Editorial: Three Cheers

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Seymour choral students

get earned recognition

Our local high schools have great music departments, and it’s good that the schools offer such programs even amid budget challenges. The Seymour High School Choral Department is among the best and has the trophies and scholarships to prove it. Sixteen students made the All East Choir, three were chosen 1st chair, and eight made the All State Choir.

The SHS Choir accepted invitations to perform at the winter concerts of both The University of Tennessee and Pellissippi Music departments. UT asked the SHS Choir to be part of a choir tour to China in 2014. In March the SHS Choral Department performed at the J.B. Lyle Choral Festival. The judges gave Seymour a Superior rating.

There have been accolades and recognition for individual students as well. Under the leadership of teacher Jean Burkhart, the Seymour Choral Music Department is a shining example of students with talent getting a chance to showcase it. Music is a needed and very much appreciated course for high school students.

Annual job fair proves

successful activity again

The 16th annual Sevier County Job Fair last week brought together employers with positions to fill and job seekers wanting work. It was another successful effort sponsored by the Sevier County Economic Development Council and the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Under one roof someone out of work or between jobs could see what positions might be available here, and get assistance in filling out an application and being heard by someone who could hire them.

There were representatives from local restaurants, hotels and attractions. Employers also sought people for sales, warehouse and construction jobs. Janice Bettis, special events coordinator for the development council, estimated that 500 applicants came through the doors.

Job seekers got to work with a human resources consultant to help them improve their prospects. They also visited the Career Coach, a mobile center provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The job fair is a great event. Let’s hope No. 17 next year will be just as successful.

Autistic children shine

in morning of bowling

Each month there is a special event in our community that deserves mention and praise. Around 35 children with various degrees of autism spent the morning bowling and making friends at the Sevierville Community Center. “It’s a good way to help them develop their social skills,” said Lisa Roberts, co-director of the Smoky Mountain Friendship Club, which organizes a group outing for area autistic children once a month, funded by the East Tennessee Autism Society. “They make friends and we always try to emphasize the social aspect of it.”

It didn’t matter how well the kids bowled. The point is to get these children out to experience fun activities in public, so they can get used to being around other children and in settings with noise and distractions that also can be of help to them and their adjustment.

Many thanks to the Community Center bowling center for hosting the event and for the parents who spent quality time with their kids doing something both could enjoy.