Editorial: Three Cheers

Nov. 23, 2012 @ 11:00 PM


Nice to welcome back

winter Tunes & Tales

One of the nice things about the winter months is that our community finds new and entertaining ways to greet visitors. In Gatlinburg the popular Tunes & Tales makes a return for the holidays. The free weekend entertainment version of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is live on the Parkway on Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Groups of Dickens-style holiday carolers dressed in traditional Victorian era costumes will stroll along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg from 5-9 p.m. In addition, Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear will make occasional appearances and greet holiday visitors.

During Gatlinburg Winter Magic, the city lights dozens of displays throughout town, featuring all LED bulbs. The length of the Parkway is lined by a forest of branches and scrolls. It’s a great way to spend a winter evening in the Gateway to the Smokies. Take a ride over and experience it yourself.

Restaurants who gave

free meals to vets praised

A number of local restaurants stepped up and celebrated our military veterans by serving them free meals on Veterans Day. It would be hard to fully show appreciation for what these heroes in uniform did to protect the freedoms we live under, but one meaningful gesture that they do appreciate is having a free meal compliments of participating restaurants.

A blanket thank you is in order for all restaurants that welcomed our veterans into their midst on a busy holiday. We have thousands living in Sevier County. They served this country going back to World War II. Most are humble and unassuming people who are proud of what they did but seek no special recognition or attention.

Sevierville and Gatlinburg held Veterans Day ceremonies. Several schools did special musical performances. And restaurants in the area provided free meals. All in all, well deserved honors and attention for our military heroes.

UT right to recognize

local Burchfiel family

One of Sevier County’s oldest and most celebrated families have earned proper and well-deserved recognition from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The Burchfiel family now has a special memorial in Knoxville on the UT campus.

University leaders dedicated key parts of the institute’s state-of-the art Plant Biotechnology Building in memory of Robert and Nancy Burchfiel, who have connections to Sevier and Jefferson counties.

The Robert and Nancy Burchfiel Memorial is in a plaza outside the main entrance, along with a constantly used conference room complex and key teaching classrooms. Key researchers, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students as well as important constituent organizations including the UT Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, among many others, use these facilities.

This makes the Burchfiel memorial facilities in the Plant Biotechnology Building one of the most important on the Institute of Agriculture Knoxville campus. Congratulations to the family.