Editorial: Three cheers

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Poem by David Noland deserves national honor

Congratulations to David Noland of Sevierville, who received an honorable mention in the Expressions of Freedom National Art Competition. He was presented a framed certificate and a national park pass for his poem commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, titled “The Children’s Crusade.”

Smokies Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and resource education chief Elizabeth Dupree presented Noland with his certificate. “On behalf of the National Park Service, it was an honor to recognize such a talented young man from our community,” said Ditmanson. “David’s poem is a thoughtful tribute and reflection of the faces of freedom.”

The competition offered youth an opportunity to tell the stories of the nation’s journey from Civil War to civil rights. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. It’s nice to see a talent such as David Noland recognized for his writing.

Seminary correct to give alumnus Herrod an award

Ron Herrod of Sevierville, president and founder of the Ron Herrod Evangelism Ministries Association, received a much earned recognition as a distinguished alumnus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary during the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston. After completing a bachelor of arts degree at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., Herrod earned a master of theology degree from the seminary in 1968. He spent 36 years as a pastor, including a decade at First Baptist Church in Kenner, La.

“Every one of those years, [the church] led the Louisiana Baptist Convention in baptisms,” seminary President Chuck Kelley said. Herrod left pastorate in 1995 to start the Ron Herrod Evangelism Ministries Association. The Tennessee-based nonprofit organization focuses on evangelistic crusades, mission projects and leadership training. It’s nice to see his seminary appreciates a life devoted to the ministry and gave Herrod an honor he earned.

KSB’s teen advisory board a wonderful idea

If we are going to make a dent in the littering problem that plagues not just Sever County, but most places in the country, we’ll need an effort that involves not only adults, but young people as well. That’s the idea behind a wonderful idea from Keep Sevier Beautiful, which is seeking applications for its first Teen Advisory Board.

Members of the advisory board will plan, implement and lead activities for teens and the community to further KSB’s mission. The Teen Advisory Board was founded by Mason Green. Keep Sevier Beautiful was struggling with reaching high school students.

“In expressing my concern with a teen volunteer, Mason simply said, ‘Why not just ask us?’ From that statement, the teen advisory board was created,” said Laura Howard, Keep Sevier Beautiful executive director. Applications must be received by Aug. 1. Visit www.keepsevierbeautiful.org, call 774-6677 or email ksb6677@yahoo.com. Let’s make this board a success.