Editorial: Three Cheers

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Drug Court incentives

give boost to offenders

The creation of a Drug Court in the 4th Judicial Circuit was a good move, a way to give first-time offenders a chance to avoid jail time while getting their lives straightened out. The court system has established a reward system to try to encourage offenders to give the court a chance and stay and promote sober and responsible behavior.

Participants earn opportunities to draw from a fish bowl as a reward for various accomplishments. Draws range from something as simple as a piece of candy or soda to a certificate for a fast food restaurant. Businesses mostly in Jefferson County have responded with gifts for the drawing. It is the generosity of businesses that helps keep the rewards program going.

Congratulations to all who got this rewards program going. Let’s make sure it continues. Those who would like to donate items for the rewards program or participate as a stakeholder in the mission, should contact Patricia Williams at (865) 397-5242. 

Comer makes good choice

for BBB board chairman

The Better Business Bureau is there to help consumers make good choices. BBB sets and upholds standards for ethical marketplace behavior. Its accreditation is earned by businesses and charities. BBB is a resource for information on businesses and charities.

Michael G. Comer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Citizens National Bank in Sevierville, has been elected as chairman of the board of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. This is an important position, and it’s good to have someone of Comer’s knowledge and dedication in that role.

“The Better Business Bureau is founded on trust, which is the basis of all business,” he said. “The BBB strives to catch business and people that are doing things right, as opposed to focusing on problems. An organization that displays our logo and is a member in good standing means they have experience providing good service and value.”

Those are values all can and should follow. Mike Comer sure does.

5-day Washington trip

awesome for local teen

What a great thrill awaits a Northview Middle School student later this month. On Jan. 21, John Lawson Jr. will attend a five-day Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, a program of events that includes attending the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The 13-year-old was invited to the conference by the National Young Scholars Program. The conference features presentations by keynote speakers Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara P. Bush, daughters of former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, as well as activities at the National Mall. On Inauguration Day, the John and the other Middle School Inaugural Scholars will attend a viewing party and luncheon, where the inaugural parade will be displayed on large viewing screens. The scholars will later attend an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration at National Harbor.

It’s going to be an amazing adventure for young Mr. Lawson, one he’ll be able to tell his classmates and family about. And one day, his children and grandchildren.