Editorial: Three Cheers

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Community garden idea

merits support, volunteers

Now here is a great idea that is sure to grow. Sevier County Public Library System, in partnership with Keep Sevier Beautiful, has been awarded a $5,000 grant through Lowe’s Charitable Educational Foundation. The money will be used for the development of community gardens at King and Seymour libraries.

“This project is intended to be a source of community connectivity, educational opportunities, and fun for all ages,” said Rhonda Tippitt, system director. “It will be an advocacy tool for the library to reach more citizens to become library users and take advantage of the myriad of resources that are available to them every day.” 

For every hour that is worked, each volunteer will receive a small basket of what vegetables are available. Fresh produce will also be given to the Sevier County Food Ministries. The library is seeking volunteers to develop the garden. If interested call 453-3532.

“We want an educational component to go alongside the garden project,” Tippitt said. “Our summer reading program is going to focus on dirt, so the children will also be introduced to the community garden and have a chance to enjoy it for the first season.” Great idea and great project to support.

Denise Buckner earns

award for class project

Congratulations to Denise Buckner, who signed up for an aerospace teacher workshop two years ago, developed a program for her third-grade students and was named Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year for the region. The award, which was presented by Gary E. Lynn, a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force, was made during a program at Sevierville Intermediate.

To attend the workshop that first led to her interest in aerospace, Buckner had to enroll as a UT student. She had the opportunity to fly a plane twice, and she also learned how to refuel a plane. This is the club’s second year of operation, and there are currently over 70 students who meet once a month.

Throughout the year, members have learned about the history of flight and the space program as well as how planes fly. In addition, they have created  and tested various designs of paper airplanes. The students also heard from a couple of guest speakers this year.

This is how special interests in children are ignited. And Denise Buckner may be responsible for tomorrow’s astronauts, engineers and scientists. She deserves the award and the thanks of many parents who may have seen a spark in their kids imagination.

Annual ‘thunder’ ride

proves a success again

Each year in the late spring downtown Sevierville roars with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles. The riders come to Sevierville to pay tribute to fallen military during the annual Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride. The 13th such event was held last month, and it was a success.

The ceremony at the courthouse kicked off with Kelley Stout singing the national anthem accompanied by “Mr. Lincoln” from the American Eagle Foundation with handler Mike Acuff. T.C. Barnett, Jessie Barnett and Kaleb James Wright sang “America the Beautiful.” Guest speaker was retired Lt. Col. Don Campbell, who was a pilot during the Vietnam War. Wreath placement was done on behalf of law enforcement and firefighters.

The cyclists took part in a 65-mile ride to Grainger County’s Veterans Overlook. An estimated 1,200 motorcycles took part, for a good cause and the right spirit. The closing ceremony on top of the mountain consisted of placing of the wreath while taps was played by Smitty Giles. During the pause in the song, Honor Guard from American Legion Post 202, Gatlinburg, conducted a 21-gun salute.

Thanks to all who had a role in organizing the event and the hundreds who took part on a ride through five counties.