Editorial: Three Cheers

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Fit for Duty race success

benefits local firefighters

It was cold and rainy, but that’s not all bad when you are running in a 5K race. Firefighters from around East Tennessee as well as citizens and regular racers all showed up at the Gatlinburg Fire Department recently to race for health and to benefit area fire safety programs.

The second annual Fit for Duty Firefighter’s 5K Run and Walk, organized by the Gatlinburg Firefighter’s Association, attracted 184 racers who had to deal with the rain, but it didn’t seem to be an issue. Many firefighters chose to race in their turnout gear, which can weigh 40-60 pounds.

The event raises money for community education programs that promote health and fitness. That’s a good thing. Thanks to the association for sponsoring the event and the participants for showing up. A good cause and a great turnout. Keeping our first-responders in good shape is a goal we all should embrace.

Food ministry fundraiser

merits community support

One of the county’s most important service agencies is holding its annual fundraiser this month. You should support it. The Food Ministry Fiesta, to benefit for Sevier County Food Ministries, will be held Thursday, April 18, at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.

This is the lone community fundraiser for the ministry. Tickets are $50 each or two for $75 and available by calling the agency at 428-5182. Children ages 3-11 will be admitted for $10 each. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes food, beverages, music by the group Meg & Dredd, a silent auction and prize giveaway.

Sevier County Food Ministries serves some 1,400 families each week, although in January it served a record 1,688 one week. Making sure it is healthy and as prosperous as possible should be the goal of all Sevier County residents. One way to do that is to attend the fiesta.

Extension does it again,

with program on diabetes

People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Therefore, daily foot care is very important. And with this disease becoming an epidemic in this country, getting the right information on your medical care is essential.

Dr. William Fry, chief of staff at LeConte Medical Center, will address this concern on Thursday at the King Family Library. His presentation, “Foot Care for Diabetics,” will cover diabetic foot problems, as well as daily tips to manage these problems and prevent serious complications. This program is sponsored by UT Extension and the Sevier County Health Department. It will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at King Family Library. No cost or pre-registration is required.

Sevier County Extension sponsors many helpful community programs in a variety of topics. Most are free. Here is one that could benefit a lot of local residents. Thanks, Extension, for always representing the best interests of the community.