Editorial: Three Cheers

May. 24, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

Thanks to grant, teens

in local clubs get help

The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains serves an essential role for children in this county. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, more than 50 club teenagers will benefit from ACT prep classes at the club and a communitywide college fair, all intended to help students to graduate high school.

“The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ generous support makes a meaningful impact on the lives of our community’s teens,” said Mark Ross, chief professional officer for Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. “It’s because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer the academic, career, and mentorship experiences that inspire our teen members.”

The college fair is planned for September. Thanks to the grant, a number of teenagers will be able to get some much needed guidance and direction, as well as assistance with their college prep tests. Thanks, Taco Bell.

‘Guess the Glass’ great

way to spotlight artwork

The Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a clever way to involve the community in an effort to showcase a renovated and repaired stained glass map. He map was installed in the lobby ceiling of the Community Center in 1984. Produced by local artist Chuck Ottolini, it depicts 11 prominent landmarks.

To reintroduce this artwork the city is holding a “Guess the Glass” contest through May 31. Six of the 11 landmarks have moved from the locations shown on the map. The first three people to identify the six relocated landmarks will be winners. Contestants can use the map legend located in the lobby for reference. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, June 5.

For complete rules and additional information, call the Community Center at 453-5441. Drop buy the Community Center, get a look at this marvelous work of at and try to guess the landmarks depicted. It’s fun.

Memorial service fitting

honor for slain officers

It was fitting that Sevier County take part in a remembrance of officers who have died in the line of duty,. A National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service was held last week at the courthouse. The nephew of the last law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Sevier County was on hand.

Mike Huskey lost his uncle, Jerry Dean Huskey, in June of 1975. His uncle was trying to apprehend a suspect who managed to get his sidearm, shooting him. The man was apprehended a short time later. Three generations of his family have since served in law enforcement.

Mike Huskey served in the sheriff’s department before going into the Marines, and still works a reserve officer. “Our law enforcement officers deserve the same praise as our service members do, but we all know that’s not the reality,” Huskey said.

He’s right. Let’s keep that spirit of understanding and cooperation year-round.