Editorial: Three Cheers

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

Ralph Egli deserving of

’Burg parade recognition

Nobody loves and supports Gatlinburg more than 89-year-old Ralph Egli. He lives there, has a business there and supports a variety of civic and business causes. So it was only fitting that he be honored during this year's 38th annual Fourth of July Midnight parade. Egli rode in a special Mustang Convertible sponsored by McNelly-Whaley Motor Co. in Sevierville.

Egli and his late wife Dot, owners of Mountain Laurel Chalets, love Gatlinburg. Ralph Egli has participated in the annual parade and July 4 festivities since their inception 38 years ago. For the past 20 years, Ralph has won the Senior Division of the River Raft Regatta.

The regatta is an unmanned floatables race traditionally held on the afternoon of July 4 downtown. The regatta and the parade attract thousands, and to see Ralph Egli recognized for his years of support to those two events and the city in general is fitting and exciting.

Pigeon Forge Library

offers computer training

Libraries are about more than loaning books. The good ones also offer community events and instructional classes to assist people. That's the case at the Pigeon Forge Public Library. Free computer training is now offered there.

Atomic Training provides on-demand software training to help businesses, organizations and individuals gain greater confidence and success in using the technology that is a part of their lives. Whether it’s digital photography, web design and development, motion graphics or a need to brush up on Excel, persons can benefit from the free online tutorials.

The information includes over 60,000 how-to tutorials on more than 150 software applications, as well as training on popular software. The classes are free for library card holders. Come by the library at 2449 Library Drive during regular business hours to sign up. For questions or to take a “Getting Started” workshop, call 429-7490 ext. 31, or email to akear@pfpl.net.

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

deserve awards for projects

The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have won much deserved recognition for projects in their communities. The East Tennessee Development District made the presentations at its annual award banquet at the Museum of Appalachia. Each year the district recognizes local governments and other agencies for the completion of projects that have special local or regional significance.

The City of Gatlinburg was honored for the completion of Phase 6 of an underground utility project that has spanned 20 years and cost over $24 million. Downtown Gatlinburg is now free of overhead power lines.

The City of Pigeon Forge was recognized for the development of the new Wear Farm City Park. The 118-acre facility includes five lighted softball fields, walking trails, two playgrounds, concession and restroom facilities and other recreation facilities. Eventually the park will also include a nature conservancy.

Congratulations to both cities for great projects and deserved awards for them.