Editorial: Three Cheers

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

Santa Hustle to be fun

Sunday activity in area

Now here’s a fun thing to do on Sunday if you are tired of shopping and fighting store traffic. The Santa Hustle is returning to the Wilderness at the Smokies resort and will start at 8 a.m. That day. Nearly 3,000 participants are expected, doubling the size of last year’s race.

The Santa Hustle is a half-marathon and 5k run/walk with participants in the holiday-themed race receiving a free Santa hat, beard and a customized shirt to wear while competing. It is a part of the fast-growing Santa Hustle series, that continues to expand and will travel to seven different locations this winter. The runners leave from Wilderness at the Smokies and will be visible down the parkway into downtown. The race course will be lined with candy and cookie stations while holiday music fills the air.

This year’s race charity is Toys for Tots. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate on race day for underprivileged children. Line the roadway and watch this fun event. Then go shopping. . .

Humane Society praised

for successful fundraiser

The Sevier County Humane Society held its biggest annual fundraiser last weekend at the Sevierville Civic Center, with proceeds benefiting an organization that continually seeks to create a safe and comfortable environment for all the animals it cares for.

Congratulations to the Sevier County Humane Society for hosting a successful 36th annual Champagne Auction last weekend. This fun and beneficial event attracts more than 200 people who bid on items in silent and live auctions and raise money for a most important and worthy cause.

Executive Director Jayne Vaughn said the event has grown every year since its inception. That’s good, because the number of homeless and abandoned animals grows as well, and the shelter stays full. The current facilities are simply not adequate for the need, and the organization hopes to replace them one day with newer and expanded quarters.

Live and silent auction items are provided by businesses and private individuals. The Culinary Arts Department at Walters State Community College provides food. It’s a wonderful cause, and thanks to all who staged it and attended.

Loveday right choice to

kickstart football program

Todd Loveday is an excellent choice to start and run the football program at the soon-to-open Northview Academy. Sevier County’s fifth high school won’t open until next year or field a team until 2015, but there is a lot of work to be done. The selection of Loveday now gives the program the right man to head up this challenging task.

Loveday has been athletics director at Sevier County High for seven years and associated with the school as a teacher and/or administrator for 14. Trading in the Purple and White for the Green and Gold of Northview Academy will be a daunting task, but one Loveday is up for and excited about.

“It’s the right situation and the right time,” Loveday said. “There’s never really a perfect time to leave, but if there’s anything close to perfect this is it.”

He’ll do well. He has the experience, the devotion and the expertise to give Northview students a football program of which to be proud. It won’t be easy, but Northview got the right man.