Editorial: Three cheers

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Seniors shine at senior Olympics event

Signature Healthcare hosted a regional senior Olympics event at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabiliton this week, much to the delight of the dozens of seniors from eight regional nursing facilities that competed.

The event brought the elderly clients, most of whom are disabled or physically limited, together for a fun day of games and fellowship at Freedom Baptist Church on Cole Drive.

It was obvious, through the smiles on the faces of the participants and caregivers alike, that it was a great day for all involved.

Bravo Signature Healthcare. It's nice to see a for-profit business do something that doesn't necessarily benefit the bottom line. Through events like this, the company shows true compassion for its clients. And with the disturbing news that's often associated with senior care, it's a refreshing sight.

Firefighters promoting safety

Though October firefighters in the area will be promoting National Fire Prevention Month with public appearances, open houses and safety training.

Already, departments throughout the county have been active. The Pigeon Forge Fire Department had an open house this week, while they, Gatlinburg and Seymour all made the rounds at schools and other public sites promoting fire safety.

There are few people in life idolized more by children than firefighters, and their service and active participation in these activities have a great impact on the kids they interact with. While it might seem small act at the time, the knowledge gained from one of these events could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

And not only do their efforts help educate the public on fire safety, they provide a great outreach for the departments they serve — some of which, like the volunteer operations, rely on public donations to operate.

Lady Higlanders on top of the heap again

For the second year in a row, the Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders volleyball team has earned the District 3-AA championship.

Last year's title was the first district crown ever for the Blue and Gold girls, and the squad (20-3 overall) continued their success this season with a perfect unblemished record through the district (12-0) and run through the postseason tournament.

The girls downed Carter in straight sets Thursday night for the championship.

Bethany Sutton was the tournament MVP, but G-P coach Conchita Johnson said the team all played their parts to perfection.

"It was tough to find one person that you could say 'OK, this is the player of the game,'" Johnson said. "The girls just all played really well."

The team will try to continue their success next week in the region tournament.