Rader takes on a project, she does it with laser-like focus. To have her on your side ensures success and a team of volunteers to see a project through. Rader is an original member of the Sevierville Tree Board, founded in 1986 as a volunteer advisory board to the Department of Parks and Recreation. The board has expanded over the years and is now the Trees/Trails and Beautification Board.

Rader is stepping down as a board member after 27 years of loyal service to a cause in which she believes. Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley presented a plaque to Rader during a recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, thanking her for years of volunteer work.

“The city is indebted to Jane for her tremendous support of our beautification and urban forestry efforts,” said Atchley. “Volunteers like Jane are vital to improving and maintaining the quality of life in our community.”

Indeed. Thanks for your service to the board, Jane Rader. It is appreciated.