Editorial: Three Cheers

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 10:33 PM

Post 202 honor guard

to provide great service

Kudos to American Legion Post 202 in Gatlinburg for creating an honor guard unit that will be available for military funeral services. Anyone who has served honorably in any branch of the U.S. military is entitled to an honor guard. While there are at least two in the region, Col. Steve Holbert, assistant honor guard commander of Post 202, said there was still a need for another in Sevier County.

The Post 202 unit isn’t fully functional yet. There are five or six core members, but more are needed. They want to have around 10-12 before doing a ceremony. Uniforms are also an issue. Each one costs at least $300. But the honor guard is well on its way to joining other units that will be available to serve at the funerals of America’s heroes. Maybe some in the community would want to assist Post 202 in reaching its goal.

The honor guard funeral services will include a three-round volley, the playing of taps, the folding of the flag and the presentation of the flag to the next-of-kin. None of the members is paid for the service. It’s their devotion to deceased comrades that motivates them.

‘Pink’ campaign critical

service to local women

A new campaign to help provide mammograms to uninsured women and to teach the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer shows the dedication to the cause of a group of women who care about other people’s health and want to assist them in being checked.

The Paint the Mountains Pink campaign kicked off on Feb. 1 as a fundraiser overseen by a group of women — and a few men — whose goal is to improve the health of Sevier County women. Emily Kile co-chairs the Paint the Mountains Pink team with Linda Ogle.

Sevier County ranks 94th out of 95 counties in the number of uninsured women — one in five. Two out of three need medical care but don’t get it due to the expense. The average cost of a mammogram for someone without insurance is $300.

Mammograms save lives, so not getting one because of the cost is an obstacle these concerned citizens are tackling. The money they raise will go entirely to a fund to pay for mammograms, and if further treatment is needed, there is assistance too. This is a wonderful cause and project. It deserves support.

Leadership group makes

lives brighter at facility

Leadership Tomorrow, which consists of young adults, always includes community service projects as part of the curriculum, unlike its counterpart, Leadership Sevier. Recently a group of young professionals in Leadership Tomorrow spent several hours building raised planters the residents of Wellington Place can use when the spring planting season rolls around. It was a nice project intended to serve the residents, and was a rewarding experience for the professionals involved in fulfilling their service project requirement.

All teams in Leadership Tomorrow are encouraged to do projects as part of their curriculum. Sharon Agnew, one of the members of the Translators team, said they chose this project after learning of the need for the raised planters at the facility. They got dimensions for the two boxes they wanted to create and then seeking donations of supplies and even of time from local businesses. Carl Ownby Hardware provided supplies, and Sunshine Landscaping donated both supplies and helping hands. BB&T donated snacks to the workers.

The result is something residents can enjoy or even take part in, since it is built with them in mind. Thanks to all who took part in this project. You’ve created a lasting treasure.