Editorial: Three Cheers

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 04:06 PM

Centennial Plaza will

be great ’Burg feature

What a terrific two days in Gatlinburg last weekend. “Vintage Views,” the popular annual historical film, was shown to a new audience. A locally written and acted play on the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and its role in the educational history of the area was presented at the elementary school. The dedication of Centennial Plaza, featuring a bronze sculpture and a historical marker, was the highlight.

The dedication ceremony was part of Pi Beta Phi’s Centennial Celebration, a two-day event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fraternity's Settlement School in Gatlinburg, which is now Pi Beta Phi Elementary School. The celebration was also a symbolic commemoration of Pi Beta Phi’s 100 years of literary service in Gatlinburg. The plaza dedication culminated in the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue depicting Della Gillette Morgan — the first Pi Phi alumna hired to teach at the Settlement School in 1912 — instructing a student, created by sculptor Doug Young.

A great weekend, great recognition of a worthy organization, and something new in downtown Gatlinburg to honor the past.

Widows Ministry due

praise for card project

Last year’s Operation Christmas Blessing saw 2,000 handmade Christmas cards prepared by the women of the Iris B. Vest Widows Ministry Center. This year the women are shooting for 3,000. It is a terrific and much appreciated project for the residents of the center on the campus of the Smoky Mountain Children's Hone.

Encouraged by the letters they received back from service members, the women produce the Christmas cards for the troops, letting them know that Americans appreciate their sacrifice for the country and that people are praying a blessing over them for God’s protection and safety. The boxes of cards were delivered to the Church of God Chaplains Commission in Cleveland, Tenn., where they will be shipped directly to the chaplains on duty overseas. Before Christmas, the cards will be hand-delivered by the chaplains to our service men and women.

Thanks to the residents of the center for being thoughtful and in service to others for Christmas. Widows Ministry Center resident Donna Hicks instigated the project last year and has directed it with the aid of other residents.

Church thanked for

again hosting exhibit

Once again First Presbyterian Church in Sevierville is hosting “Faith and Courage,” an exhibit honoring U.S. military chaplains from World War II to the present. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 23 at the church, 500 Belle Ave.

This is an exhibit all residents should take time to see. “Faith and Courage” recognizes the contributions of U.S. Military Chaplains. The presentation includes text, photographs, video and a collection of artifacts from World War II, The Korean War, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Much of the information was collected with the help of the Army Chaplain Museum and the Navy Chaplain Archives.

“Faith and Courage” has been featured at “Celebrate Freedom” in Pigeon Forge, the American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge, and various other venues. It is normally based at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville for the public to see. The church deserves to be commended for hosting this exhibit again and making it so accessible to the public.