Editorial: Three cheers

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 11:58 PM

Keeping the city safe

Sevierville Police made quick work of four suspects Monday afternoon following a robbery at a city business.

After an alleged robbery spree that began in North Carolina, four people were arrested by the SPD following a robbery of Sexy Stuf in Sevierville, effectively ending the spree.

Police chased the getaway car onto I-40 before stopping the quartet, all of Asheville, N.C., and making the arrests.

It was good work by the Sevierville Police, along with the Sevier and Knox Sheriff’s Departments, who assisted once the chase left Sevierville.

Though the alleged gunman was later found to have only an air-soft pistol, he was already wanted in North Carolina for robbery charges and was suspected in a holdup earlier Monday in Pigeon Forge.

Its good that he and his accomplices were taken off the streets.

Good news for tourism

It was shown in a presentation Thursday afternoon that four sectors of Sevier County’s tourism economy had grown by an average of over six percent over the first eight months of 2013.

“That’s a healthy increase coming out of that recession for the first eight months,” Morse said.

And that’s good news for everybody.

The report was from economist Steven Morse, who’s director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the College of Businesss at Western Carolina University.

The data came from raw sales in the theater, retail, restaurant and amusement industries.

Theater sales were up most, at 10.5 percent.

While figures aren’t available from September on, it’s clear evidence Sevier County’s hard work is keeping it a tourism hub for the southeast.

Bringing the classroom to art

While art classrooms across the U.S. have seen drastic cuts, Sevier County Schools and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts novel approach to keeping art relevant in local classroom has been a hit for almost a quarter century.

ArtReach, the 22-year-old annual collaborative effort that partners Arrowmont, the schools and Citizens National Bank, provides approximately 1,200 students (grades 4-12) from different Sevier County schools with an in-depth full day art workshop at Arrowmont. It’s a great thing.

Sevier County Schools should be commended for their participation, as should Arrowmont — which is a true treasure to our community. CNB should also get praise for supporting the program financially for the last 14 years.

“Many local children would not have an opportunity to receive hands-on experience and develop art appreciation if this program was not available,” David Verble, president and CEO of CNB said.