Editorial: Three Cheers

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

Anna Porter Library has

terrific event scheduled

The Anna Porter Public Library is always at the forefront of community events, especially when it promotes reading and literacy. To that end the Gatlinburg library is hosting an evening of fun and information on Tuesday, April 16, in celebration of Library Week.

This event starts at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments served. This event to “celebrate the library” will include activities for all age groups as well as tours of the library facilities. Gatlinburg author Keith Donnelly will be the special guest. He has penned the Donald Youngblood Mystery Series. Donnelly will be available in the Smoky Room to talk to readers about his writing, and sign his books.

This looks like a fun and interesting evening of activities at the library. Community libraries like APPL need your support and usage. And if you haven’t see this beautiful facility, now would be a good time. It is a library of which to be proud.

Prom Closet in Sevierville

meets a community need

The Sevier County Prom Closet was held last weekend, an event designed to make sure every girl has a suitable dress for her school prom this year. It was a terrific event, held at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville, and thanks go to all who organized it and ran it. The dresses were available at no cost.

There appeared to be something for everyone. Sevier County Prom Closet was sponsored by Leadership Tomorrow, a civic group for young adults. Through community donations, the group gathered approximately 100 dresses for girls to select from. Several dresses still had tags attached.

Crystal Mayerchak, a member of Project Sevier and a sophomore at Pigeon Forge High School, assisted with the event. “I think it’s really a good thing,” she said. “The dress is the most expensive part, so offering girls a dress takes a lot of the stress off.” Let’s hope this is held every year.

Essay contest by auxiliary

serves wonderful purpose

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 104 in Sevierville held its annual essay contest again this year, a wonderful event that encourages young people to think about and write about the freedoms they cherish most. We need to get our students interested in this topic, so they never fail to cherish the opportunities they’ve been given by living in this country.

The auxiliary named first-, second- and third-place winners in five classes. First-place winners received a certificate and $25, second place $15 and third place $10. The winners will be entered at the state level for a chance to win in that competition. Winners at the state level compete at the national level.

There were 120 essays entered this year. Judges met at Post 104 to choose winners from Sevierville Intermediate, Boyds Creek Elementary, Catlettsburg Elementary, Northview Middle, Sevier County High, and Gatlinburg-Pittman High. Thanks to the kids who entered and congratulations to the winners.