Editorial: Three cheers

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Hitting a  high note

Sevier County High School Choir Director Nathan Rhea jumped at the chance for his choir to participate at a concert at Smokies Park this weekend, where it will sing backup to the band Foreigner on the 1984 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Representatives for the band contacted Rhea a while back about the gig, and he was glad to get it.

“If someone calls and says, ‘Can you perform?’ I pretty much say yes,” the director said earlier this week. 

Although none of the choir’s high school-aged singers had been born when the song was released, they’ll one day look back on Sunday’s performance with pride.

It’s a great opportunity for the teen singers to take the stage in front of a big crowd with a famous act, and it’s a sure thing that Rhea’s group will make the county proud.

Published at  an early age

Unique opportunities for Sevier County students continued with the announcement from book publisher B&H Publishing that nine local teens have contributed to two books being published later this year.

“Teen-to-Teen: 365-Daily Devotions By Boys for Boys” and “Teen-to-Teen: 365-Daily Devotions By Girls for Girls” will be produced next month and include items from Beraiah Benavides, Madison Thomas and Makenzie Thomas of Sevierville; Abby Fortner, Micki Werner and Robby D. Land of Gatlinburg; Hanna Wilbourn and Ife Akinboyo of Seymour; and Dannielle Quesinberry of Knoxville, who attends The King’s Academy.

A reception for the local teenagers will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Refreshments will be served, and the books will be available on site,

It’s a nice honor for these students to see their words in print.

Score one for SCHS

Fans lamented the scoreboard problems during Sevier County High School’s football home opener against Bearden last month, taking to Facebook to request funds be raised for new one. Whether the calls for support received any or not, Burchfield Stadium had a new scoreboard in time for the team’s second home game last night.

The shiny new board, created by Daktronics, was installed this week thanks to the work of C. Laney and Sons, Jack Ogle, the SCHS Lettermen Club, Phil Whaley, Trutec, Citizens National Bank, The Cherokee Group, Smoky Bears Quarterback Club and Stowers Cat.  The board and accompanying framework has built-in support for a video board, which will likely be installed in time for next season. The video board would reportedly be the largest at a high school in East Tennessee, if not statewide. When SCHS athletics needs something, its fans, parents and boosters have shown they’re always game to step up.