Sevierville, TN–On Wednesday, September 5, the staff and distinguished guests held an official groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the construction of a new home / cottage at the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. It marked the campus’ first building project in more than 30 years.
Attending the observance were numerous SMCH staff members; executive administrator Bishop Mitchell Corder from the Church of God Division of Care; the mayor of Sevierville Bryan C. Atchley; Brenda McCroskey, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce; Bill Denton, architect; David Stanfill, membership coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce; and Thad Mitchell, staff writer for The Mountain Press.
SMCH Executive Director Dr. Walt Mauldin stated, “This was a momentous occasion for our children and youth! Even though we have many aging facilities, this new building seems to have brought a renewed energy and vision to our campus. The community is responding with positive support.”
Local business leaders, Ron and Betty Ogle, are providing the needed $500,000 to construct the facility, and Ron Ogle is serving as contractor. During Ron Ogle’s response, he reiterated a statement that has summarized the vision-casting since the Mauldins were appointed to SMCH four years ago. Ogle said, “We are going to build a home for youth that is just as nice as what we live in.” These residents deserve the very best. They deserve to live in a home just like many of us live in…and nothing less.
The Home’s leadership, administrators, and board are transforming the campus in order to make it a better place not only for this generation but for generations to come. Their objective is to continue to impact lives for the Kingdom of God…one child at a time.
(Source: SMCH, Dr. Pamela Kay Overbey)