Editorial: Three cheers

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Improving service to the community

The Northview Kodak Volunteer Fire Department met a nice new threshold recently, earning an Insurance Office Service rating of 5 throughout its coverage area.

The ISO number is assigned based on a department’s speed and efficiency, as well as the people and tools it keeps at the ready.

A move up from its early rating of 9 could mean lower insurance rates for citizens of Kodak in addition to the department’s improved services.

It’s a testament to the hard work the volunteer fire department has put into improving, as well as the support they’ve been provided by the community.

Feeding the need

Sevier County Food Ministries has had a busy few months.

Requests for help with food have been on the rise since October. But Sevier County citizens and businesses have been right there all the while, helping the ministry provide.

From the biggest donations — a $40,000 gift was made by Dollywood this week — to the smallest food drive done by a school, classroom or small business, it seems everyone’s pitching in to assist Sevier County families in these lean times.

With Christmas and the coldest months of the year ahead, that continued support will be needed, and, if they’ve shown anything thus far, Sevier Countians will keep answering the call.

Kicking off the Santa Fund

Citizens National Bank made their annual contribution to help start the drive for the Santa Fund, administered each year by The Mountain Press.

The fund raises money for Christmas items for seniors through Douglas Cherokee and members of the local Boys & Girls Club.

The bank, which gave $5,000 toward the cause, has made a contribution to the fund for 16 consecutive years now, and it’s because of it — in large part — that yearly fundraising has been so successful.

For more information on the fund call The Mountain Press at 428-0748, ext. 217. To make a donation, stop by the paper during regular business hours or mail to The Mountain Press, 119 River Bend Drive, Sevierville, 37864.