Editorial: Three Cheers

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 10:47 PM

Maytag repairman fixes

worthwhile B-G program

Many thanks to Maytag for honoring the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains with an award and grant, which the local organization will use to bring back its “Reclaim Our Teens” program. The award of $150,000 is given annually to 11 clubs across the country that are “dependable and reliable,” that have shown they can make an impact in the community, and that have the potential to make more of an impact.

That certainly describes the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. The “Reclaim Our Teens” program here closed in 2010 due to a lack of money, but the grant will allow the club to restart the program, which seeks to meet teens’ needs on all levels and foster a future of adult success through directed programs.

One of the teen programs meets Friday nights, and the club hoped to kick it off that same night. Thanks, Maytag. You have repaired not an appliance, but a worthwhile initiative.

Susan Rose deserving of

recognition by alma mater

Many people around here will remember Susan Rose of Sevierville. Her work in Pigeon Forge includes singing backup with the Randy Parton and Lee Greenwood shows and as a lighting designer at the Louise Mandrell Theatre, Smoky Mountain Opry, Country Tonite Theatre and Dollywood, among others.

Rose will be honored as an inductee of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame. Out of 45,000+ Full Sail graduates, only six are selected each year to be recognized for their contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. Rose, a 1989 Full Sail Recording Arts graduate, is the first lighting designer to be inducted.

She has worked on tour with musical artists such as Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, Louise Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr. and many others. She has worked on numerous televised specials. She is back performing with a new album scheduled for release this summer. It’s nice to see a local talent recognized, especially one as deserving as this one.

Beloved teacher Bradley

leaves a lasting legacy

By all accounts, Jim Bradley’s 21-year career as an eighth-grade history and literature teacher at Sevierville Middle School impacted a lot of children and colleagues. Sometimes teachers don’t know just what they do to positively affect others’ lives. Jim Bradley surely knew that before he died Jan. 18.

Principal Donna Rolen described Bradley as a passionate teacher, a skilled woodworker, a Civil War buff, a friend and a mentor. Dennis Chambers, Bradley’s longtime friend and fellow teacher, described Bradley as “a wonderful friend and a very wonderful teacher, as well. It was hard to start the school year without him.”

Kelly Lucey, a junior at SCHS, said Bradley was her favorite teacher at SMS because he made history fun. “You wouldn’t think it would be fun, but he made it fun,” Kelly said. “He engaged the students in learning.”

Great teachers felt a calling. Jim Bradley surely did. His absence will be felt for a long time, but his legacy is assured.